ROCKY POINT RESORT – THE GRAND OLE GAL REBORN

February 22, 2016 We began the process of bringing good life to this Grand Ole Gal known as Rocky Point Resort.  It’s been quite the journey and continues as a labor of love by all who work here, live by or visit this wonderful park.

The biggest transformation is the restaurant, when Chrissie Hathor and I walked thru the Restaurant to lease with Georgia & LindaRose it looked like a chore but not the chore we were about to undertake.  With the past management as a possibility of being this years management and Chrissie as my friend we couldn’t see the restaurant doing well under that regime.  Therefore I applied for the job as Park manager thankful the board chose me the future over the past.

What we first encountered was a very dirty restaurant things not put away properly for the winter and obvious lack of cleaning though out the previous season or more.

These pictures I’m sharing at this time are just a tip to the iceberg of the work done so far on the park this year.  But they will certainly give you an insight to the extent of damage lack of care and/or maintenance your past has given this wonderful ole gal.  She deserves love, respect and care from this day forward!

FLOORS

The floors were the first indication of poor cleaning ethics as we stuck to the floor upon our first walk though.

lodge floor before
BEFORE – lodge floor before so sticky and gooey your shoes stuck to the floor
BEFORE - where buffet water had run off of the table onto the floor and left under carpets finish had been destroyed
BEFORE – where buffet water had run off of the table onto the floor and left under carpets finish had been destroyed
lodge floor after
AFTER – lodge floor after scrubbed and waxed

The biggest transformation is the porch dining floors, when Chrissie wanted to replace the carpet as it was very tattered & worn,  what we found was that it was 30+ years old.  The carpet fellow came to look under the carpet to see what work needed done and found layers of decay.  A couple layers of press board and a couple layers of linoleum.  To save money a crew was assembled to tear out the old flooring and we were going to replace the subfloor with new plywood etc.  When we got down to what we thought was ugly green linoleum it was actually 4 to 5 layers of forest service green paint on the original straight grain fir floors.  We had to bring them back!

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BEFORE – all tables with cloths from last season left on tables for winter, salt and pepper still on tables, faded 30+ year old carpet
BLACK MOLD DOORWAY BETWEEN DINING AREAS
BEFORE – black mold between dining rooms under carpet, first signs we see of the extensive water damage were about to find
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BEFORE – decaying floors, old linoleum at deck door in dining area
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BEFORE – digging thru decaying press boards and linoleum first sign of the green floors

And now the removal of the forest service green paint

Bringing back the beautiful original floors
AFTER – Bringing back the beautiful original floors
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AFTER – sanded and waxed. We waxed to save money as its a 21 day cure to properly seal with a varathane product. Personally I think we should just continue to wax and/or oil the floors, it gives such a beautiful honey color to the wood.

Around the corner to the other part of the porch dining area, once we removed the rotted press board the black mold is gone. Due to the water damage from the south wall not being maintained for the last few years their was sever water damage to the wall, sills and support struts.  We removed a small wall separating the two dining areas.

DURING - sanding the south dining area
DURING – sanding the south dining area
DURING - south dining area after waxing. Work is still going on in this area. We had to wax all exposed wood, after sanding it was raw and susceptible to damage, waxing protects the wood.
DURING – south dining area after waxing. Work is still going on in this area. We had to wax all exposed wood, after sanding it was raw and susceptible to damage, waxing protects the wood.

WINDOWS

With all the water damage to the south wall from lack of maintenance.  The sills, supports etc had to be replaced as the damage was quite extensive.

There was also a couple bullet holes in one of the windows this led us to getting better windows, as we would like to stay open longer into the winter.  We also noticed with the old single pane windows the sun damage to the furnishings & pictures etc was extensive.  With the new windows cooling, heating and uv damage would be lessened.

