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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Our Weekend Up North...








We decided around Friday, we ought to get away to our place up north that we are part owners in. It's a really nice place, with all the amenities- but gets used about 2-3 weeks out of the entire year! Electricity, wall to wall carpets, two bathrooms, running water, heat, full basement, electronic dart board, pool table, large screen TV- everything! It sits on 160 acres, with two tracks throughout. We went to a casino first,and on the way encountered the drawbridge in downtown Manistee MI for the first time! Got whupped by the casino, then headed for the lodge. Dropped my wife off to get the heat going, and to settle in while I went back down the road to a little town called Tustin, to hit Powells for supplies. Supplies- frozen pizza, pop, munchies, and treat. Powells is your classic up North store; you can buy bullets, tampons, booze, jerky and sausage(homemade!)a picture of Jesus, and a goose decoy- pretty much in the same aisle...It is interesting to note that they had no less than thirty frozen pizzas, 10 from three different manufacturers- and every one of them was a Pepperoni pizza- no others.. When in Tusin carry , or wear the scent of pepperoni- they seem to prefer it... The clients on a Saturday night are a good argument that Bigfoot is indeed very real... 3 of them were buying a case of beer each, with money that looked like it pulled double duty in an outhouse! The two 20 yr old girls running the store, weighing about 95lbs. each, herded them like dancing bears into a line behind me.. I wanted to buy some sliced cheese from the deli, but from the look I got from the Sasquatch Triplets, I decided against it.Back at the lodge, the frogs were croaking their brains out in the swamp, trying to get lucky, the night sky cleared and I spent part of the night watching the constellations move across the sky, through the big windows on the end of the lodge... We hit another casino in the morning, but won nothing big... Every time we go up to the lodge, we say "We've got to do this more often- but we never do... This has to change!

35 comments:

doggybloggy said...

I guess it was a 'no brainer' .....

Beth said...

dang!!! um...now, what are the directions to that place?..ya know, since you never use it, it really should have SOMEONE in it...to keep it up and stuff...to make it lived in...you know....

Dana said...

...and why does it only get used 2-3 weeks out of the entire year??

buffalodickdy said...

DogB-Nothing is as simple as it looks...
beth- To try an explain its' light usage would be an epic...
dana- 2 members now live out of state, 2 members bought in as investors, the 3 guys downstate don't have alot of extra time, and the other three guys live 10 miles from it.. It was supposed to be a hunting club, 10 guys, wives, and we overbuilt for how often it would be used.. oops...

doggybloggy said...

so what did you do in this big ol place all by your lonesomes?

G-Man said...

Buff...
That place looks awesome!
I guess you do need to do that more often...
Tustin..hehehe...been there.
Thanks .....G

Roger said...

That place is a beauty!! Hey thanks for the correction on gold I misprinted it is about $950 Oz. I just got in a hurry when I wrote this just getting in lol $190 Oz. ha I wouldn't even try to get a pan wet for that!

pinknest said...

oh how fun to have a place like that!! i'm jealous. i want a drawbridge and pepperoni pizza and jesus photos weekend.

Akelamalu said...

How lucky are you having a place like that to retreat to - I want one!

Odat said...

WOW! I need a retreat like that....you're lucky and you should get there more often.....and LOL at Powells...I'd love to see that place.
Peace

Jen said...

What a great place! You do need to get up there more often ; )

buffalodickdy said...

DogB- Played cribbage, ate pizza, and enjoyed the sounds of the woods in a Michigan spring night..
G-man- There's about 100 Tustins up North- all with different names!
rog- Even at a thousand an ounce, it still looks like too much work!
Pink- I think you might enjoy the place!
Ake- It started as a group of regular guys who wanted to buy some hunting land. Next thing you know, we are building that lodge! Did alot of the work ourselves, but none of us could afford it alone- so it's like a time share condo, I guess!
odat- Everyone should see Powells someday, just to prove I wasn't exaggerating!

Tanya Kristine said...

wow. you're not kidding. my girlfriend used to have a cabin up in tahoe and we'd go yaer round! no excuses...how long does it take you to get there... maybe thats' the drawback?

Tanya Kristine said...

wow. you're not kidding. my girlfriend used to have a cabin up in tahoe and we'd go yaer round! no excuses...how long does it take you to get there... maybe thats' the drawback?

buffalodickdy said...

Tanya- I'm embarassed to tell you we can get there in 1 hour and 15 minutes...

buffalodickdy said...

jen- You are so right! Good for the perspective of life thing we all lose track of..

Bina said...

OH my God Oh my God Oh my God! Do you know how much I would LOVE to go there! It sounds perfect and wonderful and relaxing. Wow. I need a place like that to go!

Claudia said...

That cabin is GORGEOUS. My dream house, someday. Either that, or a small cottage with wild roses by the sea. A girl CAN dream, no?

Anndi said...

That's it.. I'm coming over!

Real Live Lesbian said...

What a gorgeous place! You SHOULD go more often!

Beth said...

Buff....I was over at Dog's blog....I WANT A BUFF T-SHIRT!!!! I will gladly pay you for one..I would wear it with PRIDE!!!

buffalodickdy said...

bina- We do take it for granted. I want to be up there more, but have no time off from work, and am very close to quitting because of it!
claudia- I wish in was on water- all woods!
anndi- Yahoo! I get the first hug, you get the first smooches!
R.L.L.- I'll need you at Powells for back-up...
beth- I have to make a new batch, but when I do...

Kayla said...

You really painted a nice picture of the place. The photos are awesome, looks like you had good weather.
Cool place!

doggybloggy said...

wasnt there some sort of "buffalo news" we are all waiting to hear...

Urban Vegan said...

Pretty chalet

buffalodickdy said...

kayla- Always good to hear from you! It really is nice- we just have to go more often!
DogB- Soon, probably within the week...
UrbanV- I didn't really give the place a good photo op... It's bigger than it looks!

MarmiteToasty said...

Where do you leave the key :) - I might have to become a squatter there lol..... looks like a great place.......

Maybe you need a housekeeper there whilst no one else is in it lol...

x

G-Man said...

Stopped by to say Good Mornin.....G

buffalodickdy said...

marmy- I really wish we would start renting it or something! It's too valuable to sit empty so much..
G-man- Top of the mornin' to you as well!

Claudia said...

Next post please....:)

Michelle Ann said...

So...when's the big Blogger party at that house????

buffalodickdy said...

claudia- soon,and it should be a barn-burner..
michelle- wouldn't that be great?

Claudia said...

* whines * I want to come to the blogger party, too!!! I'll bring the wine.

snowelf said...

Your cabin is gorgeous!! What a nice weekend getaway. I know I'm a city girl, but I think I could manage to have some fun with the chili out in the wilderness every once in awhile. (Plus, I think it's all about who you're with.)
Sorry to hear that casino womped on you... :(

--snow

snowelf said...

oh and are you sure you don't want to have a blogger retreat up there? :)

--snow