There are a few that have stayed with me over the years and one of those places is Grundy Lake. In the grand scheme of things there isn’t all that much special about Grundy, it’s a relatively small park just off highway 69 with a few small lakes including it’s name sake. But none the less, I’ve been here before about 6-7 years ago and I’ve been yearning to go back. So needless to say when Tyler (the girlfriend) and I had to opportunity to go camping again, I booked us a site. I have to say that despite the fact that we booked about two weeks in advance, we got a great site right on the beach in the Poplar campground, number 320. In fact I highly recommend that campground as it has access to the beach on Gurd Lake which is not overly crowded and has some fantastic paddling and scenery.
I have to say that we were lucky to get such an amazing spot, in fact I was surprised that such a spot was not taken much earlier. To add to our fun we hit up the Grundy Lake Supply Post to get us a canoe to do some exploring and fishing. The supply post is awesome, you can get anything you need and their canoes are cheap (30$ a day) and they deliver them right to your site and pick them up afterwards. That sort of service is welcome when you’re dealing with heavy aluminum canoe and a car not designed to carry them. We spend many hours paddling Gurd lake and fishing along with exploring the smaller islands on the lake. The real adventure came on our second night at the park, when we were woken up by people chasing a hungry bear around the campsite.
So yeah back to the bear issue. We were woken up about 2am by a loud noise of a bear tearing into a food cooler and then followed by the sounds of angry people chasing it around the campsite trying to drive it out. It was certainly not the most welcome sound that late in the night. Later in the morning we learned that the campsite near us left an empty cooler out thinking that since it had no more food in it the bear wouldn’t be interested in it. Sadly they were wrong and didn’t seem to know very much about bear proofing their campsite. These sort of situations are not fair fair for anyone involved, the campers, their neighbors or the bear itself; it puts everyone in danger. So people please bear proof your sites! Other then that the trip was slow and relaxing, we even got enough nice weather to go cliff diving at Gut lake. For more photographs, they can be found on my flickr.