by The Breeze
February 5, 2007
I love camping! But I’m particular about it: It has to be in a tent, and it has to be in a nicely wooded area where the individual campsites aren’t too close together, far away from civilization. At the same time, I really appreciate showers and flush toilets. Happily for me, on South Bass Island I found all of this! The State Park there has become one of my favorite camping destinations, because it has what I need and more.
I even have a favorite spot, which I can reserve online in advance and know that it will be mine for the week I need it (I also have a back-up!). The neat thing is, if we take our bikes we can really use them for something besides just circling around a parking lot. The whole island is right there, waiting to be explored! The only times Mandy and I used the jeep were when we had to go to the laundromat, and to pick up firewood. Slab wood is available at the campground office, but a woman at the local hardware store had told us about a man who lived out on a certain road, who usually had a stack of real logs for sale at the end of his driveway, on the honor system and real cheap. I have no idea where he gets this wood, but we were delighted to come by this nice dry stuff for our campfires. The rest of the time we would just hop on our bikes and ride, strapping our lunch, souvenirs, bottle of wine... whatever!... on the back with a bungee. One evening we were feeling lazy, so we went into town and bought a pizza at the Frosty Bar (really good, I might add) and strapped it on the back to enjoy back at camp.To learn more, and to make reservations, go to www.ohioparks.net
From journal The Lake Erie Islands