Sure is HOT around here! This is the end of September in Northern Michigan and the temperature outside is pushing 100 degrees. That’s just crazy. It is like the entire summer around here got delayed by a month.
If it wasn’t for the outdoor swimming pool, we would have absolutely no reason to even venture outside. At the pool, I pushed one of the umbrellas from a nearby table over to the edge of the pool so that I would have some shade from the excruciating heat while I enjoyed bathing in the pool. This was about the most comfort one could expect from this blistering heat. And to think it is not even Summer anymore. The first day of Fall started the day we arrived.
The gauge to the left shows just how hot it got. Compare that to this photo I took a couple of weeks ago when I was describing how cold it was while we were at Clear Lake State Park.
We came back to Little River Casino to celebrate my father’s birthday. He was so excited that we brought him here last year that it would be cruel not to do it for him again this year. He really likes the all-you-can-eat crab legs on the buffet at the casino. This is something he looks forward to each year now.
This trip we were joined by our friends Jeff and Linda. It’s nice now that they have a rig of their own to have them meet up with us like this.
We have visited this state park in the past but never actually stayed here. What a mistake. After camping here for almost a week, this place has quickly become one of our favorite parks in Michigan.
The park offers 20/30 amp electrical with some 50 amp sites. The sites are good sized, mostly shaded and some are even paved. You have easy access to the Little Traverse Bay beach which is on Lake Michigan.
Since we now have bicycles, we were glad to see access to the Little Traverse Wheelway from within the park. This trail gave us miles of pleasure as we rode along the shoreline. On one of our morning bike rides, we spotted an eagle soaring just above our heads as we cruised the trail. It was pretty cool.
Along the beach, you will find a variety of stones washed up along the shore. You may even spot a Petoskey Stone. At night the beach provided some spectacular sunsets.
We had this trip planned for quite some time. Between the time we booked the site and actually arrived, we were lucky enough to get ahold of a couple of tickets to see Bob Seger in concert. This was an opportunity that we were not going to pass up. The downside was that the concert was back home. This meant that we had a 3 hour trip to and from the concert that night. In hindsight, it was well worth the trip. The concert was simply awesome!
Its hard to imagine but it has been over 6 years since we last visited Clear Lake State Park. This was once a place we favored over the other state parks. The reason for our departure from this park was their electrical problems. You can read more about the problems in this previous post. I am glad to see that in our absence, they have corrected this problem.
Something else we discovered this year was the addition of internet access. This area has always been a dead spot when it came to cellular service. I am not saying that the service is great now but it IS present and we even got a bar of 4G on occasion.
The weather took a turn for the cold. During our stay, we saw the temperatures dip into the 30’s. This was the first time this summer we had to wear jackets outside.
Several mornings in a row we saw park attendants show up to put this sign up on the beach. The reason was that each night someone would come along and take it back down. This happened all weekend long. Not sure exactly who was responsible, but I did see this kid show up the day before everyone left the park to take a number of selfies next to the sign.
I want to give a shout out to this place we discovered during one of our day-trips. The place is AJ’s Berry Farm in Lachine, Michigan (Just 15 miles west of Alpena on M-32). Here you will discover homegrown fruits and vegetables sold in a small farm market by the family. If you are in the area, I highly recommend you stop and check them out.
More summertime music to enjoy. We are back in Frankenmuth to enjoy the 30th year of the Summer Music Fest. The band we are looking forward to seeing is called the Magic Bus. We last saw them while we were up in Clare, Michigan a little while back. We found out that they were coming to this area so we thought we would also come back here to Frankenmuth.
Since we were gone, there was a summer rally of the Chapter 6 Great Lakes – Michigan Escapees RV Club right here at the park. I was sorry to hear that we were not around. This would have been a great group to sit back and listen to about all the things that could be headed our way sometime in the near future.
However, we did happen to meet a great couple that stayed after the others left. Leonard and Cheryl have been on the road 15 years now. They are a couple of great people and we hope to cross paths again sometime soon.
Another group of RVers showed up for the weekend. The sign said “MI / LOW”. Not thinking, I didn’t realize that it stood for the group Loners On Wheels. This too would have been a very interesting group of people to get to talk to. By the time I found out, it was the day they all left.
I swear I meet more people on the way out of the parks than just about any other time.
Over the weekend St. Lorenz Church had their Mission Festival at the Grove. Following the church service, there was a chicken BBQ dinner and plenty of fun activities for the kids.
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The state park in East Tawas is not a very large park but it has a lot to offer. It is located on a peninsula that goes out around Tawas Bay.
There are 193 sites that were averagely sized for a state park and offered electrical hookups. Some of the sites were even paved.
We got the pleasure of speaking with Brad, the host camper at the park during our stay there. He was very helpful and took the time to explain some of the activities that bring visitors to this area. They include boating, fishing, swimming, biking, hiking, skiing, exploring and even shopping in the nearby downtown Tawas area.
There are plenty of good places to grab a bite to eat. Some of our favorites were Augie’s On the Bay, G’s Pizzeria, and Northwoods Steak House. You can’t forget to stop by Tonys Tacos for some fantastic Mexican food.