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kiteri 01-08-2009 10:16 PM

Camping Plans for 2009.
I know that my OCD is going to show here... but has anyone else planned anything for camping season 2009?

I have a cabin reserved for Memorial Day, and campsites for July 17th weekend, and July 30th weekend. I also reserved a cabin for Labor Day weekend, but don't know if I will keep that reservation.

I know it seems early... but I have such picky criteria for sites that I have to reserve early. I like campsites close to the bathrooms for middle of the night potty runs. I have to get campsites that are not ADA sites, because the ADA sites have those two feet tall fire rings where you can't see the fire at all when you sit around it.

I have a particular site that I like at Prince Gallitzin State Park and I go into the reservations system and reserve it 11 months in advance when the system opens reservations. YUP... I am OCD... but the site is AWESOME. Trees for my hammock, lots of shade, close to the bathroom, very short walk to swimming and eyeshot to the playground.

Anyone else as nuts as me?

mark 01-09-2009 05:21 AM

yep, I'm guilty.. although I don't usually make reservations, I have the maps of my favorite campgrounds with my preferred sites circled, so I don't forget.
I've been reviewing them for the last few weeks planning which will be the first trip of the season, which ones I haven't been to last year, etc.
Ricketts Glenn is a must, I love hiking the waterfalls. And of course I have to make it to the Pa. grand canyon this year.... So many campgrounds, so little time !
But you mentioned Prince Gallitzen, which I've never been to, and is close to where I live now... I'll have to look it up and find out some information, maybe that will have to be one of my "long weekends" this year too. Yep, definately a camping "nut" lol.

l2l 01-09-2009 05:53 AM

Guilty here too, so far we have 7 trips planned over the course of the summer, I can't wait :icon_smile_bbq:

ctfortner 01-09-2009 06:40 AM

Wow, yall are better at that than we are. We usually wing it, like Wednesday we decide to go camping on Friday. We do usually plan on Memorial day and Labor day though. Its kind of funny really, because every other trip we take I plan for months and really over think everything, but for some reason camping is different.

bodawg 01-09-2009 07:16 AM

I plan on camping a bunch again this year and gas prices will dictate how far away we go. I'd like to make a trip to the Oregon Dunes this fall but I don't see that happening unless I do something crazy like get a job!

roycedevon 01-24-2009 07:33 AM

I don't even some economic experts don't think that any type of bail out will really work. The root cause of this current recession is overspending. You can not fix that overnight and it takes a while for people to have money to spend again.

cagemaja 01-24-2009 01:18 PM

This is only our 2nd summer with our trailer and yes, I have reserved already too! We'll stick to camping close to home (up to 2hrs away) for the weekend jaunts. I have not reserved for those trips, but for our summer vacation I've reserved 2 full weeks where we spent only one night last's about 10 hrs away from home, a gorgeous lakefront site at a private campground. Now to wait until the end of August for that trip.......

bighabsfan11 01-26-2009 10:07 AM

Not so much. Had plans fall through, though. We were supposed to be headed to British Columbia's interior, to the Shuswap Lake. One of the best spots in all of Canada...however, my little sister is graduating from high school that Monday just before Canada Day (when we were supposed to go). She's 17 years behind my graduation. Yikes, I'm getting old.

Anyway, we also kind of wing it, usually 2 weeks out or so. We do have two weeks planned at the lake (where there's actual buildings), hopefully the trailer will be a part of that trip, too.

Mom really wants to hook up and go down to South Dakota...don't know if that'll be happening this summer, but it would be excellent, in my books, to do it one day soon!

bassin 01-28-2009 02:21 PM

We have plans for the 4th of July only so far. We do more spontaneous weekend camping based on the weather. We've tried planning ahead, and more often than not, we get stuck with the worst weather of the season. We might schedule something for Memorial day also, but that's it. Other than that, I just watch the weather forecasts religiously, like I always do, and plan accordingly.

kiteri 01-28-2009 09:01 PM

Wow... I wish I could be more spontaneous on the weekend trips.

The one campground we are trying to get into books EVERY single site from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They let campers reserve their site year after year. The only way you get a spot is to mail a letter and get on the waiting list. If a camper lets go of his/her spot then they contact people on the waiting list to have it. Needless to say, there are people that pay the $25 a night and keep the site, even if they don't intend to camp on it. :mad: It makes me so mad, because that is a site me and my kids could be utilizing!!!!

The state park campgrounds also have limited sites with electricity, so if you want a site that has power you have to reserve in advance. 11 months in advance sometimes. Like the site we prefer at Prince Gallitzin State Park... it consistently books as soon as the state park reservation system opens up reservations. It is a great site though!!! When does spring get here?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

bassin 02-01-2009 09:47 AM

I googled Pa campgrounds to see how dispersed they are. Based on what I saw, I'd assume that you live in the central part of the state where the camgrounds are kind of sparse?!?
With the campgrounds being so booked up, maybe you should open one up yourself and make a killin'$$$.
I keep telling myself "Spring is right around the corner".

l2l 02-01-2009 02:46 PM

kiteri, people do the exact same thing up here in our Provincial Parks, they will book 1 to 2 weeks and then cancel out what days they way later just so they can have their site of choice on their desired 3 day weekend (Usually Long Weekends) pisses me right off :bang:

I wish there was a way to stop this behaviour cause in the end its the parks that lose when they have vacant lots for 4 and 5 days during the week simply because some greedy bugger booked it 6 months ago with NO intention of using the extra days.

At least here we are only allowed to book 6 months in advance but I really dont think it helps to fight this problem.

kiteri 02-01-2009 03:12 PM

Yes... I am in central PA. The campgrounds are sparse and the sites at those campgrounds with electricity are even more sparse!

I would LOVE to open my own campground! Just need to win the lottery... but that is a different thread! :)

Our State Parks only charge a $10 fee to cancel the unwanted days, so people book up all the electrical sites for two weeks to include the good weekends on the 11 month mark and then call back and cancel their unwanted days for a $10 fee. It really does make me mad!!!!

bassin 02-01-2009 06:13 PM

I'm surprised that the campgrounds haven't changed their policies, after all, it's money out of their pockets. Maybe, if you keep bugging them about it, they'll make some changes!

bassin 02-01-2009 06:30 PM

Actually, I've thought about opening my own campground that would facilitate the wintertime campers, for us northerners, by having a huge steel building embellished with an outdoor theme. I have no idea, on a monitary basis, if this is even conceivable, but, it's good to dream.

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