Early October 2018
State Park (possibly Brighton)
Bonfire? State park campout? Tentative date: early October 2018
OK, so what do you guys think?
I was talking with demilurker Clyde_Shelton on the Saturday ONT and in discussing the lovely early autumn Michigan weather, he offhandedly mentioned bonfires.
Whoa. When's the last time you've been to one? I think mine was Bellows AFS beach in like 2005.
Now, Lansing city park ordinances do mention that fires "are permitted only in picnic grills or designated areas" and that "Alcoholic beverages are not to be sold, consumed or possessed in an open container except in specific parks if a specific license is granted". So I'll call on Monday (9 July) and see if what we're trying to do is possible at a city park. There are some nice ones! They're also not too far out; a lot of them are in town right on the river.
All Ingham county parks specifically disallow alcohol stronger than beer or wine. This doesn't include several of the parks - e.g. Lake Lansing South - which disallow any alcohol.
State parks are more promising. Many of them have campgrounds, so they expect you'll be building a fire in the fire ring, have a cooler out, things like that. The campgrounds have varied amenities: some are just clearings with a "vault toilet", others are prepared sites with handicapped-accessible restroom/shower buildings for every dozen sites and a 120VAC 'tree', and some are cabins with bunk beds and dining rooms. Sleepy Hollow State Park is about 25 minutes north of Lansing, but that puts it a little further away from the southeast Michigan contingent. It's starting to look like one of the parks further southeast is a better bet. Is anyone familiar with any of them? Would people prefer a longer all day (possibly overnight Friday to Saturday) event with a nighttime fire at a park, or a few hours at a restaurant instead? I'll open a poll here and a topic on the forum. It's only the beginning of July now, so take your time and think it over.