Sunday, May 16, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
After leaving the Emmett campground, we had a fairly short drive over to Niagara-on-the-Lake. We drove to Port Huron for the crossing, and it was speedy and efficient getting through Canadian customs. Our route across Canada was on the main highways, the 401, 402, and onto the QEW into Niagara-on-the-Lake. We went over the Welland Canal on the St. Catherine's Bridge, and to Jane and John Chappell's new townhouse home for a 2-night visit. Jane and John are good friends from when we lived in Hudson, and we had actually visited Niagara-on-the-Lakes with them in 2004 when we took a trip for Becky's birthday--they wanted to show us where they were thinking about retiring to, and they actually did it!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The brief travel through Indiana was not pleasant. The highway construction around Gary is terrible to negotiate, clearly the worst construction job we had been through since I95 in Georgia two months ago. Northern Indiana is heavily industrialized, and driving by the steel mills and the other heavy industry doesn't make for great photographic vistas!
Scenery improved as we got into Michigan, and we enjoyed seeing the pretty faux-Dutch city of Holland. There are tulips all over the place, and we were actually there at the right time to enjoy them in bloom. There are faux windmills, dutch houses, and even a store that makes and sells wooden shoes! Nice place to drive through, and probably to visit if we had had more time.
We arrived at our campground on a beautiful evening. The site itself was beautiful, but the place is transitioning to a full "KOA" facility and it has a long, long way to go. For example, though they advertise propane, Kabins, K-9 park, and cable TV, the former three aren't available and the TV isn't at all sites--including the one we were at. On the other hand, it's a huge, lovely facility, and again we were among the few RV's there. The dogs loved it, and we took advantage of the time to clean the RV, do some laundry, and catch up on our computer work.
We enjoyed seeing where Kermit worked on the way back to Baraboo, and taking the ferry he commutes to work on every day.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Not having been on the internet yesterday, we drove over to the Oshkosh library, took our computer inside and took advantage of their high speed wireless.
We arrived in Baraboo about 4pm and Jim's brother Kermit got some quality time with Dudley and Rosie. We visited Kermit's wife Dorothy in the nursing home where she is at in Portage, and then had a delightful tour of the famous Wisconsin Dells. For those who don't know, the largest concentration of waterparks in the world is located there, along with numerous miniature golf courses, roller coasters, and other family amusements.