The RV Adventures of Bug Smacker

Burt Lake State Park

Little did we know how fortunate we were to grab such a nice campsite. Back when we were trying to book this trip, we were unable to get the the site we originally wanted. I remember how frustrated I was that someone else clicked on the site to book it before I could. That is when Terri said that she found another site that didn’t look too bad. She was right, this site is quite nice.Burt Lake State Park

The campsite is located between the restrooms, showers, water, park store and beach. It is very much in the center of everything here at Burt Lake. It is a large site and even has  50 amp service. The campsite has worked out very well for us.

We met our neighbors, Mary and Goober Morris from West Branch. They have been coming here for over 30 years. They know quite a bit about the park and explained everything we needed to know. We hope to see them again sometime soon.

We did end up eating at Vivio’s again. We really enjoy the food there. Terri and I also checked out another place called The Inn Between bar. Our kids had been up here earlier this summer and told us we needed to check it out. We tried the pizza and found it to be super.

The Inn BetweenChannelOn Sunday evening we returned to The Inn Between bar and got a table down on the dockside. It was great to watch all the boats as they would parade through the channel between the two lakes up here.

As the weekend came to an end, the people began to empty out of the park. On Tuesday morning there were very few campers left. On Wednesday morning rigs with fishing boats starting coming in. It was interesting to see the change over from families with kids to retired couples and the guys with the boats.

On one rainy afternoon, we decided to check out some of the other campgrounds in the area. We went to Clear Lake State Park, Onaway State Park, Shupac Lake State Forest Campground, Aloha State Park, Petoskey State Park, Petoskey KOA and Magnus Campground. Most of the other campgrounds were quite empty compared to Burt Lake.

The temperature left almost as quickly as the people did. The first weekend it was in the 90s and by the end of the week the highs were only in the 60s.

Last night we ended up in the East Park on the shoreline on the Little Traverse Bay. There we were amazed to spot a waterspout out in the lake as a front moved through. I was incredible to view.

Waterspout

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Valley Plaza RV Resort

I got a call late yesterday, on a Sunday never the less. It was from the company that I hired to sealcoat my driveway at the house. They called to give me my one day notice that they were coming out Monday to do the job.

This now means that I need to move my RV out right now so that we will have it for the upcoming holiday weekend. We woke up, packed the trailer, I then hauled it over to Valley Plaza bright and early this morning. Nothing like being ready at a moments notice.

I spoke with the guy at the front desk of the RV park as I checked in. When we were here this spring, I found out the place had new owners. I asked how it was going with the new owners. He replied “which ones?” He informed me that they have had 3 different owners just this year alone. I am hoping the current owner will have the money necessary to transform the park into the quality place it had been in the past.

This RV park is in need of some major repairs. It is sad to see what has become of the place. The sites are in need of major landscaping. The pool is falling apart. The roads are bad. The lighting is almost nonexistent. Even the employees seem to be unhelpful and unconcerned.

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Algonac State Park

Armada State FairI heard an ad on the radio for the Armada Fair and thought how nice it would be to take my parents. The Budweiser Horses were going to be there as well as Tractor Pulls. My wife and mother would love both of these events. My father actually grew up in Armada so I thought he would enjoy reminiscing.

To sweeten the weekend, I went ahead and booked a couple of sites at the Algonac State Park. We all enjoy watching the ships as they pass along the river next to the park. I was surprised to be able to get a site where we could actually see them from our campsite. I didn’t think that would be possible since we were booking at the last minute. The park actually fills up each weekend this time of year.

We all had a great time both at the Fair and State Park.

Armada State Fair Armada State Fair

Armada State Fair Armada State Fair

Armada State Fair Armada State Fair

 

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4 New Tires

I just had 4 brand new Maxxis ST235/80R16 trailer tires installed on the RV today. I took the advise of Roger Marble from RV Tire Safety and purchased them from a national chain. I got them from Discount Tire. This way if I have anymore tire problems I am counting on them to help me out. I am now hoping that the Maxxis tires I decided to purchase hold up to all the hype they are receiving on the RV forums. maxxis

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Space Invaders

Not sure why people can’t seem to stay out of my personal space. Seems like everywhere I go people just have a need to invade my zone. It is like I have this orbit around me and these irritating little asteroids just keep zipping in and out of it.

The other day we went over to Mackinac Island. As most of you are well aware, there are no cars allowed on the island. There are, however, tons of bicycles everywhere. As, like guns, I don’t believe that bikes are the problem. People Mackinac Island Bicyclesthat operate them are the problem. I was always instructed that bicycles (like automobiles) need to obey the rules of the road. If this is the case then beware of the drivers that I encountered on the island that day. The drivers of these cars will be darting across traffic, passing in blind corners, driving on the wrong side of the road, texting while driving, putting dogs on their steering wheels, stopping for no apparent reason, turning without signaling, tailgating, yelling, screaming, swearing, and even allowing kids to drive. Other than this, we had quite a pleasant little bike ride around the island that afternoon.

The next day we spent relaxing at our campsite at the State Park. Or at least we tried to relax. Let me explain. We had a large paved, pull-through site. Sounds good so far. Let me continue. Our campsite began on one side of the loop and sliced through the campground loop somewhere towards the middle to the other side. In other words, our campsite was a shortcut for those on the other side of the campground wishing to get to the bathrooms. Because it was paved, I think most people mistook it for a road. I mean that people must have actually thought that we were camping in the middle of a road. This trespassing problem was not just limited to a random kid or two. The invasion was from kids, dogs, moms, dads and people of all ages. I finally decided that if I can’t beat them, then I would join them. Or at the very least try and beat them at their own game.

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Here was my solution…

Pay the Toll

Pay the Toll

 

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