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Sat. Aug. 10 to Fri. Aug. 16- Gladwin MI to Cadillac MI

Saturday- We went to the rally breakfast. It was really good again. Then we stayed for the meeting. We joined the Chapter this morning, for a whopping $5 for the year. The meeting was fairly interesting with lots of discussions about the places that they are going to have rallies next year.

We left and went to the Farmers Market, where we were able to purchase 2 new belts for Bob. They were made and sold by the Amish,  $16 each, for really nice leather. We returned to the rig and ate lunch at home.

We went to the Social Hour at 4 PM and were adopted by Connie and Lavern. The Chapters have adoption policies for new members. When we joined Chapter 20, years ago, we were not adopted, so it was nice to be adopted this time. Thank you Connie and Lavern! Also, this makes Bob’s cousin, Jacque his  adopted “grandmother”, as she and Paul had adopted Connie and Lavern! Adoption photo

We had a large pot luck dinner. The meat was provided by the chapter, and members brought salads and desserts.

Sunday- There was coffee and doughnuts this morning for a “good-bye” time. Many people had left early this morning.

We left around 10 and arrived back in Cadillac a little after 11. We set up, ate lunch, and did lots of laundry. The weather was nice, so we sat outside with the dogs.

Monday– Back to work again this morning. We started work at 9, with cleaning the bathrooms. Then I opened the store at 10. It was fairly busy with reservations for next year. Lots of folks wanted the same weekend next week. The theme this past weekend was Halloween. This theme is so popular, they do it two weekends in a row, so we will be here for this weekend, although, we do not work. Bob cleaned some of the cabins and cleaned up sites.

Tuesday-  We went grocery shopping, did the usual bills and budgeting, as we did not get that done on Sunday. We went up to the store and sat in there working on our plans for travel when we leave here in 22 days! We are down to counting days….

We sat outside with the dogs, as the weather was really nice.

Wednesday- Bob headed out to work at 9:30. Today is out 4 hour day. I do not work until this evening, so I worked on two articles that my Editor had sent to me.

I went to the store at 5, and relieved Bobbie, who had worked from 10 to 5. I immediately started filling ice bags, as they were low. Bobbie has started to condense the store, as the store closes right after Labor Day.

There were a lot of phone calls from folks asking for reservations for this weekend. There are no openings. I scooped a lot of ice cream and poured a lot of slushies. There were a lot of bike rentals.

Bob joined me at 8 and we closed the store and cleaned the bathrooms. There were 3 gals taking showers, so that slowed us down a bit. I cleaned the ladies room and Bob started on the men’s room. By the time I was ready to head to the men’s room, the guys taking showers were gone, so I was able to clean the mirrors, counters, urinals and toilets. Bob does all the floors in both bathrooms, as that much sweeping and mopping sets off my torn rotator cuff. Once we were finished with the men’s room, we went to the ladies room again and Bob did the floors. It took us about 35 minutes, which is still pretty fast. We have this down to a science and can get through very quickly, while still doing a good job!

Thursday- We left just before 10 AM and drove north for an hour and half to Charlevoix. We had wanted to go to a Festival in Petoskey, but it did not start until tonight. So we changed and went to Charlevoix.

We arrived to find a traffic jam, backing up M-31 thru town. I found a route on a side street on Google Maps, so Bob turned and we went one block over. Our original plan was to head straight to the Farmers Market, but Google could not seem to find it.

We saw a sign pointing to the Lighthouse, so we headed there. I jumped out and took a picture.

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Then we continuing looking for the Farmers Market. Bob turned into the Library. I spotted some folks on the next street with white bags. So we left the car there.

We walked over a block and there was a couple with bags of vegetables, so I asked them where the Farmers Market was located. They gave us directions, for about a block away.

The market was on M-31, in Eastside Park. The traffic in all directions was at a standstill, due to the bridge being raised for a boat to cross into the bay. We crossed to the market and walked the two blocks along the bay. There were the usual items plus a few vegetables.

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We stopped for lunch at the Great Lakes White Fish and Chips. Bob had the fish and chips, which were excellent and I had a nice BLT.

The town was having their sidewalk sales, so we wandered through the crowds, sort of looking at the items for sale. One vendor had Sonoma t-shirts. Since Sonoma is a Kohl’s brand, I think they bought excess from Kohl’s and was selling them for this sale.

There was this pretty mural.

