Grand Haven, Michigan

Day 115

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     Grand Haven is the headquarters of the U.S. Coast Guard on Lake Michigan. Every August the town of Grand Haven honors the Coast Guard with a festival. We were able to tour 6 ships, 5 of the Coast Guard, all ice breakers, and a Canadian patrol and rescue boat. (I can never remember, are they “ships” or “boats”?)

We walked to the end of the pier to view the lighthouse. Day 115 Grand Haven 4281_Fotor

There are 95 operating lighthouses on Lake Michigan. 

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It says “Welcome Steven and Barbara, RV’ers”.

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Barbara and those guys in uniform.

That evening, there was a water fountain show.Day 115 Grand Haven 4356_Fotor

Holland, Michigan

Day 114

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     Holland, Michigan wants to be Holland, Netherlands. From wooden shoes 

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to windmills.

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A dance was performed for us, wearing those wooden shoes.Day 114 Holland 4227_Fotor

Our guide was born and raised in the Netherlands.

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     Although we are traveling, Barbara still keeps my nose to the grindstone.

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     Finally, in addition to beautiful grounds and flowers, they had a player organ.

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     We ate lunch here, but they used a microwave rather than a Dutch Oven.

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Day 112

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     Kalamazoo is not only familiar by the Glen Miller song, I’ve Got a Gal In Kalamazoo, but also because it is the birthplace of William Upjohn, the founder of the Upjohn Company, who make a majority of our medicines. Originally called The Upjohn Pill and Granule Company. Medicine in this time (1884) were in powder form. Dr. Upjohn developed the friable pill, in which he compressed the powdered medicine to create a stable pill that could and was easily dissolvable in the stomach.

     In walking through the city, we stopped at a park and saw about 50 – 60 people, of all ages, in which EVERYONE was on their smart phone. It was weird. We soon realized they were

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playing the pokeman-go game. We stopped a woman to ask her about it, and she said she does it because not only was the game fun, but it kept tract of how far she walked. She tries to do 10,000 steps. At this point she had done 8,000. Since we walk an average of 2-5 miles a day, we saw no need to play the game.

Battle Creek, Michigan

Day 111

     On our way to Battle Creek, Michigan, we stopped in Marshall, Michigan to visit the American Museum of Magic.  A great disappointment. However, Barbara did try to learn “hide the ball”.Battle Creek4168_Fotor

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     The Battle of Battle Creek took place on March 14, 1825 and was initially called “the battle at the creek.” It took place about 8 miles from the present day city when two land surveyors working along a stream were approached by two Potawatomi Indians looking for food. An altercation arose and ended when the surveyors produced a rifle and settled the argument by mortally wounding one of the Indians. 

     John Preston Kellogg, who made his fortune running a broom factory in Battle Creek, was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He helped establish the 7th day adventist hospital and promoted holistic healthy living – healthy food, sunshine, exercise, refrain from smoking and drinking. He encouraged his son to go to medical school. When his son,  Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, returned, he agreed to be director of the hospital. The son carried on his father’s work and ideas of modern medicine, among which was a vegetarian diet. However, because of bad teeth, patrons could not eat the hard grains. He and his brother, Will Keith Kellogg, developed corn flakes which were easier to eat and digest. Will Kellogg commercialized those flakes into Kellogg’s Corn Flakes that we know and love today. The tours of the factory are no longer offered because Kellogg’s competitor, Post, were stealing their secrets. 

Saugatuck, Michigan

Day 110

     It appears my last post was not worded correctly. The post should read: “Barbara had a drink called sex with the Captain.” The author regrets the error. (DUH! No I don’t.)

     Saugatuck was originally a lumber town. It is now an art colony. The Johnson River flows through Saugatuck to Lake Michigan. We were here, like those over the last 100 years, to watch the boats and have a picnic. day 110 Saugatuck MI3983_Fotor

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Next to us was a chain ferry. day 110 Saugatuck MI3967_Fotor

A paddle boat took tourists down the river. day 110 Saugatuck MI3981_Fotor

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     This year’s theme was Vikings. The boats dressed up in their best viking gear and lights and paraded down the river. 

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South Haven, Michigan

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     South Haven is a quaint seaside town located on the Black River, which feeds into Lake Michigan. day 109 South Haven MI 4160_Fotor

    The dark water is the Black River and the blue Lake Michigan.

    We strolled down to the docks where numerous yachts were moored. Barbara had sex with the Captain.

Technical Stuff:

Made arrangements with COSCO to get there early in the morning where they topped off my 4 Sphinx tires with nitrogen.

Farmington, MI to South Haven, MI: 192.1 miles

4 hours 6 minutes

11.5 MPG

Diesel: $2.00 gallon


Hillside, Michigan

Day 107

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     William H.L. McCourtie made his fortune in the cement business. He had an estate of 42 acres in the Township of Somerset, Hillside, Michigan on which he had sculptured 17 bridges which crossed a meandering stream on his 107 Cemete Park 3956_Fotor day 107 Cemete Park 3960_Fotor

     Each of the bridges, as well as other structures, such as benches and trees, were made of sculpted concrete to look like logs, planks and ropes. 

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     He ultimately gave the land, now called McCourtie Park, to the Township. Even the chimney on the garages was made of concrete to look like a tree stump. day 107 Cemete Park 3954_Fotor

Technical Stuff:

Healthcare on the Road.

     Before we left for our grand adventure we tried to minimize potential problems. We got our yearly physicals. Transferred all our vitamins and prescriptions to Walgreen’s Pharmacy, because they have the most pharmacys throughout the United States. Got our dental checkup and cleaning. And updated our health insurance and prescription cards.

     Nevertheless, problems do arise. For instance, my tooth is beginning to bother me. I now need to locate a dentist on the road. Or, I can continue to treat it myself with chocolate.