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Bass Lake, Michigan

Bass Lake
We rented a cabin on Bass Lake, just outside of Traverse City. On the internet, the cabin was beautiful. It was the pictures that drew me-in. I was brimming with romanticized visions of relaxing in a tube on the lake, fishing, and making s’mores by a campfire. Of course, the pics only portrayed the exceptional aspects of what was otherwise a rustic little heap held together with cobblestones and tape. No—literally—blue painter’s tape. 

Cabin on Bass Lake

It wasn’t exactly advertised that the cabin has large bay windows all the way around the house, in every bedroom and bath, and that there are no coverings on any of them. You’re surrounded by woods; it’s a little creepy at night. Or, that the knotty pine staircase is natural and attractive but functionally awkward. (I banged the backs of my heels every morning.) Or, that the tap water is so coppery that you’d have thought—with your eyes closed—that you were washing your face with blood. There’s a hornet nest just off the patio,…

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