Well, I absolutely loved the setting. I loved the fact that the boats, cabins and docks were soooooooo close. The docks made an excellent breakwater for the marina. I thought it was cool that you could go either way out of the cabin and have a lake or marina to look at when you enjoyed your morning coffee.
The cabin that I shared with the Murphys was roomy, had 2 full sized bedrooms, a smaller bedroom with bunk beds for the kiddies, a gigantic living room by floating cabin standards, a dining area, two excellent bathrooms, a rocking air-conditioner and a full sized refrigerator. Having said that, there might now be a competition for that particular cabin next year. I'm not going to help anyone get to that cabin before me. I'm not going to tell them that it's cabin #17 and I'm definately not going to tell anyone that I personally can get by on a lot less. That's because I want it all to myself next year in spite of being perfectly content in something much smaller.
I felt that the staff was friendly and helpful. I didn't run into any problems with them though, so maybe if I had had some other issues, my impression of the staff might not be so good but then again, it may have gone just fine.
The proximity of the site from the Interstate is excellent. There was none of this driving for long distances wondering if I had taken all the correct turns. Not that I needed to but there was a Wal-Mart right down in Jasper, only a few miles away.
The milfoil was EXTREMELY oppressive IMHO. And I didn't even have my own boat there. But I felt very bad for those that had problems with the stuff. TerryMc, I'm so sorry that you came all the way from SoCal only to have that crap imbed itself into your jet. And there was so much of it that, even when I was out on the lake with someone else, I could see where there were pieces of the stuff EVERYWHERE. Avoiding it all together was absolutely impossible. You gotta be kidding. Bob Maskel and I went right through that area right after G2 and there was only a fraction of the milfoil present at that time. Of course, one advantage to the milfoil is that we didn't have to listen to a cacaphony of jetskis all weekend. That stuff is death on jetskis from what I understand.
As far as the lack of a pavillion goes, I thought we did ok with the 3 EZ-UP tents that we had. It occured to me that if we'd have about 3 or 4 more of them, we'd have done fine. Remember that rain this time of year is really rare in Tennessee. So the fact that even got any at all was quite an amazing event. And that's one reason why the rain that we DID get was weak and drizzly rather than strong enough to ruin the event. The fact that many attendees drove in some really serious downpours on the way home is truly WAYYYYYYY out of normal for this time of year. But, regardless of whatever venue we choose in the future, we will always have the weather as a roll of the dice. That is in no way the fault of Hale's Bar and should not be held against that location.
The batcave was a cool plus. Ok, so the bats stood everyone up. They're just snobbish bats and were probably jealous of all the finely handcrafted wooden boats.
I like the quaintness of the old Hale's Bar dam. And I laughed myself silly when we saw the "ghost" that is supposed to be haunting that building. For those of you that didn't catch sight of the "ghost," it was really the light from a river boat on the other side of the dam. As the tow worked its way downriver after dark,the light the pilot was using to see his way would shine up on the building from the backside. From our perspective, we could not see the river boat. We could only see the light itself and DANG, it looked just like a ghost in the building. I'm dead serious here. It REALLY looked like a ghost and several people on the dock that saw it almost screamed. Hahahahahahahahahaha! THAT'S where the ghost stories came from. I'm still laughing about it.
I think that, if the Tennessee Wildlife could come back in and treat the milfoil, that problem would be gone. Then, make cabin #17 available for someone that seriously needs a more comfy bathroom and that problem would solved also. Then the only real deal that the management would have to deal with would be to make sure that all the other cabins have clean bathrooms ready to go and make sure that would be no surprises. That would leave only the pavillion.
The floating cabin place in Guntersville had a floating pavillion that could be towed around to any place in their marina. I wonder if Hale's Bar could come up with something similar?