LOCATION: In western UP, Michigan
CAMPGROUND: Lake Gogebic State Park
WEATHER: Perfect! Mostly sunny. High 76
The campground host posts each day’s weather forecast. Today he wrote – High 76; low 51 – just about perfect for camping. I would be thrilled if this weather continues throughout our stay in Michigan. We are so lucky. I read about friends’ travel posts encountering heat wherever they go. We will see!
I got a notification from the State of Hawaii saying that their travel restrictions have eased. As fully vaccinated travelers, we can now go to Hawaii without a pre-test or 2-week quarantine. So, our trip there this December is on. Yay! Hopefully Canada won’t be far behind?
We went to quaint Lake Gogebic Lodge, designed in sort of a Scandinavian style, where we rented a pontoon for the afternoon.
It was an absolute perfect day to be out on the water. Surprisingly, there were hardly any other boats. I wonder if it will get busier this weekend? I think the water is too cold for water-skiers or tubers. Just fishing and pleasure boats.
George bought some leeches to use as bait. I had skinned my ankle the other day, and George wanted to put a leech on the cut to suck out the blood, reducing the bruise, and therefore engorging the leech (for tastier fish bait). I politely declined…..
He fished and fished all afternoon, but not even a nibble.
He is a good captain, and drove us all around the lake.
I enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful lake homes.
The afternoon passed quickly – we ate a picnic on the boat, drank a few beers, read (me), and fished (George).
We passed by our state park campground. If you look closely, you can see Joy peeking from behind a tree.
With no fish, we simply returned the boat keys to the lodge, and we were off. So much simpler, and cheaper, than owning a boat.
Back at the campground, George got a fire going for dinner. The fire pit is not designed for cooking – it is a big round barrel without a grate. So, George created a set-up so we could place our small grate on two metal poles – poles from a broken lawn chair that someone had left behind at a previous campground. Clever boy!
DINNER: Gyosa – Chinese pot stickers, again compliments of Trader Joe’s. George browned them in the iron skillet over the fire. Meanwhile, I made an Asian vegetable stir-fry, and a dipping sauce for the gyosa. I improvised on the sauce, as I didn’t have any mirin or sake. Instead, I mixed: fish sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, soy sauce, bit of sugar, and white wine. It tasted like the real thing! George finished off the kimchi – a smell concoction he made about 3 months ago! I’m glad to get it out of the refrigerator!!!!
Tonight’s entertainment was Rick Steves again. Tonight in Spain….