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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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Cherry Pie Sign

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.

Sat. May 18 to Fri. May 24- Cadillac MI

Saturday-  We went to Lake City, which is about 8 miles east of us. We stopped at Rustic Hog, a BBQ place. We had been told that it was very good, and we agreed. The only problem was that it was outside seating in a tent area, and it was rainy and cold. We did have good BBQ though…

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We went to Walmart shopping. We returned and took a short nap. We went to dinner at Clam Lake Beer Company. We were not impressed with either the food or the beer. They had mostly IPA’s.

While we were there, Bob’s niece, Stormi, called. She was working on John’s obituary. The funeral is on the 28th and he is being buried at the Cemetery at Fort Leavenworth. Bob is doing well with all this since he was able to spend some time with John last month.

Here is the obituary:

THIS POST IS PUBLIC SO IT MAY BE SHARED)
(This is a condensed version)
John Charles Gray, 69, of Olathe KS.
Passed away Thursday May 16, 2019.
John was born June 12,1949 the oldest son of Maurice “Jack” and Dora (Turpin) Gray.
He was a proud Naval Veteran. He was the proud husband of Ethel.
A proud father to two beautiful daughters,
Stormi Zacharias & Holly Olson,
Even prouder grandfather to 4 grandsons,
Colton Berry, Jason Berry, Keyton Yandell and Wyatt Olson. And 2 beautiful granddaughters Kailin and Tailar Olson
John was proceeded in death by both parents, grandparents, many aunts and uncles.
He is survived but his wife Ethel, of the home. Brothers
Robert (Denise) and Jack “Joe” Gray. Both daughter and all his grandchildren. One nephew Arron (Casey) and Brandy Gray.Services will be held at The Branches Church,Olathe, Kansas
Tuesday May 28, 2019 at 10:30 am.Full military internment at Leavenworth National Cemetery, to fallow a church luncheon. Memorials are requested to be made to the
Puppy Jake Foundation To assist Veterans with service dogs.
And may be made online or by mail.
(Obituaries will also be in the he St Joseph News press. As well as the Kansas Chief.)

Sunday-  We thought that the laundry at the park was too expensive at $3 to wash and 75 cents for 15 minutes to dry. So we did our usual Sunday tasks, then went to a laundromat in town, which, on Yelp, was listed as the least expensive. It turned out to be $3.50 per wash, and the drying was $0.25 for 5.5 minutes. About $1.25 to dry. Most other places you get 7-8 minutes per quarter.

We grabbed food at Burger King on the way home and ate when we arrived back at the rig.

We had thunderstorms all afternoon and it rained very hard. Unfortunately, the winds knocked the satellite over, which means we had to re-set it. It seems like the leaves are getting bigger, so we are having problems with the satellite.

Around 6, it became sunny, for a short period of time. so we went to dinner at Bob Evans. That is the end of us eating out for awhile, as we are going back on our diets.

Bobbie texted us our schedule for the week. We both work Tues-Wed-Thu. We thought that was odd, since this coming weekend is Memorial Day, and we expect the park to be busy. We may be wrong…. guess she needs us to assist with getting the park ready.

Here is Bob tugging with Koda.

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Monday- The weather is still cool (40’s overnight and 50’s during the day). I cleaned the rig. The rig settled a bit, so Bob re-balanced. We had a quiet day just doing laundry and settling in.

Tuesday-  My time today was 12 to 5. I filled bags of ice and swept. Bobbi showed me the computer system and we talked about a lot of items like the ice cream and the popcorn machine.

She let me go at 4, but the time still counts towards my weekly 14 hours.

Bob had worked on cleaning sites for his 5 hours.

Wednesday- It was pouring rain. Bobbie texted me and said instead of going in at 10, I should wait until 11:30. I arrived at 11:30 and Bobbi was not there. One of the guys, Brian let me in. Bobbie arrived a few minutes earlier.

Today I did some more ice bags, I processed two reservations, and we priced and hung up T-shirts and Hoodies in all sizes. She also gave me both of our staff shirts.

Bob continued to work on cleaning and getting sites ready. Bobbie sent me home at 4, which was the original time I was going to be leaving, if I had not gone in early. I was walking home and Bob picked me up and gave me a ride in the  4-wheeler that he was using today.

I had to clean up the rig when I returned. Karlie has been sick all day. She woke up this morning with diarrhea. Poor baby, she looked like she was sick! Bob said he had to clean up at lunch also. During the evening she started looking like she felt better. Needless to say, she did not eat at all today.

