The Camping Crowd

We’ve met all types of people while camping. Some are folks we wouldn’t associate with under any other circumstances, but love of the outdoors and the desire for adventure can create strange bedfellows. In these politically polarized times, when our differences are even more pronounced, many campers go to great lengths to make sure everyone…

Splendid Seclusion

This weekend’s campsite was new to us, although we had scouted it several weeks before. We selected it because we appreciated its seclusion, with heavy forestation that reminded us of Loyd Park. We arrived at the site around 4 p.m., but it took nearly a half-hour and three attempts before we were able to get…

Summer Swelter

As much of the Pacific Northwest sweltered in a dangerous and historic heatwave, we headed back to Cedar Hill State Park amid triple-digit “feels like” temperatures. We arrived around 4:30 on Friday afternoon and stayed with the dogs in the air-conditioned cab of our tow vehicle for about 45 minutes while we waited for the…

Company Calling

Our typical weekend activities served as “bookends” to our Saturday spotlight event: a visit from our friend John for cocktails, dinner, campfire conversation, and a celebration of Armed Forces Day, an observance established in 1949 by President Harry S. Truman as a single-day celebration for all five branches of the U.S. military. Because John served…

Hope Blooms

We entered our weekend through a narrow opening in the window of opportunity. After a full day of spring showers, we had just enough of a break in the weather to get hitched up and travel to our campsite at Loyd Park. Almost immediately after parking, however, a torrential rain thoroughly soaked our site, sending…

58 Looks Great

We set out for Cedar Hill State Park for Jon’s birthday weekend, which started out wet and muddy following days of drenching rains. Our campsite was in the Lakeview area, so named because at the time of the park’s development it likely had views of the lake. Not today, however. In fact, we were hard-pressed…

A Kick-Start to the Weekend

After watching a segment about St. Elmo Steak House on CBS This Morning Saturday, we decided to purchase a gift box that included the restaurant’s spicy cocktail sauce, steak sauce and seasoning, and creamy horseradish. The box arrived from Indianapolis just in time to kick-start our weekend. And one taste of the shrimp cocktail sauce…

At Long Last, Loyd

The call from Loyd Park came as a welcome surprise: We had a site for the weekend. Because it was the first weekend of Spring Break, we were unable to reserve a site at Cedar Hill State Park, so we were happy to return to Loyd Park for the first time since November. Our site…

Opposites Attract

The two main days of the weekend couldn’t have been more different, weather-wise, but both extremes had their allures. Saturday was mild, with clear skies and gentle breezes over Joe Pool Lake. Sunday was rainy and dreary, with plunging temperatures and increasing winds throughout the day. Saturday found us cooking out, taking long walks along…

Lakeside Living

One of the many things we love about our Airstream is that it becomes whatever we need it to be, depending on the location. Last weekend, it was our beach cottage. This weekend, it was our lake house. It has also served as our mountain cabin, our urban oasis, our country home. Throughout the pandemic,…