FDR State Park

our big pull through site

Our big pull through site at FDR State Park

I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but I loved camping at FDR better than I did at the more beautiful and spacious Amity Campground.  It’s odd because Amity had huge, expansive water views, while FDR’s lake is more like a large pond.

Lakeside tent sites

Lakeside tent sites

FDR is old, and maybe that’s why I like it so much.  It has a comfortably worn, down home feeling about it.  Our deeply shaded site suited us perfectly.  I felt so happy and relaxed there.

Yesterday afternoon the rain moved in, so we cocooned with games and internet until the thunderstorms started.  Then I got off the computer.

We had an '85 Scamp for a neighbor

We had an ’85 Scamp for a neighbor

Right after dinner, Sheba started whimpering like she had to go to the bathroom.  So I bundled up in rain jacket and flip flops and took her for a walk in the downpour, through the water running in the streets, while thunder boomed and lightning flashed all around us.

Sheba didn’t have to go.  She just wanted a walk.  She thoroughly enjoyed it.  And while I would never admit it to Ron, (lest I lose my martyr’s halo for walking Sheba in a storm) I also thoroughly enjoyed the walk.

The Scamp owners' son-in-law was there in an '86 Scotty.

The Scamp owners’ son-in-law was there in an ’86 Scotty.

It got cold overnight!  It went from the high 80’s on Wednesday to a damp, chilly morning in the high 50’s.  I even turned the furnace on to take the chill out of the Casita, and Ron and I both wore light jackets until around noon.

We got home around 3:00 to discover that the little veggies in my Earth Boxes are thriving.  When we drove up, Ron commented, “We can have salad for dinner!”

Blueberry flowers down by the campground bridge

Blueberry flowers down by the campground bridge

And we, of course, are already dreaming about our next trip!

Path around the lake on the cabin side

Path around the lake on the cabin side

Mountain laurel near the cabins

Mountain laurel near the cabins

Small island in the lake on the cabin side

Small island in the lake on the cabin side

Sheba watching another dog pass

Sheba watching another dog pass

 

 

 

Overnighting at FDR State Park

We stopped at FDR State Park around 5:00 this afternoon.  The day had been overcast, windy and chilly, but for a few glorious minutes, the sun broke through.

Our site is so level that we were able to leave the trailer hitched.  So we’ll be ready for a quick getaway tomorrow morning.

We used our Firedancer propane campfire for the first time this afternoon.  It is even better than I expected.  What is really cool is that underneath the ceramic logs, you get a bit of red glow just like live wood coals.  I don’t think sitting next to it felt as warm as it would have with a wood fire, but it did help take the chill off.  Best of all, it had the same relaxing effect as a real camp fire.

We are tired tonight, so are taking it easy this evening.  Looking forward to getting back on the road in the morning.  🙂

F. D. Roosevelt State Park

F. D. Roosevelt State Park

The Aliner at FDR State Park

We had intended to camp at R. Shaeffer Heard COE campground.  I didn’t make a reservation because I know they hold a block of sites for first come, first served, and we would be sure to get a spot arriving on a Wednesday.  But when we got there, we were in for a shock.  The campground was closed for the winter.

I can understand that in cold weather areas where there is ice and snow.  But today was in the 80’s and fall is prime camping weather here.

cabin rear entrance

Rear entrance to one of the rental cabins

Fortunately we were only a short distance from FDR State Park, so we headed there.

I only snapped a few photos right around our campsite as it was starting to get too dark for photos.  But this place is so steeped in American tradition and history that it will be a joy to explore further tomorrow.

Also, Ron’s younger sister lives about 10 miles from here in Waverly Hall.  So we will get to visit with her, too, while we are here.

another rental cabin overlooking small lake

Another rental cabin overlooking the small lake

Sunny lucked out this evening.  We ran off and left the dog food home, so he will get people food this evening.  Not good for him, but it will certainly make him happy.

Although we  have not yet been by the rental cabin areas, the glimpses we’ve caught of the cabins from the camping area are scenic and intriguing.

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