The Trees of Michigan

Happy Summer to all of you.

Almost five years ago, then presidential candidate Mitt Romney referred to the Michigan trees as having “the right height”. I don’t know what he meant by that, but I can confirm that there is nothing wrong with the trees in Michigan and there are a lot of them. Lots of bugs too.

Our two-week stay in Kalkaska, a small community approximately 20 miles east of Traverse City came to an end and we moved on to Lake Manistique on the Upper Peninsula. In Kalkaska we stayed on an almost empty campground, lived through a number of severe thunderstorms, did some lovely hikes in the Sand Lakes Quiet Area, visited Traverse City and had the dogs swim in Lake Skegemog where Cooper learned to dive off the pier. All was nice and quiet, people were friendly and there were not too many posted regulations and restrictions. Everything was clean and orderly and very Caucasian.

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After crossing the Mackinaw Bridge we turned west along the beautiful northern shore of Lake Michigan. We are currently located on a nice and quiet campground on Lake Manistique near the small community of Curtis. Only 10 miles north of here is the remote Seney National Wildlife Refuge where we did some marvelous hikes amongst lakes and trees of “the right height”.

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Stay tuned for the next blog from the shores of the mighty Lake Superior.

From Music City to Windy City

Are y’all enjoying the Trump Show yet? In my opinion the entire Trump clan should be locked up. I definitely was no Hillary fan, but these people are all thugs. I am just ranting folks; please don’t take it too serious.

Nashville has always claimed to be America’s foremost music city. A walk through Nashville makes that claim very clear. Just like hopeful actresses and actors are drawn to Los Angeles and Hollywood, Nashville attracts a large number of hopeful musicians. We all have to make a buck and that’s why in Nashville life music performances take place on a lot of street corners and in a lot of honky tonks. Aside from the music offerings there are also a number of locations anyone remotely interested in music may enjoy. To name just a few, there is the Ryman Auditorium (Grand Ole Opry), the museums of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, and last but not least the Music Hall of Fame.

Once we made it to Tennessee the billboard advertisements for Injury Attorneys along the highways vanished. I have never seen so many of these law service offerings as in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. The laws in these states must provide incentives for these sleaze balls to accumulate there.

After leaving Nashville we rolled through the green hills of Kentucky (passing the site of the Bowling Green massacre recently quoted by Kellyanne Conway) for a short stay on the banks of the Horseshoe Bend of the mighty Ohio River near Leavenworth, IN. We stayed for three days on a nice and quiet campground right at the river and even though it was pretty toasty we were able to take some short hikes with the dogs through the surrounding forest.

It took 280 miles to cross Indiana from the very south to the community of Cedar Lake, approximately 5 miles from the Illinois state line and 45 miles south-east of downtown Chicago.

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The Newmar service facility in Nappanee, IN informed us that they are booked until August. We will have to schedule the motorhome chassis maintenance somewhere else along the way. Tomorrow we will move to the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula for a two week stay near Traverse City. There we should be save from extreme temperatures. Stay tuned.