Okay so overall, yesterday was a bad day! Those of you who have read my blog for some time know that I don’t particularly enjoy spending time with my niece and nephew. They’re spoiled crybabies who turn every family gathering into a coddling ritual. I’m over that today, though. Onward and upward. I’m in a beautiful log cabin in the woods on a private pond. And I have my own car with me which is different from every other family holiday I’ve ever been on. I can escape.

I’ve been thinking about going to either Sault Ste Marie or Mackinac Island this weekend, both are within an hour of the cabin and I haven’t been to either since I was a child. Theoretically I could go to both.

One thing is for sure, I’m not sitting around here until Tuesday when there’s so much to see. I’ve always been poor at traveling and one of my “sobriety goals” was to change that. While I don’t have the financial stability to tour the globe right now, there is plenty to see in my home state. The drive up here yesterday was a good reminder of how easy it is to just get in my car and GO. It was only a 3 hour drive to a completely different environment.

In the off hours I’ve been reading Machiavelli’s”The Prince” which is another kind of tourism: exploring the minds and places of the past. The more you read books that were written hundreds or even thousands of years ago, the more you realize that we’re all the same and very little ever changes. I also realize more and more that human beings are basically flawed and wicked and will never learn from their mistakes, but that’s for another story-time!

Arrived at the Cabin

After a harrowing trip down a few mountain passes at 70mph, I made it. Early. Way early. I’ve been sitting in my car for an hour as I don’t have keys to the cabin. I walked around the property a bit and took some photos and tested out my tripod but there isn’t much else to do.

I saw a family of turkeys on my way in and there are rumors to be a lot of bears around here. Should be interesting. There’s a pond behind the cabin which will provide ample drawing opportunities, not to mention fishing.

Fortunately my car has a WiFi hotspot so I’m not totally bored sitting here waiting. I would walk around and explore more but… They did say bears.

On the Road

I’ve never written a post from the mobile app before so we’ll see how this goes! I’m on my way “up north” which is Michigan lingo for anything north of Flint. That’s a pretty huge area so it’s mostly a meaningless term. My family and I are going to be staying in Elmira, me until Tuesday and them the whole week. I can’t handle my niece and nephew for 7 days.

We were supposed to all leave around the same time but I’m 2 hours ahead of everyone, sitting at a rest stop and stretching my legs. I’m thinking of getting my camera out of my car and taking some nature shots; it looks like there’s a trail behind me.

I stopped at a Target in Flint and picked up a bigger SD card for my camera as well as a tripod and some shorts (since I forgot to pack mine). It’s been a pretty leisurely trip so far which is the way I like it. If you don’t like stopping every hour or so to explore, you’d hate traveling with me. It’s about the trip and not the destination in my philosophy.

I’ll probably keep a running log of my vacation from time to time. See you soon!