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Old 10-15-2007, 11:40 AM   #43
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Thanks for the updates Randy. Being north of the 45 parallel is the ultimate accomplishment for a southerner. Congrats!! Didn't hurt a bit, right?

We camped in snow flurries and overnight 20 degree temps a year ago next weekend, so I'd better watch what I'm saying. I set the thermostat between 55 and 62 overnight or else I get too warm -- and I unlatch a window or two to keep from trapping exhaled moisture inside.

You do a great travelogue!
Thanks Bob, no it didn't hurt being this far north. By next weekend, we'll be in SE Michigan, so I don't think we'll see any snow ths trip. We're doing about the same with the heat at night. 58 seems to be best for us, and we leave the bathroom vent open.

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Old 10-15-2007, 11:43 AM   #44
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Day 18 (10/14/07) – On a Mission

Today we are on a buying mission to collect the wines we tasted and liked over the last few days, so we had several stops to make. The mission then will be to find space in the truck to pack it for the return to Florida.

Last night was probably our coldest night. It was 34 in Traverse City, so probably colder out here on the peninsula. I heard the heat pump switch to defrost cycle several times during the night and early morning. The lake was foggy and steamy when the sun came up, but that fog soon burned off and gave us a nice morning for our drive.

When our wine collecting was done, we drove out on the Old Mission Peninsula, which is a little finger of land that separates the two arms of Grand Traverse Bay. It’s very scenic with lots of vineyards and fruit orchards. At the tip sits Old Mission Lighthouse, another 1800 vintage light that’s not in operation any longer, but preserved for history. Notice the sign pointing out the latitude. There was another sign pointing out that Bordeaux, France is at this same latitude, that partially explains why wine production has taken off here.

The lake level has receded from its old shoreline due to increased water consumption by the large cities that surround the Great Lakes, and reduced snowfall. Where we are right now is over 600 feet above sea level, so the seas may be rising due to climate change, but the Great lakes are falling. After leaving the lighthouse, we discovered the only store out here. This is a true “general store” with a bit of everything on its very cluttered shelves.
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:47 AM   #45
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Into the Void Part 2

We have a free parking spot up on Torch Lake for two nights. I'm not sure if I'll find any Internet access there, so I may be off the air for a couple of days. Having this library close sure was nice with it's high speed wifi.

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Old 10-15-2007, 06:06 PM   #46
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How exciting to see that you were stayed right here in our town! Someone you met in NY directed me to this site and I discovered pictures here of my own town, just 1/2 mile from me.

The Vacation Station where you stayed isn't all that new, it is newly owned. A friend of mine built it and ran it for several years and they sold it, I believe a little over a year ago.

I wish your stay here had been warmer, and more colorful. Our weather has turned and we haven't got the color around here that we usually have this time of the year.
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How exciting to see that you were stayed right here in our town! Someone you met in NY directed me to this site and I discovered pictures here of my own town, just 1/2 mile from me.
the new yorker is me, but we only met here :-)
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:08 AM   #48
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How exciting to see that you were stayed right here in our town! Someone you met in NY directed me to this site and I discovered pictures here of my own town, just 1/2 mile from me.

The Vacation Station where you stayed isn't all that new, it is newly owned. A friend of mine built it and ran it for several years and they sold it, I believe a little over a year ago.

I wish your stay here had been warmer, and more colorful. Our weather has turned and we haven't got the color around here that we usually have this time of the year.
In spite of the weather, we enjoyed our stay in Luddington. We'll come back again. The Vacation Station looked new, so it is very well taken care of.

