Moving on – to Buchanan, MI and Michiana

5/28/13 Tuesday at Buchanan, MI (Bear Cave Resort-TT/Mid Atlantic)

NOTE: No WiFi available at this campground, so we need to visit the Library for this service, therefore, our posting my be spotty.

Lots of rain last night and lots of water in the RV, even though our slides were all in. Muggy and drizzly this morning. We shared our thank yous and lots of hugs with Cathy. She is so sweet and thoughtful, it was a true joy to spend so much time with her.

It looked like a pretty easy trip today (108 miles). We left at 9:11 am, with just a few miles on Hwy 53, then on to I-80 East. Well, it sure was busy, crowded with trucks. We had a toll to pay where Hwy 294 joins I-80 for a few miles ($1.70 for our RV towing a car or $1.10 if your are driving a car).  Well worth it, not having to drive through lots of small towns and farm roads. Interesting that they make the I-80 travelers pay for that bit where Hwy I-80 joins Hwy 294. Soon the crowded Interstate got to 5 lanes and became even more crowded. You’d think we were near LA. It seems we were not that far from East Chicago, then Gary, Indiana. Then, when I-80 joins I-90 and becomes a toll road again, we split off onto I-94. Actually the I-80/I-90 road was an exit and we just stayed put for I-94. That was a relief, because now it feels more like a normal Interstate, with 3 lanes and moderate traffic. Whew!

As we entered Michigan, once again, the road was rough near the border. Strange phenomenon someone had warned us about a few months ago. It’s been true.

I also noticed how Michigan has lots of deciduous trees lining the freeway. Nice. As I was noticing this John said Exit 4A, US 12, isn’t that our exit? Yes, it was and we just barely turned onto it in time! I was remiss in my job as navigator – all because I was writing this blog.

Because we managed to take that exit, we didn’t get into any wandering problems and arrived in 2 hours. Of course, this is another (Eastern) time zone. According to John, we’ll be in this time zone for about 2 more years. Speaking of years, this is the beginning of our 2nd year living in the RV. It’s certainly getting easier and I’d say better. Now if only we didn’t have these leaking issues, life would be perfect. Heh heh.

Once we’d settled in and ate some lunch, we watched some taped TV shows, then got groceries and some hose connectors in little Buchanan, just 5 miles away.

At the rig, we settled in to some TV (our new TV), Dr. Oz and news. They call this “Michiana”, for Michigan/Indiana! South Bend, IN, is where our local stations come from, so they’re apparently recognizing that many of their viewers live North of Indiana, in Michigan. We’re only 20 miles from Lake Michigan.

After supper we took a walk around the campground. The pool area looks abandoned. Hmm. The office was closed, so we’ll check that out tomorrow.

When we went to bed, around 10:30 pm, a big thunder and lightening storm came our way. It poured rain for some time, with the temperatures remaining high, so keeping us awake and hot. I’d placed chamois cloths at our leak points and hoped they would contain the water to some extent. We experienced another storm in the early morning hours, so, needless to say, we slept in.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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