An evening event of Blueberry picking led to a bought of poison ivy. Not fun when visiting an area and you don't even want to mingle with anyone. I got it all over my face and neck, with the obvious leaf mark right across my cheak and ear. Mark's ivy turned up a few days later as spots on his arms. I had to visit the E.R. for some Prednisone and Hydrocortizone cream because it was so bad I was worried about my breathing.
For days, I stayed inside and didn't want to see anybody or do anything. It was awesome. Washing bedding & clothing every day, trying to sleep during the horrible itchiness, and trying not to touch anything that could cause contamination. All while staying away from each other as well.
So, our trip to the Outdoor Adventures in Grand Haven, was more of an inside quarantine stop. For me at least. Mark went to his brother's house each for fireside chat and to help with projects.
Stay Details: Outdoor Adventures, Grand Haven MI
* Note: This is a place that is connected with out campground membership. We love Grand Haven resort because it was wonderful amenities, wonderful people, and close to family & friends. The sites are not very big here, but they also offer a wide range of camping opportunities. From the dry-camp tent family, all the way up to the class-A retiree. We stayed on site #9 this time, which had 30a electric and water. However, it was in the front by the main road, so it was VERY noisy.
Though not the type of excitement one would hope for, this day was full of excitement and a quaint reminder that God is in charge..
Rainy days never make a good travel day, so we packed up the muddy equipment, double checked all points of packing, and left Davison. There were four events that stuck out as extraordinary.
1) After 30 minutes of travel through terrible Flint roads, another driver stopped us. We had been dragging our sewer hose. The hose was hanging on by the last hook from the cylinder that housed it during travel. The hose and the clear 90 degree connection were totally in-tact!
2) Another few miles down the road, we realized our coffee was not in the truck. Mark stopped again and checked inside. The full coffee mugwas still sitting on top of the counter! After the roads we just traveled, we thought for sure we'd have quite a mess in there!
3) Upon arriving to our 'resort' we found out that we could only park on grass sites. It had just rained, and most spots were only 15amp, so we preferred one where we could utilize our solar for power. We found a site in the sun, checked it out and it seemed good enough. However, once Mark began backing up, the camper sunk VERY quick and he couldn't pull back out of it. We were stuck good! Within minutes, 5 guys from around the park came over to help. They had done this 3 other times this week, so they knew what to do. They hooked up 2 more trucks in front of ours, and easily pulled us out. Whew! No harm done, just muddy tires and a very rutted lawn.
4) The campground host told us to park on one of the seasonal sites with a cement pad. Upon parking at the last one available, we found out the 50a electric outlet was only running on 20a. Mark almost plugged in the camper directly, but just felt weird about it so he used the EMS power supply. Thank goodness, because the low power could have hurt our electrical system or the solar system.
By the time we settled into our camper after setup, we thanked God for His protection. We don't know what we'll do in this mosquito-infested area, but we do know that we are very Blessed to have had several people help us out in our time of need, and not have anything serious happen on this journey.
Experiences aren't always fun, but they are experiences. How we handle them makes all the difference in the world. :-)
Stay Details: Heartland Woods Family RV Resort; Stockbridge, MI
* Note: This is a location that is a nice little get-away with a few ammenities, but is more geared to family weekend campers. The larger sites are 30a with water, and some of the outer sites even have cement pads. However, they save the padded sites for longer term residents, so they ask travelers to use the inside grassy sites. However, as you see, the inner grassy sites are not good for rainy days. Be cautious of where you park.
There is a playground, putt putt course and swimming pool, along with tennis court, horse shoes, and a fishing pond. Most of these were not usable because of the rain, but provides some fun options for the kids when it's not raining. There is also an activity/game room that is pretty large.
After a beautiful (and rainy) 3-week stay in Davison, we are ready to move on to our next travel adventures. The last few details of the month that I did not previously mention:
1) Had 4 doctors visits. We are good until next year!
2) Had a wonderful visit with church friends, Gerald & Priscilla. They fed us a delicious meal, and we played Mexican Train Dominos after dinner.
3) Maria made me another sticker for the camper! This time I put it on the main door. :-)
4) Pica thought she was hiding.. Ha!
5) We upgraded our coffee maker to a complete coffee bar. Now I can make my favored latte's!
