Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Lindy's Landing!  We hope that you have an amazing time filled with family, friends and laughter, no matter where you are spending the season.  We know some of you are spending the season in your RV and came across this survey...

Good Sam took a survey of 10,000 RV owners and asked them how they decorated for the holidays in their RVs.  Here are the top 5 ways respondents answered:

43% put Christmas lights on the outside of their RV

38% put a variety of Christmas decorations around the entire campsite

36% place various Christmas decorations on the RV's dashboard

34% buy and decorate a traditional Christmas tree

16% hang a Christmas wreath from the grill of their RV

So how do you decorate your RV for the season?  Send us a picture on Facebook or Twitter!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Time for a little history lesson about the holiday. We bet you didn't know all of this!

Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated in the United States and Canada but these two countries celebrate the holiday at different times. For Canada, it is the second Monday of every October whereas in the United States it is on the fourth Thursday in November. 

In the past, Thanksgiving had roots in religious and cultural tradition, but now it is better known as a secular holiday.
Despite lacking religious integrity nowadays, it is not unusual to participate in prayer before digging into a Thanksgiving feast. The reason for this is to honor a successful harvest. Oddly enough, the harvest season in New England (where praying for harvest originated) ends well before the end of November.

Because it is so poorly documented, “First Thanksgiving” has been somewhat pieced together. What we do know is in 1621 after a successful harvest, Governor William Bradford of Plymouth colony organized a celebratory feast for the Pilgrims and invited their Native American allies (including Wampanoag chief Massasoit). According to journals kept by pilgrims at the time, the feast lasted for three days, although we aren't sure what they ate.

Interestingly enough, most of the Thanksgiving staples we are accustomed to eating couldn't be prepared back then, including pies and desserts the holiday is known for nowadays.

After that, Thanksgiving didn’t happen for another two years. When it did, it was in merriment of the end of a long drought that threatened harvest. 

Although randomly celebrated from then on, it took many years to establish the holiday’s national significance. In 1789 GeorgeWashington acknowledged the issue by creating the first Thanksgiving proclamation.

It wasn't until 1817 that New York officially adopted an annual Thanksgiving holiday while the American South remained unacquainted with the tradition for multiple years thereafter. 

In 1827, Sarah Josepha Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” among other things, started her 36 year stint of publishing editorials and letters demanding the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. 

Finally, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued an official proclamation attempting to unify the Northern and Southern states saying all Americans should give thanks on the last Thursday in November. 

Many years thereafter, in 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to what it is today initially as an attempt to increase retail sales during the Great Depression. 

In Canada, the origin of Thanksgiving is a little unclear. “Thereis no compelling narrative of the original of the Canadian Thanksgiving day.”  
From what we know, it is traced back to 1578 when explorer Martin Frosbisher survived a long and treacherous journey from England to Canada and wanted to give thanks. 

Some have suggested that Canada’s earlier celebration of the holiday is because of an early onset of winter in the north leading to an earlier harvest season. 
There was not a specific date for celebrating harvest until the late 19th century. Many governors of Canadian provinces celebrated Thanksgiving at various times before the Canadian Confederation.

The first official Canadian Thanksgiving occurred April 15, 1872 when the nation was celebrating the Prince of Whales' recovery from a serious illness.

The Canadian Parliament proclaimed Thanksgiving to be officially observed on its present date in 1957. It was set at the second Monday of  every October.

 Now we can all say we learned something new today! I certainly didn’t know all of that before! 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lindy's Landing! We hope you have a truly blessed holiday!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Exploring Pine Flat Lake

Have you been to Pine Flat Lake? Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of eastern Fresno County, this artificial lake is formed by the construction of the Pine Flat Dam on our beloved Kings River in 1954. It is one of the largest reservoirs in California!

The dam was initially designed for flood control but now also provides irrigation and ground water recharge and recreation as well as a generator of hydroelectric power for the Jeff L. Taylor Pine Flat Power Plant. 

Unlike most nearby dam structures, Pine Flat Dam has a parapet wall that cannot be approached from any direction as an extra precaution for preventing potential flooding. 

Just a half hour away from Lindy’s, the Pine Flat Lake Marina in Sanger is the only full service marina on the lake. They offer boat rentals and year round boat moorage.

According to the Pine Flat Lake's website, “over a million acre feet of water is fed from the Kings Canyon watershed, the highest and longest watershed drop in the Continental United States.” WOW! 

This provides an ample body of water for great fishing, recreational boating and exploring.

There is no shortage of wild trout, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie and planted trout at this location so don’t forget to bring your fishing rod!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

We're in the Mood for Winter Camping!

What a fun week we’ve just had!

The Camping Love of Adventure group came and stayed with us and we couldn’t be happier about it. This group of single seniors/adults schedule week long trips every month to central valley campgrounds and coordinate events for attendees. 
Whether it is off site outings to museums and hiking or on site pot lucks and morning campfires, these ladies offer friendship to one another and bring a jovial vibe to the entire campground when they’re here! 

In other news with Lindy's, we are in full swing with our full timers now. We want to express our  gratitude to the bridge workers and PG&E employees staying with us while tending to their projects (the bridge workers have been with us for about TWO years now!). We know there are many options in the area for you to stay and we appreciate you choosing us. 

Perhaps the biggest news of all is that we have a new camp host! His name is max and he’s my new German Shepherd puppy. Be sure to say hello to him when you see him. I’m in love already. He’ll be maintaining order around the place so make sure you abide by the rules ;)

 Lastly, we have had a few Lindy's supporters out there that requested Lindy's t-shirts. We’re opening up the creative forum to all who have visited Lindy's in the past: Does anyone have any ideas about what the design of the shirt should look like? What feature at Lindy's do you think should absolutely be on the shirt?

