Fisherman’s Paradise at Pere Marquette

Since we’ve been here just a few days in the “up north” area of Michigan, we’ve been able to do a little exploring.  We arrived at Pere Marquette Oaks RV Park on Sunday the 7th of May and our official work start date is not until the 15th.

Right after we arrived Sunday night, we noticed a leak in the kitchen sink area.  First thing Monday, a trip to the local ACE Hardware in Baldwin.  WOW!  What a store.

Baldwin ACE Hardware

Large store with ample supply of what seemed to be anything anyone might need or want without the need to drive to Big Rapids or Ludington for one of the big box stores.

Just a small length of plastic pipe strap fixed the problem in a jiffy. The slip joint on the “p” trap had come loose from the jiggling as we travel down the road.

While we were in town we decided to check out some of the Pere Marquette River boat launch sites AND OF COURSE one of the local restaurants for a late morning breakfast.

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After breakfast we walked across the street to see the famous JONES Ice Cream Shop.  They have been making their private recipe ice cream in the back room for 75 years.  The parlor’s walls are lined with hundreds of black and white photos showing Lake County history from the mid 1800’s forward.  Take a look at the photos below and see the old time ice cream parlor chairs and stools at the counter.

After breakfast we decided we wanted to look around town a bit check out the river that this area is so famous for.  I’ve put together a video (below) showing some of the different walk-in sites and boat launch sites to the river and some of the lakes in the nearby area.

So far, we are impressed by the beauty of the water and the quiet that abounds.  It’s so peaceful and calming.  Our next post will be a little about the park we’re living at for the summer.  Stay tuned for more.

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A Little Gem in Central Texas

A Little Gem in Central Texas

We left the SKP park at Lakewood, NM Thursday morning and the map told us that State Route 285 would be a direct route down through Carlsbad and on to I-10 where we’d head east.

Yes, it was “direct” but FILLED with all kinds of tanker trucks and heavy equipment working the oil fields that lined the state route on both sides of the highway.  As far as the eye could see, it was nothing but gas and oil wells and all the trucks and equipment to service those rigs. (Ugh)

Additionally, the asphalt was pretty bumpy having been heaved over and over by the heavy trucks day after day.  Although the speed limit was 75 mph (and the trucks liked to do it), I wouldn’t subject the coach (pulling the car) and the two of us to the high speeds with all the bumping and rolling this way and that.

All in all, it was a LONG drive down to I-10 to Pecos, TX (100+ miles) where we were FINALLY able to get on SMOOTH I-10 and head east.

We then drove about 4 hours east to a great little RV park we found on Allstays.com.  Pecan Valley RV Park boasts only 14 sites, (3 are full-timers and 2 are tent sites), but our host David told us on the phone he had a great 60′ 50amp pull-thru site that would be great for us.

The park is nestled a few thousand feet off the road behind a HUGE pecan grove and up against the North Llamo River.

Although there was no Verizon coverage and no television, we’d definately stop here again.  David was a gracious host, the park was spotless (see the slide show below) and the setting was peaceful and relaxing.  We cooked brats on the grill, sat out a bit and when we slept, it was with the windows open all night.  And NO traffic noise.

Beautiful and peaceful.  Pictures below.

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Last night we stayed at a “cement” RV park at Port Charles, TX (near Beaumont) and today (Saturday the 18th) we’ll continue east on I-10 where we’ll stay at what appears (online) to be a much nicer park at Livingston, LA.

More to come.  We hope your day will be a great one.

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Just a Few Miles Down The Road

Just a Few Miles Down The Road

Kathy and I heard about a nice drive we could take down into a canyon to Clear Creek, just a few miles down SR 260.  It started out as a dirt road off the state route, then became a dirt trail, then became a “rock” trail and finally down around through a lot of tight switchbacks to the “Bullpen” Day Use Area.  The creek is flowing fiercely since the snow melt is rushing through every crack and crevice it can find.  You can hear the rushing water in the video below.

The ground is soaking up the liquid sunshine and still plenty of water rushing by to the rivers and irrigation ditches.

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We are continually fascinated by all the beauty there is to see here in Arizona and although we’re excited about our next trip (east to Florida, Ohio, Michigan) we’ll certainly miss the beauty around us here and especially the friends we’ve made.

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