I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and the very best for 2010.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Quality Visitor Services (QVS) is an independent, non-profit society delivering nationally accepted quality programs to assist the traveling and vacationing public.
QVS assists Nova Scotia accommodation operators in developing, maintaining & improving their accommodations in areas that are meaningful to the traveller while improving thier competitive position in the worldwide tourism industry.
QVS offers three national programs; Canada Select for Hotels, Motels, B&B’s etc; Camping Select for Campgrounds; and Access Canada for standards for people with special needs and disabilities.
Our campground is a member of Camping Select. We had a choice of that or the CAA program. I don’t know CAA for accommodations just doesn’t seem right, and I’m not sure how much clout the CAA program has for campgrounds.
Where would you go looking for a recommendation for a campground? CAA or Camping Select?
Our Camping Select ratings are 2.5 for facilities and 2 for recreation. Compared to other campgrounds in the area (South Shore), we are better than average. (Average for facilities is 2.36 and 1.33 for recreation) I think that’s pretty cool.
If you are interested in reading up on the campground standards, here is the link
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Leonid Meteor Shower makes it's appearance every year in November with November 17th and 18th being the busiest. This year the high time was the wee hours of November 17th. Like 3am to 5am. It was predicted that there would be between 3 and 4 hundred meteors an hour. No. I didn't get up to see. But I did however see a meteor last night about 9pm. We may see little straglers for the next couple of nights.
Did you know...
- The Leonids are so named because they seem to originate from the constellation Leo.
- The actual comet name is Temple-Tuttle
- It has an intensity cycle of 33 or 34 years
- The meteors from the Leonids actually make a buzzing sound
- The shower was so intense in 1833 that people thought the world was ending.
- The size of the meteors from the Leonids is the size of a grain of sand.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We learned a lot. We made a few mistakes. But most of all, we met some fantastic people and we had a blast.
We hope all our campers did too.
See you next May.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
To a camper van with bed, kitchen, table...
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It's Christmas at the campground this weekend.
*Photo taken from http://www.vintagetraveltrailerart.com/
Trailers get decorated. Santa makes a visit.
For kids / adults that would like to participate in the gift exchange, please supply a gift for the category that you fit in. child boy / child girl / adult man / adult woman . There is a $5.00 limit on gifts.
The festivities start in the shelter at 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 12, 2009
On Saturday night we had the Miss Lahave River Pageant.
Here are all the contestants.
Here is the winner...
And our runner up...
After the pageant there was the variety show.
On Sunday morning we had the horseshoe tournament. Art and Dwayne won first place and Ross and Rodger took second.
We ended the weekend with a fantastic fireworks display.
If you would like to see more pictures from the Labour day weekend, here's the album on the web...
Friday, August 28, 2009
On Sunday there is a Children's Variety show. Apparently in years past this ran concurrently with the horseshoe tournament. This year the variety show will be held after the horseshoe tournament. On Sunday.
Which leads me to my next point. The horseshoe tournament is on Sunday, NOT Saturday as I have previously posted. I'll have to go through my emails and correct the information I sent out. Oops.
Also, we have had a few cancellations and we have also added 7 more unserviced sites. So if you are interested in camping with us next weekend or you know someone who is, then give us a call. (902) 644-2654.
And to recap the activities next weekend.
Friday night - 7:30 pm - Bingo
Saturday - There is no bingo this afternoon.
- 7:00 PM - Adult Variety Show
Sunday - 10:00 am - Horseshoe Tournament
- BBQ Hot Dogs
- Childrens Events
- Fireworks at dusk
And if you are still reading, The Kevin Beanland band is playing tomorrow night (29th) in the Shelter. So come on out and listen to some music.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here are some suggestions to prepare your trailer before you leave on Sunday.
- If you have anything important in your trailer, take it with you.
- Make sure your awning is rolled up.
- Make sure that anything that can be blown away is secured to your deck or put inside.
- In case of a power outage, if there is anything in your fridge or freezer that you don't want to lose, take it with you.
