Memorial Day Weekend…..FUN!!!

First off, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who are serving or have served our wonderful country insuring the freedoms we are so blessed to have.  Without your sacrifices we could not continue to be the great country we are today.  And for that, we are eternally grateful!  May God bless you & yours…and may God bless the USA!!!

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There were fun times had at the campground this Memorial Day weekend!  Last year the weather was scorching, this year surprisingly cool, in fact pretty chilly, especially in the mornings & late nights!  The campground was packed with campers, golf carts, kids, dogs, campfires & FUN!  Saturday morning started off with the 2nd Wacky Family Olympics competition.  We started out with 3 teams:  the “Booyahs”, the “Hutchs” & the “Wacky BGs”.  The competition started at 10’ish AM with “Wheel Me” or actually a good ole’ fashioned wheelbarrow race.  After many laughs shared by all, we continued to game #2, “Hole in One’ – 20 bean bag tosses for each team at the corn hole boards.  For game #3, “Hop till Ya Drop”, a tough 30 seconds of jump rope competition.  Team Wacky BG was packing a ringer!  One of their adult players is enrolled with a jump rope program…she actually did 82 in just 30 seconds!!  Her rope was smoking!  Once our jumpers caught their breath, we continued on to game #4, “Dress Me Blind”.  One adult & one kid from each team was given a basket of adult’s clothes.  The adult was blindfolded & had to “dress” the kid with the help of the kids’ instruction!  The funniest part…when they got to the “bra”.  From the pictures included, you will notice our 3 teams’ “kid” players were from ages 2-7!  It was funny to watch & even more fun to cheer on.  With game #5, we had a late team join the playing field…the “Plunketeers”.  This game was the most fun (expressed by all participating & spectators)…”Scrambled Eggs”!  Each team had 2 adults & 2 kids (or some had to do it twice if some of their members needed a nap!) & were given a metal spoon & 4 raw eggs.  They had to go down & back, down & back as in a normal egg race BUT we were giving the chance for some lead-breaking points!  For every unbroken egg at the end of the relay, teams could receive 5 bonus points!!!  Every team still had all their eggs…unbroken after the competition.  Everyone had so much fun, we decided to do a second relay.  Players seemed to be a little braver & a lot faster this time.  There was only one casualty (egg)!  Moving on to game #6, “Shoot Out at the Square”, a basketball shooting competition with 2 adults & 2 kids from each team.  Fortunately the campground has a kids goal so it kept it fair!  Funny thing…just like last year, the kids scored as much if not more than the adults!  Even better, the Moms out scored the Dads…teehee!!!  Game #7 was the last “teams” competition & the most risky,  “Blind Man’s Bluff”, a blindfolded obstacle course through the campground playground!  We decided to just take 1 adult & 1 kid from each team for the competition due to the challenges of the event.  The kid was blindfolded & the adult “guided” them through the course.  To the slide, up & over.  To the 3 playground rockers, rock 3 times on each.  To the monkey bars, climb up to top & back, back down.  To the swings, swing 3 times on just one.  To the merry-go-round, get on & adult spins 3 times….then run back to the starting line.  We only scored 1 fat lip on the jungle gym, I think the adult was trying to hurry her to quickly!!  Our Olympics finale`….was open to any kids that were at the campground at that time.  “Brain Freeze”, popsicle  eating contest.  It was messy, but not nearly as bad as last years 90 degree weather (and bees!).  All in all it was a great day & even though we didn’t have many teams, those that did play had FUN!  I also want to say a big THANK YOU to my Brother & Sister-in-Law, Carl & Lisa Pritchett & our youngest Daughter, Tori Fry for all their help & support this weekend with all the various festivities we were in charge of!  I couldn’t have done it without you!!! I love you guys!!!

We had a Hot Dog Awards Banquet to celebrate the competition & to present awards to our winners……drum roll……GOLD went to Wacky BGs, SILVER went to Booyahs & BRONZE went to Hutchs.  The Plunketeers were only 1 point behind Hutchs, not bad for starting the competition halfway through.

Sunday morning we had our annual Indy 500 potluck pitch-in breakfast at the Shelter House…..YUM!  Wasn’t much left on the tables, pretty well cleaned out everything!  Sunday night we had a surprise performer that played for almost 3 hours just for tips, Chris Hurst.  I guess he grew up around the area & always used to come down to the campground when he was younger.  He strolled in the campground Friday night with his guitar & was playing.  We asked how much he charged, long story short…we really enjoyed his talents Sunday night & hope to have him back real soon!

