Taking Sides

Election years in the Lehmkuhl family are always challenging. Seems we have a distinct difference of opinion in our household.


We’ll let you guess which of us is the conservation, right-wing Republican and which of us is the dyed-in-the-wool, lifetime liberal Democrat.

Our children are reluctant to even tell us which way they are inclined to vote for the fear of offending one of us. (Although we have a good idea)

So we mostly don’t discuss politics and we have agreed to disagree and have been cancelling each other’s votes the entire time we’ve been married – 41 years.

We have learned to just respect the other’s opinion and political views even if we don’t understand them. Things could heat up as the election approaches and it could be an interesting couple of months.


The one thing we can agree on is with 152,000,000 people in this country eligible to be elected president, how’d we come up with these 2?

Wayne County Fairgrounds and RV Park

Wayne County Fairgrounds and RV Park – 10871 Quirk Road – Belleville, Michigan


Hmm this won’t work, need to unhitch the car

We needed a place to stop about half way between Hillman, Michigan – where we were staying at the Thunder Bay resort and Cincinnati – our next stop. After a lot of research, we thought we would try staying overnight at the Camping World store in Belleville. Because of the proximity to Ann Arbor and Detroit all other options were pricey.

The weather however did not cooperate with this plan and it was almost 90 when we approached the area. We opted instead for somewhere with 50 amp electric service for our air conditioners.

The fairground was just down the street from the Camping World. It has about 100 sites 25 of which have 50 amp service. We got a pull through, but needed to unhook the car because the site would not accommodate the length we needed. This set us back $35 with a Good Sam discount. In retrospect we should have saved $5 and got a back in site. The campground roads are gravel and you park on either gravel or grass. They pack you in here, even if there are lots of sites available. Wi-Fi and Verizon were good

We had a view of the rabbit house and garden.


Since there were severe thunderstorms warnings we did not venture out except to visit the nearby Walmart for a few groceries. There are a lot of restaurants and stores in the immediate area.

So, even though this is not a destination campground by any means, it served its purpose for a one night stop over.

Thunder Bay Golf and RV

Thunder Bay Golf and RV Resort – 27800 M-32 – Hillman, Michigan


Thunder Bay is mainly a destination golfing resort with a lodge, villas and condos. About 13 years ago they added a RV park and we visited in its inaugural year. We are back to see what’s new and the answer is “not much”.

There are 23 sites in two rows – the front row is right on the course. Warning – these sites are on the hook side of a par 3. All sites are 50 amp full hookup with cable, Wi-Fi and a patio set. Wi-Fi and Verizon work very well. Of special note here is that you must be self-contained. There is no bath/shower house.

They accept Passport America discount, which was a nice surprise.

Of course there’s the golf course and driving range, but additionally there’s a restaurant and bar on premises. We enjoyed the Friday night Fish Fry special and some local IPA while we were there.


The view of #3 par 3

The golf course is ok and we played 18 holes. There are GPS units on the carts. They have a discounted rate for people staying in the RV park, and they have specials on some days.

They also offer an unique Elk Viewing Dinner where draft horses take you by wagon to a log house where a five course dinner is prepared on wood stoves that also includes local wine tasting.


The tour takes you across several holes of the golf course

The evening starts at the clubhouse where you are picked up in the wagons for your trip. You are taken out the back nine of the golf course and through their private elk ranch. Here we saw elk cows, one baby elk and a half dozen elk bulls.




They stopped a few times so you could take pictures.



They literally take you across the river (Thunder Bay River) and through the woods to a beautiful log cabin in the woods for the meal.


The meal was hit and miss with some dishes outstanding – the soup and salad and dessert and some just so-so like the overcooked pork. We weren’t big fans of the local wines, but they serve them generously. They did a presentation on the history of the resort and on elks in general. There was also a strange presentation on elk antler velvet and its health benefits, as well as a brochure on how to order.


the crown roast of pork

After dinner we were delivered back to our motorhome on the horse drawn wagon. The evening was certainly a one-of-a-kind experience.


RViewToday – Lots of animals dead and alive

Jack Pine Lodge and Campground

Jack Pine Lodge and Campground – 5350N M-94 – Manistique, Upper Peninsula, Michigan


The campground host here told us they take pride in the fact that they are in the middle of nowhere. Well, they may be even farther out than that.

Located about half way between the towns of Manistique and Munising in the Hiawatha National Forest this is a little gem in the rough of a campground. There are only 27 sites 21 of which have full hookup. All have 50 amp service. All sites are long and wide with good spacing between sites. Wi-Fi is spotty, but on occasion, and in the right spot, available. There was little to no Verizon coverage. The campground itself is only 4 years old and it has a nice shower house with laundry. There’s also a small camp store. It is located right on a major ORV trail, which gets a lot of use in the winter.



RViewToday – our large site at Jack Pine

Also on the property is the historic Jack Pine Lodge/Bar with beer on tap and a full menu. We enjoyed the Wednesday night Whitefish special.

There are a few log cabins for rent also. Several were occupied while we were here. Didn’t check them out.

It was a half hour drive to the Munising area and Pictured Rocks.



Relaxing at site 22