Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yup. It’s Been Awhile

When we last checked in, we were in Michigan and headed to North Carolina. We retired out of North Carolina and return every year for doctor and dental visits, annual mammogram etc. The trip was long and uneventful. We arrived at the NC Fairgrounds in Raleigh and took up residency for 2 weeks. No pictures. When you return to “home” there isn’t much you think to take a picture of :)

We spent those 2 weeks at appointments, doing some Craigslist buying and selling, stocking up at Costco and in Rick’s case, having a crown and an on-lay prepped.

Because it takes 3 weeks for dental lab work to be completed, we took off for the NC Mountains for a break in between appointments.

We are staying at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in Asheville, NC. This is a beautiful park, heavily wooded, and just outside Asheville. Our site is totally shaded, creating a cozy area but a disaster if you’re trying to get satellite reception on Premiere Week! We have spent the last 4 years using our crank-up antenna only. This past summer we broke down and got Direct TV and when we can’t get a signal, it’s a disappointment. But wait! We still have our crank up antenna! We’ll get something. For us, it is PBS and ABC. Unfortunately, the shows we were most looking forward to were on CBS :) Oh well. Reruns will happen :)

In the meantime, we are also Internet challenged…but workable. If we connect our Jetpack to our Sleek Booster, we can boost our signal from 1 bar 1X to 3 bars 3G. That may not sound like much, but it’s awesome compared to 2 weeks of NOTHING :) So, this post is picture-less :)

We’ve hiked the park and surrounding area. We’ve walked the Asheville Urban Trail and spent time at the Visitor’s Center planning further excursions.

We’ve eaten at a wonderful restaurant downtown, Salsa’s. We highly recommend it! In fact, I’m pretty sure we will try it again…soon :)

We have plans for some hiking, some kayaking and some fishing…oh, and some micro-brewery tasting :)

Stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by.Turtle

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Good-Bye Michigan! It Was So Great to See You :)

We finished up our Michigan summer with a few bike rides in Traverse City and a short excursion to Holland, MI, home of the tulips :)

You may remember that my bike had a flat tire the last time we attempted a trail ride. Rick took my bike into GT Cycle in Traverse City to have the flat tire repaired. While he was there, he had them tune it up and replace my cables and shifter. Then he had his bike tuned up, 2 new tires put on and a new shifter and seat :) His bike looks almost new :) Mine rides better than it ever has! We both highly recommend GT Cycle. If you’re in the area and need work done, they will do you right and at a very fair price. BTW, my flat tire was caused by a horseshoe nail…that will teach me not to ride my bike around the Fairgrounds right after an equestrian event :)

Traverse City has wonderful bike trails. You can ride along the lake front, across town, at the Mall, up the Leelanau Peninsula and a few other places :) Even on warm days, the lakefront trails keep you comfortable with cool breezes.

Traverse City Bike Trails

We both enjoyed our time here. There is much to do and much to see. Not to mentions awesome cherry pie to eat! :)

We left Traverse City on Labor Day Monday and headed further south in Michigan. In hindsight, we should have waited until Tuesday an avoided the traffic, rain…


and accidents! But whatcha gonna do?? Hindsight is always 20-20 :)


We arrived at Dutch Treat Camping in Zeeland MI mid-afternoon and chilled the rest of the day. We had only been on the road about 3.5 hours but it felt twice as long.

We had Tuesday and Wednesday to check out the area, so didn’t feel too bad just chillin’…besides, it just happened to be our wedding anniversary, so we were entitled, right? :)

We spent Tuesday doing a Costco run and laundry, but Wednesday was devoted to checking out the community of Holland, next door.


I had to borrow this picture from the Internet because we were definitely here at the wrong time of the year!

Holland was founded by Dutch Americans and it’s obvious in many places. Everything from authentic Dutch windmills…


To a wooden shoe factory!


They claim wooden shoes are comfortable…Really??


Any size you can imagine…I just can’t imagine wearing wooden shoes, period! :)


Then we paid a visit to Holland State Park. Beautiful beaches…


With beautiful Holland Harbor Lighthouse


But the best find of the day was a Jackpot!


The Holland Farmers Market! Yum!


Yup, we did good!


Guess what was for dinner??? :)

Today, we headed further south. We’ll be traveling daily for the next few days to arrive in North Carolina next week. Thanks for stopping by. Turtle