The plan is to go camping this weekend; good ol’ American car camping. We’re leaving Portland around 4pm Friday and want to arrive at a campsite before dark to get set up. We don’t have a reservation. Are we crazy, or will we find it easy to find a spot on Friday about 6pm?
Last weekend we stocked up on supplies at the store formerly known as G.I. Joes. Camping supplies haven’t changed much since I was a kid, though lanterns now apparently take batteries, rather than kerosene, and from what I’ve been told you have to bring your own firewood to the woods with you, which seems a little like carrying coal to Newcastle.
I haven’t been camping for at least a decade, so I’m out of the loop on how crowded nearby campsites get. The weather isn’t looking spectacular, but apparently this Saturday is Free Camping Day in Oregon State Parks.
What are our chances?
Some other folks are asking similar questions as the camping season arrives: