From our trip to Marquee on The Bay RV resort in Dickinson Texas we met Lace and Cindy. They were staying at Hidden Ridge RV Resort in Hopkins MI. It was on our way so we headed that way to visit them on the way north.
When we left Arkansas I had always said I didnt want to drive more than 5 hours a day. I want to stop early and see the sights in the towns we go through.
Well it was storming really bad so we pressed on. We finally stopped day 1 at the Archway RV Park in Mt Vernon IL. Very nice and right off the freeway. They were a Good Sam Park and also had a military discount and allowed pets. We stayed the night but had a fuse issue when opening up our slides. I replaced the fuzes and found out that my coach.net service expired after a year all in the same night.
We were able to close up and got back on the road. We got to Hidden Ridge, only to find out that the kitchen slide wouldnt come out. I went to General RV Center just south of Grand Rapids and asked for service. The guy from service was not very helpful at all. I guess they dont repair there. He gave me the number of a mobile repairman and I left. I called Franks Mobile RV service. Also started digging and found my extended warranty contract. They stopped by but were on the way to another job so they found my cause and cut me some wire and I was on my own to fix, which I did. All was good in our world again. We went over saw Lace, Cindy and Shelia. the park was great very clean and well maintained. We decided to make it our base for the next week and is definitely a place we would go back to. From here we were only short drives to Wyoming, Tammys home town, her friends and the sand dunes. We took daily trips to the locations around the West central area of Michigan.
The highlights were Holland, a unique little village with a real windmill and wheel organ. Wooden shoes all reminiscent of a city in Holland. Another day we did the sand dues of Lake Michigan. We met up with one of Tammys childhood friends and went her and kids to Michigan Adventure Park. The next day to Dawns property to Jet Ski and knee boarding. Lots of fun and good people.
After Grand Rapids area we headed north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A great place called Raber Bay Landing. This is owned by Mary Rudnick who is Tammys sister in laws mother. It was a great stop to visit with Tammys brother that she hadnt seen is over 20 years. Raber Bay is a nice little fishing resort located on Lake Heron. This was amazing all July the temps didnt get about 82 degrees and the night got to a cool 60. We had to wear jackets when we went out on the lake at night. We are looking at pouring a slab and making this one of our summer stops.
Our outtings there were to Sault St Marie we toured the locks right on the border of US and Canada. We went to Tahquamenon Falls State Park they have a local brewery there as well so go in and order the flight. Each were delicious. Our other day trips were to the maritime museums and lake sides where Tammy and Braxton enjoyed finding unique stones along the route.
After a great visit with Tim, Theresa and Mary at Raber Bay we headed back south. We went outside of my birthplace in Ohio. We stopped in at My Uncle Phils house and saw my other Uncle Bud, Aunt Mona and Chris. My brother Steve even came up for a day. This had been a awesome trip so far and visiting a lot of family and meeting new one for both Tammy and I was just amazing. After all the good times we had to get back to Arkansas. We headed south and made a stop at Terra Haute In KOA. It was in a good location and Braxton just loves all the amenities.
We made it home the next day to Indian Springs in Bryant.