The Mighty St. Joseph River

Trip Start Jun 15, 2012
Trip End Sep 17, 2012

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Bear Cave Resort

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

We had a nice campfire at South Haven but it was too late to play a game of dominoes by the time we got it started. Maybe we need some glow-in-the-dark dominoes…and Scrabble.

Breakfast was indeed cereal; we just couldn't resist sampling some of those fresh blueberries and nectarines.  They were certainly not disappointing.  Since we had a short drive, we took our times getting organized to leave.  I went to the office to visit with the owners and drop off some mail.  I asked about checkout time and was told it was 1 PM.  That was good because a storm was about to hit and it is not fun hitching up in the rain.  It was already sprinkling as I walked back to the trailer and I barely had time to close the door before the wind and rain started.  The wind was blowing so hard our slide toppers were popping, so we retracted both slides to make sure we didn’t get any rips.  Finally, after about an hour, the storm let up and even though it was lightly sprinkling we prepared to depart for Buchanan and Bear Cave Resort.

The drive was short and we were soon checked in.  The problem started when we tried to get into our site.  The resort evidently does not believe in cutting down any trees and it was like an obstacle course trying to back in.  There were several times when the front bumper of the truck was nudging the tree as Wendell cut the wheels to position the trailer.  By the time we got hooked up, we were ready for a sandwich and a breather.  Later we drove into Buchanan and nearby Niles to get ice and a few other items.  Then it was back to the resort for a nice cool evening before a campfire.

There is not a lot of things we are interested in doing at this stop, so I plan to drag out my jigsaw puzzle.  The back window of our RV faces the St. Joseph River and it is enjoyable just sitting and watching the sparkles on the water.  I’m sure if the sun comes out tomorrow, there will be nice reflections of the trees in the water.  Right now, I’m watching a couple of fishermen slowing trolling downriver and there are a couple of boys a few feet us sitting on the bank with their fishing poles.  The temperature is a blazing 71 degrees!

Friday was a beautiful day EXCEPT the wind was blowing so strong there were white caps on the St. Joseph River.  The strong breezes kept us inside most of the day but we did manage to go out in the morning for a nice long walk through all the campground areas.  There are some nicer sites than the one we chose, but not they don’t back up to the river like ours.  So you can trade view for wider greener spaces.  The wind finally died down in the late evening so we once again got to sit out by the campfire.  While that was pleasant, Wendell and I both are questioning whether the insect bites were worth it.

The St. Joseph River is not a little thing.  I looked up some information about it and found it starts in Hillsdale, MI then meanders southwest around South Bend, IN (perhaps that how it got its name), and then heads back to Michigan and finally west to Lake Michigan.    It runs approximately 206 miles and its original name given by the Miami Indians was Sakiwasipi. 

Right now, I am sitting in McDonald’s sipping a mango-pineapple smoothie and getting ready to send this blog along with the previous one.  I was a little amazed to discover the Bear Cave Thousand Trails does NOT have WiFi.  In talking to the staff, TT just acquired this park and they are still in the renovating process.  I expect it will take them at least another season to do some of the things they have planned.  Meanwhile, we leave tomorrow for our next state: Indiana.  We’ll be visiting a couple who live in our subdivision but have a summer home in Indiana.  Michigan has been great, but it’s time to start heading south.  Hopefully, Texas will be a bit cooler by the time we arrive.  
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Peyton on

Having been stationed near Oscoda, we're loving your tour around our old stomping grounds! Take care!

Cheshire Cats Capers on

Enjoying reading about your travels, looks like somewhere we need to put on our 'to visit list'. Have fun!

Shannon on

I like the traveling south part:) Sounds like yall are having a blast!! I'm jealous:) All is good here. Brandon has been busy with summer band and football. Both are going very well. Dustin is working and doing great. Vicki is ready for the first day of school!! Craig and I?? Work, transport kid, work, run, work, swim, work. Eating alternates with everything, but rarely cooking involved:)

dlpool on

With your busy schedule I'm not surprised there is little cooking happening. We walked another 1 1/2 miles yesterday. Nothing compared to you but it's wonderful your Dad is able to do it. BTW, swimming up here is not pleasant right now but we have seen skiers on the river, without wetsuits, so I suppose it can be done. The kids at the pool here tell us the water is COLD!

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