Change in June 2014 Great Lakers Rally

The new June 2014 Great Laker rally with be June 19-22 at Hell Creek Ranch and Campground in Hell, MI 48169 (10866 Cedar Lake Rd., 734-878-3632).  Joy writes: ”The Summer Solstice, Going to Hell Creek Ranch, So Get Your Hand Basket, Great Lakers Rally “. This is a private campground with a pool, fishing, and hiking and riding trails.  Rates are $30 with electric and water (30amp/20amp).  Possibilities are a Jiffy plant tour (Friday), show at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, and a Summer Solstice Salad potluck meal.  Website is down so check their Facebook page.  Hosts: Skye/Joy.  (Note that I’ll change the early post to reflect this new date and location.)

2014 Rallies


From Rene’ Gray and Pat Reader, Great Lakers Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

2014 Great Lakers Rally Schedule — See you around the campfire!

**See Event page above for more details**

May 29 – June 1 Niles Bluegrass Festival (Joint rally with ORV) Riverfront Campground Niles, Mi., rally info. is in Nov/Dec RVW Mag. Hosts: Shirley/Denise 269-687-9681.

June 19-22 Hell Creek Ranch and Campground, Hell, MI.  Hosts: Skye/Joy  (This is the revised information.)

July 15-20 Alpenfest Gaylord, Mi. Hosts: Tommie/Jackie. Rally info. is in Nov/Dec. RVW Mag.

August 10-12 Shipshewana (Cohost with ORV) ORV Hosts Judy Wise/Judy Burnham.

August 14-17 Cheeseburger Festival Caseville, Mi., This is a suggested rally, we still need rally hosts to make this happen.

September – No planned rally yet so if anyone is interested in a get together/rally for those not going to convention, plan away!  September is a great month for RVing.

October 2-12 RVW Convention at York Expo Center in York, Pa.. Talk around the campfire is a number of Great Lakers are excited that the convention is on the East Coast and are planning on attending.

Other suggestions for rallies: Canadian Rally on Lake Huron (talk to Shirley for Canadian hosts), Waterloo Recreation Area, Tawas Point State Park, Rifle River, and Betsie River.

IMPORTANT: If you haven’t filled out a Liability Waiver Form, please do so online or use the form from the magazine. This form permits you to participate in any RVW activities/events.

Preview of 2013 Great Lakers rallies

Most of you have received updates from RVing Women announcing our Great Lakers 2013 rallies (cut and pasted in full from website below).  Hopefully we will gather for lunch soon and talk about these and other 2013 fun things!  I hope to get to a few rallies in 2013 plus doing the Canadian portion of my circle tour of Lake Superior and/or circling Lake Michigan.  My blog–like the rest of my life–needs to be updated, but you can check it out at  Note that I’m updating this blog before my own :).

JUNE 14-16, 2013 – Joint Great Lakers Chapter and Ohio River Valley Chapter
Niles, Michigan – Riverfront Park Campground

Join us for a camping with duck tape rally full of fun activities, some of them inspired by the annual Duck Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio. Each person will be asked to make a duck tape project and to bring it to the rally. It can be anything you might use while camping. Let your imagination go wild. For ideas and inspiration, just google “stuff to make with duck tape.”

Friday night, your hosts Shirley and Denise will greet you with finger foods and sweet treats. Saturday activities will include biking, kayaking, tubing, golf or just relaxing and hearing about everyone’s winter adventures. We will go to a local restaurant for dinner. Later in the evening, we will have judging for the duck tape projects, with very interesting prizes for the winners in several categories. We also will have materials available so projects can be made during the weekend. The judging will be followed with a campfire.

Sunday will begin with a pitch-in breakfast, more outdoor activities for those who can stay another night, and goodbyes for those who must leave.

Make your own reservations at Riverfront Park Campground by calling 269-687-9681. Be sure to mention you are with RVW to get a lakeside spot. The campground is located at 1701 Pucker Street, Niles MI 49120. Campsites will be held until May 1.

