Camping fees

So, my best friend and I are planning on going on our first overnight car camping trip sometime soon.  As soon as we can find a weekend we’re both free anyway.  But I was wholly unprepared for the fact that reserving a campsite anywhere near us is going to be quite pricey.  Well, pricey in my limited experience.

We figured our first couple trips we’d go to a campsite on a lake very close to my house.  It’s close enough to home that if something went wrong, it’d be easy to get help.  We could pack food that doesn’t need cooking in case I don’t get the hang of my stove, and if all else failed we’d be in walking distance of my house (and not that far from hers either).

But even just a site to pitch a tent costs $28 a night.  This might be about average but I’ve stayed in cheaper hotels.  I started looking at other places, but there’s nowhere that’s also very close by, so that’s it for our beginning challenge.  There’s a few places a little further away (but still easy driving distance) that are a little cheaper, but rarely by much.

I guess I just didn’t think much about the cost of a campsite since well, I imagined them only being a patch of ground.  But they’ve all got a ton of amenities now too, which I’m sure I’ll appreciate later.

But for now we’ve just got to find a weekend to go and reserve our spot.

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