Monday, December 4, 2023

R. Shaefer Heard COE Campground - West Point, Georgia (November 2023)

One of our goals is to never arrive at home after a Rosie adventure late in the day. (Rosie is the name of our Airstream trailer.) Since we cannot store Rosie at home, we have to empty and clean Rosie before taking it back to the storage facility.

Rosie parked while we were checking in

Having said that, this is the second time we camped there because it allowed us to reach home early the next morning, which is a shame because this should be a destination type park. It has great bike trails and many waterfront sites. 

Similar to the previous campground we stayed in, the lake levels here were very low. Some fingers of the lake were mostly dry. Our site backed up to the lake, but the water was about 50 feet farther away than normal. 

Rosie parked at our camping site

The temperature dropped below freezing two nights while we were in this campground. It was good that some fellow Airstreamers shared “cold weather protocols” with us a while back while camping during November in Ohio. Rosie’s heat pumps were able to keep us warm until the outside temperature reached about 35 degrees. When the heat pumps gave up, the furnace kicked in and kept everything cozy. 

Morning "haze" on the lake seen from Rosie's window

Morning sun shining on the lake

It is always interesting how most campgrounds change over the weekend. The campground appeared to be about half full during the week. Things changed Friday afternoon as the “weekenders” started showing up. According to the camp hosts, there were only three empty sites over the weekend and they were no-shows. Suddenly, our loop was noisy and smoky as all weekenders seemed to want a fire. As quickly as they arrived, the weekenders left Sunday morning and our loop returned to being a quiet place to camp. By Sunday evening, our loop was half full with new adventure seekers. 

View from Rosie's rear window

Sunset over the lake

We were the only people riding bicycles around the park during the week. As expected, the e-bikers were riding around during the weekend. For the first time, we had to dodge e-scooters. 

We saw several deer in the park before the weekenders showed up. We also saw a bald eagle fly over Rosie one afternoon. 

Here are some specifics about this campground:
  • There were multiple loops in the campground
  • Our site was a back in. It had a steep access slope, but the parking pad for Rosie was level 
  • Our site had shade
  • Most sites had some space on both sides
  • Our site was paved with asphalt and we needed to use leveling tools to correct a side-to-side lean in Rosie
  • Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical service 
  • Our site had a water connection
  • Our site did not have a sewer connection 
  • There was a dump station in this park 
  • There were several trash dumpsters in this campground. The one closest to our site was a long walk away
  • There were multiple heated bathhouses in the campground 
  • The park did not provide WiFi service 
  • AT&T provided 3 bars of 5G voice and data service over our campsite 
  • We were able to watch ABC, CBS, FOX and PBS using Rosie’s TV antenna. Digital channels seen were Circle, Comet, Dabl, H&I, ION, LAFF, ME-TV and Rewind 
  • There were restaurants and shopping within 10 miles of the campground 
  • This was a pet friendly park 
Water was low in the lake

Rosie in the campground

Suzy waiting to go on a walk

Part of the dry lakebed

Our site was on the lake

Inside Rosie

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