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We returned to the car and went in search of the famous Mushroom Homes. Here were the ones that we found.

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We returned home to happy dogs.

Friday- We worked again. We were very tired after work, but we spent the evening with the dogs outside, enjoying the nice weather.

Sat. Aug. 3 to Fri. Aug. 9- Cadillac MI to Gladwin MI

Saturday-  Bob woke up to find that his hearing aid was not working. So we changed plans and drove back to Traverse City, to Costco. First he called them, to make sure that we were not going to drive there in vain. The guy in the hearing dept. said that they were totally booked for the day, but come in and they would take a look at the hearing aid.

So our first stop was at Costco. Gas had dropped to 2.54 since Thursday. Bob went straight to the hearing dept. and I wandered around the warehouse. It turned out there was a loose wire, which they fixed. Bob said he was hearing much better, as he thinks he did not realize that he was having problems with the hearing aid, having diminished output.  He eventually texted me, and we left, traveling to downtown. We easily found a parking place, which was surprising, since the Traverse City Film Fest was going on. We wandered into some shops, then weaved our way through the lines for the State Theater. We missed seeing Michael Moore and Lily Tomlin, who were receiving awards.

We ate lunch at the Grand Traverse Pie Company, taking home a small cherry pie. We drove home to Cadillac, arriving just in time to walk the dogs and to go to the Chocolate Slip and Slide.

It is “I love Chocolate” weekend at the park. They have had several chocolate related events.

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The kids lined up and slid thru the chocolate. It was chocolate syrup, soap and water. The kids were having a great time!

We stopped in to see Bobbie, as she had our schedule short an hour. She had given us one five hour day, and two 4 hour days. So she added an hour to one day.

We went grocery shopping at Aldi’s, Walmart and Meijer’s. We returned and both fell asleep in the recliners. We ate the tamales we had purchased yesterday for dinner with a salad .

Sunday- Bob went to work in the morningMy hours were 4 to 9, so Bob worked for 4 hours, then did the last hour with me, doing the bathroom floors.

Monday-  We both worked early. Bob and I did the bathrooms at 9, and I opened the store at 10. It was a quiet day. Bobbie was late relieving me, so Bob left and returned home for lunch. Courtney finally relieved me at 1:30. I think Bobbie had the scheduled messed up. We had a quiet evening, up until it started to rain. It rained very hard, most of the night.

Tuesday- I took the dogs to the groomers at 8:30, then stopped at the nail salon for a mani. I stopped at Walgreens for Bob’s prescriptions, then returned home to a very quiet rig. Bob was at work from 10-1 and I go to work at 4.

They called at around 11:30 that the dogs were done. I went to pick them up. I was not happy with the inside of Karlie’s ears, so I had them do them again. Meanwhile, I walked the other two and put them in the car. I paid and took Karlie for a short walk, then placed her in the car. All the dogs slept on the way home.

I arrived home just as Bob was coming home for lunch. We ate lunch, and Bob went back to work to complete 4 hours. I went to work at 4. It was actually busy today, not like on Monday when it was really quiet. I dipped lots of ice cream, poured slushies, and taught some kids how to count money. Lots of kids have no idea how to count money.

Wednesday- We packed up and drove out of the park around 10:30. We drove south on M-131 to M-115 east. We turned east on M-61 and arrived in Gladwin at around 11:50. Our destination was the Escapees Chapter 6 Summer Rally, at the Gladwin Fairgrounds. 

We arrived  to find that we were not on the list. A lot of people were not on the list! I had sent 2 emails. Bob’s cousin, Jacque had said not to worry about it as the guy, Bob, never responded. I turned out that she was not on the list either!

Anyway, they had a site for us, and we parked near Jacque and Paul. Connie and Lavern were on our other side, in back of us.

We went over to Jacque and Paul’s to meet folks. At 3, we went to the building where  the events were going to be held, and registered.  At 4, we went to social hour at the pavilion. We went to dinner at 6, at The Family Diner, where we all had very nice dinner. We met two other couples.

Thursday- A lot of folks were arriving this afternoon, as the Rally actually starts tomorrow. We went with Connie and Lavern to lunch at a place called Mac’s on Main for lunch. Wow, was the food good! The also had a homemade strawberry jam which was awesome! We had another social hour at 4 pm. At 6 we had a pot-luck that Jacque had organized. Before the pot luck, there was Lavern’s famous salmon dip. It was delicious! There were 24 folks there, so we met a lot of new friends.

