Road trips, they are exciting and inspiring but preparing for them can be a real pain in the butt. I like having some method to the madness of my packing, some measure of organization so I have some idea where everything is at. This was easy when I had the converted van as most everything remained in the van and in the same location. But now I don’t have that van and I’m having to resort to totes and duffle-bags, etc., and I’m having to attempt to pack each of those with some kind of order. And just when I think that I’ve done it I find something else that I forgot to pack. Amazing how it seems to always workout that way no matter how much advanced planning was put into the effort. But alas, I think I’m finally ready to go.
Six hours north into Michigan, that’s the plan anyway, which is always subject to change and often does. That’s just the way we travel as we sort of hit the road with a plan and then end up going with the flow once we’re on the road. Our first planned destination is a small lake that we’ve not been to in a number of years but we’ve always done well there in the past. Our second leg of the adventure takes us to a different campground that’s near five old public beaches in the heart of a popular and busy tourist district. Again, we have had some great hunts here in the past as well. In the van this was no problem, changing camp sites was easy and fast, but, not going to be the case this time around given all of the packing and unpacking and camp setup and tear down. Still, I’m looking forward to the trip and I’m excited about the possibilities. Can’t wait to hit the road.
In prior years I never had to worry about a diet, I could eat all the fatty foods I wanted to eat. Now, not the case anymore so I have to take an entire kitchen just to insure that I eat healthier and avoid all that delicious cholesterol rich food such as beacon, steak, bratwurst, biscuits and gravy, baked potatoes with all of the sour cream and cheese and other fix’ns. Now I’m down to tuna, salmon, salads, pastas, oatmeal, jellos, turkey breast, chicken breast, fresh fruit and vegetables, and fig newtons for desert. Sure, I’m going to cheat and I’ve already bought that steak to toss onto the grill but that’s just for one special treat. Heaven forbid, a guy can’t go camping for several days without eating traditional camp style food. Believe it or not it will be the first red meat I’ve had in over a year. I smell it sizzling on the grill already, my taste-buds already setting up their dining room.
Cameras. I think we’re taking a total of six, but maybe seven, or even eight if I count the drone? When I traveled before I took only one and it hardly ever got used, much to my regret. Won’t be making that mistake again. When I think back to all of the moments I could have captured, and should have captured, it makes me very disappointed, to say the least. Today I have very little record of those past trips or of the many recoveries and special moments that occurred. Sad, very sad, indeed.
In truth all of this should have started months ago but we could never get away for one reason or the other. The weather was also an issue a large portion of this year as it seemed every time we thought had a window of opportunity it was forecasting rain by the buckets. Damn’it! I just realized that I forgot to get a new can of bug spray, that tote already packed and at the bottom of the pile, no less. Figures.
I got a new waterproof pin pointer the other day, the shape and appearance of the thing is actually a bit frightening. I tried it out and I think it’s going to work just fine though, that is if it doesn’t vibrate me out of my shoes? It’s also a little on the large size, but, a damn good club if I’d happen to get attacked by a school of northern pike or a rabid chipmunk. Don’t laugh, the last time we went up north a chipmunk raced into my lap while I was sitting by the fire and he stole my bite-sized Reese Cup right out of my hand, then he quickly ran away with it returning for more a few minutes later. At one point he had three of them crammed into his jaws, the last two coated with peanut butter. I just couldn’t help myself, poor little guy had sand and wood chips stuck to him everywhere…..lol
Geese, somewhere Mike has a picture of several geese that had managed to surround and corner me at the waterline, they were aggressive and threatening to peck me to death because I had invaded their private little beach. Detector in one hand, the scoop in the other, headphones on ears, I felt just like Sir Lancelot when they launched their hissing assault. Wouldn’t have surprised me one bit if we would have discovered a large wooden Trojan Horse made from sticks sitting at our camp door the next morning, armed and dangerous little chipmunks hiding inside. Suddenly we would have chipmunks overrunning our camp, geese conducting aerial assaulting from above, and…..oh, sorry, got a little carried away in the moment.
But isn’t this what camping and adventure is all about, letting our hair down a bit and going with the flow of things, having some fun and enjoying environment surrounding you. Sure, we want to find some quality stuff while we’re at it but metal detecting isn’t the only reason we’re there. I’m going to laugh and cutup and completely forget about all of the negative bullshit that’s going on daily in the world. I’m going to enjoy my surroundings and I’m going to enjoy the nature and all that it has to offer, with exception of those pesky mosquitoes, of course. Bug spray, I have to remember to get some bug spray.
Cheers! And as always, good luck and be safe out there! Should have some pics and video for you when I get back.