The lodge (with a good restaraunt on the second floor):
Our campsite was filled with all kinds of wildlife! The chipmunks were very aggressive--I thought they were going to climb right up my leg while I was cooking! Joseph saw a huge raccoon before it even got dark--and the racoon was going in and out of occupied campsites. One night we saw a BEAR (luckily we were in the car driving when we saw it!!!). Another night, we had raccoons in our campsite--running between our two tents and in the trees above our tent!!! I told Marc I was going to be in the tent and not come out for anything until morning. During the night when it started pouring down rain, I was afraid we were going to be washed away. I called out to Marc in the next tent, but the rain and thunder were so loud we couldn't hear each other. I figured the animals were taking cover from the rain, too. I sat up for hours hoping we wouldn't be washed away or struck by lightning. Our little Abigail who wakes at a touch on the doorknob of her bedroom, slept soundly through the whole storm.
We visited "Thunder Rock" in the park:
We also visited "Bear Caves":
Joseph and Marc visited the fire tower and listened to a local expert and author talk about the area (I was in the car feeding and napping Abigail):
We enjoyed the beach here, too.
August 24-27, 2011