- If you are here during or shortly after the hurricane, make sure to boil the campground water for one minute before drinking or brushing your teeth.
If anyone has any additional tips they'd like to add, feel free to do so in the comments.
If you would like to share your camping during Juan stories, or any other hurricane, I'd like to read them too.
Monday, August 17, 2009
If you have a reservation and have not yet confirmed please give us a call. (902) 644-2654
If you know someone that is booked for that weekend, can you either ask them to call us to confirm or provide us with their contact information so that we can call them.
If you are not able to make it, please let us know so that we can fill your spot.
We greatly appreciate your help in this matter.
Angela & Luc
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Here are some pics.
The boys leading the parade with the Lahave River Campground flag
Luc chauffering our mascot, Burnie the Bear.
The ladies from the stitch and bitch showing off their wonderful quilts and afghans. They were even throwing candy to the crowd. No wonder they took first place.
Here are a couple of kids dressed up. One is dressed as a mexican, and I didn't catch what the other kid was dressed up as.
Some kids joined in the parade once it got under way.
Ah yes. Our second place winner. He was the wild thing. He got a big roar from the crowd.
That was our parade this year.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This article is posted in the Chronicle Herald today.
BRAMPTON, Ont. — Two young boys were rushed to hospital in critical
condition Wednesday after seemingly harmless overcast skies flared abruptly and
sent a lightning bolt crashing into a Toronto-area soccer field.
The mother of one of the boys, ages 4 and 6, was in stable condition following the
lightning strike in Brampton, Ont., some 45 kilometres northwest of
As part of that article there is some information and facts.
Here they are:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
•Lightning is attracted to tall, isolated objects like trees.
•Metal does not attract lightning, but is a prime conductor, as is water.
•Two-thirds of all lightning strikes occur in June, July and August; most occur in the afternoon.
•The average lightning flash packs enough power to light a 100-watt light bulb for more than three months.
•A large proportion of lightning deaths occur in, on or near open water. Many people also die sheltering under trees.
•Nowhere outside is safe from lightning.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
•Heed the warning: "When thunder roars, go indoors!"
•Take shelter in a substantial building or fully enclosed, metal-topped vehicle. Avoid small structures such as beach cabanas or tents.
•When inside your home or other building, avoid using a corded telephone, except for emergencies. Cordless phones are safe.
•Avoid electrical appliances and plumbing. Don’t wash dishes or take a bath or shower.
•Practise the 30-30 Rule: When you see lightning, count until you hear thunder. If it’s 30 seconds or less, the storm is within 10 kilometres and dangerous. Seek immediate shelter. Wait 30 minutes after the lightning has stopped before going outside.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday night was the yearly wahooey tournament. It's played with a board and marbles and a deck of cards. It sort of reminds me of the game Sorry. You have a starting position, and move around the board to get all of your marbles to your own finish position. Meanwhile the other players are trying to knock you back to your starting position. It looked like it was fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. Richard and Josh won the tournament this year. Congrats guys.
The 9 hole minigolf was busy this weekend. Young and old love it.
The shuffleboard even got some use this weekend. It doesn't get used a whole lot, but when it does, people sure do have fun.
The kids love these. Stilts. There are 4 or 5 different sets of varying heights. These ones are the highest, and not for the faint of heart.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Dave Carroll from The Sons of Maxwell, was travelling with United Airlines last year and watched the baggage handlers throw his $3500 Taylor guitar around. Which of course broke it. He spent a year trying to get United to pay for the repairs and they refused.
He finally used what he knows best and wrote a song and posted the video to http://www.youtube.com/.
Last I checked there was 466,000 hits on the video and had gone up 30,000 hits just in the ten minutes we watched the video a couple of times.
It's a catchy tune, and the video is a riot and is bringing Sons of Maxwell lots and lots of publicity. Good for them, because they are a great band.
Anyway, for your listening and viewing pleasure, here's the video.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Are you ok now?
