I'm still working with this old, tin can of a computer. National wants to wait and bring both computers at one time so it could be Thursday before I can get back to normal!!
I haven't even been taking photos (not that there is much to take photos of except for the logging going on in our woods). But we HAVE been busy with campers and lodging guests.
When I DO get my computer(s) back and set up, I will take a couple of photos to share with you...photos of LEAVES THAT ARE CHANGING COLORS ALREADY. Again, this is something we don't normally start to see till mid-August...and that is usually because the trees are stressed from a hot, dry summer. We know that hasn't been the case THIS year. It took a LONG time just to get full fledged leaves on the trees due to it being so cold!! I hope we get out of here before it starts to snow!!! At this rate, it won't be long till I start updating the Eastern U.P. fall color report!!
I want to share with you a story about Maggie Pike at the Newberry KOA. A lot of our campers seem to think that Maggie and I compete with each other, which I guess to some extent we do....BUT we DO also work back and forth. If I've got campers who want a pool, I will call Maggie to see if they have availability. If Maggie gets campers who want cable TV hook up, she calls me to see if we have openings...these are just some of the examples of how we both try to help tourists in our area and help each other.
A couple of days ago, I received a phone call from someone looking for a group site for up to 60 guests with about 20 tents. I explained to them that LEGALLY our group site doesn't allow us to place that many tents and people on one site and since our Michigan Campground License specifically states certain things, we could be in trouble if we did something we should not. I suggested he call Maggie at the KOA. Since they are a larger park, maybe they have a larger LEGAL group site. He and I kicked around the idea of splitting the group up between the KOA and our park. I never heard back from him.
Yesterday, Maggie calls to give me a heads up that she has given a group such and such a rate and hoped that it would work out that we could split them up; she'd take 1/2 and I'd take the other 1/2. We agreed on a VERY reasonable rate since this is for a good cause. So, from August 2 - 5 we each will have 40 tent campers with about 15-18 4 man tents from this group. So, a big pat on the back for Maggie for helping make this work out for the group and for both of our parks. Not only will it help the both of us, but hopefully will generate a little income for the area too...groceries, gas, entrance fees, etc.
If any of your DO read the Zen thought for the Day (or every couple of days), I realize I haven't changed it in a while. I am waiting to get my computer back. All my "thoughts" are in MS Word and opening MS word takes such a long time with this old gal that I'm not using it anymore than I have to. Things SHOULD be back to normal SOON!!!
Our New Normal
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