8 October: Terri and Toby were due to arrive at O’Hare in Chicago at 6 PM on Wednesday, so I spent most of the day getting the Coach cleaned up and checking out what and where to move to when this park closes on Sunday. I spent a long time giving the Coach a well deserved bath. It really needed it. I got all the hoses and brushes out, and go figure…my spray nozzle is broken. Off to the store real quick…I put more miles on my truck in the past few days than I have since leaving Florida. Wed was another gorgeous day here in SE Wisconsin. Highs in the low 60’s and sun. Got a couple of great shots.
Heard from Terri in the early afternoon that she and Toby made it to Dulles and through Customs and on to their next gate. She said it was very painless, and folks waiting to help at all stops. We also learned that her flight from Dulles to O’Hare was delayed an hour. I started the trek back into Chicago about 4, and arrived in plenty of time to meet them. They showed up right on schedule (as delayed) and their luggage popped right out…that never happens!
WHAT A SURPRISE!! We had all the luggage, and looked like the Clampets going on vacation and were getting loaded into the elevator to go to the parking garage, when another couple jumped on the elevator at the last second…IT WAS MY SISTER AND HER HUSBAND! We couldn’t believe it! They were on their way back from Croatia, and had experienced all kinds of delays in their flights and missed their connection to Michigan, so were being put up at the hotel in the airport, which happened to be accessed by the same elevator that we were using. You cannot make this stuff up folks! What a great (but very short) time catching up with them.
After our good bye’s we got loaded in the truck and made it to Toby’s house in short order. He was out like a light for the ride. Was 4 AM by his clock, and he hadn’t slept much on the flights, and Terri didn’t sleep at all. We got him home and in his Daddy’s waiting arms. He quickly faded and went down for the night. Terri and I headed back to the Camp Site for her to get a good night sleep.
9 October: Terri was up real early and explored the park a bit by herself. I was up a bit later, and we explored the hiking trails around this park. It is really great! There are several trails, and they take you right to the shore of Lake Michigan, where we learned why the park is called Cliffside, as shown in one of the photo’s below.
Terri and I got things somewhat in order in the Coach. We are still trying to determine what to put where. She made a great “brunch” and after that we headed to the Verizon store to get her new phone set up. After that we headed to the Great Lakes Naval Training Base in Northern Chicago to go to the Exchange, and check out the RV park. It is right on Lake Michigan. Sites are fairly close together, and they have 30 Amp only. No water or sewer. Looks like a nice place though, and we will keep it in mind for other treks in this area. They are open year round.
We did make a reservation at a place closer to our birthplaces for the next several days starting Sunday. I was at a loss for parks that were open this time of year, and recalled back to a discussion I has with the guy at the Cummins shop in Indiana about staying at Casinos. I remembered there is a Casino on an Indian reservation near where we grew up (did not exist until well after we had left the area). It is near Bowler, WI. They have full hook ups with 50 AMP service and the park is quite affordable. They also give you $10 credit at the Casino each day…we really don’t care that much for Casino’s but will will take advantage of our $10 play each day I am sure.
Here is another one of those “You can’t make this stuff up” moments. The lady I was on the phone making the reservations with asked for my name. She said, hey…I knew some Ten Haken’s from the Birnamwood area! Come to find out, she was married to the brother of friend of mine who lived just up the street from me growing up. What a small world!
We ate a late lunch and then spent some time with Garreck, Emma, Eli and Toby. We also took advantage of the laundry facilities at their house. It was great to see all of them again. We got back to the Camp Site at about 10 PM, and called it a night. What another great couple of days!