Katie here. Mama says I’m monopolizing her blog but what’s she got to talk about anyway now that she’s retired? Right? Of course I’m right. I’m a princess.
So anyway, last January mama reserved a campsite for this weekend right on the shore of Lake Michigan! It’s about five hours from home and I have to say I was an excellent traveler. I didn’t bark at her once the whole way up there!
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
First there was the planning and the packing and the loading of the car. I was afraid she might forget to take me so I stuck really close to her.
She didn’t forget me but she did forget my bed! GEEZE mama! She must be getting old. That’s OK…I figured I’d just sleep on hers.
Our campsite was really beautiful, right on the shore. Friday afternoon mama took me for a walk along the sand by the waves. I did not like it. Not one bit.
The only water I want anything to do with is the water in my bowl and it doesn’t make scarey noises like those waves did!
Since all mama’s romantic notions of walking me on the beach were dashed we went into town. This was more like it! I went up and down the steps of the marina no problem. (Mama is beginning to realize I’m scamming her about not doing steps at home.)
I even went out on the floating docks at the marina, and the boats were rocking and squeaking and the docks were moving and I was OK with it. Mostly.
I guess I’m more of a city kid than a beach bum. But I did like my tent! Every night my mama made a campfire and settled in to read her book next to it and every night I went over and pawed at the tent door. Cause I wanted to go to bed already. Mama just sighed and we went to bed.
Because a princess always gets what she wants. Don’t you know. And every morning I got my mama up around 5:00, because even though we were on vacation I didn’t shirk my responsibilities.
Do you know that people in campgrounds don’t get up that early? That was cool, we had the whole place to ourselves. We tiptoed down the road and I did my jobs and then we tiptoed back and went back to bed. It worked out great
We had two evenings of beautiful sunsets. Mama made me go back out on the beach to see those. It was OK, I was sort of getting used to the waves.
And in the end whatever makes mama happy makes me happy.
We were supposed to be there three nights, but there were thunderstorms coming. The clouds were low and heavy on Sunday morning. Mama began to worry.
She talked to dad on the phone and decided we’d leave early. Of course we had to go into town to use the phone and by the time we got back it was raining. Mama packed up the car as fast as she could.
Everything was soggy. Even me!
We were sad to leave a day early, but we are very happy that we got to go at all!
On the way home we stopped at a little park and I got to walk on a bridge over the Au Sable River.
Mama says she used to canoe on this river when she was a little girl. It made her smile. And I found her a beautiful flower along the river too! Cause I love my mama.
We had a wonderful time, but I’m glad to be home. I missed my dad a lot. Plus it was cold, and I don’t like cold so much. And then there were those waves. And the sand. And the mud. I got wet. I wasn’t that thrilled about the campfire either. Hmmmm…..maybe camping in the back yard isn’t all that bad!
Anyway…I guess that’s all for now from your friend Katie – camper extraordinaire.