Saturday, June 30, 2018


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


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


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


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


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

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Currently in Peshtigo WI (Low 55 Currently Sunny 61)
Heading to Manistique MI (Currently 56 Times of Clouds and Sun High 67)

Badger Park is a city park in Peshtigo Wisconsin that has a small mostly wooded campground. Unlike the last trip our GPS devices performed admirably and brought us right to the park. The site we ended up is why we have reservations during the summer in this part of the country. Not only do the parks fill up during the weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day but there are a lot of trees so a very limited number of satellite friendly sites. Site #1 has a great line of sight but there was an added bonus; the camp host said that since we were on the end that we could drive on the grass and turn the backin site into a pull-thru, what a bonus. Here we are in the 'pull-thru' showing some of the grass we drove on. Trees on either side and a good line of sight for our satellite dish made this a very good site.

ATT cellular was fairly strong but ATT 4g was a little weak and flakey. The hookups were convenient (50amp electrical and water). There was no sewer hookup. The best part of the park though was the rate, accepting Passport America for Sunday-Thursday, making our weeks stay $121.50.

We didn't know that we would have a water view from our back window but here it is.

Also from our back window during the summer every Wednesday night there is a program called 'Bands at Badger' and this week was a 70s cover band. We heard some Lynyrd Skynyrd, Heart, Cindy Lauper, etc. Here is the view from the back window where we could listen and not worry about bugs.

Lifestyle from the front.

To the right.

To the left.

From the rear.

With the Passport America rate, great weather, sightseeing and food, we would stay here again if in the area.

We depart today for Manistique Michigan.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, June 22, 2018


Currently in Peshtigo WI (Low 49 Times of Clouds and Sun; Nice High 68) 

There is a lot to see and do in the Bay Cities area. The Bay Cities consist of Peshtigo WI, Marinette WI and Menominee MI. We started a sightseeing tour by eating breakfast at the 'Serving Spoon' in the historic district of Menominee.

We have eaten there many times during our week stay so rest assured the place and some of the food will be added to 'Our Favorite Things!'. The 'Serving Spoon' is right across from the marina so we walked over there and took some pictures.

As mentioned before we were in the historic district with a lot of neat buildings. We like how they do things in the Upper Peninsula, they save and reuse the historic buildings instead of tearing them down.

We then drove along the water to a couple of parks. For the most part there were no turn outs to take pictures so we just soaked in the lake views through the trees and houses. We did take some pictures at Red Arrow Park in Marinette.

The Menonimee North Pier Lighthouse from Red Arrow Park.

It was a great day filled with great food, scenery and architecture.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo