June 3, 2016 – June 8, 2016
We woke up to this sunrise on Friday June 3rd. The last beautiful sunrise for a while. This is travel day and we are heading to the West Coast of Michigan. We left Mackinaw City around 9:00 AM and heading south west to Ludington, MI. We took I-75 South to MI-127 and we took that south to MI-55 West toward Cadillac. Then we discovered we really needed some gas. So we drove downtown Cadillac looking for the Speedway. It all worked out fine, but I was a nervous wreck. There was a 8% grade down into the town. It was short, but still Crazy! We checked into Vacation Station RV Resort around 1:30. Beautiful RV park.This was hilarious. Being a Louisville Alumni, it never surprises me where I see UK fans. We are in Michigan, for Pete’s sake and parked right across the street from a UK fan. Come on!!
We headed to downtown Ludington. They are known for their large beach and the Sand Dunes at the Ludington State Park. This was a place just outside the State Park.The sand dunes where wonderful. No way to catch good photos.
They have a lot of sand dune trails and a lot of places to kayak. Very nice park.The beach downtown Ludington. Today was a little chilly and breezy, so it is not very crowded.Sorry so blurry, tried to zoom in with my phone camera. Ludington Lighthouse.Ludington Municipal Marina. This town is right on Lake Michigan. Beautiful.We went looking for fresh fish since we are right on Lake Michigan. Google sent us here. They only offer smoked fish and there is no one there. It is all on the Honor system. The prices on marked on the coolers, you pick out what you want, and put your money through a slot in the door. We are loving these places with zero crime. We did not buy anything, because it was all large amounts, but a cool place.Our site for a few days. Site #100. It was nice enough to have a camp fire. This will be the only night for that. Weather went down hill from here.Went for a walk around the RV park. They also offer cabins to rent.They have one of these for rent too.The flowers and evergreens are beautifulOn Saturday we went looking for a farm to pick Asparagus. It just so happens that asparagus is in season right now. It only last about a month and the season is late this year due to colder than normal weather in May. We are driving through the country and saw all of these.It was so cool. They are all over this country side.Check out this old school.We finally found the asparagus farmer. They don’t let you pick your own anymore, something about liability. This is the best asparagus we have ever had. It is large, but very sweet. They picked this this morning. The blue tubs under the black lid is full of asparagus on ice. $1.50 a pound. Amazing!! It still had some dirt on it. We grilled asparagus for 4 nights in a row.
On Saturday June 4 we headed north to Manistee, MI. It is also on Lake Michigan and Manistee Lake. Cute place. Kind of overcast today, so there are not very many people out.Main Street.The Manistee Lake goes out to Lake Michigan.We walked down the Main street, went in a few shops and decided on lunch at The Boathouse Grill. Check out that front door!I had a chicken sandwich with avocado and swiss cheese, it was very good. One of my favorites. Cliff had the special, a Cuban sandwich, but it did not have the right kind of bread, so not his favorite.We sat out on the patio overlooking the Manistee Lake.The park on Lake Michigan.Lighthouse looks like it got its top knocked off.Beautiful church in Manistee.This part of Michigan has beautiful evergreens.
Sunday June 5, 2016 Rainy and a chilly 60 degrees. We went to Walmart and made some soup.We went for a walk through the park. People can be so creative with their decorations. This is a light pole. Very creative.We had a rain storm and then we had this.It was beautiful!!
Monday June 6, 2016The sun came out in the morning. The flowers in the campground are beautiful.The pool that we have not been able to enjoy because it has been too cold. It is June.Almost everyone left on Sunday, so the park is pretty empty. Our UK friends are staying for the summer. A few shots of our campsite.
Tuesday June 7, 2016 Woke up to rain and chilly weather.We decided to drive to Pentwater, MI. About 15 miles south of Ludington.Right on the water. Cute town.Lots of sailboats.Cute shops. This is Ships Store. Would love to go in here.A large beach on Lake Michigan.Water is rough.Nice campground right here. Mears State Park.I told the Triplets that we were not going to Flint, but this is the area of the campground where we are parked.
We are heading south tomorrow for new tires and then on to the mini-Table 7 reunion in Huron, Ohio. We are so looking forward to seeing part of our Table 7 friends. Safe travels.