Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A SUCCESSFUL DIY PROJECT (5TH WHEEL HITCH)

Currently in Munising MI (Low 51 Currently Mostly Cloudy 56)
Heading to Houghton MI (Currently 57 Partly Sunny: Pleasant High 52)

After the unsuccessful DIY project for the in-line check valve we blogged about earlier we thought we would share a successful one. We devised a simple hack to make hooking up the kingpin to the 5th wheel hitch easier. Without this hack the hitch was at an awkward angle making it difficult to set the kingpin height correctly on its approach.


Some have attached a spring to the arm but Bob thought a block of wood would do the trick.


He used cable ties to attach the block to the hitch so it would be there the next time needed. 


Once the kingpin connects the block falls down ready for the next time. Sure makes hooking up easier which we will use this morning as we head to Houghton Michigan. 

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, July 16, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO MUNISING MICHIGAN

Currently in Munising MI (Low 63 Partly Sunny; Not as Warm High 76) 

After 2 weeks at The Soo we departed yesterday and headed to Munising Michigan. We had lots of days with high temperatures or rain so we spent a little more time indoors than we would have liked but the time there did go by fast. Time indoors was helped by the view out our back window of freighters heading to/from the Soo Locks and a National Guard training exercise which we will hopefully blog about while we are in Houghton.

While in Munising we are staying at the Pictured Rocks KOA (formerly the Wandering Wheels Campground.



It was approximately 122 miles, this is approximately the route we took.



We will only be here a couple of nights with our next stop in Houghton. One place we already have visited is Muldoons for some of our favorite pasties and one of the few places that serve desert pasties.



We plan to take a Pictured Rocks boat tour today so we are sure we will have lots of photos to share. We are also looking forwards to temperatures in the 70s and not the 80s/90s we have seen for awhile.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, July 7, 2018

CATCHING UP - THE WEEK IN MANISTIQUE HAD A NUMBER OF 'BEST EVERS'

Currently in Sault Ste. Marie MI (Low 50 Sunny; Pleasant and Warmer High 79) 

We have been enjoying the freighters heading to/from the Soo Locks from our back window and sitting outside when it finally cooled down. So we thought we would post some more photos from last week.

Manistique Lakeshore Campground is one of the most scenic campgrounds we have ever stayed in. We have experienced a number of 'best evers' that week.

'Best ever' view from our bedroom exit window (not sure if we have ever been able to see water from here)



'Best ever' view from our dining room window (yet another shot of the lighthouse). Sandra enjoyed it too. Actually could say 'Best ever' view of lighthouse since this is the only one.


'Best ever' view from a grocery store parking lot, Jack's Fresh Market.



'Best ever' sitting outside and reading location



'Best ever' view from a Big Boy Restaurant.


With all these 'best evers' this is now our favorite campground.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, July 2, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO SAULT STE. MARIE MICHIGAN

Currently in Sault Ste. Marie MI (Low 57 Mostly Sunny; Warm High 81) 

After an incredible week in Manistique we departed yesterday and headed to Sault Ste. Marie, aka The Soo, also in Michigan. We are once again staying at Aune-Osborn Campground. The heat wave that is hitting most of the country has made it this far north. It was 94 with a feel like temperature of 99 (BWE rating of +24) yesterday so we rushed our setup and went inside. Then the show began. This is the first freighter we saw from our back window, the 'American Century' and at 1000' it is one of the largest freighters that goes through the Soo Locks.


Shortly thereafter the 'Stewart J. Cort' freighter went by. It has the distinction of being the first 1000' freighter on the Great Lakes.


In the span of a an hour and a half a third 1000' freighter went by, the 'William J. McCarthy Jr'. 


We felt very lucky to see three 1000' freighters in such a short time, especially considering that there are only 13 total on the Great Lakes.

Enough about freighters let's tell you about our travel day yesterday. It was approximately 122 miles, this is the route we approximately took. There was a detour on MI-2 and we avoided downtown Sault Ste. Marie. I couldn't adjust the map but this is close.



After a pretty good thunderstorm last night we were able to watch the Canada Day fireworks from the Canadian side. We will be here for 2 weeks. We will be meeting friends we have met before on our travels and some new fulltimers that will be coming in later this month. I'm sure we will see more barges from the campground and Independence Day fireworks on the 4th.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, July 1, 2018

REVIEW OF MANISTIQUE LAKESHORE CAMPGROUND IN MANISTIQUE MICHIGAN

Currently in Manistique MI (Low 56 Light Fog Currently 61)
Heading to Sault Ste. Marie MI (Currently 71 A Few Thunderstorms; Some Severe High 86)

A rare "10" of "10" for this park. After almost 9 years of fulltiming this is one of the few 10s we have ever given out, however, if all of the others were a "10", this campground is an "11".

It is a relatively new park, just open last year, and since built from scratch it is laid out just like we would design a park. Very big rig friendly, asphalt streets, concrete pads, gravel patios and wide spaces between sites. This is our new favorite park and is the first week backed up to the water this year. This was the first week of a 9 week 2 day stretch where 9 weeks we will be on the water.

GPS brought us right to the park but said the park was on the left, which was a waste treatment facility. There was a sign telling us to turn right to the park. As mentioned above a nice new park with convenient hookups. There are a lot of trees but we were lucky to convey our desire for a satellite friendly site and we were lucky to get one, even though the following photos don't seem like we could get a signal.

