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Sat. Jul. 6 to Fri. Jul. 12- Cadillac MI

Saturday- The weather finally improved! Today is high 70’s and a lot less humid. That was what was outside! The weather forecast, on TV, was for hot, humid. We noted that it was a recording of LAST WEEKS forecast, as they showed the forecast for the 4th of July! The weather reports and the local news are not at the levels that we are used to in Washington DC, Denver, and Phoenix. These folks will never make it to the national or large city markets!

We went downtown to the Michigan Market / craft show/ carnival. They were getting ready for the parade at 11 AM. We wandered through the park, where they had the vendors. Many more that they usually have. We saw a lot of food trucks and carnival rides. We did not find anything of interest. We stopped at the Blue Haven Restaurant for a doughnut. The restaurant was sold out of doughnuts so we each purchased a muffin. We stopped at the car repair place, as Bob had been told to return in 50 miles to have the lug nuts tightened. We sat outside and ate half of our muffins, while the guy tightened the lug nuts.

We moved on to Aldi’s, Walmart and Meier’s for groceries. We stopped at Culvers for lunch. We returned home and settled in for a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. Bob took the sheets and towels to the local laundromat, since there are only two washers and two dryers here, in the park. A lot of people left the park yesterday, more arrived. I watched the Women’s World Cup Soccer, yea ladies!

We rode our bikes up to the store and bought some ice cream. I scooped it myself. Bob had the cherry chocolate chunk and I had the blueberry cream with waffle cone pieces. Both were really good. These were two different flavors, just placed in the freezer.

Last night when we were walking the dogs, I noticed that the pool was green in color. Today it was closed. All the test are normal, but this morning they could not see the bottom of the pool, so no one would know if anyone was drowning. Bobbie said she would be at the pool store when they opened in the morning to try to find out what is going on….

We returned and had a quiet afternoon.

Monday– Today is supposed to be bright, sunny, low humidity, and temps in the low 80’s. Unfortunately, we can’t see the sun due to smoke in the air from fires in Canada. At least the smoke is high in the sky, not low on the roads.

We left around 10:30 to drive northwest to Frankfort.

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The town is located on Lake Michigan. We arrived to find a very cute little town with lots of shops, restaurants, and of course a brewery!

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We easily found a parking place and stopped at the restrooms and the Mineral Springs.

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The springs are set up like a drinking fountain. We took one look and sniff and walked away without drinking. Ugh!

The Post Office was located across the street. Note the Eagle over the door.

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We thought the Eagle was a very nice touch!

We walked over to the Chamber of Commerce and along the way we saw this mural.

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We talked to the gal there, and picked up some local and state brochures. We continued walking along the sidewalk, visiting stores. The first store had some samples of salsas, jams and vinaigrettes. We purchased two of the vinaigrettes for marinades.

They also had a wine area and more importantly, a Michigan beer area. Bob purchased two cherry beers.

We found the Storm Cloud Brewery, where we stopped in for lunch. We split a grilled cheese sandwich, which was two cheeses on folded flatbread. We were glad we split the sandwich, because it was huge.It was also very good.  They also had some Traverse City seasoned potato chips, which were very good. We are still looking for the Traverse City Cherry Flavored chips, we had in Holland.

After lunch, we continued walking up the street, then down the other side of the street. We returned to the car and drove to the end of Main Street, to see the Point Betsie Lighthouse.

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We left and drove 5 miles to the Betsie Lighthouse.

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We visited the gift shop and had our Lighthouse Passport stamped. In the store, there was this t-shirt.

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but we did not visit the actual lighthouse. On the right is a 2 bedroom apartment, which is rented out. This is a picture of the flowers in front of the house.

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The base is made of Petoskey Stones. The area is famous for these stones.

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You can find them in the green water, shown above with the sailboat, in this part of Michigan. They even  sell strainers on a stick for going thru the sand, looking for the stones.

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Above is the back of the lighthouse.

When we left the lighthouse, we stopped at The Garden Center, and I purchased a necklace and earrings, of Petoskey Stone. Kind of cool to have something that is 350 millions years old!

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We returned to downtown and went to The Scoop, an Ice Cream store which sells only Moomers Ice Cream. We saw this sign… its a little hard to read, but USA Today, in a poll of voters, voted Moomers the #1 ice cream in the USA. GMA also ranks it as #1. 20190708_141042 (2)

BTW, #5 is the Sundae School in Dennis Port MA, another one of our very favorite ice cream shops. The Sundae School not only makes their ice cream, they also make their own hot fudge and whipped cream!

On our way back to the car, we spotted another mural.

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We left town to drive home, stopping at St. Ambrose Winery. They did not have any wines for me. They sell wine, Mead, and beer. Bob had a porter which did not impress him.

We returned from the winery on Hwy. 669. I said to Bob, this looks like a nice road that we could drive the motor home on…when we arrived home, we looked it up on the map and it goes to where we are headed next week for a 3 night stay in Empire MI. Bob then put the RV park we are going to in Empire into Google Maps, and that was the way that it took us! This means that we can avoid Traverse City, which has narrow roads and a lot of traffic.

On the way home Bobbie texted both of us, telling us that she was changing the schedule. The store is going to be open later each day, until after Labor Day. We stopped in the store, to take a look a look a the schedule, on the way into the park.

Tuesday- Bob mowed the grass in our site. We went and purchased gas, thinking it would be a little bit less today, but it was still $2.79 /gal. We drove to Ebels General Store, stopping first at Duane’s Restaurant for lunch. Then we went downstairs in Ebels. We did not find anything we wanted to purchase downstairs. We returned upstairs and purchased some of the brats.

We returned to the rig. It was very warm, so we stayed inside for the afternoon. We BBQ’d some pork chops and ate outside.

Wednesday- We did not work until 4 today, so we went to the Vet’s office, as we needed some oral medication syringes for Karlie’s medication. They gave us 3 for free. Then we stopped at Hobby Lobby and purchased a sign for the bathroom.