JULY 25-28, 2013 Great Lakers Chapter
Cedarville, Michigan – Loons Point RV Park and Campground

Join us at this wonderful new rally location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This campground is located directly on Lake Huron in the Les Cheneaux Islands area. While exact rally details are currently being worked out, we know the rally will include a boat tour of the Soo Locks, referred to as one of the great wonders of the world—and it is the largest waterway traffic system on earth.

There is something for everyone to do and see in this area. Kayaking, birding and fishing can all be done from the campground. Kayak and canoe rentals are available. The campground is close to golf courses, casinos, a couple quaint museums, Drummond Island, Great Lake Boat Building School, and much more. Information about this campground is available at

Mark your calendars and check back for complete details. René Gray and Pat Reader are the rally hosts. For more information, email

AUGUST 8-11, 2013- Joint Ohio River Valley Chapter and Great Lakers Chapter
Finley, Ohio – Pleasant View Recreation

Join us for a weekend celebration of the Flag City Balloon Fest. In addition to scheduling activities in conjunction with the Balloon Fest, we will have dinner out on Friday night, a potluck breakfast Saturday morning and a Sunday hitch-up breakfast provided by our rally hosts. We will have the use of an outdoor pavilion and indoor meeting rooms for gatherings.

The Balloon Fest starts Friday at 4 p.m. There will be displays, food vendors, tethered balloon rides (just $20 in 2012), impressive hot air balloon flights leaving from the Findlay Balloon Fest Park, and evening balloon illuminations. A classic car show has also been tentatively scheduled for this event. Fireworks traditionally close the festival.

Campsites are $43/night for full hookups with 50-amp service, $40 for full hookups with 30-amp service, $29/night for water/electric. Cabins are available for $100/night for four people, $90/night for two people. Rates are subject to change. Good Sam discounts are honored. Amenities include a swimming pond with water slide and nearby walking trails, mountain bike trails, mini golf and disc golf.

Make your own campsite reservations starting as early as April 1, 2013. Call the campground at 419-299-3897, email or go online to At the time you make your reservations, please also go online to the RVW website to make your reservation there as well. There is a $10 rally fee for event.

Pleasant View Recreation is located at 12611 Allen Township Road 218, Van Buren, Ohio 45889, just six miles north of Findlay, Ohio. Take exit 164 off I-75, go through Van Buren (a small town with a stop sign), go over the railroad tracks and then make a quick right. Do not go to Van Buren State Park as it is more primitive; instead, follow left around the turn to Pleasant View Recreation on the right.

For more information, contact rally hosts Cindy Turvy and Naomi Weinert at or 614-579-3867.

SEPTEMBER 3-10, 2013 – Great Lakers Chapter
Alpena, Michigan – Campers Cove Campground

Activities will include charter fishing, kayaking, a shipwreck tour, museums, dining out, bicycling and campfires.  For more information, contact Gayle Bennett at or 248-6709-8809.

Upcoming September 6-9 rally in Alpena

The next Great Lakers chapter rally is coming up September 6-9 in Alpena, MI (see information below).  I hear from Rachel that she is wending her way back from Newfoundland and in her last email she was about to enter Ontario.  The RVing Women website has many details (click here) and I’ve been reading a little online buzz from folks coming from other chapters.  Should be a blast!

September 6-9 rally: Campers Cove RV Park, 5005 Long Rapids Road, Alpena, MI 49606 (888-306-3708).  Plans include charter fishing boat trip, glass-bottom boat tour, marine sanctuary, and car pooling to lighthouses.   A deposit is required by June 15.  Hosts: Mickey Said and Rachel Brett Harley.

Wish I could be there, but my life has gotten very complicated.  I spent most of August in my RV circling a good chunk of the glorious Lake Superior with Henry Boy.  You can check out those travels at  I got back this past Saturday and I am still doing laundry, putting things away, and recuperating.

Then coming up September 6th, I start teaching “Concepts of Environmentalism” Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  A former (and fantastic) professor of mine, Orin Gelderloos, is going on sabbatical and asked me to teach this course that I took from him in 1979!  A great course and I used what I learned from him throughout my entire career.

If this wasn’t enough, I started a permanent “part-time” job mid-July at the People’s Food Coop in Ann Arbor.  Love doing outreach and education for such a wonderful organization, but my dance card is now full.   So while I’d love to get to Alpena because I miss all of you and it will be too much fun, it’s just not going to happen.  But enjoy and do let me know how it goes!


Interlochen Schedule

And here’s Interlochen schedule from Tommie–enjoy!

Try # 3. I hope this works



August 3 Friday

Interlochen Concerts

Film Festival

6pm dinner at site 124

August 4 Saturday

Interlochen Concerts

Film Festival

5pm Dinner at Hofbrau (please sign up at site 124)

August 5 Sunday

10am Pot Luck breakfast site124

Interlochen Concerts

Film Festival

7:30 Les Preludes Interlochen Bowl (get a spot early)

Latest information

I’m in Virginia with my grandchildren for my mother’s big 90th birthday celebration on Sunday. Sorry for lack of postings! Thinking of you!

So all I’m doing via iPhone is posting Shirley’s email from today:

Hey to everyone! Just a few days away from Interlochen, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you. I hope all the film goers have had success in lining up transportation, I have heard that Traverse City will be hopping for the next couple of weeks. If any of you tried to make reservations at the park and got the “full up” sign, I think there are 2 or 3 cancellations, so you might try again to get a site.

Just a reminder, Rene and Pat will bring their tie dying materials if anyone wants to do a shirt or pillowcase. Make sure they are 100% cotton and prewashed. Also, Denise and I will bring the stencils if anyone wants to make their own Great Lakers shirt, we have the stencils and paint, you bring the shirt.

I have the shirts that were ordered earlier in the year, and I ordered 3 extra shirts–1-L, 1- ExL, and 1-2XL. They are available for $13 each. Wait til you see the yellow shirts–they turned out really nice. Also I have a new order of hats–they will cost $8.00 each.

Rene and Pat are bringing the bean bag game and rodeo golf. Denise and I and Joy and Skye each have Bocce Ball games, and we’ll have a little games table set up for those who want to have some “together fun” at the campground. If you have anything you wish to add to the mix, bring it along.

Since RVW requires us to have medical information available for each participant in case of emergency, we will comply and make forms available to you this weekend. We’ll have extra copies of the “Vial of Life” forms, so that you can make one for us and have one for your rig. If you’d like to get the forms completed before you arrive (since we’ll be so busy ), you can go to and the forms are there. Mainly for our use, I think we’ll need meds you take regularly, and who we should reach in case of an emergency, the rest of the info is optional.

I guess that’s it for now, oh, I’ve heard from our wandering Rachel Brett Harley, she’s having a wonderful time in Canada, and looking forward to getting back to us in Alpena. Also, Gayle and Karen had a really great time at the convention, and they were shopping for “chapter pins” for us, so if they don’t make it back for Interlochen, we’ll look forward to seeing them again in Alpena too.

Everyone be safe, and we’ll see you soon, Shirley

Traverse City Film Festival schedule now available

I checked just now and was able to download the 31-page program.  You can go to their website to read it online (click top box on right that reads “Festival Guide: download here”), or click here to download the PDF (it’s 8 MB) onto your computer.

I plan to arrive August 1st and stay through Sunday morning.  While I’m anxious to get to Lake Superior, I am also wanting to enjoy being with Great Lakers and viewing as many of the films as possible.   Lots of great films just waiting for our viewing pleasure!  I’m a movie nut, especially independent and foreign films.  A couple of my favorites from this past year were Hedgehog (loved this movie) and Hugo (in 3D).