Here is the Lifestyle from the front.



To the right.



To the left.



Since we were so close to the water we couldn't get a photo from the rear so here again is a photo of the Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse from our site.



Why it didn't get an "11", and mind you these are minor nits. The park is expensive, expensive, expensive - but location, location, location. The park is laid out with 4 pull-thrus, the rest are backins. All the lakefront backins are right shoulder or blind side which are a little more difficult than a left shoulder where Bob can watch how bad he backs up. Plus it would be nice if you could get mail here.

Even though it didn't get that "11" we are already talking about when we can get back up here and how long we can stay.

We depart today for Sault Ste. Marie Michigan backed up to the St. Mary River.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, June 30, 2018

KITCH-ITI-KIPI (BIG SPRING) - PART OF A GREAT DAY

Currently in Manistique MI (Low 58 Dense Fog then Times of Clouds and Sun High 76) 

Yesterday we had one of the great days; food, sightseeing, water, and new friends. Of course any day that starts with this lakefront view doesn't have to go very far to be great.


We started out with breakfast at a Big Boy which we haven't eaten at in a long time.


We then went to Kitch-iti-kipi or Big Spring in Palms Book State Park one of the UP's major tourist attractions. Kitch-iti-kipi is two hundred feet across and forty feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons per minute gush from many fissures in underlying limestone. The flow continues all year at a constant 45 degrees so the spring never freezes. The pond formed by the spring was stocked with lake trout which you can see from 'The Raft' that takes you over the many fissures. Here is the raft.


There is a cutout in the center where you can look at the clear water below and the fish.



The area is gorgeous and allows some great reflections.


Here is the output of the spring heading to Indian Lake with another great reflection.


We passed over the biggest fissure, aka 'The Big Spring'.


After the visit at an incredibly gorgeous area we headed back to the park and met a great couple out walking their dog. What started out as a question about what model our rig was turned into a long discussion. Rick and Nicole have been fulltiming for a year and really enjoy it. We exchanged contact information and hope to see them sometime down the road.

After our conversation with them we headed to Boot Lake Bar and Grill for the Friday night fish fry.


We had some of the best walleye, lake perch and whitefish we ever have had. We drove back to the park and ended the day with the same view we had this morning.


A great day for sure!!

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, June 29, 2018

MANISTIQUE LIGHTHOUSE

Currently in Manistique MI (Low 56 Increasing Clouds; Not as Warm High 73) 

The Manistique Lighthouse, officially the Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse, stands thirty-five feet tall, and was commissioned in 1915. It sits at the mouth of the Manistique River, a fire engine red lighthouse constructed of steel plates. It provides safe passage to commercial and recreational boaters.

We were surprised and happy that we could see the lighthouse, first while we were setting up.


Then from our dining room window.


We walked to the beach and got a closeup view.


We got a couple of pictures of the lighthouse from Lakeview Park.





If you can believe this, we took this picture standing in our front door a windy day.


We'll end with a picture of the Strawberry Moon, which was redder to the naked eye than this picture shows. 



We never got tired of viewing the lighthouse, hope you didn't get tired of all the photos.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, June 28, 2018

CATCHING UP - ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE UPPER PENINSULA

Currently in Manistique MI (Low 55 Mostly Sunny; Pleasant High 76)

We have blogged before about the beautiful old churches in the Upper Peninsula and we found another one last week for Mass. This one was Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Menominee Michigan built in 1892.


The interior was gorgeous.


A closeup of the left side altar.


Right side altar.


The main altar.


The choir loft


Other photos



It's a blessing to see such beauty while going to weekly Mass.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SHORT WALK TO THE BEACH OF LAKE MICHIGAN

Currently in Manistique MI (Low 49 Some Sun Then Turning Cloudy High 69) 

As you can see from the view out the back window of our coach we are real close to Lake Michigan. 


We have a sand trail to the beach and a great view for sitting outside reading. We are so close we can hear the waves crashing against the beach. Sounds like we are near an ocean instead of a lake.


There are wild roses on the short path to the beach.


Our semi-private beach.


To the right.


To the left.


If you look closely at the first picture you will catch a glimpse of the Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse. Here is a better view from the beach.


You will probably get sick and tired of pictures of this lighthouse.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, June 25, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO MANISTIQUE MICHIGAN

Currently in Manistique MI (Low 46 Mostly Sunny; Pleasant High 67) 

After a relaxing and fun filled week with a lot of good eats we departed Peshtigo Wisconsin yesterday and headed to Manistique Michigan. Let's just say JJ wasn't especially ready to travel.


We got JJ and his sisters in the bedroom and headed first to the dump station since we have been one week without a sewer connection. Since there was a line it allowed us time to take a picture.


We finished dumping and then headed out. We crossed over the Menominee River into Pure Michigan.


A lot of our miles were close to Lake Michigan. There were a number of photos we would have liked to have taken but at highway speeds it was tough to get them. Here is a good one Jo was able to get.


We are staying at the Manistique Lakeshore Campground. It was approximately 115 miles, this is the route we took. About 100 of those miles were along the western shore of Lake Michigan.



We will be here a week exploring the area and enjoying this view out our back window. Here is a picture of our site from the campground's website. We'll have more campground photos in a future blog. It will be a slight adjustment as we moved into Eastern Daylight Time which means for a while it will be light at 10p.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo