Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
We are extensively traveling around...working and having a blast...Life is Grand!

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Vacation Week and My Birthday!

This adventure is coming to an end…we have a week off before we work the big Grand Nationals in Indianapolis and we plan to do all sorts of exploring before we start that grueling event!

Our first day on vacation we did have to run some errands but our drive was light, just a little over 200 miles. We know where we’re headed but we do not want to stress too much about getting to that area, so we are leisurely taking our time.

Our first stop was in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the Quality Inn, they were remodeling so parking our trailer could have been an issue if we had not checked in early afternoon. Room is spacious with all the essentials, comfortable king size bed, desk with chair, chair but no ottoman, great step-in shower with great water pressure, and clean.

We stopped at Cracker Barrel next door for lunch and had some comfort food…

Jerry started my day with my coffee and a birthday cupcake, he is the sweetest man on earth...

Our next travel day was interesting that ended at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel. It began with some sort of bomb threat near the hotel in Murfreesboro. The entrance/exit onto the interstate we needed to go on was closed and traffic was horrific. We found a way out, a slower way but we continued moving. Apparently, they have had several bomb threats in this area, wish we knew this before we made the reservation. Then when we arrived at Horseshoe, they had roads closed to repair the damage on the roads and railroad tracks due to the flooding this past February. It’s always so hard when driving a trailer or motorhome, it can get scary when you have to turnaround, or worse yet, to have to back it up for blocks.

The hotel is under major construction due to the flooding, but we were not too inconvenienced. Spacious room with the most luxurious mattress, we both slept wonderfully, and they had a rain shower head.

Another interesting travel day with hard rain for about 100 miles into Indy, always makes it an adventure, especially when construction is in the mix too. We had just under 300 miles and a shopping stop, since we are back in Faygo and our choice wine area.

We stayed 2 nights at Blue Chip Casino & Spa for some rest, relaxation and massages. Life is grand!

This was the neatest invention we had ever seen, no more signs that fling off the door handles, this is a lighted accessory that you set from the inside of the room and a light on the outside indicates "Do Not Disturb" or "Need Service". Wish all hotels had this, since those signs are always flying off to the ground all the time and housekeeping is knocking, just to see if we need anything.

Then just under an hour drive to Benton Harbor, Michigan for 3 nights at Hilton Garden Inn. It was not where we originally planned to stay but the other place had terrible parking, especially since they had some sort of convention going on and we had no place to park the trailer as we had planned, so we canceled that one and got this one for a great price. Great check in, wonderful staff and the room was spacious and had all the essentials, fridge, microwave, desk, comfortable king size bed and a walk in shower with a pulsating shower head. The one thing they didn't have was NBC Sports for our weekend NASCAR fix, so we had to set up on our computer through our DirecTV and plug into the TV to watch it...technology, isn't it wonderful.

While there we did some sight seeing, we first drove to the Big Red Lighthouse in Holland, and it was not so big, and it was wet, windy and just frigid.

We got back into the truck and headed back to South Haven, where again there was a lighthouse and once again we were disappointed. It was small and to walk out to the end would just be even wetter, windier and colder so we just took pictures from the beach.

Then we went to St. Joseph, quant little town with three wineries that we stopped at and did some tastings and bought a few bottles for when we get back into Maggie and we can reminisce about our time here in Michigan.

Michigan is always a soft spot for me, it seems everywhere we go it just reminds me of many memories to sort through, but we always love spending time there, finding our own new memories for the areas we visit.

1 comment:

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

We have spent a lot of time in that part of MI over the years. It is an aquired taste.