I know many of my readers are in suspense about the shower houses so I must report. Michigan state parks are very expensive compared to Iowa. The sites and reservation fees are twice as much plus a daily or annual "recreation passport" is required for vehicles. The annual passport is cheaper if one is staying more than three nights and we will be. The sites here all small, not very level, and have no gravel or paving. But the shower house is glorious. Very new, all tile, and roomy. And--wait for it--the showers have three hooks! Pure luxury.
Today we will head north to Sleeping Bear Dunes, a national seashore on Lake Michigan. We will meet one of the students from my very first class of eighth graders for lunch at Ludington along the way. Always a thrill for me, but also a reality check. I think of them as teenagers but many are actually retiring. The forecast for the weekend is clear and cool so we should be able to spend more time outdoors.
I will not complain at all if it does rain in the face of the hurricanes in Texas and Florida and the wildfires in the West. My heart breaks for what so many are going through. It is heartening to see posts on camping and RV pages offering free stays in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states to evacuees from Florida. Yesterday, I got notice that Audible.com that they are waiving the subscription fees for the next few months for people in the Houston area--a small comfort, perhaps, but helping to brighten a bleak situation.