Sunday, July 26, 2015

Vacation 2015 Day 10 Ludington

Saturday, July 25

Another great night of sleep, thanks to the air conditioner.   I think it was about 10 again before we all woke up.  We attempted to bike ride out to the lighthouse...but it was a sandy gravel path and it was just too much for Grant.  He had his 1st and only complete melt down of the trip.  So...1/2 way to the lighthouse, we turned around and came back.  Oh well...for him only being 6...this was really the only thing we couldn't do that we wanted to!

We packed up since it was close to 12:30 by now and we had to be out by 1:00.  We drove back into town, found a parking spot and attempted to find a place to stay for the night.  However...a beautiful Saturday night on the beach...everything was booked.   So we decided, disappointingly, to make the best of if and enjoy our last day before driving home.  We changed and went swimming.   It was another gorgeous day and the beach continued to fill up.  It wasn't quite as dirty up at the public beach.  We bought some hot dogs/brats and had a picnic with chips and fruit from the camper at the local park.   We all went swimming until about 5:00.   It was a beautiful day


We changed clothes in the camper--having the RV made everything so convenient and then walked back into town for 1 more ice cream cone from House of Flavors...just a little medicine to soothe the fact that the amazing 10 days was coming to an end.

We had to drive back the park so that we could empty the sewer tank and then started the 4 hour drive home.  Stopped at Cracker Barrel for dinner and made it home at 11:02.  We drove through 0 rain..and only had the 2 nights in Canada when we even had rain.   But...as soon as we entered Allen County Andy could hardly see to drive!  Welcome home!    We came home to a very hot and humid house...but to our own comfy beds..in our own rooms.

It was an incredible 10 days.   We had hardly any mishaps...just me feeling sick on the 1st day, the restaurant not taking our debit card in Canada and a few minutes when we couldn't figure out how to reset the air conditioner when the fuse blew.  The boys did an incredible job for the amount of driving we did...and for being in such close quarters...got along great.



The only changes we would have made:
-bringing some CD's for the hours we got no radio in Canada
-bringing along more firewood---especially since we knew they  wouldn't take it at the border.
-less nights at Tahquamenon and more nights in Canada

We are forever grateful to Nana and Oompa for loaning us their RV.  We could have never done this staying in hotels...and the thought of camping in tents and keeping food cool in a cooler makes me sick to my stomach.  We are truly blessed!

10 days and 1500 miles and 5 state parks and 1 provincial park!  3 great lakes, 3 boat rides and countless memories.  Oh and 2 pleasure books read...which is more than I've read in a year!  And had I had more...I probably could have gotten those read too!

Vacation 2015 Day 9 Ludington

Friday, July 25

Another great night of sleeping and lazy morning.  Headed out of the park and made our trek south to Ludington.




 It was much longer than we thought...almost 4 hours.  We stopped at Culver's for lunch and got to Ludington State Park around 4.  After checking into our site...we headed straight to the beach at the park.  With the convenience of the RV, we were able to change in the parking lot.  The water was much warmer...but much dirtier than Superior.  There was lots of "natural" debris as well as trash.   The boys had a great time and jumped the waves and dug in the sand. Grant even made a friend.


 
We got dressed and headed back into town to watch the large car ferry come in from Wisconsin.   We made it just in time.



 
We made sandwiches it the RV and ate in a park along the lake before walking a few blocks into town to have ice cream at House of Flavors.    Andy and I had ice cream there a few years ago when we were in Ludington and it was the best ice cream.  It didn't disappoint this time either.



Then back to the beach and took the 1/2 mile walk out to the lighthouse.    We planned on sitting and watching the sun set...but Grant had impeccable timing and had to use the bathroom RIGHT NOW!  So...we kinda watched it as we walked back.
















 
We finally made it to our site around 10pm.  We had lucked into finding a site for 1 night just before we left...so we didn't have an option of where it was.  It was right at the beginning of the park, with the playground in our front yard.  But...we were only there for a short time and we felt lucky to find a spot for even 1 night.   A quick set up, showers and bed!

Vacation 2015 Day 8 Mackinac Island

Thursday, July 23

Up bright and early to get to the loading docks by 8:30.   Once we unloaded our bikes and found the RV parking across the street...we were just in time for the 9:30 ferry.  Luckily, this was the boat that went under the bridge.   It was pretty cool to see the bridge from underneath....so much bigger than you would think.









 
We were on the island around 10:30.  We took off right away for the bike ride around the island, while it was still cool.  We stopped about 8 times...to look at the view or to look at various landmarks.   Overall...Grant did really well on the ride.  The ride was one of Seth's favorite things about our day.


Devil's Kitchen









Atop the 207 step climb to Arch Rock



After the bike ride, we headed down Main Street and ate lunch at a restaurant.  We all had sandwiches..nothing fancy or super great...but considering the crowd on the island...we were lucky we didn't have to wait.
 
After lunch, we headed over to the Fort.  Grant loved every minute of our time their.  He asked so many questions and loved all the interactive exhibits.  He made sure we went in every building.
Grant in jail

Love his view of the island



learning how to be a soldier


watching a mock court marsalling

 
 
After the fort, we walked along Main Street and did some shopping for Christmas tree ornaments.   And...of course we had to have some ice cream.   We sat along the lake and the boys threw in lots of rocks.  



 
We walked back down and decided on pizza for supper.   It was quite tasty.  Then...some more shopping and rode our bikes up to see the Grand Hotel.   All day...ALL Grant wanted was fudge!  At the end of the day, he finally got his fudge!  He was so happy.   We caught the 8:00 ferry off the island. It was a beautiful day.






Once we got back to camp, we hopped on our bikes and rode to the other campground and saw another view of the bridge...right around sunset.





Back to the camper for showers and bed!  Long day!