BATES & SAYERS TEAMS SHARE AMAZING RACE GRAND PRIZE

CAMP-LAND’S AMAZING RACE IS A DRAW

BATES & SAYERS TEAMS SHARE $1000 GRAND PRIZE

CAMP-LAND AMAZING RACE

CHRISTIAN BATES & DONNA SAYERS ACCEPT AMAZING RACE PRIZES

After an amazing summer of camping, the Bates and Sayers teams were neck and neck at the finish line….. and split the $1000 Grand Prize.  Representing their respective teams, Christian Bates and Donna Sayers accepted the prize (and a bunch of lesser achievement awards) at Camp-Land’s Fall Festival, Sat. Oct. 12. The other team members (Jill Sayers, Michelle Bates and children Matt & Ally Bates) were unable to attend because …. you guessed it …. they were busy camping. If you have been following the camping adventures of these two family teams, you know that the Bates children have had an Amazing summer camping and doing everything from geo-caching to horseback riding, hiking, swimming, collecting nature objects, drawing and much more.  And Michelle Bates took many amazing nature pictures.  Besides doing a lot of camping, the Sayers team just about wore out their dutch oven cooking by the campfire.  Their recipes are available on our blog for everyone to try. 

JILL & DONNA SAYERS A BROWN COUNTY

JILL & DONNA SAYERS AT BROWN COUNTY

 

BATES FAMILY AT STARVED ROCK

BATES FAMILY AT STARVED ROCK

AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE STANDINGS AS OF AUGUST 28,2013

TEAM SAYERS REGAINS AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE LEAD

Team Sayers cooks their way back into first place.

Team Sayers went out , and camped at Indiana Beach for the second time  during the Amazing Camp-Land Race.  They cooked and turned in enough recipes to add 85 points to their race total points.

 

Team Sayers leads the race followed by Team Bates,and in third place is Team Bakun.  There is plenty of time left to create camping fun and memories in the Amazing Camp-Land Race.

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THE AMAZING RACE IS UNDERWAY!

The Team Bakun Camping Trip : Circumnavigating Lake Michigan

Here are a few of the places visited on this journey.

Team Bakun's journey starts.

Team Bakun’s journey starts.

Mackinac Bridge picture taken from the ferry.

Mackinac Bridge picture taken from the ferry.

Mackinac Island State Park

The park was first established as Mackinac National Park in 1875, which was the second national park established in the United States after Yellowstone National Park. In 1895, it was transferred to state control and reorganized as Mackinac Island State Park, which was the first state park in Michigan. The park contains many important historical and geological features, such as Fort Mackinac, Fort Holmes, other historic buildings, historic sites, limestone caves, and other unique rock formations.

Team Bakun at Mackinac Island State Park on a chilly day in July.

Team Bakun at Mackinac Island State Park on a chilly day in July.

A woman in the period dress at Fort Mackinac

A woman in the period dress at Fort Mackinac

 A reenactment of Court Martial at Fort Mackinac

A reenactment of Court Martial at Fort Mackinac

A beautiful Michigan sunset

A beautiful Michigan sunset

Bells Point Beach

Located on beautiful St. Mary’s River, 1/2 KM east of the Hwy By-Pass. Bell’s Point is the destination of choice for families visiting Sault Ste. Marie, Echo Bay, Desbarats, and those who stop in while traveling the Trans Canada Highway.

Team Bakun upon arrival  at Bell's Beach

Team Bakun upon arrival at Bell’s Beach

Agawa Canyon

The Agawa Canyon is a shallow canyon located deep in the sparsely populated Algoma District in the                       Canadian province of Ontario. It was created 1.2 billion years ago by faulting along the Canadian Shield  and then enlarged by the erosive action of the Agawa River. The Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park is only accessible by hiking trail or the Algoma Central Railway, and is located 114 rail miles north west of Sault Ste. Marie.

Barbara from Team Bakun resting and taking in the  Canadian Wilderness' beauty.

Barbara from Team Bakun resting and taking in the Canadian Wilderness’ beauty.

Alvin sitting in front of Bridal Veil Falls in Agawa Canyon

Alvin sitting in front of Bridal Veil Falls in Agawa Canyon

Black Beaver Falls

Black Beaver Falls

 

Wells State Park

 Wells State Park (also known as J.W. Wells State Park) is a state park in the U.S. state of Michigan.

The 678-  acre (2.74 km2) park is located in Menominee County on the shore of Lake Michigan‘s

Green Bay, just south of Cedar River. It is on M-35, roughly midway between Menominee and

Escanaba

The park was established in 1925 through a donation by the children of John Walter Wells, a pioneer lumberman in the area and the mayor of Menominee for three terms beginning in 1893. Many of the park’s buildings, landscaping and water and sewage systems were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and 1940s

Alvin Bakun, hanging out at a state park in Michigan.

Alvin Bakun, hanging out at a state park in Michigan.

Bakun's home sweet home: camp site 108 at Wells State park

Bakun’s home sweet home: camp site 108 at Wells State park

A dragon fly at J.W. Wells State Park.

