It is Fall Festival Time in Indiana

Visit some of these 2013 Fall Festivals

October 5-6: Feast of the Hunters’ Moon *Northern Indiana*  46th annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon at Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park near West Lafayette, Indiana. A re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s.

October 11-20: Parke County Covered Bridge Festival *Western Indiana* This countywide festival, Indiana’s largest festival, always starts on the 2nd Friday in October is nationally known as one of the largest. Enjoy visiting  communities throughout the county with a wide array of shopping and a variety of food that is sure to please everyone. Covered Bridge Festival

Saturday October 12: Camp-Land’s Annual Fall RV Festival & Seminars.  Free all-day event (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) is bigger and better than ever.   Featuring a FREE PIGROAST at Noon , live music, door prizes, Door-Buster giveaways for early birds, Free RV Show (230 New & Used RVs open for browsing) and SEMINARS of interest to all  Midwest RV’ers (9am – 2 pm).  More details and complete schedule of events will be available soon.

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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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?

 

Amazing Camp- Land Race Activities June 21-23 2013

Team Bakun Leading Scoring Team for this week.

Team Bakun led the week in scoring with 25 plus points.  The amount of bonus and cooking points will be determined, when they get their Starved Rock State Park photos to us.

The leading team is still Team Bates.

Now is the time and weather to go out and have camping fun.

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Amazing Camp-Land Race Team Challenge : 5 Bird Pictures

Team Bates bird photographs.

Here are Team Bates bird pictures.  They were taken at Starved Rock State Park, and Brown County State Park.

A Wild Turkey..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

Wild Turkey..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

A visiting Pelican. Stopped on its migration.Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

A migrating Pelican..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

American Barn Owl ,picture taken by Team Bates at Presentation at Brown County State Park by Indiana Raptor Center

American Barn Owl ,picture taken by Team Bates at Presentation at Brown County State Park by Indiana Raptor Center

Eastern Screech Owl. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

Eastern Screech Owl. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

Red Tailed Hawk. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

Red Tailed Hawk. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

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AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE HAPPENINGS WEEK OF JUNE 10-16

Teams Bates & Sayers reach Sightseer award level.

Teams Bates and Sayers went camping at Brown County State park during the weekend  of  June 14-16 . They enjoyed horse back riding in Brown County State Park, as well as panning for Gold in  Nashville,IN

Team Bates enjoying Brown County State Park Weekend

Team Bates enjoying Brown County State Park

 

Team Bates all set for Brown County State Park ride.

Team Bates all set for Brown County State Park ride.

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Part of the camping fun, was the great camping food.  Isn’t this always the case good food and relaxation. Camping is so good….

 

This is  Team Sayers campsite at Brown County State Park.

This is Team Sayers campsite at Brown County State Park.

A Team Sayers participant having fun panning for gold & gems at Nashville,IN

A Team Sayers participant having fun panning for gold & gems at Nashville,IN

Additional challenges for The Amazing Camp-Land Race Participants June 11, 2013

Here are some new challenges. 

1)      Take photos of five different bird species while on a camping trip and identify them.  (3 points)

2)      Take photos of five different insect species and identify them. When you send the photos with the identifications let us know what park you were camping at.(Where were the bugs) (3 Points)

3)      Take a picture or pictures of five different sea or lake creatures on the shore and identify them, while on a camping trip.  That maybe tough, so we will accept a photo(s) of you in Amazing Camp-Land Race tee shirt and the sea or lake creatures at the Shedd Aquarium, Sea World, or the Indianapolis Zoo. (3 Points).

4)      Take photos of five different Butterfly or Moth species and identify them  (3 Points)

Good luck and keep having fun

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Apps of interest to RV’ers

 SOME APPS FOR RV TRAVELERS

These Apps might be handy ones to have on your Phone or Tablet when you travel away from home:

To find a reliable dealer for service when traveling:     “Priority  RV Network”,     “RVDA RV Dealer Locator”

To find camping sites while on the road:    “Woodalls”,        “Passport America”

To reach the mobile website of Camp-Land RV, go to “mobile.camplandrv.com”

 

Partial List of Amazing Camp-Land Race Destinations

camping at Indiana state park

Twin Bridges at Indiana’s Turkey Run Park

DESTINATION CAMPING SITES for THE AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE 

Following is a partial list of Destinations and other Challenges for the
Season-Long Game of Camping Fun and Adventure.  The Outdoor
Hobbies and Activities Challenges will be found in a separate post.
Proof of fulfilling the Destination Challenges will be a photo of a family
member in their official Race Shirt by the Park entrance sign and a
second photo with your tent or camper at your campsite.  Bonus points
for visiting a landmark in or near the Park will require two photos proving
you were there.  Please note that if you are camping at a camp site
other than the designated Park, you could still score the Bonus Points
by visiting the Bonus Landmark as a Day.

