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Joseph Stewart State Park, Set 2: Beauty Near and Far! (+10 insets!)

Joseph Stewart State Park, Set 2: Beauty Near and Far! (+10 insets!)
(+10 insets!) For photo info, please scroll down to "Today's Pictures".

Trip Talk: State Parks RULE!
Until Steve and I got our first trailer, neither of us had ever stayed at a state park before. Honestly, we didn't think they would be anything special. Knowing that state parks often don't get proper funding, I imagined that the campgrounds would be plain, simple and boring--just a place to stay which was close to park trails but otherwise forgettable. How much more wrong could I be?

Joseph Stewart State Park was the second place we went camping at with our first rig (the first spot was a private campground at Upper Klamath Lake) and I'll never forget our reaction when we pulled in to the campground. The park is very wide-open and carpeted with literally miles of mowed meadows dotted with oaks and conifers. The view as we drove into the area literally took our breaths away--it seemed like a rich country club, not a state park! How could such a gorgeous place be a mere 45 minutes from our home? Where were the run-down campsites and over-capacity outhouses? Not here, that's for sure!

We would come to learn that RV-friendly state park campgrounds are extremely well-designed with campsites which can often accommodate even the largest rigs. They arrange the sites around one or more very large, one-way loops with lots of space between spots and angles which are easy to back a rig into. In fact, some camping spots are known as "pull-throughs," which means you just drive into the space and park! When you're ready to leave, you just drive out and off you go! How's that for easy?!

Our first visit with the Grey Wolf was so much fun that we knew we'd be back many times. What's not to love about the place? Right on Lost Creek Lake, one can go boating, fishing or swimming. Photography opportunities are everywhere! There are miles of biking and hiking trails which showcase the gorgeous local. Just riding our bikes around the three loops was great fun and a really super way to see all of the different RVs staying there. We wondered if all state parks were this spectacular. We would learn that more times than not they are just fantastic.

Another fabulous thing about state park campgrounds is how INEXPENSIVE they are! Nightly fees range between $26 and $34, which is a lot less than the average private campground fee of about $45. Think about the price of staying at a motel or hotel--good luck finding a decent room for less than $75/night! (The maximum number of nights you can stay at a campground is 14 in any 17-day period. So you could leave for three days and then return for another 14 days!)

State campground staff are also amazing! They are super friendly and helpful and whenever there's a question or problem, it's easy to find someone for assistance. We also learned that state campgrounds are run by hosts who are RV campers too. They aren't paid but instead get to camp for free during their stay in exchange for a part-time work schedule. What an incredible way to save money while enjoying a park! Steve and I will definitely be signing up to be campsite hosts down the road and look forward to being part of the park system.

Are there any downsides to state park campgrounds? Ok, yeah…that. As amazing as they are, almost every campground we've stayed at has no internet or phone coverage whatsoever. Our first stay was pretty annoying because it didn't occur to us but we got comfortable with the idea once we realized that state parks are black holes for data. Other than that, it seems that state parks are the absolute perfect place to stay!

Our second stay at Joseph Stewart State Park was every bit as wonderful as our first visit. In some ways it was even better because we'd been there before and knew what to expect. It's such a pleasant place to be and I hope that we will be back many times in the future!

Today's Pictures
My main picture today shows one of the breathtaking, expansive meadows found everywhere at Joseph Stewart State Park. The autumn show was mostly over but I still managed to get plenty of seasonal images and you'll notice that many of my insets feature a favorite subject: LEAVES! :) You'll also see one of the many mushrooms I found, a pretty park bench scene, the husk of a cicada (I think), another scenic view, madrone bark, another maple "bat", and a "flower" on a pine tree where the cone had broken off, leaving wooden "petals" behind to enjoy!

