It’s a rainy day today at Camp Lumika. But with our tarps lashed to perfection (thanks to Tor’s crafty system of adjustable knots) wool socks and a pot of hot, camp stove coffee, we are no worse for the wear inside our cozy, windowed dome. In fact, we are enjoying ourselves even more than usual. Which is, in its own way, a feat.
What Are We Doing?
This week, we are marveling close-up at the beauty of northwestern Michigan, including Leelanau County and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Area. It is the shakedown trip for a new work-travel experiment we have concocted after getting increasingly itchy feet in the wake of eight months of living and traveling in Mexico—this is something we have no snazzy name for, but for the time being shall unimaginatively call: work-camping. In a nutshell? It’s an Outdoor Office. A Tented Workspace. A Cubicle in the Shire. If all goes well, we will take our work-camping set up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, New York, Vermont, Maine and Canada later this summer and fall. And when the snow flies? TBD. But we hear the Outerbanks are a thing of beauty.
So far, we have learned that work-camping takes practice, adaptability, a sense of humor and a fair amount of jury rigging. For example, while experiencing our first workday in a torrential downpour, we quickly learned how to apply duct tape seam sealer to renegade leaks, set up an impenetrable, Class-A tarp system, and access wi-fi through phone tethers. As a result, we now enjoy warm, dry accommodations and uninterrupted internet service.
While we once balked at bringing laptops and a power strip into the sacred shrine of Nature, we now accept wholeheartedly that these tools are simply a necessary part of what we are doing – working while we camp. We don’t profess to be purists and have learned that you don’t have to be, in order to simply enjoy being outdoors. Jokingly, we refer to our style of camping as borderline “glamping” (glamorous camping), but in truth, are happy to find that it seems to agree with us.
For more photos of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, visit RicheleShoots.com.