DESTINATION STATE PARKS IN OUR FOUR-STATE AREA (IL, IN, MI, WI)         
[25 Points, Possible bonus of 5 points]

ILLINOIS CAMPING SITES

  • STARVED ROCK STATE PARK                                                           BONUS: Visit a waterfall.   
  •  LINCOLN’S NEW SALEM STATE HISTORIC SITE                     BONUS: Visit inside the Blacksmith Shop
  • NAUVOO STATE PARK                                                                        BONUS: Visit nearby 1846 Historic Nauvoo visitor
         Center http://www.historicnauvoo.net/  and the Browning Home and Gunsmith Shop in Historic Nauvoo    
  •  APPLE CREEK CANYON STATE PARK                          BONUS: Take 2 good photos of a family member in the Canyon 
  •  PERE MARQUETTE STATE PARK                                                    BONUS: Take a guided Nature Hike with a Ranger

 

INDIANA CAMPING SITES

  •  INDIANA DUNES STATE PARK                            BONUS: (a) Visit the Nature Center or (b) Visit the platform on Mt. Tom 
  •   TURKEY RUN STATE PARK                                   BONUS: Float down Sugar Creek in a canoe 
  •  McCORMICK CREEK STATE PARK                       BONUS: Hike to the Twin Bridges rock formation 
  •  SPRING MILL STATE PARK                                    BONUS: Visit the Mill 
  •  BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK                            BONUS: (a) Enjoy the view from West Lookout blockhouse or (b) Visit the  nearby town of    Nashville, Indiana

 

MICHIGAN CAMPING SITES

  • GRAND HAVEN STATE PARK                                 BONUS: Visit The Musical Fountain 
  • HOLLAND STATE PARK                                            BONUS: Photograph the Windmill in the town of Holland
  • TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK        BONUS: Take a photo of the falls from 2 different view points
  • WARREN DUNES STATE PARK                               BONUS: Photos on top of Mt. Randall
  • PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK                    BONUS:  Visit Lake of the Clouds

 

WISCONSIN CAMPING SITES

  •  COPPER FALLS STATE PARK                             BONUS: Waterfalls on Doughboy’s Nature Trail 
  •  DEVIL’S LAKE STATE PARK                               BONUS: Balanced Rock Formation
  •  PENINSULA STATE PARK                                  BONUS: (a) Eagle Bluff Lighthouse or(b) Peninsula two-step Geocache 
  •  KOHLER-ANDRAE STATE PARK                     BONUS: Visit Sanderling Nature Centerand photograph the piece of the keel of the “Challenge”
  • KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST-NORTHERN UNIT              BONUS: Reach the top of the Parnell Tower

 

FEATURED  NATIONWIDE CAMPGROUNDS  [25 Points each, Possible 5 point Bonus]

  • MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK          BONUS: Take a funny picture inside the cave.
  • ACADIA NATIONAL PARK                              BONUS:  Acadia has 12-foot tides.  Safely explore the intertidal zone at low tide. Take two interesting photographs of what you find.
  • LIBBY’S OCEANSIDE CAMP, York Harbor, Maine  • Libby’s Oceanside Camp, York Harbor, Maine   http://libbysoceancamping.com./    (Bonus:  Make photo with lighthouse in the background)   BONUS:  Take  photographs with the lighthouse in the background)
  • GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK   BONUS:  Safely take a picture of a Black Bear  (not a close-up)
  • LOUISBOURG RV PARK on the Waterfront     http://louisbourg.com/motorhomepark/   Cape Breton Highlands Park, Nova Scotia —    BONUS: Visit Louisbourg Fortress (Score a double-bonus if you are lucky enough to photograph a live musical performance at the Louisbourg Playhouse next to the RV Park.)
  • YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK              BONUS: Take a photo of Yellowstone Falls & one of Old Faithful erupting.
  • ZION NATIONAL PARK                                   BONUS: Take a trail ride on a horse
  • GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK           BONUS: Ride a mule down into the Canyon
  • EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK                  BONUS:  Photograph an Alligator and a white bird.
  • PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE    BONUS:  Photo of yourself either surf  fishing or posing with a surf fisherman  (for a special treat, try camping on the beach at South Beach Campground –no hookups anywhere in the Park)