RV Adventures with Bug Smacker

Outdoor Adventures – Saginaw Bay Resort

Let me throw some words at you to help describe our stay at Saginaw Bay Resort this time.

full-hookupscampground
stinky
hayride
noisy
burnt eggs
cramped
playground
peeping tom
mud
putt putt
slow wifi
business closed
new friends

Terri and I arrived at the park in 2 vehicles. We immediately starting searching for a full hookup site. There was only one full hookup site available so we promptly grabbed it.

We had not been here in years, so we had forgotten how difficult it is finding these sites. Most people return to this park several times a year and make arrangements with the other guests to grab them upon their return.

This place has not changed very much since our last trip here. We really didn’t see any improvements. The campground still had the very stinky water, tight campsites (in fact our neighbor was only inches from our slideout), over clorinated pool, slow wifi, and muddy roads. Let me tell you when it rains here some of the campsites and roads become virtually unusable. For the amount of money, this place brings in you would think they could make some kind of effort to improve the place.

To top it off most of our favorite places to eat in the area are gone or not worth visiting anymore. The Pinney Market has a new name and no longer has the fried chicken, Tonys Taco was closed, Granton Inn was closed, even the breakfast at the campground was burnt. Worst of all H & H Bakery was absolutely horrible now.

I was really looking forward to pizza and pasta night at H & H and found it to be nothing like it was the last time I was there. Wednesdays used to have a loaded buffet with a nice salad bar and several pizzas to choose from. The place would be packed with people. Now they have only one pizza to choose from and only a couple of tables of people who don’t even like the pizza they brought out.

hh-bakery-buffet customers

On a positive note, if you enjoy the sound of barking dogs, then this is the place for you. Our neighbors had two of them. One of the dogs even had a cone over its head that turned it into a Barking Megaphone! The owners must have gone deaf from all this racket because they didn’t even attempt to control these critters. I think that is what gets to me the most.

To switch gears a bit, there was one evening where a woman came running out of the shower rooms screaming. Evidently, she noticed a cellphone above the shower door while she and her daughter were in there taking a shower. She grabbed it from a young boy. 4 police cars showed up for this event.

The best part of this trip was meeting Karlos and his wife Vicki. These are a couple of very nice people and we enjoyed spending time with them. You need to check out the Antenna System he has incorporated into his RV. It is quite impressive. Hope to catch up with these guys again sometime soon.

Karlos-Vicki

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Churchgrove Park

We have reservations for the 9th at another park but in the meantime, we just wanted to get away from the experience we were having at Showboat Park. So we headed over to Churchgrove Park in Frankenmuth. We really enjoy staying at this place.

We made a trip home to get or bikes for this trip. One morning on one of our bike rides we stopped along the way at the SugarHigh Bakery for a treat. Guess its back on the bikes to work these new calories off.

SugarHigh Bakery

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New 2018 Keystone Montana 3120RL – Mods & Improvements

Check out this video showing some of the Mods, Improvements, Renovations, and Upgrades that we have done to our new 2018 Keystone Montana 3120RL Fifth Wheel in the last 6 months that we have owned it. This does not include any minor repairs that may have been needed in the warranty period. So far we think this new RV will fit into our lives quite nicely.

Video Courtesy of : www.BugSmacker.com : Copyright © 2018

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Showboat Park Campground

Showboat Park Campground is a nice park, too bad they don’t want anyone to camp here!

The bathhouse is clean and well cared for. The lawns are mowed every day. The trash cans are emptied every day. The sites are large and level. There are plenty of shade trees. There are pavilions, picnic tables, fire pits, grills, a Disk Golf course, Baseball diamonds, and a canoe launch for the Shiawassee River.

The place really has a lot to offer.

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Showboat Park Campground Showboat Park Campground Showboat Park Campground

Here is the reason I get the impression they don’t want people to stay here.

When we arrived we had an empty fresh water tank and full black & gray water tanks. So a stop at the dump station was necessary. That is when I discovered the dump pit was locked. On top of this, the freshwater here stunk something horrible.

After several inquiries, I found someone in the park that knew the code to unlock the pit. I then found a site and we set up camp.

All was going well until a few days later after doing some shopping in town, we return to the RV to find this note attached to our door.

Ron Ebenhoeh

We called him to find out what he wanted. Ron told us that the Town of Chesaning is having a fireworks display tonight (although we are still a week away from the actual 4th of July). He goes on to say the fireworks are to be right here in the park so we will need to pack up a leave, IMMEDIATELY. We are told that it is unsafe for us to be at the campground during the festival. Ron also said that right after the fireworks we can return.

If we hadn’t had a family gathering scheduled here at the campground, we would have high-tailed it right out of this place. No second thoughts, even though we were paid to stay through the rest of the week.

So we moved the rig right outside of the campground gate and waited with all of the other spectators for the fireworks to come and go.

Chesaning Fireworks Chesaning Fireworks

Following the fireworks, since I had already moved the RV once, I decided to go up to the pit and dump the tanks again. I just had to wait an hour or two for all the local townspeople to leave this little park. Once I made my way back to the dump station guess what I found? You got it, IT WAS LOCKED AGAIN!

Sometime thereafter in the wee hours of the early morning, the trailer was set back up and we were ready to return to our camping adventure.

Ya wonder why we are the only ones here? 🙁

empty park

 

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Indigo Bluffs RV Park

Indigo BluffsWe were only here for one day. So it sorta went like this…

We arrived…We slept…We played with the grandkids a bit…We slept, again…We departed.

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