This past Sunday we successfully extracted ourselves from our cushy driveway parking spot. We said goodbye to long showers, the convenient washing machine, and those crazy cats. Only for a week though. We’ll be back next weekend for another visit (this time Tim’s mom is coming down and he’s taking some days off work – yay!) But for now we’ve relocated about 5 hours inland to the outskirts of Charlotte, NC.
Charlotte is where Tim’s work office is located- the office that he’s never visited before. He’s also never met most of the people he works with in person. Today was his first day going into the office and it will be interesting to hear what he says at the end of the day. As someone who is not exactly an early riser, the commute straight from bed to desk seems to suit him well.
As usual, when we decided to visit Charlotte we looked around for a public campground. The only one anywhere near the city was McDowell Nature Preserve. So that’s where we ended up. With the exception of our hilly campsite that required all of our leveling blocks, plus some creative solutions such as the toolbox as an extra step to get into the Airstream, and the wheel ramp to boost up the front stabilizers (note to self: we need another set of Lynx Levelers), it’s pretty nice around here.
In general the campground is more suited to tents than RVs. There are only 12 RV sites, most of which are on some sort of hill. The sites are plenty long, but the hills combined with the tight corners makes this a campground better suited to smaller RVs. If you’re coming here with a larger RV definitely ask for a level site. Number 2 and number 5 are the largest level sites. The tent sites are really nice through, and they even have Rent-A-Tent sites with new looking tents set up on wooden platforms for rent. Cool idea!
There is also an extensive network of trails that wind around the campground and along the edge of the lake. Each individual trail is short (and unfortunately no bikes allowed), but yesterday we were able to combine a bunch together for a nice 4-ish mile hike.
This is the first time we’ve seen any sort of hill in months, and it felt good to hike up and down inclines again – even if those inclines were pretty mild. The truth is that we’ve both been feeling a bit unenthused about our east coast adventure lately. Remember about a month ago when I wrote that long post comparing RVing in west and east, and in the end declared it a tie? Well, if I was to write that again right now I have a feeling the west would win. I don’t know if it’s the near constant rain showers, those pesky bugs, or the fact that we’ve both been suffering from spring allergies. Or maybe it’s all the pictures of majestic mountains in the eastern sierras, red rock hiking adventures in Utah, and wide open New Mexico skies posted by our fellow RVers (you know who you are). Whatever the reason, we’ve really been missing the west lately and find ourselves dreaming about all the places we want to go when we return next winter. But that’s a long time from now. So yesterday on our hike we had the talk about trying to enjoy and appreciate where we are right now, instead of always looking forward to the future.
For me, part of enjoying where I am right now is appreciating the glory of spring. It’s always been my favorite time of year, and our spot in the forest this week is a great place to enjoy the bright green new leaves and profusion of sweetly scented Dogwood flowers.
Hopefully the rain will stop and the sun will come out at least once this week so we can get out and see what Charlotte has to offer.