Our first stop was Lake City, MI. Some friends of ours (Stan and Betsy Pash) have a home they plan to retire in and they had invited us to stay and visit with them. We pulled in next to their tool shed in a small group of trees, and it was like having our own private campground. When we weren’t visiting with Stan and Betsy we biked and kayaked, and we started fine-tuning where everything was to go. Needless to say, some of our initial ideas weren’t the best solution.
We had decided to establish our legal residence in South Dakota for the tax advantages as well as a few other reasons, but our plans did not call for us to travel in that direction, so we decided to fly out to get our driver licenses. We flew into Rapid City and spent the night at Americas Mailbox. This was their new location and while there campground was not finished, their guestrooms were wonderful!
The next morning we got our receipt and directions to the DMV, drove over and got our new licenses, then on to the Courthouse to register to vote! I hope the rest of this new lifestyle goes as easy as this has gone. After lunch we headed down the road to Hill City take the “1880 Train,” a sightseeing train trip. While we expected to see more wilderness, we saw a lot of the Black Hills and had a nice time. On the way back to Box Elder, we stopped at a couple of local wineries and tasted a rhubarb/raspberry wine that was delightful. Bob now has plans to start a batch while we are in Bad Axe.
The next morning we were up at 5:00 for an early flight back to Michigan.