The Bluff Near Hamilton
September 14th was a
beautiful day and my wife off handedly commented that we should go
camping. Be still my foolish heart! I love camping, and we had not
camped in two years. But where? A friend of mine recently mentioned the
Roanoke Rivers Partners camping platforms so after checking the website
for availability, we chose The Bluff Near Hamilton. It is land
accessible, and we had no time to travel somewhere by kayak.
The next day was Saturday and again a beautiful day for the out of
doors. Packing everything, my wife packs for an expedition no matter
what, took longer than expected and by the time we neared the road
access to the campsite the shadows were growing long across the fields.
Then I missed the road. Missed it again. In frustration I checked our
iphone and found we had stopped on the farm path leading to the
I parked at the footpath and walked expectantly through tall hardwoods
in the gloom of dusk down to the platform. Wow! It was amazing...a
well-constructed screen house and camping platform elevated over the
marshy bottomlands with a narrow boardwalk down to the river. We
immediately fell in love with the view and the ambience.
After a vegetarian dinner cooked on my ancient camp stove we turned in
for the night. Screech owls, great horned owls, barred owls, katydids
and more, serenaded us in the pitch-black night. Sleep was fitful, but
the experience was unforgettable.
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