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 circlingthelakes.com. 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 www.loonspoint.com.
Mark your calendars and check back for complete details. René Gray and Pat Reader are the rally hosts. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or go online to www.pleasantviewcampgroundandcabins.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 248-6709-8809.