Started my first state park campground hosting position of the summer (?) at Hartwick Pines State Park near Grayling, MI on Sunday after driving the last 45 miles at 30-35 mph in a blizzard. Took about 45 minutes to back into my site, as I kept slipping (in 4-wheel drive) and jack-knifing. Finally, good enough was good enough for the night. Met my supervisor on Monday. Tuesday, I made my way to the dump station, but my black tank valve would only open 1/2 way (frozen). I was able to empty the liquids, but the solids will wait for another day. Kitchen grey valve also frozen shut, but was able to empty the bathroom grey. That should get me by until it warms up a bit. Water lines are also frozen, so I shouldn't fill the grey tanks real quick taking sponge baths. Good thing I carry 2 5-gal. jugs of fresh water that I can refill at a nearby hand pump until it warms up next week.
We got about 3" of fresh snow overnight, and they're predicting 3-4 during the day today; another couple of inches tonight.
From here, I'll be headed to North Higgins Lake State Park (about 15 miles south of here) to host for May & June; then to Ionia State Park (near Grand Rapids, MI) to host for July; August (hopefully) will find me back at N. Higgins Lake; then hosting at Clear Lake State Park (near Atlanta, MI) for September & early October; finally, back here for Mid-October through the end of November (or as late as I feel comfortable staying). Winter will find me back down in the Texas Hill Country (again), but not hosting . . . just relaxing!
Safe travels, and Happy Camping!