As mentioned in the previous post, we took our time packing up and hiking out of Nordhouse Dunes. It was so peaceful, quiet and relaxing there. (I've since read that they got hit with most of the weekend's forecasted rain and were bombarded with black flies, so we did win out)
We meandered our way up to the D.H.Day Campground just before 5 where we met the ladies coming back from having taken a swim. This campground is entirely first come first serve, so we felt lucky to have gotten two spots right next to each other, but we weren't huge fans of that gravelly tent spot (I wrote 'knee pad' on my packing list for next time) and it being SURROUNDED by poison ivy. We had to be so careful as we set up. We had to be careful the entire time. We weren't able to hang a clothesline or our hammocks since we couldn't access the trees without waltzing thru the ivy.
Regardless, the campground filled to capacity shortly after we arrived. A line of hopeful campers were parked, waiting by the entrance in hopes of getting a spot in the morning. We saw this both Thursday night and Friday night.
I can't even imagine trying to come here with littles. Or a dog. Or without a backup plan if the campground is full.
But, the weather was gorgeous and the company was great. We set up camp, ate a quick dinner, packed our day packs and piled we all piled in Beth's van to go exploring.
We headed up the Empire Bluff Trail to enjoy the sunset.
Back row: Denise D, Sue S, Ginny P and Beth P
Front Row: Deana P (Deana used to be Ginny's boss before switching over to LESA Transportation recently. I've emailed with her before about busing things, so it was fun to get to know her on a more personal level. A new friend!), Myself, MaryKay H and Mary H.
Some chose to explore even further. The scenery is incredible.
We stopped for ice cream before heading back to camp.
Back at camp, we suited up and took a midnight swim and washed up under the stars. When Mark asked me to share a favorite moment, the midnight swim made the list. After two days of hiking - it was so good. So, so good.