Nice park in the Boondocks, side trip to RV Museum

Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
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Trip End Nov 30, 2010


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Heartland Woods RV Resort

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

As we drove on up to Michigan, we passed a nuclear power plant just east of Toledo, Ohio, that I was able to get a photo of as we were driving along.  Eventually, we got up to the Heartland Woods RV Resort, which was pretty much in the middle of nowhere, NE of Jackson, NW of Ann Arbor, SE of Lansing and about half-way between Interstate Hwys 94 & 96. 

The RV park was nice enough, with lots of trees, usually our nemesis, but we managed to point the portable satellite dish through a break in the canopy of branches. It was actually a good thing that we were using the portable dish, because it works better in the rain and we got lots of rain.... at least once every day....then it would be super steamy!!!

The rain and humidity not only made being outside uncomfortable, it was downright dangerous, at least for me, because the mosquitoes were terrible!  I must be allergic to them, because I get welts that last for about 4-5 days of pure torture for me. I have to take Benedryl pills, smear the area with Benedryl cream and use ice packs to bring down the heat, swelling and miserable itching. So, if I had to go outside, in spite of the heat, I had to cover up with socks, long pants and sleeves, use bug spray and I also use one of those OFF fans (that you see advertised on TV, that you clip on your belt, etc.) Needless to say, I stayed inside with the A/C as much as possible.

On Saturday, the 24th, we drove down to Elkhart, IN to check out the RV and Motorhome Museum and Hall of Fame.  It was quite interesting and informative. In the lobby they had a big board with lots of photos, including one of a 1937 Ford Camp Car that we had seen in an email about it.  They also had a photo of a 1982 FMC Motorhome which was similar to the 1976 model that our uncle Jim and aunt Evelyn did a lot of traveling in. 

They only had 3-4 new RVs but they had a lot of 'antiques'. Here's just a few of them:   

One of my favorites was the 1928 Luxury Housecar that had lace curtains in the windows and the rear sort of looked like the back platform of a train, with a metal fence and lanterns.   

They also had one of the early prototypes of the classic silver Airstreams  and a painting of Airstream Ranch near Tampa, FL where they actually have seven vintage Airstreams and one Bambi buried nose down that represent 75 years of making the classics.

Back at our RV park, they were also holding a Christmas in July week and several RVs were decorated with Christmas lights and trees, etc.   Also, there were several semi-permanent places, including one that had a Elvis Presley Blvd. sign.  As we were leaving a few days later, I saw a RV that was painted all around, sort of like a Wyland painting with lots of dolphins. Unfortunately, I didn't have the camera ready, so I missed getting a photo. 
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