The dogs had a great time meeting other dogs and getting petted. We returned them to the rig, while we were eating. Bob fed them and after an wonderful dinner, they came back over with us.

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Below is where the guys were smoking pork chops, which were delicious! 

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We put them into the pen with Jacque and Paul’s dog, Stewie. That did not last long, as Karlie went over and sniffed Stewie’s food. We do not think that she ate any, but oops, that really upset Stewie! We took the girls out of the pen, and I don’t think Karlie is one of his friends any more! Never get between a dog and his food!

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Friday- We had a breakfast scheduled this morning. Paul was one of the cooks. It was five guys cooking a delicious meal. We had scrambled eggs, sausage, and pancakes. There was a $4 extra charge for the breakfasts. This is a fund raiser for CARE, the Assisted Living at the Escapees Park in Livingston Texas. We are supporters of CARE and have been since we became members of Escapees in 2005.

We sat talking to other folks. We returned to the rig, walked the dogs, and went to the local Lutheran Church, which was having a rummage sale and bake sale. Not too many baked goods, but a big room with lots of other stuff. We did not find much, but as we were leaving, one of the ladies said that the books were free. So I grabbed 3 books. Bob did not find any… We ate lunch at home, took a nice nap, and went to an abbreviated social hour at 3:45.

At 4:30, we drove caravan style, to a Family Style Amish Dinner about 1/2 hour away. We pulled into the parking lot, parked and went into a room with 60 seats, in family style, for dinner.  There are 46 rigs at the Rally, and about 80 something RV’ers. Only seating for 60, so some of the folks went to dinner at The Family Restaurant, where we went to dinner on Wednesday evening.

The Amish dinner center is for groups only, reservations only. We said grace and the Amish family started passing delicious food down the tables. It started with fresh white and whole wheat bread, with butter, apple butter, and peanut butter. The peanut butter has a marshmallow cream in it, and boy, was it delicious. The apple butter had a nice cinnamon taste. I had to sneak pictures, as the Amish do not like to have their pictures taken.

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Next they passed salad around, then the dressings, Ranch and French. Next,  the mashed potatoes,  then a mix of peas, carrots, and green beans, followed by broaster chicken and ham. I had to loosen my belt buckle!

Dessert was either  freshly backed apple pie or angel food cake with fresh strawberries(they were like a strawberry preserve)! Yummy, yummy, yummy, I had too much in my tummy!!

We drove back, and since we had really good internet, not like at Camp Cadillac, we watched Bosch on Amazon Prime. The group were supposed to have a campfire, but the winds were really howling!   

Sat. Jul. 26 to Fri. Aug. 2- Cadillac MI

Saturday- We both woke up at 5 am when we had a really bad thunderstorm.  We were off today, so we went to the Farmers Market, then Aldi’s, Walmart and Meijer’s. We stopped at Burger King for one of the impossible burgers. These are the veggie burgers. They do taste a lot like ground beef!

We had a quiet afternoon, taking a nap, since we had been up so early this morning. We woke up again, to another really severe thunderstorm. We went to Bob’s Big Boy for dinner. There are not a lot of places to eat in Cadillac. 

Sunday- The weather was a little better today. Bob took the sheets and towels to the laundry and I did a lot of laundry at home. We had a quiet day.

Monday-  We were working again today. We cleaned the bathrooms this morning at 9, then I opened the store at 10. A little past 10, we had a really bad thunderstorm. The phone rang and it was one of the campers. There was a tree down in the exit road.  I told Bob, who was in, filling ice bags, due to the rain. He could see the road and the back up of people trying to leave. He called Bobbie and Dan. He met Dan, as Dan was just coming back into the park. They moved the tree trunk ,out of the road, in the rain. Then another camper let us know another tree was down. Fortunately, all of the sites were empty, where the tree fell. The rest of the day went better!

Tuesday-Bob went in this morning to do 4 of his 5 hours. He will do the final hour with me at 8 pm. I work from 4 to 9. It was a steady, busy evening.

Wednesday-  I went to have a hair cut at 8:30. Bob was still home when I returned a little after 9. He went in early again. I made a casserole for dinner. Bob will cook it, then join me for dinner on the picnic table in the office. I had a quiet evening.

