We had a farewell picnic for family and friends on September 13th. On the 14th we finished packing up everything from almost two months of staying in one place. September 15th we said goodbye to Ranger Dan and Mud Lake.
By evening we had covered over 250 miles and stayed at a campground in western Michigan. The second day we managed to get to Port Huron, Michigan, where we camped nearby. By that time, Smoke was getting pretty anxious about all the driving so we decided to take a break and do some sightseeing the next morning.
Port Huron has the oldest lighthouse in the state, and we both are lighthouse fans so that was first on our list.
Then we headed to downtown Port Huron for some window shopping, and had lunch at the Woodfire Grill. The food was very good, and we enjoyed the rustic ambience.
By the time we got back to the camper, Smoke was much calmer and we were able to get across the bridge into Canada and through the checkpoint with only a few plaintive meows.
We decided to stay at a small campground in Jordan Valley, about 25 miles west of Niagara, which would save on camping fees. We hadn’t realized before arriving at the campground that it was on a wine trail and close to numerous wineries, farm markets, and cheese factories.