UP UP AND AWAY! DISCOVERING MICHIGAN’S U.P. PART 1

After a wonderful few weeks exploring Michigan’s Lower Peninsula it was time to head north to the Upper Peninsula, commonly referred to as the U.P.

There is so much to see in the Upper Peninsula that is was hard to choose where to go! You told us we couldn’t miss St. Ignace or Mackinac Island so we started there.

 

 

We set up camp in a lovely treed campground in St. Ignace. It was conveniently located within walking distance to downtown.

 

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WEEKEND GETAWAY EXPLORING WENATCHEE AND LEAVENWORTH

Our weather in the Pacific Northwest has been nothing short of amazing. Perfect time to hook up the trailer and head out on a road trip. This time we drove east of the Cascade Mountains to explore the Wenatchee area.

Our basecamp was the Wenatchee River County Park, or WRCP. We love this place. WRCP is just off the highway and is laid out like a park with large lawns for spreading out and plenty of room for the kids to run. My favorite is loop B due to its proximity to the play park. I can relax in my lounge chair right outside my RV and watch the kids all day at the merry-go-round. A nice benefit of this park is the low traffic giving me peace of mind while the kids wander on their toys. Forget your bike?  No worries, WRCP has bikes to check out.  They offer several amenities like free WiFi, laundry, showers, bathrooms, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball hoop, golfing cage, free movie and book check-out, work-out areas, and a Ping-Pong table. One downside to WRCP are the passing trains that pass through all hours of the day and night.

 

 

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FIVE BENEFITS OF ESCAPING IN OUR RV

 

My family suffers from one of society’s most common and prevalent afflictions: too much. Too much clutter, too much to do, too much general busy-ness. My husband and I are both self-employed Type-A personalities and there are many weeks when we work upwards of 50 to 60 hours. Our two daughters are both in competitive cheerleading that gobbles up eight hours each a week of their “spare” time. Add to the mix all the regular mundane chores like homework, laundry, and grocery shopping – and we have an active social life. 

While there’s no doubt it’s a good life, every once in a while it can get, well, overwhelming. When it all gets too much for me to handle, I metaphorically throw out my hand and slam it hard on our escape hatch.

 

 

Our family’s “escape hatch” sits on six wheels and is 40 feet long. From the outside it looks like your typical motorhome, but don’t be deceived; it’s so much more than that. Our RV has become our shelter from the storm and our first go-to when we need a family reset. “But it’s just an RV,” some may scoff. Not so, I’d counter. It’s a family containment unit and when the outside world has us paying more attention to our screens than to each other, it’s time to hop inside for status updates that are spoken instead of texted.

 

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PALO DURO CANYON – CAMPING WITH FRIENDS

Another favorite camping spot for our family is Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest canyon in the country, second only to the Grand Canyon. It is rugged canyon land that has a lot of hiking and biking trails.

The State Park campsites are down in the canyon along with most of the hiking trails. The Hackberry Camp Area offers more trees and privacy.

For this trip we went with some good friends who also enjoy RVing. They brought their own travel trailer and camped in the site next to ours. Our kids had a blast having their friends along.

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TREASURES IN TENNESSEE

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Chattanooga was not originally on our itinerary, but after following your suggestions to go RVing in Stone Mountain and reading your comments on the Go RVing Facebook page, we decided a change of plans was necessary. Ahhh flexibility, another one of the many wonderful things about traveling by RV. There aren’t any flights to catch or hotel reservations to change. Of course there can be campground reservations, but aside from the occasional hard to get into park like a few of the more popular national parks, we’ve found that making and changing campground reservations beat airlines and hotels any day.

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