Okay, this is the third day in our quest to find cooler weather by camping up around Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
We really aren't having a lot of luck! Especially when the weather reports show back home in Oconto Wisconsin the weather is 10 to 12° cooler. Ugh!
We know if we were going to make it through the 90° weather we were going to need another campsite with an electrical hookup. We had to leave the one at Muskellonge State Park up near the shoreline.
We knew that about 20 to 30 miles inland and 20 mi over around Seney Michigan there was a little township Campground located on the Fox River. We knew it had hookups, and we also knew it was the first come first serve type campground. Seeing as it was a thursday, we might have a good chance to get in there.
So we headed out of Muskallonge and gladly drove on a paved road from there down to Newberry! After the past two days of doing 13 or 14 miles of gravel washboard road going from Grand Marais over to Blind Sucker #2, and then to Muskallonge, being back on paved road again was a wonderful blessing!
When we arrived in Newberry, we pulled off to a station to fuel up with diesel. The price was a little higher than we were used to, $3.99 a gallon. But we didn't mind because it was a well used station that had a reasonably fresh supply of fuel. Sometimes, when stopping at little out of the way places with diesel, you never know what type of fuel you're going to get or how long it was sitting in the tank underground. This was a pretty big busy station on the main drag so we knew we could get reasonably good fuel.
When I went inside to pay for our fuel, I saw these wonderful Sayklly's brand chocolate bars at the register. As a child, we would take orders and sell big boxes of Sayklly's fudge as a fundraiser for 4-h. We would sell them to all of our customers along our little paper route, so we had a built-in customer base to order fudge from us. I remember we would sell the chocolate fudge or the maple nut fudge. People would leave notes on their door of how many boxes they wanted of each, and they would buy them in November and save them for Christmas presents! Sayklly's is known all across the U.P. for it's wonderful chocolates and fudge. So when I saw the candy bar there, I just had to grab it. Step back in time for childhood memories.
We do have these really neat interior accordion folded pleated blinds. They are built in right into the cab frames around the front and side windows and doors. They retreat back and secure out of the way out of sight. They work good for privacy, but not for the heat that comes through the windshield. It's better to block it off on the outside before it even enters the rig.
And boy oh boy did the temperatures ever rise! The hot sun shining down on the front of the rig registered 98°. I know that's a little hotter than the actual temp, but it just shows how hot it was out there during the afternoon. This is SO unusual for June in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!
Inside, the roof air conditioner did pretty well considering that we had hot sun blasting all the way down the driver's side of the motorhome. I wish that our site had more shade, the roof air could have been even more effective.
But even with 80° on the thermostat, the back bedroom area was only showing 77 on a thermometer. That wasn't too bad at all. We both curled up and took a nice long afternoon nap in the air conditioning.
We stayed inside and played some games of cribbage. Our granddaughter Chelsea made us this cribbage board in her woodshop class. She learned how to use a drill press and also a laser engraving device and learned about choosing fonts and centering her lettering on the board. I think she did a great job!
As it got later in the evening, Steve pulled out the Blackstone griddle again. This time we decided to fry up a couple hamburgers. He set up in the shade out on the picnic table. We were right next to the river, which is nice, But..... the mosquitoes were starting to come out and they were getting a little "pesty"....
We ate indoors because the mosquitoes seemed to start swarming as the evening came on. We stayed inside but noticed as darkness fell, the lights inside seem to be attracting the mosquitoes even more. They weren't this bad the previous two nights at the other two campgrounds.
Those little buggers found a way up around our slide from down underneath somewhere. Steve went out and made sure that the seal was flapped the right way and they weren't getting in around the sidewalls. It was somewhere down below. From inside while setting on the love seat you could just see them buzz in about one every minute buzzing up into the interior of the motorhome! We finally gave up slapping the mosquitoes and decided to pull the slide in for the night. We can still use the love seat even with the slide in.
Before we went to bed, we spent a couple hours still slapping mosquitoes here and there. When Steve dashed out to let Binney do her final call for the night, even coming back in we had a bunch of new ones to hunt down and eliminate. Every time we thought we got rid of them all, there would be one more annoying mosquito buzzing around our ears.
Once we turned off all the lights, that seemed to help attract any new ones.
I remember the days back when we had an old camper bus. Yes it was a converted school bus into a camper. We made it "cool" long before The Partridge Family ever did! This was in the 1960s. I remember my mom using Raid or Off or some kind of aerosol spray can that she would spray inside of the camper bus until it was a foggy mist--- to get rid of all the mosquitoes. Then she would shut the doors and we will wait outside and count for 15 minutes.
Then we could all go in and sleep for the night because all the mosquitoes were dead. I really wonder about all the junk we were breathing into our lungs in the 1960s?
I wonder if they still make stuff like that today?
We had a very quiet peaceful night. In the morning we checked the weather report. Yep, we were due for more hot hot hot weather in the Upper Peninsula! Winds out of the South were blowing up all the hot weather and there would not be any cool respite along the Lake Superior area. It was actually cooler back home in Oconto 200 miles away.
So we decided we would just pack it up, and head on home. The next three days were due for on and off rain and thunderstorms all across the U. P. My sister was trying to camp at Ottawa Lake and had downpours on Saturday.
So we just gave up, and headed on home.