Day #156 – Back on Lake Michigan

LOCATION:  Manistee, Michigan – on west central part of the state.  On Lake Michigan
CAMPGROUND:  Insta-Launch RV Park.  This is a hard one to rate.  When we first approached it, we said “uh-oh”.  It looks like a trashy, crowded trailer park.  As we entered, there were several old trailers that look permanent.  Never a good sign.  The RVs are pretty squashed in.  Our campsite is not level, but George miraculously parked Joy without needing any levelers.  The site is grass with a lot of tree roots.  Electricity only, although there are full hook-ups available.  Once we got parked, we realized it is quite nice.  We have one of the best sites, strangely enough.  We are right on a little inlet with a railroad track behind us (doesn’t seem to be used much).  The shower/bathroom is quite nice.  $40/night.  3 out of 5
WEATHER:  Beautiful again.  This is broken record!  High 78.

We spent the morning at Lake Mitchell State Park as we didn’t have to check out until 1:00 PM.  We found a side gate out of the campground leading to a pasty shop.  George had to get one. 

We also stopped by a very nice produce shop/garden center  to buy some veggies and some of their home-made brats.  The garden center has started selling fall mums already!

I bought this HUGE cauliflower. Something tells me that you will be seeing a lot of cauliflower recipes this coming week!

We had a pleasant drive through Manistee National Forest to get here to Manistee.  After we got set up, we drove in to town.  It is super cute.  The first stop was to check out their brewpub.  Nice – an old furniture factory (which used to be a big business here) converted to the brewpub.  Then, we walked around downtown.  A channel runs through the downtown with a lot of boats full of fishing gear.

George was hoping that this was his….

We strolled up and down the riverwalk, and then through the downtown.  I bought a few spices at a neat spice shop.

Back at the RV park, we enjoyed a cocktail sitting along our waterfront.  As an appetizer, we munched on cauliflower florets in an Asian dip.    We watched kids swimming and boaters returning from fishing, as the wind was picking up too much on Lake Michigan.

DINNER:  In an effort to use up food in the freezer, I warmed up frozen chili and frozen grits.  I served the chili over the grits, adding some hot peppers and mushrooms that I bought this morning at the market.  Side was roasted cauliflower florets (surprise, surprise!) 

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