When it comes to low budget getaways, many travelers choose to enjoy the wonders of nature as few hours from home as possible. New Yorkers have the Catskills, Pennsylvanians have the Poconos, and we Michiganders have a vague vacationland we call “Up North.” This depends on where you live, but by my definition extends North of Muskegon to the very top of the Upper Peninsula, which is a pretty vast area. Since the whole state is sprinkled with lakes both Great and small, old growth forests, a few rock formations and waterfalls, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails, there is a seemingly endless amount of outdoor recreation to enjoy the whole way up. Here’s a bit of Ludington State Park and Manistee National Forest on the northwest side of the LP from a very fun trip I took last week:
Many families toward the southern state line choose to take advantage of the outdoor attractions by purchasing little plots of lands for vacation homes and trailers for affordable and easily accessible relaxation. They’re often lake houses, but also manifest as hunting and fishing lodges and more rustic cabins used like campsites. The typical interior of a Michigan vacation home was decorated so long ago that it’s transcended Outdated and come full-circle to Charming, It also usually includes a lot of kitsch and novelty items.
This particular home was a trailer was located by itself on a dirt road, way out in the forest, not positioned on any water and easily forgotten. I was camping nearby and found it while wandering. The particle board in its door had swelled with moisture so far that it burst open and broke its own lock. I thought the exterior was mildly interesting, so I peeked through the door to find a bright burst of color.
Orange curtains hung over the windows, a pink equestrian-themed quilt was draped over an oval streamlined sofa, and a bright blue chair sat directly in front of me at eye level in front of a retro teal kitchen. The room was still mostly arranged as it once was, albeit a bit dusty and rifled through by scavengers.
And the kitchen! All teal appliances and iridescent dishware. There was still expired food and supplies in the cabinets and an old radio sitting on top of the kitchen island.
Beyond the kitchen, through a narrow hallway, were the two bedrooms. Both were only large enough to fit one mattress and box spring and the walls were darkly paneled in wood. The best part of this end was the bathroom, which had a cute little Formica shelf held by decorative brass bars and, of course, a teal sink to match the kitchen appliances.
Love that angular medicine cabinet, too.
There isn’t much of a history to tell here, but it was cool to see the little details of someone’s home away from home.