We had a quiet morning and afternoon. Bob left at 3:30 to go over to start work, as he will take off a 1/2 hour to return home to eat dinner, feed and walk the dogs. I took a shrimp salad with me and ate while working. The temp was 90 and we had no air conditioning in the store, so I was sweating like crazy. Bob stopped in at the rig and grabbed our fan. The nice new fan they had in the office had been moved to the men’s room, as the men’s room fan must have broken.

There was not a lot for Bob to do outside, so Bob worked inside with me. He filled the cooler with pop( what they call soda in this area), filled bags of ice, swept and mopped the floor in the store and game room. Meanwhile I made reservations, checked some people in, prepared the forms for the people who were checking in tomorrow, cleaned lots of areas, and scooped lots and lots of ice cream!

When we went to close at 8, I put the covers on the ice cream containers and I was missing one. Bob and I both looked, to make sure that two were not stuck together. I finally texted Bobbie that one was missing.

We locked up and cleaned the restrooms. That only took 1/2 hour. I saw Rena and Brian talking so I went over and asked about the ice cream covers. Brian said they could not find one last night. Whew, that made me feel better!

We returned to the rig, stripped and put our clothes in the washer so that they will be clean for tomorrow.

Thursday- The temp is going to be a high of 68 degrees today! Also less humidity! Today we decorate for Christmas in July. The park had lots of theme weekends, and this weekend is Christmas In July. It must be fun, as the park is sold out.

Below is the goat pen.

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Above is the store. Bob and I put up snowflakes, hanging from the ceiling, using fishing line. Wow, was that line tricky with snowflakes. It kept getting wrapped around them.

We finished  and went back to the rig. We decided we did not want to cook, so Bob ordered a pizza.

Friday- We were supposed to both be putting up more Christmas Decorations, but at 8, Bobbi texted me for us to clean the cabins. At 9, when the store was supposed to open, no one showed up. So Bob continued on to clean the cabins and I opened the store. At 9:20, I texted Bobbie, who showed up at 10. She had texted me back that the store was not opening until 10, didn’t she send me a copy of the door sign? Well, yeah, but it said 9 on Fridays. She was the one confused, not me. She realized that later…..

Once she arrived, she took over and I worked with Bob cleaning up sites. Bob shoveled the ashes out of the fire pits and I picked up trash. We also stopped and cleaned the ladies room, as it was looking trashy.

At 12:45, we stopped and took the ashes to where they dump them, out in the woods. Bob took me on a tour of the back woods, where I have never been. The own a lot of land, across the Clam River, which runs through their back land, from the RV Park.

At 2:50 we took Koda to the Vets. She has been licking her butt. She has not been scotching, like she had been when she had the impacted anal glands. The anal glands were okay, with the pumpkin we have been feeding her, but the Vet decided she has allergies, so she was started on a medication for that. It is only for a few days and should take care of the allergies for while.

We had a quiet evening at home, sitting outside with the dogs.

Sat. Jun. 29 to Fri. Jul. 5- Cadillac MI

Saturday-  We left at 8 AM to drive to Traverse City. Our destination was the National Cherry Festival ; this was the opening day. Bob had checked the parking situation, and decided on us parking at the Meier’s grocery store, about 3 miles away. There was a park-and-ride near the car wash. and we took the free van from there to the Festival.

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We went straight to the Flying Pancake Breakfast, $10,each. It was fun. They throw pancakes at you and you catch them with your paper plate. These two were there!

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Below is some guy catching his pancake.

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The pancakes were all you can catch!  They also had sausage, OJ, water and coffee. There was a really nice maple cherry syrup. We ate and left.

We wandered through the Farmers Market, which was really a row of vendors with cherry everything! We tasted samples and purchased some Cherry Vinaigrette. They had a balsamic Cherry Vinaigrette, and one with out the balsamic, which we liked better.

We walked to the real Farmers Market, about 3/10 of mile away, and I purchased 1/2 a lb. of fresh asparagus. This Farmers Market is held 2x a week in the local parking garage.

We walked back to the Festival, and we ate lunch. We split a really good grilled cheese sandwich. It was Brie, Havarti, arugula, and cherry relish, on nice fresh bread. Yummy! 

We wandered thru the souvenir  tent, which held lots of t-shirts, caps, jewelry etc., all with the Festival logo. We stopped at the booth that had the Festival pins. We had to purchase one of the $5 pins, each, as our entrance fee to the Beer Tent.

The beer tent opened at 12. There were two lines. The Beer Tent line for the $5 each or another line for the ‘ Fly Deck’ which cost $30 each, and included a burger. The Fly Deck was in front of the beer tent, for watching the air show. Seemed like a big waste of money to us! The planes are above you in the air. Below is the beer tent which was also the same tent for the flying pancake breakfast.

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Then we had to pay for the beer. It was $12 for two beer tokens. We each had one. I was excited as they had the Virtue Cherry Cider. Bob went for the Bell’s White Belgian Ale. 

The Cider was in the Budweiser truck, and they could not get the kegs tapped and draining. Finally,after almost 1/2 hour, they got all of the kegs to work, and I was able to purchase my cider. I was not impressed. It did not taste as good as last time. Bob ended up drinking it, as one of us had to be sober to drive.

We sat under the tent until the air show started. They had several planes that flew, flown by local pilots.

Here was the Coast Guard helicopter, which did a mock rescue.

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Below is a hovering jet.

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Another jet.

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We were there to watch the Blue Thunder, but it was now 2 PM. We were told it would be between 3 and 4 when the Blue Thunder would do their fly by…. and we needed to stop at Costco, then return home to the dogs, so we left.

We picked up the shuttle, which ran every 15 minutes. We arrived at the Meier’s. I ran into the ladies room and wet my hair down, due to hat hair. It was dry by the time we arrived at Costco.

First we bought gas @ $2.50. It was $2.79 in Cadillac. There were not a lot of people at Costco, but they sure had great items to try. Cherry pie, theirs’s was not at good as the pie, at the Festival, from Grand Traverse Pie Company. Brownie bites with vanilla ice cream, and honey coated cashews.

