Here we had our first real RV trip as a family! We got in late to the campground our first night, so we pretty much went to bed. We woke up the next morning and hung out for a little bit at the campground before it was time to hit the road again.
The campground we had stayed at was Yogi Bears Jellystone Resort in Scottsburg, Indiana. It was a great little campground. The staff was very welcoming, and the place was very kid-friendly. We felt at home. They gave us free crafts for the kids to do while we were there. We didn’t stay long, but we liked them so much we decided to stay again on our way back home.
On day 2, we headed towards Lake Michigan’s coast and on to our next stop: Orchard Beach State Park. I will say there was no accessible beach at this campground at the time of our trip: it was closed to the public. It didn’t matter to us because this campground is situated with a pathway alongside the cliffs. You can take a stroll while gazing over at beautiful Lake Michigan.
Day 3: We had read about a place called Sleeping Bear Dunes, so we wanted to check it out. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore contains massive dunes where visitors can hike to reach Lake Michigan’s view from 450’ high bluffs.
We arrived at the parking lot, but given that it was Labor Day weekend, our first issue was that regular cars had taken up all of the RV parking spots (frustrating!!). We had to drive around several times, leave for a little bit and come back before we were finally able to find a place to park. We climbed out of the RV bringing nothing with us but ourselves. Standing at the ground level with the dune in front of you makes it seem like it is just a large hill to climb over with the Lake on the other side. Boy, was I wrong! I realized very quickly I was actually climbing Mount Everest…only this was in the desert…and the ground was falling from under my feet with every step. OK…that is a bit dramatic…but you get the idea.
We finally made it to the top of the dune, and we had just a little bit further to go until we could see over the edge. Finally, it was time to see these beautiful views we had read about! We made it over to the edge and looked over and saw… a pathway down and… another dune to climb?
I’m embarrassed to say how many times this happened to us. We ended up hiking a mile or two before we decided we had to turn back. Yes. We didn’t even get to finish the hike! We hadn’t brought any water with us thinking it would be a much smaller ordeal than it was. Luckily, the first dune had beautiful views, and the dunes themselves were amazing to experience. We are still glad we went!
When we were finished with our hike we were exhausted. We headed out to our next destination: Wilderness State Park. We would spend the night there and head across Mackinaw Bridge the next day onto the Upper Peninsula. I will save this for my next post so stay tuned!