Saturday, July 30, 2011
Jim, the maintenance man from the park dropped by to check on our electrical problem and we told him that we haven't had any more issues. He said to let the office know if we had any problems and they would contact him. He told me again that if we chose to move to one of the non-sewer sites, he would come by and drain the tanks with the park's pumper truck. What service! We will have to change sites on Monday due to a reservation in our present site but won't need Jim's pump-out services.
After reading for a couple of hours, I came back inside and got caught up on reading the blogs that I follow and finished my own entry. Later in the afternoon I took a nice long walk around the park and set up our gas grill for supper to be cooked. Most of the other trailers around us had left but a couple of the sites were later filled by late-comers.
About five o'clock, it clouded up and later we got a very nice shower that made the early evening very nice. I went out around nine o'clock and checked on everything and enjoyed the night air. There is a class C motorhome that just pulled in. I don't envy them coming in late and in wet and muddy conditions. Glad our days of doing that are over.
The park offered breakfast to guests for only a donation which was a very good deal, so we went down and ate a good breakfast. We met Jim, the maintenance man, who told me that he thought the problem could have been with the surge protector and suggested removing it and monitoring the electricity, which we decided to do. I removed the surge protector and had no further problems throughout the day. It probably helped that most of our neighbors also left today, which lessened the electricity draw. We monitored the voltage during the day and it never dropped below 110 volts. We hope this problem is over, at least for now.
We went up to the "supermarket" in town and were amazed at the selections in this tiny little store in a small town in rural Michigan. We didn't need a lot, but we bought what we needed. I also went to the Ace Hardware next door and picked up a few items that I needed and came home and fixed our street sign that had recently broken in a rain and windstorm. I know those of you in Texas don't remember rainstorms, but it happens up pretty often.
Stella fixed us some coneys for supper and then she and I sat outside at our table and played a few games of dominoes. It was a very pleasant night and we enjoyed it. Although it wasn't bad last night, it was nice to have the a/c tonight.
Friday, July 29, 2011
We didn't leave until about 11 o'clock and drove the 60 miles to Paradise, where the falls are located. It is a heavily wooded area and there is no cell phone service, nor are there many service stations. It's good that we have plenty of fuel aboard.
A different view of the falls.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
We got away about 10:30 and made it to the KOA in about 15 minutes. We pulled in and learned that the previous tenant in our site was already gone, so we were all set up and relaxing by noon. The best thing is, we now have both wifi and our own network to choose from and the dish antenna is working well. Good to see the swamp gator hunters and American Pickers again!
It was cold again this morning, about 52 degrees outside! Stella had already turned the heater on, so it wasn't too bad inside this morning. She takes pretty good care of me.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Stella woke up and made us some breakfast and we decided to drive over to the KOA on the south side of Newberry to check on a site there. Boy, did we luck out! They will have a full hookup site with a clear view of the sky so our Carryout antenna should work. I've heard that before, but we decided to take the site anyway. It IS full hookup, has good wifi and should be good for TV reception. We'll see tomorrow.
We drove back into Newberry and stopped off at the visitor's center to pick up some brochures for the area. I also stopped off at the Dodge dealer and made an appointment to have some service work done and to have a recall notice checked.
We were on our way home when we saw a sign for Oswald's Bear Ranch that is located outside of Newberry and decided to stop and visit. The bears are kept in a natural habitat environment that is enclosed by a high fence. Guests are allowed to walk all the way around the enclosures to view the many bears on the property.
No, this is not one of the bears. Someone did some good carving on a tree stump though. Takes some skill!
Monday July 25, 2011-Moving day-Mackinaw Mill Creek campground to North Country Campground and Cabins
The park has 30 amp electrical service, good water and cable television. We were told that our carryout antenna might work (didn't) and that they have Internet service provided by Tengo Net-same as Rayford Crossing. When I tried to connect with the Internet, I found that I could not because of a low signal to the antenna. Rats! Then I tried our Verizon card and found that it wouldn't connect either. I didn't know why, so I went to the office to talk to the owner about the problem. She said that she has issues with Tengo Net and there are hit and miss problems. She said site #38 has service but #36 does not. She did not offer an explanation for the Verizon card not working. I came back home and after more investigation, I found out that there is NO cell service where we are. Hmmmm, didn't know that one!