Thursday-  We went to Traverse City.  Our first stop was lunch at the Omelet Store. I had the Traverse City Cherry Salad and Bob had the BLT which he declared excellent. Our next top was at the liquor store, where Bob loaded up on some beer. Then we went to Costco. Gas was $2.55. It was $2.69 in Cadillac. We purchased some items, then returned to Cadillac.

Friday- We drove north, to about 15 miles north of Traverse City, to the town of Elk Rapids, for their Harbor Fest. Our first stop was at the Farmers Market, located at the Rotary Park. We purchased some pork tamales.

We traveled a little bit farter north and turned west into the downtown. We drove through the downtown, and found a parking place on the street, just past the craft fair. We went to the craft fair, which was a little disappointing. There was not much to it.

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We walked over to the Library, which was also holding a book sale. I purchased two books. Bob did not find any.  Then we walked thru town and back to the Food Truck area. We both purchased a crepe, from the same gals who were at the Holland Festival back in May.

After eating our crepes, we drove about a mile north to Shorts Brewing Company. Bob had a stout. They did not sell flights.

We drove back through Traverse City and back to Cadillac.

Sat. Jul. 20 to Fri. Jul. 26- Cadillac MI

Saturday- The weather continues to be very hot and humid. Bob went to work at 9. He cleaned some sites that were turning over and did some other tasks. He came home for lunch at 12. Then he returned to work until 2. I went to work at 3 and worked until 7.

95% of the people I deal with are very nice. Fortunately, that other 5% is rare. This evening I had one of those folks. A man came in and wanted to know where his friends were. I looked them up and they were in site 32. To enter the park, visitors have to pay $5 for a visitor pass. There is a good reason for this. People drive in, use the facilities, and do not pay. That includes whole families using the pool and transients using the showers; some visitors who then spend the night with friends. The site price includes 2 adults and 2 children. There is an extra charge for more adults or children.

When I told this guy that he had to pay $5 for a visitor pass. He started yelling at me. I could not get a word in to tell him, if he was only staying for 15 minutes, I would take his $5, hold it, and when he returned the pass to leave, I would return his $5. He just yelled and was very nasty to me, and he stormed out the door.

I watched him tear around the corner in his car. There were a lot of kids out, as it had rained most of the day and they were finally getting a chance to play. He never came back around the building to exit.

So I went outside and called to Brian, he came over and I told him what had happened. He took the golf cart and went after the guy. He pulled up behind the guy, as the guy was just finding the site. The guy started in on Brian. Brian gave him as good as he got and told the guy to leave. He said he would give him the “5 minutes” he needed.

Brian came back to the store and followed up with me. Then we watched to make sure that the guy left. He did, but needless to say, but it made a nice evening, pretty lousy.

I returned home at  7. Bob went to the ‘beer bingo’ at 8. He lost his “Budweiser”. He has a couple of them and wants to get rid of them. He thought losing them was a good idea.

At 9 we went to the “Bull Riding” in the pool. They had a bull float. Whoever stayed on the longest time would win. Lots of people were there to watch. It was hoot.

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No one won the contest. This was harder than it looked.

Sunday- We worked 11 to 4 today. We cleaned the bathrooms at 3. It was a quiet day, once most people left.

Monday- We had a quiet day, relaxing and getting caught up with cleaning and laundry.

Tuesday- I had a nail appointment today. Bob had mowed our grass. It was a nice day, so we sat outside with the dogs.

Wednesday- We drove south on M-131 and turned west on M-10. Our destination was Ludington MI. We went straight to the state park. With our pass, we could enter for free. We checked out the campground and immediately realized that there was no way we could ever stay there. The roads were very tight and the sites were very close together.  Then we wanted to see the lighthouse, but it was an almost 2 mile walk, through sand. With my ankle, we did not want to even attempt that trek!

We went downtown to the Jamesport Brewing Company for lunch. The first thing we noted was that not a lot of folks were drinking beer. They were there for the lunch. Bob was very happy with his flight of beer and the food was excellent.

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I had the cherry bourbon dumplings and Bob had the cherry bourbon burger. Both were excellent. I even took home the rest of my cherry bourbon in a little container and we used it on our cherry brats for dinner.

Ludington was a pretty little town, right on Lake Michigan.

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Below is the pier light.

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There is a large, very nice beach in town. In the state park, there is also a very nice beach. There is an  area, where the  river runs thru the park, and when the river meets the lake, three people have drown, in the last 2 weeks. Glad we are not swimming there.

We drove back to the rig and sat out with the dogs.

