Nancy's sister Linda lives in Warren along with her niece Becky and her family, husband Jeff and two boys Luke and Grant. We had a great visit with all of them.
We were fortunate enough to arrive on June 9, 2017 which just happened to be Grants 9th birthday. Becky had a family barbecue to celebrate.
Fun was had by all. Grant can be a bit shy at times but his brother Luke makes up for that!
Grant received a new gaming system for his birthday and when he opened it he looked at Luke and said "Look what we got". Luke then received a set of controllers and was beyond excited.
We really enjoyed the down time just hanging out chatting and drinking coffee. Game night with the boys was a hoot, and Nancy didn't realize she should have dressed in character!
|Grant as the disco turtle guy
Kathy, Jeff's mom let us park our RV on her farm. We were so grateful to have a safe place to leave it.
Home at last. While we now refer to Asheville as home, Michigan will always hold that title as well.
One week is just not long enough but we take what we can get. It makes it impossible to see everyone we want to see and of course our main focus is Katrina and Steve. There were a few lunches - pretty sure we gained some weight on this stop.
Nancy had coffee with Terry, they met while she was the secretary at St Paul's Lutheran School where Katrina attended. Then she sold PartyLite with Nancy for a number of years. No picture but we had a great time catching up with each other.
The Bryson family came for dinner one night. Les's niece Jennifer, her husband Jim along with Sophia and Barrett. So nice to hang out and just chat. Sophia is just back from 5 months in Honduras and Costa Rica so it was great to hear her stories. Barrett just got engaged and we did have to laugh at his proposal story. Once again we didn't get any pictures - this is now becoming a family joke!
Eastern Market has always been a favorite place so we hit that first. Sampled lots of yummy food and bought a ton of fruit and veggies.
Then we walked along the RiverWalk. Wow!! They have done such an amazing job on it. So happy to see this. In our travels we have been in a number of cities that have created such cool places along their river fronts and we have always been sad that Detroit never used theirs to its full potential. Well, it has now.
The wide walkway gives ample space for walkers, joggers, strollers, wheel chairs and bikes. So many people out enjoying a beautiful day on the river.
|Stairs help the height
Our walk started at the Ren Cen. There are water fountains to cool off and play in. We saw a number of small library house. They were filled with both adult and children's books. As lovers of books this made us very happy.
Green space everywhere, including a wetlands. Yes, wetlands where once there was a cement factory. As you wander the path there are places you can cross the river that is home to turtles, fish, frogs and birds. Never did we imagine that you could take a picture of the Ren Cen with cattails in it!
Art work dots the landscape as well.
We were treated to a display from the fire boat. Brought back lots of childhood memories for Nancy.
Just when you think it can't get any better you come across the Outdoor Adventure Center.
|Steve always humors Nancy and poses in the cutouts ~ Kat won the bike race
Steve was not dressed for snow and Kat kept her Kayak upright
|Smokey has been a life long
In one section you can "catch" fish and another has recordings of bird calls and the bird lights up on the wall.
Then we enjoyed a Beatles's music review at the Northville Winery while catching up with Amy. Amy and Nancy met 17-years ago while working at Scott Publications. Sharing stories and hard cider made for a perfect evening. Didn't get any pictures of Amy but did get some of Steve and his new friends and Kat and Steve. These two little kids were enamored with Steve's dreadlocks and chatted non stop. They were pretty darn cute.
The day wasn't done yet as we headed to the 40th birthday party for Nancy's nephew Michael. We missed the surprise part but as it turns out it wasn't much of a surprise as Michael came home early from work.
|Michael and Jennifer
|The "Redford" Gang
Of course Linda and Becky again!
|The amazing cake
that Becky made
A big thank you to Becky for capturing the moments so I could steal her pictures to use here.
Visiting wasn't done yet.
|Tasha, Brad, Karen ~~ Steve, Les, Don
|Les and Steve
|Tina ~ Steve ~ Mike ~ Nigel
We met at the Nature Center where we enjoyed watching the large snapping turtles and checking out the displays.
|Sydel and Auntie Kat looking for turtles
|Steve got up close and personal with the Sandhill Cranes.
As you can tell they are pretty used to people.
|Nigel ~ Mike ~ Tina
|Grandma Chaloux & Tina
serving up their
|Cora ~ Rufus and cousin Matthew
|Sydel enjoying the day
It was the perfect day, blue skies with fluffy white clouds and a nice breeze to keep us cool.
|Katrina ~ cousin Marion ~ Nancy
We are truly blessed to be able to call these people family.
Good-byes are always so hard but as we say without them we wouldn't have been together.
Now we kick it into gear and make a mad dash to Colorado.
Tips and things we have learned along the way
~ Keeping our cool
We have discussed a number ways that we use to keep the RV cool on hot days. With very little insulation it can heat up pretty quickly. One way is the vent covers we purchased at Camping World. Table top fans help a lot as do the small fans we attached to the vents. We have also shared how we cover the windows with aluminum sun shades. Since the original tip we have improved on the design. Our large front window brings in a lot of heat on a sunny day. But sometimes the sun is only coming in one side of the window and we hate not being able to see outside all the time.
Being in sections also make storing them easier. They fold up flat and fit behind the sofa.
We have made one to fit every window in the RV including the door.
|The piece on the door is
held on with Velcro strips