I’ve done my share of camping in all varieties of camps but I have never camped in a more pristine, well maintained, beautifully set campground than here at The Cove Palisades State Park in Central Oregon.
Maybe it’s early in the camp season, but my gosh, this facility has it all. I’m familiar with Oregon’s pride with its recycle program and the folks here are organized in that department: green glass, white glass, brown glass, other glass, aluminum, plastic, corrugated cardboard, dog waste. It’s no wonder the garbage isn’t overflowing.The dumpster is shiny clean and actually smells good.
Took a walk around the entire campground this morning to note all the other amenities offered here. Perfectly set away from campers is a screen-enclosed fish cleaning station without the swarms of flies. Behind it, a dog wash stall. After a short hike to the rim of the canyon, the dog wash is where Carlos has his “cool down”. And the vistas from the rim were eye-popping. Rock formations of every shape and size will keep your imagination running wild. “Hey look, I see The Titanic Rock!”
The rest rooms are uncrowded and immaculately clean. Hot water is instant and plentiful in the showers. Felt like I was treated to a spa afterwards. No time for Hali to cut my hair. Not yet, it’s as soft as it was when I was a teenager and just about as white.
Later on, a little camp store will be serving up ice cream. Firewood at $5 a big bundle is a bargain. For the encore, tonight is a fireside program at the 200-log seat amphitheater with a ranger talk about the only flying mammal~the bat.
The biggest unexpected bonus is that Saturday is “Oregon State Park Day” and camping in this $30 a night spot is FREE! Just as I remember taking a seven-year-old Carli out to Small Fry Lake out near Estacada on the first Saturday in June, tomorrow is FREE fishing day. I’ve got my pole at the ready, ready to use that fish cleaning station. While I’m doing that, Hali is going to take advantage of the FREE waterskiing clinic down at the marina.
Despite there being a large, grassy fenced area dedicated to off leash pets, Carlos has declared our cozy little camp site ” FREE off leash day” tomorrow. “C’mon park ranger, just one day. I’m an old geezer dog and promise to stay close by. Besides, you’ll be too busy cleaning fish for all the junior rangers and talking to them about bats.”