Thursday- We worked 10  to 3 and cleaned the bathrooms between 2 and 3. Because the bathrooms are cleaned so often, they are not hard to clean. We sat out side with the dog in the evening.

Friday- We worked 10 to 2. We cleaned the bathrooms again between 1 and 2. Again, it was a quiet day. Bob had cleaned two of the cabins and all of the sites are full. We sat out with the dogs again this evening.

Sat. Jul. 13 to Fri. Jul. 19- Cadillac MI, Empire MI, Sleeping Bear NP, North Point MI, and back to Cadillac

Saturday- Bob took the sheets and towels to wash. I washed the rest of the laundry in the rig. Bob returned and we went to the Michigan Market. Nothing there of interest. We went to lunch at the Over 26 Café, again. I had a Cherry Chicken salad and Bob had the special, a shrimp basket. He enjoyed the french fries, as it was National French Fry Day.

We went to Walmart and Meier’s grocery shopping. We returned home, put the groceries away We grilled a steak for dinner.

Sunday- We worked today, from 8 to 1. We cleaned the bathrooms and laundry room at 8. I watered the plants and pulled some weeds. Bob returned to the rig at 9, to give Karlie her medicine. He returned and worked at cleaning sites. I worked in the store, which was busy up until people left at 12. Then it was quiet. I cleaned and dusted the store.

After work, we ran to Lake City to Tasty Treat for some of their delicious ice cream. We had a quiet rest of the afternoon, sitting with the dogs outside and finishing up laundry. We started to put items away in anticipation of leaving in the morning.

Monday- We kept putting items away and prepared the rig for travel. There were thunderstorms predicted, so we pulled in the slides, quickly, so that there would not be any water on the top of them.

I ran to the Cadillac library and dropped off donations for their book sale this week. Then I picked up a few items at Meier’s. I returned and we left the site at a little after 11. We stopped at the propane and I went into the store and paid Bobbie for the electric for the month and then for the propane.

We traveled across Cadillac to M-115 and turned northwest. We continued until we reach M-669 and turned north. We followed that to M-72 west. We drove into Indigo Bluffs RV Resort. It is an expensive resort in Empire MI. I could not find a place that had sites big enough for our 40 ft. motor home anywhere else. There are not a lot of RV parks in this area, and we would not fit in any of the sites at the National Park. We paid $69 per night, including tax.

When we arrived, we were placed in site 302, right on Shady Lane. I said to the gal, well that sounds like we won’t be able to get satellite. She finished checking me in and I walked out to show Bob the map of the resort and tell him our route to the site. (He always disconnects the car while I check us in.)

I get in the car to lead Bob to the site, and the gal comes out. She said, I would like to move you to our RV resort section, as the same price, so that you can get satellite. So we moved from a $69 site to at $95 site, without paying extra. It is a beautiful site!

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We were thrilled!

We set up and Bob found that the Hydro Hot was leaking water, so he fixed that. He changed clothes, and we drove into Empire Village, which is a small place.

We stopped at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center, where we stamped our National Park Passport, and picked up maps of the park.

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We drove south on M- 22 to Esch Rd. We turned west, and traveled into Sleeping Bear. We drove to the beach, to look at the area that the dogs can visit. From this park entrance, dogs are not allowed on the beach to the south, but are allowed on the beach to the north.

We parked and walked out to Lake Michigan. 

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We returned to the car, and drove north on M 22, thru Empire, to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, in Sleeping Bear NP.  For this part of the park, we needed our America The Beautiful Pass. We hung it on the rear view mirror, and drove past the gate. the drive is 7 miles long, and is supposed to take 90 minutes. We did it in 45. The road is one way and is a loop.

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The first stop: is the Covered Bridge.

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There is no reason for a covered bridge. The original covered bridge, built by Mr. Pierce Stocking for his scenic drive did not have the NP symbol on the bridge. He just wanted to provide a picturesque detail for sightseers to stop and photograph.

Stop number 2: was a view of Glen Lake. The lake is divided by the M-222 causeway. Big Glen Lake reaches 130 ft. deep in places while Little Glen Lake is only 12 ft. deep.

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The third stop was at the Dune Overlook. This dune area is approximately four square miles ( 2600 acres) and is called the Sleeping bear Dunes complex. This is a high plateau that gently dips to the lakeshore to the north and Sleeping Bear Bay. To the east, the dunes rise dramatically, almost straight up from the water.

