Cable TV and Camping in state parks

We left Okeechobee FL this morning, heading north. Not very far north, we are forty-five minutes above Jacksonville FL at Crooked River State Park in St Marys GA. We’ve camped here a couple times previously and thought we knew what to expect. So we were very surprised to learn we would tonight be watching the NCAA sweet sixteen game between UNC and Marquette on cable tv. I mean, how many times will we run into cablevision in a state park?

All we needed was broadcast reception for any CBS affiliate so we had checked out a Jacksonville FL and an Atlanta GA CBS station, hoping they would get their digital signals into this small coastal community somehow. Debbie asked the state park volunteer, as we were checking in, “Can we pick up CBS here?”

The park volunteer responded, “We have cablevision.”

Debbie thought she meant the park hosts have cable and maybe don’t know what other campers do or don’t have. I felt like the woman was telling us the sites have cable. We asked, “You mean the sites have cablevision?” And the answer, so cool for us, is yes.

Two years ago we were through here and staked out a seat at Trolley’s downtown St Marys for the Tarheels game in NCAA tournament. Gosh, maybe we should have asked about cablevision then? We’re sitting in front of the television now watching early minutes of the Tarheels against Marquette’s Golden Eagles. It’s going well so far, we can only hope.

Our friends know we rarely even unpack our television and then usually just to watch a movie. And then to be able to hook up to cablevision for this NCAA sweet sixteen game?

This is as great as it is unusual. Who’d of thought we’d find cablevision in a state park? And to have it for this sweet sixteen game? Oh yeah, Go Tarheels!

Jim and Debbie

P.S. Sorry about the dookies against Arizona yesterday, huge loss. We’re hoping for better for us tonight.

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2 responses to “Cable TV and Camping in state parks

  1. The only state park we have encountered with cable, was Top Sail Hill SP, FL, but it was as expensive to stay there as at a commerial rv resort. We thought of you as we watched the game tonight. I hope the pro-recruiters were there to see Marquette–the ones from the NFL! Go Tarheels!

    • The overnight rate at Crooked River SP is $28 and includes water, 30a electric, and cable. A dump station is only a quarter mile from our site, on the campgrd exit road. The potable water is a whole lot more potable than south florida’s. This water is clear and without sulphurous odors.

      Last night after the amazing Kentucky victory over Ohio State (only one #1 seed remains, Kansas) i stepped outside to check stars and clouds (one more day before rains set in) and came shin to snout with a sixty pound wild ham rooting around just outside our camper.

      He growled at me and i aimed my maglite straight into his beady and blind eyes. Too bad it was only the little mini-mag. Nexttime i’ll carry one of the big maglites we keep with us, so i’ll have something, anything to defend myself.

      Go Tarheels!

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