Thursday- Bob went to work at 9:00 so that he would work until 1. I went to work from 2-6. This was our 4 hour day. Bob continued to work on cleaning up the sites since the park will be full this holiday weekend. While doing that in the John Deer Gator, he accidently backed up into an old picnic table and got it stuck. He had to have help from Dan to get the Gator out of the picnic table. The table was demolished, which was not too much of an issue, since it was old and not one of the new ones. He is being teased so about it and so was I. LOL

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I worked on hanging more clothing, reservations, and checking folks in.  We also set up the candy counters and did cleaning. I cleaned the ice cream cooler and the all of the game machines. These include pin ball machines and other types of machines for the kids. I also sold merchandise like T-shirts, Hoodies, and toys.

We were both tired by the end of the day and we had a quiet evening.

Friday-  We went to the Cadillac Visitor center and did some  grocery shopping. We started at Aldi’s, went to Walmart then to Meier’s. All three are right in a row. We did some tasks around the rig. Nothing exciting today! I was glad I was not working, as the computer system went down and the printer broke. They did not have a great day! I found that out when I stopped in to get the activities schedule for the weekend.

Sat. May 11 to Fri. May 17- Holland to Cadillac Michigan

Saturday- We went to the Camp-host’s rig for coffee. We sat for about an hour talking with the camp-host’s and other folks from the campground. We stayed away from downtown Holland due to the festival. Traffic is awful on the weekends during tulip season!  One thing we did was talk to the couple next to us. They had this on the back of their motor home.

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It is called a Komo; it is from Canada. The husband saw it on the road, behind another rig, and took a picture of it. Then he went online and ordered it to be delivered to them in Florida. They store their bikes inside, with the front wheel off the bikes. They also store a lot of other stuff, as there is a lot of room. The Komo comes with an extension for the Blue Ox hitch. It also, so that you can get into the engine, unhooks and swings to the side, remaining on the back of the rig. They actually use it for extra storage at their site in Florida. We thought it was really cool! Unfortunately, it is expensive….

We left and went to de Boer’s Dutch Restaurant for lunch. It was right down the road from us. We had a 15 minute wait. They had a nice menu. Bob ordered a sandwich and the waitress said that on the weekends they only serve breakfast. So he had to punt and have an omelet. I had the Eggs Benedict. Geez, we went there for the Dutch food! Oh well…. They also had a bakery and there was nothing left by the time we arrived for lunch!

We returned to the rig and took the dogs to the dog park.  We ate dinner at home. The day was cloudy, so no sunset today. 

Sunday-  At 10 AM, we left for the Moederdag Market at the Civic Center. This was described at a Dutch Mother’s Day Market. It was focused on women. It was part craft fair and the write up said 50 handpicked merchants. Huh? There were about 20 there. Some inside and some outside. We stopped at Kohls then, stopped at Zoups for lunch.  It was cold and cloudy again, so soup was a great idea! We picked up the food and took it home with us.

We did our usual Sunday tasks. Bob ran to the laundromat and I did laundry at home.  That was our big excitement for the day! We took the dogs to the dog park in the afternoon, but we did not stay very long as it became windy and it was pretty cold with the wind.

Monday-I went for a mani/pedi in the morning. We bought gas, $2.68, and ran the car through the car wash as it was filthy. We went downtown, since the festival was over, to Alpenrose for lunch. Bob had their unlimited soup and I ordered a crepe. Half of their menu was not available because they had run out of food during the festival. So the menu was limited. It was a lousy crepe, but the wild mushroom soup was excellent!

We walked up and down the nice downtown.

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The best store was Cherry Nation. They sold all things cherry. We tried a lot of the samples. We did not purchase anything, but the samples were really good!

We returned home and took the dogs to the dog park. One thing I have not mentioned before, was the house below.

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This is a fairly new house. It took 5 years to build and belongs to the “Amway” family. I have no idea what it cost, but it is right on the channel from Lake Michigan and faces Lake Michigan. The family helicopter in on weekends. There is a flag pole in the front, and when the flag is up, the family is “in residence”.

We took the dogs to the park again, for the last time! We went to dinner at Don Petroni’s again, this time ordering an excellent pizza. We had leftovers which we will have for lunch tomorrow.

We watched our last sunset over Lake Michigan.

