Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!.....(We are in Michigan Plus Two Days...Catching Up)

Wishing Each of
 You a Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

So after a quite night we pulled out of the Walmart in Bryan, OH. We headed a couple of miles south and then turned East on US 6.  Today's ride is only 88 miles and the RV Park we are headed for, Harbortown RV Resort near Monroe, MI, describes their sites as level and paved. We are feeling confident this park is going to work out. Again more money then we care to spend but we need a place to land for a couple of days before we head further north to the Michigan State Park we are booked at for eleven days.

We are on US 6 in Ohio heading East.

Then a head there was bridge construction. Two bridges to be exact. We
immediately thought of the two bridges driving into the Imperial Dam LTVA
in Arizona.  Those had been very narrow to get through and the barrels at the
end were over the lane one of which we hit. These two as you can see
were wide and and the barrels were place on the outside of the lane. 

Continuing on our way under lovely blue skies 

the one thing we noticed different from a few days ago
 the trees are just starting to bud

and there is not a lot of green to be seen out the window.

I cannot believe I actually got the picture.
I thought for sure I had missed the engine. 

Going by Perrysburg

then again after merging onto I-75.

In no time we were going around Toledo.

Then the sign we have been waiting to see
and since we tow a Jeep I decided to include this one.
We are still about 470 miles from where we call home but
we have crossed into Michigan. 

Our exit

and where we will call home for the next two nights.

Looking down the row at the end of our site.

There we are parked on a paved driveway
that was long enough to leave the Jeep hooked up.

So ended our day. No sunset we were under grey skies but we are parked and have full hookups.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Our first day back in Michigan and we pretty much did nothing. Cleaned a little and did a couple batches of wash. Tom actually put up the Antennae and watched some television and neither of us could remember the last time we turned it on. It rained a little during the day but overall it was a relaxing day.

I went out near the time the sun was setting.
Out towards the east the clouds had made a swoosh.

Looking south there was a slight break in the clouds

and to the west just a little bit of pink just above the horizon.
I would rate today a good day.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today we will make the trip up I-75 and connect with I-94 to reach our next destination in 92 miles and where we will stay for 11 days. During this time we will spend time with our son, daughter-in-law, and three of our grandchildren. The oldest will make his First Communion the Saturday after Easter and we feel blessed to be here to see it happen. Tom unhooked our utilities and just after 11 o'clock we were on I-75 heading north.

The Stinger "B" is ready for the I-94 challenge.

If you click on the picture and enlarge it you should be able to see
the two ducks swimming in the pool.

On I-75

and we can see Detroit in the distance.

Then we are on I-94

and there is the inevitable construction.

Passing St. Clair Shores we will back here tomorrow.

Having turned at our exit onto 26 Mile Road/Marine City Highway then onto
Marsh Road  we are remembering why we had said when we checked out
this park last fall this was not the best way to come. The longer route was
a better choice. Not "Hazel's" fault she gave us the two choices.

After turning right on to M-29 in a few miles we are at the park.
That is the St. Clair River on the left.

Tom on the phone checking us in.
We are wondering if there is someone in the building during the summer.
We will find out when we head back this way in June.

Our next stop was at the Campground Host's site were we picked up a map of the sites and were to get water. There are several water faucets throughout the campgrounds the only problem is you cannot hookup a hose to any of them. The only thing they are good for is to fill up a jug which is pretty useless if you want to fill up a fresh water tank on a motor home. There is presently only one spot were you can hook up a hose and we had to go back out to the dump station just behind the above building to fill up our fresh water tank.  This is a decent park and the Stinger "B" has all her wheels on gravel so we will not be sinking into the grass. We have a 50 amp electric hookup, we can get water and use the dump station. The sites are tight and from what we can see it is a popular place for families. One last thing which is not an issue this stay, and we will make a note for future reference, from what we can tell we are in the only site without a fire pit or picnic table. In the future not being able to have a fire with our grandchildren here would not be fun. Once it stops raining and the weekend people pull out we will be taking a walk around looking at the various sites and making notes. I did already check out the site we have reserved for June and we will have a fire pit and picnic table. So in the end this may not be a perfect park but it works for what we need and it is only about 40 minutes north of our family. I think we will be happy here and our grandchildren will enjoy coming to visit and staying with us in the summer.

