April took us north into Michigan again. We were here last year in September. This visit the weather was how I always remembered it from our trucking years …. cold, gray and rainy – mostly. We did enjoy a nice meal in Owosso at the Wrought Iron Grill which is located in the old Woodard Patio Furniture factory building. Wrought iron patio table & chair sets have always reminded me of steamy summer nights enjoying my homes in Florida, so it was fun to see the factory where many of these sets were built.
The building is beautifully restored and repurposed
Then, we ran over to Holland from our Grand Rapids location to see the tulips in bloom at Dutch Village. Being in this area manifested another one of my bucket list items. They had not completely opened all shops yet as their annual Grand Opening day is closer to May 1st, but the weather was beautiful when we were there so we stopped at the Holland State Park first – just to see the beach on Lake Michigan. Here is a link to ALL the pictures I took in Holland, Mi.
On a Saturday while we were in Grand Rapids (GR to the locals) we visited the Meijer Gardens butterfly display. Meijer is a wonderful grocery/department store chain in the 5 state area around here. IMHO Meijer is MUCH better than Wal-Mart because they offer organic and locally grown/made products and they contribute back to their communities. They also have VERY happy employees, which means that the positive attitude starts at the top and filters down. If we lived here, Meijer would be our #1 choice for MOST provisions. They also offer some really cool products I have never seen anywhere else – at very reasonable prices. Check out this retro micro I ALMOST bought …not that I need one at the moment, but boy, was I TEMPTED!
Next we returned to our 2nd favorite locale in our Heartland regional work territory …. The Amish Country of Northern Indiana – where 9 out of 10 RVs are made ….we were in THE RV capital of the world! Goshen was our hub for this week-long stay even tho our 2-day project was 15 miles north at Dometic in Elkhart. One of the benefits of using the Law of Attraction is that WHEN something you have been focusing on “suddenly” manifests, you know EXACTLY where it came from … there are no coincidences and no 2nd thoughts!
Purchasing a truck & fifth-wheel is our primary focus for this year, so we bought a 2007 F-350 diesel dually 4WD King Ranch from a local Goshen dealer and spent a long weekend enjoying our new ride thru the Amish countryside.
We also visited Heartland RV’s #1 dealer in Elkhart and walked thru a 2012 CrossRoads model to check out the front living room floor plan. Front living room fifth-wheels were really popular in the 1908’s and they are coming back again so we wanted to get a feel for them in person. Redwood and Open Range both also makes a front LR floor plan we like. Isn’t this beautiful ?
We took an Amish buggy ride in Shipshewana
after doing some shopping at Yoders Hardware and seeing the restored 1906 Carousel at Davis Mercantile. Driving the back country roads in this area is such a pleasure when the weather is nice, which it was for our full day riding and walking around.
Mid April found us back in Michigan – first near Kalamazoo, then Lansing, then Detroit and Auburn Hills. So far in 2012, we have been to the following states working as mobile OSHA hearing technicians.
We ended April with Terry in a local Detroit hospital. With a prior history of a heart attack, when his symptoms developed beyond what we thought was just the flu, we headed for the ER. That meant TK had to cancel our last 2 jobs scheduled in Michigan at the last-minute. The upside for us is we had already checked into a kitchenette suite and had purchased groceries for a week, so we were set for a longer than usual stay. All worked out OK, heart is fine, he just needs to get over the flu and will be back on his feet shortly.