2013 Travels travel blog

Carpe under the trees at Kampvilla RV

We entered Michigan a few miles north of Elkhart

US 12 is a nice two lane alternative to the toll roads

We picked up US 31 and took it all the way north

We crossed a narrow draw bridge in Manistee

City of Milwaukee museum ship in Manistee
She's a retired railcar carrier

We're staying just north of Bear Lake

Welcome to Kampvilla RV
A nicely maintained park

Kampvilla's signature yellow dinosaur greets guests

Kampvilla's dinosaur
Carpe is visible left of its tail

We visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Mon, 26 Aug: A travel day after a week in Elkhart. Not that we didn't travel while in Elkhart, but those were short jaunts for maintenance and service. Today is a real travel day where we'll stop in a different place than we started.

We awoke when we awoke (we really like that part of retirment), broke fast, got the coach ready for the road, went thru our checklists, and rolled wheels a bit before nine. From the park we headed west on CR 4, then north a few miles on IN 19 to Michigan where we headed west on US 12 to US 31. US 31 took us north along the Lake Michigan shore thru Benton Harbor, South Haven, Holland, Muskegon, Ludington, Manistee, and finally to our destination; Bear Lake. Today's trip is 232 miles.

We stopped for fuel at the Benton Harbor Pilot/Flying J. Diesel in both Michigan and Indiana is more expensive than nearby states, but what can you do when the gauge sez "I'm Thirsty"? We put 60+ gallons of diesel in the tank at our RVPlus discount price of $3.939/gallon, a 6¢/gallon discount off the cash price. We take what we can take...

Bear Lake is a small resort community located on—you guessed it—Bear Lake. We're staying at Kampvilla RV Resort, which is a very well maintained resort destination park. What that means is that many folks from the city park their RVs for the season and use them as a weekend getaway. During the week it is peaceful and quiet, while it must really roar on the weekends. Since we'll be "outta heah" Friday that won't be a problem. Also, we're getting the Passport America 50% discount, which makes it quite a bargain.

We are within an easy drive of Traverse City, Petoskey, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and myriad other tourist opportunities. The weather for today and tomorrow (Tuesday) doesn't look good, but we should be able to play tourist mid week.

Thu, 29 Aug: The time she has flewed... We continually marvel at how busy we are doing nothing. Goodness, what where would we ever find the time to actually do something???

As predicted, Tuesday was a rain day so we pretty much stayed put and caught up on the never ending paperwork. Reconciled some bank and credit card statements, plus other computer "stuff". You know about "stuff"? Everyone has some, and it is always demanding our attention.

Yesterday, Wednesday, dawned cloudy and grey but the forecast was for clearing skies later in the day. With that optimistic forecast we loaded our camera equipment in Dinkum's trunk and headed out. Some thirty miles north on US 31 found us on the southern side of Traverse City where we made a Sam Club stop for victuals and fuel.

Then north on M22, a scenic drive that took us along the southwest shore of Grand Traverse Bay to the town of Northport. At that point M22 heads south along the peninsula's western shore with Lake Michigan off to the right.

The drive was lovely, through rolling hills and alternating between forests and lakeshore. The road was a hoot to drive, especially with a manual transmission. Sandi really enjoys driving our Ford Focus, it is really responsive and handles the road very well. It'll probably be the closest thing she'll ever get to that sports car she's always coveted.

We broke for lunch in the small town of Leland, and then continued south on M22 to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We've seen SBDNL from the water aboard Carpe Diem (the boat) during a run from Frankfort to Little Traverse Bay, but this was the first time we've visited up close (with sand in our shoes) and personal.

Following a stop at the Visitor's Center in Glen Arbor we took the Scenic Loop drive. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and shot many pix (see pix). As forecast, the clouds had burned off and it was a gorgeous day. Following our sightseeing we continued south on M22 to Frankfort where we turned inland and headed back to US 31 for the drive home. Our day's journey added 175 miles to Dinkum's odometer and many beautiful vistas to our memory banks.

Which brings us to today. The sun is playing hide and seek and we're still trying to figure out what, if anything, we'll do today. Tomorrow is a travel day as we're planning to head south to spend Labor Day weekend with Carmen and Doming in Saginaw.

Should we decide to do something worthy of sharing we'll do so, so stay tuned...

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