Gilmore Trumps Ford?

Turkeyville

How can you resist checking out a place called Turkeyville? They have a campground, general store, candy store, restaurant and a dinner theater.  The campground was beautiful, we left all the goods in the stores, and decided to go to the dinner theater.  It was a few days before we could even get tickets!  The place was packed, with folks driving a long ways to attend. I’m pretty sure we were the youngest people there! The show was rather strange – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were recalled from heaven to help someone Sinatra had promised to help and hadn’t done.  So parts of a lot of “Rat Pack” songs sung by adequate singers… and they looked funny at us when we didn’t want turkey at a place famous for it.

Here’s the Turkeyville Campground:

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Before I get into the pictures for the Gilmore, I should make something perfectly clear.  Dear reader, I am not writing this blog for you. OK, maybe a little, but basically it is my diary, a to remind me of things that I want to remember.  I enjoy gorgeous classical cars, and Michigan is full of museums, which are full of interesting cars.  So if you want to come along on my car tours, great.  If you want to skim over them, that’s OK too.  I’m doing this for me!

 

Gilmore

The Gilmore Museum is no less impressive than The Henry Ford.  Quite different, and exquisitely beautiful.  There are several buildings; some look like picturesque barns, some like antique car dealerships.  Some are dedicated primarily to a certain marque: Lincoln, Cadillac, Ford, Pierce Arrow.  Some are for cars of a certain period, or for a historical interest like being designed by or for women.

The buildings are situated in green lawns that give you time to walk outside and enjoy brisk fall weather, and get a breath of fresh air before diving into the next themed building.

 

Duesenberg

For me, probably the most exciting classic car is the Duesenberg.  In the 20’s and 30’s, there was no more powerful, glamorous or expensive car. Some models were so costly it would take the average American 40 years’ salary to purchase!

Besides being rakishly beautiful, they had some technological advances not seen elsewhere, and incredible performance.  So I was excited to see the Gilmore had a special display of Duesenbergs in the first room!  Several of the rare beauties in one place!  Awesome!

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Cars often had distinctive hood ornaments.  A common one on Duesenbergs looks ready to skewer any mere mortal who dared to hinder your progress!

Selfie ala Duesenberg…

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Here is a little blurb about the white “Duesey” below…

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Packard

One of the other of my top three classics is Packard. (Don’t get me going about Rolls Royce). So many of these classics were incredible cars, but so far above normal people’s affordability, that they couldn’t live much past the depression.  Once considered one of the best cars in the world, Packard did better than some, but then came WWII.  Like all car companies, Packard made war machinery and munitions.  After the war, all the companies struggled to get going with car production again.  But things were different – a new class of people were buying, and looking for different things in their cars.  Many companies could not adapt fast enough, and vanished.  Packard joined forces with Studebaker, another struggling company, and the two died together a little over a decade post WWII.

But some of the pre-war Packards were stunning!

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Packards often had a silvery swan hood ornament.

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Rolls Royce is another favorite; a car well known for excellence and extravagance.  In 1919 Rolls said they had a 3 year backlog for cars in the US, so they started making them in Springfield Massachusetts.  The great depression hurt them badly too, and by 1935 the American made Rolls Royce was history.

 

 

1963 Chrysler Turbine Car

Here is another of my favorite cars.  In the 50’s and 60’s, Chrysler experimented with a turbine powered car.  Don’t confuse this with Turbo, or Turbocharged cars.  This was powered with an honest turbine engine, like an airplane might use.  One major moving part… They finally produced some finished cars and lent them out to people for testing in real world situations.  If anything went wrong, or failed, Chrysler had techs there in a heartbeat to fix it. On more than one occasion, they replaced a whole turbine engine overnight for a customer.  Ultimately, Chrysler never could get the cost of building the engines below six figures (!) and gave up throwing money at the program.  But for a couple of years, there were a few amazing Turbine cars out there!

 

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The Corvette and I have a common birthday.  Here is a new 1953 ‘Vette:

 

Lincoln

A building modeled after an old dealership houses many beautiful Lincolns.  Even a statue of President Lincoln for Cherryl to chat with.

