Boyink Campground

Yea - we’ve been quiet here on the site, fitting to our mode for a few weeks while parked at the Boyink Family Campground in Grant Michigan.  All sites have full hookups, all-day shade, water view, and grass.  The only downside (for you, anyway) is that nepotism runs rampant the park. 

We had a week of visiting with my folks, then a couple more of hanging out while they were on their own vacation.  Well, I say hanging out but really the visit consisted largely of being inside the cool cottage during some pretty hot days, and then getting projects done when the weather cooperated. 

In addition to the normal life routine of work and school we:

  • washed/waxxed the truck
  • installed some security upgrades to it
  • washed the trailer
  • cleaned all the windows
  • removed and hosed out the screens
  • shampooed the carpet
  • mopped the floor
  • cleaned the upholstery
  • removed the (dead) stereo
  • made & installed a shelf for a new stereo
  • made/installed magnet boards for our fridge magnet collection
  • digitized scrap-book albums
  • scanned a bunch of photos

I also bought enough fishing gear for us all to have a pole, purchased a fishing license for myself, and tried my luck by the cottage and in the nearby channel. I caught a lot of small Sunfish but did also manage a couple keeper-size Large Mouth Bass and a Channel Catfish. 

I never really learned how to clean fish so watch a couple YouTube videos and gave it a run on the Bass.  The first one was pretty bad, the second one I did OK on.  Definitely a skill to be built on over time.

We also explored the area a bit - funny how we’ve been coming up here for almost 20 years but haven’t driven to places within an hour radius.  We toured nearby Hardy & Croton dams (home to one of the earliest hydroelectric power plants in MI and still one of the largest dams in the world).  We saw some houseboats in the area which got us excited for our upcoming week on a houseboat on the Mississippi river.

We also did more exploring around the town of Fremont, MI (home to Gerber Baby Food).  Fremont has a city RV park right on the lake, and the park is located within biking distance to the downtown area, library, and grocery shopping.  The town also has a really nice theatre with summer programs. We enjoyed a free performance of Anne of Avonlea - the continuing story of Anne of Green Gables.

In short, we liked the situation in Fremont so much we plan to return to stay a couple nights in the campground with the thought of evaluating it for being our summer home next year.  We’re not sure how available seasonal spots are, but we see many advantages to being in one place for the summer so intend to investigate further.

Of course the day we left the Boyink Family Campground it was pouring down rain - so much for our clean truck and trailer!  Such is the life of a full-time RV’r…

New kit for a new hobby

New kit for a new hobby

First cast with new pole

First cast with new pole

Learning to clean fish

Learning to clean fish

4th of July Celebration

4th of July Celebration

Pretty sunfish

Pretty sunfish

Mom's Palette

Mom's Palette

New morning routine

New morning routine

Channel catfish

Channel catfish

Project - place for our magnet collection

Project - place for our magnet collection

Digitizing scrapbook pages

Digitizing scrapbook pages

We plan an intervention soon.

We plan an intervention soon.

New trailer sound system

New trailer sound system

Planning a waterpark visit

Planning a waterpark visit

Coffee view

Coffee view

Fremont house

Fremont house

Festival Poster

Festival Poster

You need to bait your own hook

You need to bait your own hook

Trying a clean chin.

Trying a clean chin.

Another project done.

Another project done.

Storybird vs. worm

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4 Comments Boyink Campground

  1. Picture of SteveSteveJuly 28, 2012

    Would love to know how to land a computer based job that would eventualy lead to a skill set which allowed me to travel as you all do . Any suggestions concerning a career path ? Or which online courses to take that can help me make this happen ?

  2. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkJuly 28, 2012

    Hi Steve -
    That’s a tough question to answer in this context. I have no idea of your background or existing skill set.  And there are tons of “computer-based jobs”.  I’m in web development, which is an obvious one whenver tech-nomadism is discussed. 

    However I always get a bit uncomfortable when people talk about getting into web development (or any internet job) as a means to an end, and that end being travel.  I’ve been in this field for 16 years and do it because it’s what I love and am skilled at.  The travel bit is just an especially cool side-effect. 

    My only suggestion is to start with what you are good at and love, and then figure out how to make that mobile, rather than the other way around.

  3. Picture of BrandiBrandiJuly 28, 2012

    Boyink Family-
    I haven’t been following your blog for awhile because life has been busy but I am glad I checked it out again.  Looks like you have made some big changes!  I grew up in Fremont and my grandma lives on Fremont Lake just down from the RV park you are talking about.  I only live about 15 minutes away now so if you have any questions about the area just let me know!

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