A dragon fly at J.W. Wells State Park.

Marinette County  Historical Museum

Stephenson Isle
Marinette, Wisconsin

The logging museum on Stephenson Island features artifacts of trading posts, Indian culture, logging and lumbering history, farming, fishing, etc. The Evanchek log cabin provides an authentic example of how this  area’s rural pioneer families lived. A recently acquired saw mill found its new home here at the museum in late 2009. In addition to the museum and cabin.

Marinette County Historical and Logging Museum

Marinette County Historical and Logging Museum

Map showing general  area covered by Team Bakuns Lake Michigan Trip.

Map showing general area covered by Team Bakuns Lake Michigan Trip.

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THE AMAZING RACE IS UNDERWAY!

AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE STANDINGS AS OF JULY 31,2013

TEAM BATES RACES PAST TEAM SAYERS INTO FIRST PLACE

It is still any ones  race to win.

Team Bates Vaulted into the lead, after their camping weekend at O’Bannon Woods State Park, that earned them 58 points. They now lead Team Sayers by 24 points. The teams competing in the Amazing Camp-Land Race,sure seem to be having fun. Matt and Allison also learned about fossils at Falls of the Ohio State Park.

Allison and Matt learning about fossils from DNR ranger at  Falls of the OHio State Park

Allison and Matt learning about fossils from DNR ranger at Falls of the OHio State Park

Team Bates at entrance to O'BANNON WOODS STATE PARK.  Allison seeing park from different perspective.

Team Bates at entrance to O’BANNON WOODS STATE PARK. Allison seeing park from different perspective.

Team Bates,the camper and the fire at O'Bannon Woods State Park.

Team Bates,the camper and the fire at O’Bannon Woods State Park.

Team Activities ,the last weekend of July 2013

Team Bates are traveling far and wide in Indiana

They had fun at O’Bannon Woods State Park and side trip to Falls of the Ohio State Park

Team Bates collected leaves,Matt and Allison did the first artwork submitted in The Amazing Camp-Land Race.  Here is their artwork and leaf collection.  This is what camping is all about.  The teams participating in the Race will always have their memories of this camping season.

Matt, age 10, drawing their camper.

Matt, age 10, drawing their camper.

Matt ,from Team Bates, and Team Bates Home Away From Home.  Mom's hand?

Matt ,from Team Bates, and Team Bates Home Away From Home. Mom’s hand?

Allison Bates 9,Drawing Amazing Camp-Land Race logo.

Allison Bates 9,Drawing Amazing Camp-Land Race logo.

Allison's finished Race logo.

Allison’s finished Race logo.

Allison drawing O'Bannon Woods State Park's swimming pool.

Allison drawing O’Bannon Woods State Park’s swimming pool.

O'Bannon Woods State Park's swimming pool  with people ,towels,and chairs.

O’Bannon Woods State Park’s swimming pool with people ,towels,and chairs.

Allison showing off leaves collected at O'Bannon Woods State Park.

Allison showing off leaves collected at O’Bannon Woods State Park.

NEW DESTINATIONS ADDED TO AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE

Camp at these locations and they are now worth 25 points.

These parks have special bonus points for activities  specified in this Post.

The first park is the Indiana Dunes National Lake shore.   Camp at Dunewood Campground and this will earn you 25 points ,plus the possibility  of Special Bonus Points.  This is an opportunity for the bird watchers to score.  While at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore, take pictures of and correctly identify 5 species of birds,you earn 3 points,same as before,but if you find, photograph, and correctly identify more than 5 species you get 3 points for each group of five.  If you take photos of 15 species of birds you will earn 9 points, if they have a “a” or “c” symbol in the column for the time of year when the pictures were taken in the table titled “Birds of the Indiana Dunes A Seasonal Checklist “.  If the bird species has a “u”.”r”,”x”, or “i” then you earn 3 points per species.  The rarity of  the typical bird sightings determines how many bonus points.

The second additional camping location being added to the Destination Parks is Tippecanoe State Park.  If while camping at Tippecanoe State Park, you go and visit Dunn Bridge and take a picture with a teammate wearing the AC Race tee shirt you earn 6 extra bonus points for a total of 9 bonus points.(3 for the normal old bridge picture plus the 6 Special Bonus Points.  Dunn Bridge is in Southern Porter County,In, about 29 miles away from  Tippecanoe  State Park, the park is  near Winamac, IN .

Special Bonus Points can be earned if you play at least nine holes  of Disc Golf, in one session of DG at one of the following parks.  Lemon Lake, Hidden Lake,(Lake County,IN} or Rogers Lakewood Park in Valparaiso,IN.  A picture of your score card ,a picture of you in the Amazing Camp-Land Race shirt while on the Disc Golf Course,and the closest hole# to you when the picture was taken will earn you 9 Special Bonus points.

Team Bates Activities Last Week of June 2013

Team Bates,currently in second place in The Amazing Camp-Land Race , added nine activity points.  They flew kites,took some photos of Bracket Fungi, and took team pictures of a covered bridge.  Here are some of their photographs.

