Following our weekend at Showboat Park, we decided to head over to the Outdoor Adventures Resort located in Davison, MI. We have not been here in almost 5 years now and have heard there have been many changes to the place.
We checked into the office to let them know what site we had chosen. I asked if it was safe to leave our kayaks at our site unattended during the day while we were at work. This is not a question I would even think of asking at any of the other parks. The answer I got did not surprise me; they said that my stuff would not be safe.
This park is located about an hour away from Terri’s job. We didn’t want be any further away since we will both be working during our stay here. The trip however proved to be more of a hassle than it was worth. It seems as if any route we chose, the speed limit was only 45 mph at some point and had several stop signs along the way. One evening we even found ourselves stuck in a local “Flag Day” parade.
One thing I did not understand is that you not only need to check-in every time you arrive, but you also need to check-out. I understand the need to monitor who get into the park. I however think it is quite unnecessary to let them know when you are leaving. None of the other Outdoor Adventure parks have this inconvenience.
The people here all seem to be quite nice. I am constantly getting a five finger wave from the security people as I drive by. My wife explained to me that they weren’t being friendly; they were letting me know I should keep my speed at 5 mph. My bad. Sometimes I even caught myself doing in excess of 8MPH!
The park is much larger than last time we were here. They have added a whole new section on the other side of the small lake. The sites here are much larger than the old side where you are packed in like a deck of playing cards. The road on the new side is a real rough and the trees are small so there is no shade to be found. The sites all have full hookups including electric, sewer, water and cable. The cable will set you back a dollar a day if you decide to use it.
Even as big as the place is, it still completely fills up. In fact as I am writing this at 7 am in the morning, the guy next to us packed up and left. Within 5 minutes someone new was moving back in. On the weekends more people come for day trips in addition to the hordes of people already camping here. There are even small pockets of ethnic neighborhoods. Of all the Outdoor Adventure parks this one is the closest one to the larger cities in Michigan.
The new section has Wi-Fi. We found that it was pretty much useless as the connection would regularly disconnect even though the signal was strong. I was reminded of this constantly by my wife who would become extremely frustrated.
This is really sad. Even though we have only been here a couple of hours each night so far and the weekend is now here for us to enjoy our say here, we are definitely now ready to go home. Unlike most places we visit, we will not be disappointed to leave. This park has become a real zoo.