Update time:: First, a few days at a nice campground for some down time & laundry catch-up. Then a long travel day along with the prize at the end; a nice site at the edge of Lake Sakakawea. Today will be a scenic drive at the north of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
God had been SO good to us; with parting the storms, smooth travel days, awesome stay locations, and a few people to help along the way. Have been looking forward to this next week for a very long time!
Today was quite emotional. Meeting up with good friends is always a highlight, and riding around in new places is a bonus, but along with that, we toured Minneapolis, the destruction, the beautiful murals of remembrance, and finally the place where George Floyed was killed. The street was closed off.. it was quiet as people reflected on the many names who were afflicted by brutality. America is truly changing, and only time will tell us how this American icon will change how people are treated.
I know a LOT of wonderful police officers and people in general. I must say though, that there are corrupt people in every profession.
My hope is that we can all learn through this situation; to be forgiving like his family; to be respectful like his friends; for our leaders to enforce rightful policies in the workplace and to discipline the corrupt before it gets out of hand.. But most of all, for us all to be blind to the color of our skin, and treat each other equally and with respect. To love again, and to be there for each other always...
This was our first stay at a resort for more than a few days. Actually, it was our first Coast to Coast resort stay at all!
It was an extremely nice resort with sites spaces in a group circle like way with campsites and cabins interspersed near the front of the resort. Toward the back, they were in the same circle but only campsites.
We think we were put up front next to the busy cabins and garbage bin because we were coast resort members, but that was actually an advantage for us. We were right across the way from the garbage and the pool so it was a quick walk. It was also close to the Wifi. We enjoyed our bike trip down the side road to the lake, and enjoyed a few days of R&R and to get some books and cleaning done.
We loved this campground, and would definitely recommend staying here again.
Details: St. Croix River Resort; Hickley MN
* Note: I believe this is a members-only campground. It is also affiliated with Coast-To-Coast which we have a membership with. This is an absolutely beautiful campground with a lot of camp space per lot, but the sites are laid out different than we're used to. They are laid out in kind of a circle with the driveway in the middle. However, it was extremely nice and even had a beautiful pool.
This was a beautiful campground situated on the border of MI and WI. It was $20/night with no amenities. We found out once we were there that the sites could be reserved, which could have given us a nicer site, but it was still very nice. We met some friends there, and found the same friends on the trails. We shared some campfire talk, and became friends on FB.
It was bittersweet to leave this campground because it meant we would be leaving the state and going on our way to the mighty west. However, it meant our final 'goodbyes' for our family for the year. However, this campground was an excellent choice for our last stay in MI, and I would definitely recommend staying here again. Next though, we will check into reserving some longer sites.
Details: Black River Harbor NF Campground; Ironwood MI.
We took some more time to explore the peninsula with Maria and her family. We drove out to Copper Harbor, when off-roading with the trucks, and rock-hounding. What an awesome visit, and LOTS of memories!
Stay Details: Baraga State Park; Baraga MI.
If you have never been to Kitch-Iti-Kipi before, I would highly recommend putting this place on your bucket list. It's a natural spring that you can see all the way to the bottom of the lake where it is bubbling up. What an awesome place to visit
Stay Details: Indian Lake State Park; Manistique MI.
* Note: This was a beautiful campground that we reserved so we could meet up with Maria at Kitch-Iti-Kipi. We had a double site, and enjoyed gorgeous views of the sunset.
We purposely met up with Chad and Sarah, friends we found in the GeneralRV parking lot in Wixom. During the stay, we took a ride up to mission point and Traverse City, but we also had some good conversation with Chad and Sarah about life-coaching and full time RV living. We friended each other on FB, and vowed to meet up again in future travels.
The visit to Leland Harbor and Sleeping Dunes was pretty awesome. There has been a lot of rain this year, so they were pretty flooded.
Stay Details: Northwestern MI Fairgrounds; Traverse City MI.
* Note: The fairgrounds themselves were pretty plain. We had electric and water but no sewer, but they did have a dump station. I wouldn't normally choose a fairgrounds to stay, but it was alright if needing a place.
As we were riding our bicycles at Kensington, we came across this little guy when throwing our garage away. I wonder how long he was stuck in there!
We absolutely loved this Harvest Host site because we were escorted to the back where he had made a nice little campground for guests. We were told we could eat some Blackberries after closing, and could walk the fields at our leisure.
Interestingly, there was a squawker which made rapter sounds to keep the birds away from the berries. It was a little annoying in the evening, but shut off by sunset.
This was a very nice host, and we would recommend staying here again.
Details: Rainbow Farms; Madison OH.
This Harvest Host location was quite an interesting stay on our way through to Niagra Falls. We didn't know the manor was haunted until we heard the story at her wine tasting. Quite an interesting story, and a beautiful fields as we took a walk through the orchards.
Stay Details: Winery at Marjim Manor; Appleton, NY.
* Note: This was only a 1-night stay, so we chose to stay at a Harvest Host location. We were surprised to learn that this location was world-known for being a haunted location. To thank her for letting us stay the night, we took advantage of their wine tasting, which she then told the entire story of how the ghosts came to live at the house. I'm not one to totally believe this, but I did sense someone was outside my bedroom window that night just checking us out. I never saw anything, and never felt fear. What we really liked is the hospitality of this business, and such a beautiful yard to park overnight! We would definitely recommend this place.