Hello Travel Resorts of America Campers! Welcome to the September 2017 Newsletter. Here you can find updates on your favorite resorts and more!
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We hope everyone has been enjoying their summer full of camping and fun. We love seeing happy campers all over the map at our Travel Resorts of America resorts!
We have so much in store for the rest of the summer camping season and can’t wait to enjoy our time with you while you stay with us. Read on to find out all about what is to come this year. So many exciting events and activities for you and all of our Travel Resorts of America Family!
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TRA Firewood Policy
In keeping with continuing to provide a great outdoor experience for our members and guests, as well as protecting the natural resources on our beautiful resorts, TRA will no longer be allowing members to bring firewood with them when they visit a TRA resort. By now, most Members are familiar with the numerous “Don’t Move Firewood – It Bugs Me!” campaigns that are in place in states where we have resorts. Our alliance with these state campaigns is intended to protect our trees and continue to provide our Members with the lush destinations our resorts offer. We have recently discovered damage at one of our resorts from the Emerald Ash Borer, and we wish to be more proactive in protecting our tree resources. Our Members who wish to have campfires, you will be able to purchase firewood at the resort store. Firewood that is sold at the resorts will either come from trees harvested on resort property, or from vendors who deliver certified insect-free packages of bundled wood. For more information on this spreading problem we invite you to visit websites such as www.dontmovefirewood.org or any of the state DNR websites. We appreciate your help and cooperation with helping to prevent the further spread of this problem.
Wally World Riverside Resort
Yes September is here. The children are back in school and the temperatures have cooled a little. Thankfully there is still plenty of time for camping this season. We have been working on the garden house these last few weeks. Your next time here you will see what has been added.
We added new mulch to the playground. We did get a fire hydrant donated for the dog park. We are working on keeping the park green. We had so much rain this season and all of a sudden nothing. It is very dry so it is water, water to keep the plants blooming.
Staff is looking forward to a great Labor Day weekend. I hope to see everyone and participating in activities.
Barb McClintock, Resort Manager
Well, as schools are back in session, our Thursday bingo games have come to a close, but we will get as many games in on Fridays as we can! There is still a lot of fun activities planned for the rest of the season here at Wally World!
We had a great month of August, and some eventful weekends with superb entertainment. This month we had Jan from the Ohio Bird Sanctuary out to do some bird calling for us, and she brought with her a Baird Owl from the Sanctuary. We took a hike down by the river and Jan called in at least 4 owls, and she was able to tell male from female just by their call. A big male even flew in and landed in a tree right above us! It was awesome!
Our wine and cheese festivities were a huge success! It took a lot of hard work and planning, but it turned out beautiful! Our entertainment for the evening was an acoustical act, Chris Gantz, and he was amazing! We are hoping to get him back next year! Very talented!
The Mohican Bigfoot made appearances at Wally World this month. He paused for pictures with our members, danced to the sounds of Dr. Joe and the Squeezebox Band, and sneaked around the outdoor movie screen during the showing of Harry and the Henderson’s!
We are looking forward to September, Labor Day, and coming in to the fall season!
Happy Camping Everyone!
Attached is a couple pics from our Wet-n-Wild II Weekend!
Tonia Riley, Recreation Director
Gettsyburg Battlefield Resort
September! Most kids are back to school, the days feel a bit shorter and the nights a trifle cooler, welcome to the start of fall at Gettysburg Battlefield Resort. This month will see the completion of the new Gaga Ball pit and the last of the pool pavers installation for this year.
What is Gaga ball you ask? Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. I might just hop in myself.
Pool paving project on the left side of the pool is finishing up and everyone has done an amazing job! Thanks to all the members and families who volunteered and helped the crew out. We are hoping we can continue with last side and hopefully in the winter months we can get everything prepped and ready before opening of 2018 pool season.
Our Gazebo by the pond is receiving a face-lift, new roof installation has been completed at writing of this article and painting is next.
The first of our midnight madness sales will be Saturday of Labor day weekend. The doors will open at midnight the sale as last year and will remain open until 1:30pm or the last person exits the store which ever happens first. There will be more in October.
Just a heads up the pool will be closing around September24th and will also close early on September 10th for a team appreciation picnic.
Thank you all for a great summer and we are looking forward to an amazing fall!
Richard Kellerman, Resort Manager
North Shore Landing
We’ve been busy at North Shore Landing during the month of August. The crew has continued renovating the caboose cabins and the Super Site is looking spectacular as work installing irrigation and laying sod to prevent erosion has been completed.
