Monday, December 5, 2016

Grandma's RV Campground - Shepherdsville, KY

I don't remember ever meeting my grandmothers. My maternal grandmother died 20 years before I was born and my paternal grandmother died two months after my birth. That doesn't mean I haven't looked at their photos and tried to imagine what it would have been like to have had them in my life.

Rosie, our Airstream Trailer in Grandma'w RV Campground

Maybe my lack of experience with my grandparents was what drew us to Grandma's RV Campground.

Somehow, my mental picture of grandma was very different from what I encountered at this park. Grandma had rules. Grandma had lots of rules. Grandma had lots and lots of rules. We were given pages of rules while checking in and the number of signs in the park with new rules or rule reminders became a running joke while we were there. There were signs everywhere reminding you of Grandma's rules and introducing new site specific ones.

Some of Grandma's pet rules

The last rule on these signs usually stated that anyone caught violating any rule would be immediately evicted from the park without a refund. I guess Grandma is tired of people ignoring her infinite number of rules.

Rules, Rules and more rules

There are rules everywhere you look!

Once you get past the rules, this is a nice little park. There were many little artistic do-dads scattered around that added a nice touch to it. The park was also very clean. (There were plenty of rules about keeping the park tidy and not touching the decorations!)

We spent only one night in the park while traveling down I-65. We were tired and our choice was between Grandma's and a truck stop. It was too warm to boondock without power, so Grandma won.

Grandma's tired from enforcing all the rules!

We were surprised by the size of this park and the number of trailers there. We couldn't tell for sure, but it appeared that the park may have a large number of resident units staying there.
Here are some specifics about this park:
  • Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical service.
  • Our site had a water connection. It was in a hole about two feet underground. That made connecting our hose a challenge.
  • Our site had a sewer connection.
  • Our site was gravel and level.
  • AT&T placed a strong 4G signal over our site for both voice and data.
  • The park provided reasonable Wi-Fi service.
  • We were able to watch ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS using Rosie's TV antenna. We also saw Antenna, Bounce, ME-TV and THiS digital channels.
  • The park had clean and modern restrooms and showers.
  • This was almost a pet friendly park. (The rules made it clear that Grandma reluctantly allowed pets in the park.)
We arrived at sunset and left early the next morning. Grandma's was OK for an overnight stay, but I don't think it's a destination type park unless you are on a caravan looking for campgrounds with the most rules. In that case, you may find that Grandma is a winner.

Tucked in for the night

Seen across the street from Grandma's

Rosie in Grandma's RV Campground

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lakeshore Park Campground - St Ignace, Michigan

We parked Rosie, our 25 foot Airstream trailer, about two weeks earlier at a park along Lake Huron that overlooked the Mackinaw Bridge from the south side. We noticed as we were parking Rosie in the Lakeshore Park Campground that we were once again looking at the Mackinac Bridge. This time our view was from the north side of the bridge and along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Sign at the entrance of the park

It doesn't matter if you are looking at the Mackinaw bridge from the north or south sides, it is an impressive sight to see. It is also impressive at night when it is lit up with colored lights.

The bridge as seen from the campground

There is a road behind the campground separating it from Lake Michigan's shore. The road wasn't busy and didn't impair our view of the bridge or of Lake Michigan.

We searched for a geocache hidden near the park along the lake's shore. We knew that someone found it earlier that day, but we could not locate it and gave up our search.

The camping sites were closer together than we would have liked. Out site was deep enough that we could hitch up the night before we left and the truck was not protruding on the road.

Our caravan in the park

Rosie among the Airstream trailers

Here are some specifics about this park:
  • Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp power.
  • Our site had both water and sewer connections.
  • Our site was a back-in with a view of Lake Michigan.
  • Our site was grass and close to level.
  • Our site had a picnic table, but it was in a difficult to use location and too heavy to move.
  • Restrooms and showers were in the center of the park. They were clean and functional.
  • The park provided reasonable Wi-Fi service.
  • AT&T placed two bars of 4G voice and data service over our site.
  • We were able to watch CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS TV stations using Rosie's antenna. We also saw the COMET digital TV signal.
  • This was a pet friendly park.
Visiting a museum in St Ignace

A lighthouse

The bridge in the background

The path from the campground to Lake Michigan

Our caravan as seen from Lake Michigan

A sunset picture over Lake Michigan

We visited a farm where they raised sheep  

Suzy on a hayride

Sunset on Lake Michigan