|Les Cheneaux Island fishing|
What happened? Did they lose their luster as vacation spots when those tourists bought their own land and built their perfect U.P. vacation homes? Did their modest size and scant amenities fail to keep up with their customers' demands for the modern? Did fewer tourists stop each year, instead driving past in search of something bigger and better?
We chase the newer, the faster, and the more luxurious while discarding the old, the slow, and the modest. We raze perfectly serviceable homes to build state-of-the-art castles with vaulted ceilings and modern kitchens. We have to get a new smartphone every year to avoid being outdated. And we need to stay in the fanciest resorts and hotels that cater to our every need.
|The simple beauty of the Les Cheneaux Islands|
But there's a simpler way to live and a simpler way to vacation. Sometimes, the old way of doing things still has merit. Sometimes, simpler is better. Sometimes, an old resort can provide the simplicity that our lives often lack.
|Hills Point Resort|
|The calm waters of the Les Cheneaux Islands|
Despite not having visited in nearly thirty years, everything seemed familiar when I first drove up to the cabins. The pure air. The sound of the gravel crunching under the car's tires. The white cabins with the green trim lined up in a row, perpetually old but never aging. The old dock has a new addition that extends it farther into the water. The old boathouse looks the same, but it belongs to a different owner and is no longer part of the resort.
|The inside of the old boathouse|
Technology is an afterthought when visiting Hills Point. Why would I want to look at a screen when I could catch pike off the dock, go kayaking, sit around a bonfire on the beach, go for a run along secluded island roads, or sip a cup of coffee on a quiet misty morning and just inhale the serenity?
|The evenings brought beautiful sunsets|
|The beach at Hills Point Resort|
|A row of boathouses|
|Pine trees lining the shores|
My dad would have been proud.
And he would have been happy to see his four kids and his grandkids spend so much time together. We fished for pike during the day and grilled them at night. The kids played on the beach or fished off the docks for small perch. Each night, we sat around the bonfire with a universe of stars shining down on us, roasting marshmallows, and talking. No distractions. Just the warmth of the fire and the comfort of conversation.
Visit http://www.hillspointresort.com/ for more information, including reservation information, about Hills Point Resort.
Visit http://lescheneaux.org/ and http://www.lescheneaux.net/ for more information about the Les Cheneaux Islands.