Archive for the ‘Pure Michigan’ Category

So far, we can’t complain. 

Using our I-phone, with poor texting skills, we will the photos speak. In no particular order, Summer, 2014…

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Oh no, not THEM again!

Oh no, not THEM again!

 

Last Thursday, the staff at Cool McCool’s Garage managed to leave work early and head out to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners for the “Red Barns Spectacular” show, held on Saturday.  Since we here at the shop are getting older, we need a couple of days to gear up, then a day or two to wind down from event, so we wanted to get a head start on the weekends activities.

 

We’d moved the Spartan in on Wednesday evening after the cruise in at the museum,  had the awning up  and fridge plugged in.  Anxious to begin a weekend of  festivities, we quickly made the first round of cocktails, and watched our friends Jay and Angie, then Butch and Pam roll in and get set up.  As  you can see by the photos, a bad day camping is better than a good day at work…

Let's race...

Let’s race…

This is more like it...

This is more like it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay had been working hard all week preparing his Tiki-Bar, and the results were not disappointing.  The smoking Tiki heads set the mood for the entire weekend.  Now, where’s the TCT Fun Punch?

The Gods have spoken!

The Gods have spoken!

Belly up to the bar!

Belly up to the bar!

In the morning after aspirin and caffeine, Friday was all about kicking back, catching up with friends, and watching the campers roll in.  The grounds are perfect for a leisurely stroll, a bike ride, or just relaxing and catching up with friends.  By evening, there were 25 rigs under the trees, the grills were fired up, the Tiki-bar was smoking, beverages flowed and the party started.

JaKe and Tami's '53 Chev BelAire and Scotty.

JaKe and Tami’s ’53 Chev BelAire and Scotty.

The crowd gets bigger!

The crowd gets bigger!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday morning Jake and Tami introduced us all to turkey cooker omelets, which was such a hit that we’re all going out this week and getting our own turkey fryers.  (We actually have one, but it was lent out and never came home, so a new one is on the “must have” list!)  After breakfast, the days activities were prowling the swap meet for that much-needed item, checking out each others campers, meeting new friends and catching up with old ones.  Over 2,000 cars, and thousands of spectators made the grounds a busy place.

 

Fixing our omelet.

Fixing our omelet.

 

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

 

Boil 13 minutes and eat!

Boil 13 minutes and eat!

Breakfast is ready!

Breakfast is ready!

After breakfast, time to check out all the trailers and cars…

 

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Longroof alley.

Longroof alley.

 

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Beautiful GMC coach, owned a totol of 4 hours!  On it's maiden voyage with it's new owners from Traverse City, to Gilmore, then back to Wisconsin on the Badger.

Beautiful GMC coach, owned a total of 4 hours! On its maiden voyage with its new owners from Traverse City, to Gilmore, then back to Wisconsin on the Badger.

 

This only gets 30 mpg.  Cross country trip, anyone?

This only gets 30 mpg. Cross country trip, anyone?

 

 

 

 

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Tini-Home,  big fun.

Tini-Home, big fun.

 

After a long day in the sun, once again the Tiki-bar was put into action, and the good times rolled.  We had a chance to play a little harp with Butch’s brother-in-law, a very talented musician whose guitar work more than made up for our lack of skill on the harp…

 

More cowbell...

More cowbell…

 

Sunday morning another omelet festival, and it was time to pack up and make the long journey back home.  If it were any further than 2 miles, I think we’d still be there recovering.   Jay and Angie left their  Airstream at our place, and will be back in two weeks for the “Relix Riot” show at the museum, so we’re baby-sitting for them.  I just plugged our Spartan in the yard, turned the fridge back on and collapsed.  Hopefully I can rest up enough at work to be ready for the Riot, and get the trailer re-loaded for the next high-octane weekend!

 

Angie gets her omelet on.

Angie gets her omelet on.

Breaking camp.

Breaking camp.

Lets see if this photo ends up shared as much as the wagon and Spartan!

Lets see if this photo ends up shared as much as the wagon and Spartan!

Rolling past the new Lincoln museum.

Rolling past the new Lincoln museum.

The Cadillac building, as seen through the Cadillac of trucks windshield.

The Cadillac building, as seen through the Cadillac of trucks windshield.

 

So, that’s it for now.  In two weeks it’s the Relix Riot, we hope to get the Riviera’s home by then (have I mentioned the two ’63 Riv’s soon to arrive at Cool McCool’s Garage?), the motor home still needs to get dismantled, so there are lots going here.   Stay tuned for more updates, and news as it happens!

 

 

 

 

Little wagon in the Big Woods

Little wagon in the Big Woods

There’s West Coast style.  There’s East Coast Style.  And of course, there’s Southern Style.  They’re all OK, given their limitations, but for those of us from The Mitten, its Fourth Coast Style, and it’s like nothing else.

It’s Detroit, Motor City, and the undisputed automotive capital of the world.  It’s warm summer cruises and car shows.  It’s hundreds of miles of sandy beaches, boating, water skiing, and grilling on the deck.  It’s great wine, the best microbrewed beer in the world.  It’s fall colors, the Big Mac bridge, and deer hunting “Up North”.  It’s cold winter nights with a glass of brandy in front of the fire, and snow falling on White Pines.

It’s a state of mind, it’s what we do, and this is how we get it done.

Crafty B and The Stich.

Crafty B and The Stich.

We are very reserved.

We are very reserved.

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Did I mention we build the most bitch'n cars anywhere?

Did I mention we build the most bitch’n cars anywhere?

Our wives are hot.

Our wives are hot.

We've got a Gal from Kalamazoo.  In our trailer.

We’ve got a Gal from Kalamazoo. In our trailer.

We are dare-devils.

We are dare-devils.

We have the best friends.

We have the best friends.

We've got the best trucks.

We’ve got the best trucks.

We've got the best friends, X2.

We’ve got the best friends, X2.

Our wives are hot.  And we have the best shirts.

Our wives are hot. And we have the best shirts.

Today was beautiful here in the southwest corner of the Mitten.  Bright sun, brilliant fall colors, cool temps.   Kim and I took advantage of day and the peak of color in this part of the state, and took a drive in the wagon after getting some fall chores done.  We drove about an hour and half on back roads, never getting more than  about 15 miles from home.  It was absolutely beautiful, and didn’t even get the car dusty!  After getting home, a snifter of “Dragons Milk”, and a little quality time with Milo and Ari.

Why not come along with us, for a little back roads bit of Pure Michigan?

Somewhere in the vast, uncharted wilderness near Orangeville.

Somewhere in the vast, uncharted wilderness near Orangeville.

And, the car stays clean!

And, the car stays clean!

Little wagon in the Big Woods

Little wagon in the Big Woods

"Do you know where this road comes out?"

“Do you know where this road comes out?”

Golden Hickory

Golden Hickory

A little lov'n from the pets!

A little lov’n from the pets!