Crazy Campground Weekend

Sheba is fascinated at all the weekend campground activity

Sheba is fascinated at all the weekend campground activity

I suppose that because this campground is so close to Atlanta, it gets really crazy on the weekends!

Crazy crowded

Crazy crowded

Most of the families mind their own business and enjoy themselves without bothering anyone.  But there are the others.  Like the guy staggering around his campsite with an open beer in his hand — and 3 more cans in his pockets.  Or the group that tied their two pontoon boats together in the water a few yards out from our site, and used them for a party platform.

More boats

More boats

Or the jet ski with an oil burning problem that smoked us out with a huge blue cloud of burnt oil — then had the gall to park it so it blocked our lake access.  Or the boats with screaming country music blasting — which the ranger finally put a stop to!

Party platform

Party platform

Actually, I think it’s funny what a fuddy duddy I have become.  I have the privilege of going camping anytime I want to.  Most of these people have a short weekend to unwind from the stress of their work week and cram all the fun they can into two short days. So while they irritate me, I do try to remember that, although I am old now, I was young — and stupid — a long time ago.  Well, I was young a long time ago.  I really HOPE I was only stupid a long time ago!  😀

A family peacefully enjoying their weekend

A family peacefully enjoying their weekend

The storm that came through day before yesterday took the heavy humidity with it when it passed. So the temperatures yesterday and earlier today were just perfect, accompanied by a nice breeze.  It did get more humid this afternoon and was uncomfortable for a while.  But it cooled off nicely when the sun went down.

We have not used our air conditioner for two days!  Since we are in deep shade, the fan has been all we have needed.

Ron ignores the circus

Ron ignores the circus

We left our bait worms out when the storm hit, and they drowned.  We both tried on and off to fish from the bank with artificial lures, but haven’t had any luck.  I haven’t seen anyone fishing from the bank catch anything.  I did see one guy in a boat pull in a small fish earlier today.  Maybe there’s just too much motorized activity on the water.

Anyway, the weekenders should start leaving tomorrow morning, and serenity should return by tomorrow night!

Lovely visitors.  This looks like a watercolor, doesn't it?

Lovely visitors. This looks like a watercolor, doesn’t it?

Clark Creek

Our Casita at Clark Creek

Our Casita at Clark Creek

We did something a little differently this time.  We chose a small campground (only 24 sites – all waterfront) very near to a small town.

Across the creek

Across the creek

We are at a bend in the creek.  The more impressive water views are on the other side of the campground.  But they also get full afternoon sun, and our site is in lovely deep shade all afternoon.

I’m surprised at all the different types of water activity here.  Pleasure boats, fishing boats, jet skis, rubber rafts.  And several people were swimming in the creek today, and one guy was snorkeling.  I swore swimming in creeks and lakes off after a fish bit me when we were camping in Mississippi a couple of years ago.  The only way I will swim in a natural body of water is if it is as clear as Salt Springs in Florida.

Bluebird scolding his shadow in the glass

Bluebird scolding his shadow in the glass

You can stand in neck deep water there and look down and see the individual grains of sand on the bottom.  Not here!

It was sweltering today!  We want to go fishing while we’re here, but will plan on going early in the day before it gets too hot.  After we got a shower this evening it was pleasant sitting outside…. except for the humidity.  So we are chilling inside tonight enjoying icy air conditioning.  I would love to open the windows and hear the night sounds, but don’t want the heavy, damp air that comes with it.

There's the enemy!

There’s the enemy!

How the other half lives :)

How the other half lives 🙂

Jetski towing rubber raft

Jetski towing rubber raft

Mimosas blooming on the bank

Mimosas blooming on the bank

I have never seen Sunny's tongue hanging out so far.  He was hot!

I have never seen Sunny’s tongue hanging out so far. He was hot!

Always beautiful Sheba

Always beautiful Sheba

This isn’t the ideal time to go camping, but we were so desperate to get out that we are glad we are here.  We’ll manage the heat by cocooning inside during the hottest part of the day.  And going for ice cream cones.  🙂

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