Tuesday, September 28, 2010


My snake-killing, peignoir-wearing sister-in-law made it across the Mackinac Bridge in her RV yesterday. She had been warned that wind might push her into the drink and was advised to have a Park Ranger drive the vee-hickle for her. She writes:

People were wrong. It was magnificent! The view of the water from the 5-mile long bridge was absolutely beautiful. My motorhome didn't even swerve in the wind. So it was another unwarranted trial and "woe is me." Annie Get Your Gun because I can do anything!!!

I am perplexed that Jodie is unaware of her powers. She brings dead people back to life on a routine basis. And have I mentioned the snake-killing thing? She is without peer.

The Steinbeck cum Kuralt cum Kerouac gig apparently agrees with her and her ferocious Shih-Tzu, Rudy:

I am loving this lifestyle.  Every night the people camped on either side of me come over to introduce themselves and visit.  It usually starts with, "You have such a cute little dog."  Apparently dogs and babies are universal conversations starters...I have been invited next door for wine and canapes so am off to be social.

The autumn scenery in the Upper Peninsula is spectacular, a sight that low country dwellers don't get to experience:
The falls colors -- reds, golds, oranges -- are so incredibly pretty here that I am fairly sure they are fake.  It took somebody a lot of time to paint all these trees.
Now if we could just teach Jodie how to upload her pictures, Naperville Now would be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Alas, she says she will work on the upload thing once she has finished going from Lake Huron to Lake Superior and back again via the lock system, which intrigues her no end. I don't think she's in the RV while doing this, but as there are no pictures, one can only imagine.
She sidetripped to Pictured Rocks in Munising, Michigan for a 3-hour boat tour of the cliffs, beaches and waterfalls of Lake Superior:
You have to understand that I drove through the wilderness for two hours each way today.  I mean nothing, nada, wilderness. The signs for the day were "Stronge Michigan - The Black Bear Capital of Michigan." Why in the world would you advertise it and then have a sign for the direction to tent camping? My other favorite sign was "Dog Sled Rides - You Drive."  Mush Rudy, mush.
Safe travels, sis. And get out the camera manual, please. Rudy can drive while you read.


Kathy and Freddy said...

I was going to start pestering you for Part Deux.
Sounds like a blast....don't think I would have the guts to drive an RV over that bridge. And who knows, it might be fun to spend a little one-on-one time with a Park Ranger?

Sharon said...

I wouldn't even cross the bridge!

Anonymous said...

Just looking at the picture of that bridge made my heart flutter. Jodie is made of much sturdier stuff than I.


Johanna said...

Sister Sue- I continue to be honored to be featured on Naperville Now. I'm not nearly as brave as you make me sound! I have to keep reminding myself, "Johanna, do not clinch your teeth. At your age, you're lucky to have your teeth. Take care of them for God's sakes!"