Here it is...
The farmers almanac says the 6th to the 11th is supposed to be sunny and warm. meh. It's the 8th already and it is neither sunny nor warm. I had to turn the heat on in the car today. brrr.
Neptune and Jupiter will be hanging around the moon on Friday night. Pluto and Saturn will also be in the sky Friday night as well.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
INDIAN POINT - Ellen Hunt used her body to protect a lighter's flame to set a sacred herb on fire. As soon as the smouldering sweetgrass bellowed smoke from the small receptacle she held in her hand the smudging ceremony began.
In an effort to bless and remove negativity from everyone who gathered at Indian Point, Ms Hunt used an eagle feather attempting to waft smoke onto each person.
The smudging ceremony took place on a special occasion on the morning of June 21. Not only was it National Aboriginal Day, this day also marked the culmination of five years of work by the Mi'kmaq Burial Grounds Research and Restoration Association. Its goal is to permanently recognize Mi'kmaq ancestors who are buried throughout Lunenburg County, including at Indian Point.
"It's for the community. It is for us," said Ms Hunt about the erected stone. "Bless our monument that represents our Mi'kmaq people who are buried at the point."
Through records it was discovered that members of the Cope and Pennal families are known to have been buried at Indian Point. Many of those buried died in LaHave and other settlements in Lunenburg County.
The stone panel at the site includes not only the names of the deceased interred at the burial ground, but also a survey map completed in 1786 by Charles Morris showing the site.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I had a taco salad at Wendy's last week and it was so yummy that I thought I'd give it a try camping. It is one of those meals that doesn't take long to cook. It takes minimal ingredients, and kids love it because they get to dig in with their hands. And really. Who doesn't love nachos and dip.
First step is to make chilli. Or if you are prepared, you made it at home and froze it, to keep other food in your cooler cold.
1 lb of ground beef
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of crushed tomatos
1 pkg of chilli seasoning.
Brown the ground beef. add the kidney beans (drained), the tomatos and the seasoning. Heat it up, and you have chilli.
I also added onions when I cooked the beef. You could add chopped green peppers too, if you are so inclined.
For the rest of the salad, you will need
1 head of lettuce, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
shredded cheese (chedder or nacho blend)
1 jar of salsa
1 container of sour cream.
To put it all together
Put down a layer of lettuce, tomato on top of that, then a handful of the cheese.
Put a couple of spoonfuls of chilli on top of that.
Top with a spoonful of sour cream and salsa.
Eat it up with the nacho chips. Well, ok, you can use a fork, but where's the fun in that.
Friday, June 26, 2009
There are 88 common constellations in the night sky. The first constellation I'll talk about is the Big Dipper. It's the most recognizable constellation in the sky. Where other constellations are only seen during different seasons, in the Northern Hemispere, the Big Dipper can be seen all year round.
The Big Dipper is known as different names in different countries. Ursa Major is latin for Great Bear. It's also known as The Plough, The Butcher's Cleaver, The Great Bear and Carl's Wagon.
The Big Dipper is made of 7 stars. Three make the handle of the dipper and 4 for the pot. By following a line from Merak and Dubhe, the outside stars of the pot, you can find the North Star. If you are standing facing the North Star, you are facing North. Ship Navigators have been using the North Star to guide them for centuries.
In Greek mythology, it is said that Zeus swept Kallisto, who had been turned into a bear by Zeus' jealous wife Hera, and her son Arcus into the sky. Kallisto is the Great Bear, and Arcus is the Little Bear (Ursa Minor)
In Native American folklore, three brothers were hunting the Great Bear. After the kill, and they were preparing their meal, the brothers looked to the sky and saw that the Great Bear had used it's magical abilities and rose to the sky, and so the three brothers gave chase again. The handle of the dipper are three brother hunters, chasing a bear, the pot.
