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Michigan

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We only had a few days in Michigan so I know we will definitely need to come back again. We stayed at the Van Buren State Park and got to watch the sun set on Lake Michigan.

Early on in this adventure we started following the Boyink's blog - DitchingSuburbia.  It has been very helpful, and we felt like they were a couple who we could really connect with. When we realized that we were only an hour or so away from where they were this summer, we made plans to meet up in South Haven for lunch.  It was a great time of sharing life and encouraging each other - kids, homeschooling, empty nesting, traveling, 5th wheel vs. van life, doing / not doing church on the road, health, all kinds of stuff. Thanks for making the time to meet up with us!  Hopefully we'll be in the same place again somewhere down the road.



We are now headed to New York to spend a couple of months with Jeff's family.  We are very thankful for the way God has blessed us to be able to work and live this way so tha…

Elkhart, Indiana

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Elkhart, Indiana - the RV capital of the US.  There are over ten different RV manufacturers in the Elkhart area and lots of the companies in the area make various RV parts.  We wanted to tour the Keystone Cougar plant which is the type of fifth-wheel we currently own. We also wanted to see a couple of others to compare the quality of craftsmanship.   Because we unfortunately timed our week in Elkhart during "shut down week" when the manufacturers do inventory and repairs, we were only able to set up two other tours - Thor and Grand Design.

I forgot to take photos of the Thor and Grand Design plants, but all three of the companies seemed somewhat similar.  It was pretty cool to see the process even though no one was currently working on the assembly.





While in the area, we toured the RV Hall of Fame and Museum. It was fun to see so many different types of campers used over the years. We are very thankful for the modern conveniences that we have!







We spent Saturday morning at the F…

South Dakota and Iowa

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We were so thankful able to spend a few days in the eastern part of South Dakota and visit with our friend Karen who is headed out next week to spend a year in Papua New Guinea.  We also visited the Corn Palace and an active archaeological dig in Mitchell, SD.



We then drove east through Iowa where we saw lots of corn fields and wind farms.  We spent the night at the Iowa 80 truckstop in their separate parking area for RVs and toured the Trucking Museum which was very interesting and worth a stop if you're ever in the area.