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Tuesday- We took our time getting ready to leave. We did not have to be out of the state park until 1, so we drove out around 11. We traveled to Grand Rapids and turned onto Hwy. 31, which is a freeway. We stopped for lunch at a rest area, then arrived in Cadillac at about 1:30. Bobbi, the owner, was not there. We found out that she had purchased another RV park 2 weeks ago and was over there working on stuff. She had one of the guys escort us to our site. We are in a brand new site in the back of the park, with 50 amp FHU. The site was not even labeled yet! That means not a lot of grass, but good electric!

Unfortunately, there was a tree right in the way of our roof mounted satellite. So Bob had to put up our portable satellite, which is a chore. He managed to get it working well, so we are okay with TV. We are so far north, it is still pretty chilly. Michigan is running about 10 degrees colder than their average temp. 

After we were set up we went into Cadillac to view the town. It is small, but has several breweries, banks, gas stations, Walmart, Meier’s grocery story, Aldi’s, Hobby Lobby, and even a Bath and Body Works. Of course, there are the usual fast food restaurants.

We returned and stopped in to meet Bobbi and a few other workers on our way back into the park. We don’t need to start work until next week.

We decided that we did not want to cook, so we ran to Meirer’s and picked up a roasted chicken, coleslaw and some rolls.

Wednesday- We continued to settle in. There is a dog park in town, so we checked that out. We went to lunch at the Blue Heron, a very nice little cafe, which serves breakfast and lunch. At 4, I had a Chiropractor appt., so I dropped Bob off at the dog park in town and went to the appointment. I was very impressed with Chiropractor and had a good adjustment.

We had checked with Bobbi on places to use, so I made a hair appointment and Bob started working on other places we will need while we are here.

Thursday- I had a hair appointment at 10:30 AM. I was very happy with my cut. We ate leftovers from lunch yesterday. There is a dog run in the park, so we have been going over there a couple of times a day. We ate dinner at home

Friday-  We left at 9:30 and drove north to Traverse City. Our first stop was at Best Buy for a new phone for Bob. His battery is slowly dying, but we were not really ready to purchase a new phone, but with the tariffs, we decided it might be a good idea to make the purchase now. Bob purchased a Galaxy S10e. Fortunately, it uses the same cord, so we did not need to purchase a new cord for the car, since we already had one for my S9.

Our next stop was lunch at Café D’Amie a nice little french bistro. I had the Croque Monsieur. Bob had a beef similar sandwich.

We stopped at Target, Petsmart, and Costco. Gas at Costco was $2.68. In town the cheapest we saw was $2.89.

Our final stop was at Moomers Ice Cream! It is rated the best ice cream, in the country,  by GMA in their survey. We had it last time we were in Michigan and we were really looking forward to having it again.

It was easy to find, as the place was very busy! They even bused in seniors for a field trip from an Assisted Living!  I had a scoop of the chocolate almond brownie and Bob had the peanut butter chocolate. Both were delicious!

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We returned home. This was the longest that we had left the dogs since we adopted Koda, but all was well. They were happy to see us and took a nice long walk. We sat outside in out fenced area ( we had brought our fence from AZ in the back of the car). It was nice and sunny, with the temp about 68. There was a light breeze, which eventually picked up. Sunset is at after 9 PM, as we are so far north. We may even be able to see the Northern Lights if we can ever have a cloud free evening!

Sat. May 4 to Fri. May 10- Holland MI

Saturday-  We went to downtown Holland, leaving after lunch, waiting for it to warm up. Our plan was to go to the Windmill Island Gardens. A big mistake. We could not even get near to the turn off. The turnoff was closed, as,downtown was a mess with traffic and pedestrians.

So we punted and crawled thru town to try to find parking near the Artesian Market in Centennial Park. We managed to find a parking spaced 3 blocks away and we walked back to the park.

This park is designed interestingly, with a fountain in the center, but the sidewalks leading to the fountain were curved. So we went around the inside of the park, hen we walked around the outside.

We only purchased two items. One was a metal yard sign which says “Another Day in Paradise” for our site in Arizona. The second was a small sign that says “Living the Dream” for our bathroom. We are going to repaint both of them to colors that match the rig.

On the outside of the square, we found a Crepe truck, so we stood in line for a Strawberry, Banana, Nutella crepe, which we split.

We returned to the car, and rather than drive thru town, we drove south and picked up Hwy 40 to Hwy 31, going around town. There is a closed road on this route, but we found a detour around. We are glad we did not do it in the rig, but are happy to drive this detour route in the car.

