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It's a little chilly up here

POSTED: June 12, 2008 5:00 a.m.

I have abandoned the sunny, hot Georgia weather for a week-long vacation in Michigan.

I got here yesterday and am enjoying the lack of civilization that encompasses the dot on the map that I’m currently staying in – the town of Moran, Mich.

I have no cell phone service, at all. And I’m talking no bars, not even a little bit of service. I’m staying with "Yoopers" right now, otherwise known as those who live in the "U.P.," or Upper Peninsula of the state. I’m here with my boyfriend, visiting his family.

I arrived in the Detroit airport Saturday at about 12:30 p.m. By the time we got a rental car, ate lunch and drove all the way up to the U.P. (where there are no airports), it was 8 p.m. I’d like to point out to all Bryan Countians who think gas prices are bad – we filled up yesterday at $4.19 (in the southern part of the state). Today, in the north it’s $4.45 for a gallon of regular. And I bought a half-gallon of milk yesterday for $5.

Anyway, once we crossed the Mackinac Bridge yesterday (about an hour or so from here), cell service ended and blissful vacation began. Granted, I’m writing this from the comfort of a laptop with a wireless connection, but I’m definitely out in the middle of nowhere and there’s nothing to do but enjoy the loveliness that is vacation.

Yesterday was sunny and "warm" – about 60 during the warmest part of the day – and I slept late, ate way too many calories starting with crepes for breakfast and continuing throughout the day until I finished it with a generous slice of Boston cream pie. But what is vacation but a time to eat too much?

Big events on yesterday’s agenda included a tour of the gardens (flower and vegetable) and a trip on the maiden voyage of the family pontoon boat out in Brevort Lake, which the house sits about 30 feet from, followed by cocktails and snacks on the deck. Naturally, I was swaddled in about four layers of clothing and had a blanket wrapped around my legs, but it was very nice. Then the weather turned and it began raining, which seemed like an opportune time to take a nap, followed by a trip to the only "general store" in Moran, which is more like a limited version of Clyde’s. Dinner was what I consider typically Memorial Day weekend – grilled steaks and potatoes, and a rousing game of cards together at night.

The sights outside the window today include wetness everywhere – yesterday’s rain continued through the night – with a saturated wind blowing off the lake; a thermometer that reads something just a hair over 50 degrees (and it’s 1 p.m., so it’s not getting any warmer – and the forecast tonight calls for frost); and geese with several baby goslings in the back yard, watching the choppy waters.

It’s foggy and kind of miserable outside, which is what makes being on vacation (and therefore having the wonderful choice to not have to leave inside) so great. Today, the schedule is looking like a lot of reading, probably another nap and some more eating.

I had pretty much forgotten how good it feels to have nothing planned, nothing scheduled, nowhere to go and nothing to do. While that boredom can be intimidating to those of us used to going, going, going all the time, I’ve already embraced it and am enjoying it to the fullest.

Tomorrow, some actual "plans" might form, my boyfriend has suggested hiking along a river or taking a trip to the lower falls of a waterfall that we visited the upper falls of two years ago, or a day trip to one of the nearby towns.

I told him I don’t care what we do, because I’m just happy to be relaxing and having nothing to do but nothing.

In fact, I’m all together convinced I could get used to it.

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