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1964 Lincoln Continental

My Dad had a ’64 Continental like the one below (except not a convertible).  I remember Dad’s cousin Dallen, helping Dad by building a Heathkit garage door opener and installing it in that beautiful Lincoln.  This was the first one I’d ever seen… so cool to automatically open the door without even getting out of the car!  Amazing!  The other amazing thing was the size of the contraption – a metal box the size of a small Kleenex box installed under the hood (there was room in those days), a small red button installed in a hole drilled low on the dashboard, and an antenna wire stretched the width of the car behind the grill.  Then similar equipment installed on an opener in the garage completed the magic.  Thank you Dallen!

 

Lincolns often sported a greyhound on the hood, like this 1939 convertible:

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Notice the second windshield on this late 20’s Lincoln:

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Here is something I had never seen before – a steering wheel that would tilt out of the way for ease of entry or exit.  It seems quite a complicated contraption for such a small gain in space.

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Ford

There is a building dedicated to Fords, but since last week featured them so prominently, I will just show a bit here.  This 1930 Model A has an enclosed rumble seat.  I’m really not sure how easy it would be to get in or out of, but it’s pretty neat!

 

 

Cadillac

Ok, I like Cadillac too.  One of their technological advances was being first to implement Charles Kettering’s invention of the first “Self Starter”.  The 1910 Cadillac below was just prior to this convenience.  It was $1,600 when new.

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Many luxury cars in the 30’s competed with each other on cylinder count.  The more cylinders an engine had, the smoother it could be made to run.  V8’s were passé, V12’s and V16’s were far more exciting.  Below is a 1937 Cadillac Imperial V16.  1937 was the last year for the Cadillac V16; only 5 V16 convertibles were made that year, and this is the very last one.  The name is somewhat ironic, because later Chrysler would use the Imperial name for their top of the line model.

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Broadmoor Skyview Cadillac

The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a gorgeous first class resort set in the foothills of the rugged Rocky Mountains.  The owner of the resort commissioned this custom 1959 Cadillac to be used touring guests around the beautiful area.

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In the Duesenberg you could spear pedestrians with the hood ornament.  In this ’57 Cadillac, you’d have to back up into them, but you could get two at a time!

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This particular car was used in the film “Driving Miss Daisy”.

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Pierce Arrow

Alright, another of my favorites is the Pierce Arrow.  Again, a high end car, very elegant, often drop dead gorgeous.  One thing Pierce Arrow did that no one else did for years, was fair the headlights into the fenders.  While owners often customized cars with special individualized hood ornaments, Pierce Arrows commonly had a wheel with their name on an arrow, or a man with a bow. Below is a 1932 convertible sedan.

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Often owners would further dress up their cars with fancy grill guards, as below.  As if there wasn’t enough dazzling chrome already!

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Jaguar

This is the only Jag I saw at the Gilmore, but had to include it for its snarling hood ornament. Vintage 1948.

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Rolls Royce

This car has a hood ornament similar to the “Spirit of Ecstasy” ornament used for the last several decades, but not quite as nice.  Charles Rolls and Henry Royce were the creators of this marque – Rolls being the flamboyant race driver, aviator and promotional man; Henry Royce the fastidious engineer who demanded quality previously unheard of.  When Rolls died in an aircraft accident in 1910, the famous “RR” on the grille went from red to black, as it has remained ever since.

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This car was used in the Disney movie “The Gnome Mobile”. A mock-up of the rear compartment was made very large to make the gnomes appear smaller. (Special effects were far more primitive back then).  Mr. Gilmore bought the car from his friend Walt Disney, and Disney surprised him by throwing in the huge film set as well.  It is said that Disney NEVER let sets out of his possession – this being the only exception.

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Here we are by the real car, and the enlarged version.  Hard to get the feel for how large it is.  (They wouldn’t let us climb aboard).

 

Tucker

I believe last week I talked a bit about the Tucker.  So now just one picture of a pretty one.

 

Dodge La Femme

In the 50’s many cars tried to appeal to women, but this was probably the most elaborate.

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Here you can read about the founder of this museum, trying to help out the war effort by rolling on Wooden Tires!

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This is a replica of the World’s First Automobile, the 1886 Benz.

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I’ve been talking about hood ornaments; here is a room full of them!  One in particular caught my eye… (I didn’t make this up!)

 

Look at the huge spotlight on this Wills Sainte Claire!

 

Studz is famous for their sporty runabout, the Studz Bearcat.  They made far more than just sports cars, including this beauty.  I had to do another selfie in the shiny hubcap.

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Here is a cute story about a family wanting to give Mom a copy of her favorite car… but one that would require no maintenance…

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A Brick Car!

