Journey to Michigan, Part 2/2

We left the Bismarck, ND area Wednesday morning and, again, headed east. We stopped for lunch in Fargo (we’ll be adding a bumper sticker to our collection) and then entered Minnesota. Late afternoon we found a campsite in Walker (passport rate: <$20) with full-hookups (we hadn’t been able to empty our tanks at Fort Abraham Lincoln SP in ND because the dump station area was flooded from the previous day’s rain).  Miles covered = 320.

Our departure on Thursday morning could have been earlier, but with time zone changes and Mike’s health a bit sub-par, we didn’t push it. Our goal for this day was to enter Michigan. We were excited to see Lake Superior when crossing a bridge between Duluth MN and Wisconsin (it represented Michigan to us). When we saw Lake Superior again in WI, we stopped at a roadside park for a quick toe dip (the kids and I haven’t seen this lake before). This section of the lake was not blue - we think the power plant on the water must churn the waters there. I was glad to see blue water after we passed the power plant.

We entered Michigan via Ironwood on Highway 2. (Now we can add the UP sticker to our map.) The road was rather smooth and the traffic almost non-existent, so we pushed through for several miles. We stopped in Escanaba (in da moonlight), ate dinner at a local diner (at 10:00 ET), and pulled into the local Walmart. Yes, we did two nights of Wallydocking on our drive home. Miles covered = 410.

We woke up Friday morning with our sights on Grant, Michigan (Dad and Mom’s house and our full-hook up site on the lake). We knew it was going to be another long day—and we were all tired of riding/driving. However, we knew that once set up in Grant, we could stay put for a few weeks. So, we cranked up the tunes (when we could find a clear station on the radio or had AT&T coverage for Pandora) and sang away the long miles. Highlights of the day were seeing Lake Michigan again and going over the Mackinac Bridge to become trolls again (because we are ‘under the bridge). Miles covered = 360.

Now, after a good night of sleep, we are taking a “day off.” The only vehicle moving today took place a few minutes ago when Harrison re-positioned the truck so Grandpa can get the boat out. Sounds like the kids will get to go tubing this afternoon. Mike is looking to take his first nap of the day ;) and I’m planning to work on my on-line course (the Science of Gastronomy).

Total miles covered over the past 10 days: 2500 miles

Glad to be here. Glad to be out of the truck. Glad to be sitting still.

I’ll think about doing something tomorrow. ;)

Dipping our toes in Lake Superior

Dipping our toes in Lake Superior

Dipping our toes in Lake Superior

Dipping our toes in Lake Superior

Heh

Heh

View for most of the UP drive - forests, nice roads and little traffic.

View for most of the UP drive - forests, nice roads and little traffic.

Next to our old friend Lake Michigan again.

Next to our old friend Lake Michigan again.

A Lake Michigan Scene

A Lake Michigan Scene

The Mackinac Bridge in the distance

The Mackinac Bridge in the distance

About to be trolls again

About to be trolls again

Colors of Lake Michigan

Colors of Lake Michigan

How the front of the truck looks now

How the front of the truck looks now

Our home campsite by parents Boyink.

Our home campsite by parents Boyink.

Ah...finally resting.

Ah...finally resting.

2 Comments Journey to Michigan, Part 2/2

  1. Picture of Marci Marci July 13, 2013

    Welcome Home!  It’s good to see the lakes - but not so much the bugs on the front of the truck!  Glad your travels went well, and hopefully everyone is recovered from the flu so that you can enjoy your time on the lake!  We are also headed “home” to MI, but at a more leisurely pace, and we won’t actually get there until the end of August. In fact, I just made reservations at Silver Lake for Labor Day weekend, plus a few extra days.  Expensive camping, but a splurge that we’ll all enjoy!  Enjoy your time at home with friends and family!

  2. Picture of Boyink Boyink July 13, 2013

    Hey Marci -

    Thanks for the comment. We’re here through October.

    Silver Lake on a holiday weekend? I hope you realize what you are in for?  Bring earplugs!

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