Friday, October 12, 2007

October 11, 2007 Traverse City to Grand Blanc, MI

All good things must come to an end. This trip to northern Michigan was a very pleasant break. It rained and was blustery during this entire trip but we saw some beautiful countryside and met with some fine friends. The fall colors were not as peaked as we hoped they would be. There were many areas where there were equal numbers of trees with green, colors and baren. The leaves had already been blown off the trees. Combine that with the rainey, dark, cloudy days and the colors did not seem very bright at all. We said "Bye, bye" to the Grand Traverse Bay, looking at wind, rain and small whitecaps on the water. Lost big at a casino ($10) but saw that they were building a huge casino and hotel complex up here. It is right next to the older one, which is not tiny at all. It has been quite a while since we have been up here and we remember when the first casino on M-72 east of Traverse City was a pole barn type structure. We met with some friends from the Montana Owners Club for lunch before leaving. They are full timers who leave Saturday for Florida by way of the Smokys. They are part time employees at Disneyworld and now we have the information needed to made our winter travel decision. We are going to Florida instead of Texas and are going to apply for part time work with Disney while there. If that doesn't work, we can just move our home on over to Texas from there. Wherever we end up, we will cap our winter trip with a trip to Mt. Rushmore in April. That has been changed enough so we hope to make it a reality this time.

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