Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Traveling across the Midwest - Michigan & Indiana

Monday-Tuesday (Oct 12-13):

On Monday morning we packed up The Duchess and headed south from Lake Leelanau. As we drove along the highways for the first couple of hours we were able to see lots of colors in the trees: reds, oranges, yellows and combinations of the three. It was beautiful to see out the large windows in the motorhome as we drove along. We took this picture at a rest area in northern Michigan.

After driving about 225 miles (which is a long day for us), Connie called and found us a spot for the night in the Klines Resort near Three Rivers, Michigan. This is a 55+ community with about 200 lots. Most of the lots have park models or manufactured housing on them, but they have a few sites for RV's with full hook-ups. The resort is located on a small lake and the housing is well maintained. We set up The Duchess for our one night stay, walked around the area and then settled in for the night.

Duchess under the colorful tree.

Resort green space on lake.

Connie enjoying a moment on the Klines Resort bench.

Clubhouse at Klines Resort.
The next morning we left early to continue south into Indiana. The weather has turned much cooler and we are wanting to get someplace warmer. The further south we traveled the leaves are not as colorful. As we drove along Highway 15 in Indiana we came across an 18 wheeler that had just overturned at a sharp turn in the road. Other truckers had stopped and were handling the situation so we continued on down the road.

We saw EMS & Highway Patrol heading to the crash. The sign said it
was a 15 mph curve.
We stopped at the Walmart in Warsaw, Indiana to buy some groceries for the next few days as we passed through the city. Connie called and found us a spot for the night at a county park (France Park) near Logansport, Indiana. We only traveled 130 miles today so we were able to do some hiking at the park once we got set up for the night. This park has two small lakes, a wetlands area with birding and 7 miles of hiking/biking trails. The big down side to the park is that the water is terrible (they are suppose to put in a new treatment system this winter), so we used our on board fresh water instead of hooking up to the park's tap.
Nice open site in the middle of the camping area.
Creek that runs through the park.

Originally a quarry. In 1943 they hit a spring and the quarry filled up overnight.
There is still equipment at the bottom on the lake.

Connie at the top of a small waterfall.

Mike at the bottom of the waterfall.
The park hosts Halloween activities during the last two weekend of October. They had just finished setting up some of the areas where you can take hayrides in the evening during these activities.
Connie and one of the "locals"

The Mad Scientist.

Mike trying to get warm.

Connie helping out.
After finishing our hiking, we took the Jeep into Logansport to see the town. The town is much larger than we expected and there are a number of large nice houses in the town. We made a quick stop at the local Walmart to pick up a couple of items and then stopped in at Taco Bell for dinner. Tomorrow morning we will continue our trip west through Illinois and Iowa.