The month of August brought lots of weekend fun starting with our Kickback and Relax Weekend where activities were geared for relaxing and enjoying all the lake offers from fishing to just relaxing and watching the boats go by while sitting on the dock in the cool of the evening. The next weekend was a Pool Party and we had lots of wet fun from water balloon fighting to a life-sized game of Battleship. The third week of August brought us a Backyard Barbecue. We want to congratulate Clair Thurmond and Gene Haywood for winning our Chili Cook off for Overall Best Tasting and Hottest/Spiciest Chili. We roasted corn and hot dogs down at the beach. There’s something about hot roasted sweet corn that brings out the smiles in all of us no matter how old we are. The last weekend of the month was our Pirate Weekend and pirate fun was had by all with activities ranging from a treasure scavenger hunt throughout the park where15 gems were hidden to be found by our marauding pirates to returning to the beach for a pirate cookout with pirate games that included a Cannon Ball Fight to Musical Treasure Islands.
Many activities are scheduled during the month of September so make plans to join us as we continue with our busy schedule. Labor Day Weekend we’ll be having Fishing, Corn Hole and Horse Shoe Tournaments, a person/driver race, a DJ dance, and it wouldn’t be a holiday celebration without everyone’s favorite game of Bingo. We will have a pancake breakfast to celebrate grandparents for our Grandparents Weekend and for our Dog Dayz of Summer Weekend all are invited to participate in our 2017 Member Build creating the welcomed addition of a dog park for our furry friends. A Western Weekend is scheduled the fourth week of September and we will be having a Dutch Oven Cookoff and pony rides for the kids.
Activities looks forward to meeting and greeting old and new members as you make your way to North Shore Landing on beautiful Lake Oconee where the fishing is great even off the dock but even better now that North Shore Landing has a pontoon available for rent. The pontoon is on a first come/first serve basis and is available for half day and full day. Inquire at the store on the pontoon availability when you register.
Cindy Hammond, Activities Director
Pymatuning Adventure Resort
Wow! Where did summer go? You know what they say? “Time flies when you’re having fun”. That saying has rang true here at Pymatuning Adventure this summer. The month of August was full of campfires, s’mores, water balloons, smiles and laughter. We are so encouraged by everyone who shared a little of their summer vacation with us! I have some amazing memories that will be etched in my heart and mind for years to come. This summer some of the most gracious, kindest and friendliest campers took time to get to know us during their stay. I am looking forward to colorful leaves, cool nights and fall activities and seeing you, so make your plans to come join us soon.
See Y’all Soon!
Sharrie Yarber, Resort Manager
Hello from Pymatuning Activities!
What a month August has been. We’ve seen some great weather that helped us have some great events here at the park. We kicked August off celebrating all of our birthdays which included a huge cake and lots of ice cream for everyone in the park. We held our second wet n wild weekend in August, which is probably one of our biggest events here at the park. It was phenomenal to see so many guests get involved. It definitely goes to show that activities are not just for kids! Brothers of the Third Wheel trike group helped us keep August rolling with a fun and eventful weekend full of cool motorcycles and great music. We can’t wait to see this weekend grow in the near future. We finished August with our wine and cheese fest in which we hosted Emerine Estate Winery in the club house party room. It was a cool summer day and the wine was magnificent. It will definitely be on the itinerary for next year. Our member build was completed on August 26th and our new gaga pit is a great addition to the park! This game is for campers of all ages and we welcome you to come play with your kids and grandkids those are the memories that will be cherished for years to come. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped build this new attraction for everyone to enjoyJ
It’s sad to see summer coming to an end, however I am so excited for some cool autumn days and fun fall activities with our guests. We will kick off September with our Labor Day festivities in which we are hosting a carnival with so many games and events for all ages as well as a bake sale to sponsor our high school track & field team, as well as an animal donation campaign to help Angels for Animals in North East Ohio. We’ll welcome fall with a lazy day’s weekend after Labor Day to just relax and enjoy all the campground has to offer. Then we’ll let the tailgates down and show off some of the best chili soups this campground has to offer.
Thanks again for all your participation, donations and effort to keep Pymatuning a fun family environment that we all can enjoy. It’s a joy to meet all of you and I look forward to a great autumn season.
Heather Logue, Activities Director
Sharrie Yarber, Resort Manager
Rocky Fork Ranch
It is bitter sweet to come to the end of the season. We had a fantastic summer and many family memories were made that will be spoken of for years to come. As I look out my window, I see an empty and quiet pool; quite a juxtaposition from the hot summer days when there was an abundance of laughter, splashing, and best of all…cannon balls! Kids are going back to school and writing about what they did this summer. Some kids will sit and ponder, while our kids will be busy writing away trying to fit it all on one page. As the children who didn’t get to come to the Ranch turn in their papers with a written paragraph about their summer, our kids will still be busy writing away! Memories of their trail ride on Hershey, Lightening, or even Tiny. They remember going to the nature center and holding turtles and seeing all the constellations in the dark room. Maybe they went on a night hike exploring the steep hills that surround the Ranch or participating in the creek stomp to find out what critters live in the creek. Memories of trying win the family miniature golf game flood in. Maybe an early morning fishing excursion with Dad in the stocked pond and catching a large mouth bass comes to mind or perhaps sliding into home plate playing slip ‘n slide kickball. How are they going to fit it all one page? They simple will sum it up with, “this summer was the best and I can’t wait to go back!”
