Mid-August brings our annual trek to the Upper Peninsula for wild blueberry season. Our ‘super secret spot’ is no longer so super secret. When we arrived in the late afternoon, we found that we had to wait to get down the two-track that takes us to ‘our’ spot due to other vehicles parked on it.
Since we planned to ‘car-camp’ for the night, we decided to check out the other two-tracks in the area and see if we could find a cool spot. And yes we did!!
We came across this lake with a clearing perfect for camping. But before setting up camp, we still had to pick blueberries, so we went back to our spot, and all the vehicles and people were gone-too bad they didn’t take the mosquitoes with them! The Upper Peninsula’s mosquitoes are legendary, and believe me, they lived up to their legend, and then some! We sprayed ourselves, donned hooded jackets, and began picking. It didn’t take but a couple of hours to fill our containers (unfortunately, no pictures were taken, too busy picking and swatting). We then loaded up and headed to the campsite.
We decided to car-camp this year, mostly to see if it was doable in a Jeep Compass, and if it was successful, it may open up new opportunities we hadn’t thought of.
As you can see, the back of the Compass fits us just fine.
We brought a log (pressed wood with wax) to burn and settled in for the evening. As you can see from the pictures, no wind. It did not take long for the mosquitoes to find us, and they were hungry!
Called it a night once the log was burned and found that since we had to leave a window cracked, the mosquitoes knew just where to find us! It was a night with no sleep and knowledge that we were being chowed on. So overall, the concept of ‘car-camping’ is a good one, but only before or after the ‘mosquito season’.