Archive for June, 2007

how full is it? (last updated Friday 7 pm)

June 27, 2007

The park currently has 36 occupied campsites (of 36).  There are currently 3 overflow sites available with limited hookup.  If all campsites are full, we will find a non-hookup spot for our members.  You will not be turned away from your park!

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new buoys diagnosed with E-D

June 25, 2007

After installing our new “slow” buoys, we sadly learned they were suffering with ED.  Realizing that there was hope to correct this dysfunction, I created six buckets of special buoy Viagra in a 20 lb. dose that should help bring immediate relief to this unfortunate and unexpected problem.  As it turns out, our poor buoys were expecting much more chain in much deeper water.

June 25, 2007

 6/25/2007 – Monday – 3 hours

  • Bookkeeping – posted payments, paid bills, posted charges and mailed invoices
  • Made copies of firework handout for members visiting park on the 4th of July
  • Made copies of park registration form for camp host.
  • Updated board of directors on final cost of down lake dock rebuild project.
  • Phone conversations with Frankie, Phil Snowdall and Doug Gibbs.
  • E-mailed copy of Campsite Usage Report (occupancy) to the board of directores for period of April 1st through June 18th 2007.

6/24/2007 – Sunday

  • Restriped storage yard for parking in center of the yard
  • Help Lisa spread beauty bark around Mill Bay office.

Mill Bay Office Makeover

June 24, 2007

My wife Lisa worked all weekend cleaning up the area around the Mill Bay office.  As you can see by the pictures, her work made a huge improvement.

June 23, 2007

 6/23/2007 – Saturday 7 hours on park project – Lisa also worked 7 hours on park projects

  • Applied 75 gallons of Roundup to roads, gravel areas and pads on upper campsites.
  • Worked with Lisa on cleanup around Mill Bay office.
  • Trenched new sprinkler line in the main field to improve water coverage on grass.

6/22/2007 – Friday 7.5 hours and 7.5 hours by Lisa on park projects

  • Worked on removing overgrown shrubs at Mill Bay office with Lisa.


  • Bookkeeping – posted payments, invoiced guest fees, posted bills.

What it could have been

June 20, 2007

I have read many posts with great interest and understanding regarding our members feelings regarding an overcrowded park. I once was a member of the “regular” side of the park and sympathize with coming over on a Friday night only to find a spot in the back of the park available. Many times it was overflow only.

The purpose of this post is to state some facts. First, when Bill Evans and his partners developed this park in the early 1980’s they did so to build something nice and to make a profit. They elected to license the park under the Washington State Campground Law. They did so because the private campgrounds were under tremendous scrutiny by the state due to over selling, pressure selling and the fact this was land held in trust of the BIA (a government agency – The Bureau of Indian Affairs). Bill and his partners realized that in order to sell memberships successfully they would need to abide by Washington State law.

In coming to agreement and signing on with the Campground Act, Bill and his partners agreed to not sell more than 10 memberships per campsite. This works out to 330 memberships. Additionally to sell memberships, Bill and his partners offered membership to Coast-to-Coast, a campground exchange system. The Coast-to-Coast members came from parks outside of the greater Chelan area and were free to use our park for a couple bucks a night.

My memories of the Coast-to-Coast member usage were that they occupied most of the sites in the upper park almost every weekend throughout the season. Many times I would show up on Friday and put my RV in the field because all sites were full – many with outsiders belonging to Coast-toCoast.

So my point is this – Yes the park is crowded, but nothing like it was or could have been. Fortunately Bill Evans got tired of dealing with the member issues. He quit selling memberships long before the number needed to run a profitable park. In the end he gave up on Coast-to-Coast and gave up on making a profit – not that profit was important to Bill. God Bless Bill. Look what he gave all of us.

We should be thankful for what we have. It is an incredibly beautiful place. We pay very little for the privilege of enjoying this slice of heaven.  Now having only 145 memberships, it could have been so much worse had the park become what we originally purchased.  Personally, I knew what I bought, when I bought – 330 memberships and Coast-to-Coast non-members.  Thankfully that’s not how it ended.

June 18, 2007

 6/17/2007 – sunny windy day

  • Planted marigold seeds and grass where shrub was removed at entrance.  Covered with peat moss and redirected sprinkler heads.  Reprogrammed sprinkler for more frequent watering.
  • Adjusted anchor chains on docks for rising lake level.

6/16/2007 – beautiful day – sunny and warm

  • Mixed concrete for new secondary weight anchors for slow buoys
  • Lisa pruned trees around clubhouse, pool and beach.

6/15/2007 – ugly day – rainy and cold

  • Worked on irrigation issue on pads 1-17
  • Inventoried storage yard
  • Purchase anchor weights for slow buoys to help straighten them up.

6/11/2007 –  1 hour

  • Invoiced for storage yard
  • Paid bills, posted payments
  • Took meter reading on domestic water meter – found usage to be normal.

volunteers relaxing?

June 18, 2007

It is amazing to me how many of our members – without being asked – take it upon themselves to fix up our park when they see something in need of fixing.   This last weekend (and the weekend before), I found Charlie Shaw cleaning up several campsites, edging the grass and adding gravel where needed on the waterfront sites.

I also find Bob Fitzjarrald constantly picking up, pruning,  and triming.  And every time I look over at the pool, there’s Bob inspecting and cleaning.

Another member that seems to define pruning as “relaxing”, is Norm Beler.  He was busy all weekend triming the branches in the upper sites.  Everytime I drove through the park, Norm was there with his ladder and saw – working hard on making the park a better place.

And we can’t forget member Earl Minor – I know he is always busy doing something.

Then there’s Phil Snowdall, constantly mowing and replacing broken sprinklers.  It’s never ending for Phil.

 What would we do without these guys?  Let’s hope they don’t discover fishing.

Catherine DeMatteis – park member

June 12, 2007
 Catherine DeMatteis
Catherine Z. DeMatteis, 62, died in her home on June 10, 2007 after a courageous and inspirational three year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in Walla Walla on April 21, 1945 to Henry and Eleanor DeBels and lived most of her adult life in South King County. Catherine is survived by her loving husband, Donald; three children, Tracie (Darrin) Paul, Mark (Teri) DeMatteis and Kimberly DeMatteis; four grandchildren, Austin DeMatteis, Michael Lant and Hannah and Hailie Paul; and her siblings, Philip (Carol) DeBels and Dori (Harold) Morgan. Catherine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and friend. She will be deeply missed by her husband of almost forty-one years and her children and grandchildren. She gave a lifetime of love to her family and devoted everyday to her loved ones and her deeply routed faith. Catherine adored her grandchildren and cherished the time she spent with her Bible study friends and Red Hat sisters. The DeMatteis family invites you to join them for the Celebration of Catherine’s Life on Thursday, June 14th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul’s Catholic Church, 30525 8th S., Federal Way 98003. Memorials may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research at 1221, Madison St., Suit 1410, Seattle, WA 98104.

safety problem fixed

June 10, 2007

The blind corner at the gate entrance is no longer a problem.  It took three of us (my wife Lisa and Jerry Schwan) six hours to remove the overgrown, half dead shrub.