Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

July 1, 2015 Categories Camper Van, Road Trips, Travel, USA

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We’re currently in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula checking out the Ottawa National Forest and a couple state parks. We were gonna do Isle Royale National Park, but it turns out the ferry ride to the island is like $120 per person, plus $4 per day to be on the island. I have no intentions of spending close to $300 just to visit ONE National Park on a list of many. I’m trying to conserve my pesos, man.

This morning started a little slow getting the last little bit of things loaded up into the van, as well as fixing/modifying some things that I noticed yesterday after driving a little with the drawers fully loaded. When I built the drawers, I bought drawer slides that have the soft-close feature which make them a little more difficult to open for the first inch, as they have to pop the soft-close springy thingy (technical term) in place. Well, with the full weight of food in the drawers it just wasn’t enough to keep the drawers shut going around corners. So, simple fix, I just bought the same door latch clippy things (another highly technical term) I bought for the cabinet doors and mounted it to the inside, top of the drawers. We drove all day today and they held up great. One of the other last minute add-ons was buying a cheap bathroom door mirror from Walmart (like, $5) and attaching it horizontally across the top of the kitchen sink area to use as a mirror for shaving (trimming), brushing teeth, or whatever. I also bought a small, wicked sweet rooster chalk board and mounted that up.

It was around noon by the time we actually hit the road. It took us about five hours to get up to Michigan from where I live in Wisconsin, and that’s including a stop to pick up some extra stuff along the way. We ended the day by checking out Bond Falls State Park inside the Ottawa National Forest. I’ve never heard of it before, but it is a pretty kick ass waterfall. There’s not much of a trail to get to it, but there’s a very nice walkway that goes all the way around it. We spent over an hour there walking the entire thing and I ended up taking over 100 photos, most of which I won’t be posting since a lot of them are similar.

We left the park and camped out at Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino for the night. Seemed like a good place to stop where we wouldn’t be bothered. Today is the first time cooking in the van, and it went better than I was expecting. Because I’m using the counter top that covers the stove to put things on, I did have to clear it off and temporarily place everything on the bed, but since it doesn’t take too long to cook, it wasn’t that much of a bother.

As I’m sitting here right now, it’s honestly very easy to forget that you’re in a van. I feel like I’m just sitting in my bed at home; it’s surprisingly comfortable in here.

5 thoughts on “Ottawa National Forest, Michigan”

Joy · July 5, 2015

Love the rooster chalkboard! ha ha What great views. Sigh….looks so peaceful, majestic, relaxing

Renzo · November 9, 2020

img_1748 with the mossy rocks and gnarly roots is a great capture

Renzo · November 9, 2020

p.s. Glad you finally made it “on the Road”

Renzo · November 9, 2020

p.p.s. At first when you were describing the hinged burner cover, I thought it was a little over-kill. I like the way it tucks away-good call.

Luke · January 18, 2021

Most of the things I did with that van were over-kill. I traveled again last summer sleeping in my Jeep. It definitely wasn’t as comfortable as a van I could stand up in, but it was satisfactory enough.

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