Windmill Island

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212016
 

Note: This story first appeared in the September-October, 2009 issue of the Gypsy Journal. You can experience a little bit of Old World Europe in southwest Michigan with a visit to Windmill Island! Windmill Island is a beautiful 36 acre oasis within the city of Holland, Michigan comprised of manicured gardens, costumed guides, and other […]

Ahoy And All That

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 272016
 

Cousin Rocky is one of those guys who is interested in all kinds of things and always has a lot of irons in the fire. He was a private pilot, he’s a musician, he’s into astronomy, history, genealogy, and probably a lot of other stuff I don’t know about. Rocky is also an accomplished sailor […]

The Bottle House

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 312016
 

Note: This story appeared in an earlier issue of the Gypsy Journal. In the tiny northern Michigan hamlet of Kaleva, we came across the Bottle House, a uniquely wonderful old home built out of soft-drink bottles. Over 60,000 of them, in fact! The house was built by John J. Makinen, Sr., a native of Finland […]

Sep 152011
 

My telephone rang at 7 a.m. yesterday, which is never a good thing. Anybody who knows me well enough to call at that time of the morning also knows that I work late, and seldom wake up before 9 a.m., and 10 or 11 is not unheard of, depending on how well the words were […]

Sep 142011
 

Yesterday started with a call from our friend Chris Yust, who was in New Jersey and headed toward Elkhart. Chris said that their Norcold refrigerator was at 50 degrees, and she wanted a recommendation to get it repaired locally. I made a couple of calls, got some names and phone numbers for her, and called […]

Sep 042011
 

Yesterday our pal Al Hesselbart from the RV Hall of Fame Museum took us for a ride into Michigan to show us some great boat launches along the Saint Joseph River. Al is a dedicated bass fisherman and has fished the lakes and rivers of northern Indiana and southern Michigan for years, and I don’t […]

A Short Blog Post

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 312011
 

Yesterday was a long day for us, and I’m afraid I’m going to shortchange you all on today’s blog post, because it is almost midnight, and I am drained, both physically and emotionally. We left Elkhart Campground about 9 a.m. and drove 140 miles to Muskegon, Michigan, where we picked up my cousin Berni Frees, […]

Aug 082011
 

When we woke up yesterday, the sky was looking pretty nasty, and the weather report said there was a good chance of thunderstorms. We decided that it would not be a good day to be kayaking. Rocky suggested that we visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in nearby Grand Rapids, and that sounded like […]

Moving On To Muskegon

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 072011
 

We were up way before our normal time yesterday morning, crawling out of bed a little before  8 a.m. We got the motorhome ready to travel, hooked the Explorer up behind it, said our goodbyes to our family and friends in Traverse City, and were on the road a little after 9.  Traveling south on […]

Yes, Terry Drove

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 012011
 

Several blog readers have been asking me if I was going to drive over the Mackinac Bridge, or if I was going to wimp out and have Terry drive our motorhome over the bridge. High bridges terrify me, and last year I debated whether or not to drive the bridge, finally deciding that sooner or […]