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Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Day Before the Fourth

This weekend we are almost at capacity in the campground. It has been fun watching the folks come in, find their “perfect” spot, set up and have the fun begin. Gerri & I have been blessed in meeting several really nice folks. In fact, we met one family that lived where Gerri’s dad was born and raised; come to find out that their last name is Norman and Gerri’s grandmother was a Norman from the same area. Are they related???? Who knows, but now as we pass them we each say hey cousin. Then we just smile and go on each with our own activities. Several folks have come up and told us thanks for the things we do and for insuring their safety and quiet time by making rounds through the campground.

On the day before the 4th, there were many activities the families could choose from. A gentleman, Adam Kober, from the area brought in a couple of snakes and had a scheduled “Snakes Alive” program. DSC_3136 The snakes were his pets, one was a Milk Snake DSC_3138 and the other was an Albino Corn Snake. DSC_3144 They were neat and colorful, and all who participated really enjoyed the program and learning.

After the program, the fire department returned to the campground and put on a water display. Actually they sprayed water in the air and let the kids run under the spray and get soaking wet. DSC_3150 I even saw some parents walking under the spray. Gee there is a kid in all of us!

Later in the day there was a “fifties dance” at the amphitheater and several folks participated in this event.

As evening approached, the folks that run the Trading Post put on a movie for the kids to come to the pavilion and watch. DSC_3158 They sold popcorn, sodas, candy and other incidentals. Needless to say the kids enjoyed the movie as well as the parents or grandparents.

The day was topped off by many campers, including us, building campfires and just enjoying being out in nature. DSC_3159 The crickets, katydids and cicadas put on a grand serenade for great background music for the fireside stay.

We hope each of you had a grand day and we all remember how great and fortunate we are to live in a free nation. May we never take it for granted.


  1. Happy Fourth of July, Mike and Gerri!!..hope you have a great day!!..and yes we ALL should be thankful for the great country we live in!!

  2. Thanks for reminding us about the reasons to celebrate this and every 4th of July. It sounds like your park had a grand July 3rd celebration. Keep up the good work! Every park needs camp hosts as diligent and friendly as you two, Mike and Gerri!

  3. Happy Fourth of July. Looks like you guys are busy. It is crazy here, but everyone is having a good time.

  4. Happy 4th and glad you are having what looks like a troublefree holidy, if you can just keep the young drinkers quiet it should be okay, We are staying home and finishing the cleanup of the tree fall, then Sam is going to hang a Hummingbird feeder he bought so maybe we can recruit some too. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  5. Happy 4th of July - looks like everyone is really in the mood for a nice celebration at that campground. By the way, both Paulette and I have Dell Inspirion laptop computers with the 15.6 in. screens.

  6. I have a Dell Inspiron also, but I like the bigger screen for these tired old eyes. :)

    Enjoy the holiday!

  7. Looks like a great time was had by all and wish we were there to share in it.

    Happy 4th

  8. I was with you until the snakes came into view..I have a gag reflex when I see snakes...Seriously, I'll bet it was interesting, though I would have had Dennis film it and watch it on video..
    The best part of camping is the evening peaceful...Boy, do I miss it!!! Have a safe and happy holiday...

  9. What a lovely day you shared with us.

  10. Great day with the snakes, firetrucks, dance and movie. And what a way to end up with such a pretty campfire!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard


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