|Phil, Coni, Rachel &
another wonderful year with the camping folks! It
seems like every year we say what a great year we
had, and this year was no exception. We met so many
nice, new people that came and stayed with us again.
Some came with veteran campers, some came on
recommendation, and some came just to try it. We
appreciate you coming and sharing your time with us.
Thank you again to all of the campers who continued
to return again this past year. It has become a
perpetual family reunion for us, and we are
thoroughly enjoying it!!
Every year we get
folks telling us how much they like reading this
page. Really? We are just a “normal” family trying
our best to raise a couple kids without totally
losing it! LOL!
So…...what have we been up
Phil decided to pressure wash all the
picnic tables with Brad…. Yup. All of them. After a
brief period of time, it was realized that they
should be dismantled, stained, re-welded, fixed, and
put back together. Soooo...no new dock this year. If
you see Brad this year, it will be a miracle! That
man has the patience of a saint! However, the picnic
tables look good and it was the right thing to do.
It has kept Phil and Brad busy all winter - that is
when they weren’t blowing and baling leaves in
between the freezing rain, and snow that kept
coming, then melting, then coming, then melting
(just keep repeating…). Again, patience of a saint!!
Brad never knew what the weather, or Phil, was going
to have in store for him this fall.
continues to sub for Brainerd School District,
shuttle kids and do campground stuff - even in the
“off season” it is busy, busy, busy! Reservations,
paperwork, Gus, the girls, campground ordering, and
a plethora of other things have kept her running
since the camp “closed.” Ha! That word is funny!!
Rachel is a sophomore in high school. She is
a very dedicated student, who still enjoys playing
volleyball, fast pitch softball, violin in the
orchestra, piano, and sax for band. She became an
official licensed driver this fall, so look out! She
has become an accomplished iphone user and can
explain why it is necessary to have it on and using
it at all times - except when driving. Apparently,
only a blaring radio is crucial for the car to be
able to operate at optimum potential. Hmmmm…..
Amanda…..where to begin???? Eighth grader - last
year in middle school. When is it appropriate for a
mother to start crying about this? Ugh! She is
sooooo enjoying this year - and is doing
exceptionally well in school. She still plays fast
pitch softball, and downhill skis for both the Mount
Ski Gull team and the Brainerd High School team.
Amanda is still in choir and band; she gave up
volleyball this year to go….bow hunting!
WHHHHAAATTT? Amanda? Yup! She proved herself to be
pretty determined too - even though she didn’t get a
deer. She enjoyed being out in the woods with Phil a
LOT! I think next year, I am afraid, both girls will
Gus, our yellow lab, is proving
himself to be quite a turd, but we adore him! He is
so stubborn, loves to eat, sleep and play - so he
really does fit in well with our family! He loves,
LOVES the girls and won’t go to sleep at night
unless they say goodnight to him. He excels at
chewing up things that don’t belong to him, acting
like he can’t hear you, bounding after anything in
the yard, and making us happy.
year went well for the family! Rachel shot a nice
buck, Amanda did great and got a spike buck for her
first year hunting, and Phil also got a buck during
muzzleloading season. Coni shot a hole in her Visa
at Bath & Body and racked up some amazing candles
for the store!
what was new this year at the camp!
Phil and Brad planted a LOT of new trees in the
fall. A lot of dirt work and seeding, and remodeling
of some sites. We shall see how it all turns out in
the spring, considering the fall we had. The pool
had some serious fixes before it was opened in May.
Water softeners for the pool and a new furnace for
it were installed! There was new electrical run to
some of the sites making them into 50amp spaces.
Some of the tent sites were closed for 6 - 8 weeks
to allow for landscaping and grass planting. Most of
them held up well for the majority of the summer.
Shrubs and new perennials were planted around the
camp, and up by the store/pool. There were many
trees that were taken out in the spring, and some
more again this fall. Oh, and remodeled picnic table
will be found throughout the camp!
Okay, because this was well received last year, we
thought we’d do it again:
Things of 2018
10. RV’s were towed in to
9. Halloween in the fall
8. Tents got moved
Butterflies were hatched and released
Fireworks went an hour on the 4th
Kids swimming in the rain
wheels were taken off
3. Bottoms were
2. Adults cannonballed
1. Darrel got a new golf
we are always impressed with you, we are going to
put this in again:
We are thankful to the great campers who joined
us again this year. We are so grateful that you
choose to come stay with us, and are impressed with
the manner with which you conduct yourselves. You
help us keep the park family friendly, respectful,
clean, and fun. We realize that we have a lot of
rules to follow, and we appreciate the consideration
you have for us in following them. It is a wonderful
testament to the clients we have, as well as the
friends they bring with them. Our newbies continue
to share their compliments to everyone who camps
alongside them. Thank you to everyone who sends new
campers our way. We sincerely appreciate your
patronage, support and kind words. Thank you for
respecting our campground, environment, and
We continue to be impressed with, and appreciate
your respectful attitudes and how you conduct
yourselves in a close community, and family
orientated campground. Your willingness to
cooperate, understand, and follow the rules and regs
help keep this a campground where families want to
come back to. Plus, it helps us be able to get a
little sleep! Thank you just doesn’t do justice to
how we feel about all of you who pass along
wonderful compliments about us to others.
We do truly thank you.
Rachel and Amanda
See you soon!