As the Summer starts to wind down, and the breeze kicks up, a lot of people start to think about packing up their rigs and thinking about winter storage. But for me, this is one of the best times to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. So please, take a few minutes to consider what you may be missing by putting “Bessie” away too early.
One of the distinct advantages of Fall camping, is that with most of the kids in school, the campgrounds are a lot more open, and the sites seem much more secluded. Generally, you have your pick of campsites, and more privacy when you are set up. In the evening, you are less likely to disturb your neighbors playing your radio, or a spirited game of Euchre.
The cooler nights being “outside” help me sleep a lot better than summer camping. Even at night in the summer, it can be very warm. You can’t beat jeans and your favorite sweatshirt, stepping out of your trailer with a hot cup of …whatever you drink in the morning… and the cool crisp morning air wakes you up, and you start cooking breakfast and reading the paper. The colder weather makes the campfire at night a more cozy intimate event rather than being pushed back by the heat in late July. The weather being cool also opens the door for different types of activities while camping as well. I am not a huge fan of nature walks through the forest in the summer, between the humidity and the bug activity, but this time of year I take advantage of that (and save a few dollars on Off spray).
“Fall Color” trips are considered by some to be some of the most beautiful campground settings there are. We are lucky to be in a state that offers so much to see, and for so long. Colors start to turn a lot earlier in the U.P., and then there is a color wave that travels south, and soon all of Michigan is bright with vibrant oranges, greens, and reds.
So fellow campers, please think long and hard about whether you really are done for the year before you pack up. You may have to use your furnace more, but it might be your favorite trip of the year too.