My Husband had plans to take me camping for my birthday, but weeks after the rain has finally stopped our favorite campgrounds were still submerged.
We left early noon to make the drive past Ponca City to Kaw Lake. We were hoping that the campgrounds would be finally be clear for our camping trip, but unfortunately we had no such luck; they had blocked off the road about halfway between the Eagle View trail head and the Campground entrance, so we had to turn around. Still, not wanting to waste the trip we parked at the trail head and hiked the remaining distance in order to explore.
It took us a bit to meander down to the water’s edge after we got inside. With the road being blocked off we had expected the flooding to be pretty significant, but the water wasn’t nearly as high as the roadblock suggested; a good portion of the campgrounds were definitely unusable- though we did find a few grounds that weren’t flooded. Included in that was the last site number we had stayed at when we were there.
It was a shame that we couldn’t camp this time, but to be honest? I think I actually prefer the grounds when they’re under water… Not only are they quiet, but they’re also secluded in a way that I’ve never experienced before. What really struck me about the grounds, though, was how the landscape takes on a completely different look when the water’s that high; while I don’t hope that it floods again like that any time soon, I can’t say that I was disappointed in the view it offered. It had an incredible sort of serene beauty to it that takes your breath away from you.
I do hope to return soon for some actual camping, but for now I’ll relish the pictures that I managed to grab during this trip. I don’t think I’ll be experiencing anything like that again any time soon.