Today Terri and I were joined by Jim, Gary, Jeff, Linda, Jerry and Ellen. We all took an early morning trip down the Rifle River. We started out at 7AM. This is a great time of the day to be on the river.
The highlight of the trip was the sighting of an eagle perched above us as we passed down the river below him. He is an awesome creature to behold and not at all disturbed by our presence as we paddled by.
The low point of our trip didn’t occur until we arrived home. This is when we discovered that my wife’s purse had been stolen out of our vehicle sometime either during the loading or unloading of our gear.
We arrived at the campground to find it almost completely full. We wanted a site with full hookups since we were going to be here for the next 2 weeks. We only found 3 sites that met that requirement and of the 3, only 1 wasn’t being held by someone. So that was the one we chose.
We are not here that much since we both commute to work from here every day. The time we do get to spend here is more relaxing than at home even though it doesn’t amount to much time.
I did get to visit my favorite pizza buffet place…not once, but twice! I do look forward to Wednesday’s Pizza Buffet Night at H & H Bakery and Restaurant in Au Gres, Michigan.
On a sad note the Summer Trail Inn is no more. The place is now called DuRussel’s. The change did not bother us, but the fact that they no longer offer their delicious Broasted Chicken is a show stopper. We will no longer be recommending this place while we are up here.
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, once again the mosquitoes at this campground were horrendous. But then again we have come to expect this when we come to the Saginaw Bay Recreation Area. On the up side, the park is close to home and easy for the non-campers in our group to come meet with us for the holiday.
Another positive thing about staying at this campground for the Fourth of July is the fireworks. Bay City has a truly great display of fireworks. It is a 3 day long event with the grand finale on the last night. It has been several years since we have attended the show. I forgot how spectacular it was to see.
On Friday one of our local TV reporters came through the park. I grabbed my HitchUpandGo hat and the cutest baby I could find ( my granddaughter, Arleigh) and headed to find the camera to get some free advertising. I have been told that we made it on-air but I have yet to see it.
On Saturday we all gathered for our annual potluck. As usual it was awesome. Good food and good friends, what more could one ask for?
We selected the Showboat Park Campground as our next destination for several reasons. We wanted a place centrally located for our friends and family to gather for Father’s Day. We wanted to get a little closer to Lansing, where we were going to attend the Celtic Women concert. We wanted a place near a golf course, so that us dads could play a little golf on Father’s Day. And we wanted to do some kayaking on the Shiawassee River which runs through the park.
The park is very nice. They take really good care of the park and campground. When we arrived the road was in need of some serious road work. However within a day or so it was reconstructed with fresh gravel and leveled. They also do a great job keeping the bugs away. With all the water in the park I really expected the place to be swarming with mosquitoes and there were really none to be found. The sites are not huge, but since we were the only ones there we had all the room we needed.
When the weekend rolled around there was a small festival in the park. This event brought with it a tractor pull, a beer tent, live music and food wagons. This was a nice surprise.
The only downside to our stay here was that we couldn’t get on the river to do any kayaking. Duran, Michigan had dumped 450,000 gallons of waste water into the river just prior to or visit. This made the river quite unusable downstream where we were located. It is really a shame that things like this are still allowed to happen to our rivers.
We have been out camping a few times now and our Bug Smacker has become a bit dirty. It really comes as no surprise. After all that is why we call it our “bug smacker”.
So I decided that it was time for our rig to take a bath. Over the winter I got a hold of some cleaning products from Bio-Kleen. I figured that now was a good time to put them to the test.
These products are sold as American made, biodegradable cleaning products and claim to outperform leading brands and help maintain a clean, healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
After using these products on the Bug Smacker, I have to agree that they worked pretty darn well. Bio-Kleen’s cleaning products not only brought our rig to a shine, but these eco-friendly products are safe for the user and the environment. I do have to admit I was pleasantly surprised how well they cleaned our RV. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a good safe alternative.