Honors Summer Snapshots: Hannah

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2017 summer routines via photos. About a month ago, Hannah Sams spent some time in a yurt:

Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Sams and I will be a sophomore this fall studying Marketing and International Business. The week after the spring semester ended two friends and I drove up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to go hiking and yurting for 3 days.

This is a picture of the Little Union River Yurt, which is where we lived for three days. The yurt is basically made up of a wooden deck with heavy canvas laid over a wooden frame. It was a 1/2 mile walk from where we parked to the yurt, and on our walks to and from the yurt we would often see animal tracks. We saw a bear print once, but no live bears, which would have been straight-up gnarly. Anyway, the campground area around the yurt had a picnic table, fire pit, wood pile, and that green thing attached to the deck is a place where utensils provided by the park were stored. It was bear-proof as well, so after a few failed attempts at tying our food in a tree we just shoved it in there. There was also a stream down behind the yurt which is where we washed our dishes, and back maybe 30 yards along the trail was the outhouse, which was very nice as outhouses go.

This is the inside of the yurt. To the left is a wood stove, since people stay in the yurt year-round, and it holds heat surprisingly well. There were also two bunk beds, a small picnic table, and an ax for cutting wood. On the table there was a logbook that had entries from everyone who stayed in the yurt, detailing what they had done, what trails they had hiked, animal friends in or near the yurt, and describing the location of a grave 30 yards behind the outhouse.

The first day we hiked 4 or so miles out to the end of a trail, then hammocked and ate lunch before heading back. We pretty much had the park to ourselves, and only encountered three other hikers on the trail and two park rangers. This made for the ultimate peaceful hammocking experience.

We had utensils and the ability to make a fire, so we were able to cook pretty much anything we wanted. This particular night we made jambalaya from an instant mix packet, spam (hickory flavored), and leftover hotdogs. I had never had spam, but it was actually pretty good and I would definitely eat it again, just not often because of the high sodium content. One of the girls I went with knew how to make a fire in such a way that when you had stacked the logs you could pull a grate or something similar over the flames to put your skillet, pot, or teapot on, so that was invaluable to us.

This is the view from a cliff we hiked about 2 miles out to the last day. We ate lunch and just relaxed there for a little while and appreciated the view. The body of water in the middle left part of the picture is Lake of the Clouds. Supposedly it is named that because an early explorer remarked that no wind disturbed the lake’s surface since it was so deeply set in the valley, and it therefore reflected the clouds beautifully.

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