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Old 10-16-2007, 11:14 AM   #49
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Day 19 – Lake Leelanau to Clam River, MI

We awoke today to more rain. The morning news said it was lifting to the north, so we had a leisurely breakfast while we waited for it to end. When it ended about 10:00 a.m., we got busy disconnecting, putting things away, loading up, emptying tanks (no problem this time), and hitching up. We pulled away just after noon. We made one more stop in Suttons Bay, where I posted yesterdays commentary and photos, and then headed into Traverse City. In Traverse City we stopped to visit Randy’s aunt and uncle, shop for supplies, and fuel up the truck. The gas here is the highest we have paid on this trip at $2.83 for regular. We discovered an Airstream Camp ground (there was actually more SOBs in there than Airstreams) on US-31 right near Randy’s uncle’s place, Holiday Park Campground – Michigan Airstreamers Park. We’ll have to look at that more closely the next time we return here.

It was late afternoon when we left Traverse City, but we only had a short distance to go. Pat’s sister owns a lot near the little berg of Clam River, MI on Torch Lake. We’ll park there for two nights before we start heading south again. The site is well back from the highways and civilization. There is 20a electric available, which means we won’t be running the heat pump, but we’ll get to give the LP gas furnace a good test, something we don’t get a chance to do in Florida. As we were setting up, a visitor from one of the local farms came by. There is a really dark sky here, but tonight it’s cloudy. I hope it clears tomorrow, so we can do some star finding.
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:36 AM   #50
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WOW! Thanks for all your wonderful pictures...looks like a terrific trip!

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WOW! Thanks for all your wonderful pictures...looks like a terrific trip!

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You're welcome, and thanks for reading my thread. Getting feedback makes it worth the effort.

As you can see, I found an Internet connection today, a nice little coffee and wine shop in Bellaire, MI. It's raining again today, so it's nice to be dry and warm.

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Hi Randy -- Intellicast computer radar shows Traverse Bay coming out from under rain in ... a couple hours? Wednesday is supposed to be dry here but not break much before the next system comes along. It's like fishing -- you should be here last week/next week.
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Thanks for sharing your trip. I am really enjoying traveling through you without taking off of work.
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Hi Randy -- Intellicast computer radar shows Traverse Bay coming out from under rain in ... a couple hours? Wednesday is supposed to be dry here but not break much before the next system comes along. It's like fishing -- you should be here last week/next week.
Bob,

Unfortunately we started back on Wednesday. Did get to see some sunshine before we pulled away.

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Thanks for sharing your trip. I am really enjoying traveling through you without taking off of work.
Looks like we will see you at Faluminum. That's our last stop on the way home.

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Day 20 (10/16/07) – More Rain

The wind picked up during the night and I had to get up and put the awning away. I had deployed it to dry it out since it was wet when we rolled it up at Lake Leelanau. That was a good move, because by morning it was raining again. The weather forecast calls for rain most of the day and clearing tonight. We have no plans other than explore the Torch Lake area, so maybe the rain won’t get in the way of anything but better photos.

Here’s a shot of our parking place in the morning between showers. If you look under the tree, you’ll see our friend from last night. He was still there when we returned later in the afternoon. Pat’s sister has a 25-foot Sunnybrook that they keep on the site. It’s winterized and wrapped up for the winter.

We left the site to find something to do in the rain. We stopped in the small town of Bellaire, where I posted yesterday’s entry and caught-up on email. Pat of course explored the shops. We wanted to get a look at Torch Lake, so when we left Bellaire, we circled the lake, and finally located a county park where we could get access. It seems that all the property around this lake is privately owned, and the buildings and trees block the view. From the park however, we could see the blue of the lake even in the rain. It’s quite remarkable. Torch Lake is the clearest and deepest of Michigan’s inland lakes.

We stopped for lunch in the town of Elk Rapids. Another small town of interesting architecture. Here’s a couple of interesting buildings. Is the building is leaning or is the sidewalk sloping? While Pat continued her discovery of different shops, I set off in search of the rapids. They have been tamed somewhat, but if you look close you can see the salmon working there way upstream.

About 5:00 p.m. we returned wet and cold to our campsite. The rain persists. Looks like we won’t get a chance to see the stars. We move south in the morning.
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