There’s something special about staying in a Yurt. It’s a unique experience that most Michiganders have yet to discover. Our first experience with one was at Teddy Lake in Michigan’s Craig Lake State Park.
The Teddy Lake Yurt is available year-round, which is one of the reasons why we selected it. In the winter, it requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach the parking area where a short hike is required to reach the Yurt. This adds to the remote, peaceful environment.
Furnished with enough bunk beds to sleep four people, the Yurt is an excellent option for small groups who want to get lost in a “winter wonderland.” The wood stove provides heat but also works well for cooking. There is a stockpile of wood available that has been sheltered from the snow.
For $65 a night, plus the cost of a Recreational Pass if you don’t have one, this was an amazing opportunity. I imagine it’s quite pleasant in the summer as well with a canoe provided for paddling around Teddy Lake.
To experience your yurt get-a-way, visit Michigan State Park & Habor Reservations
Camping with dogs can be a challenge but also some of the best camping experiences.
We have two beagles, Brisco and Delilah, who LOVE going camping with us. If you have ever owned beagles, you know just how much they love all those new smells. Both have their own needs and we try our best to accommodate for them.
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If you are an avid camper in Michigan, you may have heard that the DNR has released a new policy regarding firewood. Starting in 2018, all firewood brought into a Michigan State Park, must be purchased by an approved vendor.
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There’s a National Day for everything. Today just happens to be national plan your vacation day. We have a lot of planning left to do but this is what’s on our list so far for our Michigan trips.
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The cold and snow won’t stop us from enjoying the outdoors. In fact, one of my favorite times of year to camp and/or hike is winter. No crowds, just us and nature. But before we hit the trails, we always ask: How are we going to stay warm?
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April is tick awareness month!
Okay, maybe I made that up. But it should be! Here in Michigan, ’tis the season. During our last camping trip to Pigeon River, we were unfortunate to have another run in with these little creatures.
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I recently expanded my skill set to include reading topographical maps. Oddly enough, I’ve never learned. But when I started planning hikes that have little to no information and no established trails, I resorted to these maps for help.
So what is a topographical map?
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Essential oils. People are starting to discover how amazing these oils are. They can heal, treat, calm and clean pretty much anything. And though there are still dangers to using some of them and they should always be used diluted prior to use, essential oils provide us with a chemical-free way of living.
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We have some amazing camping gear. Over the years we’ve tried new things, learned what doesn’t work for us, improved what we have and got rid of things we thought we needed but really didn’t. While we are still experimenting, we’ve narrowed it down to almost our perfect set of gear, that is until I noticed we were overlooking an important piece of equipment; the First Aid Kit.
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When it comes to camping, we’ve struggled with finding the right organization system for us, especially for when we car camp. We’ve reduced the amount of what we take significantly, disregarded boxes of items when not necessary (i.e cereal), and bought smaller, lighter equipment. Still the problem has gone unsolved. Where do we put it all?
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