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Early RVing…

 

R E Olds Transportation Museum

Lansing, Michigan was the home for Oldsmobile.  Ransom Olds turned the company from machining and power plants to automobiles, and created the classic “Curved Dash Oldsmobiles”.  The museum in Lansing is not so well laid out or labeled as The Henry Ford or the Gilmore, so was a bit disappointing.

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Curved Dash Oldsmobile

The Curved Dash Oldsmobile was really the first mass produced car.  Built from 1901 – 1907, it had fully interchangeable parts, and was produced on an assembly line.  The car was pushed from station to station as it was being assembled.  Henry Ford didn’t invent the assembly line; he mechanized and streamlined it.

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Here is a beautiful 1928 Oldsmobile:

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Ransom E. Olds was unhappy with where the company was heading, and left (or was asked to leave?).  He then started a new firm with his initials, and the REO was born.  They made cars for many years, then focused more on trucks.

in 1906 a one half scale model was made of the current REO, and they called them Mama and Baby REO…  It was the first working miniature car.  The two were used together for promotion, with the miniature being used in circus productions, fairs and parades for decades.

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This undocumented wheel looks like and interesting attempt at driving comfort, but probably was only a bit ahead of wooden wheels!

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The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

This is so much more than a museum!  It’s an adventure in exploration, history, life, invention, innovation, transportation, horticulture, education and more… So they didn’t even try to name all the aspects… it’s just “The Henry Ford”.

Henry Ford said of his museum:
I am collecting the history of our people as written into things their hands made and used…. When we are through, we shall have reproduced American life as lived, and that, I think, is the best way of preserving at least a part of our history and tradition…

In 1929 he dedicated Greenwood Village, over 80 acres of land with historic buildings arranged to portray America during the industrial revolution.  The Wright brothers’ home and office buildings were moved here while Orville Wright was still alive.  Orville personally supervised the process to make sure everything was perfectly done.

Henry Ford was a good friend and admirer of Thomas Edison, and purchased Edison’s lab buildings and moved them here.

Henry’s grade school building is here, George Washington Carver’s home, Noah Webster’s home, Luther Burbank’s office – the history here is staggering!  Many buildings demonstrate crafts as they were done in the time period. At least one house is run as it was: cooking over a fire in the fireplace, growing food in the garden, drying herbs for medicines, mending clothes and washing dishes; all done by folks in period dress.

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This is a home moved from the Cotswolds in England.  I’m not sure why it’s here, but it certainly is beautiful.

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This is the Wright Brothers’ house… It is really fascinating to think of the discussions and planning that took place on this porch and in these rooms!

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Here is a “Department Store” of the day:

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Inside the store are many artifacts, including an early Heinz ad and a Ford salesman training booklet.

 

80+ acres of old time America, with some horse drawn vehicles and lots of Model T’s.

 

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Here is a ghost-like reflection of Cherryl in a 1700’s home:

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Carousel notes here:

 

I got caught taking pictures of cute girls:

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And, Oh Yes, the Cars!

Henry Ford was so enamored with Thomas Edison that he built this 500,000 square foot building to honor him and his work.  Ironically, since his death, it has morphed into more of a memorial for Henry than Thomas.  The main building has areas for Mathematics, American History, invention, and even a complete Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion house! (Check that out; fascinating!)

This is just one of many “side doors”.  The whole building is exquisitely beautiful.

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Of course, this place is just exploding with cars!  Ha Ha… here is an exploded Model T.

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And an early Model T in red, just to show that they weren’t all black!  Ford is famous for later saying people can have a T in any color they want, as long as it’s black!  I’ve heard for years that the reason for that statement was that the black paint dried faster, and was therefore better suited for his production lines.  In fact, the real reason for keeping everything black was to vastly simplify organizing all the parts on the assembly line.

 

Ford set amazing record production numbers with his cars – records only eventually broken by the VW beetle.

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Thankfully the Henry Ford is not only about Ford and his cars – There are hundreds of interesting cars of every make imaginable.  Here is one of my favorites; a 1936 Cord 812.  Called the “Coffin Nose” Cord, it was front wheel drive, had hidden headlights, hidden radio antenna, and a semi-automatic transmission – about 40 years before the Oldsmobile Toronado came along with the same attributes.

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The Lincoln Continental Mark II was a landmark Vehicle, really the first “Personal Luxury” car.  At about $10,000, this 1956 model was the most expensive American car you could (or couldn’t) buy.