Let us know on our facebook, twitter or google+ pages or please, feel free to comment on the blog.

As always, we wanted to thank you all for keeping up to date with us. We wouldn’t be here without our loyal friends and campers!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Haunting Neighbors of Reedley

Is everyone in the Halloween spirit? In honor of the holiday, we did a little research on the “legitimately” haunted places near Lindy’s Landing for those of you thrill seekers out there.

 Reedley became an incorporated town in 1913 which gives the city almost 100 years of history that have, for the most part, remained ghost free. There is no documented proof of this, but rumor has it the Reedley Opera House Theatre is haunted. Numerous people have said they have been victim to sudden cold drafts and mysterious sounds from the rafters while doing a production with the River City Theatre Company

Outside the town of Reedley lies the “most popular Halloween attraction in all of California”  , the Clovis Sanitarium (now known as Wolfe Manor ). This convalescent home of the mentally ill was severely overcrowded during the Great Depression, with some patients rumored to having slept in the halls on a regular basis. 

There was no morgue on site so many of the deceased patients would be held in the basement until the reported deaths were picked up. This continued until 1997 when it was finally shut down.

Todd Wolfe purchased the abandoned sanitarium, renamed it and reopened it to the public as a Halloween attraction. He has mentioned multiple paranormal encounters and unexplained events, particularly the numerous 911 calls that originated from the manor that has no phone lines installed. 

Just down the way in Fresno is the Tyler Street House. This residential home has allegedly been poltergeist ridden since the 1980s and has had over 22 different occupants since then. Tenants have reported seeing red eyes out of dark corners and closets as well as objects launching themselves off of counter tops. What is most startling to us is the legend of a bludgeoned corpse of a cat that has been found by each resident in the upstairs closet regardless of pet ownership!

We hope whatever scary endeavors you get yourself into this October that if you’re in the neighborhood, you’ll stop by and share your frightening stories over the campfire with us.

From all of us at Lindy’s Landing, we wish you a Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Getting into the Spirit of Fall

As we begrudgingly put our boats in storage and watch the leaves start to change, I can’t help but get excited about pumpkin season! By that, I mean everything associated with pumpkins; Jack-O-Lanterns, various seasonal gourds, scar crows, Halloween costumes and pumpkin pie!

Lucky for us here at Lindy’s Landing, the Hillcrest Pumpkin Patch is in full-swing right down the street. Traditionally, it opens the first weekend of October and last until right before Halloween. The hours of operation are from 10am-5pm. They offer have steam trains, hay rides and have a nature trail nearby.
Unfortunately they can’t allow dogs on the property anymore but they do have a designated play house area for children to explore. 

This year, they are doing tours for nearby schools, inviting teachers to bring their students and take a pumpkin home with them while they’re at it. It costs $5/child and is free for chaperones.  It’s a great way to take in what fall has to offer and spend the day with your friends and little ones. They will have some food available as well (corn dogs, tri tip, snow cones) but you are welcome to bring a snack or lunch with you to enjoy in the picnic area. 

After you’ve picked out the perfect pumpkin, come back to Lindy’s and show us what you’ve got! Proudly display your carved pumpkins in our office or at your site to light up the shores of the Kings River in a way it’s never seen before! We’ll most certainly look in to that pumpkin pie recipe as well!
If you’d like to be a part of our fall activities (and discounted winter rates), don’t hesitate to give us a call at (559) 897-2885! We hope to see you soon for a ghoulishly good time!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Take Advantage of Our Winter Rates!

The summer has come to a close and while we are sad to see so many guests leave, we know that the fall is a special time too.  The leaves change color and the weather turns crisp and cool.  It isn't too late to stay with us and see for yourself the magic of Lindy's Landing.  We have some great winter rates for you to take advantage of and we would love to see all of our regulars again or anyone new that wants to see what we are all about!

Winter Rates:

All rates are for 2 people. Additional people in the site are $10.  
Pets and kids 12 and under are free.
    Lagoon sites: $30/night
    Pull Through sites: $25/night
    Riverfront sites: $25/night
    Tent sites: $20/night
    Give us a call at (559) 897-2885 to reserve your site with us today!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Taste of the Town Coming Up

We are always excited about upcoming community events and next up is the Reedley Downtown Association's Taste of the Town on September 20th!

Buy purchasing a ticket you will be able to sample some of the best food and drink that Reedley has to offer.  This is also a great event to check out if you happen to be staying with us during the week and want to check out what our local area has to offer.

Call us at (559) 897-2885 to make a reservation at the park today! And click here to purchase tickets to the event.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Rock on The River Rocked!

A huge thank you to all those that came out to our first Rock on The River event!

The food was good and the music was great!  The weather was REALLY hot that weekend and kept a lot of people away but the folks that managed to make it out all had a great time.  We were excited about the positive feedback from the concert goers and are already planning 4 more concerts for next year!

Be sure to check back for updates on when those concerts will be...

We also have a few spots still available for Labor Day so be sure to call (559) 897-2885 and reserve one of them today before we are completely booked!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Upcoming Event: August 11

The concert we are hosting is only a week away!  It will be held here at Lindy's Landing and begins at noon on Saturday, August 11.  For more information, click on the "Upcoming Events" tab at the top of this page.  We hope to see you there! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fourth of July Celebrations

We had a spectacular Fourth of July out here at Lindy's Landing!  Check out some of our pictures! 
 Relaxing next to the lagoon on this hot summer day

They have a future in camping for sure!  Check out their shelter and fire pit.  Awesome!

 Playing in their shelter on the beach.  Living the life!

It's BBQ time

 We don't know who is having more fun, but this looks like a blast!

Happy Fourth of July!!!!!  Hope you had a great one!