Otsego and Holland, Michigan

June 8 and June 9, 2016

We left Ludington, MI on Wednesday morning and headed to Norton Shores.  Just south of Muskegon.  Michigan Hwy 31, along the coast of Lake Michigan. You could not see it, but it was there.20160608_073100The windmills are everywhere along the highways.20160608_073106I was just fascinated by them.20160608_085432We got to Discount Tire in Norton Shores.  Very nice people to work with.  We decided to purchase from Discount Tire because they are all over the US.  So if we need them, they won’t be too far away.  If you want to know the story about the tires, here is a link to the post about them once we got to Mackinaw City.20160608_085449We were in and out of there within an hour.  Thanks Discount Tire.  We purchased G614 Goodyear.

On to Otsego, Michigan for a few nights at the Moose Lodge campground.  $20.00 a night with 30 amp service and water.  Not bad.20160608_16293120160608_163038(0)Now how cute is that!!  See the moose in the distance on the left?20160608_132929We got all set up. Look at how low the front end is.  It is almost sitting on the ground, but we are level.  Met a couple of people.  Buddy was nice enough to find us a fire ring and brought it to us.  Then gave us some firewood.  Love these Moose. This is a pretty big campground.  Most are seasonal and hang out here in the summer.  The campground closes mid-October and opens up in mid-April.20160608_153015We decided to go up to the Lodge and thought we were back in Florida. There were more golf carts and 4 wheelers in the parking lot than automobiles.20160608_155636Nice lodge inside.  First beer was free because we had traveled farther than 50 miles.  We had a small camp fire, but it was so cold, we went in early.

Thursday June 9, 2016 – We decided to drive to Holland, MI.  Not sure what is there since the tulips have already bloomed and no longer in season.  It was only 24 miles away.20160609_085926The Boatwerks Restaurant on Lake Macatawa in Holland, MI.  Looks like a great place.20160609_085956The City park downtown. Very nice.20160609_090425Large Heinz plant here.20160609_092751We found Nelis’ Dutch Village.20160609_092226This is the main entrance.20160609_09280420160609_093004Dutch Village Entrance and bell tower.20160609_09304320160609_093500There are statues all over the park with cute signs explaining what life was like in the Netherlands.20160609_093510I took this because I thought it was interesting that a luxury liner was names “Alabama” used in the Great Lakes.20160609_093735Delft Pottery20160609_09372820160609_093753Some of the molds.20160609_093815Beautiful pieces.20160609_094050And all of the shoes.  Found out they went to wooden shoes because leather became extinct.  The cattle all died of foot and mouth disease.  Also, the wooden shoes helped them walk through the marshy lands of the Netherlands.20160609_094217There is a demonstration of how the wooden shoes were made before machinery took over.20160609_094251You can try these on to see what size you wear.20160609_09435120160609_09530720160609_095317This is an old fable.20160609_09531320160609_095423Dutch dancing.20160609_09580720160609_095814Some ducks.20160609_10070320160609_095819Barn20160609_101055The Sheep posed for pictures.20160609_101106An Alpaca hanging out with the sheep.20160609_10112820160609_101138The three little pigs.20160609_101258The little sheep.20160609_101353And goats.20160609_10140320160609_101425These guys were so cute.  You can walk them on a leash.20160609_101444Llama20160609_101522He liked to have his picture taken.20160609_10152320160609_101533This little guy volunteers at the park.  He is home schooled and works with the animals when he can.  He said this llama loves to get hugs.  He was so nice and wanted to give us as much information about the animals as he could.20160609_101640This is a baby goat, 2 weeks old.20160609_101549And this is his mother.20160609_101737Old water fountain surrounded by beautiful flowers.20160609_101946The 12 Provinces of the Netherlands.20160609_102010They wore different clothing in each province.20160609_102032And different colored wooden shoes.20160609_102014This was a miniature of a village.  The windmills were used to grind grain.20160609_102148Skies.20160609_10215320160609_102445All the clocks. They were so pretty.  This was a nice visit and we learned some about the Dutch.  We met a woman in the gift shop whose grandparents were one of the first settlers here in Holland in the late 1800’s.


