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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