September 26, 2015

We are back from the jungles of Mexico and the Mayan Ruins! It was an amazing trip and a good time was had by all! Now we are trying to plan next years trip!! We are thinking Canada might be a great place! I will share our trip and some pictures on another post as I need to catch up from our last location in Indiana and Michigan.

August 7-9, 2015

After our wonderful time with Donna and Bill, we headed to Indianapolis for the weekend to meet up with Carolyn and Gary, they are friends we met in Nashville a few years ago. They were in Indianapolis for the NG conference (National Guard), they attend the conference every year in different states that it is held in.  We will be traveling with them next summer as we will be traveling up thru Brittish Columbia, the Yukon Territory and into Alaska.

I did not take my camera with us as we walked the downtown of Indianapolis so these pictures are from Guys phone. There was a motorcycle rally going on all weekend, it was amazing looking at all the different paint colors and designs on the individual bikes, the different styles of homemade bikes to fancy new ones. The noise was deafening when they all wanted to show who had the loudest bike engine.

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Everyone on this bike had peddles to keep it going!

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Guy checking out this homemade one.

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Now this casket was weird!

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You can rent a bike for the day!

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The bikes lined up around the Center City Mall circle.

We did had a great time for the two days we got to hang with Carolina and Gary. We are looking forward to next summer and spending the summer traveling with them.

If you remember The Rover was in for service so we headed back to Decatur to check on the progress and how much longer we would be with out our home. We were hoping maybe by the end of the week but alas that would not be the case. So off we went again and headed up to Empire Michigan to meet up with friends, Nancy and Larry, they also have a coach and were staying there for a few months. They are also from Lake Martin, Alabama not to far from where we live.

Along the way we stopped in Lundington, Mi to meet up with Red and Pam. We got together for a little wine and snacks at their camp site they have been at for most of the summer. It was sure great seeing them again even tho is was a short visit. We will be spending more time with them when we get to Az in Jan.

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Nancy and I with our sweet babies, Buddy and Lacilou, Lake Michigan

While we were there we went out to The Sleeping Bear Dunes. The sand and gravel bluffs on Lake Michigan shore are 450 feet above the lake level. Many people will go down the sand bluff and swim in the lake but hiking up can take up to 2 hours. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is a 7.4 mile self guided tour of the Lakeshore. There are scenic stops along the way where you can view Lake Michigan, Big and Little Glen Lake. Also stop in numerous places to climb the dunes. There are also over 100 miles of hiking trails that can also be used for skiing and snowshoeing.

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Big and Little Glen Lake

There legend of Sleeping Bear Dunes,

Long ago along the Wisconsin shoreline, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven into Lake Michigan by a raging forest fire. The bears swam for many hours, but eventually the cubs tired and lagged behind. Mother bear reached the shore and climbed to the top of a high bluff to watch and wait for her cubs. Too tired to continue, the cubs drowned within sight of the shore. The Great Spirit Manitou created two islands to mark the spot where the cubs disappeared and then created a solitary dune to represent the faithful mother bear.

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We had a great time with Nancy and Larry, touring the little town of Empire, walking the town of Glen Arbor, visiting friends, taking a wine tour up along Grand Traverse Bay, checking out a great light house at the end of the road. We stopped at, I think 6 wineries, taste testing at every one of them and of course buying plenty at each as well. I will admit that it all starting tasting the same!!

I took lots of pictures the whole week but for some reason WordPress will not let me access them. I can access all other pictures but those for some reason won’t show up in wordpress! Its a conundrum! The ones that are above are the only ones I can access. If anyone knows how to help me, Please contact me!!

We went back to Decatur, after a wonderful week in Michigan. The coach was ready to get back on the road and we were so ready to have her back. We headed back to the property in Blue Ridge to pack for our Mexico trip. It was great getting back there as the weather was beautiful, cool and refreshing.

During the summer staying at the property we had been watching a bees nest grow and the bees just buzzing around. When we arrived to find it on the ground and the bees had abandoned it.

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One bee left!

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Love the many layers

When we left for Indiana work was still being done on the extra two rv camp sites. We were anxious to see how they turned out and if they were needing any more work before we left for the next year.

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The beginning of our driveway

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The drive up to camp spot #3

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Camp site #2

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looking down the driveway towards the 3 camp sites

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camp site # 1

There is still work to be done, like fire pits, wooden tables, horseshoe pit! There are also lots of cleaning of downed trees and limbs that needed burning.  We will get to those sometime next year after our Alaska trip.

After our Mexico trip, we packed up and headed out to Albuquerque, New Mexico to see the balloon festival. We are truly looking forward to this wonderful event that we have heard so much about.

I will be posting from there with our next post, hopefully with lots of pictures.

Thanks for following along with The Nomads and their Rover. Y’all have a blessed week and for those traveling have safe travels. Stay tuned for what the Nomads get into along the way.