For our first trip out with the Winnebago and Sophie the Traveling Cat, we thought it was good not to go too far from home. Who could tell how either of those would act? So, we went to Loafer Creek. This is a nice place, part of the Lake Oroville Recreation Area, and we’ve spent lots of time there hiking; it was our first time camping there. This post is about hiking at Loafer Creek in January.

So What’s a “Campground Baby?”

There’s a thing when one’s camping at public campgrounds that we call “the campground baby.” This is the poor little kid that wakes up in the middle of the night, finds himself or herself in a strange situation instead of home in bed, and proceeds to wail. And wail. The first night at Loafer Creek, Sophie was the campground baby.  All day, she’d seemed to be enjoying things, and she settled right down the sleep when we went to bed. But in the middle of the night, she woke up and went into campground baby mode big time. Walking all over me, wailing and crying. Burrowing under the blankets, only to re-emerge almost immediately for more wailing and crying. It was a very trying night.

Becoming a Good Traveling Cat

The second night went much better, and we didn’t hear a peep out of her. She settled down on my legs, strategically pinning me down so I couldn’t escape, and went to sleep like a little lamb. I think that in the long run she’s going to make a fine traveling cat once we get the kinks worked out.

About the Campground

Loafer Creek Campground is really nice.  The campsites mostly have paved parking pads, and most of them are reasonably level. Most of the sites would be good for either tent camping or RV. There aren’t any hookups, but it does have a dump station. Decent restrooms. This goes to a nice article about the campground. The photo below shows one of the great camp sites at Loafer Creek.

Campsite 90 at Loafer Creek


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