QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TO OR FROM OUR GUESTS;
GUESTS (2 young men from Chicago): So, what kind of night life is there around here?
ME (having fun with their question): Oh, geez! There is all kinds of night life! You will hear packs of coyotes yipping and howling (especially after a kill), you can hear owls, sometimes the Northern Lights just are amazing.
GUEST: No, we meant isn't there any bars around here? But just out of curiosity, how close do the coyotes get to the campground?
ME: What kind of dog is that? It looks like a cross between a Doberman and a Lab.
GUEST: He is part Lab and part psychopath.
GUEST: How far are the Falls from here?
ME: About 20 miles.
GUEST: That’s not very far to drive. I thought it was farther than that. How far away is the fire from you?
ME: About 20 miles north of us is where they seem to be working the hardest.
GUEST: So JUST how far is that 20 miles to the fire?
ME: About as far as it is from here to the Tahquamenon Falls.
ME: Did you enjoy your stay?
GUEST: Yes, but I’m anxious to get home!
ME: Missing your family?
GUEST: I miss my dog, but I am so sick of looking at trees. I’ve never seen so many trees in one place!
ME: Don’t you have trees in ______? (left out to protect the innocent)
GUEST: Yes, but all you have here is trees! And hardly any cars! We went to Manistique and we didn’t see any cars for about an hour!
ME: There is a Yooper joke that goes like this; HEADLINES IN THE PAPER; SERIOUS CAR ACCIDENT IN DA U.P! IMAGINE THAT! TWO CARS IN DA U.P. BEING IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME!
GUEST: I’m trying to find out the name of a tree I saw today.
ME; Can you describe it for me?
GUEST: It had a lot of dead leaves on it, real yellow brownish looking..
ME: Dead leaves, hmm, that is gonna be hard to tell. Are you sure they were leaves and not pine needles?
GUEST: I don’t know! That is why I’m asking you!
(We never did figure this one out, but I THINK this person had seen a Tamarack, which is a type of pine. In the fall, they turn a golden yellow and eventually the tree looks pretty ugly. Come spring again, it shoots off young needles, which are VERY soft and feathery).
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