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!

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Comment by menkor on July 18, 2013 at 3:13am

Sounds like you enjoy these trips. Can you post pictures?

Comment by Trudy on July 18, 2013 at 4:32am

Hi Menkor. We didn't take any photos on this trip, but I've posted some from other trips on my Profile Page.

Comment by menkor on July 18, 2013 at 1:52pm

I especially like the scenery photos - and of course, the beautiful puppy. Thank you

Comment by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on July 23, 2013 at 8:09pm

Trudy, My dad went to National Guard Camp at Grayling. This year when my dad passed I was made heir to a 1952 national guard camp year book. It had pictures of my dad and i guess most troops up there that year. At any rate I found a little museum up there and they placed the year book in their collection. Dad would be thrilled to know something he kept is not in a museum.

Now here is a funny story about my mom and dad. In 1964 mom and dad were retaliative newly weds and dad had to go to camp. Well mom and another wife got in a car and followed them up and got a hotel room for tow weeks. now mom could not yet drive, so she was lucky to find a ride up. Anyway, dad came to see her whenever he could and on the first weekend the hotel was over run with wife's and girlfriends. well mom had a room but before it was over she had 5 wives staying with her. These were women she didn't even know and mom was a very private person.

So dad's account was that his room had been rented and sub rented so much, he and mom left and went on north a few miles for some alone time. When they got back the room was a mess and mom had a pile of cash to cover other couples costs. I guess my mom had to everything taken out before she would sleep in there again. LOL mom said she could not imagine what had happened in that room during that weekend but since she had some idea, she had to change hotels. At least in the new one, she didn't know for sure what had happened.


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