Labor Day Blip

Every time I think I will post about Labor Day 2001, I think I will do it over Labor Day (duh) and yet, here it is, late on Labor Day…

No time like the present.

On the Friday preceding Labor Day of 2001, The Mister and I found ourselves childless for the weekend. We threw stuff in the trunk of our car and drove northeast. We left with important things, like a cell phone, a map, some food, and a tent, but without a plan. The idea being we would find a place to camp, what with road signs to campgrounds and all that.

Spontaneity — before smartphones, it was a bit of a risk.

After dark, we pulled into a campground somewhere. The campground’s proprietor said they were full and it was illegal for him to let us camp without a designated spot, but if we were open to roughing it, he’d find us a spot. We were open. We set up camp. The Mister roasted weenies and I toasted marshmallows and we enjoyed the evening staring at fire. Goodness, we do love to stare at fire. We crawled into our tent and slept the good sleep.

We awoke early and as I wandered about while brushing my teeth — who can just stand there?! — I roamed over a bit to a drop-off, to see what was there, and HOLY CRAP! IT WAS LAKE ERIE!ย 

We had no idea we camped next to the lake. And in case you’re not knowing, I should tell you Lake Erie is a Great Lake. It’s big. Lake Erie is one of the smaller Great Lakes and it’s still frickin huge.


Maybe maps aren’t the best way. I mean, when you look at a map like this, you may think Indiana and Wisconsin are pretty close together, why don’t Joey and Mary meet for lunch in Chicago?

Anyway, we woke up next to Lake Erie and that was amazing luck. What a view!
We went to Niagara Falls, spent the day walking and hiking, taking in the falls and the gardens. Then we checked into a hotel and drove back the following day.

We had a right good time.

We’ve accumulated heaps of travel and Labor Day memories over our twenty years together, but few surprises have been better than waking up on the shores of Lake Erie.

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48 Responses to Labor Day Blip

  1. Memories – some are sweeter than others. This is a good one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Nothing like a grand adventure, Joey. I’m glad you two were able to have one. Niagara Falls is quite something, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚


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  3. Prior... says:

    There is something about feeling it with as you led us there while brushing your teeth… could imagine your eyes bulging –
    And what a fun trip.
    This holiday for us in 2001- we put our FL house on the market (pulled it a week later but then sold it in spring) – I like your adventure weekend much better – ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. LindaGHill says:

    All I can think about is it’s a good thing you didn’t wander into the lake looking for a place to pee in the dark. Haha!

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  5. Bill says:

    In college, we took off (impulse) to tent camp on a 3-day weekend. Ended up @ Davy Crocket National Forest, but all camp sites were taken. We pitched on a nice roadside grassy spot. Wife got about 100 (I counted but forget the #) chigger bites to which she had a bad reaction with 2-inch welts driving her crazy. I got no bites. I didn’t know what chiggers were.

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    • joey says:

      Oh dear oh dear! Chigger bites are something I’ve never had either, but I’ve seen em on others. I guess maybe we’re not allergic? I think I’ve found a new point of gratitude today!

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  6. scr4pl80 says:

    I’m not a camper and especially not roughing it but waking up next to Lake Erie would definitely be cool.

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  7. A good relationship is build by great memories together, which you also describe here. Wish you many more years together Joey ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Rivergirl says:

    That was a nice surprise. We keep saying weโ€™re going to Niagra Falls and yet we havenโ€™t done it..

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  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    Some memories create a lastly impression that feels as fresh today as they were when they originally happened.

    Yup – the Great Lakes are big! … and you don’t really appreciate how big until you’re standing on the shore of one of them. How you managed to sneak up on Lake Erie without knowing it is a mystery ๐Ÿ˜† but discovering it the next morning is a treasure!!

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  10. I live 20 minutes from Lake Erie. Yup, it’s huge, Joey! Way cool you and the Mister went camping. xo

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  11. Wonderful memory. Sounds like the best kind of trip.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    And it’s Lake Erie for the win. Great story, good memories make for the best ones. Hope this year’s Labor Day was another good memory for you.

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  13. Benson says:

    What a lovely story. Camp fire can be so Romantic. With the right person.

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  14. Jewels says:

    Fun! Who knew brushing your teeth could turn into such a wonderful and surprising adventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Anxious Mom says:

    That sounds amazing. โค I'm not one for being spontaneous, but when my husband and I were dating, we took off for a last-minute camping trip, and it was the best time. I haven't been in 13 years, though.

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    • joey says:

      Camping with kids has not proven to be a good time for the Motterns. YMMV but you sure can’t fly by the seat of your pants with hungry tired wee people. You may camp again another day, and you may find something else extraordinary instead.


  16. Dan Antion says:

    What a great story. Lake Erie is big! Iโ€™m glad you guys lucked out. Youโ€™re right about maps. They make travel look so easy.

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  17. JT Twissel says:

    Sometimes I think it was funner to travel back before there was no GPS and internet reviews and everything was a big adventure which generally turned out okay. Great Labor Day memories!.

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  18. Laura says:

    HOLY MOLY! What a surprise that would be. Waking up next to a Great Lake might — and I emphasize *might* — even make camping worthwhile.


  19. bikerchick57 says:

    Yeah, why don’t we meet for lunch in Chicago? And why do I miss your post when you mention my name? I think we should hop in the car some Saturday (you can bring Marian along) and we’ll meet at whatever dive is halfway. It’s only what…four hours through horrendous Gary, Milwaukee and Chicago interstate traffic…right?

    I’ve been to both Niagara Falls and to Lake Erie (Sandusky and Put ‘n’ Bay, Ohio) and they are both wonderful places to spend time with a friend or significant other. Your camping trip sounds like one of those memories that warms the cockles of your heart every time you think about it. โค


  20. Prajakta says:

    What an amazing trip… Smartphones have taken away this element of surprise. Maybe, you can try to recreate this by deliberately not using your phones next trip.


  21. markbialczak says:

    I have seen the beauty of Lake Erie, yes, Joey, it being one of the two Great Lakes that touch my home New York State. Waking up next to it must have been awesome!

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  22. Amy says:

    That sounds like a wonderful surprise! I haven’t been that far north and sadly haven’t seen any of the Great Lakes. Labor Day of 2001 probably did not find me childless. My second was only a few weeks old and was a sick baby so nobody else wanted those sleepless nights. lol.

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