As busy as it was, we still made time to make improvements to the Ranch. We completed two member builds adding dog parks to both the upper and lower hills. This brings to mind that it is never too early to start getting ideas for Member Build 2018. What would you like to see built? Take some time to ponder and check our Face Book page in early November when we post that we are looking for ideas for 2018. Let us know what you want. We really enjoy doing our Member Builds, it is a fun day had by all and when we are finished, with your help, we have something added to your Ranch.
Soon we will stop mowing the grass and leaf removal will become our focus. That doesn’t mean that the fun stops. We are already getting prepared for our Halloween weekends. If you haven’t come out for a Halloween weekend on the Ranch, I’d make my reservation soonest. It is full of festivities, from trick or treating, to hay rides to the pumpkin patch, and our impressive haunted maze. Last year we had over 840 folks scream their way through the maze. Hope you make it out this year!!
Safe Travels and Happy Camping,
Randy Revell, Resort Manager
Luna Sands Resort
While August was a quiet, hot and steamy month here at LSR. And with the cooler fall weather just around the corner we hope to be moving forward on some of the projects here at Luna Sands. First with the development in the woods. So please be prepared for are mess if you come to see us.
The cooler weather in late September also brings the beginning of the local festival season so get ready for some fantastic fall fun.
Lewis Emert, Resort Manager
Bass Lake Resort
My goodness, the summer has really gone by fast. We kept waiting for the warm dry weather to arrive, and when it got here, it only lasted 2 weeks. Bass Lake has certainly been busy this year. As wet as the weather has been, we still had a resort full of campers having fun. September brings us cooler temperatures and the trees turn beautiful bright colors. We can’t wait for the month to begin. Be sure to review the pictures for our activities.
During August, we celebrated our member build weekend by building a new GAGA Pit. GAGA is a type of enclosed dodgeball that requires players to exit the pit when they are touched below the knee with the ball. You must hit the ball with your hand and can not hit the ball out of the court or hit people above the knees. Since it has been built, the kids are using it daily and having a blast.
We had hoped to work down by the lake, but the lake is still flooded due to all the rain we’ve had. Keep your eyes open as we will try to have one final member build weekend and do the final touch up on the lake front and put in the new boat dock sometime in September.
We have been staining cabins, replacing rotten tables, and building roads and campsites all summer long. August allowed us to catch up on some of our road repairs and the majority of the road work involved adding and grading gravel to most roadways. The wooded road was completed, the road along the lake was completed, and the entire road in the newest campsite section 248 to 276 was completed. We know that you have been inconvenienced by the weather and we appreciate your patience as we tried our best to keep up with the unending road repairs caused by the rain.
During September, there are a couple of great weekends planned. The Casino Weekend is a “bring your friend” weekend. If you have a friend that you would like to introduce to TRA, contact Drew Welke or Karen Payne to get information on how they can camp on this weekend for free. their number is (315) 728-9428. During the afternoon, a new band called Rhythm Method will play from 2-5 on the patio and then from 7pm to 10pm we’ll have the Casino game tables open for a lot of fun.
I want to call special attention to September 30th, and also October 7th. Both weekends will be exactly the same. In the past, Columbus Day signifies the end of the camping season and we always celebrate Halloween on this weekend. Halloween has become such a large event holiday that we are adding a second Halloween into our schedule this year. Contact Nikki for additional information about Halloween at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have campsites available for members that want to participate in the haunted hayride trail and need your participation. Please contact us soon.
Lizette Bradley, Resort Manager
August was a busy month for us. We had our through the years weekend, which took us back to our childhood with fun games from the past. During our music lovers weekend, we had lots of music themed games and a full night of karaoke. The lazy days of summer weekend had us relaxing with pool parties and a massage therapist. August ended with our back to school weekend, and we had our annual back to school bingo and other fun school themed games.
Our first September weekend we will celebrate our super heros. We will dress like super heroes and play some fun games. Get your poker face on and come enjoy some casino style games during Casino weekend. then, get your jerseys out and get ready for tail gate parties on the following Tail Gate Party weekend.. We will have a tailgate party and will have the football games on. We will end our season with two Halloween weekends. We will have pumpkin painting, trick or treating, costume contests, haunted house and so much more. Look on our Facebook for Halloween weekends schedule coming up on September 30th and October 7th.