The Road Less Traveled-Making Every Mile A Memory travel blog

Camping at the Wal-mart on our way to Drummond Island

Getting to know our new friends....that's until the police showed up and...

A freeway sign we have never seen! "Slow Moving Tractor Parade"!

Bryan and Matt lead the way across the Mackinaw Bridge

How many of you can say you shared a bridge with 1,000...

There were so many cool vintage tractors on the bridge but especially...

What?!?!

View of our RV from Bryan and Matt's Vogue on the way...

Looking at the fee schedule for the ferry from DeTour Village to...

In line for the ferry

Yep, we are driving on water!

Dennis and Tiki enjoying the ferry boat ride

Bryan and Matt's Vogue and our Sceptre waiting for the other rigs...

We made it to Drummond Island

Some of the vintage rigs in our group

Our campsite at Wa-Wen Resort

Community dinner on the first night, the owners let us borrow the...

The community fire pit was perfect for an evening get together

We saw this cool treehouse when exploring the island

Bonnie and I enjoying the cool ater after an off road trip...

8 of us rented a pontoon boat for the afternoon and explored...

Enjoying the scenery and beauty of the bay

Dennis and I with Mason and Stone, the only 2 kids on...

We beached on a wildlife refuge island and went swimming in the...

Bryan with Bonnie, Jeannie, Stone and Mason on the wildlife refuge

Dennis brought along some military MRE's (meals ready to eat) for the...

Heading back to the campground, we were amazed by the colors in...

Sunset after the short storm that blew through

Following a tradition of Chuck's Place, a local restaurant, we left our...

Dennis and I at Chuck's Place, goofy smiles

With our friend, Matt, at Chuck's Place

Thanks to Bryan and Matt for organizing this trip

Stowaways! Mason and Stone actually slept in the basement of Bryan and...

Dennis and I with Mason and Stone all showing that we have...

Saying our goodbye's to Bryan and Matt

Kaia with her dog, Cosmo, on picture day in CA

We miss our Kai-Kai

Our travel flag that Dennis hand embroiders, now we can fill in...


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.

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