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The main hookup camping area at Storrie Lake state Park. I don't think I've ever seen it full like this before.
Since there are only four boondocking spots with picnic shelters at Storrie Lake State Park, they're filling up usually before dark every night. But so far, everyone but me has only stayed for one night.
Even though it was cloudy and pretty chilly, I walked around the park a little bit yesterday afternoon, and it looked like all the hookup sites were taken. Usually, when I'm here this time in May, there's plenty of empty hookup sites that I can pull into, where I would either boondock during my stay or pay the Iron Ranger four dollars a night to plug in while I was here. But now, all the hookup sites are marked reservation only, and they all appear to be full.
Since this will be the last campground I'll be staying at during my winter travels; I can look back on my camping experiences and say without a doubt that every place I went this winter was more crowded than I've ever seen it. Now It wasn't so crowded that I COULDN'T find a place to boondock; there were just more RVs WHERE I wanted to boondock. And from what I understand, there are still beaucoup people waiting for RVs that are still in the pipeline.
So I think next year should be pretty interesting. There will be no more RV parks than there used to be, but there's going to be a lot more RVs on the road than ever before, so something has to give.
Even knowing many of my predictions are wrong, that's never stopped me from doing it, so my prediction for the future is...
Regular commercial RV parks will raise their prices since there filling up with RVs at their already high prices. But the vast majority of people will not want to give up their hookups, so they will flock to other places where they will have water and electric available, which will be State Parks and other government parks, like National Parks, and the Corps of Engineers, where they can at least get a sniff of Mother Nature and still have essential hookups.
The thundering herd of RVs that will pour into various government campgrounds will quickly become aware that they can't just show up at State Parks and expect to find a camping spot; reservations will be mandatory. This may be why places like New Mexico and Colorado don't have any more hookup sites that are first-come, first-serve. And since the government never gives state and Federal parks enough money, they will be forced to raise all of their fees to deal with the crowds. And private companies contracted to deal with these reservations, such as Reserve America, will get rich beyond their wildest dreams providing a service the government should provide for free.
So what will happen to boondocking? That's the hardest thing to predict because there's not much of a money trail to follow. Boondocking is more of a trend, a hobby, a lifestyle, so it's more difficult to predict. But I will attempt to do so tomorrow.
Today was mostly cloudy again, but some blue sky came out every now and then.
These little yellow wild flowers which are slightly larger than my thumbnail are growing around my boondocking site. My allergies are acting up now that I'm here, and I wonder if this little guy is the culprit.
I obviously know the name of this little yellow flower, but I can't tell anyone..... It's a secret.
Close-up of the little yellow flower. You may have noticed that I like to take close-ups of flowers. I attribute this propensity to when I was about 12 years old and I got an inexpensive kids microscope for Christmas. I loved that microscope, I spent hours looking at tiny things through that lens. When one eye would start hurting I would switch to the other, and when the headache started, I would put it away till tomorrow Cheap lenses will do that to you. To this day I blame that microscope for me having to wear glasses.
But I also think it gave me the love of seeing tiny things up close. It's called macro photography but it's very specialized and I've never been very good at it, but I do enjoy trying.