The state budget cuts hit home. The sweet little campground we hit last summer, which included all-access to the massive North-South Lake area but with none of the crowds and hassle, has been shuttered for the summer due to budget cuts.

We discovered this when we went to make reservations for this summer.

At a time when more people are seeking cheap getaways close to home, was it really necessary? Did the primitive campground really cost that much to maintain? There are plenty of folks, like us, who probably would have chipped in on cleanups, setups and breakdowns if the state, or anyone, had asked. Such efforts would be a small price to pay to insure a responsibly maintained primitive site remained open to all.