May 31 2010

Crystal Lake Campground, Scottville, Michigan

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Sign_CampgroundWe spent Memorial Day weekend with Donna, Chris, Carl and Luke at Crystal Lake Campground in Scottville, Michigan. Actually, the campground is on Haskett Lake and the lake was anything but crystal, but the water was warm for swimming and Luke had a great time making like the "Creature from the Black Lagoon." 

 

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BounderWe had a nice shaded site. It was very unlevel and the front wheels were several inches off the ground after we got the levelers set. Donna and Chris set up their tent on the site next to us. Wilson Tent

 

 

 

 

FireringWe used both fire rings to make one tall ring for our site. We enjoyed the nights by the campfire and roasting marshmallows for S'mores. Campfire

 

 

 

 

 

Baby BirdJan and Donna rescued a baby bird that had fallen from its nest. There were so many people and dogs around that the mother bird couldn't get back to her baby. We fed it and watered it until the area quieted down and then returned the bird near to where we found it. We checked later and the baby was gone, so we're guessing the mother was able to return and rescue her young.

Carl-Luke-Girls_RowboatCarl and Luke, on the other hand, found some girls and went out in a rowboat with them. Not born yesterday, they managed to have the girls do the rowing and they sat back and enjoyed the ride. :)

 

It was a great kickoff to the summer season.  Enjoying weekend


May 27 2010

River Ridge RV Resort, Stanwood, Michigan

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Sign_River RidgeWe arrived at River Ridge RV Resort on Sunday, May 23, 2010. It's a beautifully landscaped, well-maintained RV resort. With that said, the price is a little high for our budget ($42/night in the summer season for a concrete pad, plus $3.00 per day per pet). Also, we paid the premium in-season price, but the pool was not open. The resort staff spent the entire week readying the park for the long weekend. And, since it was nearly 90 degrees, it would have been nice to use the pool. The resort also has a very nice clubhouse at the pool, with a billiards table, fireplace, big screen TV, and a full kitchen. The resort is picture postcard perfect and worth the daily rate. I do, however, have a problem with the pet fee and all the other incidental fees charged. A lot of rules are attached to the stay. Clubhouse2

The manager is a former Fruitportian (class of 1970), Rick Stafford. He and all the staff were very nice. When we arrived on Sunday, there were a few families here that left Sunday night. Monday and Tuesday, we had the place to ourselves, as far as RVers go. Guests began to arrive Wednesday evening, with a few trickling in on Thursday. Rick Stafford said the park is completely booked for the Memorial weekend.

Along with RV sites, they rent travel trailers and park models for those not so fortunate to have an RV. 

 

Camp StoreThe resort is located on the Muskegon River on the backwaters of Hardy Dam. There's a nice camp store and marina at the resort. Muskegon River

 

 

We dressed our Bounder in her summer regalia. Bounder flying her colors

 

On Friday, May 28, we leave for Crystal Lake Campground near Scottville, Michigan, to meet Donna, Chris, Carl and Luke for the long weekend of camping and to kick off the Michigan summer season. 

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May 22 2010

Little River Casino Campground, Manistee, Michigan

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DSC00845On May 19, we left the Wilson driveway for Little River Casino Campground in Manistee, Michigan. Our 44th wedding anniversary was on May 20, so we thought, for an anniversary trip, it was time to finally try our luck at a casino. 

The campground is absolutely beautiful with large concrete pads, full-hook ups, 50 amp service, and picnic table. The campground doesn't allow tents or fire rings/campfires. I know we will definitely go back there for an RV destination. The rates are reasonable, $27/weeknight and $28/weekend night. The resort has a shuttle (either a golf cart or a van) to take campers from the campground to the casino. From our site, it was a quick walk across the lawn to the hotel door and into the casino. 

We had great luck gambling at the casino, leaving with $1501.00 in profit. This was our first time at a casino and we had great fun. We stayed at the campground from Wednesday through Sunday, and played slot machines each day. On Saturday, the casino had drawings for a $500 prize each hour between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. At 7:00, they had a drawing that particular Saturday for a pop-up camper. Over the Memorial weekend, they were drawing for a pontoon boat. 

They have a nice memorial for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians serving in the military. Both sides of the memorial have names.  DSC00843

DSC00841The resort has a large hotel, with an indoor pool and hot tub, as well as a fitness center. Campers have access to the hotel amenities, as well as a shortcut through the hotel to the campground. There are restaurants of various price ranges. The casino has free popcorn and soft drinks and/or coffee. And there is a bar in the casino with large screen TV and table seating, as well as video poker at the bar. 

On Sunday, May 23, we left Little River Casino Campground for River Ridge RV Resort in Stanwood, Michigan, near Big Rapids. 

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May 7 2010

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May 5 2010

Old Indian Cemetery and Pere Marquette Park, Muskegon, Michigan

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Entrance_Indian Cemetery, MuskegonOn Sunday, May 2, Don, Jan and Donna hopped into the motorhome and drove to Muskegon to visit the Old Indian Cemetery. The original cemetery (the first in Muskegon) was deeded by lumber baron Martin Ryerson to the city of Muskegon and was originally an acre of land. In 1961, there were about 200 burials on the site. Many of the original pioneers of Muskegon, as well as Indians, are buried there. The cemetery, located at 298 Morris Avenue, is now about .4 of an acre and the rest being covered by a parking lot. This was just the last of many inequities to the Indians. The plaques in the cemetery are a reminder of the injustice to Indians. 

From the cemetery, we drove out to Pere Marquette Park. Light House Pere Marquette

 

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