Interlochen State Park

 About a four hour trip from home, and twenty minutes from downtown Traverse City.   Interlochen State Park One of Michigans smaller parks.  Decent sized slots, with little foliage and trees in between.  Not much of a swimming park, since the beach is little more than some sand carved out of 500 feet of Green Lake.  All the “Beware of Swimmers Itch” signs don’t encourage swim time, either. Proximity to TC is nice.  ‘North Loop’ has lake front slots, but they’re higher elevation (with a single stairway down to the water edge).  ‘South Loop’ has several at sea level,...

Vehicle Recycling Center

I noticed a strange swimming feeling in the vans front end the other day.  I’m immediately thinking ball joints, right?  But, I take a gander underneath just to make sure it’s nothing obvious.  It is. A busted front sway bar bracket of all things.  How does that even happen?  Darn thing was sheared off clean.  Nothing left but two little tabs where it bolts to the frame. Call all the local auto part stores. NAPA, O’Reilly, Autozone, Advance… Nobody around here has one.  It’s a Saturday, so the Ford dealer is closed. Then again, little odds and ends like this...