I have been so busy over the summer that I haven't posted in awhile. But now that things have slowed down a bit, I'm back. We went camping last memorial day. The campground was a lovely place in the San Juans and we were looking forward to a great weekend. Unfortunately, so was everyone else. You know it's going to be busy when you camp at a state campground. But we seem to always end up next to the large group whose sole intent is to drink and yell late into the night. Both nights, different groups of inconsiderate people. Add that to the sloping site and having to fight to keep from rolling downhill in your sleeping bag, and it doesn't make for much fun. We found a real estate magazine and started dreaming about a little private spot of our own where we could relax, get away from it all, and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Well, we found what we were looking for on the first day. It's a little, tiny lot in a private, recreational community. Only RVs are allowed, and you can only live there 210 days a year, but it's got swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis, basketball, mini-golf, a clubhouse for organized functions, hiking trails, and a lovely lake stocked with trout twice a year. The great thing about it is that you can have as much privacy as you want. It's also a great base camp for all kinds of wonderful hikes, as well as visits to other, larger lakes.
Our place is a little 1973 travel trailer with a big covered porch, and a huge deck with a built-in fire pit, that looks out over the lake, and two beautiful mountains. It's quiet and awe-inspiring...at least to us. We spent our first weekend there and to sit out on the deck and watch the hawks and ospreys soaring up to your eye level and then keep going until they're out of site, just takes your breath away.
The people we bought it from had it for 30 years. They are a charming Canadian couple who hail from Germany originally. The trailer is pristine and is like stepping back to 1973. We just love that. It's cozy, warm, and comfortable with running water, a shower, heat, elecricity, and "facilities". What a way to camp.