Upon arrival back at the state park we sat about 15 minutes in line to re-enter the park. It seemed like a lot of people came to the park for the evening. The weather was perfect, with no clouds in the sky and a little bit warmer, with the temps in the 60’s. We watched the Kentucky Derby!

Below is the view of the Big Red Lighthouse from the rig. This lighthouse is not open to the public.

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We ate dinner and watched some TV. At 8:30, we walked over to the beach and watched the sunset over Lake Michigan. It was really beautiful. The dogs are not allowed on the beach, so we left them in the rig.

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 Sunday- . We had an easy drive thru town and arrived at Windmill Island Gardens right at 9 AM when they opened. We beat the crowds!

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We went straight to the Windmill and stood in line. Later, you had to get a ticket and wait for your line to form. There are only 25 people in a group and 3 groups at a time are in the Windmill. One group on each floor. There are 4 floors, but the top floor is very small and you go up there, then return down to go outside on the balcony.

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Below was the first floor docent.

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We did this tour in 2014. That time the miller was not present. This time we got to meet her. She is the only female windmill miller in the US. She learned Dutch, then went to Holland for 2 years to train to be a miller.

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The flour that she makes is sold at the gardens. It is also used by various businesses in town. There is no preservative in the flour, so it must be used immediately or be frozen. There is an oil on the wheat which will go bad if it is not used promptly, which is why most flour has the preservative. We did not purchase any of the flour as we would not be able to use it immediately.

Below is a view from the Windmill balcony.

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Below is the Miller getting the blades of the Windmill ready to turn when the wind picks up later in the day.

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She uses the big wheel to move the blades to the position which is best for the turning of the blades, based on the predicted direction of the wind.

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Another view from the balcony.

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Below is the replica of an Historic Dutch Trade Fair.

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We wandered through the Gardens and the Historic Dutch Trade Fair. The Trade Fair was only available on the weekend, so we wanted to go to the Gardens on either Sat or Sun. Plus, the weather does not look good the rest of the week.

The trade fair was interesting. They showed how the Dutch lived and went to market their goods.

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Now for some of the flowers…

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Here is Bob trying on one of the hats in the gift shop. He said that the hat was not comfortable….

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What we read was that they had planted over 222,000 bulbs…

We left around 10;45 and went to Walmart and returned to the rig. There was no line getting into the park, so Bob took the sheets and towels to a laundromat, after lunch. I did laundry in the rig.

When Bob returned, we took the dogs to the Township Dog Park, which is located in the fair grounds, about 4 miles down the road from the state park.

The dogs had a great time running around the park with lots of sniffing. There were two other dogs in the small dog area. One was a full grown German Shepard, who was very well behaved. The the same owners small dog, who was a little shy, but became buddies with our dogs.

We returned home, fed the dogs, and went to dinner at the Holland Brew Pub. Bob had a flight of beers and fell in love with the Dragon Milk White. Bob had a Ruben which he said was very good. I had the patty melt, which was not great. Adding a lot of ketchup helped.

Bob liked the beer so much, he purchased a 6 pack. We returned home. The sky had clouded up, so no sunset tonight!

Monday- It was a cool day and cloudy, so we went to the Tall Ship today. The ship is located on Lake Macatawa. The entrance to the lake is past the Red Lighthouse, and Holland State Park, where we are staying.

The Tall Ship was a replica of the Friends Good Will. It is kept berthed in Grand Haven, south of Holland, but was brought up for the Tulip Festival. It cost $5 each to go through the ship.

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We were able to tour the inside as well as the outside. The ship carries 6 guys on board who were all knowledgeable about the ship and it’s history. The original  had participated in the Battle of Detroit in the Revolutionary War. The story was interesting, as the ship had been used to ferry goods to Fort Detroit and took pelts back. The man who owned it made lots of money going back and forth. The ship was seized by the British and then the Americans fought, and won the ship. The original owner was never able to get his ship back and it was eventually burned. The descendants of the original owner were invited to, and attended, the christening when the replica was launched.  

Next, we attended the Quilt Show. The quilts were beautiful and we were each given a ballot to vote for our favorites.

This first quilt was at the entrance.

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There was an exhibit of old sewing machines.

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A quilter using an old machine.

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Below was one of my favorites. It was made from the quilters father’s ties, after he passed, and was sewn in his honor. I thought that was nice…

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There were some unique quilts.