We walked out and the Blue Thunder were overhead. We could hear them while in Costco. I just barely caught this picture.

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We returned to the rig. We found that Roxie had vomited in the bedroom. Bob was sure that it was Roxie. We just flaked out in the rig, as we were tired and it was 88 degrees.

Sunday-  Our plan for today was to go to a Festival in Grayling. Unfortunately, Roxie was still sick, with vomiting and diarrhea. Then Koda vomited. So I called the vet, who said just to not feed them, and if we needed for them to be seen she would see them later today, or tomorrow.

Koda seemed okay, but Roxie continued to be sick all day. We thought by evening she would have been empty. Bob walked her while I fed the other dogs. We had also quarantined her so she would not pass on whatever this is. Bob had also taken the sheets and towels to the local laundromat. I did laundry at home. We sat outside, a lot, today with the dogs.

Monday- Roxie is still sick, so I called the vet office and have an appointment for this afternoon for her. She has not eaten since Sat morning.

We have had a clicking noise in the car, when we are going slow. So Bob took the car in to be checked at Tuffy Automotive Service Center in Cadillac. They found that we needed new ball joints, and they also found that 2 clips on the rear brakes were missing. Hmm, isn’t that interesting??So they fixed all that for $467.

Bob came home to look at when our brakes were last done and where. They had been fixed in AZ, in Sept of 2017.  We ate lunch at home. At about 2:30 we left and went to Roxie’s vet appt. They checked her anal glands, took a stool sample, drew senior blood work, and did a physical. At least they are getting to know us!

The Vet sent us home with two medications, they also gave her some nausea medication, and sent us home with some digestive food. At this point, the other two do not have any symptoms, so we think Roxie ate something she should not have. She is sneaky and gets stuff when out on her walks. She seems to be doing better.

We returned home ate dinner, and stayed inside, as it is very hot and muggy.

Tuesday- We woke up to rain and a dew point in the high 60’s. Ugh! We have the air conditioner running just for the humidity. Its day 10 and its time to take out Bob’s stitches. We cannot find our stich removal scissors, so we went to one of the  medical supply companies. Michigan people are so nice!. They did not have any of them there, so the gal called all the other companies in Cadillac. None of them had them either! Oh well….

We stopped for lunch at a nice little Mexican restaurant. The food was a lot better than the place in Lake City.  We returned home and I took out Bob’s stiches, using our magnifying glass, tweezers, and the scissors that the hospital had given us. We had a quiet rest if the afternoon.

Wednesday- We had to work today. We started by washing the bathrooms at 8 AM. People were not happy that we had to close them early in the morning, but they would not be happy if they were dirty either! We worked as fast as we could, and finally took a couple of cleaning clothes and dried the floors using our feet.

It was very busy today. I walked into the store and immediately checked the ice machine. EEK, there were only 4 bags of ice!  I immediately started filling bags. I made the coffee, turned the phones over to the office, and started cleaning up. Dan came in and told me that I did not have to make any more ice. The machine cannot keep up, and they are purchasing 30 bags of ice, to be delivered. Sounded good to me!

Bobbie arrived and said that they had to go to Traverse City to purchase a new ice machine. She said that she did not think she would be back until 2. She said she told her daughter, Courtney, to relieve me at 1, but that she did not think she could count on Courtney to do that. Would it be okay if she was late, as she would make it up to me. I said of course; it was not problem.

This meant that Bob and I were in charge of the park. Guess they decided that they could trust us for a few hours. They took off and we had a quiet day. I asked Bob to clean two of the cabins. He had not done that before, so I had asked Bobbi for directions on how she wanted them done. With owning the maid service years ago, we are more used to cleaning the cabins than cleaning the bathrooms, although we have become experts at cleaning a commercial bathroom. Bob cleaned the cabins quickly. I still bagged ice, as the machine made it, as people were purchasing ice as fast as I bagged it. I was just barely keeping up with the demand.

The store was busy with selling ice, wood, candy, clothing, groceries etc. Bob delivered wood and cleaned the sites that where folks were arriving today. Brian arrived around 12:30,as he had been to PT;  he checked in with us, and found that everything that needed to be done, was done.

Bob left at 1, and I stayed until Bobbie and Dan arrived back at 2, with a much larger used ice machine. I returned home and we had a nice nap. Roxie is doing pretty well, with no more vomiting or diarrhea.

Thursday-  Happy 4th of July. We left at 9:30 to go to Lake City for the Festival. We easily found parking in a field in front of the elementary school. We walked over to the vendors. There was a parade, but we were not interested. We wandered through the few vendors, then went to the Senior Center for the Strawberry Shortcake. They were not serving until 11,it was 10, after the parade. I told them we had to be at work, so the gals sold us some shortcake @ $3.50 each. They was delicious.

We walked back to the car, and drove back to Cadillac, stopping at Subway on the way back for subs for lunch. We ate lunch at 11:30, and went to work from 12-4. Oh, was it hot, humid, and generally miserable! There is no air conditioning in the store. They had purchased a new fan, so that helped tremendously, but it was still moving hot, humid air. After our shifts, we returned and enjoyed our air conditioning.

Friday- We had the early shift again today, from 8 to 1. It was awful again; hot and muggy. We washed the bathrooms in 30 minutes, then sat until 9, when Dan arrived to unlock the door to the store. It remained hot and muggy all day. Dan had Bob bagging ice, since the new machine was making a lot of it. He bagged ice until the freezer was full, then the two of us kept up with ice sales, so that when we left, the freezer was still full.

I sold a lot of ice cream. The pool had an issue, so it was closed until 12, which made a lot of kids unhappy. So parents were buying ice cream or slushes.Bobbie was scheduled on from 11 to 3, but she was running the activities. They have a lot of activities for kids, and adults, on the holidays and weekends.