Something different about these trucks.20160609_115203We have seen these trucks all over Michigan.  Check out all the wheels.

20160609_115400Then we came across the Haworth Headquarters.  This is the furniture I used to purchase for my projects.  Been using the furniture for almost 20 years.20160609_115403I wish we could have gone on a tour.

Map of MichiganWell, I think we have done as much damage to Michigan as we can.  The pink line shows where we have driven and the yellow highlights are where we stayed. (Except for Sault Ste.Marie, I got carried away.)  We did not make it to the thumb of mitten, but we think we hit the highlights in the rest of the state.  We did miss Traverse City, so we might have to make that another trip.

Tomorrow we are heading to Huron, Ohio for a mini-reunion with Table 7.  Safe travels!

Catch Up and Heading North

Monday May 23, 2016

The DRV factory representative came to our campground with a tech and Jay from Twin Lakes RV Repair.  They discussed what had to be done to fix the slide.  Told us they had seen this before and it was a piece of cake to fix it. Are you kidding me, it took A WEEK for that?  Jay had to move some units around to get us in by Wednesday.  In the mean time, we made the best of the time we had left.20160523_160945We went to dinner at Essenhaus with David and Kathi.  It was good, but not as good as The Blue Gate.  In our opinion.

Tuesday May 24, 2016       Kind of a quite day, Cliff washed the 5th Wheel and we made a trip to Walmart.  We thawed some shrimp that we bought in North Carolina.  Invited David and Kathi to dinner. They had some shrimp from their visit to Louisiana. 20160524_174441The Louisiana shrimp is on the left.  It was smaller than the NC shrimp, but it was so sweet and very good.  They bought it from a guy just off a boat.  They had to clean it and freeze it, just like we did.20160524_174446We both had some fresh asparagus and some guacamole.  It was all good.20160524_184405Even Harry enjoyed himself.20160524_184621Then he was out.20160524_191143We enjoyed our last evening with our new friends from California, David and Kathi.  Kathi loves to cook and is very good at it.  She shared some good recipes for food and an all natural bug spray and bathroom cleaner.  They both work great.20160524_191150

Wednesday May 25, 2016

We said our good-byes and headed to Twin Lakes RV Repair.  We dropped off the home again.  It is Wednesday, so we headed to the Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction.  They had an Auction every Wednesday.  It was busy.  We did not buy anything at the auction, but did buy a kite and wind sock from the Kite Man. We had lunch at 5&20 Country Kitchen and drove to Elkhart to the Lowe’s. 20160525_175151Back to the Holiday Inn for the evening.  This time we got a newly remodeled room.  This was a very comfortable chaise lounge and side table.  Nice touch and a great addition.


Thursday May 25, 201620160526_104321Waiting for the 5th Wheel to get finished, so we did some more sightseeing.  This store in Shipshewana has the best lawn art items.  Too bad we can’t buy anything.20160526_112748Beautiful pottery at The Blue Gate Restaurant.20160526_113333Pies at The Blue Gate Bakery.20160526_121230We went back to Eash Sales to look around.20160526_124452They have these beautiful wind spinners.20160526_124544Colorful chairs and barn art.20160526_12453220160526_143604Then we went and sat by the Lagrange County Courthouse and waited for the phone call.  Jay called and said we are ready.20160526_170142Jay asked that we spend the night in his parking lot so that we could test the slide.  He wanted to move it in and out a few more times before we took off to the north. It is working great now.

Friday May 27, 201620160527_064359Our new heroes, Jay (on the left) and Fly of Twin Lakes RV Repair..  They fixed us up and finished all of the other warranty items.  Jay fixed my trash can cabinet with new hinges and a custom shelf. They really took good care of us.  We will be back to have annual service and maintenance taken care of.  Thank you Jay and Fly.20160527_081632Heading to northern Michigan. They have a Bellevue too.20160527_094101We saw these huge windmills.20160527_09412520160527_094140Driving straight up I-127 to Mount Pleasant.20160527_110805We made it to the Isabella County Fairgrounds.  $15.00 a night for Passport Members.  We had 30 amp and water.  Very neat place.  We would recommend this to anyone. Easy in and out and not far from the Interstate.20160527_110722We were set up by 11:15. 20160527_110931This little steeple was on the hill at the corner.  See our 5th wheel in the background?20160527_11095420160527_111013We had almost the whole place to ourselves.  Three popups showed up and set up, but we never heard a peep out of anyone.

