ON CAMPGROUNDS Reports from the field: Bob Ashley A wall on the side of the office at Lazy DayCampgroundinDanville,Mo.,con- tainshundreds—perhapsthousands— of signatures of campers commemorat- ing the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I have no clue how many signatures are on that wall,” said Kim Pavia, who hasownedthe63-sitecampgroundwith her husband Vincent for 20 years. “I just needed some way to show my appreciation, even if it’s just in a small way,foralltheguyswhogotofightforus. At one point, there literally was no space left to write on and part of it was deteri- orating and had to be replaced. “People love to sign that wall,” she continued. “I have tributes frompeoplewhohavelostfathers and sons in those wars, and some who fought in them.” Lazy Day sits on 62 acres criss- crossedwithhikingtrailsabout80 miles west of St. Louis. In late September, Pavia and her husband were working to set up the park for the Halloween weekend that would include haunted trails, trick-or-treating among the RV residents and games for kids. “People have been asking me to do a Halloween weekend for years,” she said. “We decided to do it this year.” The Halloween weekend is open to local residents at no charge. “We just want people to have a lot of fun,” said Pavia. Lazy Day is heavily wooded and hilly. To deal with the latter, most sites have been built with retaining walls. “To keep them level, we have to build the sites up,” Pavia said. “It makes them quite beautiful.” Althoughtheparkshavefivetentsites, they only are used “once in a while,” Pavia said. Lazy Day has a three-acre catch-and- release fishing pond, swimming pool and two buildings that can be used by clubs and for family reunions. The largest will seat 80 people and has a full kitchen. Several years ago, the Pavias added a large dog run at the park. “The dogs really love it and that’s really helped our business,” Pavia said. Typically, she said, the park’s visitors are senior citizens.“We do more seniors than families, but we do a lot of families, especially during the holiday weekends when we always have some sort of Wineries Major Draw For Missouri’s Lazy Day Campground 12 - November 2017 Woodall’s Campground Management it’s unique to their experience. “TheyhavenothinglikeitinEu- rope, the red rock and the desert,” she said. “Some come year after year, too, and often in September.” Maw manages the 63-site park for her parents, John and Vally Reilly. Thousand Lakes is six miles from the entrance of Capital Reef National Park, one of five national parks in Utah that are part of the “Grand Circle” of national parks and monuments in the Southwest. The park offers a range of facili- ties, including nine tent sites and nine cabins, with plans to add another this winter. “I’m going to do one more and that will be it for my generation,” she said. An auto/RV repair service, operated by her brother, Biggie Blondal, is adja- cent to the park, and Thousand Lakes offers Jeep rentals to allow visitors to explore the surrounding desert and adjacent national forest. “Therearelotsofbeautifulmountains andlotsofATVtrails,”Mawsaid.“Weare in the middle of nowhere, but there is a lot to do out here.” Theparkitselfhasapool,playground, covered pavilion and on-site hair salon. A “Western Cookout” is available daily fordinner,withtheexceptionofSunday. * * * * * Trantner’s Creek Resort and Camp- ground inWashington, N.C., is about to undergo major growth as its campsites increase from 192 to 272. “We have the permits and could be done as early as spring,” said Chris Fur- lough,alocaldeveloperwhobuiltTrant- ner’s Creek in 2000. Eventually, Furlough plans to have 300 sites. Key to the expansion is hooking up the new sites to the city ofWashington's sewer system, with the balance of sites being added later. “There’s a lot of expense to it, but the value will be there in the long run,” Furlough said. Furlough also can boast that the park is nearly 100% occupied, with a majority of campers on yearly or monthly leases. “The yearly people don’t live there all the time and we don’t monitor the num- ber of days they are there,” he said. “Maybe it will only be for three days during the year or it might be months.” About 25 sites are available for transient RVers. About 50 RV sites sit on deep-water Trantner’sCreek,alongwithfourdeluxe cabins. The family-oriented park has a mod- ern camp store, large pool, playground, mini-golf, a game room, boat ramps, fishing piers and a covered pavilion. “We will be adding more bathhouses andlaundryareas,andasecondcovered pavilion sometime later,” Furlough said. WCM Editor-at-Large Bob Ashley is aCentralIndiana-basedfreelancewriter/ editor and a 25-year newspaper veteran who has focused on the RV industry and national recreation issues for the past 19 years. He received the 2013 “Distin- guished Service in RV Journalism” award from the Recreation Vehicle In- dustry Association (RVIA). WCM Lazy Day Campground offers whimsical paths that are a favorite of guests. Lazy Day Campground’s 9/11 tribute wall features hundreds, perhaps thousands, of signatures. program going on.” Openyear-round,theparkhadabusy summer season. Amajorparkdrawaretheninewiner- iesalongtheMissouriRiverthatformthe Hermann Wine Trail that begins about 20 miles away. Some paths within the park are whimsically lined with empty wine bottles left by visitors. With generally temperate winters, water, sewer and electric are available during the colder months, although vis- itors are sparse. Business starts picking up when snowbirds start moving north. “Snowbirds the last couple of years have been coming home in February, instead of March, because it's been so warm in the Midwest,” Pavia said. * * * * * As unusual as it might seem to have 50% of the customers at an RV park ar- riving from Europe in rental mo- torhomes, Hafdis Maw, manager of ThousandLakesRVParkinTorrey,Utah, says it happens all the time — particu- larly in September. “The Germans and the French, they love it here,” Maw said. Typically arriving in Class C motor- home rentals from Cruise America or El Monte, Europeans are particularly drawn to the Utah desert area because