Wednesday was a long travel day for us. We prefer not being on the road more than 4 hours on moving day, less, if possible. Still, we decided to make the push and go the distance. 5 1/2 hours later, we arrived at my family’s property in Northern Michigan. It took Don a few tries to get backed into our full hookup spot but that was due to having to back in uphill on soft sand around several tall trees. The denseness of the woods always makes for the temperature on the property to be 10 degrees cooler than out on the road. My dad and step mom took pity on us and fed us goulash and fried chicken for dinner so we wouldn’t have to prepare anything. After a full day’s travel, I was grateful for that.
One of the nice things about the property is, even though it is thickly wooded, we still get a descent Verizon signal for our phones and laptops. That said, Don discovered Thursday morning that a friend of his had called him out on Facebook to take the ALS ice bucket challenge. He had 24 hours to make a donation or except the challenge. Don chose to do both. We filled a big pail with a bag of ice and ice cold water from the well, then Don situated himself on a chair below the deck of my parents place and gave my father the honor of dumping the bucket over his head. From the devilish grin on my dad’s face, I think my father took pleasure in doing so. I taped the event for Don to post on his Facebook page and he in turn challenged 3 of his friends. All for a good cause.
After dinner, my dad suggested we all go out for Moomers ice cream, popular in the Traverse City area of Michigan. Then we took a leisurely back roads drive to visit several of the lakes in the area. We did this until dark.
It has been so quiet and still on our morning and evening walks. The dirt road into my family’s acreage is a private dead end lane and the majority of the few homes on it, are vacation homes. We seldom see another soul out and about, a car sighting is even rarer. The backend of the property butts up against state land, a dirt two track is the dividing line between the two. Don and I hiked the well worn path to the backend one morning and followed the two track for a ways. A couple of years ago, the state came through and clear cut sections of the forest, the clearings they made have filled in with berry patches.We found a profusion of blackberries and raspberries. No wonder we have bear on the property. Although we haven’t sighted a bear yet since we arrived, we did find fresh bear scat on the trail, since Tucker hikes with us and knowing that there is a sow with 2 cubs in this vicinity, we thought it best to head back to the Suite Pea and limited our walks to the road.
Don has been getting some yearly chores taken care of. Friday he blew out and cleaned both roof air conditioners. It was also the day he drained the hot water heater and replaced its anode rod. Sunday he started buffing Suite Pea’s cap. It had some oxidation taking place so he wanted to clean and wax the surface. If you recall, I did mention at the beginning of this post that we are on a slope and in soft sand. Not the best place to position or climb a ladder. Well, the ladder gave way with Don falling backwards onto the drive and the buffer, set on automatic, hit the ground still running, spraying up gravel as it whipped around. Don said it felt like bb’s hitting him. It appears his injuries are minor; a bruised shoulder, behind and ankle. I helped him up and he hobbled inside where I elevated his ankle and applied an ice pack. (Don has a history with ladders. This isn’t his first tumble from one. And NO, Ginger and Brenda, I did not wax the rungs.)
This morning Don was a little sore, his ankle is swollen and has bruising to the heel. Fortunately I kept the cane he used when he had his knee replacement tucked away inside the Suite Pea, he’s currently using it to hobble around with. Since he wasn’t up to finishing his wax job, we took a little drive into charming downtown Gaylord. Gaylord takes great pride in it’s German heritage and it shows in its Bavarian styled buildings. I had a list of items to pick up and knew I could find most of them in town. Shopping done, we stopped at the Alpine Chocolate Haus for chocolate covered potato chips. Good for snacking on while watching Tiger baseball. On the way home we stopped once more, this time at Gobbler’s, Don’s favorite upnorth restaurant. Gobbler’s serves Thanksgiving style turkey dinners 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And Don loves turkey. Sated, we arrived back at the property and took an evening stroll before it got dark.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………………………….