Using the Big Dipper as a starting point we are able to find most of the other constellations.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I've always had problems with foil packets. Especially with potatos. They always, always, always stick to the foil and you end up either eating foil (so gross) or wasting half of the potatos. It doesn't matter how much I prepared the foil with butter or oil or precooked the potatos, they always stick.
The cure, is bacon. I still get a few stuck, but nowhere near wasting half of them. I just chop up a few slices of bacon and put some down before I put the potatos and whatever else I'm putting in the packets, and then put some on top. And the bacon flavour really does well mixed with the veggies too.
In my foil packets I usually put potatos, onions, bacon and cheese. mm mm good.
Other suggestions for foil packets are;
mushrooms and onions
chicken and corn
meatballs, peppers and onions
peaches and maple syrup
apples and brown sugar
ham and pineapple rings
Sausage patty, frozen hash browns and egg
salmon, ranch dressing, veg
salmon, maple syrup and veg
Let me know how your foil packets turn out.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Delta Dawn, what's that flower you have on
Could it be a faded rose from days gone by
And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
To take you to his mansion in the sky
She's forty-one and her daddy still calls her "baby"
All the folks around Brownsville say she's crazy
'Cause she walks around town with a suitcase in her hand
Looking for a mysterious dark-haired man
In her younger days they called her Delta Dawn
Prettiest woman you ever laid eyes on
Then a man of low degree stood by her side
And promised her he'd take her for his bride
Delta Dawn, what's that flower you have on
Could it be a faded rose from days gone by
And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
To take you to his mansion in the sky
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The requisites are that the songs have to be songs that most people would know.
Here's what I have so far. Add your own in the comments, I'd love to hear what you like to play and sing.
1. The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
2. American Pie
3. Cats in the Cradle - Cat Stevens
5. Country Roads
6. Hotel California
7. Sweet Home Alabama
8. Brown Eyed Girl
9. Here Comes the Sun
10. King of the Road
11. Bobby Magee
12. It's Hard to be Humble
13. Blowing in the Wind
14. If I had a Hammer
15. Sloop John B
Sunday, June 7, 2009
On Sunday mornings, a group of the seasonal camping ladies get together for their Stitch and Bitch club. They make afghans and blankets and donate them to different organizations.
I'm sure I forgot a few things, but that's the jist of it, I guess.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I hope they have a great time and that the weather is accommodating.
Monday, June 1, 2009
* 50 / 50 tickets will be sold each week.
* Bingo in the shelter every Saturday at 1:30
* Book exchange will be held every Sunday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
* The Stitch and Bitch club will also be stitching at bitching between 10:00 am and 11:00 am each Sunday morning.
June 6th -
June 13th -
June 20th - Crib Tournament - 7:00 pm
June 27th -
July 4th - Pot luck supper - 5:30 pm
July 11th - Wahooie tournament - 7:00 pm
July 18th - Yard Sale - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
July 25th - Dance - Running on Empty 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
August 1st - Washer Toss Tournament - 10:00 am
August 8th - Auction 45 Tournament - 7:00 pm
August 15th - Parade 7:00 pm
August 22nd - Pot Luck - 5:30 pm
August 29th - Kevin Beanland Band 8pm
September 4th - Bingo 7:00 pm Friday instead of Saturday
September 5th - Horseshow Tournament - 10:00 am
- Variety show - 7:00 pm
- Children's Activities throughout the day
September 6th - Fireworks
September 12th - Kettle Boil 7:00 pm
September 19th - Christmas activities
September 26th -
October 3rd -
October 10th - Closing supper - 5:30 pm
We are also trying to book a couple more dances throughout the summer. Maybe a Blazin' Barbecue and a game show night.
We are also going to try a lot draw this year as well. If it works well, we will continue to do it. The jist of it is, that you buy tickets for $10.00. The winner will win their lot fee for next year. That's a minimum $1100 + tax prize. We will get that set up once we find out what is required through the gaming commission.
Check back to this list. I will be keeping it updated. You can find it on the left side under "2009 Activity List"
We will also have any changes posted on the bulletin boards through out the campground.