Entries in Michigan (5)

Thursday
Sep152005

2 Days, 2 Countries, 2 KOAs

I wonder how many RVers..stay in 2 KOAs within 2 Days in 2 Countries??? Maybe more than I realize - but it was a 1st for us.   

Our drive from Traverse City to Port Huron was slow and at times horrible - (horrible Tom’s description) - due to the poor condition of I-75 - but we still made good time and pulled into the Port Huron, KOA around 3:30 p.m.  WOW this is a big KOA with a lot of amentities (many for the kiddies) and some very nice wooded sites.  Our site (pic below) was called a Supersite.. meaning it was paved, had a stamped brick patio, full hookups  - including cable and nice patio furniture. We paid a few more $$ for this site,  but we are treating ourselves since we cannot spend much time at each location.  There are tons of things for kids to do at this KOA - besides a pool they have a cute train that goes around the park, go-carts, water bumper cars that has a big waterfall, etc. The only issue at this park is some traffic (in the distance) and a train went by at night - but neither of these bothered us that much.  

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Our drive from Port Huron to Niagra Falls - was very nice.  The Canadian roads are in great condition.  Once we arrived in Niagra Falls - we had to go thru some tight city traffic - which was nailbiting - but once again Tom managed it perfectly.  This KOA was very upscale compared to most and our site was very shaded and large.  We arrived mid afternoon - early enough to see the Falls..which is simply spectacular!  Click here to see all the pics I mention above - includng shots of Niagra Falls.

Onto a campground called Shangri-La near Milton, PA  That’s right - I said Shangri-La!

Lucy

Tuesday
Sep132005

Traverse City Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes

Our 4th stop on the RV trip took us to Traverse City, Michigan.  We expected the route from Mackinaw City to Traverse City to be more scenic - more water views.  We saw some water - but not that much…and the road was rough (Route 31).  Nothing like Route 2 around the upper part of Lake Michigan.  This leg of the trip was a little over 1 hour.  We are camping at Traverse Bay RV Resort in Acme a small town near Traverse City.  This is an ownership resort. Our site was in the new section so it did not have any nice landscaping yet .. but did have a lovely pond with a fountain in front of our coach..though the picture does not show it. 

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The rest of the park where the lots are already landscaped is very beautiful.  Lots cost from 56K to 80K.  The later are for lots already landscaped..that owners must be selling - i guess. There are many “BIG” expensive motorhomes and many 5th wheels.  It is really very, very nice resort…reminds me of the Outdoor Motorcoach Resorts.  It costs $34/night…which includes full hookups, cable and free WiFi.  I wish i had taken some pictures of the “developed” part of this resort.  This picture above, does not give you a feel for the beauty of this place. 

We spent 2 nights here so we could tour Traverse City, Sutton Bay, Leland and Sleeping Bear Dunes.  Check out these pics of the Sleeping Bear Dunes - below.. it was gorgeous.  Not too long walk from your car and a couple spots to take in the great view.  Tom suggested we take the trip down to the lake (see pic)…of course i declined!  I’d have to roll down this…walking would be difficult Some folks were doing it though.  

Besides the sightseeing, I found a couple neat shops.  201966-253733-thumbnail.jpgOne in Leland called Molly’s - was really unqiue - this gal had some great stuff - i found a new rooster for my collection at home. The shops are just sprinkled around the town area - some on side streets so if you don’t get out of the car you will miss them.  I think we missed the ones in Sutton Bay - we were expecting a strip of tourist shops as you drive thru and that is just not the case. 

Next stop - Port Huron, Michigan.  After that - we plan to cross Canada.  Everything is going great with the RV and we are really enjoying the places we stop - just wish we had more time to explore. Picture 129.jpg

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