We woke up to a beautiful view of the sun sparkling and ducks swimming on Apache Lake from our campsite at Burnt Corral Campground. If we had phone and internet service, we would have been happy to make it our home for a few more days. Unfortunately, because we are working on this trip and not just vacationing, we can’t be off the grid for long. We took lots of pictures and enjoyed coffee and breakfast before getting back on the road.

We headed to the Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center to get some advice on where to stay next. The staff person we spoke with was very helpful. She told us about the yearly pass we could buy if we were going to stay for awhile as well as giving us information about the various campgrounds. Many of the campgrounds have pay stations at the gate but it is cheaper to buy a pass from the Visitors Center. We thought about the annual pass but decided to go with 5 days worth of passes that could be used at a number of different campgrounds and cost $5 each

After looking at all the options, we decided to make Schoolhouse Campground our home base for a few days. The campground has bathrooms with running water and the sites have covered picnic tables, water, and fire rings. There were just a few other campers, a nice view of the lake and our phone signal was strong so it seemed like the ideal place to be for an extended stay.

We ended up being very glad we chose to settle in for a few days. Our second day there, Francis got a new website contract that had a short turnaround and I got a rush assignment from the company I have been writing math test questions for. It was good to stay in one place and be able to focus on our projects with the added bonus of being able to work outdoors in a beautiful spot.

When we weren’t working, we enjoyed visiting with the very friendly camp host, chatting with a very nice couple who were camping a few sites over from us, and taking walks around the campground.