Personal hygiene: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, scrubby soap/body wash, medications
Food (more about this below)
Provided: Sheets, pillows, towels and washcloths, guest bed and cots, sheets and light blankets, warm shower, rented portapotty serviced once a week, camp chairs, rack clothes dryer.
Miscellaneous items provided: First aid kit, sunscreen and bug spray
Meals:Either bring snacks and food to prepare at the camp kitchen provided, eat at nearby Shady Cove Marina or purchase things at Dollar General or convenience store nearby. Bring water and your favorite brand of coffee (camp coffee pot percolator provided).
List of food prep things provided: Camp stove and propane, pots, pans, cooking utensils, coffee pot, refillable mugs, picnic table, basic spices, salt and pepper, spray cooking oil, paper towels, plates, hand soap and hand sanitizer, garbage bags, plastic dishes and eating utensils, dish towels, scrubber and dish soap, scissors, can opener.
Other miscellaneous items provided: Camp chairs, drawers or shelves to store clothing. Also, flashlights and headlamps.
What is camping without a fire? A community fire pit with wood provided, a lighter and seats is a short distance from the tents.
Bring your toothbrush and....
Is there cell phone reception? Yes, for all carriers. You’ll be camping in the country far enough away from the city to feel like you’ve run away but you’ll not be camping deep in the woods.
Is there electricity and running water? Nope. You’ll be living off the grid. However, what is glam camping without a warm shower? The shower has on-demand hot water via propane. Water provided at the campsites but please do bring extra bottled water for drinking.
Are pets allowed? Sorry, but no. My two dogs provide 24/7 property protection and think they own the place. One of them was born five years ago here on the farm and has greeted over 900 kayak students. Expect that he and his sidekick will make a lot of noise when you drive up but, as soon as you walk on this side of the electric fence, they’ll be your buddies.
Speaking of protection, do I need to worry about critters during the night? You’re protected, not only by the dogs but also by an electric fence that encircles the area from the parking lot to the water.
Should I bring firewood? No, It’s provided. There’s no fires allowed at the campsite because the tents are under the trees but there is a fire pit a short distance from the campsite with seating, plenty of firewood (including starter and lighters) and a hose nearby to douse the flames before you go in for the night.
What are check in and check out times? Check in at 5 p.m. and check out at 1 p.m. These times allow for enjoying a bike ride or a kayak trip soon after you arrive all the way until after lunch the next day. We live on the property and keep “farmer’s hours” and ask that you check in no later than 7 p.m. Exceptions arise but please do your best to arrive no later than 7 p.m.
What about fishing? A fishing license is required. If you don’t have one, at the campsite you’ll find documents with the name, location and phone number of three places in Gallatin from which to purchase a license. On the documents, I’ve also provided the URL to purchase one online. Fishing rod, tackle and lures are provided. If you prefer fresh bait, lift a couple rocks on the property! The water is so close to your tent that you can hit it with a stone. Fish from one of the rocks along the waterfront directly around the camping area or head out in one of the kayaks provided at no extra charge for more adventurous fishing.
I don’t like crowds when I camp. How private is this? You’ll LOVE camping at this exclusive site. There's only three campsites spaced far apart from each other. This is as private as camping gets!
The owner (me) lives on site. The house is quite a distance from the tents, far enough away that you’d text or call if you need me. In other words, too far to yell.
I’ve never camped before and want to try this out to see if I’ll like it. Come As You Are Camping is a perfect way to try it out! It saves you the expense of buying gear that you might use only a couple times a year although it is my hope that some of you love camping at first try and decide it’s worth the investment. Or just plan to return to Come As You Are Camping!
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