Bobbie relieved me at 1, and we returned home to sit in the air conditioning. We did get a rain storm, which of course made the air even more humid. We went for ice cream in Lake City, after I drank an entire bottle of Propel to get some electrolytes, as I had sweated so much.

We decided to go out to dinner at Lakeside Charlies. It was okay, but they never gave us a drink menu, and it turned out they had beer. The food was good. We returned home and relaxed.

Sat Jun 22 to Fri Jun28- Cadillac MI

Saturday-  We decided to have a quiet day today. We picked up Connie and LaVern at around 2 and took them to Lake City to Tasty Treat. There were 45 people in line ahead of us. We moved quickly and it only took 15 minutes for us to have our ice cream. Everyone was really happy with what they ordered.

At 4 we took the dogs to the dog park, where they met up with George and Gracie, Connie and Lavern’s dogs. They had fun playing.

Connie and Lavern came over to our site at 6, and we warmed up some prime rib that they had. We had some coleslaw. Then we had a nice campfire.

They left at around 8 and returned to their site. I went into the rig to get some water to douse the fire. While I was doing that, I looked up to see Bob flying through the air, and landing, face first on the wood pile. I ran to him, just as he was turning over. He was bleeding like crazy. A guy from across the street came over.I ran in to get something to stop the bleeding. I asked the guy to please douse the fire, which he did.

I could not get Bob to stop bleeding. I initially thought it was from his nose, but it was from a deep laceration under his nose.

I put Bob in the car and used Google Maps to get us to the Munson Cadillac Hospital. The GPS took us to the garbage area! So I drove around the hospital, finding an ambulance in the emergency entrance. I parked and walked Bob to the door. The door was locked, but there was a Paramedic who took one look at us and opened the door for us and went in with us. A nurse put Bob into a wheelchair, and took us to the waiting room to sign in.

I signed Bob in, giving them his insurance information. We were taken back in about 15 minutes. By this time the bleeding had slowed down, and we could see the laceration. The ER nurse said it would need stitches. The PA arrived, they cleaned Bob up, and the PA put 12 stiches in. The are hard to see, as they are just above his moustache. This picture is from AFTER they had cleaned him up.

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I was really surprised, we were able to save Bob’s shirt! We doused it with Shout and all the blood came out!! I will be removing his stitches in 7 to 10 days.

Sunday- I had posted this on FB, and Connie and Lavern saw it. They stopped by on their way out of the park, to check on Bob, as they were returning home today.

Both of us were scheduled to work today. I was scheduled from 3 to 8, and I had to do the bathrooms at 7:30. Bob came over at 7 and mopped the floors for me. He did not work.

Monday– We were both off today. Bob was doing pretty well. He was a lot less sore than we expected him to be. We did laundry and generally had a quiet day.

Tuesday- We were not scheduled to work, but Bob went to work to make up for Sunday. He did fine, but was teased a lot about not getting in fights! I had a quiet day at home.

Wednesday-  We were both scheduled to work today. It was fairly busy. We worked from 9 to 2.

Thursday- We were off today. We had a quiet day, just going to lunch at Culver’s. The Culver’s is very busy here, so we went to see what was the draw. Nothing special, just a busy Culver’s, We  went grocery shopping and sat out with the dogs.

Friday-We worked today from 9 to 1. Wow, was it  a hectic, busy, day! I arrived to a mess in the store, for some unknown reason, and things went downhill from there. It had rained a lot, so I ended up moving someone from one site to the other. Plus lots of August reservations, lots of people calling for next week, and selling ice, ice cream and slushies. This was the busiest day I have had. I was really glad to get off at 1! We returned to the rig and crashed. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sat. Jun. 15 to Fri. Jun. 21- Cadillac MI

Saturday– More rain! It rained hard all day. The park roads are a mess. Earlier this week Dan and Brian had graded the roads in the park; the rain has totally destroyed the roads, again.

We left and went to Aldi’s and Walmart. We returned, dropped off the groceries, and when the rain slowed down to just raining, Bob took the dogs for a quick walk.

I helped to get the dogs dried off and sat with Karlie wrapped in a towel and under a blanket to get her from shivering. Poor baby, with less fur than the other two have, and being so thin, she gets really cold.

Since this was Father’s Day Weekend, the park had a BBQ contest and cooking hamburgers for the kids. There were a few folks cooking in the Pavilion. Brrrr!

We left and went to lunch at the 13th Street Market Restaurant. This is a combination restaurant and store. We both had sandwiches. I had the Turkey Ruben, which I have to say was the best one I have ever had! Bob had an Italian. I took home half for tomorrow.

We stopped at Meier’s on the way home. The weather slowly started to clear.  It was still cool, but at least it stopped raining for awhile. The roads remain a mess, but this week, we do have electric! 

Sunday-  We worked from 12 to 4 today. We did our usual Sunday morning tasks. We ate our leftovers for lunch at 11:30  and went over at 12. It was fairly busy with reservations. Lots of people still calling for 4th of July. We always make early reservations for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. We want to be settled somewhere and not on the road those days. Bob cleaned sites.

We returned at 4, ate dinner, and watched it rain some more.

Monday- We worked from 9 to 2 today.  The day was beautiful, with bright sunny skies. I did reservations and checked one rig in. Many people left today. Courtney relieved me at 1, and Bob and I cleaned the bathrooms. Bobbie wanted a really deep cleaning, so we did one. It took us over an hour, as we washed the walls as well as the floors. We had a quiet evening.

Tuesday- It’s a beautiful day, bright and sunny, temps in the 70’s. Today, I worked from 3 to 8. Bob went in at 9. We both work 5 hours. It should be pretty quiet today. A crazy situation occurred. A gal called and asked for her 5th wheel’s black tank be emptied. Brian was confused. He came to me and asked if the gal was a seasonal, as she was not in the seasonal area. I looked and there was no one listed in her site. The charge is $15 of the ‘honey wagon’ if you are  not a seasonal, and this gal claimed she was a seasonal. Since there  was no one listed in the site, in the computer system. There was supposed to be someone in the site next to her, it was confusing. Hmmmm, so Brian went and did the dump. Unfortunately, he only drained out about a gallon, and no more. The rig obviously has an issue. She is going to have to bring in someone to clean out the tank. She had just purchased the rig used.

