I spent 5 days at the Little Bay de Noc campground & loved it there! Then I moved to Hovey Lake, a free national forest campground near Munising. There’s just 4 sites there and it looks like one of them has full-time squatters; there are 3 really old travel trailers that look like they haven’t been moved in a really long time, on one site. It was nice, big sites with picnic table, fire pit, water (with a hand pump) and outhouses, and right on a good fishing lake. I planned to stay there about a week. The second day I was there, I went to Marquette to get dog food and shop at the food co-op and while I was gone I left the vent fan on. That was no problem at the last campground….well I got home to a pretty run-down battery. I tried to get into a campground that had electricity so I could charge the battery but it was Friday evening and they were all full. I stopped putting any load on the battery but it kept going lower and lower, finally by the time I went to bed it read 6.28. Not good! You’re not supposed to let them run down past 1/2 charge, which is 12.25! At 1:45 a.m. the CO2 monitor started peeping loudly and I could not shut it off, I think that’s the Dead Battery signal. I stuffed some toilet paper into where the noise comes out and used masking tape to tape it shut, then crammed a fleece throw against it so I could go back to sleep. Roxie was really freaked out by the noise and I suspect she could still hear it, poor thing.
So the next day I decided to go back down to my friend Judy’s house on the river in Honor, in the lower peninsula. When I went to hitch up, there was the little “key” to the trailer brake breakaway switch dangling; guess I forgot to unhook it before I pulled the car away. I know it takes battery power to trigger the switch and I bet that was my mystery load on the battery…poor thing was trying to keep the trailer brakes on for 2 days! At Judy’s I charged up the battery and then this morning unhooked the power for awhile, and it seemed to be holding the charge, so I think all is well!
There are big tax auction sales here in Mich. in early August and I found some little cabins that sound interesting, with starting bids of $1100-3500. Judy and I are going to go check some of them out & see if there’s anything I want to bid on! It’d be so nice to get some little place on the cheap!
Today Judy & I went tubing down the river from her house to Lk. MIchigan in the morning, then spent the afternoon playing cards. I LOVE playing games! Judy fixed dinner of whitefish, corn on the cob and twice-baked potatoes…she’s spoiling me!