04/30/2014 Betsy

WEATHERSFIELD TRAIL JULY 30, 2012 Invigorated by our summit climb, we headed over to the Weathersfield Trail to do some climbing.  We weren’t planning on an ascent to the summit, but hoped to get to the falls. To start, the trail was good, it climbed but was easy to follow and didn’t have any immediate rock/slab/scrambles.  Got to a brook which water dripping off the rocks, as opposed to flowing.  Guess we didn’t get enough rain to get a full-up running broke.  Fortunately Billy was able to find some puddles to get drinks out of so we was rearing to…

04/27/2014 Betsy

July 2, 2012 HISTORIC COVERED BRIDGES After our shift  in the Ranger’s Hut, we took a short drive around Windsor to find three covered bridges that I identified.  This covered bridge quest probably should be held off until fall as the colors framing these bridges must be magnificent but we wanted to get out for a while and it’s fun to explore this beautiful countryside.  WHY COVER THE BRIDGES??   Mostly built in the 19th century, bridges were covered to protect their wooden skeletons, the hefty trusses that hold them together and bear the weight.    Covered bridge builders used several different types of…

04/27/2014 Betsy

July 1, 2012 ….TRAILS ONLY GO UP!   .The campground is about half full and Sunday everyone was leaving.  I placed by box fan on the table under the awning, turned it on and read my book in front of the breeze it created.  It helps with the stillness and also with the bugs!  Dave went down the hill to find work! This afternoon our mission was to check out the hang-gliders at the top of the mountain and to find a septic tank at one of the old CCC bathrooms. FELT LIKE A DEATH MARCH! We took the camp truck up to…

04/25/2014 Betsy

What is a Host? When you camp, in a campground, and you see those retired folks riding around in a golf cart or walking around talking to campers and they have an “official” looking hat or shirt …. they are probably campground hosts!  Hosts assist park staff with campground operations and provide a variety of information to visitors.  Hosts are considered the “eyes and ears” of the campground and in some cases, the only constant presence in a campground. These are usually volunteer positions where you are given a site with full hookups, or some combination of hookups (sewer hookups…

04/15/2014 Betsy

April 6-8, 2014 Dave’s Birthday Week   Went over to Dave’s sister’s home in Wesley Chapel, FL to celebrate his 70th birthday with his family from “that side of the state”. Had a great weekend and, on Monday, on our way home we stopped at Lazy Days to meet with a salesperson whom Dave had been in touch with.  We just wanted to see what they had at a very specific price point, no bigger than 35’, preferably 30-32’ , late model, Class A …. But we are flexible….NOT.     Lazy Days is the “RV Disney”.  The campground is…

04/11/2014 Betsy

Living on the Space Coast April 10, 2014   We were just finishing up our Thursday game of Canasta when a deep rumble started to shake the windows.  We all looked at each other and said, “A rocket just got launched.”  Amazing that we take this all for granted … so cavalier about this wonderful event – a rocket taking off from Kennedy Space Center! Apparently this one is a “spy rocket” – just what we need.  It’s a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NROL-67).  It is the super secret NROL-67 intelligence gathering spy satellite.    It was powered…

04/06/2014 Betsy

PLATTE RIVER CAMPGROUND 5685 Lake Michigan Road Honor, MI  49460 Reservations:  www.recreation.gov Telephone:  877-444-6777 Camped Here:  August 2013 Recommend:  YES Located 10 miles from Empire on Lake Michigan, in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore, the Platte River Campground is a beautiful spot.  It is the only one, of the two National Park campgrounds in Sleeping Bear that takes larger sized RVs.  They offer electric hookups only.  Potable water is available at the Sanitation Stations or faucets throughout the campground.  The sites are under canopy of trees and angled so that one is not on top of…

04/06/2014 Betsy

Straits State Park 720 Church Street St Ignace, MI  49781-1729 Telephone: 906-643-8620 Reservations:  www.michigan.gov/dnr Camped Here:  August 2013 Recommend:  YES Located on the Northern shore of the Straits of Mackinac just under the Mackinac Bridge on Lake Huron, this State Park is beautiful.  It is only a mile or two from downtown St Ignace where ferries run over to Mackinac Island. (more…)

04/06/2014 Betsy

ISABELLA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS 500 N Mission Road Mount Pleasant, MI 48858 Reservations: 989-773-9070 Telephone:  989-561-2214 Stayed in:  August 2013   The Isabella County Fairgrounds is an interesting alternative to boon-docking at Walmart or staying in a full-up campground. Located not far from Saginaw, Michigan and just off the Chippewa Indian Reservation, it has 73 grass lots with water and 30 amp electrical hookup and a dump station on the grounds.  Using Passport America discount, it was only $12.50/night which is a small price to pay for electric and water!  Under the honor system, we put our money in an envelope…

04/05/2014 Betsy

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 – Making our way out of Michigan, our last stop was the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village  (formerly the Edison Institute)  in Deaborn, Michigan.    This is a large indoor/outdoor museum complex and a National Historic Landmark. (more…)