A couple came in to pay for a seasonal site, with $2100 in cash. EEEK, I don’t want to handle that much money! He counted it out, I counted it twice and then I could not get the cash register to give me a receipt. So I called Brian. He was talking with Nana Rose, who is Bobbie’s mother, and she came along, because he did not know how to do it either. So she did some crazy things with the cash  register, as she did not know how to do the receipt either. She finally got one! Then of course the cash register spit receipts out the rest of the evening.

While she did that, I had Brian count the money again, just to be safe. He did, then he gave it to Nana Rose, to take to the house and not leave it in the store. That made me very happy, as I did not want that much money floating around!

Bob brought me dinner at 6, and we ate on the picnic tables in the store. I had gone to check the bathrooms, right before Bob arrived, and found that two of the shower curtains were on the floor. So I had to chase down Brian to fix them, because I could not reach that high to put them back up. We think some kids were trying to hang on them.

Bob returned at 7 to help (this was included in his hours) with the bathrooms. He is doing the sweeping and mopping, as that has been setting off my left shoulder, which has the torn rotator cuff. We were done in about 30 minutes. I talked with Brian again about the gal who is in a site, which is not usually a seasonal, and Brian called Bobbie, who has been taking  three days off. Bobbie and Dan had taken Nana Rose’s Class C motor home for the three days. She said the gal is a seasonal, but there is an issue, as there are people coming into the site next week and through the 4th of July. Glad it’s not my problem!

Wednesday– More rain! We are so sick of rain!! We went to lunch at After 26  Depot Café, located in the old train station in downtown Cadillac. This is a non-profit restaurant. From their brochure: “In Michigan, when an adult with special needs turns 26 years of age, they must leave the public school system. For most, this leaves a huge void in their daily life and virtually no job opportunities. The After 26 Project is changing that by providing meaningful jobs for adults with developmental and cognitive difference in Wexford, Missaukee, and Osceola Counties. In 2007, a local group of retired teachers, parents and volunteers organized to see if they could provide some type of meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities and cognitive impairments. The After 26 Depot opened on June 4, 2013. The After 26 Deport Café operates like any other restaurant, with a manger, wait staff, and cooks. The difference is, the Depot employs adults with special needs. Their jobs include: washing dishes, greeting guests, bussing tables, rolling silverware, janitorial duties, landscaping and the like. However, it is important to note that as our “Project Workers” hone their skills and improve their aptitude, they will be given increased responsibilities. Most importantly all Project Workers will work in the public eye. An essential part of our mission is to provide the self esteem, self respect, and dignity that one can only derive from the workplace and holding down a job. Job coaching is also an important part of our mission, providing the necessary directing and redirecting of our “Project Workers”. 

Wow, what an awesome idea! They also sell miscellaneous retail items. In August they are having a fundraiser in the town square. We will be going there again, as the service was good, the food was food, and the restaurant was spotless. They had nice tables and good silverware ( that is an issue for me, I hate restaurants that have silverware that is so cheap you cannot even buy it at Walmart!).

We ran by the Post Office and dropped off some mail. We returned and took a short nap, as it was still raining and miserable outside.

Thursday- I had a hair appointment this morning. The gal who did my nails had to fix several of the nails, as the product they are using was not working and my nails were peeling off the product, so I was later than expected getting back for lunch with Bob.

We ate lunch and had a quiet afternoon. At 6, friends Lavern and Connie arrived. They set up and we went to dinner at Clam Lake Beer Company. We did not expect it to be busy on a Thursday evening at 6:30. The place was mobbed. So we waited about 30 minutes for a table. The guys had some great beers and dinner was much better than the last time we were there. Connie had an olive burger, Lavern had a Perch dinner. Bob had a Cuban and I had a smokestack turkey sandwich. The sandwich had some really interesting ingredients: turkey, pecans, dried cherries, hummus, and honey mustard. Strangely, it worked. It was also on flat ciabatta bread.

Friday- A bright, sunny warm day today! We picked up Connie and Lavern and left for Traverse City. We went straight to Costco, as we had to pick up a dog prescription.

We drove past the Largest Cherry Pie Plate, and stopped for pictures. Here are Connie and Lavern.

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From there we went downtown. We parked in a metered spot right on State Street. We wandered into an interesting store named Nifty. They had a good selections of items. Then we went to Cherry Republic. We ate some samples and and I tried a Cherry Moscoto wine which I was not impressed with at all.

We walked over to Seven Monks Brew Pub for lunch. They guys had some good beer and we all had a nice lunch. Connie and Lavern split a grilled cheese with two tomato bisque cups. We split the grilled cheese, and Bob had the tomato bisque.

We left and drove along the lake, then went to Moomers for some ice cream. Bob and I had the flight again. Connie had the Cherries Moobilee. Lavern had the Butter Pecan. We had the assortment.

We returned to the park. At 4, we met up with Connie and Lavern with their two dogs in the dog park. Their new dog, George, had not done well with Bob’s cousin Jacque’s dog at their home recently. We were trying a neutral area for George to meet other dogs. He did pretty well, until a little girl showed up with Ruby, an 8 month old Golden Retriever. George did well with our dogs, but he did not like Rub at all.  Ruby has a lot of energy and can be overpowering in her exuberance.  Our dogs fo not like Ruby either. The dogs were all done, as they were hot and tired.  when Ruby left.

We returned home. Connie and Lavern came over for dinner. The guys drank some more beers. Connie and I had some wine.

Sat. June 8 to Fri. June 14- Cadillac MI

Saturday- We had a nice day. It was free fishing day, so Bob could fish without a license, so he went to the fishing pond to spend the morning. I went to the Goodwill to drop off some items and I purchased two tops. I went to the Michigan Market. The only vegetables there were asparagus. There were more and different vendors. There was also a car show going on in the park.

