A Beautiful Place...to die!

Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Michigan
Thursday, September 8, 2011

Voted as "The Most Beautiful Place in America" on Good Morning America, it was nearly impossible to show up and get a campsite without reservations. We just barely got a site and the parents were double booked with another man. Once that got sorted out, we could relax for the night but we (Karen and I) had to get up at the crack of dawn, in 41 degree weather to stand in line for the day after! Ironically, the guy that was double booked with the parents was in line behind us and we were told there was only 3 open spots. Karen and I were number 4 and 5, so the guy behind us was 6. Somehow things worked out though and we all got booked for the night. The guy even came over to give us some fresh raspberries...in celebration!

Steve and I had not bothered with a campfire, thus far, the entire trip. Every time we pulled into a campsite (which was rare), we were always busy using our hookups to their full potential by cleaning the RV and backing up our images. It had never been a real relaxing time.

Now that we were in the company of others, we had picnics, made s'mores, told stories by the campfire and enjoyed Mother Nature more...even that cute mouse. However, during one of our meals, I nearly died! NO JOKE! I had a tortilla chip in my mouth and was laughing about something when it got lodged in my throat. I was trying to move it down (or up) my throat. It wouldn't budge and worse yet, it was flattening out in my throat with the tips poking in for a tight hold and blocking my air passage. Steve was motioning the Heimlich Maneuver and asking me if I could breathe. Panic started to set in when I realized I could barely breathe, let alone answer him. 

I was not looking forward to an awkward, possibly painful, stomach pump but at the same time I didn't want to die, let alone from choking on a tortilla chip! I felt my eyes widening in a state of shock and then I managed to throw up! Gross, I know. My throat was sore for days but I survived, phew!

Besides that drama, we drove the loop around the SBD and stopped to hike and take in the views. There was a pretty steep drop from one of the dunes, into Lake Michigan, which was beautiful. Steve threw Rusty in a small embankment a couple times which was great exercise for the Roo as he had to run out of it. Then we checked out the salmon weir. Steve's parents did all the driving so we just sat back and went along for the ride. 
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