This week the Pierpont men are preparing for an adventure.
It’s been years since we have visited North Manitou Island. Kyle, Chuk and I went with Manitou Mike Otis back in about 2002. Daniel and Wesley have never been on the Island. Kyle and Oliver weren’t even born the last time we ventured out on the hour-long ferry to North Manitou.
We’ll all meet at Dan and Wes’s apartment in Grand Rapids then head north to couch-surf at my sister Melony’s home in Bear Lake. In the morning we’ll hit the Early Bird Cafe in Leland for our last mainland meal.
The Manitous are are part of the great Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, one of Pure Michigan’s most wonderful natural wonders. The Island is only accessible to hikers who pack in on their backs everything they need to camp in the back-country. It’s a great place to freshen our relationship with the Creator and with the people we love. We plan to hike to the bluffs on the west cost of the Island and enjoy the sweet-water lake, good food, camp-coffee, trail mix, togetherness, story telling, sweet sleep, prayer, Scripture reading and discussion. We’ll gather stories and tell them for years