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 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 […]

Soo Locks

 Posted by at 1:26 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 292011
 

After a lazy morning at home, playing catch up from our last few days of traveling, we spent yesterday afternoon at the Soo Locks Visitor Center, watching the huge freighters going through the locks. If you have not seen this yet, you really need to put it on your bucket list! Every year, some 10,000 […]

Jul 282011
 

We awoke to rain yesterday morning, and it continued to come down steadily as we checked our favorite daily blogs, answered a few e-mails, and checked the news on the internet to see who we’re at war with this week, how bad the deficit is today, and if we’ve won the war on drugs. No […]