Vacation update #5 or thereaboutsAugust 22nd, 2014 at 8:40 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We’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.