Voyage of the Wayward Wind - 2009 travel blog

River Front Park in St Clair

Tubing on the St Clair River

Ducks on edge of falls in downtown Fenton

Ducks on lake at Lansing Cottonwood Campground

Our "Backyard" at Lansing Cottonwood Campground

Monday, August 10 thru Sunday, August 30, 2009

We arrived at the St. Clair Thousand Trails just south of Port Huron, MI and got set up Monday with no problems. Called Aunt Nancy and made plans to visit the next day. Over the next 2 weeks we got together with Nancy, Kevin & Pam several times at their home in New Haven. Pam & Nancy kept our tummies well fed, and we spent many happy hours playing Farkle and Skip-Bo. The first Saturday, we had a cookout and invited Nancy, Kevin & Pam to see our RV and dine al fresco with us and the mosquitoes. The next Saturday, great-aunt Marie invited us to visit her in Fenton. She took us to lunch and for a quick tour of downtown Fenton. Mid-afternoon we all headed south to Hartland to visit with cousins, Marty & Susan Neighbors and their daughter Meghan, her husband, Aaron, & their little guy, Corbin. Also there were Marie’s grandson, Scott, his wife, Sheri, and their two youngest boys, Allan & Evan. We had a great visit with all. Thanks again to Marie for the wonderful dinner she prepared for all of us!

One day we drove to Lansing to Kitsmiller RV to pick up the new slide motor they’d ordered for us. While there we looked at several 2010 Titaniums that they had on the lot. Nice, but not nice enough to get us to part with our money. Before heading back to the St. Clair TT, we decided to visit the surveying equipment museum (Drew left immediately when he discovered that the equipment he had been using was in a museum! Made him feel OLD!), and also the R. E. Olds Museum which captured the evolution and history of the Oldsmobile from start to finish. It was quite good.

Several days we made short sightseeing trips in the Port Huron area, including one afternoon and evening when Kevin and Pam picked us up for a drive along the St. Clair river passing through Marysville, St. Clair and Marine City. Each town had beautiful, linear parks along the river front inviting swimmers, boaters, picnickers, and strollers. In Marine City, Kevin showed us where to get the ferry to Sombra, Canada. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the opportunity to make that trip - maybe on our next visit. We also stopped in Marine City at Gar’s Restaurant for great burgers and fries.

On Tuesday 8/25, our last day at St. Clair, we joined our Georgia friends, Glenn & Lura Whitaker, for a trip to Strathroy, ON to the Glendale plant. They had arrived in Lansing on Monday to discuss trading their 2002 Titanium at Kitsmiller for a new 2010 model, the 34E39KBi, a new model the first of which were scheduled to become available by the end of the week. We met the Whitakers in Port Huron and then traveled together to the plant. Friends, Tony & Sharon Lane, met us at Glendale for the tour of the new unit, then we all went to lunch. G & L were excited! They liked what they saw and were hoping to make a deal with Kitsmiller.

The next day Drew & I packed up and drove to the Lansing Cottonwood Campground to visit with Glenn & Lura for the next 5 days. We celebrated Glenn’s birthday, we agonized over financing approval with them and celebrated when it came through, we visited, we ate out, we shopped, and we played Farkle. Again, we taught them the game, and they beat the socks off us!

Then it was the last day of August and time to say goodbye. We are heading to a Traveling Americans rally in VA, and the Whitakers are excitedly awaiting delivery of their new Titanium.

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