Pam, I wonder what your favorite season is? It's so hard for me to say…I'm crazy about whatever is current--well, maybe with the exception of the end of summer when everything is dry, grey-brown and listless. But then the leaves begin to turn and suddenly everything is glorious again! :) BTW, thanks for your lovely remarks on my latest series, it makes me so happy that you enjoy my pictures so much! :) *BIG HUGS from southern Oregon*

Explored on 11/19/19; highest placement #2.

appo-fam, Rosalyn Hilborne, Rafael, Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* and 55 other people have particularly liked this photo


36 comments - The latest ones
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful shot, great composition and lovely light - wonderful PiP's.
7 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Wonderful landscape
7 months ago.
 Paulo Moreira
Paulo Moreira club
Great set of photos, Janet
7 months ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
This is a lovely shot Janet, wonderful light and colours.
7 months ago.
 Boro
Boro
SUPERBES **********
7 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Superb!
I am astonished at just how EXPENSIVE camp sites are!!!
Or perhaps I have missed the point. I usually do!
7 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
La splendeur dans son état pur .. Un travail remarquable
et époustouflant par sa beauté et sa diversité..Les Pips sont sublimes.
Bon Mardi.
7 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Una gran nitidez en las imágenes y, por supuesto, un color real. Imágenes impresionantes.
7 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Great series!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
7 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND PICTURES !

OK.. POSIBLY NOT A CICADA HUSK..(I LOVE FINDING THEM HERE !) THEY ARE LARGER I THINK AND IT IS POSSIBLY A WOOD WASP
7 months ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
Herbst pur
7 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
magnifique !! L'automne a jeté ses couleurs sur les paysages ; et c'est si bien capté et rendu
7 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A beautiful autumnal impression, Janet ! Good Morning ! Have a very nice day !
7 months ago.
 X-pose
X-pose club
Superb!!
7 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful light and fall colours.
Your PiP's all deserve a place in Explore !!
7 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
vous nous faites des merveilles janet !!
7 months ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
All these interesting series are an open book on the beauty of nature !!!!!!
Lots of thanks for sharing and ......un grand bonjour de France.******
7 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
thats wonderful Janet!
7 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
A lovely main image and fascinating series of PiPs, Janet. Your State Parks are, I guess, the equivalent of our National Parks, but the camping facilities sound far more lavish. Where they have camping here (not all do), I think the term 'basic' more applicable. I'd have picked the insect shell as a cicada.
7 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
Beautiful - again, a whole album in one!
7 months ago.
 sunlight
sunlight club
Great serie !
7 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Lovely rural and autumnal images Janet, great series.
7 months ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Another excellent series Janet, very well done.
Have a good evening :-)
7 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A stunning main image Janet................with gorgeous warm colours and beautiful light and a wonderfully eclectic set of PiPs. I can't find a single image I don't like..!!

I adore PiP number 3 - the detail you've captured is amazing as are the colours.

PiP number 5 - the close up of the Cicada husk, deserves special mention for unusualness (is that a word?) as well as the detail and colours. Most people would ignore that as a photographic subject!

PiP number 8 - has the most gorgeous colours and light. I love it (and another unusual subject).

PiP number 9 - another "bat".....brilliant..!!

I could go on, but you get the idea...............your work is awesome!

Thank you for your comments on my recent black and white silhouette image. You're very kind.
7 months ago. Edited 7 months ago.
 cammino
cammino club
So many stunning autumn images. Your autumn images are totally fascinating!
7 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Un rendu exceptionnel ! les ajouts sont tous aussi exceptionnels ******* bravo Janet !
7 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A great story Janet and yes, I did read the whole lot. These parks sound fantastic. Certainly with a RV as big as yours then it is essential to find a park that you can almost get lost in. The rules there sound a lot like some of the ones used in our own Caravan Clubs. Here sites come in all different sizes, in fact we always thought there was a caravan site to suit every taste. Like with yours, these sites were generally quite inexpensive but since our Brexit affair, the prices seemed to have shot up, as more people are choosing to stay in Britain, despite the weather and traffic.

As for your shots here -I love them all really, especially the main and second PiP which has a look of the one you so admired in my gallery. Wonderful stuff. - I gather then, that this place is much closer to your your home, it being in Oregon.

