We were up way before our normal time yesterday morning, crawling out of bed a little before 8 a.m. We got the motorhome ready to travel, hooked the Explorer up behind it, said our goodbyes to our family and friends in Traverse City, and were on the road a little after 9.
Traveling south on State Route 37, a good two lane road, we passed through some gorgeous scenery, with lots of forests, lakes, and rivers. There were several canoe and kayak livery places along the way, and we told ourselves, not for the fist time, that someday we need to spend some time paddling in this area.
Since it was a Saturday morning, most of the traffic we saw was headed north, a lot of it RVs, cars and SUVs with kayaks or canoes on top, and quite a few folks towing Jeeps or trailers with ATVs on them. No matter what you like to do in the great outdoors, central Michigan seems to have just what you need to fill the bill.
Eventually we turned west on U.S. 10, another good two lane road, for about 30 miles, and then we got onto U.S. 31 and followed it south to Muskegon. U.S. 31 is a good four lane divided highway, and traffic was light. I had not slept well the night before, and was really tired. About 30 miles north of Muskegon, I pulled into a rest area and had Terry take the wheel, because I was too tired to feel comfortable driving any longer. It sure is nice having a wife who is not afraid to take over when I don’t feel up to driving for whatever reason.
We arrived at Fisherman’s Landing, a city owned marina and RV park, a little after noon. This is our regular stop when visiting the area, and as a Passport America affiliate, we can stay two nights at half price, and then the other two nights of our stay will be at the full rate. Since our visit last year, they have added some new 50 amp sites, so we opted for one of them, since it’s going to be in the mid-80s and we want to make full use of our basement air conditioner.
We stropped at the dump station to empty our holding tanks, then pulled onto our site and got parked and hooked up. Then I laid down on the couch for a few minutes, until Rocky and Berni arrived. It’s always fun to see these two zany characters, and there is never a dull minute when we’re all together.
After hugs all around, we visited for a while, and then headed out to a bakery to pick up a cake Rocky and Berni had ordered for us, with Welcome Home written in icing across the top. What a nice treat! Thanks guys!
We had an early dinner at our favorite Chinese buffet in this area, and then went back to their apartment for an evening of Mexican Train, jokes, and did I mention that delicious cake? 🙂
The weather report is calling for scattered thunderstorms today, but Rocky says that normally means they could just as easily pass us by. If they do, we may try to get our kayaks wet. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, I know that we’ll find something to keep us busy. Four creative minds like ours can always dream up some kind of mischief!
Terry and I want to thank all of you who left blog comments, e-mailed, and posted good wishes on Facebook after her good medical report yesterday. We always say that we may not have much money, but we sure are rich, as we count all of you among out greatest treasures.
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Being born and raised in Mi is still to this day a real treat for me. I am now fulltiming and traveling this great country, even making SD as our residency. Been a year now on the road and there is so much beauty to see that its hard to believe. But my heart and love will always be MI. as you stated MI has it all for everyone. Thanks for bragging my state up.
Also to let you know I once tried to sign up with the Gypsy Journal and had some problems that right now I can’t remember what they were. I will try once again as I find your travels and info very good and entertaining.
Dave & Linda Mingus
You’re blog reminded me that we hadn’t said congrats to you and Terry for the good doc’s report. Considering it’s really all out of our hands, things are turning out pretty good. lol