With the threat of tornados over, we were able to get back on the road. We made one more stop in Ohio. As usual, we used the Allstays camping app to find a campground on some kind of water, within a three hour drive. We found a great state park on Grand Lake, in Ohio. It was a place we would have enjoyed staying for a few days, but we were on a mission to get farther north, where it would be cooler.
The next night we found a place in Chain O' Lakes, Indiana, there were lakes in the park, but you couldn't see water from the campground.
With the summer camping season starting, we like to have reservations over the weekends, so we don't have to search around to find a place to stay. You never know how popular a certain area might be. We had reservations at a KOA, in South Bend, Indiana, since I have a friend that lives close to there. It was nice to finally meet Donna in person. We have been Facebook friends for five years, because of our mutual love of Kenny Chesney.
We always stop for groceries just before we get to our next stop. We found yet another Walmart, in Goshen, Indiana. We were surprised to see a covered stable for horse and buggy parking. I didn't realize there were Amish in Indiana. It was surreal to see them in person, shopping at Walmart. I Googled Goshen and found that that Walmart was the first one in the US to have a covered stable for the Amish. The Amish people built it with supplies donated by Walmart.
We had room for one more stop before our Memorial weekend reservations, and since my friend Kylie lives right along our route, we decided to stop for four nights in Grand Haven, Michigan. The state park is right on the beach, on Lake Michigan. There was a kite festival going on in the park. The photos don't convey how big and beautiful they were in person. There were some that flew patterns along with music.
We got to the park a little early, so had to park in a lot to wait for our site to open up. We thought we'd open up the camper and have lunch while we waited. The controller for the slide outs wouldn't power up. Paul researched the problem online, and found that it was a battery issue. He started the truck, so the truck batteries powered the system. We haven't had any issues with the batteries, and was surprised that they would be bad, after only ten months. Once we got to our camp site, Paul did a little more research and found that the battery disconnect button had been pushed in. The button is in the compartment where the satellite TV input is located. A few days earlier, when I was disconnecting the Tailgater satellite dish, I pushed in the battery disconnect button by accident, not knowing what it was. Oops! I was wondering what that click was. Luckily, it was an easy fix, since Kylie, and her boyfriend Jared were coming to hang out.
Town was only a short walk or bike ride, away, so I was able to walk Fiona in to a do-it-yourself dog wash, for a much needed bath, and we went in a couple of times for drinks and dinner. Kylie was right, Grand Haven is a really nice little town.
When we checked in to Orchard Beach State Park, on Lake Michigan the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, there were maybe five other campers in the park; By Friday night all 166 sites were occupied. The campground is situated on a bluff, overlooking the lake. I thought the beach would be a little bigger, I mean, "Beach" is in the name of the park!
Today is Tuesday, and the park is all ours again. I can only see one other camper from the window. We are here until Thursday, and plan on heading north to the top of the lake. We are going to wing it with no reservations, but have our eye on a state park that has a brewery close by. We have been enjoying trying different beers along the route. We still love our Coors Light, but are expanding our palates. Cheers!
P.S. Don't forget to click on the photo section. I try to not post the same ones that I use in the blog.