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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Rainy Weekend

We had gotten our power back after the storm Tuesday at 10PM Wednesday evening. After I dealt with my ice cream issues Wednesday morning, throwing out almost 1000 packaged ice cream and icing down my chest freezer of bulk ice cream, we took a ride over to Camping World to make a purchase...yes, a generator is finally in our possession. I resisted for quite awhile, as we had no plans for serious boondocking in the near future, but Al was worried that if the electric was down for too long, the battery would draw down to empty and then we would really have an issue. We bought the small, relatively quiet Honda 2000, so we are set for any future power outages.

The grounds crew had the blocked roads cleared off early Wednesday, and clean-up had commenced. We walked the dogs down along the lake and through the woods, and the damage to the trees was incredible. My boss David said a tornado had gone by a few years ago that flipped over cars at the golf course, but this was more damage than that. I'm grateful that no-one was injured, and the material damage that occurred can be replaced. The trailer that had the tree fall on it, the owner, had just come out his door to put up his awning when the tree flew over his head and landed on the trailer. The insurance company totaled his trailer, but he is fortunate not to have been hurt!

Other than that, it was a quiet week, and the weekend was fairly quiet as well. Saturday and Sunday the weather was not so good, and we had another storm come through Saturday afternoon. It wasn't nearly as bead, although I guess it is becoming relative to me, as back home it really would have been quite the severe storm!

Things are winding down here, and I am feeling a bit restless. I'm not sure whether its because there is so much going on with the contract signed on the house now, and I feel the need to get back there and help settle things out, or if its as our workamper friends tell us, we've been sitting still to long and "hitch itch" is setting in! I think its a combination of both :-). Wednesday and Thursday we are both off, so we will be doing our cancelled trip from last week to Silver Lake and Ludington State Park this week. We also need to plan a day excursion to the town of Frankenmuth before we leave Michigan. There's a few things left to do, and we'll be leaving some places unvisited that we had hoped to see, but all in all, we have covered a lot of territory here in Michigan. We've had a great time here, the jobs have been fun and the people have been wonderful, but summer is coming to an end pretty quickly, and we're looking forward to our next adventure, working for Amazon in Kentucky.

Have a great week!


  1. Sometimes a generator is handy. We have a built in 7.5 KW Onan, but truthfully it has only seen necessary work about four times in almost five years.

    The rest of the time I have to run it every month just to keep it in good shape. I think those portable Honda's do not require that kind of upkeep and will definitely be needed at times.

  2. The Honda is a good unit. You can wire two in parallel and you will have enough juice to run everything in your coach.

  3. So glad that storm only damaged things!
    You have definitely toured Michigan and done it justice in your posts :)
    Good luck at Amazon. Will be anxious to hear all about it.

  4. We also will be at Amazon in Kentucky. We started the process late so our start date is not until Nov 6th. Hope to see you there!

  5. We love our generator! It's pretty quiet and I really hate motor noises. But it gives us the potential for boon docking which is really important since we like to visit and stay in national parks.

    Thanks so much for all the ideas of what to do in Michigan.