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Stop four: was Cottonwood Trail, a 1.5 mile loop through the dunes. Due to  my ankle problems, we did not walk the loop through the sand.

Stop five: was the Sleeping Bear Dune Overlook. This is the iconic landform that gave this NP it’s name and for which the legend is told. The dune lies about 1 mile away, along the edge of the bluff. It hardly looks like a sleeping bear anymore, as the wind has eroded the bump on the bluff. The Native American story, is that a mother bear and her cubs had to swim across the bay, due to a forest fire on the other side. The mother made it, but the cubs did not. So the mother lay on the buff, waiting for her cubs.

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Below you will see people on the dune. There are many signs saying stay off the dune. The reason is that there are avalanches of sand, so the sand can give way and these people, who are off the trail, can fall about 350 ft. to the beach below. They warn, sternly, that it will cost them physically and financially if they fall. It will be a very expensive rescue($3000) that they will have to pay for…. so  of course, these folks ignore the signage, and walk to the edge and go down the dune. It can take 3-4 hours to climb back up, IF you can do it….

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The folks can look from the overlook at the same view, safely…

Stop 9/10 is the Lake Michigan Overlook, which you are seeing above.

Stops 6, 7,and 8 were just signs about the area, and we just drove by.

We returned home to the rig. We ate dinner, then we took the dogs to the Esch Road entrance, down to the beach. Surprisingly, on a Monday evening, the place was much busier that we expected it to be. People had set up umbrellas and staked out their spots on the very narrow beach. The Great Lakes have all been high with water. Lake Michigan is 15 inches above normal, which has taken away much of the beach.

We walked up the beach with the dogs, about 50 yards, and oops, their leashes suddenly came loose and they ran away…. ( dogs are supposed to remain leashed, but none of the dogs on the beach were on leashes. There were a number of dogs swimming in the water. ) Bob went to one end of our small area of beach and I stayed on the other end. The dogs ran in between and sniffed everything!

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We left and returned to the rig. We sat outside on the beautiful patio, Bob with a beer and me with a glass of wine. ( the dogs had water, lol).

Tuesday- We drove north on M-22, thru the NP, to the town of Glen Arbor. As we were driving through town, we noticed a Farmers Market, so we parked and visited.

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The only thing we purchased was a chocolate croissant. There was a long line, so we knew it was going to be good; it was!!

We continued north to Fish Town. Fish Town is in the town of Leland. Leland is a cute little town with shops and restaurants. Fish Town is down at the water, and is a group of old buildings which have been turned into shops.

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We continued north on M-22. Once we left the NP, we were in an area called the Leelanau Penninsula. We drove thru the town of North Port. We continued to Leelanau State Park. We have the Michigan State Park decal, so we can enter any Michigan State Park for free. Our destination was the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. Leelanau is the Native American word for “ A Land of Delight”.

We stopped at the gift shop to stamp our Lighthouse Passport. We did not enter the Lighthouse, but we did wander around outside.

As we were walking to the lighthouse, we passed this interesting tree.

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Below is a planter, which is made of Petoskey rocks.

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Above is the Oil Building, which is a small museum.  Below is the lighthouse.

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Above, a sign which shows towns on the lake.

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We returned south to Northpoint. We stopped at a combo restaurant, bar, and bowling ally for lunch. The chicken cherry salad, was $17! So I had the special, a chicken salad sandwich, for $12. Bob had a club sandwich.

After lunch, we walked over to The Mitten Brewery for a flight of beer.

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We drove back south. When we were crossing the causeway, we stopped to take a picture of the Sleeping Bear Dune.

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We returned to the rig and sat outside with the dogs for awhile. We decided we wanted to go out to dinner, but we could not find anywhere in the area.

We had seen a salad place, in Traverse City, advertised on TV this morning, so we decided to drive there. We arrived and did not find salads we liked. So we both ended up ordering sandwiches.

We returned to the rig and took the dogs to the Empire Beach.

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We did not let the dogs off leash, as we were in town. But there were dogs off  leash and swimming in the lake.

Wednesday- We drove east to Traverse City. There was another Farmers Market, intown, so we stopped in. Then we drove north on M-37, up the Old Mission Peninsula.

It is an 18 mile drive on the Peninsula. Our destination today was the Mission Point Lighthouse.  The lighthouse has a 5th order Fresnel Lens and the Hessler Log Cabin.

We parked and walked thru the trees to the lighthouse.

