Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The adventure continues


When last I left you I was settling into my campsite, grateful for a loaner tent because I forgot the rainfly that belongs to my tent. And it was raining.

My site, on the river.

Now I like the sound of a light rain on the roof of my tent. It’s a soothing sound that will lull you to sleep.

The sky didn’t look promising on my drive to the refuge the next morning.

But when the wind rises and the rain comes harder you’re pretty sure to wake up. And in the darkness, when you realize your sheets are damp, and you start feeling around to figure out the source of the water and you figure out there’s quite a bit of water on the floor along the edge of the tent, well, you start to worry.

At the refuge the sun kept trying to come out.

And as the wind increased and the rain pounded down harder you start rethinking this whole adventure thing. And you start thinking back on all the tent adventures you’ve had this summer and how every single one got cut short due to torrential rain.

Drama everywhere you looked.

Maybe all those people that advise staying in a hotel have a point.

When the rain slowed I ran to the car and grabbed some towels, then dove back into the tent to mop up the mess. I settled back in bed. Then splat! Water dripped on my face. Then another drop. And another.

I saw more wildlife this time around.

That’s it. I grabbed my pillows and a blanket and high-tailed it for the car where I slept the last five hours of the night nice and safe and warm and dry.

This was as close as I got to any wildlife. This is a swan butt.

I had planned on getting up at 6 a.m. so that I could be over at the Seney Wildlife Refuge by 7, because sunrise was 7:30 and I figured there’d be more animal and bird activity at sunrise. I turned off the alarm when it went off.

Even without many birds there were still pretty places to shoot.

Still…I’d hate to miss anything over at the refuge. And it wasn’t raining, though it didn’t look like it was going to be a sunny day either. So reluctantly I got up, stretched, threw the pillows and blanket in the back of the car and drove the couple of miles over to the refuge.

Mostly I focused on the clouds and sky. Do you see the two sandhill cranes up there?

And, as you saw in yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday, I was treated to the most beautiful full, Harvest Moon setting over the water of the Seney Wildlife Refuge. It was going down just as I got there, and I raced to a place to park and stood there grinning while it sank gracefully into the next day.

In case you missed yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday post.

That alone made sleeping in a wet tent and then the car worth it.

The sun came out long enough to light up the cattails.

The pictures in this post are others I took on Tuesday as I drove around the 7 mile wildlife loop. There was more bird action, but in total not a lot. I decided I’d just enjoy the dramatic skies and hope I saw some wildlife.

Though most of the day could have been shot in black and white, there was some color around.

And I enjoyed every bit of it. I hope you do too.

But that was only the morning…stay tuned.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

21 thoughts on “The adventure continues

  1. My kind of day: alone. Except for slogging around in a wet sleeping bag. That’s no fun at all.
    Love the duck butt pic.


  2. Drama is right! But what beautiful pictures, especially of the setting harvest moon, which I did indeed see on Wednesday.


  3. Although the second moonset was as lovely as the first, and the scenery is great – worth a night divided between a wet tent and a car? Not so sure I would find that value. I did that kind of camping trip many many years ago when I was very pregnant with my daughter, and I decided then wet camping was not my idea of a good time. I’m definitely a fair weather camper. You are obviously made of much tougher material than I am.


  4. I think camping in the rain is what turned me off of camping, so I admire your determination in sticking it out. A buddy of mine texted me to ask if I was taking picture of the Harvest Moon…I had not a clue. So thankful to see your beautiful shots. Swan butt….cracked me up!


    • Camping in the rain in a tent sucks. Thee is no other word for it. Everything feels wet even if it didn’t get wet. I see sooooo many people with all their possessions hanging up the next morning. I swear it mostly storms at night. I keep a minimum of stuff in the tent for just this reason. This time, I was sort of glad to be in a rented tent (though it turned out not to be waterproof) because I could leave the wet, muddy tent behind when I packed up!


  5. Did your borrowed tent spring a leak? I’d have hopped into the car, too — might not be as adventuresome, but at least you didn’t have to keep wiping the rain off your face! Your trees are already showing some color? I fear our leaves will just turn brown and drop off. We’ll see. Looking forward to the continuation of your adventure!


  6. Beautiful images and oh how I loved that swan butt 🙂


  7. When I asked for more adventure I didn’t think it would be a soaking one… Not a fun night but the images the next day hopefully made up for it. I do love a cloudy, dramatic sky. Great images Dawn!


    • I love a cloudy sky too, and the stripes of clouds everywhere were a lot of fun to focus on. But after awhile I thought to myself…how many pictures of clouds do you need? LOL! I follow a Michigan Wildlife FB page, and the day after I was at the refuge a woman visited and ran into mama bear and her three cubs. I didn’t see anything like that, though I did see a track I wondered if might be bear. The closest I got to any wildlife was the swan butt.


  8. Sounds like a lot of fun making the best of the situation. The moon is a beauty. Didn’t get to see it in my area.


  9. Loved the swan butt. 🙂 Loved it all.


  10. That moon picture is something else. I am thinking you probably stayed to the eastern/southern parts of the UP this trip.


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