Goodbye Muskegon

 Posted by at 1:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 132012

They say all good things must come to an end, and so it is with our visit to Muskegon, Michigan. We’ve had a wonderful time visiting with Rocky and Berni, and more laughs than we can count but now it’s time to move on.

We know we will be coming back again and again. Muskegon is a wonderful small city with a lot to offer, and if you like water sports it’s a wonderful place to be in the summer. We have seen all kinds of boats on the local lakes and rivers, and on Lake Michigan. Everything from kayaks to sailboats to fishing boats to high-speed pleasure craft that are the sports cars of the water.






I can see why Rocky and Berni love this place so much, though I sure couldn’t handle the winters. You know my motto: when it snows, Nick goes.

Last night we had our final game of Mexican Train, then said our reluctant goodbyes to Rocky and Berni. Though Berni is my cousin, our relationship is based more on friendship then kinship. I don’t have a lot of relatives left in this world, and even fewer that I am close to, so it’s a delight to spend time with Rocky and Berni whenever we are in this part of the country.

Today we are going to Coleman, Michigan, about 120 miles east of us. We plan to park at the farm of the lady Terry bought her sock knitting machine from, and I have no idea what kind of services we will have. Probably just a 20 amp electrical plug on the side of a barn somewhere, but that’s all we really need. Our freshwater tank is full and we will empty our waste tanks before we leave Fisherman’s Landing, so we will be good to go for a long time.

Just as a head’s up, I’m not sure what kind of Internet connection will have there either. The Verizon map shows service in that area but I’ve learned all too well that what Verizon says and what Verizon has are often two very different things. Even in fairly large towns and cities, like Tucson and Mesa, Arizona, or Mission, Texas, or Sioux Falls, South Dakota we have had to fight to get and stay online more often than not. The Wilson antenna, signal booster and other equipment we have is very good about enhancing a weak signal, but that still doesn’t mean data service is going to be good. We’ve been many places with a strong four bars of 3G service and still have not been able to get online.

So if you don’t see a blog for a day or so don’t worry, we are alive and well, just struggling to get online. I say this anytime we go into a new area because we just never know what to expect.

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  4 Responses to “Goodbye Muskegon”

  1. We love you guys and I”m so blessed to have found you both. Nick your losing your mojo, you only won one game this time around.
    We must have a rematch.
    Save travels to you both and see you again soon.

  2. safe travels my friends. I am interested in seeing the socks when Terry gets thru with the lessons. That is one interesting machine.

  3. I’m already reserving a place for Miss Terry and her Fantastic Sock Machine at the Craft and Hobby Show and Tell in Yuma

  4. RE Verizon … if you see 4 bars, it should work well?! You have an Android phone right? Have you ever used PDANet to tether it? We find that it often works better than our Mifi-type hotspot. Tethering the Droid is our favorite way to connect to the Internet on the Road. Here’s our video on it:

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