After 6-ish months of anticipation and feeling like the van would never be road ready, we are finally on the road. And holy cow, a lot has gone down in only a few days. We visited fam & friends near Detroit for a couple weeks and after more than a few sad "see ya laters," we pointed our tires to the Upper Peninsula. On the way up, we dipped our toes (and whole selves) in Lake Michigan where we learned that Olin is not a fan of sand.
We camped in a Dollar General parking lot where we woke up to a stellar sunrise over Lake Huron. Coincidentally, we had landed right beside a 24-hour laundromat and public restroom.
Collin took us on a tour to Pictured Rocks and Miner's Falls where Lake Superior runs into a huge flowing waterfall with a hidden cave behind.
After being introduced to the grand Lake Superior, Collin took us to a sweet college town that he spent 3 years living in, Marquette, Michigan. We are still here exploring, and boy Gerorge- it's a beaut!
P.S. We cooked in the van for the first time this morning, it rocks. Oh, and our first laundry mat shindig.
It is hard to believe that we are down to the final two days until we hit the road towards van life. I graduate tomorrow night, and we are getting on the road early Wednesday morning. We are heading 3 hours south to visit friends and family in Chattanooga for a couple days then heading North to visit family in Michigan. From there, all is unknown and we are stoked about it! To celebrate the end of a tedious semester and kiss the Appalachian Mountains goodbye, we spent the last few days soaking up some mountain time.
The Virginia Creeper Trail
Olin took her 2nd bike ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail and felt more used to her helmet being strapped around her chin on this ride. We rode about 10 miles round trip and took in some beautiful views along the way!
Little Hump Mountain TN/NC 5,440'
We hiked 14 miles round trip to get to the summit of Little Hump Mountain. On the way, we picked some ramps to add to our pizza and huffed and puffed back to the trailhead. Dobby and Taco trooped the whole trek, and mom and dad felt one step closer to being in shape.
The Nolichucky River
We took a 'mom & dad' river date on the Noli to test out our Kokopelli packrafts after a nice rainstorm. They handled awesome, and we had an absolute blast riding the waves! We can't wait to get Olin on the water!
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