Who says you can’t go home?
Once we left Leelanau, we headed south and set up base camp in Byron Center to take care of our various doctors’ appointments. When we arrived at Woodchip Campground, we experienced a bit of deja vu, as we were assigned the site next to the one where we wintered in 2014/2015. With just one week scheduled to accomplish everything we had planned this go-around, we had our work cut out for us. Still, we made sure we had time set aside to see friends and family and have some fun!
The first visit we made was to see my sister Judy and her husband Dale. We failed to get a photo this year, but it was great to see them!
Here’s a photo of us from last year. They took a cruise to Alaska in May and were fortunate enough to see Denali without clouds for almost their entire stay!
Ok, so hang on…I’m going to my best to confuse the heck out of you on this one. The next day we visited our friends Diane and Terry. Diana taught with Diane, and Diane’s sister-in-law Diane. Yes, Diane, Diane and Diana…and they were actually a team of three several years! Anyway, Diane and Terry had a former German exchange student of theirs visiting while we were there.
We hadn’t seen Adrienne for several years, so it was definitely a nice surprise!
Later in the evening, Diane’s brother Bob and his wife Diane showed up with their triplets!
My goodness, these three are growing up! From left to right is Allyson, Diana, Anthony, and Madelyn. Anthony finally achieved his goal of growing taller than Diana! So we failed to get a photo of either Diane….
…but we did get a photo of Terry giving Adrienne her first motorcycle ride! It sure was good to see these friends!
The next morning, Diana had a mammogram appointment, which turned out great. We then buzzed out to Holland to get an adjustment from my long-time chiropractor. If I could have him tag along on our travels, my back would be eternally grateful. 🙂 After that we headed to Detroit for a Tuesday appointment with my doctor at Henry Ford Health System. This was a routine follow-up from my prostate surgery back in 2010. On the way, we went to Flushing to see Diana’s Aunt Marion, Uncle Bob, and her cousin Debbie. We really enjoyed visiting with them. We then dropped south to Ortonville to visit the cemetery where Diana’s family is buried. From there, we drove to Mt. Clemens and stayed the night at our niece Becky’s house. Once again, we totally failed to get photos…arrrghh. Becky and her hubby Dan were excellent hosts and made us a yummy dinner. Diana’s sister Cheryl also came over with our nephew Jared. It was great to see everyone again! Tuesday’s appointment went extremely well, and I’m happy to report that I’m coming up on 8 years cancer-free. Yesssss! ☺️ We then drove back to Byron Center.
Sound like a full week? Well, the week ain’t over yet folks….
Wednesday morning, we both had our annual physicals with our primary-care physician, then had our teeth cleaned at our dentist. The physicals went well; the dentist, not so much. It turns out we both needed crowns. One of those resulted in us pushing our stay in Byron Center into the middle of the following week. And just so we could say we had a happy hump-DAAAAY, I started my colonoscopy prep in the afternoon. Oh joy. After drinking a gallon of that horrible concoction, I was moved to use many bad words in my opinion of its maker.
Thursday was my colonoscopy (my third) and all was well…except this is the second time in a row I’ve woken up halfway through. Jeez…knock me out already, would ya? Good part is, I’m good to go for another 5 years.
Friday was my appointment for my crown. I was able to get a one-visit crown, which was a traumatic 3 hour long deal the last time I did it. This time, while still 3 hours, was much better. I asked for gas. 😉
So by this time, you are probably thinking we are ready to drop, right? Not. We headed to Kalamazoo for WMU’s Homecoming!
We crashed at Mike and Cindy’s house for the weekend, even though they were going to Detroit on Saturday morning for a wedding. Their son Brian and his girlfriend Sarah came over and took the role of surrogate hosts; oh, my…we knew the day would come that the kids would have to chaperone us!
Saturday came, and so did the rain and lightning. It poured hard all day long, and the storms forced the postponement of the football game until Sunday.
There was concern that the game would have to be played at a different location, as Waldo Stadium was completely flooded. With a Herculean effort, more than a million gallons of water were pumped from the field in time to play Sunday afternoon. Not sure how that affected folks downstream, though. Anyway, most of us skipped the Sunday version of the game, as we needed to head out. For us, that meant Byron Center again.
Monday we ran a bunch of errands. One cool thing I want to highlight about that: while we were at Camping World, I brought in a step I had purchased a while back. One of the legs had broken on it, so I wanted to see what the warranty was. The box didn’t say, but it did say that it was rated at 1000 pounds.
And seeing as we are Good Sam Life Members, Camping World was able to tell exactly when we bought it. May of 2012. Probably way out of warranty, but worth a call. Stromberg Carlson requested a photo and a proof of purchase (which Camping World provided), so we zipped that all off to them. Within an hour, they were sending us a new step! That is great customer service that deserves to be mentioned. And a big shout out to the Byron Center Camping World for their assistance!
On Tuesday, Diana went to lunch with her friend Colleen. They grew up together in Ortonville, and she now lives in Rockford, just north of Grand Rapids. I stayed home and caught up on a few projects and repairs. Wednesday was Diana’s crown and we were ready to go. We lifted our jacks Thursday morning and headed south towards warmer temperatures and more adventures. Stay tuned to see what we come up with!
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