So some people have their traditional family vacations for the Fourth of July. Not Mine. My family relaxes at home and it was usually just our immediate family. So after being invited on a cheap, yet fun vacation by a friend… I decided to go!
Four hours from my safety net of comfort came Ludington State Park on the Pines campground. I’ve slept in a tent before (Susan G. Komen 3day walk) but I’ve never “camped”. This was a 4 night camping experience that was more fun than I realized.
Our group of friends consisted of about 15 people on two adjoining sites but we were invited by my friend’s family. Whoa! Her family and family friends are insanely welcoming! First night there were invited to walk over to the beach to play sand volleyball and watch the sun set over the beautiful Lake Michigan, pulled up chairs and sat by the bonfire, played Euchre, and chatted.
The next few days were filled with sun burns from being outside too long, playing in the current of the water and letting the cool waves hit our bodies. Our group even tracked our butts up the 1 1/2 mile long path to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse. And what’s a vacation without dessert?! We tried the amazing ice cream of he House of flavors. My favorites were the red velvet and the orange pineapple but they had over 30 different delicious flavors!
The night time was were a lot of the fun happened.
Work and other everyday activities can be a pain sometimes so getting away and spending 4 nights with friends was good and well needed. The nights got significant chillier than our usual Ypsi summer nights but that didn’t make our activities die down! Euchre was definitely a camp site favorite for us but we sat by the fire and even went through the sand dunes to watch the stars.
As odd as it sounds, the sand dunes were one of my favorite parts of the trip. The walk to get there was a work out. Going up and down huge sand hills?! Whew! But once we were there, the stars at night illuminated the sky and the moon was absolutely gorgeous over the lake. During the day? It was just as peaceful. Other people came in spurts but the sand was nice and cool on your skin while the sun’s rays hit just right. And the view of the sunset was stunning!
Fourth of July had so much support! Many of us were decked out in our favorite American gear or showing our love any way we could. Sitting on the beach watching the firework show was a great was to relax after a day of moving.
Overall? The vacation was much needed and I loved the memories that I created and the people I was surrounded by.
The only downside is that I lost my prescription glasses but a lovely camper turned them in and they’ll be mailed soon!
All the photos are credited to Effie Yanos!