RV Adventures with Bug Smacker

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.


Wilson State Park Wilson State Park Wilson State Park

Wilson State Park Wilson State Park Wilson State Park

Wilson State Park Wilson State Park Wilson State Park

Wilson State Park Wilson State Park Wilson State Park



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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. While enjoying a remarkable dinner, we met Janis & Steve Papiro who were visiting the area from Califonia.

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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Kewadin Casino – St. Ignace

Our first stop upon arriving in Mackinaw City was a visit to the Keyhole Bar. We like their Hand Battered Shrimp. While we were eating, a storm blew into the area. The rain outside was so bad it was horizontal. After dinner, we made our way to our rig and headed for the bridge.

We got to the bridge only to find it was closed. The sun was out in town here but the storm was still so bad across the straights that you could barely see the top of the bridge. After 3 hours the bridge was reopened. As we were crossing the bridge, my wife found this photo of what happened just moments earlier on it, thus causing the shutdown.

Mackinac Bridge RV Trailer Accident

While in St. Ignace we ate at Clyde’s Drive-in where they have one terrific burger.

Clydes Drive In Clydes Drive In

On Monday we caught a ferry to Mackinac Island. In the past, we always used the Arnold Ferry line because we liked the catamarans they used. This year Arnold line was no more. They went out of business. So instead we chose the Star Ferry Line. We arrived for our annual bike ride around the island. It is approximately an 8.2-mile trip.

Star Line

While we were on the island we saw something we had never seen before. It was a gasoline powered vehicle. An ambulance to be exact. Seems as if there was a medical situation on the island and the vehicle was dispatched to assist.

I was informed that you can drink beer in the park on Mackinac Island even though it is illegal. The local island officers can’t do anything about it and by the time they call someone from the mainland to come and give you a citation, I am quite sure your beer will be gone. Even though this is what we were told, we didn’t push our luck. Instead, we headed over to the Pink Pony. While we were there, a coworker of our son, Devon and her family showed up and sat at the table next to us. What a small world.

Mackinac Island Mackinac Island Mackinac Island

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Indigo Bluffs RV Park

Terri and I were invited to stay at the Indigo Bluffs RV Park near Empire, Michigan this weekend. This is an older park that is currently under renovation. The park has dirt sites, 30 amp electric, water, some have sewer. A newer section with gravel pads was not yet open. The new section will feature full hookups and 30/50 amp service. This new section is laid out strange with some sites located directly behind other campsites. Not sure why this is. There is also an RV Resort which adjoins the RV Park. It offers paved sites, with full hookups and is landscaped quite nicely.

Indigo Bluffs Indigo Bluffs Indigo Bluffs

While we were here for the weekend, the kids participated in the M-22 Challange. The M22 Challenge is a unique run-bike-paddle event held in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

M22 Challenge

After the race, we all gathered at the Empire Village Park to enjoy some pizza. Terri and I just love coming to this park to sit and enjoy the beach on Lake Michigan. What was new to the park were signs instructing you to pay for your parking. If that weren’t enough, several people with safety patrol vests on (like you would see on school crossing guards) would run around and hand out tickets to all those who missed the signs. Nice little local scam they got going here now.

On Saturday the weather turned for the worst. The wind got up to around 60 mph. Several RVs had sustained damage throughout the park. It sort of just sprung up on us.

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