In the course of processing these images, the program reminds me periodically “saving draft”. Sheesh, cold enough without saving a draft!
We left the shoreline in Michigan City this morning with a glorious sun shining from our left.
Good thing, because we were headed toward Kokomo through some pretty dreary countryside. Flat northern Indiana in very late fall is not my idea of glorious vacationland. Nice, bright sun would at least show things in their best light.
Ahhh, but when it shines through leaves….
When it produces special colors and shades in the clouds it shines through….
When it shows the internal structure and colors of grasses….
Woke up to rain….headed to a sweet little cafe for breakfast. Had found it on our mapping software, and wanted it from internet comments.
Nice move….Luisa’s Cafe in Harbert on Red Arrow Highway was a gem!
We were just up the road from Warren Dunes, and HAD to stop for a look at Tower Hill before leaving the area.
The Big Taxi doesn’t look so big next to that hill.
Lovely sun and skies, but lots of wind that could cut you in half without a jacket! Look how we were able to park the Taxi almost on the beach. And look how we could see the Sears Tower and other skyscrapers in Chicago from our shoreline!
We had a blast walking their beach and pier out to the lighthouse….had to stop half way there because the waves were splashing across the pier! Wore out Ross and Ryan.
Lots of big, empty parking lots for their beach, marina, and Coast Guard station. We took a chance and caught a guy who looked to be working around the marina building. Yep, he was a security-type guy, and sure, we could park there for the night.
Oh my goodness, we’re parked 50 feet from the water, on two sides of us are expansive, grassy parks, and we have all the globes of light in the marina to keep us company! The security guy even gave us a clue about a real nice place to eat breakfast just a block away.
We spent most of the day in Mishawaka where it was unbelievably gorgeous: 72 degrees, nice breeze, sunny. We hesitated to move north because the forecast was for rain in the afternoon into the evening.
The skies were amazing! And changing every minute!
The boys are always intrigued by the sound of waves and by walking on sand. We all had a great time. Ryan is a good companion for me when I need to shoot photos, because he will stand patiently beside me while I shoot, or will explore playground equipment by himself. Ross has to walk, has to walk, has to walk.
We wore ’em out!
We spent the day still parked beside the factory of coachbuilder Newmar Corp.
Lots of company, because this is where customers park who are scheduled for warranty or other factory work. Pretty cool to be parked with two dozen big rigs, with most of them only a year or two old.
Lovely weather! Took the opportunity to walk over and over with the boys. Finished installing some trim pieces on the tub/shower. Used the tub again with the twins, and they loved it more than ever!
Walked some more.
Being plugged in to 50amp electric and all the water and sewer you can ever use, sure helps us relax! We did four loads of laundry with the stereo playing all day. All the lights we need, used the electric stove, about to start a movie.
Walked some more. Took the picture below.
Sheesh, a Corvette rally held in Amish country!
I can’t always spend the time I want (and need) to get the best photo for you, but this photo helps set the scene: over 200 Corvettes gathered on a grassy field beside Amish Acres in Nappanee, IN. Deep in the heart of Amish country, with buggies parked across the street and clip-clopping past every few minutes.
The shot I missed was classic: traffic was halted on the road to allow a stream of Vettes to leave the rally at day’s end, and the lead vehicle to wait was an Amish buggy!
We arrived early and parked the Taxi on gravel beside the grassy field. Stretched out one side for the day. I showered, we walked Ross and Ryan past rows and rows of Corvettes, we ate lunch, walked some more, bought some wonderful apple/raisin pumpkin cookies (had to wait for them to come out of the oven…well, okay….I guess we’ll wait!), took naps, walked some more.
Ended up a block away at the campground for Newmar, who builds coaches very much like ours. The man who just modified our shower base into a tub also builds the same shower bases for Newmar’s new coaches. We want them to see what he’s done, and suggest they offer an optional shower with tub.
