A visit from Minnesota friends

Day 58

LOCATION:  Empire, Michigan
CAMPGROUND:  Indigo Bluffs RV
WEATHER:  Warm and mostly sunny.  High 80

We took a stroll around the RV park, counting the number of Airstreams.  11 this morning.  They are all different years and sizes.  Ours is the only one with 2 A/Cs.  If you only camp in Michigan, one is sufficient.  Not so, in Texas!

Our friends Dan and Joan arrived from Minnesota.  Their route was through the Upper Peninsula.  A total of 10 hours from Minneapolis.  It was so good seeing them again.  They camp in a tent, but were not able to get a tenting site here for 3 nights.  Busy weekend.  So, they have rented a “rustic cabin” here in the RV park….

After they got settled in, we took them to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Visitor Center to see a film about the area.  It is quite well-done and provides a good overview of the area.  Then, we drove in to the town of Glen Arbor, nestled on Glen Lake.  We stopped at the Cherry Republic, looked at cherry options to buy, then settled in their beer garden.  Joan had a cherry hard spritzer that she said was good.

Back at the RV park, we chatted around the picnic table.  It was too hot for a campfire. 

DINNER:  Appetizers were Lake Michigan smoked whitefish spread on toasted naan.  Then, barbequed chicken and potato salad.  Our trick for quick, easy, and tasty BBQd chicken is to cut up a rotisserie chicken, drizzle with good BBQ sauce, then grill/warm it up.  You don’t have to worry about cooking the chicken thoroughly, since it is already cooked.  The sauce gives it additional moisture.  The potato salad is what I made yesterday. 

BOOK:  “Brava, Valentine” by Adriana Trigiani. Another book I picked up in a campground exchange. Kind of cute, especially the Italian influence. Predictable romance. 3 stars out of 5.

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