First big adventure


We’re off!!

Friday, we set off for South Haven, Michigan. Except for bringing the Airstream home, we hadn’t pulled it more than 30 miles and never through a larger town with traffic, but Jon didn’t have any problems. We were setting up at my cousin’s farm on the north side of South Haven in no time. What a great, quiet site, under a tree and next to an old barn. Those that know my family, know that we feed you, so Uncle Jack and Aunt Jeanne fed us great pizza from The Glenn Store.


Camping by the old barn.

Saturday morning the family tradition was carried on as I cooked pancakes and sausage for everyone. My Dad would cook pancakes every weekend when we were camping. There were weekends he would feed 30 people, but he loved it. I only cooked pancakes and sausage for 5 but it was fun! After breakfast it was kick back and relax time. The guys went out and explored the 40 acre woods and Jesse and I sat in the sun.

That afternoon, Jon and I set out to see the sights, first stop Glenn, Michigan. It’s a cute little town with a bed and breakfast, Firehouse Chic antiques, an old style hardware store, a restaurant and The Glenn Store. We didn’t go in the B&B but it is in a beautiful old Victorian with a huge yard. Firehouse Chic Antiques is in the old firehouse and has all sorts of neat things. Thank goodness we had Jesse with us or Jon might still be exploring the hardware store!! Taking a country road out of Glenn we checked out a couple of the county parks that had Lake Michigan access and then back to Glenn to get lunch. Our sandwiches from The Glenn Store were on artisan bread, loaded with lots of fresh cut meat and toppings and they were really good.

Ruff day of shopping

Ruff day of shopping

Then down to South Haven to get some Kilwin’s fudge and Salt Water Taffy but Jesse had to first go to Decadent Dog. Jesse got some cranberry and peanut butter treats, was adored and petted by dozens and she had her shopping done. Our Jesse is an English Setter and you don’t see many of that breed any more. Lots of people stopped us as we walked around and asked what breed she was and could they pet her. Now on to get her Dad some treats. Kilwin’s is Jon’s favorite so Jesse sent me in to get his Salt Water Taffy.


Sunset July 19, 2014

We ended our day watching the sunset at a private beach access along Lake Michigan and having a campfire with our relatives. Jesse fell asleep in Jon’s arms and started snoring. I took that as a sign that she had a good time too.

Sunday we were up early to get ready to come home. It was a great 2dayr, with perfect weather, food and family.




Maiden Voyage


Jesse’s first campfire

In May, we set off on our Flying Cloud Airstream (The Aluminum Bungalow) maiden voyage. We headed down to Prophetstown State Park in Battleground, Indiana. Prophetstown has 150 campsites, some are in a wooded area, the rest are in a prairie area.  The park has hiking and biking trails and an aquatics center. The trailer pulled nicely and we got there without any incidents. We had reserved a pull through site so we didn’t have to worry about backing up into a site.At this time Jon is still working on his backing skills. The campground facilities are extremely well kept and very clean. We got all set up and took Jesse for a walk, then another walk and a another walk, trying to chill her enthusiasm for camping. We didn’t realize how many people camp with their dogs and Jesse wanted to become friends with all. Good friends from West Lafayette came out to enjoy the campfire with us that evening.



1st night

It was fun being out enjoying nature and meeting new people. For me it brought back many memories of camping as a child. For Jon, he is just starting making camping memories. Our first day was about to come to an end and it had been great. We had only been able to book one night as the park gets reserved very quickly.