Day #134 – Checking out northern Michigan

LOCATION:  Mackinaw City, Michigan
WEATHER:  Cloudy and cooler.  Still nice.  High 69

We putzed around the campground and trailer this morning.  I took a long walk around this huge park.  There are more than 600 camping sites and 65 cabins.  Along one side is the primo section – right on Lake Huron with views of the Mackinaw Bridge and the Grand Hotel over on Mackinaw Island.  Even though I booked this place 6 months ago, those primo sites were already taken.

We get really good wifi here.  George can get it from our trailer; I walk up to the store to pick it up.  Now that we know that we can go to Canada, I have been busy making reservations for August, before we  head up that way.  In late August, we plan to go to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to visit our back-door neighbors from our winter home in Texas.  Then, back to the USA to go to the Airstream factory in Ohio to get Joy’s leak looked at.  From there, we will zip back up north and east to Nova Scotia.  We had hoped to reschedule the Airstream appointment so we could travel from Ontario to Nova Scotia through Canada, but there were no other appointments available…..until January!

Once our “chores” were completed for the day, we hopped in the truck for a spin.  First up was the town of Cheboygan (not to be confused with Sheboygan, Wi).  It is a cute little town.  We stopped at their excellent brewery…..are you not surprised?

The staff and customers there were super friendly.  They don’t sell food, but offer free popcorn.  The brewery goes back many years.

They were brewing today, and the aroma was in the air…

A lovely river runs through the town, making it quite scenic. We stopped at a marina for lunch.  We had beautiful views and yummy food.  Again, the staff were terrific.

We made a big loop to see what else this area had to offer.  We stopped several times at the many lakes so George could try fishing.   His record still holds…..not a single nibble!  Our GPS steered us down some roads that turned to dirt/gravel, but we managed ok.  We stumbled upon a vegetable stand.  The owner’s garden behind is really healthy-looking. 

We bought some of her corn, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes as well as some Traverse City cherries. 

DINNER:  Home-made ramen with chicken and vegetables.  Ramen gets a bit of a bad reputation due to the cheap, packaged stuff.  We ate it a lot when we lived in Japan, and still enjoy it.  It is a great way to use up leftover vegetables. For tonight, I added some of the rotiserrie chicken that I had frozen a few days ago.

2 T peanut butter or tahini
1 T rice vinegar
2 T soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T fish sauce
3 cups broth (I used miso/ginger broth)

Meanwhile, saute this mix up in some vegetable and sesame oil, and add to the broth:
1 cup diced, coooked chicken
1/2 cup diced green onions
1/2 cup diced mushrooms
More minced garlic
More grated ginger
Handful of frozen stir-fry packaged vegetables, thawed

Boil the ramen per the package instructions, drain, and mix in with the chicken/veg broth.  You could easily make this vegan by substituting tofu for the chicken.

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