Saturday, January 24, 2009
Last weekend we went camping with a group of friends: 8 adults and 8 kids under 10. We love camping at Tomoka State Park and visit there a couple of times a year. The park doesn't fill up like many in the vicinity, so reservations are usually available. There are plenty of very nice bath rooms and all of the sites are wooded. This time, our site had a trail through the woods that led right down to the water. On our way in, Rick talked to one of the rangers about the economy's affect on the parks system. Definitely taking a toll, we wondered why the state parks don't raise their rates. Tomoka used to have a funky museum featuring the work of Fred Marsh, who's "Chief Tomokie" graces the park by the river. Though the kids claim the museum bores them--we tour it everytime we campt at Tomoka. This visit, however, we were saddened to see it closed and cleaned out. What happened? We hope it's not a sign of the times.