Always in our hearts

Leelanau….a peninsula, a county, a state of mind.  It is a place we’ve written about extensively over the past couple of years. Not only has it been our landing for the past two summers, it has been a place we’ve known well for most of our lives.  A place of indescribable beauty, this finger of land has woven its way into our souls like no other could ever hope to.  We have traveled most of the United States and Canada as a couple and are confident in making that statement.  The friends we’ve made there share that sentiment and our love for the region.  It’s a place where people don’t lock their doors, as the only things stolen are the iconic M-22 highway signs…as visitors want to take a piece of the region home with them.  

With that being said, our goal has always been to return to the places we’ve traveled to and experience them more fully in our retirement.  We must move on for an extended period and begin our journey through North America. The difficulty in doing so is immeasurable, but comfort lives in the understanding that we’ve already found our eventual summer roost, and that we will most definitely be back in the future.

The past few weeks have been a flurry of activity for us.  Following the Harvest Stompede, our fellow RV-Dreams family members Bob and Kathrun stopped in at Wild Cherry for a few days on their journey westward from Nova Scotia. We met them at the rally we attended in Goshen, Indiana in September, 2014.  You may recall that we toured San Antonio with them earlier this year.

We pretty much ran the wheels off the Escape during the time they were here.  It’s always great seeing them!

We also made a quick trip to Kalamazoo to see our college friends and go to a Western Michigan University’s football game.  Our friends’ son, Billy, made the team as a walk-on this year, and while he has yet to see playing time, he has gained a wealth of life experiences being on the team. We are so proud of him for working so hard to reach his goal.

Western won over Georgia Southern 49-31 and extended their record to 4-0, having beat two Big 10 schools along the way.  They are now 5-0, having just beat their arch rival Central Michigan 49-10. Go Broncos!

After Kalamazoo, we stopped at my sister and brother-in-laws home on Long Lake near Harrison, Michigan.  

It’s always good seeing Judy and Dale!

Dale took Diana and I out with their ATV on the land they just bought near them. It was fun checking out the many two-tracks that run through the property.

When we got back to Leelanau, we had a house warming at Lane and Patti’s new home that they are building.

Our friends Camilla, Rod and Mary were there also.  The house is still under construction, but some of us are leaving…so the party couldn’t wait.

Patti and Lane had to open their gifts before the sun set, as the electrician still needed to hook up the lights!

On Wednesday, fellow RV-Dreamers Cori and Greg stopped by to meet us.  They were traveling through Michigan, so we invited them to the Wild Cherry potluck that was happening that evening.

We have been following Cori’s blog, The Restless Youngs…but this is the first time we had met them.  They are super people, and we enjoyed getting to know them!

On Friday, we hooked up and said our goodbyes to our friends at Wild Cherry.  

Paul and JoAnn gave us a thoughtful going away present, which was very sweet of them.  We want to extend a sincere thank you to Wild Cherry’s owners, Jim and Sandy, for their friendship and hospitality the past two years.  They are a sweet couple and we wish them well with the resort. We definitely plan on taking them up on their offer to return in the future!

So what’s next for us?  Well, we are stopping in Grand Rapids for a week to take care of health and hair appointments.  We are also dropping off a few things at the storage room.  We made a quick run to Indiana on Saturday to see my Aunt Marge and Uncle Ed, as it is going to be awhile before we get back this way. From Grand Rapids, we are headed to Campbellsville, Kentucky to work the peak season at Amazon.  We are looking forward to the challange!  From there, we are planning to return to Melbourne Beach for the winter, then it is a ‘jello plan’ to head west.  More about that as we get closer to that time period.  We are excited to see what the future brings, so we hope you stay tuned!


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23 thoughts on “Always in our hearts”

  1. Bill and I hope to someday find our way to this place you love so much! I’m just glad we know someone with the inside scoop!
    Glad you got to meet Cori & Greg! They are a some of our fav people! Hobie too!

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  2. Sounds like a lovely end of summer wrap-up. It’s always good to find a place that feels like home.

    I think had we done less traveling earlier in life we might be more intent on seeing all those little nooks and crannies to which we’d made only-too-brief visits long ago as you two intend on doing now. I certainly hope you have fun, excitement, adventure, and safe travels along the way. This lifestyle is so much fun; to do anything else is silly, eh?

    I’ll be curious to hear how your adventure with Amazon goes. I’ve read RV’er blogs from others who have worked for them with mixed personal satisfaction from their time. Our days for that kind of exertion are over. But I’m sure it’s an interesting experience and the chance to interact with a LOT of other folks. Have fun, and mind the blisters!

    Not sure if I mentioned, but we did check out your spot in Melbourne — a nice park to be sure. Not sure if I’d want to be that close to the ocean for the entire winter. Suppose would have to be try it to find out. But not in FL I don’t think. We’ll be about 15 miles from the coast in TX and I think I like that.

    Safe travels. 🙂

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      1. We are heading south by way of South Carolina and Georgia, eventually spending December in Florida. We’ll be on the west coast in Cortez which is west of Bradenton. On Jan 1 we will be heading west once again:)

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  3. I figured I must have missed a post while we were un-connected or I would have known about your Amazon plans! We hope to spend a month in MI next time we come east, it sounds and looks amazing. We met Cori and Greg in Q last winter, super nice peeps!

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  4. It is always mixed feelings saying goodbye and leaving a place you love. But it seems like you have a lot of exciting experiences lined up – I can’t wait to see where it takes you:) Safe travels!

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