Time with Friends

Before heading to Townsend, Wisconsin, we spent a few nights camped right on the shore of another Lake Superior bay:
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Then on to spend a few days with Gordon and Carol Brushwyler. For those who don’t know them, they live in California but spend summer and fall at their cottage on Bass Lake in Wisconsin. We have known them for over 50 years. I used to babysit their kids when I was a teenager. They were wonderful hosts and we had soooo much fun.
Fishing:
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Morning coffee on their dock:
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Riding through the woods in their off-road vehicle. John had a grin on his face the whole time he was driving. Carol and I did some screaming:
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A hike in the woods:
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John and Gordon on the Seadoo:
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Sunset on the lake:
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And finally, we had a great time worshipping our Lord today at their church. And so blessed to hear Gordon on trumpet:
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Thank you Brushwylers for letting us play with your toys, great conversation, and sharing God’s beauty with us. And btw, Scotty, I know where you got your need for speed. And it wasn’t from your mom.

Lake Superior

Another beautiful Great Lake.
Pictured Rocks National Seashore, Michigan:
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Silver Bay, Minnesota:
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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota:

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Black Beach, Minnesota:

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Baptism River State Park, Minnesota:

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Beaver Bay, Minnesota:
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View of Agate Bay on Lake Superior from our campsite:
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A ship full of iron ore leaving Two Harbors, Minnesota:
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And lots of glassware for sale. Our kids will be glad to know I wasn’t even tempted to buy anything:
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And even though we aren’t anywhere close to Fargo, North Dakota, heard our first “you betcha”.

Lake Huron, Mackinac Island

We drove along the western shore of Lake Huron on our way to Mackinac Island. The shoreline was beautiful and the water was crystal clear!
Rockport Michigan :
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A beautiful hike through the forest to the shores of Lake Huron on Presque Island:

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Rogers City:

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Apparently the geese in Rogers City know how to read because I didn’t see any of their poop around!
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View of the Mackinaw Bridge from the State Park where we stayed. Apparently, the bridge is a big deal in Michigan! To us it was just another bridge. Mackinac Island was another thing! Everyone said we had to go there. We were afraid it would be like so many other places we had been. Nope. It was like none other. You take a ferry there and there are no motorized vehicles allowed. Horses do everything. And bikes are the way to get around. We rode the 8 plus miles around the complete shoreline.
Bike ride views:
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The town:
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A pink bar:
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The horses do everything. They take people on carriage rides, move freight, and do street sweeping:

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It’s nearing the end of the season and they started taking the horses off the island via ferry:
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We love Michigan! On to explore the rest of the Upper Pennisula.

Niagara Falls to Michigan

Random thoughts and pictures:
The place to camp that is closest to Niagara Falls? The Cinderella Motel and Campground. It sounds tacky but you know what they say about location, location, location. And we felt very safe.
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A few pictures from the drive from Buffalo to Cleveland along Lake Erie:
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The closest place to camp to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland was a county fairground. County fairgrounds have rv spots for the carnies who work the fairs. When the fairs are not in town many of them are open to campers. Usually inexpensive. Location, location, location:
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Cleveland to Ann Arbor, Michigan. More sites along beautiful Lake Erie:
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And a visit to Seline, Michigan. Travis met his beautiful bride on a blind date while she was attending Concordia University in Irvine, Ca. But she was born and raised in Michigan. We are so thankful she was not fond of the Michigan winters and became a confirmed California girl! But we stopped by the house she had lived in and where Travis had gone back to visit her when they were dating. Seline is a lovely town:
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Then it was time to take off my cast! It took us 45 minutes and many different tools:
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Friday afternoon of Labor Day weekend on the eastern shore of Michigan is not the time to look for a camping spot! State Parks full. So we decided to check out the county fairgrounds in Alpena. We scored! Beautiful site on a river camping on grass with electricity and satellite reception. Only four other campers here. $20 a night. Complete with geese on the infield.
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Loving Michigan so far. And the cooler temperatures are such a blessing! Actually using our heater in the morning.

Finger Lakes of New York

The Finger Lakes is actually an area of NY comprised of many long lakes fairly close to each other. The area is know for its beautiful lakes, breweries and wineries.

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Hops:
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Our second day here we went to Glen Watkins State Park. We have seen so many beautiful places on our travels but because the sights are so different it’s hard to say what is the most beautiful. But this place ranks way up there. It’s hard to pick just a few pictures and they don’t really do it justice. It was over 800 steps to the top but so worth it!
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And the trail down went by a beautiful old cemetery.
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And finally, Woodstock for Seniors
One of the things about a trip like this is the luxury of changing your plans. John saw a sign along the road advertising a bluegrass festival called Pickin in the Pasture. Literally camped in a pasture. It was a lot like I imagine Woodstock to be.
A farm:
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Tie-dye:
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Camping. Ok, at Woodstock it was tents. Seniors “camp” in RVs.
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Dancing:
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“Sleeping” around. Ok, they were just sleeping.
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And a few other things in common with Woodstock. Smokin stuff: Ribs. Lots of drugs: For high blood pressure, colesterol, etc. Seriously, there was great bluegrass and gospel music. It was fun!
And something that makes one go, “hmmm?” This rv next to us is owned by the US Government and says right on the license plate “for official use only”. Well, it is a Fun Finder. Left over from the Clinton administration?
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Upstate New York

Here’s a few pics of our travels from the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes area of New York. These are not views one can see from the interstate!
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Our campsite near Cooperstown so John could go to the Baseball Hall of Fame. We love camping on grass. And $22/night for full hookups and a beautiful view.
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And our camp site in the Finger Lakes area. $17/night for full hookups and a beautiful view. John even caught fish in that pond.
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The Adirondacks-New York

We are back on our adventure after two weeks in California. We are happy to report that, while we were gone, the rv repair facility received the parts for our air conditioner. It took them only a few hours to make the repair!
Our riverfront campsite:
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Spent a day at Lake placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. First stop was the bobsled run. You can actually take a run down the 1932 cement track with a person who steers and a brakeman. We didn’t do it because it was very expensive, very fast and so not good for someone wearing a cast. We did get to walk down the track that the athletes train on during the winter.
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When the pros take this curve they are actually over the Lake Placid sign:
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Ski jump:
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Gondola ride to the top of Whiteface:
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Lake Placid:
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Love all the roadside stands selling firewood or veggies. It’s all on the honor system. Load your wood and put the money in the box:
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Another fun thing to do on a Saturday morning is to stop at garage sales. Why can’t we strap this to the top of the car?
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And our best purchase. $1 for tin snips that will be used in a few weeks to cut off a cast!
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