July 29, 2010 - After Manistee, we went up to Hillman, MI
to Thunder Bay RV resort and spent a week. While we were there
we hooked up with our Texas friends Larry & Phyllis. The
first night we met at Bolton's Bar, a favorite hang out, along
with their friends Jim & Jan that we've met several times
before. As usual the pizza was GREAT. We met back at their house
a few days later for a spaghetti dinner on Monday and said our
good byes. Wednesday we moved back to Waldenwoods and the rain
came. Three straight days of rain. Now it's the next Thursday
and we're finally getting the weather I came up here for. It's
"supposed" to be sunny and low 80's for the next few
days. Next week we'll be leaving Michigan and headed for Akron,
OH to attend the Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament.
Thought For The Day:
Only people who have to pay the bills should be allowed to vote.
Our current situation in Washington is proof that the opposite
July 13, 2010 - Yesterday we did a little sight seeing, we
took the "scenic" drive up M-22 to Sleeping Bear
Dunes. I'm not sure what's "scenic" about the drive,
just a road through trees for 55 miles with one pullout that
looks out over Lake Michigan. The $10 "scenic" drive
through Sleeping Bear Dunes was equally as unimpressive and
pretty much not worth the price of admission (or the cost of the
gas). We drove over to Traverse City and ate lunch at La
Senorita, it was decent Mexican food with very large portions.
We got back to the RV in time to feed Lady (she was looking at
the clock when we got there). I watched a little TV and Debbie
went over to the casino with $50. She came back with $1200.
Another Royal. 2010 Count: Debbie-5, Reid-1. She's pulling away
We're leaving a day early and heading up to Thunder Bay Golf
& RV Resort in Hillman, MI on Wednesday. We were headed back
to Waldenwoods but 90 degree weather is not for me. So we'll
stay further north for another week. We'll see our friends Larry
& Phyllis while we're there, probably for the Friday Fish
Fry at the resort.
July 11, 2010 - The buffet here is AWFUL. We tried it for lunch the first day
and were NOT impressed at all. Very little selection and mostly
cold. We tried it again yesterday for breakfast and were even
less impressed. Burned bacon, cold biscuits (even the
"fresh" ones they just brought out), they hide the
pancakes and you have to ask for them. So far this
"resort" is getting some pretty low marks from us.
Debbie likes the video poker here, she should. Royal Flush
today. Now we can play on their money. With Debbie around, we
almost ALWAYS play with their money. I can't remember the last
time we had to spend our own money at a casino.
The temps are in the low 80's which isn't too bad, but our
site has all afternoon sun which makes it pretty uncomfortable
to sit out in the evening. Had I paid attention when we set up I
would have asked for a different site. Guess we'll just have to
tough it out until Thursday.
July 9, 2010 - Finally, relief from the heat. We made the
trip up to Little River Casino in Manistee, MI yesterday and
were greeted with 78 degrees when we got there. Far cry from the
90's in Hartland. OF COURSE it rained on us most of the way
there. That's a standard travel day! The park here is pretty
good, concrete pads and full hookup. The casino shuttle leaves a
lot to be desired. We called for the shuttle (stretch golf cart)
to take us to the casino to eat lunch and they came promptly.
However, when we were ready to go back, they were no longer so
helpful and were unconcerned with us. We ended up taking the
LONG walk back to the RV Park. I won't make THAT mistake again!
Things That Boggle My Mind:
Waitresses who bring your food that includes french fries and
act surprised when you ask for ketchup. Huh? Ketchup? Whoda
thought it? Automatic 5% tip reduction.
July 5, 2010 - For some STRANGE reason, the park had
their 4th of July fireworks on Saturday the 3rd. Go Figure. What
used to be a GREAT 45 minute display has now turned into a 17
minute display. The fireworks show is one of the reasons we make
sure we're here on the 4th of July. Maybe next year we'll
rethink that and find another place to go on the 4th. The 70
degree weather has left us. 90 degrees yesterday and the next
four days are supposed to be 91, 93, 93, 91. This is NOT why we
come to Michigan in the summer. We're on a 30 amp connection and
it is difficult to keep the RV cool in this weather with limited
power. We can run both air conditioners as long as NOTHING else
is running. This means running the fridge on propane, no laundry
and running the water heater on propane when needed. The power
pole here has two 30 amp plugs, which means I could get enough
power by using the cheater box and hook into both 30 amp
connections at the same time. That's what we did the first
summer we bought our membership here and it worked out great.
Then to our surprise, the next year they would not allow us to
use both plugs. Hmmm, changed the rules after we paid our
money...what a surprise.
Thursday we leave for Manistee, MI. We've been trying to get
to the west coast of Michigan for a couple years and something
stopped us every time. Not this year. We'll be staying in
Manistee and visiting Traverse City and the coastal areas for a
week, then back to Waldenwoods for our final two week stay here
Things That Boggle My Mind:
People who build campfires when it's 90 degrees. The park is
FULL of smoke and no one sits next to them because it's (wait
for it....) HOT.