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2002 Woods Lake Trip

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Friday, September 20th
Drive to Woods Lake Campground

Cammy, Jason, Jean and I left the Bay Area round 8pm on a Friday night, headed up towards Woods Lake campground. The camp is very popular, but doesn't take reservations. I was simply hoping there would be space, and if not, was ready to go to a nearby campground. I'd had experience with this before, trying to go to Woods Lake on a Saturday morning one summer, ending up having to camp at Blue Lakes instead. I was hoping that since it was after Labor Day, it wouldn't be too crowded.

We ran into minimal traffic in the Bay Area, delaying us about 15-20 minutes. We stopped for another 15-20 minutes along the way, arriving at Woods Lake campground at about midnight. We drove around the camp, finding that only one of the 25 sites was vacant, camp 11. We looked at the note on the post and it said that the campground was reserved for one night starting on the 20th. Now, in my late night stupor, I looked at my watch and saw the date was the 21st. So we took the camp site. It was only after we were all set up and getting ready for bed that I realized that the reason my watch said the 21st was that it was just past midnight, and that really, someone had already reserved this camp site.

I was too tired to just pack up and leave. Besides, there was no guarantee that whoever had reserved the camp site would return. So I spent the rest of the night tossing and turning under the light of the full moon, not getting any sleep at all until past 5:30am, when I decided it was a fair bet that no one would come and kick us out of the camp. I think I got maybe 2-3 hours of sleep, all of it after the sun had started to rise.


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