Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lake Michigan half circle

Our last big trip of 2017, 31 years ago in may1986 we camped our way over to Mackinac Island,Mi. We've been wanting to go back for a while and finally made it. Traveling is a little more comfortable now then the tent was then:-)
We spent our first night in the trailer park- Veterans campground/park Cameron Wi. 
Small quiet park!
The next day found us on Lake Michigan south of Escanaba at O.B. Fuller county park. 
I made these reservations 6 months earlier so we had a great campsite right on the beach!
The park was full but we had the beach to ourselves both morning and night, very nice place!

We stopped into the Escanaba lighthouse and museum for a quick tour.

The next stop was only about 1 1/2 hrs away but probably took us 6hrs the way we drive!
Fayette state park, the campground was ok but the old town site/steel mill was very interesting, such a different life they had 120yrs ago!
This town was built around a steel mill and was probably a pretty rough place to make a living!
We had the area almost to ourselves!
I hope floor in the upper bathroom didn't leak? This was on the back of the hotel.

It would be a pretty sweet spot to live now!
Hard to believe but this beautiful beach was the town dump!
It was called slag beach where they dumped all the leftovers from the steel furnaces, along with all the horse manure and town garbage.

I don't remember what town this was but it was a great place to stretch our legs on the way to Straits state park and the Mackinac Bridge.

Jan found the bridge:-)

We had a nice ferry ride to Mackinac Island on Shepler's Ferry, The dogs were very popular with all the other passengers.

Straits State Park, St.Ignice,Mi.
Another beach front campsite, I really wanted this one, this is the spot we stayed in 31 yrs ago on our honeymoon! No hookups for the trailer here but it was great! Our good airstreaming friends Brad and Jennifer met up with us there, the night was perfect!

Heading across the great Mackinac bridge, quite a bridge, better not be afraid of heights!
Driving on the metal grate of the bridge is a little strange!

Rest stop, fighting with Brad for a parking spot, He won!
Brad and Jennifer, finding treasures on the beach!
Just us:-)
Sleeping bear dunes National Park, it did not disappoint, very pretty area!
Miles of sandy beach to ourselves. 
My navigator! 

Jake checking out the sights, Henrietta was not so excited about it!
A couple of crazy people that keep following us!

We had lunch in Fishtown in Leland Mi. as we ate lunch we got to watch the salmon try to  jump up the waterfall/dam.

Still hanging out with this crazy couple!
I think Jennifer caught all the waves on this walk!
The waves were a sketchy on this walk! We had to watch for rouge waves!

Rock collections. Jennifer won!

Still in love after all the years!
Last night in Michigan, stayed at Poncho's pond rv resort in Ludington. This has to be the cleanest campground we have ever stayed in! Walking though the campground we came across a group of 10 busses, this classic was part of the group!
This was quite a fancy RV house on the edge of Poncho's!
SS Badger Ferry, built in 1953 to hall train cars across the lake, the ship is one year older then Nellie!
The Badger took us back to Wisconsin and saved us two days of driving.
Nellie goes on a 4hr cruise across Lake Michigan! The campers get backed onto the ship by the ships crew, it took 3 different drivers for Nellie before one was comfortable enough to do it:-)

A great day for a cruise!

Nellie with the dogs inside made the trip without a scratch!
We had great time, enjoyed many new places, found some good ice cream and Nellie and the truck gave us another fantastic adventure!
8 Nights and 1100miles
2017 totals:
36 nights and 5600miles
It's been a good year!

Keep Streaming!

Happy Birthday favorite daughter Ellie- 29 today!