After a short visit with one of Dennis’ Marines from the USS Indy we met up with 6 other rigs, Bryan and Matt’s vintage Vogue and 5 trailers, at a Wal-Mart in Gaylord, Michigan. It felt odd to be one of the newer vehicles in the group as most of the trailers were 30 years older than our 1983 Apollo Sceptre! Needless to say that called for a party! And it wouldn’t be a Wal-Mart party if the police didn’t show up….apparently someone thought it was odd that 16 people around a campfire (propane) was out of the ordinary!
The next morning we convoyed 120 miles via the Mackinaw Bridge which is an eight-mile suspension bridge spanning from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City. How cool to have 7 vintage rigs on this famous bridge but what made it even more unique was that we were joined by a slow moving tractor parade! Each year nearly 1,000 vintage tractors cross the Mackinaw Bridge to the delight of the crowds on each end. It seemed that some of the crowd were more impressed with us than the tractors!
After all that fun we needed to board the ferry from DeTour Village to get to Drummond Island. After our short ferry ride we again convoyed the 15 miles to Wa-Wen resort on Sturgeon Bay. If you ever make it to Drummond Island we highly recommend this family owned campground. Their attentiveness and assistance enhanced all of our experiences even more. Additionally, all non-motorized boats were free and the rental fees for a motorized boat were very reasonable. We all took advantage of the boats by kayaking the bay, fishing and exploring Sturgeon Bay.
Our first night was bring your own BBQ where we got to know our new friends. They all belong to a group called the Tin Can Tourists, a group that camps throughout the year in their vintage trailers and RV’s. They are very big in the mid west and east coast and we will definitely look into joining this group, they were fun!
The potluck breakfast each morning was amazing with each camper bringing at least one breakfast item. The breakfast sausage we brought from an Amish market in Shipshewana was a big hit!
I think the highlights of the trip was getting to know Bryan and Matt better, meeting new friends and hanging out with the only two kids on the trip, Mason and Stone. Dennis has been in contact with Bryan for the past year or so after he contacted us from our Apollo website. They own 4 vintage rigs, to include a Sceptre they are restoring…. I think they have the bug! Stone and Mason fit right in with the adults and as we got to know them better their sense of humor and fun nature made the trip that much better. Dennis spent a lot of time with them answering questions about the military and its traditions. One tradition, the challenge coin, ended up biting him in the behind! He explained that if you are challenged you must show your coin and if you are caught without it, you must atone for it. If you’re an adult and imbibe, it’s buying a drink but since they were young kids, they found out Dennis doesn’t like cold water so they said his punishment was diving into the water when we went boating….not fun!
Needless to say, this weekend was a blast and definitely fit into our “road less traveled” theme.