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Posted by Heliocentrism on June 25, 2010

June 12-15, 2010

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Brothers who like to match with their hammocks

Fire and a Fish!

Mark’s brother Matt planned this whole trip. Matt is a hunter/ fisher/ camper. Although Mark and I go camping more often than Matt does, he is a more hard-core man-of-the-land type camper. But I outsmarted him in fire making. …Well actually I cheated.

Mark and Matt had just finished pitching the tents and were starting on making a fire. Mark and I brought with us a brand new piece of flint so we could make fire, Survivor style. Matt gathered kindling and sticks that he hoped would be ignited with a strike of the flint.

Fire!

Matt couldn’t get the fire started, so he went off into the woods to look for some dryer kindling. I looked at the flint and the packaging it came in and thought I would give it a try. I tore up the cardboard and scraped a knife across the flint. The fire started in three strokes.

The fish I caught!

Okay. So my method would never work on Survivor. And I still don’t know if I could actually start a fire if I was on a deserted island all by myself. But I know that could, theoretically.

Cleaning my own fish

Matt had friends who lived in the area and we were able to borrow a canoe from them. We rowed down a little river that emptied into Lake Michigan. While Mark and I got into a good rowing rhythm, Matt cast his line. Not long afterward he caught a fish.

Happy with his fish, he offered to lend Mark and me his rod. I took him up on his offer first. I tortured a little worm with the hook and tossed the line into the water. I was more concerned with not getting the line caught on anything than with getting a fish.

When I felt a slight tug on the line I assumed that the line was snagged on some drift wood. But as I pulled in the line, I noticed that the “drift wood” was wiggling. Matt helped me to reel in the fish. Then he showed me how to fillet and cook it.

Matt feeling sexy

Drive-in

One of the things that I’ve always wanted to do was to go to a drive in movie theater. But, they have mostly died out in the US. The Cherry Bowl Drive-in had a very nostalgic feeling to it.

Wikipedia used to have a list of the ones that are still in operation around the world, but that died too.

excited for outdoor movies

We played putt-putt before watching The Karate Kid. It was a double feature with Iron Man 2, but I fell asleep in the car before the second movie even started.

the cartoon before the real movie begins

I really enjoyed the experience. I just hope that there are still drive in Theaters in the states when ever I decide to move back home. I would go just about every weekend!

Never go down the dune

The Dunes

On our last day we stopped by the Sleeping Bear Dunes before heading back to Flint. Matt drove us to the highest dune and challenged us to walk down.

I was a bit apprehensive. There was a group of college kids struggling at the bottom. After five minutes of climbing, they didn’t look like they made any progress. But then I thought, “We came a long way, so we might as well.”

Never again!

Going down the dune was quite easy. You almost slide down with the occasional step. As we passed the college kids still close to the bottom, they warned us that we would regret coming down. Their eyes were dead with exhaustion.

The water was really cold, yet clear. But no matter how beautiful the water appeared, the thought of climbing back up the dune made me fear my future. We were lucky that Matt made sure that we all brought water down with us. I had to take many breaks up the sand hill. For every step I took I would slide backwards half a step. No exaggeration here! I was dead tired by the time we made it back to the top of the dune.

They should make this sign bigger and with more exclamation points.

That sign is not a lie.

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Platte River Campground

How to get there:

  • 44°42’46.9″N 86°07’04.4″W

Directions

Phone:

  • 1-877-444-6777

Website

Download

Cost:

Hours:

Paul A. Hart Visitor Center (Empire, MI)

  • Summer 8:00 – 18:00
  • Fall, Winter, Spring 8:15 -16:00

Closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Notes:


Cherry Bowl Drive-in

How to get there:

  • 44°40’04.6″N 86°02’36.1″W

Address:

9812 Honor Highway
Honor, MI 49640

Phone:

  • 231-325-3413

Website

e-mail

Cost:

  • 9USD for an adult ticket for a double feature

Hours:

  • movies begin at sunset

Notes:

  • There is a 19 hole put-put course right next to the theater. It’s not that great of a mini-golf course, but it’s only 3 bucks and you can kill some time while you wait for the movie to start.
  • There is also a place next door that sells sandwiches, pizza, and desserts.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

How to get there:

By car –

  • Take M-72 west to Empire,
  • then the western leg of M-22 and/or M-109 to access most areas of the park

Phone:

  • 1-877-444-6777

Website

Download

Cost:

Hours:

Paul A. Hart Visitor Center (Empire, MI)

  • Summer 8:00 – 18:00
  • Fall, Winter, Spring 8:15 -16:00

Closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Notes:

Map:

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