June 10, 2007

Green Valley Lake

We just spent the last two nights up at Green Valley campground with my mom and one of Andrew's buddies, Joey. The great thing about this camp is that there is a private lake just a few minutes away and for $2 a kid, there is a clean beach with a lifeguard. They get an ankle band that allows them to go in and out all day. It is a great bargain and a great campground.

We checked out all the sites (as usual) and decided that #36 is the best, and if we have companion campers, site 37 too. Site #9 is very good, followed by #15 and finally 14. There are clean flush toilets, but no showers.

My mom pointed out that since Dogwood campground is managed by the same company, after a fifteen-minute drive you could shower at that campground. Mom was a little freaked out when the tree over our campsite started raining bark beetle larvae. I'll admit that it was a little distressing, but just part of the great outdoors.

Joey got to experience one of the rights of passage for a young boy: he learned how to light an Ohio Blue Tip match on his zipper. I'm sure it is something he'll share with his own kids someday.

As usual, we ate like royalty this trip. We stopped at the Spaghetti Factory on the way up, and then had a cheeseburger feast on Saturday. Sherry surprised me with a rating of four-tents for this campground. She said the only thing stopping it from getting a five-tent rating was the lack of showers. She also upgraded the rating of Serrano to five-tents and I would agree it is going to be hard to beat that USFS campground.