Monday everyone just did their own thing.  Some stuck around for a while, some headed home early.  We headed out on the boat!  It was much warmer than Sunday but was windy.  We got a couple of hours on the lake before the rain started in.  But for the most part it was a pretty good weekend….Hope yours was too!!



English: The American FlagSo we had a productive campground meeting on 5/18 morning!  Some of you might not be up to date on our “fundraising” ability…virtually there are NONE!  The HLPOA did not renew the gambling license for 2013 so we are not permitted to do any 50/50, pull tabs, raffles, bingo, anything that you “gamble” for. That being said, we have to work off of the remaining funds available from last years gaming.

  • With limited funds available, we will only be having one band this season (unless we get enough donations from campers to afford another band possibly Labor Day wknd) which is scheduled for Friday night 7/5 with Drop Dead Joker (have been here before) starting at 8:30pm!  They are pretty good & very reasonable.  It was scheduled for Friday night as not to interfere with viewing the lake’s fireworks on Saturday night.
  • We can try to do more karaoke on Saturday nights if there’s interest.  There are two different campers in the park that can offer their service & will do so for tips….so as long as we can get enough tips to make it worth their effort/work.  We should be able to get one of them to do so when we want to set it up.
  • ONLY FUNDRAISER WE CAN HAVE:  Silent Auctions!  We had great success w/last years auction & since it’s the only way we can actually raise money this year we voted to do 2 this season.  So starting now until July 4th we will be accepting “new & like new” item donations for the auction to start on 7/5 at Noon & run thru 7/6 4P when bidding will end.  Winners announced at 8PM with payments due then (check/cash).  Second Silent Auction will be Labor Day wknd!  So mark your calendars, clean out your closets & garage…help support the campground!
  • PLEASE NOTE:  we will be having the annual Memorial Day wknd Breakfast Potluck Pitch-in Sunday 5/26 9:30am at the Shelter House.  Please bring your favorite breakfast contribution, your own table service (plates, cups & utensils) & drinks. OH & your appetite!  Bon Appétit
  • PARENTS:  Please remind your children NOT TO TOUCH THE WILD BABY ANIMALS & EGGS in the park!  They will be abandoned by their Mommies & will die.  We have had duck eggs & baby bunnies disturbed.                                                 Also they are NOT TO RIDE ANYTHING ON THE SIDEWALKS OR UNDER THE SHELTER.  And please not leave their bikes (etc.) in front of restroom doors, someone’s going to get hurt.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter!
  • We have our monthly campground meeting the 3rd Saturday morning at 10AM every month (unless otherwise stated).  It sure would be nice to see more attendance, new faces, new suggestions, participation on the workings of the campground.  We seem to always have the same people there.  The same people donating their time, ideas, etc.  Don’t like how things are going…come, participate & stay informed!

I have updated the calendar page here on the blog so while you’re here be sure to check it out!  This Saturday is the Wacky Family Olympics!!!  Hope the teams are ready for some fun competition.  Don’t forget to charge up your phones & cameras, I’m sure there will be some great photo ops! And for the Hot Dog Awards Banquet Saturday night, please contribute a side dish (hot or cold) & a dessert,  Don’t forget your own table service (plates, utensils) & your drinks.  The campground will furnish the hot dogs, buns & condiments.  Here’s to a great, fun, safe Memorial Day Weekend!!!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Giant Red Daisy Flower macro Photographed on B...Hope all you Ladies out there had a great Mother’s Day yesterday, mine was wonderful!  We packed up & headed out of the campground early Sunday morning because we had our whole gang coming for an early Mother’s Day dinner at our house.  The great part…everyone was there!  Well almost, all but my Mom.  We also found out we’re going to be blessed with our 7th grand child around Christmas!  Our oldest daughter is expecting her 5th right around her birthday.  Congratulations Brandy & Tom (& Xavier, & Avalon, & Grace, & Lincoln!).  A funny comment by their oldest (Xavier soon to be 11) he thought they should name him (if a boy) Abraham….that way when they’re calling the kids in…Abraham…Lincoln!  Thought that was pretty cute!

