Happy 4th!


Hailing from Warren, VT – the Fourth of July Capital of the Universe – we’re thinking of friends back home today.  Hoping everybody has a great 4th!

Recall from our last post that selecting a place in MI to spend the 4th of July weekend was a bit like throwing a dart.  It (mostly) worked! We’re celebrating in Harrison, Michigan, on Budd Lake, right in the middle of the state (or the knuckle at the base of the middle finger, if you’re from here).

Harrison, MI Independence Day Celebration

In addition to hosting the county’s Independence Day celebrations, Harrison boasts ‘twenty lakes in twenty minutes.’ But that’s by car. So we set out to find some, by bike and on foot. Three lovely lakes – including Budd Lake, the largest -were a fun walk from our campground. We set out a bike route to find another dozen or so. This is where it got interesting…  This part of MI is relatively flat to slightly rolling.  So, lakes are hard to see unless you’re on the shore. Many of the lakes are ringed by houses, cottages and camps with little public access – lake views are between houses. Some lakes had public boat launches offering nice views, often at the end of dirt roads.  The soil in this part of MI is quite sandy. During our first stretch of spoke-deep sand, our old off-road skills kicked in from out of the depths of muscle memory. However, at 3 mph, we realized we’d have to reroute and miss those lakes accessible only by dirt roads. So, we did get to see an additional 4 lakes. From the Great Lakes to a great number of small lakes…

Regarding Independence Day, of course we’re biased because Warren VT has the greatest 4th of July celebration in the Universe. However, Harrison was great, small-town fun. Last night’s fireworks display launched from the county fairgrounds just across the road from our campground, so we jumped the fence and had front row seats to a fine display! And this morning’s parade, although missing Warren’s outsized political commentary, was every bit as “organized” and every bit as local. Tractors, off-road vehicles (ORV’s), anything with an air horn, and kids ruled the morning!

We didn’t have Bernie, or any signs about Trump, but we had the demolition derby, so almost the same thing. Happy 4th!

For those who are interested, more:  4th of July

2 thoughts on “Happy 4th!”

  1. OK you are so close to Interlochen Center for the Arts. Great concert Saturday with the Interlochen World Youth Orchestra. Also go to the Sunday morning service in Kresge Auditorium. And don’t forget the National Cherry Festival just started in Traverse City though July 9th. Have fun!

    1. Hi, Jula! Yes, Interlochen is on the agenda – planning to see an orchestral concert, then there are these two old guys playing there that I think we’ll also go see, one is named Gregg Allman and the other is called Peter Frampton ;-). Between now and then, we’re going to see Dead & Co. in Clarkston and hit up the Kalamazoo Blues Festival, then we’ll be done down south and heading up to explore the top of the mitt and the upper peninsula. We have your list, keep watching this space!

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