It’s June 12. I should be well into the summer routine of blogging weekly about our adventures in camp. The trailer is clean, the generator is gassed up and the propane tanks are full. The hitch is installed in the truck. The bedding is washed. The pantry food is packed. So why aren’t we in camp yet?
We knew when we requested Washington Lake that it usually didn’t open until mid-June at the earliest. But with the mild winter we had this year we were sure we’d get in earlier, and planned accordingly. Then May hit, and single-handedly brought our water year up to normal. Rain in the valleys has always equaled snow in the mountains. We just didn’t think it would be that much snow.
The US Forest Service policy is to open campgrounds only when the snow has melted naturally. As of last Wednesday, this process was happening at an accelerated rate now that the snow has (finally) stopped falling. But there’s another snag – a couple of trees were uprooted by strong wings and need to be cleared out before the Forest Service will deem the campground safe for campers. When they will do this is anybody’s guess.
So we wait – not exactly patiently. I’m sure that has a lot to do with managing our own expectations, combined with minimal communication from our new area managers. In their defense, the area is new to them and there’s a lot of work to open the lower campgrounds. And they have no more control over the weather and the Forest Service than we do.
Our current planned departure date is Wednesday, June 17. Will we make it? Keep tuned.