Monday, July 9, 2012

Twin Points on Skiatook Lake


Jokes about the name aside (heh heh,she said "points"), Twin Points Campground on Skiatook Lake is our favorite. It's far from town, it has a playground and boat dock, one can reserve a site online, and it's gorgeous. Skiatook Lake is the clearest and most picturesque of the lakes we visit.

Since we've been coming to this campground, there is one spot Hubby has been itching to book: Spot Twenty-Eight. Spot Twenty-Eight is pull-thru site at the highest elevation in the park. If any camp site can be private, this one is.  And the view, well, see above.  However pretty it may be, though, it is high up, with a steep, rocky incline to the lake. This made me a tiny bit nervous about our two-year-old daughter. She's a bit of a pistol. I needn't have worried. She had a blast, and she didn't fall off the cliff even one time!

Because this spot juts out into the lake, there's not much tree-shade. Luckily, the clever campground corp folks put a small tin shelter over the picnic table, so there's a bit of shade. If someone had aimed a camera at our lawn chairs for the entire weekend, watching our movement as we scurried after the shade would've been amusing.

I think Spot Twenty-Eight would be wonderful camp spot for adults to relax in, and leave your small children at home (with a babysitter, of course).  I loved the site, was so thrilled to catch the sunrises and sunsets from that vantage point, but I never truly relaxed. My momma spidey senses were on full alert, watching my little pistol.  Did I mention she's a bit busy?

If you want to camp and bring your kiddos, choose a site next to the playground! What's better than sitting in your lawn chair, relaxing under the shade of your canopy, and watching your kiddos on the playground? It's better than that old TV babysitter you use at home. ;)

Before I go: in case you're wondering how to reserve campsites online, our favorite way is through Recreation.gov. Here's the Twin Points site.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Keystone Lake - Fourth of July

We are at our favorite camping spot on on Keystone Lake. Keystone is definitely not the prettiest lake of those we visit, but our little private beach here makes that red-dirt water beautiful. Gotta get up early though, cause it's gonna be a hot one!

Our spot has full hook-ups, a huge yard, and it's free! Hubby and his dad set it up on the site where his grandparents home once stood. All that's left is their patio, where I sit right now under the sheltering shade of our camper's canopy. We have delicious well water if we need it, and access to a septic tank--which we shall definitely need!

Nearby is my in-laws home, where Granny keeps my kids and dog fed, and welcomes me graciously when the triple-digit weather is too much for my camper. Ah, the sweet bliss of A/C!

Our spot is home to a herd of nearly-tame dear. Grandpa feeds them twice a day. I don 't see them this morning, but I do hear the birds and the locusts, and the hum of a motorboat in the distance.

Speaking of motorboats, I think it's time to wake the kids and go for a swim!

One more thing: in case you don't have an awesome spot at the in-laws', here's a good state park on Keystone.