Best Wishes, Herb
7 months ago. Edited 7 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh wow, what exciting times you and Steve are having. It sounds a fabulous idea to suggest you become hosts for some time, so you can park for free and really enjoy your stay, showing others where the beauty is.

I just love the look of the meadow - so beautiful. As for the flying leaves!!! - just great. I do love the one where the pine cone had broken off and left a fantastic shape on the branch.

I'm so pleased to hear that your misguided idea for the State Parks are proved wrong and I'm really surprised at how reasonable the costs are. I remember staying in a caravan and camping site in Scotland about 25 years ago and we had to pay £10 per night then!!!!!
7 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Stunning photos, Janet. Hard to pick a favorite, but I think I like the lead photo best. Second would probably be either the mushroom or the Madrone. Love Madrones and that peeling bark and color is everything I love about them. These photos are everything we love about hiking camping and the outdoors. There is always something beautiful and unusual to see and photograph but you have to have your eyes open. Photography has helped me to see more and that's what I love about it.

Your description makes me want to see the park but also get out with my camera. We'll have to make an effort to get down there next summer although we have a very busy summer ahead with a month in Europe in the middle of it - N. Ireland, the UK, Ireland, France, Holland, etc. Our oldest daughter is in Belfast and we are going to see and travel with her and with our Irish son-in-law and family. Have to do some stuff around her house in exchange. I'm the fix-it-up chappie when we go there.

Home again about 4 am last night. We had talked about waiting until morning but the reports were for snow in the passes. Didn't see any snow but had a lot of fog and I was extremely edgy after the accident with the deer. Had a safe trip, though, and it's good to be home again, though I'm itching to get out and hike. Rained the whole time we were in Lynden and it's raining again here, so hiking will have to wait for better weather. Wasn't a lot of time anyway in Lynden, but we have nothing scheduled for the rest of the year.

The new car is better than the old one, or so it seems. That had been a family car and showed some wear and tear. This was one owner and without a family and is in much better shape. Spent the morning getting everything squared away with the old vehicle and with this one. Have to get all our camping stuff in there, the stuff that we leave in the car, curtains, screens, etc. There's a compartment in the back where we store some of that stuff between trips.

Sounds like Steve is making good progress on fixing up things the way you want them in the RV. Interesting comments, too, on the cost of state parks. We usually pay nothing, of course, because we can camp wherever we want, but several years ago (when we were old enough) we got the old-age pass for the national parks and camping with that is less than 1
$10 a night. That's probably why there are so many older folk in the national parks - including us, of course.

Have some mail, bills, phone calls, all that unpleasant stuff to do yet this afternoon, one of the disadvantages of going away. Better sign off. All the best to both of you.
7 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
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Simply wonderful, Janet! Each of your pictures and travelogues reflects your enthusiasm. :)
7 months ago.
 sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf club
Die Natur kommt zur Ruhe, Janet.
Vielleicht lernen wir davon.
Schöne Serie.
Freundliche Grüße und einen guten Abend
Erich
7 months ago.
 Ruesterstaude
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Hallo liebe Janet, ich bewundere einmal mehr deine Fotografierkunst. Die herrlichen Landschaften und die schön gestalteten Makros! -
Ich schrieb ja schon einmal, dass es bei uns in Westeuropa so weitläufige Landschaften - ohne jegliche Besiedlung - nicht gibt. Zwar gibt es Wälder, in denen man viele Stunden laufen kann, ohne einem Menschen zu begegnen, und auch schöne Landschaften, aber doch zumindest irgendwo Bauernhöfe in Sichtweite. -
Kannst du positionieren? Ist das dieser --> Naturpark? Ich bin immer sehr neugierig und sehe gern mir die gezeigten Orte in Google Maps oder Google Earth an.
Viele Grüße über den großen Teich hinweg!
7 months ago.
 trester88
trester88 club
Wunderschöne Herbstimpressionen, Janet!
7 months ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

I like this picture very much

Superb autumn colours

Great composition

Best Wishes, and a good weekend
Peter
7 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
suuuperfoto
7 months ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
What a beautiful place, great capture, well done Janet
7 months ago.

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