BEFORE - wood so mushy this screwdriver sunk all the way into the wood
BEFORE – wood so mushy this screwdriver sunk all the way into the wood
BEFORE - The wood is so wet from the winter I can put my finger through the wood
BEFORE – The wood is so wet from the winter I can put my finger through the wood
BEFORE - Wood like sponge the south wall is so wet
BEFORE – Wood like sponge the south wall is so wet were not sure how the windows have stayed in
Windows pulled out new supports and sills being put in
Windows pulled out new supports and sills being put in
AFTER - This corner seems to be a favorite among diners now
AFTER – This corner seems to be a favorite among diners now, this is the repairman finishing up the installation
AFTER - Dividing wall that once was the bar wall is now gone and the water can no longer run under the wall creating more damage to the interior walls
AFTER – Dividing wall that once was the bar wall is now gone and the water can no longer run under the wall creating more damage to the interior walls
AFTER - A whole new experience with the floors and windows
AFTER – A whole new experience with the floors and windows

KITCHEN – RESTAURANT BUILDING

Where do I start with the kitchen, we encountered so much filth, many local people showed up to help with repairs, cleaning, electrical, counter work and anything else we needed to get this going again.  They loved this grand ole gal and so do we.

BEFORE - trash behind one of the fridge work areas left all winter. This means not much was cleaned during the previous season
BEFORE – trash behind one of the fridge work areas left all winter. This means not much was cleaned during the previous season
BEFORE - the grease and filth so thick we had to rent a hot water pressure washer to get the caked grease out from under the flat top
BEFORE – the grease and filth so thick we had to rent a hot water pressure washer to get the caked grease out from under the flat top. You can’t really see but this is caked thick with old grease and debris. It’s a wonder more people did not get sick eating here.
BEFORE - Just a hint of what was coming out of the equipment with power washing
BEFORE – Just a hint of what was coming out of the equipment with power washing
BEFORE - only one drop pan was under the flat top the other side had none as shown in previous picture. This drip pan had to be pryed out
BEFORE – only one drop pan was under the flat top the other side had none as shown in previous picture. This drip pan had to be preyed out
BEFORE - Charbroiler top
BEFORE – Charbroiler top
BEFORE - gas jets
BEFORE – gas jets under flat top
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BEFORE – burner of stove top
BEFORE - steam table
BEFORE – steam table
BEFORE - Scraping drip pan after power washing to get it out. so full and over run it was stuck in its slot. That takes a long time of unsanitary conditions to have things in such a state of uncleanliness
BEFORE – Scraping drip pan after power washing to get it out. so full and over run it was stuck in its slot. That takes a long time of unsanitary conditions to have things in such a state of uncleanliness
AFTER - the way things should look everything is looking clean and ready to use again
AFTER – the way things should look everything is looking clean and ready to use again
AFTER - Back wall and back of flat top clean
AFTER – Back wall and back of flat top clean
AFTER - Under flat top once again ready to use in a healthy clean manner
AFTER – Under stove burners once again ready to use in a healthy clean manner
AFTER - clean flat top reseasoned and ready to use
AFTER – clean flat top reseasoned and ready to use
AFTER - Jets under charbroiler once again recognizable and ready to cook awesome steaks
AFTER – Jets under charbroiler once again recognizable and ready to cook awesome steaks
BEFORE - Just another small glimpse into the filth left behind
BEFORE – Just another small glimpse into the filth left behind
AFTER - won't be afraid to let guests see this cart now
AFTER – won’t be afraid to let guests see this cart now
THROWN OUT - bucket of sugar left open for the winter full of rodent feces
THROWN OUT – bucket of sugar left open for the winter full of rodent feces
LACK OF CARE - Due to debris on the roof never cleared off for probably 2 years the ice melted backing up under the metal roofing coming into the back kitchen leaking thru the ceiling. Once the roof was cleared off the leak stopped
LACK OF CARE – Due to debris on the roof never cleared off for probably 2 years the ice melted backing up under the metal roofing coming into the back kitchen leaking thru the ceiling. Once the roof was cleared off the leak stopped.  When I mentioned it to Troy on our walk thru he said he’d get to it and never did.  We did have the light checked due to the water damage.
Salt shaker that was left on the table is this how it looked during season? All shakers had to be soaked 5 times and dug out as the salt and pepper were left in them for the winter on the tables
Salt shaker that was left on the table is this how it looked during season? All shakers had to be soaked 5 times and dug out as the salt and pepper were left in them for the winter on the tables

 

