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May 26, 2018 - Charlevoix & Boyne City, MI

Saturday, Labor Day Weekend, day trip to small towns of Charlevoix & Boyne City Talk about a plethora of lakes, Charlevoix, population 2,500, is on the coast of Lake Michigan and the western end of Lake Charlevoix (which drains into Lake Michigan via Round Lake/Pine River. So many bodies of water!! We went to view the Mushroom Houses that were built by Earl A. Young between 1918 and 1973. He had a brief stint in architecture at the U of Michigan and went home to Charlevoix. He also designed the Weathervane Inn Restaurant, the Weathervane...

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Jul 14, 2016 - Scenes Along the Bike Path

The weather is very changeable here with the mornings bright and sunny and the afternoons cloudy and possibly rainy too. This has meant that we've had to reduce our plans for the day because they include doing things outside. That's fine when there are still several more days of being here in Petoskey and we are not pushing it as far as sight-seeing goes. We were going to go on a bicycle ride in the morning and then get in the car after lunch and drive to the next town along Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan, but it became cloudy and...

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Jul 13, 2016 - A Day in Charlevoix

We have a water leak in one of the storage cabinets. We get water in it and we thought it was rain water, but it is not. This morning the inside of the cabinet was all dried out from the last leak and then when we checked on it after going to the dump station, we found it was all wet again. It's clear water so that's a good thing, but its source is a mystery. Jerry took a panel off to try to figure out where the water is coming from, but neither of us could figure it out. We did see about a dozen pine cones up above the compartment that...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Harvest Festival

We went to the Harvest Festival in Charlevoix today. We toured Castle Farms and watched all the activities going on for the kids. We had free donuts and apple cider. My favorite areas were the gardens and the fish ponds. They also had a ‘Mini Farmer’s Market’, with vendors exhibiting and selling homemade items, including maple syrup and caramel popcorn. They had beautiful arts and crafts, games and prizes and even a magic show. We loved the horse drawn buggy rides too. It was a lot of fun. After the festival we visited the lighthouse again...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Charlevoix South Pier Light

I am adding information about the lighthouse we passed while driving through Charlevoix, Michigan. We will be going back in the car next week and adding more photos too. Here is a paste of information for our lighthouse readers. SOUTH PIER LIGHTHOUSE Charlevoix's South Pier Lighthouse has long been a treasured landmark to boaters seeking safe passage between Lake Michigan, the Pine River Channel, Round Lake and Lake Charlevoix. It is also a premier location to watch the spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan. The first lighthouse to be...

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Aug 15, 2014 - Charlevoix, MI

When driving into Charlevois, the first thing we noticed were the beautiful flowers. On both sides of Main Street, there were colorful beds of petunias between the road and the sidewalk. In May the entire community gets together and plant the petunias prior to Memorial Day. A must see in Charlevois are the unique Mushroom Houses built by Earl Andrew Young. He was a dreamer, designer and builder of these unique stone structures. In the late 1920's, he built ten stone houses, all near Lake Charlevoix. Starting in 1938, he constructed eight...

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Aug 31, 2013 - BACK

I'm back. Spent the last 4 days driving--sleeping in Walmart parking lots. Hot, stormy, rainy for a lot of the drive. Amazingly, I had no close calls driving and never even drove by an accident scene in about 8500 miles of RV driving and over 3000 miles of driving my car. So, that's it for this year.

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Aug 27, 2013 - Wind Cave--mt. Rushmore Again

Re-visited Wind Cave NP and Mt Rushmore. Hiked the first trail I did on the trip as my last. The first time, I got lost a few times the first attempt because most of the trail markers were down. New trail markers this time and you could not lose sight of the trail. Lots of bison roaming the park near the roads.

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Aug 25, 2013 - RMNP 3

Drove over the park road. Up to 12,000 feet. Very crowded. Takes about 2 hours due to the twisting roads and no guardrails. That little stream picture is actually the beginning of the Colorado River. The other river Is nearby and feeds a lake. Do any of you recognize that car-boat in the lake? I haven't seen one of those in 15-20 years. I saw it in the parking lot and it was in the lake before I could get close. Crazy weather there--sunny--cloudy--rain, changing every few miles. Lots of animals along the roadside. On to Wind Cave tomorrow.

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Aug 24, 2013 - RMNP--2

Went to a different area of the park today because the main entrance was closed off for a major bicycle race. Did not expect a lot of people there. Wrong. The main parking lot was filled, so I had to park in an overflow lot. Unfortunately it was a 1 1/4 mile walk each way from this lot to the trailhead. It certainly changed my plans since I only wanted to go about 5 miles because of yesterday's somewhat difficult walk. I only partially completed the trail I hiked because it was all uphill. I eventually ended up going about 5.5 miles. Lots...

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Aug 23, 2013 - Rocky Mountain Np

I'm a little west of Loveland, Colorado, toward Rocky Mountain NP. Less altitude on this side of the park, only about 5500 feet. Had no problems with vapor lock while getting here. I wrapped the gas lines with a special reflective tape that prevents them from overheating and causing vapor lock. It appeared to work. The drive in to the park and the park itself are very impressive. I took about a 7 mile hike. The starting altitude was 9500 feet and it climbed another 750. A little difficult based on the uphill but I didn't have any oxygen...

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Aug 21, 2013 - Florissant Fossil Beds

I'm in Cascade ,Colorado, near Colorado Springs. Visited The Florissant Fossil Beds. Formerly a temperate climate that had forests of giant redwoods. Volcanoes wiped out the area and caused the stumps of the redwoods to become petrified wood. Also created a large lake in the area, which is now gone. The area is famous for thousands of fossilized plants and animals. Previously, tourists carted away thousands of specimens of petrified wood. Tomorrow, I'm headed toward Rocky Mountain NP. I'll try to get a campground about 30 miles to the East,...

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