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Sep 6, 2013 - At "home"

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day...pleasant temperatures, sunshine, no bugs. So after a leisurely morning, we took a long walk. Enjoyed talking with campers, especially Linda and Chris who were here with some of our seasonals (folks who leave their RV's here permanently and use them as summer "cottages"). We showed Chris and Linda a couple of our favorite paths and walked over 2 miles. After putzing around in the afternoon, we decided to build a fire and enjoy the great outdoors. Lunch was outside, too, since we wanted to take...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Alpenfest

Five days of festivities including a parade, carnival, kid's games and contests, pancake breakfast, ethnic food, stages with live entertainment and the World's Largest Coffee Break. This is a true community celebration! Alpenfest began on Tuesday but it was Thursday before we headed downtown. A heat advisory was in effect for Gaylord so the crowds weren't as dense as they had been earlier. One feature of the celebration is the pins that can be purchased from most local businesses - we got ours at the bank. That entitles you to freebies on...

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Jul 6, 2013 - 2013 Gaylord 4th of July

Last month friends of ours from Florida, Bob and Karen Cronin, arrived in Michigan at their summer cottage in Houghton Lake. We had communicated by phone and email and planned to get together some while we were all in Michigan. So last week we drove down (about an hour) and enjoyed a great boat ride with some of their friends who also live in Houghton Lake. Even though rain threatened, the most we felt was a few drops. Our captain did a fantastic job of skirting the rain bands. We then adjourned to the Elks Club where we had a nice meal and...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Wings over Gaylord: Day 2

After church, we returned to Wings over Gaylord for the flying portion of the day. The skies were blue and got clearer by the minute. By 1pm there was not a cloud to be seen so the photographs of the stunt planes really look fantastic. Today we sat by a grandfather and grandson; the younger male had his iPad and took videos of many of the stunts. He's sending me his Facebook page so I can download them. I think you'll really enjoy seeing what these pilots did in the air! Nice warm day today - sun was bright and hot (as hot as it gets in...

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Jun 15, 2013 - Wings over Gaylord

Wings over Gaylord is a local event that is held every Father's Day weekend. We weren't sure what to expect, but everything was perfect! The weather was overcast for most of the day, but that's a good thing since we were surrounded by tarmac and dust. Five or six raindrops fell at some point; then the sun came out and made for a glorious afternoon... high was 77 degrees. The morning was devoted to looking at planes and military displays. Some of the planes were available for touring. Around noon we got lunch - Bob Evans had a concession...

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May 30, 2013 - Downtown Gaylord

Today around noon, we headed to downtown to play tourists. Gaylord calls itself "The Alpine Village." Gaylord styles itself as an "Alpine Village" and the city center features many buildings with Tyrolean traverse style motifs. Receiving abundant snowfall and experiencing mild summer temperatures, for many years the area around Gaylord has become known for its many skiing and golf resorts, one of the largest such concentrations in the Midwest. The city has a sister city: Pontresina, Switzerland. The annual event in July, Alpenfest,...

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May 23, 2013 - day 28 to gaylord Mich

day 28 just a drive day doing lake superior and michigan on the way camping at gaylord MI... our day 28 photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/110438477258823146205/Day28ToGaylordMiCamp?authkey=Gv1sRgCN7j2-TWsfDOEw# our spots: http://fms.ws/CA7hj/46.53337N/88.01117W http://fms.ws/CAA7F/46.51209N/87.37503W http://fms.ws/CAKBy/46.09726N/85.39700W where we are now: http://fms.ws/CAP6K/45.65691N/84.63748W our journal: http://www.mytripjournal.com/trip2013spring

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our 2013 spring trip

May 16, 2013 - A Little about Gaylord

Located in the exact center of Northern Michigan on the 45th parallel, Gaylord literally offers something for everyone. Known as Michigan’s Alpine Village our Alpine themed shopping district offers visitors a quaint, clean setting with a multitude of Downtown Shopping experiences. Our downtown {pavilion} offers weekend entertainment, a twice weekly farmers market and a vast array of events and activities. Well known as a Recreation seekers paradise, you will want to experience all that Gaylord has to offer including the North Central State...

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May 13, 2013 - Gaylord Day 3

Tonight Ralph and I began our training. Every campground is different even though the same system is used in all KOA's. Georganne worked with me on "how we do things here" as well reacquainting me with the computer system. Mondays are notoriously slow days which made it a good day to learn and practice. We did find time to talk and get to know about each other. She and Dave have two children, Stacey and Dan. When the campground is open (May 1-October 15), they are here 24/7. Ralph and Dave worked outside - learning the campground sites,...

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May 12, 2013 - Day 14: Gaylord KOA

Overnight more snow fell. As you can see from the photos, we got a fair amount. I'm told that it will all be gone by Tuesday which suits me fine. I can live with snow for a limited amount of time! After breakfast, we did some more organizing in the camper before heading down to the office to talk to Georgeanne and Dave. Our official training begins tomorrow; we work 2-7 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. After the season gets going and the campground is open until 9pm, we'll work 4-9. Georganne directed us to Meijer's for grocery shopping... and...

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May 11, 2013 - Day 13 Escabana & U.P. Michigan

The temp was 31 degrees when we got up in Escabana this morning! Fortunately our heater worked well so we had a comfortable night. As we drove along the U.P., the snow started! As my friend, Berta, said, "That's Michigan." We watched the temperature fall from 35 to 30 and then start back up; it was 43 after we crossed the bridge! Ralph did a masterful job of driving through frozen precipitation for several hours. It didn't stick to the roadway, thank God! But the trees at times looked like Christmas. The Mackinaw Bridge was shrouded in...

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Jul 7, 2010 - Great Lakes, from Canada and Michigan

Since we left Niagara Falls, we have visited with our friends Dale and Harry in Dunville, Ontario, and visited Michigan for the first time. Our goal for this trip is to photograph a few things on each of the Great Lakes. We got some great shots of Lake Ontario from Fort Niagara. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes. We stayed at a provincial park in Ontario, Rock Point, which is right on the lake. We took a day trip to Port Dover, where we were surprised to see four palm trees, right on the shore of Lake Erie! Lake Huron proved to...

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