Saturday, October 13, 2018
We had chosen two different Harvest Hosts for the night, but both were having big functions so didn't have room. Beth started calling state parks along I-40, but none of them had any open spaces. Saturdays in the fall can be prime camping time.
Belle Ridge Retreat turned out to be a gorgeous campground owned and being developed by a young couple.
We ended up in a tent sight because we didn't need utilities and promptly set out to explore the campground. Here's a view from the overlook near our site.
There are caves, lakes, and waterfalls on the property. This place didn't show up in "Allstays" our favorite app and website for finding campgrounds, probably because it is so new. We highly recommend staying here if you find yourself anywhere near Monterey. It is very convenient to I-40 and has full service sites for big rigs, tiny cottages, and tent sites further from the highway. Click on this link to their website: www.BelleRidgeRetreat.com.
We closed the day returning to the overlook near our campsite to watch the sunset over the hills.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area where we checked in at the visitor's center. There is a little of everything here, including a large telescope for viewing the night sky.
Rangers explained the various options for camping in the park. We opted for a three day back country camping pass which was a true bargain at $7 per person!
Nature Station to listen to a naturalist discuss red wolves. We met this active bobcat while on our way. All the animals here aren't able to live in the wild or are in a captive breeding program for future wild releases.
Here's a short video of bison up close.
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