A modern version of an old covered bridge, in Lemon Lake County Park.

A modern version of an old covered bridge, in Lemon Lake County Park.

Side view of Covered Bridge at Lemon Lake County Park.

Side view of Covered Bridge at Lemon Lake County Park.

Yep, definitely  Bracket Fungi.

Yep, definitely Bracket Fungi.

Kite flying at Lemon Lake County Park, in Cedar Lake,IN by Team Bates

Kite flying at Lemon Lake County Park, in Cedar Lake,IN by Team Bates

Team Bates kite, getting ready to land.

Team Bates kite, getting ready to land.

Team Standings for AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE as of July 1, 2013

Team Sayers vaults into First Place

Team Sayers Scores 99 points with their  camping weekend at Nascar RV Resort  at Indiana Beach.

Team Sayers scored 88 out of their 99 points this last  weekend, by cooking up a storm,or rather cooking in a storm.  Way to go Team Sayers!  Congratulations  for reaching achievement Level 2 in the  of the Amazing Camp-Land Race.  You are  the  first to reach the “ADVENTURER”  level of competitors in the Amazing Camp-Land Race for 2013.

Team Sayers ready to enter the NASCAR RV  Resort at Indiana Beach.

Team Sayers ready to enter the NASCAR RV Resort at Indiana Beach.

It looks like Team Sayers is just waiting for G58 for a diagonal Bingo,in the Bingo game at Nascar Campground in Indiana Beach.

It looks like Team Sayers is just waiting for G58 for a diagonal Bingo,in the Bingo game at Nascar Campground in Indiana Beach.

Team Sayers campsite at the Nascar campground in Indiana Beach . This is where  they stayed one week-end  , while Competing in the Amazing Camp-Land Race.

Team Sayers campsite at the Nascar campground in Indiana Beach . This is where they stayed one week-end , while Competing in the Amazing Camp-Land Race.

 

Team Bakun Recipes enjoyed at Starved Rock State Park

Peach Dump CakeLarge Dutch Oven

2 cans diced peaches in lite syrup
1 box white or yellow cake mix
1/4 stick butter
chopped nuts, optional
Pre heat the dutch oven. Place the peaches and juice in the dutch oven. Sprinkle the cake mix over the peaches. Do not stir but level the dry mix gently over the peaches.  Dot with chips of the butter and sprinkle the chopped nuts on top, if desired.  Cover and cook in hot coals, about 16 on the bottom and 12 on top, for about 45 min. or until the peach juice is bubbling and the cake is nicely browned. (If you have a small oven, use 1 can of peaches and 1/2 box of cake mix. Save the rest of the mix and second can of peaches for the next trip!)
Hot and ready to be eaten.  Ready for the Peach Dump Cake. I think I am.

Hot and ready to be eaten. Ready for the Peach Dump Cake. I think I am.

Dutch Oven Peach Dump Cake,with lid just removed.

Dutch Oven Peach Dump Cake,with lid just removed.

Pizza

Pizza cooked over hot coals at Starved Rock State Park,cooked and eaten by Team Bakun

Pizza cooked over hot coals at Starved Rock State Park,cooked and eaten by Team Bakun

12″ Cast Iron Pancake Griddle
1 tube Pillsbury thin pizza crust, you will only need half of the dough unless your pan is larger tun 12″
1 8 oz can pizza sauce
pepperoni sausage
shredded cheese
Preheat the cast iron pan.  Spread the pizza dough on the preheated pan (careful—the pan will be very hot) and cook over the hot coals for about 15 min.  Remove from the heat, spread the pizza sauce over the precooked dough, place pepperoni on top and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Return to the hot coals and continue cooking until the cheese melts.  You may need to cover the pan with a dutch oven cover or tin foil to contain the heat for the cheese to melt but you should not have to put any coals on the top.

Amazing Camp-Land Race Happenings Week of Juneb 17-23

Team Bakun Camps  at Starved Rock State Park.  Team Bates has fun at Green Briar Lake  ,Dugger, IN(Sullivan County)

Here are a few photos from the weekend.

Team Bakun's home weekend of June 21-23 at Starved Rock state Park.

Team Bakun’s home weekend of June 21-23 at Starved Rock state Park.

Team Bakun  getting ready to have fun at Starved Rock State Park.

Team Bakun getting ready to have fun at Starved Rock State Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A young member of Team Bates with, her blue gill she caught in Green Briar Lake.

A young member of Team Bates with, her blue gill she caught in Green Briar Lake.

A team Bates youngster with another Blue gill

A team Bates youngster with another Blue gill

 

Team Bakun Intently Geo-caching at Starved Rock state Park

Team Bakun Intently Geo-caching at Starved Rock state Park

Team Bates beating the heat at Green Briar Lake.

Team Bates beating the heat at Green Briar Lake.

The children of Team Bates swinging over the lake.  Do they drop into the lake?

The children of Team Bates swinging over the lake. Do they drop into the lake?