Jim and I took a drive up to South Fork to check out our campgrounds for downed trees, snow and general campsite condition. We were very happy to see everything came through the winter in very good shape. There wasn’t any snow in the campsites and we were able to get into all the campgrounds. We will have minimum pre-season cleanup to do. We’re looking at buying a pressure washer to make cleaning the picnic tables faster and easier.
Next we drove into Big Meadows to see what had been done after we left in early September. OMG, they came in and cut down all the spruce trees infected with the Bark Beetle disease. For all our yearly campers - you will no longer be in a heavily wooded area. Most of the large spruce within the campsites are all gone. They left trees 15-20 foot tall for new growth. But please remember this was very necessary to control the spread of the Bark Beetle disease.
This is looking from the picnic area towards the first loop. Click on the photo to enlarge it and you can easily see the storage shed left of center; it would be around site #11. Then right dab in the middle you can see the restrooms across from site #8. You never could have seen those before they cut down all the trees. Sad, it is just plain sad!!!
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I know it is sad to see the sparse tree cover but hopefully the aspen will fill in the open space.
Remember, you are loved.