RV Adventures with Bug Smacker

Grand Haven State Park

It was darker than we had expected when we arrived at Grand Haven State Park. It is always so much easier setting up camp in the daylight. What made it even more difficult was the fact that what clearly was marked as the entrance to the park was NOT the way in at all. In fact, this way in had a locked gate. The sign to the new entrance was difficult to see in the daylight let alone trying to spot it in the dark. Therefore we ended up on a drive that had no apparent way back out.

Don’t miss this sign-


And mistakenly go to this sign-


You should have turned here-


I started walking aimlessly looking for some help. A kind lady pointed me in the direction of the new entrance and told me there would be someone who could help me out. On my way over I came across a guy who had a Host Camper shirt on. I explained my dilemma to him. He rudely replied ” Hey, I just arrived here today myself. Your going need to figure this out for yourself. Go look for help over there or maybe there (pointing in two different directions).” This host was very uncooperative and didn’t deserve his position. There are lots of people waiting to get jobs like his that I am sure would be better suited.

I headed over to the check-in gate. There was nobody in the building. Next, I went over to the maintenance garage. Same thing here, no one around. Discouraged, I headed back to the rig. Upon returning I met a couple of park helpers waiting for me. They had seen my predicament and most likely heard my frustration. They were able to help me get turned around, headed me towards the new entrance and then on to my campsite.

The sites here at Grand Haven State Park are real tight ( and that may be an overstatement).  Each site is outlined with yellow markings. You are not allowed to go over these limits. There is sand directly behind each site. The tires of your unit must remain on the pavement. Our site was listed to allow rigs up to 35 feet. We found our site measured 27 feet from the front line to the rear edge of the pavement. All camping units must be backed in. Our 34-foot trailer was going to be a challenge.

I backed into our site after several attempts to get it right on the line. I had it somewhat easy since no one was in the site next to me and there was a walkway on my other side. Most of the other campers did not have it this easy. In fact, the guy who owned the rig shown below not only smashed his front cap with his cab corner. He also mangled his tailgate when he pulled away in haste. This was all after he crashed into the RV next to him.

smashed rv

After setting up camp we opened the rear shades to reveal our wonderful view of the men’s bathroom (which by the way isn’t even open all the time, I feel sorry for the Tenters at this park, they need to hold it all night long.)

smashed rv

Campsite Campsite

While visiting the Grand Haven area you must eat at Pronto Pup. Don’t let the enormous line in front of the place discourage you. It is worth the wait.

Pronto Pup Pronto Pup

We also found a nice little meat market called Frank”s Market and picked up one of their fabulous bone-in ribeye steaks to grill. Just remember if you take it back to the campground you are prohibited from enjoying a beer with it.


After what seems like a lot of negativity, what draws everyone here, including us, is the BEACH!!! Grand Haven State Park is one of the best beach campgrounds that you will find anywhere.

Grand Haven

Grand Haven

Grand Haven

Grand Haven


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Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park

Soaring EagleOn the surface, Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park looks like a real winner. It has paved sites, full hookups and even a shuttle service to the casino. However, if you stay here for any length of time, you will discover the flaws.

While we were here we experienced low voltage drops, extremely high water pressure, and very un-level site pads. This all came at a price that was somewhat higher than average, especially for a casino.

The park has very poor landscape maintenance. I saw several people mowing their own lawns. In fact, our neighbor informed us that the only time he saw the campground clean and tidy was just prior to the arrival of the people from the Good Sam Club. The parks get an advance warning so they know when to get ready for Good Sam to inspect the place. This is when they get their rating.

Soaring Eagle Soaring Eagle Soaring Eagle

The RV Park fee does include entrance to the Hotel Pool and Hot Tub. You will have the pool pretty much to yourself since everyone else utilizes the Hotel’s enormous Waterpark.

Soaring Eagle Waterpark Soaring Eagle Waterpark

When we were staying back in Frankenmuth we kept saying how we would love to return to the town later just to enjoy all the things the place had to offer. We can’t say that about this area. Mt. Pleasant didn’t really have anything to draw us back here.

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Jasons House

20160821_155539We made an unscheduled stop at Jason’s house to help out while he and Becky take care of their newborn who is still in the hospital. Arleigh was pretty excited to have some one-on-one play time with her Grammie and Grandpa.

Don’t tell momma and daddy but Grandpa and Arleigh even did some puddle jumping while they were gone.




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We are Grandparents again!

Terri and I would like to welcome a new addition to our family. Her name is Hadley Rae Enright. This is our second grandchild. We are so excited. She was eager to see the world and was born a bit early but is doing very well.


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Churchgrove Park

Church Grove Park

We are currently residing in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This is a tourist destination town know for Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store. Frankenmuth is also home to the Bavarian Inn and Zehnder’s, two of the largest independently owned restaurants in the country, that serve world famous chicken dinners.

On Thursday we met up with family. Jerry, Ellen, Spike, Terri and I all went to Michigan on Main to get some Chicken Wings. Michigan on Main is located within the Bavarian Inn restaurant in Frankenmuth. I have eaten a whole lot of wings in my day, but I can’t remember any of them tasting better than these wings.

Our first Friday night was HOT and Humid. We strolled through town to find the streets pretty much empty. We did happen to discover this Dinosaur walking down the street.

HOT Dinosaur

Saturday, we searched for a Laundromat. Every search I performed online for a Laundromat, came up with a “Car Wash” nearby. Little did I know that the Car Wash was actually also a Laundromat. As well as an Oil Lube, Propane Refilling Station and Tire Center. Talk about one-stop-shopping.


Yesterday the neighbors gathered outside our RV. They were looking up at a tree branch that had split from the tree next to us. Today a guy showed up with a tree saw and trimmed it away. This is just an example of how well maintained this place is. I am truly impressed.

We met Terry and Kim from Knoxville, Tennessee as they were on their way out of the park. Seems like some of the nicest people are the ones we meet as we are crossing paths.

Last weekend was the Frankenmuth Fire Muster. There was a firetruck parade on Saturday morning. Following the parade, they all went down to the river to SQUIRT some water. Very Cool!

Frankenmuth Fire Muster Frankenmuth Fire Muster Frankenmuth Fire Muster

Frankenmuth Fire Muster Frankenmuth Fire Muster Frankenmuth Fire Muster

In the morning we woke to find ourselves surrounded by these wonderful old Ford Model A vehicles.

Ford Model A

One of my most enjoyable moments in Frankenmuth was listening to Linda Lee and Tommy Vale perform “Polka Your Eye Out” at the Fischer Platz next to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Fischer Platz  Fischer Platz bFischer Platz Fischer Platz


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