Our next stop was another new state for Pearl, and another one-nighter, though we had actually planned a longer stay. I had read great reviews of Shades State Park, south of Crawfordsville, Indiana, but when we arrived on the fourth cloudy day in a row, our spirits were already a little low, so this park just didn't impress us all that much. We had run into construction along the narrow road in, with branches infringing into the road from above and the side and scratching against Pearl's passenger side, which already had me feeling grumpy.
On the plus side, we did see this pretty covered bridge as we got close to the park.
There had been a lot of rain in the area recently, so the park was muddy (though very green), most of the sites had many overhanging or slide-stopping trees, and there was no Verizon cell signal, so no internet for us. We did pick up a couple of over-the-air TV stations, but with no hookups (all sites here are primitive), we had to run the inverter if we wanted to watch TV. We usually don't mind boondocking, but in this case, I guess we were tired and wanted just a little more comfort.
Then there was the discolored water. I'd seen a boil-water advisory sign at a state rest stop a bit earlier, so we suspect that flooding in this part of the state earlier in the season had led to water safety and quality issues. Although the park water may not have been unsafe to drink, we didn't want to take any chances. That much sediment messes up our water filters, and it's just not appetizing.
The park was certainly quiet enough. There was only one other rig in the 100-site park when we arrived! I'm sure this park is busy during the summer, but in the off-season, this would be a great place to go if you crave peace and quiet and want to unplug and get away from it all. I am sure we would have enjoyed it more if it had been dry and sunny; the days of clouds were just getting to us. I think we would give this park another chance under different circumstances.
We left for Ohio the next morning, the sun came out, and the next couple of days found us in better spirits!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
Favorite Travel Blogs