Latitude 45

Hello from the picnic table at site 47 at Petoskey RV Resort. As the Southeast US sizzles in a heat wave, Lynn and I are trying to convince ourselves to stay outside in this chilly weather here in Northern Michigan and not run back inside. During oppressive Summer days in Charleston where the temperature ranged from 95 in the afternoon to 78 at night , I used to try to remember what feeling cold felt like. Now up here with ranges of 65 – 40, I’m trying to remember that warmth which was so familiar just a few months ago.

Hello – now from the kitchen table at site 47- the failed attempt at enjoying the fresh air lasted a full paragraph before the chilly winds forced us to retreat. So, Lynn lined us up with a two week visit to Petoskey RV Resort, part of the Sun RV Resorts network. With over 100 campgrounds in North America, if the rest are anything like our location, we’ll be searching out more of these. Our campground is gated, offers amenities like a clubhouse with pool tables, game rooms, billiards, darts and a seasonal bar and kitchen. They also offer tennis and pickle ball, putting greens and a heated pool. Sites are all cement with beautifully landscaped lawns and numerous ponds with fountains. Lynn smartly selected a back in site on the rear side of the property which is very quiet. Astonishingly, the occupancy rate over Memorial Day weekend appeared to be 15%. Now that it’s Tuesday, far less than 10% of the sites are full. The management explained to me that they had snow just three weeks ago and the crowds don’t appear till about mid June. Peaceful for sure….but lacking in human interaction.

So far, we have visited the towns of Charlevoix, Gaylord and Traverse City and wandered around Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We have visited the (former) World’s Largest Cherry Pie, an Olympic (if this was ever a sanctioned sport) cherry spitting arena, Latitude 45, which is equidistant from the North Pole and the equator. We’ve had both forgettable and unforgettable craft beers – one great porter even had a burnt marshmallow in it. Despite bundles of fire wood rolling around the back of the Jeep, we however have yet to have our first campfire. Soon though! With four nights down and ten remaining, still on tap are visits to Mackinac Island, Tunnel Of Trees and Boyne City. I might want to do a dress rehearsal drive in the Jeep over the Mackinac Bridge before doing it for real in the big rig. Inhale….Exhale….Repeat…

Lynn really loves the cement sites….Looking out the windows seeing lush grass, cement driveways and blacktop roads almost makes it feel as if you are living in a home and not a vehicle.

4 Comments on “Latitude 45

  1. Jim love the pics except for the burnt marshmallow in the beer!! Really? love your posts


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