After the tent life our family grew in 1998 by two and then in 2000, to one more, and in 2004, four more, let there be LUCKY number 7! Yes, by the time 2004 rolled around we were proud parents of 7 children. (More on family to come in future posts?)
Since tent camping, we moved into the comforts of our first travel trailer, circa 2001, it was a 19’ 1970 Corsair, a little tight with six of us and a hound, but looked really great behind our yellow and white 1985 Chevy Suburban. It was the first travel trailer before entering into the Airstream life in 2003.
With the small little “bumble bee” we traveled mostly local in Michigan because I was learning the world of “safely” pulling a travel trailer. It was with that Corsair that we explored Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
We trekked to Union Bay State Campground in the confines of the Porcupine Mountains near the end of June, beginning of July. We took a tour in a copper mine, were attacked by biting black flies as soon as we arrived, and watched what Michigan had to offer unfold naturally around us. We saw Black Bear eating scraps in someone’s backyard (irresponsible of that somebody) but we stayed in our van. We watched as two baby fox kits rolled around in a grassy knoll playing. The solitude of nature never failed to entertain. We swam, more froze in the icy waters of Lake Superior, the blue waters turned our lips blue.
Camping had brought peace, quiet, another aspect of parenting altogether and brought us to another level of life. Being in a camper gave us a little more comfort and security from elements. This was the vacation that we jumped into and appreciated from beginning to end. In those times as a couple we learned about life and how to cope when we were stressed, look out the window at the larger scope surrounding us, we learned that parenting poses many challenges, but said challenges are temporary and will leave, eventually. We also learned that camping, wilderness, and exploring was the life for us.
From tenting, to campers, to a huge family, where can we possibly go next? Find out next Wednesday on this BLOG!
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Tim Eagle is an author of the novellas Stolen Seed and Krae, among other books. He lives full time, on the road, with his wife, Maria and their dog, Cocoa. He grew up in Michigan and is inspired by the dysfunction, insanity, and nepotism of rural America. His books are available on Amazon, godless and Kindle Unlimited. Thanks for reading, tune in next week for the next chapter...