At least the cable works well, so we just stayed inside and watched television. Stella was supposed to work for one of her clients and I have work I need to do on the computer, so it is important that we are connected to the Internet. Tomorrow we will check out some other parks in this area. I'll let you know how this works out.
We just stayed around the trailer all day except for taking some nice walks through the park. We watched television and I got caught up on reading the blogs that I follow as well as finishing up my own entry. I took a couple of good walks around the park during the afternoon. Remember the two brothers that own the Bighorn and Landmark? I walked over to talk to them about joining the Owners club but they were already gone. I did see a Sundance and another Landmark but the owners of them were gone too.
Later in the afternoon I began putting things away for our departure tomorrow. I took the porch and steps down and the Carryout antenna. I had been moving it around since we've been here but never did find just the right location and had given up on it, at least here at this park.
It has been a good week here in Mackinaw City and we have enjoyed our stay. I'm not sure when or if we'll be back here, but this is a nice park if you get some of the sites near the water. These back here where we are are secluded and there is little traffic but you're away from most of the people.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
We came back home and after putting our clothes away, we relaxed (napped) for a bit before we met Ed and Karen to go eat supper in town. We went to the Blue Water Grill to try it out. Again, the food wasn't bad but it wasn't real good. Three of us had the trout special plate which was filling but not real tasty. We enjoyed our time visiting with Ed and Karen since they are from our area of Texas. We will miss them when they leave tomorrow.
We came back home and sat outside until the skeeters sent us all back inside about 9 o'clock. I suppose the cooler weather has made me stay up later because I have been staying up until almost midnight every night. Then I sleep in until 7:30 or 8, which is a bad habit for me to get into. When I get back to Rayford, I have to be up early for coffee. Something to work on.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
We rode around the picturesque little city, but there isn't too much there except a pretty setting for the town, overlooking the lake and the big bridge. We checked out a KOA campground just outside of town but it's no better than the place where we are.
We decided to come back across to Mackinaw City to go to the grocery store. We found that there is only one "supermarket" in town, an IGA store. They have a little bit of a lot of stuff, not much selection and high prices. I guess thats what you can do when you're the only store in town. We did find that there is a Wal Mart in Cheboygan, about 15 miles away but we didn't need enough groceries to make it a worthwhile trip, so we just bought our few items and came back home.
When we came back to the park, I talked to two brothers who are Heartland owner that have a Landmark and a Bighorn. Neither was very happy with their rigs, so I gave them a card and told them who to call at the factory for some help. I also suggested that they join the forum for the exchange of information there. I hope it works out for them.
We hung out with 0ur next door neighbors, Ed and Karen. They are living in Alabama but own property in League City and Kemah and had a home that is about five miles from our house in Dickinson. Small world isn't it?
We had a nice time visiting with and comparing notes about people that we all knew. They will be leaving on Sunday and we leave Monday and are all going in the same general direction, so we may meet up with them again.
Friday, July 22, 2011
This was not the boat that we were on but is one that is used for serving meals to the guests. Our boat had benches or chairs for everyone to sit on, while this one had tables.
This was a very interesting day and we look forward to seeing more of this area soon.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I worked on catching up on my blog and added some photos. It took a long time to get the photos uploaded to blogger, but I got it done. When it stopped raining, I went for a short walk around the area, just to get out of the house for awhile. The people here are not nearly as friendly as they are in Texas. Not exactly unfriendly, just won't make eye contact and don't speak to walkers. I did see another Texas license plate on a truck just checking in. Maybe I'll try to find them. Bet they'll talk to me...
We drove into Mackinaw City this afternoon and walked around the shops for awhile. We found a couple of things to bring back to the boys, but all these stores sell almost exactly the same things. It seems to me that they would change up just a little bit, but the merchandise and prices are exactly the same. It was very hot in town, and we were glad to get back home where it was nice and cool.
We had a pork loin and some noodles for supper. It was almost like we were back in Indiana with the all-white meal. It was pretty tasty and very filling. We heard thunder again, so we just snuggled in and watched some television. Sucks not to have my dish hooked up.
Taking off from the dock on the Mackinaw City side. These boats throw up a good roostertail behind them. I suppose it is in the design of the stern of the boats or the engine used.
Here we are, at home again in Mackinaw Mill Creek campground. These sites give a little more privacy between the sites but they have some others with a water view with little separation between the sites.