Saturday, October 28
It’s chilly this morning – about 28°, brrrr! I eat a quick breakfast and then break camp to drive down to Santa Rosa Lake State Park. Santa Rosa is on I-40 which is the route I will take when I start on my way to Florida Monday morning. Since it is a little further south, it will also be somewhat warmer.
I arrive around 11am and drive to the one campground that is open. The B loop is closed. Only the A loop is open and it is electric/water sites which I don’t want. But I’ll go ahead and drive through. Every site is taken or is only available for one night. Also there is some motorcycle club having a meetup here and there are about 30 Harleys parked on the loop road! I could barely get through. Now I like motorcycles, but I don’t really want to hear 30 of them firing up all at once where I am camping!!! So this is definitely out!
I drive back to the visitors center to inquire about the primitive camping area. I don’t need hookups, but I do need to fill my freshwater tank. The park employee tells me there is a water faucet in the primitive camping area. Excellent! I head over there to investigate.
At this park the primitive camping is basically pull off alongside the road and there is a picnic table on a path about 30 yards away. No shelter or fire ring. Not the greatest but I just need a spot for a couple nights until I head out on Monday. So I make use of the water spigot then find a spot down at the end of the road. There were two other campers here. I was level front to back so since I’m not planning to go out of the park, I don’t need to unhook. I don’t like this park as much as Storrie Lake. The only positive is they do have a functioning dump station. So on the way in I emptied the gray tank. Now I can take a full shower and not worry about the tank. I will empty again when I leave. And the fee is covered by my annual camping pass.
Neither the developed campground nor the primitive camping area have access to the lake – in the photo below you can just see the lake in the background.
There were lots of birds and also butterflies!
When I am going to be traveling for a few days in a row, I like to cook something that will give me leftovers to eat for a couple days. So I made a big pot of pasta sauce and grilled some veggies to go in it. I have enough sauce for a couple more meals.