We spent Labor Day weekend camping not too far from home at Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park. We left Friday evening after work and although it’s just under three hours away, the drive took a lot longer due to accidents and traffic jams on the highway. We didn’t arrive until about 9:20 (late check-in ends at 10!). Backing in during the day is a process (we just don’t do it often enough). Backing in, in the dark is worse! The poor escort was so patient with me as I tried to get the camper going in the right direction. I know the logic behind how to back up, but it just takes me time! I just need more practice. We’ve got setting up pretty much down to a science. Good thing since we had to set up in the dark!
The campsites were very long and wide enough that you don’t feel like you’re on top of the other campers. There are trees between the sites to give you some added privacy. They also had a pool and playground. It was pretty damp while we were there and since the playground is in the shade, it didn’t dry out very much. The pool was big though andÂ my kids loved it…me not so much – there were too many people in it so I couldn’t swim laps.
The one thing I did not like was the abundance of these spiders! I believe they’re a golden silk spider. The big one is the female and the smaller ones are males. I’m not fond of spiders and seeing them around just gave me the creeps! There was one that built her web on the swings at the playground…too high for us to reach and there was no way I was sharing a swing with a spider! I don’t hold that against the campground though. I guess it’s the season for them.
The one weird thing was that they don’t provide fire rings, but if you want a fire you need one. How can you camp and not have a fire? I found this cheapie one at WalMart. My kids have been wanting a fire pit for the house, so it’s not like we’ll never use it again, but I’ve never camped somewhere that doesn’t provide fire rings.
Despite the rain, we had a camp fire two nights. What’s camping without roasting hot dogs and making s’mores?!
We also did some geocaching (and my one son discovered some wasps and got stung). There’s Homosassa springs which does have an entrance fee, but it looks like a lot of fun. We didn’t go this time…maybe next time.
We enjoyed our stay here. The bathrooms were fairly clean – the building we were near had eight rooms – each with it’s own entrance. I’ve found that campgrounds that are part of a group (ie KOA, Good Sam Club, etc) are more likely to have decent facilities. If you’re self-contained, it’s not important, but with a pop-up, we need facilities. The closer the better with young children! Another plus was that all the sites are full hook-up. That means I didn’t have to worry about how much water I was using and how quickly our gray water tank was filling up. Also, all the sites are 50 amps, so we had to bring a converter so we could hook up (pop-ups are 30 amp). All in all, it was a good trip!
Have you been camping recently?