LOCATION: Out in the country. Nearest town Boyne City, Michigan – in north central part of state
CAMPGROUND: Chandler Hill Campground. Grassy site with several trees for privacy. Full hook-up. Extremely nice shower/bathroom. Swimming pool. Volleyball court, basketball court, playground. Pavilion and communal fire pit. Laundry. Fire pit and picnic at site. $35/night. 4 stars out of 5 (would have rated it a 5 except for its location)
WEATHER: Beautiful. Sunny. High 80 (low in the morning around 50)
DISTANCE DRIVEN: 2 hours
We took our time at the Harvest Host winery this morning, since we were the only ones there, and then took off for our next stop. We are criss-crossing the northern part of Michigan, often back-tracking due to the difficulty in finding campgrounds. Today we stopped at a nice roadside park for a picnic lunch, and once we pulled in, we realized that we were here a few days ago! Just going the opposite direction.
The trip had a few challenges due to road construction. One detour took us over a very roller-coaster type road. The scenery was nice – lots and lots of fruit trees. Many homes have fruit/vegetable stands in their yards and there are a lot of commercial orchards with cider tasting rooms. A second detour got us completely lost. The GPS tried to take us through a ski resort. Finally we got our bearings (thanks to a paper map!) and continued on.
This RV park is about 20 miles from the nearest town. Just after we said “At least the roads are good”, the pavement ended, and the last 5 miles were rough, gravel roads.
We were trying to figure out the attraction of this place out in the middle of nowhere. When we arrived, we figured it out – ATV/OVR riding. They have these big monsters available to rent, and most sites have their own ATV vehicle parked next to their RV. They must have special ATV events as there is a nice pavilion for get-togethers.
Even though the site is spacious, George had a bit of difficulty backing in, as they have planted trees in the wrong places for maneuvering. Finally, he made it.
The RV park is only about half full, and therefore quiet. There are nice walking paths – This one is next to our site, leading to the shower house.
Some of the sites appear to be long-term, as people have planted flowers, installed pavers, and/or have enhanced their fire pits. It is very well-kept with nice paths, common grassy areas, and flowers.
Our site is quite spacious and we don’t have neighbors
Unfortunately, there are several political flags/signs in front of some sites – “Trump 2024 – Take America Back”, “Trump/Pence 2020” and at one RV’s entrance door – “Caution: Does not play with liberals”. Regardless of one’s political stance, I don’t see a reason to fly these flags in an RV park.
DINNER: Quesadillas. I made a filling with a leftover grilled hamburger patty, onions, banana peppers, and mushrooms. I sauted this mix up with cayenne, cumin powder, and chipotle powder. After warming/browning the tortillas, I halved them, placed them in a Pyrex dish, topped each half with the meat mix, added some cheddar cheese, and topped with the second half of the tortillas. I baked until the cheese melted. I served with salsa and scallions sprinkled on top.
BOOK: While we were at the Harvest Host site last night, we did not have electricity, and the battery on my tablet was low. So, I pulled out this hard-back book that I had picked up at a campground book exchange – “Twelve Sharp” by Janet Evanovich. This is an amusing series with a female bounty hunter always getting into trouble. 3 stars out of 5