This month’s camping outing was at Modesto Reservoir Regional Park just outside of Waterford, CA. It was an easy drive as we only live 45 minutes away from this park. We took our time getting the trailer ready on Friday because checkin isn’t until 4pm! That’s the latest checkin time I’ve ever run into. We decided to try our luck and drove out there about 1pm after lunch. We go there at 2pm and was told no problem. We found our site and had no trouble backing into it even though the sites are perpendicular to the street. Plenty of room to maneuver. I didn’t bother setting up water or sewer since we had empty black and grey tanks and a full fresh water tank. The camp site was nice and the view was wonderful.
We enjoyed taking a nap with the windows open enjoying the cool Spring breeze blowing through. It was idyllic… Until our neighbors showed up. They pulled into the spot right next to us. Rap music blaring while they set up their… tents. These folks were, shall we say, completely Section 8 through and through. Now these folks really were nice enough but entirely clueless about camping etiquette. They finally did turn the music off so the weekend wasn’t a total rap fest. But many other campsites we walked past were blaring every different kind of music you can imagine. Most of it not pleasant. Now, early mornings were very pleasant and peaceful because all the partiers were still asleep. But this is NOT a place to go to enjoy peace and quiet. Although I’ve never been there mid-week I suspect it is MUCH quieter at that time. We rounded out the evening by grilling tri-tip hamburgers and mac-n-cheese bratwurst on the Blackstone griddle.
To escape the music on Saturday we drove up into Sonora and had another delicious latte at Revive Coffee and a delicious lunch at Diamond Back Grill.
Sunday was much quieter as our neighbors left first thing in the morning. We enjoyed a nice breakfast of scrambled egg, bacon, and I also fried up some left over mac-n-cheese brats. Then we took a walk down by the lake and got ready to head back home.
So again, to wrap up this short entry, maybe this would be a good mid-week campground but unless you are a partier I would avoid the weekends here.