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The quilt below was one of three. The first was made by grandma, the second by the mother, and the third, the one below by the 11 year old…

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Here it is in finer detail…

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All three of the quilts were very similar. I thought this was very nice…

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The one below was made from a wedding dress…

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The one below was my very favorite. It was made from a downloaded pattern. It was made with over 5 miles of thread! Bob was really impressed with that fact. There was a huge number of pieces, but I cannot remember how many, but it was a lot!

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I went back and checked to see who won the contest. None of the quilts, here in the blog, won…

Since it was still cool and cloudy, we decided to go for soup. We went to a restaurant named Zoups, which is a chain. They serve soup, salad and sandwiches. They have flights of soup, like they have for beer. We each chose to have a 1/2 sandwich and a cup of soup.  All were excellent and we will go there again!

We returned and walked the dogs. There were a few showers. It remained cool and ugly, so we stayed in….

Tuesday-  It was another ugly day. There was not a lot going on, so we decided to go to the Civic Center for the Marketplatz. They had a lot of Dutch items, of course, made in
China. They did have a guy demonstrating making ( and selling) wooden shoes.

The lunch at the Marketplatz was a Dutch food buffet, $14 each. The lunch had split pea soup which was excellent, although it was very thick. They had salad, meatballs, a “pig in a blanket” which was a sausage in a phyllo type dough, and meat platter with gherkins and come cooked cabbage. The dessert was various Danish cookies.  Drinks were water and soda.

We ate at long tables while watching dancers. There were adult dancers and children.

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Since they kicked a lot, we were waiting to see one of the wooden shoes flying into the audience. Evidently, this does happen on occasion!

We stopped at Walmart  and Petsmart on the way back.

Wednesday- Another dreary day. It was not supposed to rain until the afternoon, so we decided to go south to the town of Saugatuck. We walked through the town. Most of the stores were not open. We did try, and purchase, this Cherry Reduction Vinegar. Wow, was it good!

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We could not find an open restaurant, so we went to the town of Douglas, just across the river from Saugatuck. We stopped at The Farmhouse Deli. This place was awesome. We each had a sandwich and shared a bag of cherry flavored chips. Bob had a ham and cheese and I had a BLT.

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We returned to the rig and walked the dogs. We had a quiet afternoon. We decided to go out to Crazy Horse Steakhouse & Saloon. When I went to Yelp to get the directions, they asked if we wanted to be on the waitlist. I said yes and signed in. We went to the restaurant and had a real problem getting parking! It was so crowded. Because I had done the wait list, we waited about 5 minutes, instead of about 45.

The food was very good and lots of it. We both took home leftovers for tomorrow night’s dinner.

Thursday- One of the things we have been working on over the last few days was our health insurance. We are trying to figure out the deductibles. The numbers are not adding up. I printed out all of the EOB’s and Bob had started an Excel spreadsheet.

Since it had rained like crazy this morning, Bob took the opportunity to call our insurance to try to figure out what is going on… He spent about 45 minutes on the phone with them. They did find some EOB’s that were wrong. They had also, on Jan 1,  changed Glucometers, so Bob has gotten that situation fixed. Still, the numbers do not add up. For some reason, my deductible has not changed. They could not explain that, but noted that the family deductible had changed.  Basically, we do not trust any of the numbers!

We had a quiet afternoon and evening at home.

Friday- We decided to run to Grand Rapids today. It is only about 20 miles north of Holland,  but the interstate is closed in one section, so we had to follow a detour.

We stopped first at Costco. We purchased a few items, then went to World Market. I have been looking for the wine that I purchased in California, Tropical Mango Moscoto. When I checked where it is sold, I found that it is sold at World Market. So we went there and I found 3 bottles of the Mango, one bottle of Passion Fruit, and one bottle of Strawberry.  At Costco it was $9.99. At World Market it was $11.99. They had specials and a discount with their rewards card, so I signed up and received lots of discounts.  I purchased all of those wines. The also, right next to the Tropical brands, had the Oliver Cherry Moscoto! Since that is a local vineyard, I doubt I will find that in Arizona, but I may find the Tropical brands! Wahoo!

We went to Brown Butter Crepes for lunch. The food was very good! It is a very small restaurant, but they turned over their tables rapidly, so no one was waiting.

We returned to the rig and took the dogs to the dog park again. We run Koda as much as we can! We ate leftovers for dinner and went to view the sunset again!

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