Big Dogs are on the road again!
We left August 7 and headed north. Though we generally only like to travel 3-4 hours per day, we had some long driving days because we had a destination and a deadline. We had planned to leave earlier, but I had a medical scare and had to have some tests before we left. All is well now, but it only left us with 4 ½ days to drive over 1500 miles.
Our first night on the road, we stayed at High Falls State Park as we have many times. It is convenient place to stop and rest before tackling Atlanta’s frustrating traffic. Our preferred night to stop there is Saturday so we can race through Atlanta on Sunday morning. That is what we did this time and got through Atlanta and out of Georgia without yelling at each other!
The dogs like High Falls because it has nice places to walk and hike. This trip, we are making a better effort at making sure that they get lots of exercise as it makes car rides go smoother.
The second night on the road, we revisited Cave Country Campground in Cave City, Kentucky. It is a beautiful campground with spacious sites and a huge dog park. We threw the balls so many times that the girls started leaving them far enough away from us that we had to walk to pick them up. We finally figured out that they were done retrieving!
There was another great dog park on the third night at a KOA in Bluffton, Indiana. Although the campground was farther from the Interstate than we prefer, we had a good laugh as we travelled through Markle, Indiana and read their welcome sign. “1212 happy people live here and 4 grouches.” While the campground wasn’t the fanciest KOA we have stayed in, it was adequate and having a place to exercise the dogs until they were exhausted again was worth it.
Our final night on the road, we stopped at Houghton Lake Campground in Houghton Lake, Indiana. A former KOA, (you can tell by the standardized office building with it’s a frame shape), there wasn’t a dog park, but a nice long dog walk. And a huge playground with lots of places to hide Nosework tins and exercise minds as well as bodies. Plus, the staff was extremely kind and the pool refreshing (dogs prohibited alas).
On our fifth day on the road, we crossed the Mackinac Bridge onto the Upper Peninsula before dragging into Munising Tourist Camp on Lake Superior.
Those of you who followed Big Dogs Road Trip last year will recognize this place. We spent several happy days here camped right on the beach, but our time left me wanting more. Last October, I got online in the middle of the night when reservations opened for 2021, but only managed to snag a few days. I think people were putting large blocks of time on hold until they could figure out what they really needed because as the night wore on, a few days before and after my reservations opened, and I was able to piece together a whole week.
And here we are in one of my happy places. No sharks, no sweat, no salt as the t-shirts say! Cory and I were in the water within an hour of arriving. It seemed colder this year, perhaps because it was overcast and rainy or maybe because I haven’t been swimming in glacial waters before we arrived. Still, it is refreshing and all I hoped for in the months since our 2020 adventure ended.
This trip will be only about three and a half months long. We had planned to go west again, but the impending arrival of our first grandchild made us rethink those plans. We are now staying east of the Mississippi River so we can head to Virginia when we get the call that he has arrived.
Follow along as we visit some new places and some favorites from last year. Welcome back to the road!