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DISCLAIMER: It may seem like large pieces of these days are missing, or not described fully. This is because:
1) I don't remember. Plain and simple.
2) Nothing worth mentioning happened. Do you want me to explain in detail how boring waiting around is? Or the length of lines to use the outhouses? I didn't think so.
3) I was participating in illegal activities, the details of which I will not discuss on such a public forum as this one.
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2 in the morning is a good time to blog, right? Well, that's what I'm doing anyways. I didn't write anything yesterday, so here go the past two days. Wednesday, we all woke up and headed off to Michigan's Adventure. For those who are unfamiliar, it's basically a smaller Cedar Point in Muskegon. I think it's a billion times better than Cedar point though, because the rides are just as good, and the longest I've ever had to wait in line is 15 minutes. Also, ...
After a scary first drive out of Chicago we arrived in the evening at electric forest music festival. Strangely the set up is that everyone camps next to there cars and we were fortunate enough to neighbour some hospitable texans whose set up was class. They really showed us what 'glamping' was about- they had tent fans, picnic tables, fish and shrimp dinners, cooked breakfasts and bafflingly they never had warm beer. Camping next to them ...
Today is the day that we leave Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for Europe. We packed up our suitcases last night. My bag is big and heavy. We were all out of our units at 7:00am. We brought our bags over to the girls unit at Broadway and then waited to go to breakfast. Our breakfast consisted of freeze-dried waffles and sausages.
We then hung out until ...
The Blue Lake intensive week was amazing. I have learned many new techniques that have enhanced my cello playing and I feel that I have progressed and gotten much better as a cellist.
The orchestra played an average of 8.5 hours each day. We got up at 6:15 and had a four-hour morning rehearsal every day. We also got a rest period after lunch which was not ...
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We just got back from our second visit to the Double JJ. I have to say that some things were better than last year, others worse. It seems that they aren't paying attention to the "little details". Examples: no feed or hand sanitizer at the petting zoo; no dog biscuits for the dogs; they were out of most types of ribbons given to the kids to show what level of horsemanship they have passed; the dining hall was out of milk on both mornings of my stay; the "supposedly" heated pool was quite chilly. These are all minor things, but they add up. The food is still mediocre, at best.
The thing that struck us about this place is that the guests all seem to know each other. There was even a family in the campground next to us that appeared to live on site. They had an in-ground flagpole!
Had a ball, had a blast, repeat visitors.
We have gone as a family, with our 12 and 13 year old sons, and we have gone by ourselves and enjoyed aldult only weekends. The riding is out of this world. The owners are great, the staff is not only fun, but completely family orientated. There are so many things to do, you are always busy. The golf course is fab., and the water park type pool area is loads of fun. Can't wait to get back this summer.
I would like to commend the executive chef on his low food cost. I would also like to applaud his success with matching this level with the preparation, presentation and service. My salmon dinner was so over cooked that when it arrived tableside, I thought that it had been over seasoned with a Cajun or "blackening seasoning"! The meals are served with margarine and not butter and burritos with artifical sour cream not the real dairy stuff. For the prices that they charge I was expecting top notch fare and so was very disappointed. Other meals there was similar in quality and service. Limp over cooked veggies, served cool and looking as if they had been tossed on the plate. The 4 different servers that we had were kept busy elsewhere and never checked on the meals that they had served until they dropped off the checks.
My husband and I have been to the Double JJ a total of 6 times in the past 4 years - that's how much we like it! He loves to golf and I love to ride, so it's a perfect getaway for us.
A great getaway!!!
We had a great time!! The golf course was the best that my husband, an avid golfer, had ever played on. The accomodations were good. We were glad, however, that we did not take our teenager. The 3 days that we were there was too cold to swim (June!), and I think that she would not have found a lot to her liking to do. Food at the restaurant by the Thoroughbred was very good. We ate breakfast one morning at the mess hall (at another accomodation place and far more rustic) and were not impressed with the food. We enjoyed this resort so much that we are going back in a few weeks! I would recommend this to golfers and riders. However, be prepared for all kinds of weather..I did not, and it was quite a distance to anywhere to shop to even buy some warmer clothes.
Do it and you'll love it..
Come with afew freinds, and start planning your activities as soon as you get to the Ranch. Golf course is challending and very beautiful.
Book a horseback ride thats better than most, please no shorts or gym shoes! Meet some new folks and attend as many activities as possible.
You will barely survive but you'll have a great time.
Outstanding for families!
This was a fabulous 4-day getaway, well-worth the drive. It really is like the best summer camp you remember from childhood. There is plenty to do -- well-kept pools, one with fountains for the little ones and another with a tall waterslide; archery; riflery; paddle-boating on the lake; all kinds of farm animals wandering the grounds and, of course, horseback riding. We liked the family cabins, with their bunk-like lofts and some privacy (and a hot tub) for mom and dad. The staff is outstanding -- unfailingly friendly -- and they went far out of their way to help us with a billing problem after we got back. Only drawback may be that evening parties are adults-only, so teen-agers are sort of at a loss after 9 p.m.
Had a very nice weekend. The golf course is absolutely beautiful. You can keep as busy as you want or just relax if that's your style, it's up to you.
Loved the ranch
The staff was very friendly and helpful. There was always something to do. It was a nice relaxing time