There are days when I feel like Mr Grinch. It’s hard to tell people who want to go camping that we’re full. I’m working on finding newer, less painful ways of saying “We’re full.” Not that any of them make the disappointment sting any the less.
I guess I find it interesting that in this day and age so many people think they’ll be able to just pull in and find a place at the spur of the moment. Even people from considerable distance. In the last 2 weekends we’ve had at least 5 campers from greater than 1000 miles away arrive hoping to find an empty site.
I know I’ve used this graphic before, but these really are my three rules for life. And I can’t emphasize how often they have kept me from disappointment and catastrophe.
- Be specific
- Plan ahead
- Don’t assume
It’s been several years now that the Wisconsin State Park system fills all it’s most desirable summer sites and dates within days after the reservation window opens in January. I know other states are the same — I just don’t have experience of them. I know that some states even have lottery systems to help allay the problems where some people always seem to be able to get into the telephone rotor quicker than others. Still others have staggered reservation windows — 6 months + 1 day. or 12 months + 1 day. And it’s surprising how many sites to at the first available date.
So many parks used to have sites reserved for walk-ins. This location did away with walk-in sites a couple years ago. Some of the other CORPS locations have done as well. The days of working the system and showing up on Sunday afternoon or Monday — after all the weekend walk-in sites have emptied out simply isn’t as reliable any more. I really feel bad for some of these folks. I hate to see the little ones disappointed. And I’ve also seen some tuckered senior citizens who drove all day thinking they were going to crash here — only to find that we’re full. Sad. Times are a changing.
Just a shorty today. Thanks for stopping by. Maybe tomorrow I’ll go on a little more at length, but today was my day home alone with just my CORPS chores to do and no wife or daughter to keep me out of mischief. Talk to you tomorrow.