BEFORE - how your bar was left to weather the winter
BEFORE – how your bar was left to weather the winter
BEFORE - another part of the bar
BEFORE – another part of the bar
BEFORE - Under this sink carol used a rake to get a rat nest out
BEFORE – Under this sink carol used a rake to get a rat nest out
Deb a local lady used a tooth brush to clean the fans in the lodge area of the restaurant
Deb a local lady used a tooth brush to clean the fans in the lodge area of the restaurant
Joy another local lady helped wash the walls & ceiling 4 times to get them clean. she was helped by other local ladies
Joy another local lady helped wash the walls & ceiling 4 times to get them clean. she was helped by other local ladies
Your money, your product left to rot over the winter
Your money, your product left to rot over the winter
The dirt being washed away from the ceiling
The dirt being washed away from the ceiling
The streaks of dirt melting away from the beams as the ceiling is being washed
The streaks of dirt melting away from the beams as the ceiling is being washed
AFTER - back kitchen with eggplant parmesan cooling
AFTER – back kitchen with eggplant parmesan cooling
AFTER - pass thru clean
AFTER – pass thru clean
AFTER - kitchen you won't be afraid to eat from with wonderful food being prepared
AFTER – kitchen you won’t be afraid to eat from with wonderful food being prepared
AFTER - dish area where dishes will actually be clean
AFTER – dish area where dishes will actually be clean
AFTER - Server supplies looking into inviting restaurant area
AFTER – Server supplies looking into inviting restaurant area
AFTER - front lodge dining area
AFTER – front lodge dining area
AFTER - Front kitchen area and Carol who helped clean a lot of the mess we encountered
AFTER – Front kitchen area and Carol who helped clean a lot of the filth we encountered
Beautiful new bar front and back bar
Beautiful new bar front and back bar
New bar top
New bar top

Manager’s House

It was filthy 2 black garbage bags of cat waste in the kitchen along with other garbage.  Furniture was removed I was told.  What was left in the house was so filthy with cat, dog and people filth we took them to the dump.  The cleaning began, we only have a few pictures of the before of the “Big House” which is now a rental for the park.

The entire house had to be painted, approx. 100 screws removed from the walls and those holes patched.  Food on the walls, a putty substance which we believe was for surveillance purposes.  Quite a few alcohol bottles left in the house, which disappeared when Troy left.  Many food items from the restaurant etc.

Leaks through out the house, again mainly from lack of maintenance and letting the debris build up on the roof.  Causes the snow and ice to build up and back up to places it would normally run off.

Food found in the freezer, it all looks like food from the restaurant and store. This was along with the couple bottles of pure maple syrup and other things obviously from the restaurant. some of those things disappeared with the alcohol when Troy left.
Food found in the freezer, it all looks like food from the restaurant and store. This was along with the couple bottles of pure maple syrup and other things obviously from the restaurant. What your looking at is filet mignon, bacon, large shrimp, big loaf of cheese, shredded cheese etc.  all freezer burnt and had to be thrown out.
Putty like substance for surveillance camera's which left an oily residue
Putty like substance for surveillance camera’s which left an oily residue in quite a few locations through out the house and the laundry room.
one of the damaged places in the home
one of the damaged places in the home
Damage from backed up ice and snow.
Damage from backed up ice and snow.
Small variety of some of the screws taken out of the walls all over the house
Small variety of some of the screws taken out of the walls all over the house
This plug was taken out for some reason in the laundry room. Perhaps why their was also surveyllance camera's in and around the laundry area
This plug was taken out for some reason in the laundry room. Perhaps the same reason there was surveillance camera’s in and around the laundry area
This spot in the living room rug was spots of dried cat feces. We pulled the carpet up, tore out the padding, painted the subfloor with kilz paint. Replaced the pad with new, rodney tried so hard with industrial cleaner and machines to remove the stains. They had been their all winter and just would not come out. This is after it is cleaned, we will hopefully replace the rug in the entire home sometime this year. In the meantime Rodney did get the smell out and clean just stained. we have an area rug to go over it.
This spot in the living room rug was spots of dried cat feces. We pulled the carpet up, tore out the padding, painted the subfloor with kilz paint. Replaced the pad with new, Rodney tried so hard with industrial cleaner and machines to remove the stains. They had been their all winter and just would not come out. This is after it is cleaned, we will hopefully replace the rug in the entire home sometime this year. In the meantime Rodney did get the smell out and clean just stained. we have an area rug to go over it.
AFTER - good stuff for the "Big House" We have furnishings that will actually sleep 12. this is new bunk beds I found for one room, we have 2 queens in bedrooms.
AFTER – good stuff for the “Big House” We have furnishings that will actually sleep 12. this is new bunk beds I found for one room, we have 2 queens in bedrooms. Sleeper sofa – Queen, Futon – Double
Queen Sleeper sofa I found like new
Queen Sleeper sofa I found like new
Clean light fixtures they all had greasy black dirt hanging from them
Clean light fixtures they all had greasy black dirt hanging from them

