|our planned route to Nova Scotia|
|overnight parking site at King's Camper, Wausau|
|site at Holtwood Campground and view from our door|
|drive through Chicago or Upper Michigan? - we chose the U.P.|
|site at Lakeside Park Camground and view toward Mackinac Bridge|
|Mackinac Bridge crossing|
Petoskey and the surrounding area is notable as the setting of several of the Nick Adams stories by Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway spent his childhood summers on nearby Walloon Lake. Petroskey also has the dubious distinction as the location where in the 19th century, 50,000 Passenger Pigeons were killed daily. A state historical marker recalls the events including the 1878 last great nesting of this now extinct bird.
|The Page's home and our site in the side yard|
|Sleeping Bear Dunes NP|
|Historic Fish Town, Leland|
We could easily see why they chose the farm as a place to settle down. Well, at least during the spring, summer and fall. Not so much in winter!
|Finn Park Road Campground|
|Bay City Planetarium|
|Pilot Flying J overnight site|
|Doug, Sandy, Norma, Carol, David, Tom|
|Niagara Falls State Park (U.S.)|
We had read that the best views of the falls were from the Canada side, however, parking and access while pulling an RV appeared to be best on the U.S. side. After crossing the border, and not without some difficulty, we managed to find suitable RV parking in Niagara Falls State Park (parking lot #2).
The park is the oldest state park in New York with lots of walking and hiking trails and easy access for falls viewing. No shortage of touristy options like taking a boat tour but since our time was limited we satisfied ourselves with a walkabout. Without a doubt there was a massive amount of water falling a good distance. The falls are the second highest in the world (second only to Victoria Falls in South Africa. Now I suppose we'll have to go to South Africa just to compare the two...
|Sue, Mickey, Ray at our Southwoods RV Park site, NY|
In addition to the fresh water pump problem, an issue with the vacuum breaker in the RV toilet reared its ugly head. Seems that this is the year for RV water issues! The problem was that with the vacuum breaker not working, water ran constantly into the toilet bowl. The temporary work around was to turn all incoming water to the RV on and off using the outside spigot. This would have to be addressed much sooner than later as we headed further east toward Vermont.