Detroit Metro Camping

Who would have thought we would be so happy staying in this cramped fairgrounds campground. Wayne County Fairgrounds is in the perfect location for accessing Ann Arbor and Detroit.

While we were here I went to a pilates class, a chiropractor twice, acupuncture twice and Whole Foods twice. I would have gone back for more pilates, but as you might guess, my back has been a little wonky lately.


We’ve been going out to restaurants like we’re on vacation, or maybe like we’ve been in the boonies without anything but my own cooking for the last 4 months. Pictured above is Coleman, our bartender at Grey Ghost making a Warrior’s Victory (bourbon, amaro montenegro, byrrh, maraschino & flaming orange). It was fantastic.

Dinner Last Night:
Even though we’ve been going out a lot, we’ve also had some great meals at home.

Bulgur, Lentils & Tahini. This very good, especially the first night when it’s fresh.

Polenta with Roasted Kale & Chickpeas. I made my polenta fresh using the refrigerator/oven method in this recipe. I didn’t make my own enchilada sauce and used the Frontera brand which was excellent.

Angel Hair with Lentil Mushroom Bolognese Sauce. Really good.

2016 Cost of Camping:
26 nights free camping
240 nights paid camping
266 days this year thru 9/24
Total spent on camping this year: $6638.98
Daily average cost of camping: $24.95

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  • Reply Fritz September 24, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    So glad you enjoyed yourself here in Detroit – it’s a great spot for good food and drink and totally accepting of all kinds of people! I just discovered your blog in our quest and quandary regarding the purchase of a 2017 Airstream. We might be crazy, but we are thrilled to try out hand at regular adventures, first through Michigan and onward throughout the nation!

    • Reply Leigh September 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Hi Fritz, Wow it’s crazy to think they’re making 2017 Airstreams already. What’s the quandary? Good timing for camping in Michigan, Brian just scouted much of coastal Michigan this past summer for Campendium.

  • Reply Fritz September 25, 2016 at 9:53 am

    hi, Leigh!

    Love the campendium resource – it’s gonna be a great tool once we hit the road!

    The only real quandary is a mundane one – cost to purchase and cost of investing in a new-to-us tow vehicle. We have an old Jeep (V8) that can likely handle local trips, but we’re not certain it could make national trips.

    We also have a mortgage and school loans – but then, life is short! And since we don’t have kids, we don’t have to plan for a lot of the big expenses that come with them.

    How did you prioritize finances, safety, and travel dreams?

    • Reply Leigh September 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Fritz,

      Yes, those costs add up. It totally depends on your priorities. Can you work from the road? Are you interested in going full-time? If so, how important is your house? If you’re keeping the house, you might consider a used Airstream as well. Since ours is our only home, it was easier to justify going brand new. Safety isn’t an issue.

      Keep in touch!

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