On the eve of 2020, I think back to New Year’s Eve 2000. A few of us headed out on the second annual trip to Tom’s Lake Cabin.
Our destination was North of Manistique and South of Munising at a forest service cabin in Hiawatha National Forest. The road to the cabin was not plowed but we could get fairly close by truck, if I remember correctly.
We came prepared with nordic skis, snow shoes, a camping stove, headlamps, propane lamps, food for days, and plenty to drink.
Occasionally we would hear a snowmobile buzz by but otherwise the woods were quiet. The nights were dark. We didn’t have running water but I couldn’t tell you how far it was to the outhouse. I assume it wasn’t far. I think there was a moon some nights but can’t remember for sure.
We wore our nordic ski boots to the local snowmobile restaurant and bar. We didn’t exactly fit in but everyone was nice and it seems like the chili was especially good.
Most of our time was spent mulling around in the snow, drinking blackberry brandy, and stoking the fire. By this time, I don’t remember thinking much about Y2K.
We stopped by a bar in Munising on New Year’s Eve. While I had spent a fair amount of time exploring small town bars around the country, this was the first time I walked in to a pot luck. Even without a dish to pass, they welcomed us. They gave us homemade food, party blowers, hats, and champagne. We joined in the singing and hugging at midnight.
The next morning, back at Tom’s cabin, we still didn’t have indoor plumbing, electricity, or gas. We stoked the fire. As we packed up to leave, I wondered if any computers out there had been devastated by Y2K. We hadn’t noticed any problems.
That was the last time our group went to Tom’s Lake Cabin. I hadn’t thought much about it until right now.
A favorite quote hangs in the spare bedroom of some of our kindest Colorado friends. It reads:
“Travel light in life
Take only what you need:
A loving family, good friends, simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you, something to eat, enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink for thirst is a dangerous thing.”
On the eve of a new decade, I wish everyone simplicity and peace.
Happy New Year and all the best adventures in 2020.