Glad you stopped in for a visit. 
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

An Adventure in Ohio

Saturday, April 20, 2019 (still playing catch up with the blog)

We are presently sitting in the Stinger "B" listening to the rain coming down and when I say rain I mean RAIN! It has been coming down since last night. I think there is a river next to us instead of a road. I am really feeling sorry for all the "weekend warriors" parked here with families and dogs. The temperature says 42 degrees with a real feel of 30 and it looks like this is the way the whole day will be. We thought we would be spending the day with family but now we have "sprung" a drip by the TV in the front of the mortorhome. We knew the roof was going to be an issue soon and it was on the agenda for this summer. Hopefully we do not get to much more rain and the drip stays just that a small drip. It looks like there may be some sun tomorrow with a high of 61 degrees and we are hoping the weather predictors are right. In the meantime Happy Saturday!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

We did not leave the Stinger "B" today. Well I did not, Tom did go and do jeans at the laundry here at the park and he had to go out and dump grey a couple of times as I was doing wash.  The rain started during the night and lasted through pretty much the whole day. It really was a relaxing type of day. The type of day we needed.

Monday, April 15, 2019

We left the park around 11:00 which was checkout. The "plan", and there is a pattern here, was to travel about 96 miles to a RV Park near Pioneer, Ohio with full hookups and enjoy a few days to just sit and relax. A FYI to us: never leave a RV Park with less then a third of a tank of fresh water even if our next destination is a RV Park with full hookups.
Before getting on the road today Tom drove the Stinger "B" over to the Walmart. I left ahead of him as I wanted to pick up a couple of things at the Dollar Tree and then had a few things I wanted to get at  Walmart. Honestly, I was looking forward to getting to the next park and not go any where . We hooked up the Jeep at Walmart and were on our way about 12:30.

Our spot at the KOA and the daffodils at the exit.
We left this morning under a cloud filled sky.

After leaving Walmart we took I -75 South back one exit.
Then we were on US-33  heading West
under blue skies filled with white fluffy clouds. 

After about 12 miles we turned north on US 127.

This is decent two lane highway.

Though, there are no shoulders and it is well traveled.

We are traveling in rural America and 

I believe the pictures convey just that.

It was a pleasant ride for this passenger

but the wind hitting us on the side kept Tom pretty busy.

We are passing through Van Wert.

The front facade of this bank in no way matched the rest of the building.
You can see that on the left which is what it looked like on the right, also.

We went by some beautiful old homes.

Not far and we passed a large wind turbine "farm".

Then we were driving through Paulding.

I am thinking good advice for all of us.

I did not get the name but what is not to like about a town with a
Pizza Place called Red Angel and a Dairy Queen.

Then we went through Bryan for the first time.
I loved the coffee cup on the Diner sign.

Then just about to today's destination we turned on to US 20.
We could see the water in the fields and then we saw the sign for the Park.

Once we turned into the road to the Park we could see all the lovely green grass ahead. We stopped at the gate and Tom walked ahead. All I could see was green grass and the road into the camping area. Now the gentleman told Tom, on the phone when he called ahead on Sunday, that they were not yet open for the season but he had a site we could pull into that would work for us. When we got there he did say when he made the offer it was dry and they had gotten about an inch of rain the night before. They took his car to the site and his car tires sank a little in the grass and Tom said walking on the grass was very squishy. Okay I am sorry but why did it not say in the description of the RV Park that they were grass sites. Why did he not mention this when Tom told him what our rig was. There was no way we could have stayed there even if they had not gotten rain the night before. Maybe later in the year but pull a 13 ton RV onto grass in the Spring we are not that brave. So after he got done saying he was sorry he could not accommodate us, he seemed nice and  genuinely sorry, we pulled over and I made two calls to two different Walmart's. One 30 miles further on. The woman on the phone explained to me they did not allow overnight parking which is why there are signs posted saying so. The way she said it implied I could not read. I could not help myself I told her from 30 miles away I could not read the signs real well and she actually said well that is what they say. I just hung up. The second one back in Bryan said the usual just park out at the edge of the lot. So we back tracked 14 miles to the Walmart in Bryan. Side note: sometimes things just work out there was a Mexican Restaurant across the highway and their Margaritas during Happy Hour are buy one get one free. 
Of course having the water run out before brushing our teeth in the morning, the reason for the FYI above, was not great but we did have drinking water in gallons on board so we made do. Some days are just like that and learning to go with the flow does help. Besides we have tented on Lake Superior and now we have a kitchen, fridge, stove, dining room, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and furnace so a little water shortage is no big deal. It is just part of the adventure.

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