I stopped in to browse the used book store. All the paperback books are half the original price, which I thought was a little pricey.

I went home and we ate lunch, then Bob went mushroom hunting. This area is known for it’s Morel’s. Bob had picked them as a kid, so he knew what he was looking for; he did not find any, unfortunately. Years ago we had seen them at the Bloomingdale’s in Tyson’s Corner for $89 a pound! We had just missed the Morel’s Festival, as it was the weekend before we arrived in Cadillac.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday chores in the morning. One of the washing machines was broken, so Bob had to do 3 separate loads of laundry. I did laundry at home. At 1 we both went to work. Bobbi was having a graduation party for Courtney, her daughter, who had graduated from high school this week. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain, but the party was in the pavilion. There were quite a few people attending. We were invited to go over, and we went over and picked up some food and returned to the office. Our hours were 1 to 6, so at 5:30 we went in and cleaned up the rest rooms. They were not dirty, so it was only some picking up and sweeping the floors.

Monday- It was still cold and rainy. We had a quiet day.

Tuesday-  I went and had my nails done at 2:30. At 5 we took Koda for her first Leptospirosis shot. We have to be in the same place for several weeks to get the series of shots. She did pretty well, but she did not like the treats that they have, she thinks they are too hard

Wednesday-  We worked again. I dusted the entire store. Bob worked outside in the sprinkles. He was cleaning out the fire rings.Our hours were 9 to 1.

Thursday- We worked again. Today our hours were 8 to 1. We did the morning bathroom cleaning, then opened the store at 9. The bathrooms were not really bad. They are simple to do. I did the cleaning and Bob mopped the floors. We also swept and mopped the laundry room. We also cleaned the store and game room. Bob swept and mopped the floors, as it was pouring rain and he could not work outside. I made several reservations, checked some people in and out, and cleaned some areas. After we were done with cleaning, we just read our books until the end of our time.

Friday-We left around 10 to head northwest to Traverse City for our shopping trip. We wanted to stop at a Crepe restaurant, but they were closed today as they were at a Farmers Market in Northpoint, 25 miles away.

We had spotted an omelet resaurant, so we backtracked to the Omelet Place, a very busy brunch restaurant. The omelets were huge, so we both decided on something else this trip. I had a cherry, pecan, salad with cherry dressing. Bob had the Ruben. I took home some of the salad and Bob took home half the Ruben. Both were excellent!

We stopped at Costco, but did not purchase gas, as it was $2.69 a gallon. It was less expensive in Cadillac.We picked up the Bravecto for the dogs. The prescription is a lot less expensive at Costco, than anywhere else. Bob also had his glasses tightened. Then we stopped at Target. When we had left Cadillac, the sun was shining. Now it was pouring rain, again! We are so tired of rain!

We still wanted to stop at Moomers for ice cream. We were thinking there would be no one there. Boy, were we wrong! The place was mobbed with families. I guess it was, hey it’s raining, lets take the kids to Moomers!

Sat. Jun. 1 to Fri. Jun. 7- Cadillac MI.

Saturday-  We did tasks around the rig in the morning. It was cloudy, cold, and there were rain showers.  At 11:30 we left, stopping on the way out of the park at the office to check on our schedule for next week. We both work M-T-W. We traveled east to Falmouth, our destination was Ebel’s General Store. The town of Falmouth has a school, gas station, grain silo, and a church. The big draw is Ebel’s. The main floor is a grocery store, with a deli. They had several samples to try, most of them were meat sticks or jerky. They did have a couple of sausages and a crab pasta dish.

We toured the food section, then went downstairs to the basement. They had a coffee bar, clothing, shoes, jewelry etc. Bob tried on some really nice jean shorts which he purchased to work in. I bought a nice necklace.

We returned to the car and dropped off the purchases, then we went to Duane’s Family Restaurant. We just walked through the parking lot. We were told to sit anywhere. This was a lot like a local diner. Bob had the grilled club sandwich and I had a grilled cheese. We split an order of onion rings. The food was excellent with nice fresh bread that they baked that morning. At the end, they gave us small soft serve vanilla ice cream cups, which were included.

We walked back over to Ebel’s General Store, and purchased some of the Hawaiian brats and cherry brats. We paid, dropped them into the cooler in the car, and walked over to Ebel’s Hardware Store. The two are owned by brothers. Duane’s Restaurant owner is no relation to them. We just wandered thru, not purchasing anything. Bob just wanted to take a look.

It had started raining hard, so we returned home. We took a nice nap. Since it was the 9th anniversary of our going full time in the RV, we went out to dinner at Hermann’s European Café. The restaurant is expensive! Bob was disappointed that they did not have any German beer. So he ordered water. I looked at the menu and they had a Canyon Road Moscato, so I ordered  the wine. It was very good. Bob had the Braised Beef Sauerbraten which came with spaetzle and red cabbage. I ordered the Jaeger Schnitzel with spaetzle. They had nice, fresh German bread. The food was excellent. The chef is a certified Austrian Pastry Chef. The restaurant earned 3 stars from the Mobil Guide, the Silverspoon Award and the Golden Fork Award. All sauces and dressing are prepared from scratch. It is by far the best restaurant in town. We will go there for lunch one day, as they have $8 lunch specials Mon-Fri.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. Since Koda had made a mess of the duvet, Bob took it to the laundromat. He also took the mattress cover and I washed the pads we have for Karlie, in case she is incontinent. She has not been for over a year now, but we just kept the pads under the sheets to protect the mattress, just in case.

When he returned, we had lunch. Then we sat outside enjoying the weather.

Monday- I worked in the office today and Bob continued working outside, cleaning the sites after the weekend.

Tuesday- I worked in the afternoon, from 4 to 8 and Bob worked in the morning. Bob brought me dinner, which I had prepared in the crockpot.

Wednesday- I worked from 2 to 8 today and Bob worked in the morning. Bob brought me leftovers from yesterday for dinner.