 

 

Here is a Bugatti – a real Bugatti, designed by Ettore Bugatti, and one of the most exclusive cars of its day.

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When the Japanese cars started taking over sales of American cars, Detroit autoworkers were not happy about it…

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So Honda started manufacturing cars on US soil, with US labor, and eased the tension a bit.  This is the first Honda built in the USA.

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In the early 1900’s, “Cyclecars” were popular in Europe.  They were a bit too fragile for American roads, and tended to fall apart quickly.  That along with Henry Ford’s Model T selling for a bit less, ended the Cyclecar’s popularity quickly.  Here is a 1913 Scripps – Booth “Rocket” Cyclecar.

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Charles Kuralt was a CBS television journalist, who put this proposal to his boss: “Why don’t you let me wander around the country and do some feature stories?”  His boss agreed, and he started wandering in a motorhome, with a camera person and a driver.  His well done program, “On The Road”, showcased real people, and ran for 27 years!  They went through several motorhomes, drove over a million miles, visiting all 50 states. They never spent the night in the motorhomes; they were more of a mobile studio.

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Goldenrod broke the Land Speed Record for wheel driven cars in 1965, at over 409 miles per hour!  This record held for over 25 years!

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The Henry Ford has a succession of Presidential cars, from the first cars to carry a President, to the Lincoln that President Kennedy was assassinated in, and the car (below) that President Reagan was using during his attempted assassination.

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While we are talking about assassination, President Lincoln was shot during a program at the Ford’s Theater in Washington, sitting in this very chair.

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A few years ago, we attended a performance at Ford’s Theater, and sat in the balcony right next to the now partitioned off box where President Lincoln was assassinated.

 

Right after WWII, automakers were frantically trying to create fresh and new designs, but it would take years to convert from making military vehicles and munitions to making interesting cars.  Preston Tucker was an exception – he started with a clean sheet of paper, so to speak, and came up with a revolutionary design.  It was to be very safe, very comfortable, and have great performance.  It is best known for its center headlight, that turned with the car to light the way around corners.  The car had many advanced features, including an air-cooled aircraft engine, located in the rear.  Tucker produced and sold a good number of cars, but not near enough to pay for all his research, design and production set up.  The Tucker car died after only a couple of years.  There are some who believe he was just a con man, and never planned on producing a car line, but in my humble opinion, he was just a better designer than business man, and got swallowed up.  He’s certainly not the only one!

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The Thomas Flyer won the “New York to Paris” around the world race in 1907.  It was the first car to cross the United States, doing it in only 43 days! The race was originally to have the cars drive across the Pacific Ocean on the frozen Bering Strait, but that was abandoned and the cars were shipped.

 

This is not a ’57 Chevy… it’s a ’56.  My aunt had one somewhat like this, but not a convertible and not such pretty paint.

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The guy looking confused, to my right, really isn’t.  He and a helper disassemble a Model T every morning, and reassemble it every afternoon.  Just to show how simple it is.  And they let observers help.  No wonder he looks a little tired!

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Pardon my expression… it was the first time she’d driven a Model A!

 

We now drive a Chevy Suburban.  Chevy now has a trademark on that name, but years ago there were at least 8 cars named “Suburban”.  It was a term like “Station Wagon”.  Over the years, all of them ceased production, and about 25 years ago Chevrolet could trademark the name.  (Chevy’s Suburban is now the longest production run of any model, at 85 years and counting!)  Below is a 1950 Plymouth Suburban.

 

If you get tired of cars, there are exhibits of Airplanes with cars!  This is a Ford Tri-motor, and not just any Trip-motor, but the one Admiral Byrd first flew over the north pole!  And there happens to be a nice Lincoln alongside.

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And in addition to several airplanes, there are a bunch of trains!  This is a 1941 Alleghany locomotive.  It is said to be the biggest, strongest, heaviest locomotive ever!  Wait a minute… didn’t I say the same thing about the “Big Boy” locomotive now in Council Bluffs?  It seems there is some controversy here.  One is heavier, the other can pull more, but the other is longer, or the other is more efficient… I’m not sure who wins.  I can’t lift either one of them.

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“Control Panel for the Allegheny.

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Here’s a beautiful old steamer; leaving me with a question: Who the Sam Hill was it named after??

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If moving machinery wasn’t enough for you, here is the powerplant from one of Ford’s biggest factories.  When he moved the plant, he relocated this huge electrical generator here and build the building around it.  It is two stories tall, and impossible to photograph in its entirety.

