Thursday, September 29, 2011

Michigan to Arkansas

We entered Port Huron, Michigan from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada on July 21st. It’s been two very enjoyable months in MI. Last night we were talking about past travels and Carol thought this might just be the most enjoyable trip to date.
We spent last night, the 25th, at the Holland State Park. On the 26th, we “camped” in the Truck/Bus/RV parking lot at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI. We treated ourselves to an excellent buffet dinner. It was among the very best casino dinners we can recall.

Heading to Mountain View, AR

Tuesday the 27th.
It was raining when we got up and it rained steadily until after noon. After that it turned into a grey and chilly day. We’re missing our Florida sunshine.
We drove south through Indiana, around the Gary, Indiana- Chicago area then south on I-55. The truck traffic was heavy as expected. Tonight we’re at the Riverside Campground just north of Springfield, IL. It’s a nice community campground set in a wooded area. $15/night for a water/elect site.

First thing we went to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville,IL. We had been there before on a previous trip. They have an 11:30 am mass.

After that we continued west into Missouri to the Meramec State Park near Sullivan. $19/night for a nice site with electricity. As a comparison, Michigan SP’s cost from $27 to $29/night plus an $8/day park admission charge.
Right near our campsite is a Burr Oak tree that was a sapling in about 1700. I think this is the oldest tree we have ever seen except for some redwoods and sequoias.

We decided to just finish the drive to Mountain View rather then spending another night someplace. Plus we wanted two days to explore Mountain View before the Lazy Daze GTG began. The plan was to stay at an RV park that is adjacent to the Ozark Folk Center then just walk over in the morning but they were full. Seems there was a dulcimer convention going on in the immediate neighborhood. We drove to a nice city park for the afternoon then went out to dinner at a bar-b-que place. The restaurant was OK but nothing remarkable. After dinner we went to the downtown area. Rather disappointing. We were expecting a fairly high quality, well kept area. Mostly junk stores. Not really worth a visit in our opinion. They do have a Farmers Market on Saturday morning.

Tonight’s “campground” is Wal-Mart. Tomorrow we’ll spend the day at the Ozark Folk Center. There is a restaurant associated with the Folk Center; the Skillet. On Friday night they have a seafood buffet. We’ll be there.

We were talking about some weight issues last night. :-)
As soon as we get home, it's diet and exercise. In the mean time
Laissez les bons temps rouler.

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