Thursday-  It was a beautiful day, with temps in the 70’s and bright blue skies. So we decided to drive to Manistee. The drive was about an hour, as there was a detour, due to a bridge repair. We stopped at the Meier’s to use the facilities and spotted 4 corn for  for $1. So we purchased some.

Our next stop was at the lighthouse. We realized that we had been here before.

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Then we went to lunch at North Shore Brewery. Here is Bob with his flight.

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The beer was just okay, but the food was not great. We don’t think we will go there again.

We went to the downtown. They have really re-vitalized the downtown, with taking the old buildings and renovating them, yet maintaining the beauty of the old buildings. We walked the three blocks of the downtown, looking in a few of the stores. There were two bookstores, one with new books and the other with used books. We went into the used book store, but did not find any books we wanted. We left Manistee at around 2 pm. We stopped in a town with an advertised General Store. We wandered thru, but it was really a grocery/hardware store, although they also make and sell their own brats and jerky.

We returned home and ate outside grilling brats and the corn. The corn was really good, especially for this early in the season. It cannot be Michigan corn, as they are just starting to plant crops, due to the prolonged cold weather. The dogs really like being outside. We had a campfire this evening.

Friday- We went to Walmart grocery shopping, getting our free doughnut for National Doughnut Day. It was fresh, right out of the bakery and very good.

We stopped at Meier’s, then Home Depot. We needed some bricks to place under the firepit to allow some air into the wood.

We went to lunch at the BBQ restaurant in Lake City. We split a rack of ribs which were excellent. We also split the two sides, raspberry vinaigrette coleslaw and baked beans. The baked beans were unbelievable good, as were the ribs.

We returned and Bob looked for his phone. Oops, he had left it at the BBQ restaurant. So he called them and they had it. Karlie had a 1:50 vet appointment so we went to the Vets. They drew Karlie’s blood and we are waiting for her results. WE needed a prescription for her Estrogen, which Walmart and Walgreens did not have. This vet office did not have it either, but they had another medication, so she will be starting on that.

We went back to Lake City to get Bob’s phone, so we stopped at Tasty Treat, and had some excellent ice cream. I had the Chocolate Cherry Amaretto and Bob had the Blackberry Chocolate. Both were really good.

We returned home, grilled some chicken and ate the second two ears of corn. Even better than the ones last night! After dinner, we decided to change our fence formation. and put the picnic table inside the fence. So we took the fence down. The dogs were great. They stayed on the rug, until we had to move the rug.

We moved the fence closer to the rig, as we were not getting enough shade in the fenced area. Dean, who has the trailer behind us, introduced himself and asked about full-timing.

We finished and settled in to read for about an hour, before we went inside for the rest of the evening.

Sat. May 25 to Fri. May 31- Cadillac MI

Saturday- We went over to visit our neighbors on the drivers side of the rig. We met with Steve to ask him if we could put our satellite in their site, behind the trees on our side of their site. He said yes, just keep it behind the trees so that when he parked his boat he did not run into it. Joan had been out walking and returned in time for us to meet her.

Bob then spent several hours trying to get the satellite positioned. You would think this was easy, but he had to point it to avoid the trees. The branches and leaves are the problem that we are having. He had to move it numerous times until it finally hit 95%, We even stopped for lunch during the moving.

We sat out with the dogs in the afternoon, up until 3. We left around 3:15 to drive north to the town of Tompkinsville. Our destination was Crystal Mountain Ski Resort for the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival. We arrived at 4, when the festival was to start and found a lot of folks already there. We parked and went to the “will call” for our tickets. We had purchased them online yesterday for $30 each. The door cost was $35. They did not have a ‘designated driver’ price; they said that since there was music, and the brats, they decided not to do a lesser admission price.

We had our hands stamped on the way into the room where we picked up our bracelets. On the way out they handed us each a glass with 10 tickets. Half brats cost 2 tickets, full brats were 4 tickets. The grilled asparagus was 2 tickets, as well as the potato chips, which we thought was expensive for potato chips.

Beer, Mead, or Cider were 3 to 5 tickets, except for the “Special Reserve” beers which were 6 tickets. Liquor and wine were also 6 tickets. We ended up purchasing $20 more in tickets.

We walked up to where their chairlift was, in front of the Lodge. We checked the map and the tents to make a plan. Next time we attend one of these, we will bring chairs with us, as there was absolutely no where to sit.

We started at the Beer, Mead, Cider, Wine tent and I purchased the Virtue Michigan Cherry Cider. It was delicious!

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We left that tent and went up the hill to the beer tents put up by the various breweries. Bob had  a Draught Horse Brewery Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout.

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He thought that the peanut butter taste was overwhelming. He also had the Right Brain Brewery CEO Stout. It was just okay. We walked over to the Brat tent and ate dinner. There were 5 Brat vendors who were cooking in another area. I had a 1/2 brat, a Hawaiian, by Ebel’s General Store. It was very good with some pineapple in it.; Bob had had a whole Ebel’s Regular brat which he liked. Bob had the potato chips and I had the Grossnickle’s Local Grilled Asparagus which were awesome!

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We walked back up the hill and Bob had the Top of the Morning Shorts Brewing Company Special Reserve Irish whiskey-inspired stout aged in bourbon barrels with aromas of bourbon, oak, chocolate and coffee. He thought the bourbon flavor was overwhelming. I only had one ticket left, at this point, so I asked if the gal at Uncle John’s Hard Cider would give me one ticket’s worth of the Tepache Cider. She said she could not, but that she could give me a sample, which she did. I did not like it. It was a special cider with apple cider, pineapple cider and cinnamon. Bob and I both only tasted the cinnamon. Bob had a couple more beers. Bob wanted to taste the Ludington Bay Brewing Company D’Booty By The Campfire With S’mores Stout, but by this time they had run out of their beer and closed up! So we went back and I had a Maxbauer’s Steak and Mushroom 1/2 brat. It was not that good. We split a 1/2 Hawaiian. We left a little after 6, with me driving home.

