I enjoy camping. Though I am not one for roughing it in a tent in the middle of nowhere, I do like staying at different campgrounds and heading down to the local swimming hole. Yesterday we just got back from a two-night stay at Willow Lake, Oregon, and there is much to tell.
It was our first time camping in our tent trailer since we bought it a couple of months ago. My daughter was so excited she could barely contain herself! It only takes an hour from where we live to get to the campground so it was still light when we got there. It didn't take too long to set things up, and we were sitting by the campfire in no time. There was a strange smell in the air that was a combination of smoke from the fires in Northern California, blazing campfires, and people cooking. It smelled oddly of what I can only describe as carnival food. Greasy and smokey, and not in a good way. But the weather was warm and pleasant.
Despite the beautiful weather and views of Mt. McLaughlin, we would be in for a rough night based on the rowdy crowd in the sites next to us and across the road. Parking wherever they wanted, our self-absorbed neighbors were blasting music from their nearby trucks. First it was heavy metal, then country, then reggae, all genres I don't particularly care for. Oh, and it got so much worse! They were drinking heavily, shouting, cursing and even thought it would be fun to have a bon fire in their campsite by throwing a pallet on the fire. Let me tell you, the flames were so high when they did that it was insane. Then there was the drunken domestic argument at 3:00 a.m. that lasted for an hour, complete with profanity. Due to all of the disturbances, we were allowed to move to another site, an upgrade with a view of the lake, free of charge. Then the fun was able to begin.
The trailer was great to sleep in. It was warm, off the ground, and there was plenty of room for the four of us. Our son loved it when we brought him to our bed in the morning. Cooking on the gas stove went wonderfully, and I even got to have my morning cappuccino! We went to the lake and the water was cold but tolerable. We rented a paddle boat, which our daughter LOVED, and our son enjoyed hanging out on the shore on a blanket.