Being the 4th of July, I debated on staying in Ludington to watch the fireworks. In 2011 my friend Ken and I had driven up there to watch them. It was not as impressive as I remembered them being. I decided that in the four and a half hours it would take for fireworks to start, I could be home. It was hot. I was tired. I wanted to go home.
I drove home. Had I not stopped for
a 10 minute nap earlier in the day and let the car run with the AC on,
I'd have made it home without a problem. As it was, I ran out of gas 6
miles from home, although the car said I still had gas in the tank.
After getting gas, the car wouldn't start and the battery ran down again. I was unable to jump start it this time. I called and had the car towed to a service station. The next day they determined the battery was dead and replaced it.
I'm glad I took this trip. It turned out to cost more than I expected. This was primarily because I didn't camp as much as I had planned and I ate out much more than expected. I only had one hard reservation during the trip and this gave me a great deal of freedom to do what I wanted, when I wanted. I think that that was a great way to do the trip. The freedom was great. Its not something that you have when you punch the clock for a living.
The time away gave time to think about what I'm doing in terms of work and what I do. I've decided to make some changes. I'm going to take my photography a bit more seriously. I'm hoping to take a photography class. Maybe do something a little more than just be a hobbyist.
All in all, it was great to have that time off. I'd love to take a trip like that again. I'm thinking for my next trip I'm thinking of heading to the northeast. I've never been there and I'd like to get some fall pictures.