RV Adventures with Bug Smacker

Showboat Park Campground

Showboat Park was getting ready for a concert the day we arrived. It is good to see it trying to make a comeback. The smaller towns in Michigan have been hit hard by the economy and I am glad to see them making an effort to survive.

5k run Showboat Campground

Sunday was the River Run 5k. Our kids along with our grandkids were in the race. It was nice to see them as they ran past our campsite.

We enjoy this park. It is a nice quiet and relaxing place to visit.

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We bought new bicycles today

Specialized BicycleHave wheels and will travel. We purchased a couple of new bicycles today. Yesterday we went into another bike shop just to browse at their bikes. Something we have done many times in the past. We then ended up taking a test ride. Today we returned to purchase these bikes. Something we have never done.

The bikes we bought were Specialized Crossroads. These are a hybrid type bicycle. We have taken test rides and even rented bikes when we go to Mackinac Island but none have ever given us that WOW factor. That is until now.

I don’t know if one brand of bike is really that much better than another. In fact, much of today’s positive buying experience may actually be attributed to the time the sales person spent fitting us with the right bike and setting it up for us. Our salesperson’s name was Taylor and she definitely went the extra mile with us.

Rays Bike ShopIf you are ever in Clare, stop into Ray’s Bike Shop and say hello to our friend Taylor.

UPDATE: (7/13/2017) After much thought and a lot of guidance from Taylor at Ray’s Bike Shop, today we decided to upgrade our Specialized Crossroads for a couple of Specialized Roll Elite Bicycles. These new bikes have bigger tires and are a bit more stable to ride. Plus they are a whole lot of fun.

Specialized Bicycle Specialized Bicycle

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Pettit Park

Little did we know that our brief stay at Pettit Park in Clare would provide such great entertainment. Best of all it is absolutely FREE.

Magic Bus Band

During our stay here, we found out that the Clare Music Festival and Car Show was going on downtown. We went down to check it out. Performing was a group called the Magic Bus Band. They played Psychedelic Music from the late Sixties. You know “Peace and Love Songs”. We found them to be quite entertaining. The crowd the band attracted really got into the scene. They all seemed to be patients straight out of a Medical Marijuana Shop. They thought they were “Groovy”, I thought they were “Goofy”.

I also want to give a shout out to Mary Ellen Yost and the ladies from Alma that we met at Cops and Donuts. It was a pleasure meeting you all and reminiscing about the old Kodak days.

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Wilson State Park

Our closest friends and family once again joined us to celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend. Over the years, this gathering has become quite special to us. We appreciate all of you who take time each year to attend.

We met a couple of new friends this year from Saginaw. Rick and Laura stayed in the site next to us. I want to wish them luck and hope they catch lots of fish.

Some of the things we did were: boating, fishing, kayaking, golfing, outdoor games, bike rides, hiking, and we even got to play in the Princess Castle. At night we found a great spot to watch the fireworks. It amazes me how a small town like Harrison can put together such a fantastic fireworks display.

I can’t forget to mention the annual potluck. It was delicious. We had a really good turnout and everyone had a great time.

 

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Churchgrove Park

This park has quickly become one of our favorite places to stay in Michigan. It is one of the few campgrounds that we will return to more than once in the camping season.

Churchgrove Park Churchgrove Park

On the food scene, we ate at our favorite spots again. We went to DaVinci’s Pizza and had a couple of fantastic meals. I had the Veal Parmesan and Terri had the Shrimp Fettuccini. Both were superb!

daVinci's Italian RestaurantWe also ate at Tiffany’s. Actually, we went there a couple of times. We REALLY love this place.

On Sunday our entire family gathered at the Bavarian Inn for a wonderful meal. This is the second year we have done this and it has now become a nice tradition.

Eldon, our fabulous campground caretaker celebrated his 80th birthday during our stay at Churchgrove Park. 7 AM in the morning on his birthday, Terri ran to the store to get him a card. First, she tried Riteaid, it was closed. Next, she tried CVS, it was also closed. Finally, she went to Kroger. The sign said it was closed, yet the door was open. She ran inside, picked out a card, and used the self-checkout to buy it. Good work dear.

One evening we discovered that we were no longer alone in the park. A guy had pulled into the park and set up camp in his car. Because all of the outlets on the campsites are 30 amp he resorted to running his standard 20 amp extension cord from out of the restroom. The next day after being gone for most of the day, I returned to find the guy had moved into a new spot. He had moved several picnic tables out from under the pavilion and managed to park his vehicle inside the building. I found out later that he didn’t like the noise of water hitting his car rooftop when it rained.

visitor visitor

Over the weekend we had our grandkids over for a visit. My brother and sister-in-law also had their grandchildren stay with them next to us. Arleigh, our oldest granddaughter, was quite excited to discover that she had cousins she had never met. Later we took the kids over to Grandpa Tiny’s Farm to see the farm animals.

Cousins Grandpa Tiny's Farm

 

 

 

 

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