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Air Force One bringing President Ford back to Grand Rapids for burial


Manistee U.S.F.S Campground, site 1

What a pleasant night last night, being able to sleep with fresh air from open windows. The weather is certainly making a quick change and all for the better.

Once we were up and alert, we headed downtown Grand Rapids, stopping at The Westsider Cafe for breakfast. Bev had a cheese omlette and I enjoyed potato pancakes. Mmm.

With puffy white clouds and moderate temperatures, it was a good day for pictures outside at The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. While this president was not nominated for his role as Vice-President or President, I found this museum to be one of the most interesting to me. Maybe because I followed all of the Watergate issues so closely and this all ocurred during a time when I was beginning to take a more serious interest in the national leadership of our great country.

The replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room were extremely well done, making you feel as if you were actually there. We spent nearly 3 hours touring the hall and it seemed to be much less than that.

It was nearly 4PM when we left Grand Rapids. Some may ask why didn't you stay another night? That breaks our 2-2 rule, off the road by 2PM or 200 miles, whichever comes first. Now that we have a full list of things to see in Michigan and Minnesota before snow, we need to get moving.

Tonight we, along with the camp host and 1 other couple, are the only ones in Manistee, a remote U.S. Forest Service Campground. No hookups, but the setting is wonderful. There is a nearby stream where were able to see the salmon coming in from Lake Michigan. Quiet, peaceful, beautiful and the host said we'll probably hear an owl outside our bedroom window this evening.

As always, we'll share what we see from up the road...

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