Day #141 – Settling in to Traverse City

LOCATION:  Traverse City, Michigan – on Lake Michigan in northern part of state
CAMPGROUND:  Traverse City State Park.  Very crowded.  Site is tight, and difficult to get into –  due to trees.  Paved sight and level.  Electricity only.  Central dump station and water.  New, clean bathrooms and showers.  $35/night.  Traffic noise.    3 stars out of 5
WEATHER:  Very pleasant.  A little drizzle.  High 73
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  1.5 hours

We took a nice long walk around the campground at Petoskey State Park to get our steps in and to view the bay.  After a quick lunch (whitefish pate’), we headed out.

We re-traced our route from yesterday.  Since I had such difficulty making camping reservations, we are having to back-track a bit.

Traverse City is VERY busy.  It is a popular tourist spot.  Most of the license plates are from Michigan, so it must  be people from other parts of the state spending their summer vacation here.  All of the hotels/resorts along the lake post “no vacancy” signs.  We were able to get set up on our campsite.  Again, George did an excellent job backing Joy into the site, even though a big vehicle and tree were blocking our way on the other side.

We will be here for a week, using Traverse City as a base as we do day trips around the area.  There are a lot of wineries and breweries around.  So, first up was a brewery in downtown Traverse City.

The traffic is terrible.  We spotted a bus, so we might try to use that the next time we go into town.

DINNER:  Hot dogs!  This is the first time this entire trip that we have eaten them.  George cooked them over the campfire on a hotdog stick.  I toasted ciabatta rolls to use as buns.  Side was cole slaw (finally done with that).  Lots of traditional condiments. 

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