Monday, July 11, 2005

Thousand Trails - If it sounds too good to be true.....

We were invited to a free weekend to check out the grounds at Thousand Trails in Hershey PA. Thousand Trails is a 'camping club' that spans across the country. Most are located on the West coast, but we grew interested because there were ones on the Chesapeake, New York, and other areas around us. We decided to take the bait and check it out.
Oh - did I mention we also had to sit through a 90 min sales presentation? We found the "Preserve" (That's what they call their campgrounds) pretty easy, and then we stopped at the gate and waited for our escort. He sized up our "rig" (RVer term for RoadAbode) and found us a open spot near the clubhouse, 'lake' and pool. He handed Amy some papers - about the activities, rules, and our expected time for the presentation, and then left us alone. Looking around, we thought, "Not bad, on par with a nicer Kimberly's Fishstate park" We started the procedure to level and hook up. Noticed that the fire ring was full of half burnt wood - and trash. Hmmm. No fire tonight.
Girls wanted to check out the pool and lake and clubhouse and mini-golf and paddle boats and... Well, you get the picture. So we did the essentials to set up and started exploring.
First impression? Man, is there a lot of "goose goo" around here or what?! Everywhere around the lake and pool there's turd of goose piles.
Amy decides to take Emily on a paddleboat while Kimberly & I decide to drop a line in. PaddleBoat Ride
It took Amy 20 minutes to clean out the swamped paddleboat (Emily thought it was fun). Kimberly & I fished off a peninsula covered in Goose Goo, - but we did catch 3 fish!
The water had tons of algae and duckweed growing in it though.
Did we have fun? Yes the weekend was a good time to be with family.
The presentation - $9000 dollars buys you the ability to camp in all their parks, plus others for half price, plus bargains in their vacation club (all your friends and family can use it too) plus it's for a lifetime.

But what if all the places look like this one, covered in goose goo? Think we'll pass.

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