Where did the weekend go?!! Oh, I know... it went SLOW.
Well, not quite slowly enough. The pace was slow, but let's just say it's ending too soon.
We took our last camping trip of the season to nearby Bay View State Park. So close to home! Such a short drive! It's not a particularly large park, but there are plenty of nice sites and this time of the year it's not too crowded. All of the hookup sites were full, but now that we've been out several times we're very comfortable going without the amenities. It's a bit less expensive, too.
The point of this weekend was to just get away and relax for a couple of nights, and that is exactly what we did! There was a lot of reading, walking the dog, and eating of good food. I took way fewer photos than I expected, because there wasn't actually that much in the way of really interesting things to see. I had hoped to find some fascinating fungi, but it's still a bit early. Or in the case of the one large mushroom I saw - a bit too late. Looks like something had been having a nice munch session. I didn't see any hallucinating chipmunks anywhere nearby!
Even if nature wasn't too exciting, I did see some other interesting things. I'm alway on the lookout for the unusual, and I usually find it. The women's restroom was a good source of strangeness - NO, nothing untoward! Just little things... a clothing label on the sanitary products bin, and a Colorado University shot glass left by the sink.
The shot glass was still there a couple hours later, so it's ours now. 🍹
The beach wasn't open due to a restoration project, but it was still a nice place to take the dog for a change of scenery. There was a couple wearing matching outfits, walking around down there. That degree of matching couldn't have been an accident! I think they were staying in one of the cabins, rather than camping in a tent or RV. Just a hunch.
There was also a well dressed couple having an afterwork picnic complete with a bottle of wine. They might have picked a better spot for their little interlude. Such a romantic setting, between the construction fence and dirt pile!
Well, she was slightly less dressed than he was...
Oh my! Look away children!
Look at these pretty clouds instead.
On a more serious note, there seemed to be several people staying at the park who looked to be living out of their rigs, and not by choice. The couple next to us had a small U-haul trailer, and it appeared full of their earthly belongings. They spent nearly the entire day yesterday rearranging and packing the bins and bags. What was notable about them is that they didn't seem to have any urgency, as one might if they were just moving from one known place to another. I overheard the woman say something about "when we get to the next place" and another time she timidly suggested that maybe they could stay another night at this park. They didn't look desperate, but there was a definite air of vagabond by circumstance about them.
Then there was Tarp Guy. He had quite the setup with his black van, black bicycle (we never saw him use it), a blue tarp, and several well used red coolers and all sorts of other stuff in his camp. Who knows what his story was - but he was friendly when we walked by, in a crazy sort of way. Syd wanted to go say hi to him, so we stopped for a minute. He was hanging out by his fire, drinking who knows what. Just a bit sketchy.
The state parks don't really seem like an economical choice for people that might find themselves living out of their cars. Despite the "economy" campsites (which really just meant tiny), the prices are still a bit high. Not that there are any other good options.
Overall it was a great weekend. Syd was a happy camper, and so were we.