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Old 08-10-2011, 04:58 PM   #85
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Petoskey....& Harbor Springs are nice

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Greetings from Ojai! It sounds like you're having some great experiences, Paula! And to see the g'kids is pure frosting on the cake...enjoy! ps - we have some friends spending the summer in Petrosky and they have spoken very highly of the area. Keep those photos and blogs coming!
Yes, the grandchildren break was wonderful.....what a treat to find them in Michigan along with our friends, Mary Lea and Ken....after saying goodbye to the kids we headed north (they headed back to Detroit and home to Malibu) to Mackinaw City, Mackinaw Bridge, Sault Ste. Marie to see the Soo Locks, Mackinaw Island with bikes, day care for Bandit and today we drove down a very scenic drive called Tunnel of Trees Rte. 119 south of Mackinaw City, through Harbor Springs and we are currently in Petoskey......beautiful area.....could stay here longer but tomorrow we are going to Traverse City.....

The weather is brisk and partly cloudy....very nice.....the lakes are beautiful...we searched for Petoskey rocks today with no luck.....lots of great Whitefish and walleye.....this is such a nice place....I can understand northern Michigan a lot more now that we have explored here......it was so nice to have our friends, Mary Lea and Ken show us their favorite places....they lived in the Detroit areas for many years and vacationed in N MI.......Petoskey is one of their favorite places.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:07 PM   #86
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Not sure where you are going, but we liked Duluth. There are some good restaurants in the area near the lift bridge. There's a public campground—I think the city owns it—south of downtown along a river (St. Louis R. maybe) that was nice.

I hope that cut is healing well.

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We are going to Madison, WI and Minneapolis, MN....will have to check a map for Duluth....we are really enjoying NW Michigan right now.....windy so no skeeters.....thanks for asking and yes, the cut is healing well....

We are staying in a city park in Petoskey.....called Magnus Municipal Park....a real find....right on the lake sort of.....nothing fancy but full hookups and a great view.....nice big grassy sites.....a real find...and a good place to search for Petoskey rocks.....so I am told.....paula
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:29 PM   #87
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Malibu grandkids in Michigan

Here is my grandchildren fix.....we just happened to find each other in Michigan....Cedar Lake in Oscoda.........
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:58 PM   #88
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That one in the middle is gonna be a firecracker.... I can tell!
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Sand dunes and old growth pine trees

Today took us to Northpoint Lighthouse, Leland for a great lunch at the Blue Bird Cafe, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and Hartwick State Park to see old growth white and red pines......too tired to post photos will try tomorrow....just love N Michigan especially north of the 45th Parallel. Can we take N MI home with us?

cherries anyone? Roads not bad....p
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Cherries sound really good. I want to see those pics.. get some rest!
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Chicago for now

We are in Fish Beach Campground in Volo, IL....there is a really cool Auto Museum here....really tempted to pick up a 1951 Chevy vintage tow vehicle....
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Minneapolis campground recommendation

We go to Madison, WI on Sunday and then on to Minneapolis. Anyone have a suggestion for a campground near to Minneapolis?

Also for Omaha, NE....??????thanks, paula
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We had reservations in Nebraska City at Victorian Acres (about a 45 minutes drive from Omaha). We could not find a full hookup campsite closer than that in Omaha.
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Will check it out....thanks for the suggestion

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We had reservations in Nebraska City at Victorian Acres (about a 45 minutes drive from Omaha). We could not find a full hookup campsite closer than that in Omaha.
Thanks so much......after about 8000 miles I am beginning to get dopey.....or loopy....not sure which....

The vintage autos here in Volo, IL are something else, and for sale.......
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Thanks so much......after about 8000 miles I am beginning to get dopey.....or loopy....not sure which....

The vintage autos here in Volo, IL are something else, and for sale.......
man those are some sweet cars. I quit counting the miles... that's shawn's job!
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man those are some sweet cars. I quit counting the miles... that's shawn's job!
I just know that 400+ miles is a long day, 250 miles is a good pace, 190 miles is a piece of cake......however if it is bloody hot outside, being cooped up in an airconditioned truck is not so terrible.....I keep reminding myself of how Lewis and Clark made their trip.

The weather in the Chicago area has been great....Today is another speech, tomorrow relatives, Saturday is a speech and Sunday to Madison.

We found an excellent dogsitter here in the Fish Lake Beach Campground for Bandit.....that is huge....plus full hookups.....

We checked out Chain 0 Lakes State Park yesterday past Fox Lake and it was practically empty....they have E only but it was eerie it was so empty--but it was mid week....maybe they fill up on the weekends...
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Paula P....for the Land of 10,000 Lakes, campgrounds are quite sparse around the Twin Cities. The only one I am familiar with, and we have stayed at in Gus, is St. Paul East Campground, which is actually located in Woodbury. WiFi stinks unless you're sitting at a table next to the office. Now, if you get outside of the cities, there are a lot of great camping sites....and muchos 'skeeters abound! Hang in there, Cali is on the horizon!
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Thumbs up We found a KOA that has a Bark Park

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Paula P....for the Land of 10,000 Lakes, campgrounds are quite sparse around the Twin Cities. The only one I am familiar with, and we have stayed at in Gus, is St. Paul East Campground, which is actually located in Woodbury. WiFi stinks unless you're sitting at a table next to the office. Now, if you get outside of the cities, there are a lot of great camping sites....and muchos 'skeeters abound! Hang in there, Cali is on the horizon!
You have to wonder about people that choose a campground because of the Bark Park.......but we have found a KOA near Madison....not sure what it will be like but we have found the KOAs to generally be fine....Maybe not 7 Feathers luxury but they generally have full hookups, pull throughs, laundry and the best part is the Bark Park.....gives Bandit a place to romp.....

Now we are racking up points with KOA.....whatever will we do with KOA points? Not sure we can fly KOA......or is that KLM?

Chicago bound today......weather is sunny and nice....oh, and we are still in Volo and can still pick up a Vintage truck if the boss okays....
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