Monday, July 9, 2018
We were traveling the whole day to come and camp in the park. Finally we made it to the gate (around 11PM) and we were trying to figure out what to do: go in the camping area (although it said : "for visitors with reservations ONLY") or wait in the parking lot until the morning. Since we weren't sure we'd be able to make it that night, we didn't make any reservation and calling them so late to make a reservation would not havi been possible since their offices closed hours earlier. Of course, there is no one we could have contacted on site. :(
We decided to not go against their signage and camp in the parking lot in our trailer (without hooking up, no electricity, didn't feel super safe).
In the morning, the guards came and gave us a choice : either we paid for camping in their parking lot or we had to pay a fine for parking too long in their parking lot! Although we were planning to stay there multiple days, we paid their requested camping fee and left for another campground right away.
My impression about NJ is that people are nice (a man stopped to help us even though we didn't need any help) but their government is nuts :
- you can't pump your own gas at the gas station (I guess they think their people are too dumb!)
- they have weird no turns on some of their "highways" (if you need to turn left or right, you need to wait to a specially designated place where you can turn right to then turn left. Bizarre!)
- can't go in a campground without reservation?! Everywhere I've been so far (½ dozen US states, Canada, and half a dozen European countries) you can camp and then pay -- but NJ is different! :P