That came as a bit of a shock to us. The pedestal for our site was directly behind our 5th wheel, but apparently two sites share a pedestal and we were over the line for "his site." If we had moved our 5th wheel any farther to the side away from him, our full hook-up water and electric would not have reached the pedestal behind the 5th wheel. Our sewer hose for the grey water dump was out of reach behind the rig already.
Anyway, Bob apologized profusely, told him we didn't know we were in his site, and we would gladly move if we needed to. Bob told him we were only there overnight. He relented and since it was only for one night said not to worry about it. I should state that there are no defined sites, just grass, trees and pedestals at the back of the site. There was a big tree between us and the guy next to us.
The rest of Friday evening was free. Bob did a marathon training run along a river path by the RV park. I made chili and coleslaw for dinner.
This morning, we headed downtown an hour earlier than our walk start time so I could take photos and Bob could read history markers which would make our walk go a little faster. We also tried to tour the Capitol building, but due to budget cuts they were not open on Saturday or Sunday.
|Lansing's cast iron Capitol dome and the moon|
|Beautiful concrete art|
|An eagle, Mercury (?) on the right|
|Elephants over the front door of the bank|
|Beautiful entry (note the elephants)|
|The History Museum on Kalamazoo Ave., our start point.|
Polaris sculpture on the left.
|Michigan white pine|
We headed off with our directions on a 10K (6.2 mile) Capitol Volksmarch. The first points of interest came up quickly: the Michigan Hall of Justice (Supreme Court) and the Michigan Vietnam Memorial Monument.
|Michigan Hall of Justice (Supreme Court)|
We then walked the Capital Mall toward the Capitol, passed around behind it and entered an area with historic churches.
|Central United Methodist Church|
|St. Mary Cathedral|
|Christ Community Church, Estab. 1851|
|Christ Community Church|
|Durant Park Arch|
|Oh, hey, a squirrel snuck in here.|
Old Town is the original site of the City of Lansing. We walked for a while along the Grand River, the longer river in Michigan.
|Old Town and the Grand River|
|Grand River view|
|The Grand River|
|Teeter totter on steroids!|
|You can put a lot of people on this teeter totter.|
|Bob trying out another unique play structure|
|He conquered it!|
|Bob in front of Cooley Law School Stadium|
|Notice the big lugnut. It's on the tower next|
to the Nuthouse bar. Seriously.
|The GM Lansing Grand River plant where Cadillac ATS is built|
|History of Olds Motor Vehicle Company|
|The Curved Dash Runabout|
|R.I.P. Rosa Parks|
|The ornate facade of an old theater downtown.|
|First Michigan Sharpshooter Memorial|
on the capital grounds.
On the short drive to Ypsilanti, I called Detroit-Greenfield RV Park to make a reservation for a full hook-up (FHU) pull-through site. At first the gentleman said, "It's Halloween, we're pretty booked. I don't think we have a pull-through site." The he talked to someone else and we waited on the line. After a few minutes he came back on and said they had a site. Whew, that was a relief because there aren't many RV parks with FHUs in the area.
Couldn't understand about the Halloween comment, though, since last we checked Halloween is Oct. 31. Well, when we arrived at the RV park we were in for quite a shock. A line parents and children snaked through the parking lot waiting their turn for hayrides, lots of children were in the playground, and the RV park was very full!
The office staff were very nice in directing us to our site. When we mentioned we planned to visit Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum, they told us they sell discounted tickets there. For $29 each we received tickets for two of the attractions at the complex and parking. That is quite a savings from the online deal Bob found.
With tickets and RV park map in hand, we slowly wound around past the line of kids on our way to our site. Then we wove our way through the trees in the RV park.
|Packed in like sardines!|
As we drove through we were amazed by the Halloween decorations at some of the sites. And not only did they have hay rides, they had pumpkin carving, site-decorating contest, and trick-or-treating through the park from 5:15 to 7:00 p.m. Wow. The park was a crazy-busy place!
After we parked the 5th wheel, we went to Kroger's to stock up on candy for the trick-or-treaters. When we returned to the park, Bob and I took a walk to see the decorations. Some people went all out. Apparently local families camp out for the RV park "Halloween" every year. If you need ideas on how to decorate your RV for Halloween, take a look.
|Bob and I loved this one!|
Then it was time for the trick-or-treaters. So many kids came by. It was crazy. I don't think we've had that many since our kids were young! Wow.
|Handing out the candy.|
Travel Bug out. (Finally!)