While these are neat little cabins, I will warn you that it is much more fun if you are an "earthy" person. Creature comforts are limited to mattresses that have seen better days, the furniture you see on the porch in the picture above, picnic tables, and a communal bathhouse (with only 1 working shower in the men's room!) Notable things that are missing if you are accustomed to standard hotel chains are things like bed linens, pillows, towels, toiletries etc. Any time you stay in a lodge/cottage/cabin inside a state park, think of it more like camping where you need all the stuff you would need if you were camping, except for your tent.
For those of us that don't mind a little grit however, this was an awesome place to set up and play radio! The bunk beds quickly became the place where I threw my luggage. There was a small, wall mounted table which immediately became my operating desk, and (after emptying it) one of my Pelican Storm Cases become my chair. Operating position - check.
- If you travel a lot make sure you buy non-aerosol bug spray (you can't take aerosol on the plane, even in checked bags. I should have known this with all my traveling I do, but I guess never considered it before.)
- Make a checklist of things you need, and keep it with your gear/traveling supplies so you don't forget anything. I forgot a towel, so each day after my shower I had to dry myself with my shirt from the day before! I also had to use a shoe to pound in my tent stakes that I use to tie off my dipole ends!
- It's cheaper to fly with two 50lb pound bags (on AA $60), then it is to fly with a single overweight 70lb bag (on AA- $125.) See my post about re-organizing my luggage.
- If you think cats fighting make an awful sound, you've never heard a racoon fight.
- There are some awesome little natural spaces hidden right in the middle of our populated areas - go look for them!