We’ve been keeping busy. Don spent three days down at his mother’s in Newaygo. Again, he found himself tackling another Honey Do list. While he was there, Tucker and I continued to enjoy our morning and evening walks. In between, I did odd jobs inside the Suite Pea, like defrosting the freezer, cleaning AC vents, some reorganizing, etc. Don made it back to the property before the Labor Day weekend rush. Although I like having some down time every now and then, it was good to have him back home. He was glad to be back.
Usually the property is teeming with cousins on Summer holiday weekends, that wasn’t the case over this Labor Day holiday. Seems everyone had to work or in the case of my cousins Scott and Michelle, moving into their new residence. We did have some company come in. Two of my step brothers drove up from southern Michigan for a visit. My oldest brother Tom, whom we haven’t seen in two or three years, brought his lovely fiancee Kathy with him and my youngest sibling Larry arrived with his wife Monica. We do manage to see Larry and Monica a little more frequently. It was nice having the four of them up and a pleasure to meet Kathy. Soon after they departed Monday afternoon, Mother Nature gave us a spectacular rainstorm.
This was no ordinary storm that passed through. It was a deluge! A torrent! Just when you’d think it couldn’t rain any harder, it did, and it seemed to go on forever. Ma, dad, Don and I sat under the covered porch watching it pour and form deep trenches into the dirt drive. Then the wind picked up and the tall, slender trees began to dip and sway. The rain came at us sideways and we made a hasty departure inside. Ma turned on the weather channel and much to our astonishment we learned a tornado had touched down in Frederic, a town just up the road from where we were. It touched down a second time just outside of Gaylord. Thankfully damage was at a minimum and no lives were injured or lost.
For our last day in Kalkaska, we made arrangements to meet with my mother’s siblings at Sleder’s Tavern in downtown Traverse City for dinner. My aunts, Pat, Margie and Janie along with my uncle Jim drove up form the Cadillac area. My uncle Lloyd came in from Grayling while my father, stepmom, Don and I drove in from the property. My mother came from a family of eight, three boys, five girls. Only four siblings are still living so it’s important to me to see them whenever I can. I think everyone had a great time joking and catching up with one another even if the food and service at Sleder’s had slipped a notch.
Today was the beginning of our slow trek southward as we make our way back to winter in sunny Florida again. We’re currently in Vassar, Michigan, a small town about fifteen miles northeast of Frankenmuth. Our plans are to spend two nights camped here before making our way further down state. We are parked at Wesleyan Woods, a campground and youth camp owned and operated by the Michigan Wesleyan Methodist Assembly. It’s very quiet as there are only a handful of RVs present. With all this facility has to offer though, I would imagine that during the Summer months and on the weekends this place could really rock.
HERE’S LOOKIN’ AT YOU KID………………