Memorial Weekend

We spent the weekend in Merlin, Oregon with family. Some I knew, some I hadn’t seen in years and some I met for the first time. I wish Hansie the dog was more cooperative in this photo.

We stayed about 5 miles down the road from the rental house at Indian Mary County Park which is apparently the “The centerpiece of the Josephine County Park System.” Well, Memorial weekend is NOT the time to go. The spots are about 5 feet apart from each other, and the campground was jam packed full of families. We were glad that we weren’t spending any time there, just sleeping. $52 for two nights of full hookups and no cell service. Sorry no pictures.


I had fun watching Brian play volleyball, since I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play. I considered joining, but figured knowing me, I’d probably break a finger, so I just watched.

We missed out on some hikes and rafting while we were off doing chores. Overall, we had a great time, there was a lot of singing, dancing and socializing.

Last night we moved down to Emigrant Lake, which is exactly what paid camping should be like. It’s beautiful and the spots are nicely spaced. $30/night.

Dinner Last Night:
This week we’re camping with Dave and Kelly, so last night they came over for dinner. I made Polenta Cornballs with Easy Spicy Marinara Sauce and they brought a big green salad.

2013 Cost of Camping:
42 nights paid camping
105 nights free camping
147 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $821.08
Daily average cost of camping: $5.59

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  • Reply amanda May 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Ouch! That’s a pricy weekend. The family gathering sounds like fun though. Have fun at Emigrant Lake and say hi to Dave and Kelly for us 🙂

  • Reply Dave May 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

    A great dinner with great company!

  • Reply Eadie Davis May 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I agree with Dave.

  • Reply John and Pam Wright May 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Thank goodness you are back! We have starved here without a recipe…haha! I really do appreciate your creative recipes.

    glad you had fun with family even with a very pricey site.

    • Reply Leigh May 29, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Aww thanks Pam!

  • Reply Mary May 30, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Holiday weekends in campground are always so busy. Although it’s great to see families spending time together in nature, it is a pain for us full timers! We worked at a campground last year and let me tell you, the holiday weekends were not fun!

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