Monday, October 10, 2011
We even took Spike with us on one float because we had seen a family the day before with three different dogs. Of course, their dogs were a lot smaller than Spike. And we had one heck of a time convincing him to walk DOWN the river rather than slamming our tubes into the banks alongside. He nearly impaled us on several downed trees but although it was anything but relaxing, it was actually pretty fun. Or challenging, I should say. Figuring out the best way to tether him between us or attach him to one of us was a continuing evolution of our best critical-thinking skills. Spike did his best to thwart us but he was pretty much unconscious for the rest of the night. Age is catching up with him.
We figured out the river route and never had to see Evil Lake again. The story is funny in hindsight but it was really just a small blip on our Michigan radar. The region is beautiful and though others protest that the winters are miserably bitter, it is hard to believe in the midst of their glorious summer.
Once we left Sleeping Bear, we were delighted to discover our friend Lynda and her girlfriend, Mary, were only two hours south of us. We met up for lunch and had a play date with the dogs. It was really wonderful to see her and to meet Mary. They seemed very happy and our time together was all too short.
Once we left Lynda, we continued at a more break-neck pace to New York to see Rupert. We planned an extended stay and did end up staying for 4 full weeks. His roommates were utterly delightful and we had a really good time watching Battlestar Galatica (all 4.5 seasons) and puttering around with friends. We spent some quality time with one of Whitney's old roommates from when she attended RIT and it was fantastic to socialize with people again. Though we've loved the solitude of traveling together, we have missed the opportunity to share our stories with other people and just to engage in general. While in New York we went to Letchworth State Park (one of the most beautiful parks on our trip) and drove to Syracuse University to check out the M.F.A. program.
Oh yeah, I'll have to follow up on a post about our newly evolved plans for the future. Whitney and I have finally figured out what we're doing with our lives! Or at least... for the next couple of years. :-) Stay tuned!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
After the disgruntled jaunt through South Dakota, I was looking forward to a change of scenary. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Upon entering Minnesota, we parked overnight in a Walmart parking lot and were immediately hit by ANOTHER emergency weather broadcast and a hellacious storm. In this case it was a devilish case of wind and extreme rain. The wind was rocking our trailer to a degree which made us both very nervous. We cowered inside the trailer and during a particularly bad ruckus, Whitney burst into tears and wailed "it's a TORNADO!" At which case I had to tell her to stop screaming and pull herself together all the while scared to death that it WAS a tornado because our county was on tornado watch! Very stressful. Next morning we went to the gym to take showers and what not and when we got there, we couldn't use our electronic key pass. Come to find out from the lady inside, the systems were down because they were struck by LIGHTNING. Mind you, the gym was 3 blocks from where we were parked.
Here the humidity reached a fever pitch and was pretty miserable. We camped in a place called Blue Earth -- at their fairgrounds which was quite nice with hookups. Unfortunately the heat and humidity made it impossible to really enjoy ourselves. Next morning we boogied out to Minneapolis and caught the last closed-captioned showing of Harry Potter Pt. 7 Pt. 2 and LOVED it! The following day we headed to Mall of America.... which, as expected was a mall. But we were really disenchanted with the huge amount of people that crowded it. We snapped some pictures of the awesome Lego statues and left, continuing on to greener pastures.
We drove out to Wisconsin where I found a free place to park at the Wood Lake County Park. It was a nice enough place with a swimming area but when we got there it was packed. So we boondocked for the night until people dispersed Sunday evening. Then it was just us and one other trailer, which we parked next to because of safety and because our spot was private enough to set up an outdoor shower. WE proceeded to be EATEN ALIVE by mosquitoes no matter how much bug spray or bug repellent incense we lighted. The humidity was also terrible and after our third day we got pummeled by more lightning and thunder. At this point we were also getting a little creeped out by our trailer neighbor. In the 3 days we had been there we hadn't seen a single person come or go and all the trailer windows were opened. We began to entertain ridiculous notions of someone dying in there or something. On the 4th night we got hysterical. Walking to the bathroom meant being in PITCH darkness as lightning raged overhead. On our way back, I couldn't even bring myself to look at the trailer and scene shots of Texas Chainsaw Massacre began running through my head. It didn't help that Whitney swore she had seen someone in the woods outside our trailer with a flashlight. By the time we got to the trailer we were terrified and spent a night in complete agony, unable to sleep due to the bugs and the head and the thunder. The next morning we abandoned our spot and fled for Rib Lake where we found a nice, well-lit campground with hookups for $15/night.
We proceeded to fall in love with this little town of Rib Lake. It has all the amenities we need, including wi-fi spots, a laundromat, a homemade hand dipped ice cream parlor, a coffee shop, a mini farmers market.... and a beautiful lake next to a cemetary. We've been here for over a week and are planning on staying another week. This weekend is "Ice Age Days," an annual carnival thingy and on Saturday, the nearby town of Tomahawk is having a 4-H Show.
Next, we'll be off to CHICAGO!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
BIG HORN NATIONAL PARK
So we continued on to South Dakota, drove by the monument....
Yep, the rest of South Dakota was boring so we jammed through it and hit.... Minnesota!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
So our trip has been off to a hectic start. Moving out sapped whitney and I of a lot of our initial enthusiasm and whitney is still recovering from numerous bruises and physical scrapes (though she seems to be steadily accumulating more courtesy of our trailer :)) However, even with the craziness that has been the beginning, I think we're hanging on.
We've made it all the way to Spokane with few problems. Most of my problems have been physical stemming from a nasty sinus infection and special lady cramps. As a result I've been pretty grumpy and struggling with general irritation.
I'll post more at a later time. After a gym workout and shower its time for lunch before we head to idaho!