The RV park activity this evening was beer bingo. We did not attend.  We sat out with the dogs until it became too cold.

Sunday- Bob was scheduled to work 6 hours today and I was scheduled for 4 hours. Okay with me!

Bobbi wanted Bob to learn how to drive the barrel train and the hay wagon. So  he had to be at work at 10, for the barrel train. The barrel train is pulled by a golf cart. There are 10 little plastic barrels on wheels and they drive kids, under 9 years of age, around the park. They zig –zag and drive in circles.

I went to work at 11, in the office, with Bobbi. I dished out a lot of ice  cream and slushies. Plus people were purchasing T-shirts and other items. I set up the Honey Wagon for two sites. It was pretty busy.

Bob walked in the door and his first words were “ I didn’t do it!”.( after his issue last week with backing over a picnic table, he was a little paranoid). Brian was driving the barrel train, doing the zig zagging and some stupid kid on a bike, who are told they are not to be near the barrel train, got run over on his bike!

The kid jumped right up, and Bob and Brian checked on him. When he jumped up, he was holding his arm down. Bob’s first thought was that he had a broken arm. Fortunately, he did not. He was just bruised and battered. He actually had a stain on his shirt where the wheel rode over his shoulder.

Bobbi took off to talk to the parents, doing some damage control. Meanwhile, I had a guy who was booking 8 sites for Labor Day weekend. I had to put each in individually, while also renting bikes and selling charcoal etc.. It was fairly busy!

The customer only paid for 5 of the sites, 3 more folks were to come in later to pay for their sites. One of them showed up before I left, and when I went into her reservation, it was not there. She had received the email about the site, so I was confused. I finally searched for her name and found the reservation. Bobbi had left by this time, so we called her. She ran over and had me reboot the computer. That did it, all of the reservations popped up. Whew, that was scary…

We were both off at 3. Bob had meanwhile been staying in the office, delivering fire wood when I told him the sites. I rode my bike home and Bob walked. His bike needs to go to the shop on Tuesday as he has a broken part which tore the leg of one of his jeans.

We ate dinner at 5:30, as Bob had to be back before 6 to do the Hay Ride at 6. He had driven the route in the morning with the barrel train and the tractor pulling the hay wagon, so he knew what to do. At 6:30 he did the barrel train again. He was home by 7.

Monday- Happy Memorial Day! We did our usual Sunday tasks today, since we worked yesterday. Bob took the sheets and towels to the laundry. There are only 2 machines, so he has to do several trips, as our usual load is 3 machines.

We did our usual other tasks. We watched the park empty out as people had to be out by 12. We decided to go to lunch in Lake City, to Poncho Villa Mexican Restaurant, which Bobbi had recommended. We drove over and dodged cars and RV’s crossing the street, as everyone was heading home from the Memorial Day Weekend.

We were not impressed with the food. Bob had a very small tamale with refried beans. I had a lunch chili relleno and taco. I gave Bob my taco since the tamale was so small. Bob thought his tamale did not have any flavor. The cheese in my relleno had gone all over the plate. We won’t be going there again.

We had a quiet afternoon. After walking the dogs in the evening, we put the dogs into the fenced area and loaded Bob’s bike into the car because it is supposed to rain.

Tuesday- Bob took the bike to the bike repair shop and stopped at Walmart to have an oil change. I cleaned the rig. We had a quiet day as it rained most of the day.

Wednesday- We both worked. Bob cleaned sites and picked up trash. I worked in the office. I  dusted and swept the office. I  found that the ladies room floor was covered with sand and dirt, so I swept and mopped the ladies room. The soap dispensers had left soap on the counters, so I cleaned that up.

Thursdays- We had a rough night and morning. Koda woke up around 3:30  with an upset tummy. We cleaned it up and went back to sleep. While I was in the shower, I heard a big bang. I called to Bob to ask what had happened. Karlie had fallen off the bed and knocked over the stuff we put in the toilet. We store it in the shower, and I had taken it out while I was showering. It is Pinesol and Cascade bath beads. Bob was on the floor trying to clean it up. We will have to wash the carpeting.

Bob worked 10 to 2 and I worked 11 to 3. Bob continued to clean up the park. Someone else had cleaned the bathrooms, but I swept and mopped the office, store and game room. I did it in spurts so that I would not be too tired and sore.

Friday- We left a little after 9 and went to the Market in Cadillac. This had just opened. It is a craft/farmers market. Since the weather has been so cold, there was no vegetables, except asparagus. We purchases nice chocolate cherry scones.

We drove north to Traverse City. Our first stop was at Best Buy. When Bob bought his phone two weeks ago, I had purchased a special scan drive to move pictures from my cell phone to my computer. The guy at Best Buy could not find one in the store, so he had to have it mailed to me. When it arrived, I found that it would not work with Windows 10. It says it does, but I could not get it to work. I did some research and found that others had the same issue, so I turned it back in for a refund. The gal doing the refund noted that on the back it says that it is compatible with Windows 10, but it sure did not work.

Our next stop was at Target, then on to Costco. We did not need any gas, which was a shame, as the gas at Costco was $2.68 and it is $2.98 everywhere else! We will wait until Monday or Tuesday and purchase our next gas, as the gas is going up 20 cents each weekend. The temp at Costco was 80. We went downtown to the Grand Traverse Pie Company, by the lake, and the temp was at least 10 degrees cooler. We did not buy any pie; we both bought salads, which we had ‘to go’.

We went to Moomer’s Ice Cream and had a flight. Bob is the one always getting beer flights, but this time I could enjoy the ice cream flight! We both ate the 5 flavors, chocolate raspberry, chocolate brownie, moomberry, chocolate Carmel and toffee. They are all small scoops. It cost the same as two single scoops.

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We drove home, emptied the car, walked the dogs, and ate our salads. We took a short nap and went to Alde’s, Walmart and Meires. We returned home and ate dinner on the picnic table. We had a pretty wild thunderstorm this evening.