We haven’t had a lot of time to get away the last few weeks, but we were itching to camp — so we dusted off the tent and sleeping bags and headed 2 hours south of Raleigh to Lumber River State Park.

Trail to sites #6 and #7.

Trail to sites #6 and #7.

The park is tent camping only, and you have to park in a lot and walk to your spot. There are 9 spots in the Princess Ann section (on Princess Ann Road) and 15 spots on the Chalk Banks (another bank of the river several miles away). We chose the Princess Ann section based on photos alone — it was more wooded and right by the river. We were looking for some peace and quiet, so it seemed like a good bet.

LRTent

Lucy not looking at Deke putting up the tent.

We popped our tent up pretty fast, got it all set up on the inside and started making some hot dogs. What we didn’t anticipate were the mosquitos. They were everywhere! In all our years of camping, we’ve never encountered anything like it. But some insect rellepent and a smokey fire and we were doing ok.

Trail bridge.

Trail bridge.

We took some walks around the park — nothing too major, but very pretty.

Lumber River.

Lumber River.

Two hours south of Raleigh is almost in South Carolina, so we saw some old, beautiful cypress trees along the river.

One of many.

One of many.

The town of Orrum (pop. 91) is small — it’s mostly barns, tobacco and soybean farms — and more cemeteries in the 4 miles of town than we’ve ever seen in one place. There’s a general store, but it’s really a gas station so make sure you get everything you need if you visit the park!

To escape the mosquitos, Lu and I took a siesta in the tent….

Zzzzzzz.......

Zzzzzzz…….

We went to bed when it got dark and woke up around 8, so it’s possible we slept 12 hours, which we both needed.

Mmmmmm bacon.

Mmmmmm bacon.

In the morning, we took a few more walks, made some bacon and headed home. (Note unusual shot of Lucy looking at me.)