Secret places

by Sarah

46.2045° N x 82.4456° W

Jul 12

This trip has been full of natural beauty. Waterfalls, lakes, island views, sunsets. Turns out the most stunning displays are always the ones we stumble upon ourselves, places where we’re the only people around. I don’t think this is because these secret places are necessarily more beautiful than the places marked on the tourist map, but there is something special about the experience of pulling over by the side of a dirt road, slipping down a sandy path, and discovering a river winding its way through the beach out to Lake Superior, the edges of the stream so fragile that just a few more unruly visitors could change the entire course of its journey.

Or, yesterday, taking a turnoff from the road to Manitoulin and driving through an abandoned powwow ground and finding a quiet bay in Lake Huron with wide flat outcroppings for sitting and water warm enough for Sandy to take a swim. We laid in the sun and relaxed, content to put off the rest of our drive for a little while.

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The Numbers

3260
miles driven
30
miles ridden by ferry
~ 105
gallons of petrol purchased
$3.92
cheapest price per gallon (Roseville, MN)
$5.40
priciest price per gallon (Rural Ontario)
3
nights spent at friends' homes
8
nights spent at hotels/motels
2
nights spent at B&Bs
5
nights spent camping
2625
photos taken
4
unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage
7
unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit
3
lottery tickets purchased
$0
money won
24
Sandy's license plate game score
24
Sarah's license plate game score
2-1
Head's up Trival Pursuit record, Sandy v. Sarah
1-1
Mini-golf record, Sandy v. Sarah
69-68
First game
51-58
Second game
1
speeding warnings received
1
speeding citations received
22
mph over limit we were driving
10
mph over limit nice Michigan state officer cited on ticket

The Plan

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