Sunday morning we leave Cabela's and attend a church in Olympia, Airstream in tow. The dogs catch up on their daily twenty hours of beauty sleep while we go to church. Some nice folks ask where we are going and after telling them our destination, they caution us that (many of the city's homeless camp there during the summer months) there is a large homeless population camped there. Interesting. We make the short drive to Capitol State Forest where there are a few free campgrounds. Well, free after the purchase of a Discover Pass.
Capitol State Forest allows horses and ATVs, with separate campgrounds for each. Margaret McKenny campground is the horse area, and since horse motors are much quieter than those of ATVs, we make camp there.
There are three loops here. One is for horse campers and has small horse corrals at each site, the second is for rowdy teenagers (it does not have teen corrals), and the third is for people who like the smell of horses, yet do not have one.
We choose the third. Our site is just big enough for us to fit and gets only enough sun to charge our battery each day, but does not provide enough solar power to run the fridge. Small lizards bask on the dark rocks around our site, giving Otis plenty to watch and fuss over during the day.
Hubs and I play our "who can spot the nastiest garbage" game at our new site and Hubs is the winner with a cat litter box in the thorny bushes. We also find a DVD player, a pair of sandals, and thirteen cents.
There are vault toilets and water here, and normally those two would make a free site a clear winner, but we soon find out that there is a cost to free.
The toilets are reprehensible. That is all I can say in polite company. The water is operated by a hand pump and comes out the most shocking color of orange. A sign informs us that the water is non-potable, just in case we have gone blind.
Hubs asks an unkempt-looking fellow on a bicycle where he gets water here.
"Oh, we just drink from the creek."
While this is far from the nicest place we have stayed, it is only a few minutes from Olympia; source of clean laundry and groceries. It also gets excellent internet and cell reception, so we can get some work done over the next few days.