Cabins – Rooms – Linen room

Some things we did not get pictures of we just went to work getting them straightened out and workable.  The linen room was so full of old tattered pillows, broken lamps, broken coffee pots, garbage etc etc etc.  You literally could not get into the room, we had to start pulling items out sorting the usable from the garbage.  We were told there was 2 new vacuums bought last year.  We have one that minimally works, Chris goes over things many times when she shouldn’t have to work so hard to vacuum.

This was the first step to getting a vacuum to work all this came out of the intake hose
This was the first step to getting a vacuum to work all this came out of the intake hose this is how they were cleaning.
We've cleaned the carpets, washed the walls, aired and freshened all aspects of the rooms. People love staying with us once again
We’ve cleaned the carpets, washed the walls, aired and freshened all aspects of the rooms & cabins. People love staying with us once again.
Bathrooms look good, showers are clean. You don't feel like you need shoes to get in the showers now
Bathrooms look good, showers are clean. You don’t feel like you need shoes to get in the showers now
Kitchens look nice tops of cupboards are once again clean. The tops of the cupboards had not been cleaned in at least 2 years. Thick greasy dirt on top of all the cupboards
Kitchens look nice tops of cupboards are once again clean. The tops of the cupboards had not been cleaned in at least 2 years. Thick greasy dirt on top of all the cupboards
we only have a enough linens for the beds once. the spreads are starting to show age, defiantly need new soon
we only have a enough linens for the beds once. the spreads are starting to show age, defiantly need new soon

Store – Marina

We walked into the store and their was a smell that just wouldn’t go away.  It was dark & dirty the floor just like upstairs was horrid.  The office had grunge on everything, you were literally afraid to touch anything.  The chairs were horribly stained, thanks to Rodney they are no longer stained.  One chair we put paper on to sit on it, it was literally that bad.

The tool room was like the linen room stacked so high with boat motors, life jackets and garbage you could not get in to it except to open the door step to the left 2 feet and that was all the entry you had.  All storage area’s in the park were the same way, we are slowly making some sort of order out of them and throwing away broken garbage every week.

Inside the store now, we painted and cleaned top to bottom
Inside the store now, we painted and cleaned top to bottom
We have product to sell and hot coffee if you like
We have product to sell and hot coffee if you like
Brochures and camping supplies
Brochures and camping supplies
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The front garden is blooming and inviting also bird and chipmunk friendly
Yellow headed blackbird and chipmunk enjoying the day
Yellow headed blackbird and chipmunk enjoying the day
Campers enjoying their stay with us
Campers enjoying their stay with us
The park is getting back to being green once again
The park is getting back to being green once again
Just one of the many wonderful pictures taken here at the park
Just one of the many wonderful pictures I’ve taken here at the park
Sunrise at the park
Sunrise at the park

I just wanted to leave you with the beauty of this Grand ole Gal – Rocky Point Resort

We have many guests that are so happy to be back and enjoy their stay.  The next couple pictures were taken recently by guests and shared with us I also want to share a really nice entry Mr. Eastman put on his website myfocusonbirds.com about our Park.

Rainbow over the dock
Rainbow over the dock
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A stunning photograph taken later the same day from their campsite. They enjoyed their time here so they will be back in two weeks

Mr. Eastmans write up on Rocky Point Resort

Rocky Point Resort

Photographs by Richard C. Eastman during his stay at our park.  They stayed 3 nights with us and didn’t want to go back home.

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Hope to see you all here this season