Urban Air

F6406E98-7541-4F5A-BEEF-F4C5AC09095BIs there a word that describes something beyond fabulous? If so, that’s what Urban Air weekend was like. Jon’s one goal after back surgery was to be healed enough to go to this event in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. What is Urban Air, it’s over 100 Airstreams camping along the downtown streets. We had went up last year just to check it out and wanted to come back and participate this year. So with some instructional help from Jon, I hooked us up and off we went.

C765EAA9-EEC6-4B59-9762-67272F37E38D8735F588-7B6D-4B01-95EA-46039CA907FBIt took us about 6 hours to get there but we had made several stops so Jon could stretch. Once there, we went to the staging area and waited our turn to be parked. While we were waiting, we met some great people that had traveled many miles over the years in their Airstreams. It was so cool listening to their adventures. The 3 hours we had to wait breezed by just listening to them. We were then off to our camp site for the weekend on Knight Street, since the main highway sites had already been filled. Once we got settled in Jon helped our neighbors who had just taken delivery of their Airstream that day.

 

IMG_16858964D9EC-EE45-49CA-B914-1D09DD40209AFriday we woke up to the start of a beautiful fall day. We walked down to a little cafe called Auntie’s to get breakfast and then wandered around town looking at all Airstreams and meeting their owners. There were Airstreams from 1955 to 2016, many states and Canada, parked along the streets. While we were wandering around we ran into our friends Randy and Patti and met their daughter Abigail. It was nice seeing them and catching up. We spent Friday afternoon together, enjoying the sunshine and meeting new people. Our English Setter, Jesse, enjoyed all the attention she received. That evening we enjoyed showing our trailer to other participants and area residents . Then it was time for the traditional happy hour and campfire.

9EC6B798-52D8-40CC-89EE-C1E0B88A5CDF IMG_1694Saturday was a cloudy, rainy day. It was nice to have the Airstream to spend the day in. We discovered our friend’s son, Brett was at Urban Air and that this was his first stop on a two month journey writing for LiveRiveted, an Airstream blog. We met up with him for that night’s benefit supper and Josh Rogan concert and had a very enjoyable evening. Supper was a fund raiser for a local charity there in Eaton Rapids.

 

IMG_1700This Urban Air event, its organizers, participants and residents of Eaton Rapids continues to awe us in the hospitality and camaraderie in all those who have a love for Airstreams. Sunday came way to soon and just as quickly as we all arrived, we were all headed back out. We have already started making plans to be back here in 2016.

Finally!!!

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We’re ready to go

Finally, we were able to go camping for a weekend! We’ve been on hold most of the summer due to Jon having a back injury. We got ready in baby steps, making plans to go back to Kal-Haven RV Park in South Haven. Weather reports looked great through Sunday night, so off we went. Chose an alternate route to get there, probably wasn’t the best choice, but it was scenic. Of course, we still went past Luisa’s Cafe in Harbert, Michigan, so we could get danishes for breakfast. We continued on, with full tummies. Having left Wolcott early, we got in early to South Haven and our site was open. After a little R&R we went into town for the evening. Of course, according to Jesse, the first and most important stop was the Decadent Dog. She was her usual miss personality and people fell in love with her. South Haven was full of people enjoying summer. It’s such a great town along the lake and is fun to walk around. Our dinner for the night was already planned, a homemade pizza from the Glenn Store. Glenn is a small village 10 miles north of South Haven, consisting of an old time hardware store, antique shop, bed & breakfast, grade school and the Glenn Store.

Waiting to meet the neighbors

Look Dad, they have dogs too!

On Saturday, Karen made egg scrambles on the grill. Boy was it good. We road tripped up to Douglas and Saugatuk. These are a couple of beautiful villages on the big lake filled with shops and great places to eat. Yachts are docked along the walkway in Saugatuk to drool over. Jesse was excellent and made more new friends. As always, on a beautiful day, parking was tough but we found a new hidden spot. Our big purchase was salt water taffy from Kilwin’s. After a few hours we headed back to camp to relax. One stop first though, the Glenn Store, for some fresh sandwiches, wrapped in white butcher paper. This is a fantastic little store, with great service and food. For a small store, the amount of liquor they stock boggles the mind. We spent the rest of the evening chatting with our neighbors at the campground. People enjoy checking out our Airstream and we enjoy showing it to them. A check of the weather map made a change in plans and we were out of there early Sunday morning headed back home.

Waiting for a Decadent Dog treat

Checking out the cottages in Saugatuk

All settled in amongst the giants

All settled in amongst the giants

AC, yes please!

IMG_1180When we were ordering our Airstream I didn’t want air conditioning or a television. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want those things, when camping was about getting outside. Well I want to thank Steve at Airstream of Joliet. The weekend of our first Airstream Rally it was hot. It was one of those great Midwest weekends when the humidity and the temperature were the same and that was around 90.  The air conditioning was awesome!! I think it ran the whole time we were camping.

storm photoWe met great people from WBCCI Central Indiana Unit at Prophetstown State Park. Friday night was an impromptu get together to met each other. Saturday we all did our own thing, so we ran home and got Jesse and took her to the groomers, others took in the water park or hiked around the park. In the late afternoon we found out having a television was really nice as the nasty storms moved across the area. We could watch the red of the storm get closer and closer! It cooled down a little Saturday night but it didn’t last.

IMG_1182Since we were close to home, Sunday morning Luke joined us for a breakfast of pancakes. As the morning turned to noon the heat and the humidity started to rise we decided to head home.

This is a short post but a lot of people knew I thought it was silly to have AC and television in our Airstream but boy was I wrong and I’m big enough to say I was wrong! Spring and Fall camping may be the way to go. No bugs, no heat, no storms!!