Saturday May 28, 201620160528_103825We headed north on 127 and it connected to I-75. We saw a rest area that had a Scenic pull off, so we decided to check it out.20160528_103953Nice trail up.20160528_10424520160528_104401That is Burt Lake in the distance.20160528_104640Beautiful wild flowers on the trail.20160528_131738Cliff decided to check the tires at the rest stop and noticed the tire on the right was starting to bulge and separate. We were not far from the campground, so we continued on.20160528_131809We made it to Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping and set up in Site 776.  Nice and deep.  Cliff called Coach Net, our road side emergency service, and explained about the tire. They said they would send someone as soon as possible.  We are here for a week, so we could have waited until after the holiday weekend.  They sent someone anyway.  He put the spare tire on the unit and off he went.  This is the second time we have used Coach Net to change a tire.  The service has already paid for itself.  Thanks Coach Net.  We are now in search for new tires.20160528_180723The campground gives the children rides on an old fire engine through the park.  This is a very large campground.20160528_200041I walked down to the shore line to get my first look at the Mackinac Bridge.  Longest suspension bridge in the Unites States.20160528_200129The shore line was busy waiting on the sunset and the fireworks.20160528_201333It was worth the wait.20160528_20161720160528_201654

Sunday May 29, 201620160529_083237Nice view of the bridge this morning.20160529_084850We went for a drive around Mickinaw City, MI.20160529_084854These May Flies are everywhere, especially near the water.  It was crazy.20160529_101305We found this fresh fish market.  They were so nice and gave us some samples which lead to us buying some smoked trout.  It is wonderful.20160529_103256Check out the view at this house!20160529_103319Beautiful house in downtown Mackinaw City, MI.20160529_103505View from the city park.20160529_104856Old Mackinac Point Light Station. Founded 1889. This is right in the middle of town by the bridge.20160529_104925We also learned that the word Mackinac and Mackinaw are both pronounced with the ‘aw’. It does not matter how they are spelled.20160529_105756Colonial Michilimackinac.  This Colonial village was built by the French in 1714.  During the following years the British military took control of the community until the Indians attached them in 1763.  The British moved the fort to Mackinac Island and renamed it Fort Mackinac.  This site has been restored and is currently an archaeological site.20160529_105746The visitor center in right under the bridge.20160529_120009We went to Walmart in Cheboygan. It is fun just saying the name. You can see it on the water tower behind the store.20160529_124846And there was a Big Boy. Have not seen one of these in a long time.20160531_201245And another beautiful sunset.

Monday May 30, 2016  Memorial Day.   We spent the whole day touring Mackinac Island. When we got back to the campground, it was almost deserted.  So we looked around and found a nice new site with a view of the water and bridge.  The office staff said it was fine and we got $19.00 back because it is a 30 amp site and we had a 50 amp site.  Even better.20160530_165811What a view.  Worth every penny.20160530_16582720160530_16584820160530_19481320160530_20072820160530_20444120160530_202126That is Mackinac Island.20160530_210612The bridge at night is beautiful.20160531_043546Sunrise from our back door.

I will do a separate blog for Mackinac Island and Sault St.Marie.

Wednesday June 1, 2016  Rainy Day 20160601_144533There are always those days that are just yucky. Not every day is paradise.  But these are the perfect days to get the chores done.20160601_111547Today is Laundry Day.  It even said so on the wall in the back.20160601_111537Not bad.  We had not done laundry in over a week.  They had large and small washers, so we took advantage and took everything we could think of that needed washing.  It cost $11.00 to do 3 loads of wash and one large dryer.20160601_121120We had a late lunch at Darrow’s Family Restaurant.  Very good.20160601_11493120160601_12103820160601_121056We both had Gulumpki for the first time.  Kind of like cabbage soup.  It was very good, especially on a chilly, rainy day.   We played a few rounds of Tri-ominos and watched American Ninja Warrior on TV.

The next few blogs will be about Mackinac Island and Sault St. Marie.