7/15/2018-7/22/2018

We left Rockford Illinois on Monday without really exploring the area. It had rained,the mosquitoes were terrible & we couldn’t get motivated & we were okay with that.

Our next stop was Middlebury Indiana. As we got closer to it, I started to see Bob Evans billboards & the turnpike signs started showing distances to Toledo, signs of home!! It was hard to not keep going east.

I love Amish country. It’s not everywhere that you see sights like this

This part of the country is home to the second largest Amish population in the country. I wonder if it might be the quilt capital too as there are quilt shops everywhere. I only went into a few but had a little sit and sew at one of them😜

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Most of these little towns take a back seat to Shipshewana which is a huge tourist attraction, but they have The Heritage Trail driving tour. You can pick up at CD that narrates the drive & takes you through several towns. We didn’t drive the whole thing but were able to get a few shots of some of the 18 quilt gardens.

For my quilting friends, I think you can google Heritage Trail quilt gardens to see them all & get the patterns.

The towns all had beautiful hanging flowers & quilt murals

The town of Shipshewana hosts a huge flea market & auction building that sits on 100 acres. It is open on Tuesdays &Wednesday & is the midwest’s largest outdoor market. We did the unthinkable. We parked in the back, walked down one row, checked out a few shops downtown & left. All under two hours! We did spend a little time admiring the Amish made furniture

One day we went to a creamery to see cheese being made—the curds & whey being separated.

We stayed at the Middlebury KOA & one night when we came home from dinner, our neighbors had opened the side of their tow trailer & were providing entertainment.

They were from Ontario Canada & were on their way to an organ festival in Dayton Ohio.

We had reservations for a week at a Muskegon campground. When we arrived & went to our spot everything went south. After changing sites twice & sparing the unpleasant details, we got our money back & left. Luckily, the KOA in town had a spot for us for one night. It’s a really nice park on a lake & we wished we could have stayed.

We were again lucky to find a family owned place across the expressway on a lake.

It’s bike weekend in Muskegon & this place is packed!! Of course it has rained the entire weekend ruining the fun of the bikers. It let up for a bit this afternoon so we spent a little beach time at Pere Marquette park.

We found this gem & have eaten here three nights & probably will again. They sure know how to fry their fish. So far we’ve had perch, blue gill & walleye

I have never seen Blue gill on a menu & have been talking about fishing for them this whole trip.

The first night I had bluegill & Jeff had the perch. The next next we both had the walleye dinner. Two drinks each & our dinners & the bill was $26.00. Amazing! Last night I had perch. I am definitely getting my fill of lake fish.

The weather is supposed to clear up later today so there’s more exploring in the future.

7/8/2018-7/15/2018 DOOR COUNTY

We loved Door County Wi. We stayed in Bailey’s Harbor at Bailey Grove campground. For activities, we went exclusively off recommendations from friends & our camp host &they really came through! Our first stop was at Al Johnson’s for their famous Swedish pancakes. The roof is covered with grass & their goats graze on it.

I went for the pancakes & meatballs. Since it was 2:30, this was more than enough to be my only meal that day.

After this experience in Sister Bay, we continued up the coast to Gill’s Rock. Along the way we stopped at Seaquist orchards. It has a cute market that carries everything cherry. The cherry trees go on for miles.

This curvy road was fun to drive.

We hiked Cave Point County Park which had a great coastline

Egg Harbor &Fish Creek had some great restaurants, shopping & pretty beaches.

While driving, we saw this guy working & stopped to watch him work. He was commissioned by the church to create John the Baptist. This was his seventh day at work

In Sister Bay we had pizza at Wild Tomato then enjoyed a concert in the park & watching sunset paddle board yoga in the bay.

We spent our last day enjoying the beach at Whitefish Dunes State Park

One night we saw a car show & I found my first car that I didn’t keep because I didn’t like driving a stick shift. BIG MISTAKE!

The weather had been perfect until the day we had to leave. Hooking up & driving wasn’t fun. I was mesmerized by the sky

The next stop was Blackhawk Valley campgrounds outside Rockford Illinois.

Here we haven’t done much exploring here because after two weeks of very touristy places, we need a break. We have to remind ourselves that in our former life, after vacation, we were tired & ready to go home. Since our home is always with us we have to consciously turn off vacation mode once in a while.

Have a great week!

7/1/2018-7/8/2018

We stayed at a really nice KOA in Hixton Wi. It seemed that the young families were on the bottom flat level & from there it terraced up. Beautiful views!! One of the employees took this sunset one night with our 5th wheel in it. I love it!!

This Is a pretty rural area but great scenic drives. One day we visited the Black River.

Another drive was to the Wazee Recreational area. This lake was so clear

We took a road to get to Rustic trail but had to put the truck in 4wheel drive twice to get through it. Trust me this looks much tamer than it was.

Off to the Wisconsin Dells.

We stayed in a privately owned campground that was very family friendly & busy. This rig parked next to us. I had to google it. (Iron Castle). It came in on wheels & then the guy cranked it down to the ground. An ice shanty in winter & camper in summer

The only way that I know how to describe the Dells is this water park capital of the world is that it’s like the Las Vegas strip for kids. There are water parks, rope courses,go-cart tracks,escape houses,mystery hills, putt putt courses over &over for miles on both sides of the streets. Our grandsons would LOVE this!!

We were able to find some great side trips. The first was to Lost Canyon where a horse drawn wagon took us through an amazing canyon. I was sitting on the outside & several times I had to lean in &duck.

Notice the horse diapers

It was so cool! The woman who owns it is 88 & still takes tickets & does the books. Our guide told us that she’s had it since the sixties. It is such a prime location right in town that multiple times she has been offered many millions. He said her kids are just waiting.

Can you see Eagle Rock?⬇️

Another day we took a beautiful boat tour of the Upper Dells river. That had two stops where we got off & walked for awhile.Where are the tree roots??

This is the famous Leap Rock which initially drew people to the Dells. I wish I could post the video! Can you see the dog jumping?

Our last day trip was to House on the Rock about an hour west of the Dells.

This was probably one of the strangest places I’ve ever been to. It says to allow 3-4 hours but if you want to see everything it would take days. It is a huge house complex built on &around a huge rock out in the country. He filled it with collections of just about everything.

This is the infinity room that we could walk out on

Also, during the week, our son sent us a photo from their vacation,

so of course we had to send one back!

The weather has been perfect.

We just pulled into our spot in Door County & it’s time to go find dinner.

It’s going to be a great week.