Vacation update #5 or thereabouts

August 22nd, 2014 at 8:40 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Chamberlain Inn One    Chamberlain Inn TwoWe’re at Chamberlin’s Old Forest Inn on Manistique Lake.  These are two pictures Marie took an hour ago.  I had seen Chamberlin’s at the Michigan’s Fairs and Festivals auction website and we were passing it on our slow journey home.  We stopped for lunch (only one’s eating here at 2:30 pm).  Turns out they had 2 rooms left tonight and a number of rooms available tomorrow night because a wedding had cancelled at the last minute.  The owner didn’t know who I was, but when he heard we were father and daughter, he said he’d give us the last two rooms for half price.  So we’re staying here tonight and tomorrow night.  This is a big lake.  Marie said it’s nearly 16 square miles.  They have kayaks here to use, badminton, cornhole, lots of interesting books to read.  Beautiful sunset this evening.  A handful of guests/dinner patrons recognized me.  This trip I’ve really been surprised at the number of people who came up to say “hi’ who used to live in the viewing area, but don’t now.  I had fun talking to a couple from Muskegon who moved to Newberry.  I asked him if he thought winters were just too darn warm in Muskegon.  He said he just liked winter.  Earlier today, we had breakfast and went to Oswald’s to see the bears.  We spent about 2 hours there and walked around the entire area.  The cubs were cute.  We saw one bear “beg” (put on quite a show) for a peppermint.  Two bears were running through their (very large) enclosure.  We then drove north to Pine Stump Junction, then back south to McMillan and down to Curtis.  We stopped at several stores.  I bought enough stuff to fill my wife’s Christmas stocking and got several presents (and a great one to bring home to give her now…oops, wonder if she’s going to read the blog?).  The Inn really quieted down at 8:30 pm – it was pretty full for dinner tonight.  Great bowl of clam chowder for $4.  We’ll stay here tomorrow and head home thru Traverse City to see daughter #3 (seeing all 3 daughters on this trip).  My wife was down helping daughter #1 paint this week.   Wish you were all here!  The sunset is spectacular and the lake is almost dead calm.  I just love watching the sky – free and ever-changing for all to enjoy.

11 Responses to “Vacation update #5 or thereabouts”

  1. GunLakeDeb says:

    My earliest memories were of a family vacation on Manistique Lake. I was 3! We took the ferry from the lower peninsula across to the upper peninsula because they were in the process of building the Mackinac Bridge… yeah, I’m so old I’m “pre-bridge” :-) It’s a pretty lake!

  2. bluegill says:

    There’s a place in Curtis where everyone’s mug with their name on it hangs from the ceiling. At least there was…haven’t been through in a few years. Enjoy reading about your tour!

  3. Scott (Robinson twsp) says:

    I’m following Mr. S on his next vacation. :) Amazing road trip.

  4. Treasure Hunter says:

    Thank you Bill. These snippets have been wonderful to read.

    Last summer, our family made a similar journey around Lake Michigan, up to Superior and then back down. It was quite the whirlwind in a short 4 days but that’s all the time we had. We were able to make several of the stops and falls that you’ve mentioned.

    One of the most memorable was a large dune overlooking lake Superior. The kids and I ran all the way down the extremely steep hill / cliff to the beckoning beach and water below. My wife made the smarter decision to stay atop the hill and take pictures from afar. The water was cold and we spent a short time beach coming. A few small souvenirs and then back on the road. Munising was nice. Tahquamenon and many other falls were wonderful. Several times I was beyond the “do not pass” point getting a picture underneath or in a water fall.

    In addition, we made it to the Indian Lake area and went to Kitch-iti-kipi (“KITCH-i-tee-KI-pee”) Springs. If you’ve never been there, look it up and make that a stop on your next UP tour.

    You have a wonderful family. Thanks again for all you do. Take care and God Bless.

  5. Barb says:

    That inn and lake look very inviting. Thanks for the updates.

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The next few days will be on the warm side and then back to PERFECT summer/fall weather! COOL rules by next weekend! I love it! Bring on WINTER!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Is your mom gonna buy you some kiddie snow boots?

  7. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Enjoy your vacation Bill! :) you deserve every bit of vacation you can get. Thank you for the updates.

  8. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

    I enjoy reading about your travels. Have a great trip!

  9. Tammy in Mid'ville... says:

    My niece and another gal I grew up with (from just a few miles down the road) work there…Nothin’ better than UP love…Hope you are havin’ a great UP trip Bill! There is a true reason most Yoopers have a great reputation as hard workers and great hosts/hostesses…we truly do love (and appreciate) our guests. (No matter where we live!)

  10. Tyce (Green Lake/Caledonia) says:

    It was funny running into you at the Bear Ranch on Friday. We spent an entire week in the UP and didn’t see a moose, but we did see Bill Steffen. What are the odds?

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