 

 

Battle Creek

 

A lot of Seventh-day Adventist history is packed into a town in Michigan called Battle Creek.  One former Adventist was John Harvey Kellogg, a physician with what were then radical ideas about reforming healthcare.  With his brother, W. K. Kellogg as bookkeeper, he started a “Sanitarium” in 1866, which was more than just what we now call a hospital – it was geared to rehabilitate and restore complete health.  He instituted principles taught by the Adventist Church, and his success was amazing – patients came from all over the world.  The Mayo Brothers came to study his methods.  It grew in both fame and physical size. Some say he eventually got “too big for his britches”, and in 1902 “God burned down his sanitarium”.  If there was a lesson here, he didn’t learn it.  He rebuilt, on a much larger and grander scale.  It was so successful, in 1928 he added some impressive towers making is even more elegant.  Unfortunately for both Kellogg and “The San”, the stock market crash of 1929 crashed this establishment also.  By 1933 it was bankrupt, and the huge building sat empty till the Federal Government bought it in 1942.  It became a hospital for rehabilitation of American GI’s during and after WWII; a focus on neurosurgery and artificial limb work.  In the 50’s it was converted to office space for the Federal Government.  They must push a lot of paper around in so much space!

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The Kellogg name is more widely known, of course, for breakfast cereal.  It started in the “San”, as a way to get people to eat more grains and improve their health.  J. H. Kellogg and his brother, W. K. Kellogg, eventually fought and separated; J. H. running the San and W. K. developing the cereal.  One of their employees, C. W. Post, eventually left and formed his own cereal company.  Some feel he stole ideas and recipes from the Kelloggs, but at any rate, the two brands have survived much better than the San!

Adventist Village

 

There is a whole park-like area with many homes and buildings with Adventist Heritage. Below is the house where James and Ellen White lived.  There are many fascinating and historic period homes on the property.

 

Cherryl looks ready to preach from a pulpit made to accommodate the 5 foot 2 Mrs. White.  Just Cherryl’s size!

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Oak Hill Cemetery

 

Again, a lot of Adventist Heritage is memorialized here:  The Whites are buried here with their children.

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C. W. Post has a rather imposing monument:

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Kellogg has a more discrete monument, but it seems to be for a whole area.

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The cemetery is by no means all Adventist.  This marker shares the name of a dear friend of mine…

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And there are a few I noticed for Snodgrass.  And I thought that was just a joke name!

 

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The End.

 

Some photos by Cherryl.  I can’t tell you which ones… they are just mixed in.  You decide.

 

Exploring the Bruce

Bruce Peninsula

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I mentioned our trip up the Bruce Peninsula in last week’s blog, but we wanted to try a little video presentation, so if you’d like to see the waves crash, give it a watch:

 

 

Illegal Pie!

When we crossed the border from Canada back to the USofA, we were asked if we had any illegal substances aboard.  Fruit qualifies.  I told the nice officer I thought we had about 4 peaches in the fridge.  He said they are not legal to bring into the States, asked a few more questions, and then said you are free to go… Eat those peaches!  It turns out we had 6 of them, and some strawberries too.  We decided to get rid of all the evidence quickly; we made a pie!  An experimental, illegal substance pie.  Cherryl ground the wheat, making the flour; I made the crust, and she made the awesome Peach-Strawberry Pie innards.  Our crust didn’t work too well – not very pretty and a little too healthy tasting 😉 but overall the pie was a success!  The insides made good topping for breakfast pancakes!

 

iPhone Photo Class

We saw a class offered on creative portrait photography… and had great fun with it.  I’m only going to show you a few…

Cherryl’s self portrait as reflected in a Tesla:

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And a shot of both of us. Can you figure it out?

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Mundane Life Events

Just in case you think exploring Our Next Horizon is a never ending Avalanche of Adventure, we present this short description of one of the more mundane aspects of nomad life:

 

Another not so thrilling event is getting service done.  Here is an early morning deposit of our home to get its filters and fluids changed. (How often do you do that for your home??)

 

We were also going to have any open recalls addressed, and fix a sticky blinker switch.  I thought we should do it soon, as I was told our 3 year warranty was over sometime mid- November. The service guy told me it was good we brought it in when we did… the warranty was up the NEXT DAY!  The part needed for the blinker switch is backordered, but no problem with the warranty because I started the repair in time.  We will have to get it finished somewhere else… but saved a bunch by getting it started!  God is Good!