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Interesting that we were at the 45th Parallel.

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We went into the gift shop and spoke with the volunteers. This light house has a volunteer program, where you can stay at the lighthouse and volunteer for a week. Unfortunately, they do not appear to have RV hook ups. You actually stay in the light house and work the gift shop for a week or more. I have the info if anyone is interested. The Keeper’s quarters include a full kitchen, bedroom for two adults, bathroom with laundry, living and dining room, free WiFi and cable TV.

My pictures of the beach did not come out, but the volunteer did show me a beautiful picture of a sunset she had taken last night!

We stamped our Lighthouse Passport and wandered over to the log cabin.

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We drove south, stopping at Haserot Beach.

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There are a lot of swimming beaches on Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. This was a very nice one!

We drove past the Old Mission Inn.

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We continued on to the Old Mission.

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We returned to Traverse City and stopped at the Crepe Shop for lunch. We both had a nice crepe. Then we stopped at Costco. Gas was $2.63.

We returned to Indigo Bluffs and sat out reading for awhile. We ate dinner, then took the dogs to the Esch Beach again. They had a great time running off leash, until Roxie found a sand covered Oreo Cookie. I told her to drop it, she did and I threw it into the lake. She kept looking for cookies, so we finally left.

We returned to the rig, and sat outside enjoying the beautiful patio.

Thursday- The weather was against us. The forecast was for severe thunderstorms, with 60 mph winds. So we moved rapidly, to pack up and travel south. We hooked up the car in the parking lot, turned in the gate opener, and drove down M- 677 to M-32. The road on the map appeared straight, but the road actually took many turns. The GPS kept saying turn right on , then turn left on, and they were all just turns in the road. It was only 11 miles to M-31, but seemed longer.

We turned east on M-31, then south on M-115. We drove thru some light rain, just enough to wet down the car and the motor home, to make them both very dirty!

We arrived back at Camp Cadillac at around 11:30. We quickly parked the rig, as the weather radar said we were going to have showers in about 10 minutes. Bob backed the rig in perfectly, with me guiding him back into our tire tracks. We missed by 2 inches. We think that we must have gone back two inches when we arrived, then moved forward the two inches. Oh well! Still pretty close!

We quickly set up. Bob had to put some boards under the jacks, as they had made deep holes. Because the weather is supposed to be so hot and humid tomorrow, we ran to Walmart and picked up some Gatorade for Bob. I already have some Propel.

We ate dinner at home.

Friday- We worked from 9 to 2 today. Bobbie had asked that Bob clean 3 of the cabins. I was to assist him with the Eagle cabin, if the bathrooms were okay. They were, so I assisted him. Then I entered the store, at 9:40. We did not open until 10 today, so I did some tasks before I opened.

It was a steadily, busy day, taking reservations,and checking folks in. We had almost 50 arrivals scheduled.

A guy came in and said that a trailer was smoking. Did I have the ladies phone number.The guy had  helped her to park last evening, so she knew him. So  I called. I gave him the phone, banged on the window for Bob and told him to get Dan ASAP. The guy and Dan had permission to enter the trailer to turn off the water heater. It was a new trailer, but other than some smoke, no damage.

I then had a call from the Ford Dealership. They had a guy who had a broken down pick up truck and his 5th wheel. We were full, but I had some folks leaving due to the awful heat. Unfortunately, I could not put him in one of those sites, as they were booked for the rest of the week. Bobbie was gone, so I went to Dan to see if we could use the emergency site. Bobbie has one for in case there is a mess up.

Dan called Bobbie, as the site is not in the computer or on the map. It only has electric, but we could fit him in there, and move him on Sunday, since we don’t know how long he will be here. So I did my good deed for the day!

Bob got finished with all of his tasks, so he came into assist me with bagging ice. I had been keeping up pretty much, but he was able to squeeze some bags into the freezer. I had been putting the name and phone number on the bags between customers. It is a Michigan regulation that the business that sells ice, has to put their name and phone number on the bag.

Bobbie relieved me at a little after 2. Bob had taken some expired hamburger buns and placed them into the trash, so I had pulled them out. We are having burgers for dinner!! They were only expired for 1 day, with no mold! We returned home, put our clothes in the washer, and went to Walmart to get more Gatorade for Bob.

We ate our burgers for dinner and had a quiet evening inside the air conditioning.  The temp hit the 90’s and with the humidity the heat index was over 100. Ugh!!

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.