Vacation Planning

Bodie Island Lighthouse I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I LOVE planning trips. Its possible that I enjoy the planning as much as I enjoy the trip itself. As we are getting closer to our summer road trip, I am really buckling down on the planning. Furkot has been very helpful in planning this trip and where to stop along the way.

Here’s our plan: 2 nights in Williamburg, Virginia; 2 nights in Frisco, North Carolina; 2 Night in Ocracoke, North Carolina; 1 night in Nags Head North Carolina; and 1 night in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

One thing that is tough about planning this kind of trip is that there are not a lot of resources out there for camping road trips. A lot of the recipes I’ve found online are campfire recipes, which are fun, but when you’re not camping to relax around the campsite all day, you don’t have time for that kind of cooking. I’m having a hard time finding quick and simple recipes that we won’t get sick of on a 10 day trip.

The photo is from my last visit to the Outer Banks, back in 2009. That was before my DSRL days. This photo was taken with my old Samsung point and shoot.  I did pull it into Lightroom to do some basic edits. I think it turned out OK for a mid-day shot with a low level camera.

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First Camping Trip of the Season

Big Sable Sunset

This past weekend, we ventured out to our first camping trip of the season. We’ve been wanting to check out the Jack Pine campground at Ludington State Park since we discovered it on our first visit to the park several years ago. What really intrigued us about this campground is that it is a hike-in campground a mile from the Big Sable Point Lighthouse. We were really looking forward to this because it would allow us to stay at the lighthouse later and photograph it during blue hour without worrying about our car getting locked in the day use area parking lot. The light didn’t end up being as phenomenal as we were hoping, but it was nice to spend sunset on Lake Michigan. We absolutely loved our campsite (site F). It was secluded and quiet but also close to the road to the lighthouse. One night wasn’t enough. We will have to make plans to stay at this campground again sometime soon!

If any of you are heading to the Jack Pine campground, one tip to know is that the path to the campground is actually a gravel road used to service the lighthouse. They say everything must be backpacked or biked in, but we brought a foldable wagon and it worked great and held more than a backpack would. While Chris’ arm got tired pulling it, I have to think it was easier than carrying everything on his back.

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Evening in Manistee

Manistee Light at Blue Hour

Over Labor Day Weekend I had the chance to visit Manistee. This was an important visit because it checks the final box on my Lake Michigan beach town checklist. I have been to St. Joseph, Muskegon, Ludington, Traverse City, but I had yet to visit Manistee. There is a lot to see and do in Manistee and we enjoyed exploring the 1.5 mile riverwalk and crossed another State Park off our list at Orchard Beach. Of course, we ended the day watching the sunset at Fifth Avenue Beach. Afterwards, we stopped at House of Flavors for a yummy ice cream treat!

About the Photo:
The Manistee Lighthouse is a popular evening fishing spot so I really wanted to capture the action with my shot. I knew I wanted all of the lighthouse in focus so I went with a small aperture and long exposure. The long exposure caused the ghost effect in a few areas, but I think it shows the story of the fishermen on the pier. I did basic color adjustments in Lightroom but went into Photoshop to create the beam of light.

Camera Gear:
Nikon D3100 with 55-200 kit lens on a tripod

Date Taken:
September 4, 2016

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