Dog Days of Fall?

We enjoyed going about a month earlier then last year, the weather was perfect and the park was not to overly busy. We had great neighbors on both sides and even tho we didn’t have a waterfront site, we did enjoy our views from across the “street”

So we took our annual trek up to Aune Osborn last month for a week.

We took a most beautiful drive up to Whitefish Point along the lake, taking us thru several small villages and Bay Mills, the sights were amazing and we have decided that is the ONLY way to drive up there. We have visited Whitefish Point several times over the years, both Bruce and I are shipwreck buffs and have a special place in our hearts for the Edmund Fitzgerald. Each year they have a anniversary memorial on November 10th to mark the sinking, we have never been to this but Bruce wants to go up for it next year, this will be very moving.

We also enjoyed several “new” recipes that I acquired prior to our trip. For some reason I always like trying to make new things when we go camping, all which I might add, were very successful.

You might wonder why I titled this post “Dog Days of Fall?” Well, we cut our trip short by one day so that the next evening we could go pick up the newest member of the Bailey Clan….. this little cutie right here….

Duke

His name is Duke, he is a blue great dane and in this picture he is 7 weeks old. Duke was born on July 15th, 2019 in Vicksburg, Michigan. We visited him several times before bringing him home. We anticipate some great adventures with Duke and are enjoying the journey so far.

Next year Duke will be our camping buddy. We so look forward to our many excursions with him.

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Our final trip of the season was a relaxing 10 days in the beautiful  Aune-Osborn campground bordering the waterway of the Saint Mary’s River. We had the wonderful experience of seeing different great lakes freighters passing by numerous times a day and even at night.

With the weather being that of typical Michigan fall, rainy, windy, cool, we did manage to get a few activities in. We took a drive over to Newberry and visited Oswald’s Bear Ranch, we also had the pleasure of doing a dinner cruise through the Soo Locks, we got to see and experience how the locks worked, a lot faster then I would have thought, we also got to see an eagle perched on a rock in the middle of the river.

The dinner cruise itself would normally take about 2 hours but ours  ended up being over 3 hours due to a technical problem getting thru the locks on the Canadian side, they had put the train tracks down with the understanding that no other tours were coming thru, so we had to do a turn around and ended up going thru the American locks instead. We looked at it as an added bonus to our cruise. The staff was fantastic and the food and dessert were amazing. Highly recommend doing the dinner cruise!

From there we drove over to Munising to pick up pasties and fresh whitefish to bring back home.

We had visitors during our stay, our son Aaron and his friend Joe came on the first Saturday we were there, the ONLY nice day we had so we celebrated with grilling steaks and drinking some beer. On Tuesday some other friends came to visit for the day so we did a bit of coffee drinking and shopping downtown. Then on Wednesday and Thursday we had yet another set of friends that came and stayed at the campground with us on their way to Minnesota. Was so nice having company.

The campground itself is very nice, quiet and on such a great location, just outside of town, about 10 minute drive from the casino and another 10 minute drive to your big box stores and fast food.

This was the longest time we had spent in our 5th wheel so that was a sheer joy, adapting to eating, showering, cleaning, doing dishes, watching TV and sleeping, it didn’t take long to get the hang of everything and we enjoyed every minute of it.

We would highly recommend this campground and we ourselves do plan a return trip in hopefully better weather. Be sure to check out all the photo’s from our trip 😉