We love seeing this country and all its diversity, and no matter where we are, we are always mindful of how lucky we are to live in a country without borders and the freedom to come and go at will. So as we cross state lines, it is fun to see the “welcome to......” signs and know we really are welcome in each state. Of course, there are a few states that say welcome but can’t wait for you (the tourist) to leave. You know who you are!
We are still on US 2 heading east and getting closer to home. We ran into some construction and detours on 2 but it was all good until we got to Duluth and could see the bridge to Wisconsin over the bay at Lake Superior, but there was a big sign that said “Exit over the bridge at US 2 closed.” What!!! Here we are going 65 mph in heavy traffic on an unfamiliar expressway and they are sending us on a detour! We almost panicked as we knew we had to get over the water somehow and kept our fingers crossed we were headed in the right direction for the detour. They didn’t have enough signage for the detour as far as we were concerned, but we kept on and eventually found our way and were greeted by the “Welcome to Wisconsin” sign.
We spent the night in a casino parking lot just a few hours from Michigan. We crossed into the UP and it felt like home again. Lots of forests, little traffic, or for that matter, little of anything, except green grass, trees, trillium and wild mustard growing along the roadside. We stopped for lunch at one of the many roadside parks in the UP and lo and behold, we had parked right next to a sign that said this was the first roadside park in America. Who knew?
We spent Memorial Day weekend at an RV park at the casino near Escanaba. It was great weather for most of the time and we even played golf on Saturday. We had campfires, swatted mosquitos, lost/won a little money at the casino, watched the moon appear at dusk, and lamented that this trip was almost over.
We are headed to Burt Lake State Park to meet up with some friends and our last hurrah before we are home and unpacking. Later.