|Irwin Park campground|
So yesterday I put 300 miles behind me and made it as far as Edinburgh, Indiana. I've never stopped overnight there and after consulting Allstays I chose the Irwin Park city campground which I've wanted to do for awhile.
|morning view of the river|
It was a nice little park for smaller campers right in the old downtown section, with a river flowing behind the campsites. However, a word of warning because everything on Allstays was incorrect. The park is RV ONLY, it is NOT free ($15) and it is NOT open year round. I got lucky that it was open due to the mild weather, but I was the only one there and since I arrived after 8 PM I had no way to check in and pay which is done a mile away at the parks department. This could definitely be a problem for anyone towing as it didn't look like there was much room to turn around, however you can pay ahead of time though I don't know how you then display your permit unless they go out and put it up for you.
When I settled in for the night in my car (no tents allowed) at midnight I figured I wasn't going to be challenged until morning but alas I was awoken at 2:30 AM by a knock on my window and a bright flashlight in my face. After checking my drivers license and ascertaining that I wasn't homeless or cooking meth they gave the address for the parks department and a breakfast recommendation. Of course when I arrived in the morning to pay I tipped the staff off to the inaccurate information on Allstays and they did not even know they were listed on that site, so a caution to all RV'ers to double check information listed there when possible ahead of time.
While I haven't camped in Edinburgh before I ALWAYS stop at the Premium Outlet Mall to get some Harry & David pears, usually for half off the second box that I give to my mother. My best find was the sheep shaped tea infuser which I can't wait to use with all the David's Tea I brought home from Newfoundland!
|Taylorsville Lake State Park , the last few autumn leaves hanging on above my site|
My other favorite stop is the Mall St. Matthews in Louisville, mainly for their gigantic Dillards and the reasonable 6% sales tax. My checking account is the lowest it has been in two years, but that didn't stop me from buying a few treats for myself. Just half an hour away is Taylorsville Lake State Park, another place I have not camped at before. The campsites seem roomier than I expected and even had flat spots for tents, something that is not always guaranteed in hilly Kentucky. No one else is in the tent loop yet besides me though about half a dozen sites are reserved for the weekend.
I can't remember all the rates, but for a tent site I paid $17 for tonight and it is $20 for a weekend night. A very nice shower and laundry facility is right between the tent loop and the horse campground. There is also a RV loop which had a few folks in it tonight. I got about a mile and a half walked on a horse trail before it got dark, invigorated already by the clean air and brisk exercise after being in the car so much the last two days.
I have a lot to think about tomorrow while walking the trails including how I might do my part in the coming months and years to help fight discrimination and support other human rights issues if things get nasty for my fellow Wisconsin residents. I never imagined these would be the issues that would finally draw me out and give me motivation to give back but hope I will be able to help. Even better, maybe I am wrong and bigots won't be emboldened by recent events and if they are they will be dealt with justly. I am also hopeful I am not the only one out there concerned for the well being of minorities and that I am not the only one who will be moved to act. Peace to all!