One day I decided to ride the bicycle over to neighboring Collier State Park. At only 1.3 miles I felt confident I could do that without the probability of having to call in an EVAC.
The path was level and flat but did have a few obstacles to overcome.
Trail maintenance isn't a high priority here.
The line separating State Park land from Forest Service land.
As I had mentioned in an earlier post Collier was COVID-19 closed. No one was here except a park host and maintenance worker. Tooling around an empty campground is a surreal experience. I once had the opportunity to do so in Yosemite Valley when it had been evacuated due to nearby forest fires raging on. I remember thinking to myself I will never see something like this again in Yosemite.
I have camped here before. It was August 8, 1974. How do I know?
Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency while we were on vacation here at Collier.
Notice the camp fees. I wrote before how camping fees are your largest expense besides fuel purchases when living full time on the road. But when you are a vacationer having only a few weeks out of the year to enjoy the great outdoors it is of no real concern.
Here you can see the long line of pine needles that had been raked up for the maintenance worker to scoop up with his skip loader and dump in the back of the large truck nearby. There were so rows of pine needles that the truck would have been filled up dozens of times before the park was ready to open which I felt the State was planning to do so soon. It's a tremendous loss in revenue to keep these parks shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A sterile campsite waiting for it's first camper.
It is nature people, deal with it pine needles and all.
I made it back to our pine needle littered Forest Service campsite without an issue other than receiving my first mosquito bite of the season.
Okay, that's one aspect of nature I'm not willing to deal with.