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And so it begins

May 27, 2009 - Mark Wilcox
We took our trailer to Hancock's city-owned campground over the holiday weekend. We do this every year, for a number of reasons. For one, it's a great chance to do a "dry-run," to see if everything is still in working order after the long winter in storage. But more importantly, we have a number of good friends who do likewise and it gives us a chance to catch-up with them after a several-month hiatus. Walking about the campground Monday I couldn't help but feel that this first-of-the-year weekend, was almost identical to our last-of-the-year camping trip last October. The trees were mostly bare and even the bright sun could not take that nip out of the air. In both instances not even the promise of S'mores around the campfire could entice our 3-year-old grandson out of the warm camper into the frigid evening air. Camping in the cold can be a bit disheartening, but there is a silver lining. Which is, of course, the promise of what's to come. While summer in the Copper Country is brief and, at times, fragile, it offers reason enough to endure the long hard winters. The spectacular weather is why folks who once lived here keep coming back, if only for a warm-weather visit. I remember thinking, while I endured my first winter here in 1989, "why would anyone want to live here?" But a few months later as I was enjoying my first Keweenaw Summer, I thought, "why would anyone want to live anywhere else." The days are getting longer and warmer and before we take that last camping trip of the summer, roughly 125 days from now, there is so much to look forward to. There will be long walks on the beach, parades, carnivals, soccer games, trips to other places and the chance to make friends with people who, at present time, are still strangers. So now it begins, that glorious time that is summer in the Keweenaw. So get ready it's going to be a great ride


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