05/07/2014 Betsy

June 28, 2012 – Getting settled at Mt Ascutney We took our time coming up from Florida meandering through Georgia, South Carolina, Western North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Niagara NY, Fingerlakes Region NY, Thousand Islands, NY and Lake Placid NY to take the ferry across Lake Champlain to Burlington, VT.  After spending a few days in Burlington, we made our way down to Windsor, VT to begin our summer Campground Hosting job.   (This trip can be viewed on www.boatdogbilly.blogspot.com.)   Mt Ascutney State park is where we will be spending the summer and the drive over from Burlington was fantastic.  Just…

05/07/2014 Betsy

June 30, 2012 –       It’s hot up here…..but cools down at night so shouldn’t complain!  Not that anyone would be sympathetic, I’m sure.  Spent the afternoon learning the computer in the Ranger’s Hut where I’ll spend the summer meeting and greeting everyone. We had lots of cyclists coming through.  This mountain is used as a conditioning/training mountain for the Mt Washington (NH) bike race.  It also has its own bike races, car races and foot races held here. There were several guys looked to be in their mid-to-late 50’s cycling here.  It’s a great environment to be…

05/06/2014 Betsy

Sunday, September 15, 2013 END OF HOSTING DAZE  Season is ending and our Saturday morning coffee hour started out in 39 degree weather!  Actually it’s warmed up to 42 degrees.  Billy  has become quite the “doughnut hound” stemming from retrieving bits of donuts dropped under the table by the kids over the summer.  Now he smells the donuts from his couch and does everything to entice a walk; only it’s a short walk five steps to the doughnut table where he stations himself in case anything may fall his way! The wind is strong off the lake so it looks like the ocean…

05/06/2014 Betsy

Friday, September 13, 2013 YURT??   A yurt is a portable, bent dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia.  It comprises of a crown supported by roof ribs bent down at the end where they meet the lattice wall.  The top of the wall is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the ribs. Yurts have been a feature of life in Central Asia for about 3,000 years and found recorded by Herodotus living in Greece between 484 and 424 BC describing yurt-like tents as dwellings of the Scthians, a horse…

05/06/2014 Betsy

LUDINGTON STATE PARK We drove up to Ludington which is a very pretty town north of Muskegon by about 60 miles. Ludington was settled in 1675 by Jacques Marquette, a very busy missionary.  Originally the town was named Pere Marquette but later named after the industrialist James Ludington whose logging operations built up around the town.  It was a booming town in 19th century with sawmills and salt deposits.  Ludington was a major Great Lakes shipping port.  In 1875 the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad (F &PM) began cross lake shipping operations.  By 1897 the F&PM constructed the first steel car…

05/06/2014 Betsy

A TRIP TO MONTAGUE Took a ride up to Montague, a quaint little town outside of Whitehall.  Montague is the home of the World’s Largest Weathervane! It is topped by the Ella Ellenwood a lumbering schooner that frequented White Lake transporting lumber from Montague to Milwaukee.  It sank in a storm in 1901 but the wooden nameplate floated back to the shore of Montague where it was found in 1902.  Many people believe the boat was coming home! DOG & SUDS Montague also has the Dog & Suds where we had to stop for a root beer float to satisfy Dave’s…

05/06/2014 Betsy

Wednesday, September 11, 2013  MAGICAL MICHIGAN HOSTING DAZE ….THIS AND THAT BLOCK HOUSE & INSECTS    Our Hosting Daze are winding down with less than a week to go.  Since Labor Day the campground has been under-occupied and the park is not manning the Ranger’s station up here so campers coming in just need to pick a spot, set up camp and fill out a form at the Ranger’s Station and put it and $ in an envelope thru the slot.  After Labor Day there are no site-specific campsite reservations so it makes it easier on everyone. Still, during the…

05/06/2014 Betsy

Thursday 9/6  –   THE SALMON ARE RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES!   We went down to Laurie and Dale’s host site in the Channel Campground for dinner.  After dinner we walked over to the Ships Channel to watch the sunset and I was absolutely amazed at the number of boats sitting out on the water at dusk. FISHING BOATS IN MUSKEGON LAKE The Coho Salmon are coming in from Lake Michigan, swimming the gauntlet up the Ships Channel across Lake Muskegon to the Muskgeon River to spawn.  WAITING FOR HIS FISH! There were many, many fishermen out…

05/06/2014 Betsy

  SIGNS SUMMER IS ENDING TRIP TO USS SILVERSIDES NAVAL MUSEUM   A sure sign that summer is ending up here!  The ice cream shop outside of the campground has closed for the season.  We’re waiting to see if it will open on the weekends, but don’t hold high hopes! Campground is fairly empty and Friday there are 35 check ins which is less than half the campground.  Expect a few quiet weekends before we leave Ice cream stand closing for the summer NAVAL MUSEUM IN MUSKEGON — USS SILVERSIDES Another beautiful day in Magical Michigan with…

05/06/2014 Betsy

OFF TO SAUGATUCK 9/3/13   We took off for Saugatuck, a harbor town south of Holland.  Dave promised he would stop and I could get out and walk some of the stores rather than viewing them at 35 mph! KALAMAZOO RIVER Saugatuck is on the Kalamazoo River.   Apparently there was another town here, Singapore….but it now belongs to Lake Michigan. Saugatuck is a pretty town made up of small arty type stores and restaurants.     We shopped a bit, bought a few things that will look nice on our screen porch and then stopped…