I spoke to what sounded like a very friendly male park ranger ar Waterloo Recreation Area just a bit ago. I got the cabin lock combination, confirmed restrooms will be open, learned where firewood can be purchased (in the park if rangers are on duty, otherwise a “party store” a half mile away sells wood, too).
I read some place that “party store” is a colloquial term kind of unique to Michigan and basically means “convenience joint that sells hooch.” I want to take this moment to thank my lucky stars I live in a state where it’s fairly simple to just go on a “booze run.” Laws regarding the sale of alcohol vary widely from state to state, with some states only selling liquor in “special” stores (called ABC stores in Virginia). You can’t just run into a store in every state and expect to buy a bottle of vodka – or high-proof grain alcohol (which is not easy to find in Michigan). Grain alcohol now has a restraining order against me because of the 2009 “Kentucky Incident” which I will never speak of again (lol).
Some states even have “wet” and “dry” counties. Plan to camp in Kentucky? Know well in advance where you can buy booze (if not from some hillbilly’s private still). You may have to drive into “the next county over” if you’re in a “dry county.”
It’s always good to have a store nearby when you’re on a camping/cabin trip! You might find yourself too lazy to make morning coffee, might need a bag of ice, might need ginger ale for your hangover and (gasp) you just might…run out of booze!
Can’t have THAT now!