Now that I’ve shared my personal stuff…on to why I’m here…HL Campground blog!  Starting off I have made some adjustments to the activities calendar that were previously  distributed & posted on this blog (see “2013 HL Campground Season Calendar” page).  PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK THE BLOG CALENDAR PAGE REGULARLY FOR THE MOST UPDATED SCHEDULE.  Most recent change being…we have cancelled the 9-11:30pm Karaoke, due to limited funds!  The first weekend in May, I posted the 2nd Annual Wacky Family Olympics team roster sign-up sheet, schedule of events w/criteria & an information sheet at the Shelter House on the side of the storage shed.  As of 5/12 morning…we’ve had “1” team sign up 😦    It was a team that “placed” in last years competition!  I also passed out copies of the Olympics information sheet to any campers I could find on 5/11 evening, trying to encourage participation.  There is a deadline for team sign-ups 5/18!  If I do not have at least 5 teams signed up by 5/18 -7pm, the Olympics & the Hot Dog Awards Banquet will be cancelled!!!  It takes a lot of time & expense to put on this event.  Besides, it wouldn’t be as much fun with less than 5 teams participating.

On-screen graphic from At the Movies.

Movie night is on 5/18 & with the sun staying out longer we have to push the start time back to 9:30PM instead of 9P.  The movie is scheduled to be PG-13 or R..? I will bring some movies to the monthly campground meeting 5/18 at 10AM & we’ll pick that night’s movie then.  HOPEFULLY it will have warmed up considerably, the last one it was freezing!!!  Hopefully we’ll actually have a weekend we don’t have ANY rain!  I know we’re all getting pretty sick of all this NON conducive camping weather!  Seems like the “work week” tends to be nice/warmer & the weekend comes….wet/cold..  😦

So remember…get your team sign-up for the Wacky Family Olympics by 5/18 -7PM!  Have a great week & we’ll see you around the campground hopefully this weekend!

With all the April showers….there better be LOTS of May flowers, and I don’t mean WEEDS!!


This weekend marks one whole month the campground has been open and running, hard to believe!  Unfortunately the forecast is suppose to be more of the same we’ve had practically every weekend, all weekend long….rain 😦   Was away from home the last couple days & when I pulled up Wednesday morning my yard had a beautiful sunny yellow & bright purple hue to it.  Wasn’t by my doing…but those pesky darn dandelions!  I loved the beautiful purple wild violets but unfortunately can’t just mow the dandelions.  It took me double-cutting the WHOLE yard to make it look good…it was a hayfield!  But when you live in the country & mow a yard that was once a farm field & you’re surrounded completely by farm fields you come to except those “wildflowers” want or not.


I would like to quick mention about your pets & ticks!  Last weekend when I walked Mater around the campground & up in the neighborhoods, we found & removed a tick on him.  Then we found another when we got him home…so please remember to check your furry friends often & maybe check the kids too!

Olympic Flag

Well it’s time to pick your teams for our 2nd Annual Wacky Family Olympics.  This year it will be the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, 5/25/13, starting at 10am at the Shelter House.  I will be posting a teams sign-up sheet on the wall of the storage building on the corner of the Shelter House.  We’re going to change it up a little this year.  Sign your team up listing your team’s roster.  Each team will participate in every event EXCEPT Brain Freeze – that’s open to all kids 12 & under – no team necessary!  Brain Freeze participants do not have to be a team member, it’s just a fun event for the kids that day.  There will be a $5.00 team entry fee (payable just before events begin 5/25) to help offset the cost of supplies for the events & for the purchase of hot dogs/buns for the awards banquet @ 7-8PM on 5/25.  As mentioned above, I will post a teams sign-up sheet at the Shelter House starting this weekend.  I will also post a list of the events (in order) w/level of physical difficulty & the number of team members needed for each event.  Please Note:  if we do not have at least 5 teams signed up by 5/18 evening we will cancel the Olympics & the Banquet due to lack of interest/participation.  It takes a lot of work & expense to do this event that’s why we want to make sure we have at least 5 teams!  We really had a lot of fun last year, I hope we see just as much participation as we did last year!!!  We won’t have the inflatable obstacle course this year due to the problem of fundraising but we do have a surprise planned for 7/6/13…will keep you posted!

Until next post… safe, be healthy & come on warmer weather!!!!