Close Encounters…..


Some of you may remember the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” which starred Richard Dryfus. It was a fictional accounting of making contact with aliens at a place called Devil’s Tower located in Wyoming. The storyline though entertaining is of course made up but the place is not. It is however devoid of aliens!

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Devil’s Tower

Devil’s Tower sits in the Black Hills of Wyoming and S. Dakota. It was formed millions of years ago and is thought to be an underground volcanic plug formed by magma and pushed toward the earth’s surface. Erosion finished the job of exposing it.

Take a hike around the base and your in for a 1.3 mile adventure through and around the boulder field. The views are awesome offering countless opportunities for photos.

Devil’s Tower is also a rock climbers dream although I think you would have to be missing a few brain cells to want to climb it. Some 5000 climbers annually seem to think they left something at the top. Its straight up! Crazy!

2017 August Wyoming Devils Tower_08 14 17_2103_edited-1 Entering the park you are greeted by a huge colony of these guys…. Prairie Dogs…..lots of Prairie Dogs. Cute but try and feed one and you’re apt to loose a finger!

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Looking north from the tower is this vast valley. This land used to be home to thousands of buffalo. Today a few Texas longhorn cattle graze on the lush green grass.

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Devil’s Tower is a National Monument and is a bit touristy so we wanted to leave the crowds and travel the area. We were told of a little cafe’ in the small town of Aladdin that  had good food. When they say “small” they REALLY mean SMALL!!

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This whole area is very popular with motorcyclist. There are a lot of winding roads and beautiful scenery. After all it is only 60 miles from Sturgis SD, which hosts the largest bike rally in the country.

By the way if you would like to purchase this 150 year old general store, gas station (the pumps don’t work!) and surrounding property, it’s for sale. 750K and its yours!

Devil’s Tower was a bucket list item we can check off. The pictures Susan took here  happened over a two day visit. Day one we got caught in a rain storm while hiking the base of the tower. Needless to say photography gave way to covering the camera and  being soaked to the bone. The only thing missing from that shower was the soap!

On August 21st, the total eclipse of the sun will pass just south of Devils’s Tower. Thousand of people are expected to be in the vicinity. Who knows! Maybe ET will show up!


A Time for Family and Friends

It’s been a while since our last post for sure! After making our way through Atlanta, Tennessee, Kentucky and a service stop at the Newmar factory, we landed back in Michigan. It was time to slow down and get back to what  is truly  important, family and friends. Getting hugs from our kids, seeing the smiles of our grandchildren, and the warm greetings from good friends, reminds us of where home truly is!

The challenge of visiting our former home state is finding close accommodations large enough to accommodate our 44′ length.  As luck would have it a new RV park just opened    and even though construction was still going on we were able to secure a beautiful spot on the Grand River.2017 July Steamboat Park_07 27 17_1809

The parks name is Steamboat RV Park. Appropriately named because of the “Grand Lady”, a replica of a river sternwheeler. Most evenings she departs for a leisurely cruise down river making her way for ten miles before turning about for the return trip up stream.2017 July Steamboat Park_07 27 17_1882

…And all the while being entertained by a great blue grass band!2017 July Grand Lady Steamboat_07 29 17_1892

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Capt. Bill keeping a watchful eye and he maneuvers The Grand Lady!

For two months we were able to enjoy this serene place in the midst of urban Grand Rapids. How grateful we are for the opportunity to share this part of our lives with our good friends and family. If there is a down side to our life style it would be leaving those so near and dear to our hearts. We are truly blessed!

Recharged! It’s time to get back on the road to see more of this beautiful country! For our friends we leave behind we say farewell for now. For our family,  there’s no good bye. Just know how much you are loved. We’ll be back!2017 July Steamboat RV Park_07 22 17_1785_edited-1