That means we’re all hooked up and plugged in, and so Ross and Ryan get to try out their new tub tonight with all the bubbly hot water they want!
Oooooooo, they love it!
Such sweet, happy, cooperative, clean young men!
It’s sure been “old home” week.
Started last weekend with Robyn’s high school reunion. We really enjoyed reconnecting with a number of her classmates.
This week we’ve been having coach work done at three different Indiana shops, each of which produced some of the features for our coach when it was built. They’re all within 25 miles of each other.
Tonight, we’re parked just yards from the former factory where the coach was actually built. They’ve closed, but many of their former employees remain employed in this area doing similar work, and several of them worked on our coach this week.
It’s reassuring to find so many shops to do our work whose employees really know our coach in all its details. More reassuring to find our systems continue to work extremely well, and their complexity was understood from the beginning in order to fit together properly. Details, details.
As we trumpeted two days ago, we’ve modified the shower stall base to raise its lip to form a tub for Ross and Ryan. Been sweating bullets yesterday and today helping the shop make the modification.
It’s in and we’ve showered in it! The glues and sealers need a little more time to fully set before we subject them to the stresses of the boys banging in a pool of water. Tomorrow!
Not ready for photos because we need some trim installed, and the shower rod & curtain….
Down to 35 tonight…testing our new basement heater for the water tanks.
Ha, on the way out of Berrien Springs this past Sunday we stopped for yummy Roma’s pizza, and ate it while overlooking Lake Chapin.
Getting coach work in Bremen. Made an improvement in the heating system for our basement that will pretty well ensure our water tanks never freeze! Also added a major electrical appliance that protects us from not only spikes but also drops in voltage that can damage our systems….a fairly frequent risk at the various old and new campgrounds we encounter, usually due to heavy demand in summer.
We expect this to be a Big Deal. Partly, it risks diminishing the effect of the present structure, but it will certainly increase the boys’ enjoyment of their home.
Tear out some stuff tomorrow, then expect to add new stuff on Friday at another shop. Holding our breaths!
Well, you know how we do it….others work and we play!
Drove down to Elkhart last night so we’d be in place this morning for a shop to replace a valve on one of our leveling jacks. Done in a hour or so, but we need to hang around so as to test the fix overnight.
Had to finish getting the transmission filled with fluid since the shop here in Elkhart that changed the fluid last week failed to realize which transmission we have, and shorted us by 20 quarts!
Once all that was out of the way, there was a good half day for us to spend getting exercise and catching rays! We found a really lovely park just a couple miles from the day’s work, and set up camp there. Cool bowl used for tobagganing; the boys had fun walking down and up its hills. Lots of crunchy leaves. Fabulous swings and playground.
Ryan cannot simply climb up and walk around….he must go backwards down steps, or stand on the top step while s-l-i-d-i-n-g his hands down the railing until he is nearly standing on his nose! As thrilling as he is to watch, there is never any reason to get panicked, because he is always aware of gravity and his ability to to maintain control. He’s not really a daredevil….well, maybe a little.
The Andrews Academy Alumni Weekend always includes a Saturday night flag football game between the school varsity teams (male and female) against get-up teams from the alumni. I missed the report about the running record for these challenges, perhaps mercifully.
We went to the field a bit early to scout a spot for the Taxi, and found ourselves invited to park on the field in order to make it possible for Ross and Ryan to enjoy the game on a cold night from inside the coach! Check out the picture….you couldn’t sit as close in the bleachers!
We opened the windows for sound, cranked up the heater for warmth, and blew the air horns each time an alumni team scored!
Worked for the female team….they won! Apparently not loud enough for the male team.
What a great time!
Once again these sweet little burdens….who triggered this whole Big Taxi odyssey….were the reason we were handed the keys to the city!
It was great to connect! There were many others we hugged, talked to, and ate with. Living in the parking lot made for great convenience and some added conversation! We appreciate the school’s great kindness to allow us parking space and use of their water and RV dump station.