Returning to a Memory


Country MoonSometimes we remember things like a certain food that our mothers used to make or a special place that we used to visit and we long to go back. The problem is that when we make that food or visit that place, it isn't as sweet as the memory. The mind tends to embellish these things.

But, every once in a while, we are pleasantly surprised and we can go back. That is exactly what happened this past weekend and the best part is that it was just as good as the first time.

I guess I better start at the beginning. More than 20 years ago now, my Aunt Sharlene and Uncle Don started camping at Wieland's Whistling Pines campground in Michigan's northwest corner of the mitten near Ellsworth which is just south of Charlevoix. That first time they stayed there they had actually started out with another camping destination in mind but, when they got up there, the campground was full. Their daughter Cathy Jo and her husband Ron who was with them found this other campground.

Wieland's actually is an old farm on Wilson Lake that has been converted into a small campground with just a few sites. The old toolshed has been converted into the only rustic cabin on the property.

Well, my aunt and uncle fell in love with the campground, the owners and the area. They returned every year for the next 17 years and introduced us to it the last three years they were up there. It didn't take long for us to also fall in love with it.

The Petoskey/Charlevoix/Central Lake area is amazing. It literally has everything that a person could want. Lake Michigan is never far away and offers smaller beaches that are just as charming as the larger ones but not as crowded. There are orchards, farmland, vineyards, rolling hills and flat land. Did I leave anything out? This area really has something for everyone.

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