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North America » United States » Michigan » Kentwood February 25th 2024

June 2 ( 2023) was the last day of classes on Friday. Being relieved of the burden of labor is a wonderful feeling. After a very hectic school year, I'm looking forward to the summer and some alone time. I have a lot planned for the summer, including my wedding, an eighteen-day trip to Europe, and my last Phish tour, among other things. It should be a great time.... read more

North America » United States » Michigan » Kalamazoo September 17th 2023

We left our base in Ohio to head to Kalamazoo for nephew Addison's marriage to his love Kari. It was a lovely ceremony and reception. Fun time with some of our family before we head west. Kalamazoo, which means "boiling water" or "reflecting" is the original home of the Upjohn Co., Stryker Corp, Checker Motors Corp. (cab maker), and Gibson Guitars. We camped at Markin Glen County Park. We enjoyed a walk around the lake and the sound of trains on a nearby track.... read more
Bride & Groom
Beautiful sisters
Bride and her parents

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit June 5th 2023

After only a couple hours of sleep, and my wife even less, we packed up the car and headed to the airport. We arrived, parked our car in the Budget garage, and headed to check in at the ticket counter. It took quite a while and cost us $100 for our checked bag. Finally, we headed upstairs to go thru the TSA check-in. Again, it took a while to get thru, but mostly because of the long lines, not because of TSA. We had no problem getting thru security nor finding our gate, but when we reached our gate, they were already boarding. Soon after boarding, we took off and were on our way to Detroit. After an uneventful flight, we set down in Detroit, where we were to have an 11 hour layover. Detroit airport ... read more
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North America » United States » Michigan » Holland January 19th 2023

I am hitting the road again tomorrow (more on this in my next blog). But, while I spend the day cleaning, organizing and packing it made me think about how often people ask me what and how I pack. As you might expect, I pack more clothes than I need since I like to be prepared. But, I thought you might be interested in the items I have learned to bring to make life a bit easier in a developing nation. Making Packing Easier: Reusable Ziplock Bags: after having regular ziplock bags rip on me during travel I now travel with lots of reusable ziplock bags. They keep items from leaking but they also keep my items more organized Liquid Travel Pouches: It took me awhile to find travel pouches for liquids that are actually leak ... read more
Small pouches
Bag Scale
Bottle Covers

North America » United States » Michigan » Sawyer September 20th 2022

We drove out of our way to visit the only campground we had visited before (twice, actually). The Warren Dunes State Park campsite itself was sandy, although surrounded by trees. It was warm and windy when we rode our bikes to the dunes. The sand was very fine and sandblasted your body a little. The Lake Michigan shoreline stretched into infinity. In Benton Harbor, we enjoyed the Mason Jar Café and the St. Joseph North pier. Two light houses were located along the pier, extending roughly a quarter mile into the lake.... read more
Lake Michigan
Sandune view
St Joseph North Pier

North America » United States » Michigan » Escanaba September 12th 2022

The drive to Wells State Park was rainy through forests of fir trees. Upon arrival, we felt like we were back in civilization. This is a nice campground with walking trails right along Lake Michigan. The camp hosts, Don and Jen (local people), offered free coffee and hot chocolate every morning... read more
Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
Shoreline

North America » United States » Michigan » Marquette September 9th 2022

Poor weather caused us to bypass the Picture Rock area and head to our western most campground outside of Marquette. The drive was picturesque and out campsite allowed us a direct view of Lake Independence. We visited a Marquette laundromat, toured the city, and ate our first pastie (a UP staple) at the famous Jean Kay’s. On the way back to camp, we drove through the forest of Presque Isle Park. On day two, we hike up nearby Thomas Rock Overlook then drove a dirt road 10 miles to Yellow Dog River Falls (this is why we bought a Jeep). We continued back to Marquette on the same dirt road another 40 miles, stunningly beautiful but teeth chattering in stretches.... read more
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Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook
Trail markers

North America » United States » Michigan » Paradise September 5th 2022

This campground was located right next to the Tahquamenon River. The first night we drove up to the Whitefish Point lighthouse and saw the Northern Lights off of Lake Superior. There are two beautiful but separate waterfalls. The water is amber color like root beer due to the tannic acid of the hemlock trees. We tried to bike a local foot trail but had to turn around after it became too difficult to traverse. Our camphosts, John and Karin (from Texas) and camp neighbors Holly and Jodie (from Michigan) were delightful neighbors.... read more
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Sunset on Lake Superior
Northern Lights

North America » United States » Michigan » Paradise September 3rd 2022

Due to a scheduling error on our part, we boondocked at this popular ATV trailhead for two nights. It is located about one mile from the main road. The access road is rough dirt and sand. A bridge sign restricted vehicles over 3 tons per axle (our RV is over 5 tons per axle) from passing but there was no way to turn around. Oops! Lois woke early and saw the Northern Lights around 4am. Mike was glad we didn’t get stuck in the sand or damage the bridge.... read more
Boondocking
Hike
Off the beaten path

North America » United States » Michigan » Sault Sainte Marie September 1st 2022

On the way to Brimley, we left the RV in a Meijer parking lot and drove the Jeep up to the Locks. There is an observation deck right at the Locks. We watched a Viking Cruise ship, the Bergen, slowly pass through with about a two foot margin on either side. A Canadian freighter, the Maumee, about two football fields in length also passed through. We enjoyed a great (albeit expensive) lunch at the Wicked Sister Café.... read more
Viking Cruise Ship
Soo Lock Tour Boat
Bergen




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