Just about forty years ago, but earlier in the year, my husband and I went off in our VW Camper to Grayling, MI, to join a group from Audubon to see the rare Kirtland Warblers. These warblers are the rarest of the rare. They breed in Michigan in young jackpines, wintering in the Bahamas. They exist nowhere else on earth. Our VW had the unfortunate habit of needing a new fan belt at the wrong times, and so we came to a screeching halt late in the day on the Michigan highway, fan belt kaput. Before the days of the cell phone, we just pulled over to the side of the highway and went to sleep. During the night we awakened to flashlights in our faces; the local police said, What? We told them what; they said they'd send a tow truck for us in the morning, and go back to sleep. Which we did. Some kind folks from Audubon chauffered us around the next couple of days, waiting for a new fan belt, including the tour we were aiming for--a tour to see the rare Kirtland Warbler. The tour guide played a tape of a male singing, and a real-life male came out and both posed and sang for us. Not many other folks have seen and heard this rare little bird, so Wow!
We like to camp in the Mio-Kirtland Warbler area, so off we went this last Sunday in our Toyota Mini-van and trailer, complete with our three Golden Retrievers. Turns out we picked a rather hot weekend. On Monday the dogs were so in camping mode, so excited. The humans were a bit wilted. We walked the dogs around the campground and were in general very hedonistic, sitting in the shade eating and drinking. Drinking and eating. The problem for me was that our trailer fridge froze my Apidra overnight. This was the first camping trip I've ever had to worry about highs rather than lows! I'd brought a Frio for my Levemir pen, so transferred my damaged Apidra to it as well. I had a backup in the ice-chest, but hated to use it because this month my insurance company stopped my coverage of two monthly vials, reduced to one. I have a few backup vials now, but things will get tight in the future. Oh well. And back to the vacation--it was so doggone hot that we came home after just one full day. Short trip! Vacation postponed. Back home to our AC and to watch the antics of our Rubythroated Hummers and Warbling Vireos. Well, anyway, Happy Summer and Cheers!