The case of the missing campfire wood.
Here we are stopping at Pettit Park for a place to go between places to go. We tend to do this quite often here.
So the story begins. When we arrived at this place I set some leftover firewood I had in the truck next to the firepit. After a couple of nights, I noticed that the pile was dwindling. At this time I started counting how many pieces were left. The next morning I saw 2 pieces were gone. The morning after that another 2 pieces were missing. And so forth.
The next morning I saw a maintenance guy up at the bathrooms. I went up to talk to him. I explained to him that every night 2 pieces of my firewood would get up and walk away.
He informed me that he thought it may be his coworker doing it. He said the wood piled in the back of the park was free for everyone to use and he was maybe putting it back there.
I replied, “so you are telling me that every night one of your guys gets up out of bed, comes to this park, grabs only 2 pieces of my wood and carries it back to your wood pile before I wake in the morning?”
His reply back to me was nothing more than a confused stare.
Since this was Go-Home day, I grabbed my remaining 2 pieces of firewood and tossed them into the back of the truck.
This is the view right outside of my window as I write this post. We are just a few yards from the Lake Michigan shoreline in Petoskey, Michigan at the State Park. The place is quiet and peaceful. This is the perfect place to sit back, relax, rejuvenate and recover from the hassles of everyday life. Just listen to the gentle sound of the waves crashing across the rocks onto the still beach. I will let you go ahead and be envious of me. If it were you, I would be.
Now back to reality: Due to a recent scheduling alteration because of a family matter, we are required to leave earlier than our originally reserved departure date. This means that because of the new Michigan DNR camping regulations that went into effect November 1, 2017, we will now be forfeiting 40 percent of the fees we had already paid to camp for all of our unused nights. The state knows how popular camping has become and is taking this approach to reduce campsites from becoming unused at the last moment. I have been to a lot of state parks and have never seen this as a problem. However, I have seen how much more I am paying these days to camp at a Michigan State Parks and this is just another way to grab more money out of my pocket. Sure would be nice to see where some of this money is going.
We have come to the Traverse City State Park for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. This is also the weekend the Bayshore Marathon is annually held. Our son, Jason and his wife Becky both ran in this event last year and will be in it again this year as well. Terri and I have elected to keep an eye on the grandkids. Somebody needs to stay behind and do the hard work 😉
Traverse City has some awesome bike trails. Terri and I couldn’t wait to come back up here an try them out ever since we got our bikes last summer. We both had a great time wheeling around town.
As usual, we got to stop at a few of our favorite spots to eat while we were here.
Since we had a few days left before our reservation at Traverse City State Park we decided to head over to Four Seasons RV Park rather than go home. The place has been neglected in recent years so we have not visited it for a while. We thought we’d give it another try. Plus we were really looking forward to soaking in the hot tub.
When we arrived we found no one in the office. I wandered around a bit and started looking at electrical posts to find a 50 amp connection. That’s when I heard someone shout “that won’t work!” I asked what he was referring to and he said that the power is off. Apparently, the whole campground had lost power the night before. I was told that the power company was sending a truck over to check it out.
I went over to talk to another couple who were about to set up camp next to us. I explained about the power outage. We then noticed a power company truck had entered the park. That is when they announced that they too worked for the same power company. She was a dispatcher and he was a lineman. They said they would go over and get the inside scoop.
A few minutes later the couple returned and proceeded to pack up their stuff. I knew that was not a good sign. They had discovered that the problem was not with the line coming into the RV park but an internal problem. I knew with this being Sunday that the power would be out for a while.
Obviously, no hot tub tonight 🙁
I later spoke with Brian Patrick who is the new owner of the Four Seasons RV Park. He said he was working diligently trying to get the power restored. He said the park was scheduled to be at 100% capacity this weekend for the holiday. It was vital for the electrical to be restored or his business would suffer a great loss. I felt sorry for him. Here was finally a guy running the place that really cared about it and didn’t follow in the footsteps of his predecessors who were, in my opinion, nothing more than slum lords.
So off to pick up my trusty Honda Generator.
The power was restored a day or so later. We did get a chance to enjoy the hot tub that we were so anxiously awaiting.
I want to wish Brian all the best for his efforts. I am cheering for him to turn this place around and make it the place it once was.
Inside next to the pool are 3 dolphins that are part of a fountain arrangement that sprays water from each of their beaks into the pool. Year by year, my wife and I have watched as one-by-one each of the dolphins would fail to work. First one, then two and now all three have become dormant. It would be fantastic to see all of them once again come to life as they did back in the glory days of the RV park.
Our visit to Bay City State Park was interesting. This time of year the place is not very busy during the week. It is quite calm and peaceful. It is a nice time to get a bit of R&R.
Then the weekend happens. The place transforms into a noisy, active playground full of weekend campers. All of these people trying to cram in as much fun, food, and alcohol as they can into the 2 days they don’t need to go to work.
One aspect of camping this time of year is the amount of pollen everywhere. Everything is covered with yellow dust.
One afternoon, just as I was entering my RV, I heard an enormous crash. It sounded like thunder, metal, and glass breaking, all rolled into one huge BANG!
I went to investigate the noise and discovered a large tree had fallen onto a van next to our campsite. The van had just pulled in moments prior to the tree falling. What are the odds? It wasn’t even windy out today yet the tree cracked right at the base. Miraculously enough no one was injured.
When the tree busted off, it fell on the van’s roof, rolled down its windshield, across its hood, and ripped the side door off, as it came to rest on the pavement below. The photos shown below don’t really do justice to what I really saw.
During our visit, Terri and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. Nothing extravagant, we just grabbed a pizza, started a campfire and curled up in a couple of recliners as we watched a movie under the stars. What more could one ask for?