6) Taking bike trips is amongst our favorite things to do. This time it was a 20-mile Flint River trail to Stepping Stone Falls. An absolute beautiful ride with awesome scenery.
Stay Details: Outdoor Adventures; Davison MI
* This is our home resort affiliated with our campground membership. It is getting very busy these days, but we love this resort because it has a lot of ammenities. We also love our new favorite site, #98, that sits in the corner near the exit.
This holiday has always been very special for us, mostly because it means time with the kids and grandkids. This year we reserved 3 weeks around this holiday and landed a beautiful corner site that allowed us to have that quieter privacy we enjoy, yet be close to the exit.
During out stay, we were Blessed to have visits from Maria & Joe's families and even some friends! We really enjoy taking the kids & grandkids swimming and enjoying the multitude of events going on around the resort. This resort has gotten very busy over the years, and we try to do fun things on less crowded days.
We saw fireworks on three different days, but Pica is more than ready to be over this holiday.
During the holiday week we also attended Katelyn's Open House.. Our first graduating grandchild!! The collage of photos below shows events during the week.
Sure have loved 'catching up' with family!
Mark and his siblings were Blessed to be able to celebrate Ruth's 60th birthday with mom & dad this year. We all had a great time at Red Lobster!
Over the past 2 weeks, we had the opportunity to help mom & dad with renovation projects on their home. I cooked for them, we built shelves, painted, stained, cleaned out the upstairs, and even rearranged the beds. We had a great time with them, and they are very pleased with the work. So much so, I think they want us back! LOL!
Now off to our next adventures. Three weeks at our home resort and catching up with family, friends and doctors..
There has been a change in our schedule, and SOWERS has graciously let us switch projects to accommodate our needs.
We will now be working at OK-230 project which is in Colcord, OK at the New Life Ranch. We are very excited about working this project, and look forward to meeting and working with other SOWERS.
Over the past month, I really enjoyed working with Ashley to plan a surprise visit for Joe, a week early than he expected. I was able to meet his beautiful girlfriend Ashley for the first time, and we played cards with Ashley, her kids, and her mom. It was a great visit, and SO fun to surprise him!
We were excited to finally return home-ish to some of our friends. We've met Jeff & Lisa in Shipshewana a lot, and this year was no different. We played games, went shopping, and even celebrated Lisa's upcoming birthday! The chicken at the Blue Gate Restaurant is fabulous!
We happened to be there on the opening day of the flea marking in town, and I think everyone in the area was there too! We enjoyed walking around shopping, but at the end of the day, I somehow logged over 7300 steps! Wow! There are a lot of stores and restaurants to choose from, so if you're ever in the area, we would highly recommmend a visit here.. :-)
Stay details: Shipshewana South Campground; Shipshewana, IN.
Note: This was a pretty nice campground, nestled within the country amish ambiance. There was a cow field in the back, and horse fields on either side, so there was pletny of enjoyment watching the animals on our daily walks. There was no smell wheile we were there, so we didn't see it as an issue. They have few ammenities, but there is a dump station, with a seperate electric only space in the rear. This is where we stayed. We enjoyed the more solitute and privacy in the back, only after we moved sites because someone else was parked on our friends' spot. The shower houses they have are very clean and updated. The office personnel were extremely polite and very accomodating, and the neighboring horses are awesome to watch.
We stayed at site 22 (30a electric only), and it was a huge grass spot next to the rear field. We have a 35' rig, and had a LOT of space to spare.
Just a quick stop here because it's an affiliate park without our home membership resort. It has a lot of ammenities, and best yet is that they are all open! Even the hot tub!
We parked on lot VS3, so we are in the front opposite of the lake, very near the pool. Mark just LOVES the pool! While here, we got some laundry done, played miniature golf, swam, took a lot of walks, and got some paperwork and cleaning done.
We have an upcoming appointment with the Grand Design (our RV factory), so get some warranty work, so we want all the Arizona dust removed. lol!!
The worst part of our stay was getting stuck in the rain while on a walk. Well, Pica didn't like it, it got her bloomers wet. Ha!
We would definitely recommend this campground, even if it's for a membership. They take good care of their grounds, and are even building more campsites on the other side of the park. There are a lot of friendly geese here, fishing allowed, playground, miniature golf, a large clubhouse, and an absolutely beautiful pool.