Boondocking and Hart State Park

As we make our way to warmer climates for the winter, we stopped off to boondock for a little while and test out our solar panels and lithium batteries. We were parked in the sun, (not full sun, we did have shade at certain points in the evening), unplugged for at least 5 days before our batteries were drained and need of some charging. That, in part, was also due to a couple of cloudy days. That’s the thing with boondocking, weather can be a factor. We have a generator as our back up plan. It’s not a bad gig when we are not in a campground. It takes some trial and error to find the exact combination of panels and inverters to best fit your rig, While in our limbo state, it was also super hot for October, we’re talking 90’s! For a day of recreation, we found a quiet little park at Lake Hartwell, GA. It’s called Hart State Park. There are several picnic tables and a picnic shelter. The lake is on both sides of the park. There is a boat ramp and regular restrooms (not vault toilets). The water was perfect! We had a picnic first with some yummy things we picked up at a place called Striplings General Store (everything is homemade). The view of the lake from our table was wonderful. We only saw a couple of jet skiers and a few boaters. We got in the water, and didn’t even have to acclimate ourselves, just sit right on down. It was a great relief from the heat. We didn’t want to leave, but we were pruning up and had to. We recommend this lake and this park if you are ever in the area. It isn’t crowded and it’s clean. It was a Sunday, and we did expect more people around, but were very relieved when we saw how few there were. Maybe the crowd was at the marina. There was a campground there as well, but it was closed and the booth where there would normally be a person to welcome you into the area. looked like it had been shut up for a while. But even without the campgound, the park was still a great place to relax and relieve some stress.

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