2015-05-22 from Atlanta,GA to Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton,GA

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I joined an Atlanta group for camping at Elijah Clark State Park on the Memorial Day week-end.

Elijah Clark was a revolutionary war soldier who settled his family near the rebuilt log cabins. His actual cabin is now under the lake. He had many children and a park guide told the group about his life and about living during that period.

Traffic leaving Atlanta was heavy and the drive to the pioneer area camping location was uneventful. Our group leader had done an outstanding job of giving the group explicit information on the camping experience and directions. My Garmin GPS was very helpful in finding the campground. A sign at the entrance to the campground indicated that all of the available campsites were taken for the week-end. In Atlanta, the radio stations advise listeners to make reservations for camping in state parks using either the website or a telephone number.

The pioneer camping area is primarily for those who have tents, but – our trip leader said that my van was not large like regular RV’s and wouldn’t have a problem parking in the nearby lot. The lake was beautiful and the weather was great – we had rain before and after the week-end.
We had 17 campers – and – as usual, everyone had ‘different’ schedules. I had previously camped with many members. Since Atlanta is not far, some members came for the whole outing and others were there for a shorter period. We had 2 members bring their motorboats and they gave rides to others in the group. Also, several members brought their kayaks and some of them paddled across the lake to SC – to visit the campground there. Our group leader is an avid hiker and lead hikers around the campground on Saturday for a 4-mile hike. The next day, a bunch of hikers drove to a trail in SC and hiked 9-miles. Also, we had a member who brought a canoe and took short trips near the shoreline to avoid the wind in the middle of the lake. Many people went swimming, but I was told that the water was cold – and, I don’t like cold, so I didn’t swim.
We had a ‘camp-cook’ who had co-ordinated with the outing-leader for the menu. Each member was polled as to the food-items they would contribute. For my participation, I stopped at a nearby grocery store in Atlanta before leaving and bought 3-pounds of yellow squash, 3-pounds of zucchini squash, a bag of parsnips, and a bag of cookies. Members were told the time of breakfast and dinner – and lunch was ‘on-your-own’. We had great meals and I helped make a salad using the vegetables that I had brought. (By the way, it was a ‘raw’ vegetable salad – and one of the members only ate ‘cooked vegetables’, so they put some of the raw into a pot and boiled the vegetables.) In addition to each camper bringing food-to-share, everyone was assigned – ‘helper jobs’. (After being asked what they would prefer to do.) Before leaving home, I had volunteered to help clean-up after meals and I packed my thick, yellow, rubber-gloves. I washed the dishes used in cooking after a couple of the meals. To reduce the amount of dishes needing to be washed, we ate on paper plates using plastic utensils. (BUT – of course, this increases the amount of garbage! Fortunately, the state park had a large trash container near our area.) For meals, each member was asked to bring their own drink and cup. (Note: State Park rules do not allow adult beverages in public areas. However, we were in a private area with only adults and were allowed to ‘do what adults do’ in their private space.)

One last note: there was one dog in the group who went kayaking and motorboating. (This group has no objections to members bringing pets. One member stated that they didn’t know that they could bring pets and indicated that they will probably bring their pet on the next trip. I have to add that in another group which I camped with, NO PETS were allowed. I was told that a previously, ‘friendly’ dog had bitten someone and that person had sued the group. Apparently, in order to avoid future problems, the group management had a ‘rule’ approved by the board to not allow any pets on trips.) By the way, I have to add that the dog was not kept on a leash while there. (I’m not sure what the park rule is for dogs). Also, I’m not sure if the dog-poop was ‘curbed’ (or picked-up) by the owners. (This is another of my ‘pet-peeves’ – I think that all dog owners should have to pick up their dog-poop. I have read in the Atlanta newspapers that there is now a “service” which is hired by many apartments to pick up dog-poop from their area. The owners are not doing it. I also read that some apartments are requiring dog-owners to pay a heavy apartment deposit fee and submit a pet-tissue sample for future reference. The apartment has a rule that owners must ‘curb-their-dog’ and keep them on a leash. If the ‘service’ finds a deposit on the ground, they have it analyzed and the results are used to find the owner and charge them a heafty fee.)
One final note about another of my ‘pet-peeves’. I particularly object to the fact that many cigarette smokers throw their butts on the ground. I didn’t find any such debris on the ground at the state park. Maybe things are changing and with less people smoking cigarettes, the ‘butt-trash’ issue is being decreased.

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