We tried, we squeezed, we got in, but with our jacks not being wonderful, we squished them and sunk! All the while the fridge went out because we were unlevel. No internet, no TV, unlevel, oh man! One night, that was it. I needed to work! So we drove into Walmart and noticed Blueberry Hill RV park, nice long level sites, beautifully kept but the price! Still, I paid up front $2,400 for 3 mo. We got our money back from the Sumter Oaks Escapees Park, 7 miles away.
Our fridge was out! It cost us $3,000 to replace! I was angry with the SOEP! I was angry that we lost so much! We used the cooler that we had but we had to wait over a month for the part to come in. This changed our diet which was really great.
So, we moved to the park and these loud birds show up. Sandhill cranes! We were so excited to see them because living in Nebraska, these fly through for a few weeks as their migration pattern happens in the spring and the sandhills are full of them. The joy of being at a nice RV park rather than one that looks poor and unkept was nice and relaxing. We had cable, internet and a host of opportunities to swim or take part of many things on site. Walmart was just across the street.
They had 4 sites for us to choose from, I took the closest to the main area. Peter and I walked every morning, Steve walked in the afternoon. It was really nice. We met up with Jenny, we had not seen each other in 10 years! It was really nice. She and her husband, Tony, moved to The Villages 3 years prior. They were establishing themselves in their community.
I love this pic of Peter. When we travel he is my seatmate. He is the sweetest dog. I wish humans could be as sweet as they are.
It was a time of refreshing and revival for us. One week in Cleveland, it felt like home. One day it may be.
May 1st, we were on the road again, this time heading up to Neligh NE for annual doctor and visit Steve's mom. We went through Kentucky to St. Louis. We saw the Arch! What a reminder of how the west was formed. How hopes and dreams of a better life awaited those who would dare go beyond this point! How many hoped and dreamt of life beyond and what it took to get there. To go to California or Oregon and how many settled in places between. The stories that awake you because of a dream.
From Neligh we headed to Wisconsin and up to Upper Michigan for our interior tour. Miles and miles and miles stretched before us. Miles and miles were behind us.
We had our first flat on the trailer and would lose 2 more as we completed the journey.
During our travels I was able to keep working after the 10 days off. I was busting it all the way.
So, now it's mid May and we are heading up the UP and here is Lake Superior. One of the 5 Great Lakes we will see this trip. How cool!
We went to Mackinac Island. We drove through Wisconsin, through Green Bay. It was a beautiful drive. We had so much fun in this portion of our trip. We drove up to see the SOO locks too. We enjoyed that leg of our trip. We had a great time.