We managed to get a reservation for a new campsite at East Meadows campground for the first week in October just before they closed. With cancellations due to Covid and fires, plus an abnormally large number of people camping this year, we were lucky to get this last opportunity to camp at my favorite lake. Turned out to be a really nice site.
Kate and Charlie were with me for the first two days and then I spent it alone for the next couple nights. This was the first time without my best friend, Ben, who passed over the rainbow bridge a month ago 9/11/20. He was definitely missed. He and I had been coming here since 2011. I’m so glad he got to go here one last time in September and even had a chance to do some swimming.
We did some exploring in the Jeep driving out to Independence Lake. Its run by the Land Trust with all the restrictions that come with the responsibility of protecting the environment out there. We hiked along the lake and bit and found it quite nice. Not a difficult road out there but not something I would drive the motor home on.
My friend Gary met up with us for a couple days. Also it was right during the first week of deer season so quite a few hunters there. Also, strangely, some campers placed their Trump signs up next to their sites. That was certainly not welcome in my mind.
For this time of year the lake was not as far down as it usually is. We had some smoke but it wasn’t bad at all. After Kate and Charlie left I hiked along the exposed shores and went up to look at some of the private cabins off the lake.