Camping in Michigan

 

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Notice we had a lake view from the front right side of our house…  😉

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O Canada!

Algoma Central Railway

The railway was incorporated in 1899, with the intention of making a line all the way to Hudson’s Bay.  They started north from Sault Ste. Marie, but by 1914 they had given up on reaching the Bay.  It was used for some lumber and ore transport, but what really made it big was the famous “Group of Seven”.  Haven’t heard of the Group of Seven?  Then I guess you aren’t Canadian.  Seven artists rented a boxcar, fitted it out kind of like a motorhome, and spent the summer of 1918 on side tracks of the railway, painting their impressions of the beautiful landscape.  They had so much fun they did it for about 5 more years.  Their work was to Canada like Thomas Moran’s paintings were to the U.S. and Yellowstone.  (If you don’t know about him, look it up.  His work was a lot of the reason Yellowstone was made into our first National Park, and that started the whole National Park thing elsewhere in the world). (but I digress…)  So the Group of Seven popularized the Sault Ste. Marie area and the train, and now it runs daily 114 miles (4.5 hours) up into a beautiful park, lets you hike for 90 minutes, and then ride back again.

Most of the native animals avoid the noisy train, and stay out of sight.  But when the railway was being built, they noticed Bull Moose seemed to be drawn by the train whistle or horn.  During mating season they would sometimes try to challenge the trains!  They tell of one Moose that stood in the middle of the track, staring down the engine. Even when the engineer gently pushed him, he turned and walked… right down the tracks for a long way.  He might have to give in, but not too easily!

I never shoot through glass or from moving vehicles… unless I am on a train, in Canada, and it’s raining, and the windows don’t open anyway.

 

Once at the park, it was raining like crazy.  And we, like crazy, hiked all over in the rain.  First destination was a lookout post.  What did we think we would see??  Well, it was beautiful, but quite soggy!

 

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Then we took the trail to Black Beaver Falls (below left) and Bridal Veil Falls (below other).

 

The last part of the trail was so rain-soaked we walked on the tracks most of the way back.  And it was nice to know the train couldn’t leave without us if we were standing on the tracks!  Rather like a Moose.

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So, soaking wet made the trip back home seem quite long.  We were cold and soggy and very glad to get back to a nice warm home!

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Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Bushplanes are the only way in or out of much of the Canadian forest lands.  This museum is dedicated to the interesting machines (and pilots) who make this land accessible.

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A large part of the exhibit is about fire fighting… Canadians seem to rule the world when it comes to using planes for fire fighting.  One model of their awesome planes can skim over a lake and pick up 6,000 pounds of water in 12 seconds!  They drop millions of gallons of water on forest fires in an amazingly short time.  They have to be sure there are no ground crews in the dump zone: the weight of the falling water can snap tree limbs and mess up a fire fighters whole day.

So here’s a firefighter and his lookout tower:

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Lunch and Walking

On “Moving Days” we tend to be rolling around lunchtime.  Sometimes we eat as we go (If we really have to be someplace), but often we pull over somewhere, have lunch, and then go for an exploratory walk.  In the middle of nowhere.  Or anywhere.  One day, somewhere east of Sault Ste. Marie, on our after-lunch walk, we came upon an old cemetery.  This stone had an imaginative display:

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There were several French-looking stones that were quite different in tone:

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These are from early 1900’s.  The one on the right died on my birthday, (except almost 50 years prior), at 7 months old.  Sad.

 

Owen Sound

St George’s Anglican Church caught my eye… there are several beautiful churches nearby, but this was the most interesting architecture.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park / Grotto

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It’s rather fun to have a whole region named after one’s self!  The Bruce Peninsula is very picturesque, and very popular.  We have seen several Provincial Parks, which are like our State Parks, but Bruce gets a National Park status.  There are all kinds of Bruce named places and companies and congregations and whatever scattered all over the place.  The Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, runs all the way from the Niagra River to the tip of Bruce Peninsula – over 500 miles.  We did a couple hundred yards of it…

Ok, we’d probably have done more, except it was VERY windy and really cold.  The waves breaking over the rocky shoreline were very impressive.  The wind was blowing so violently it was hard to hold still enough to shoot pictures; and the freezing fingers didn’t help out much!

 

A nice hike through the forest leads to a rock arch and a deep grotto.  This area is so popular in the summer that you have to reserve a parking time slot ahead of time.

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