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First night at the lakeside campsite

Providence to Charlestown

overcast 63 °F
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Our drive from Providence to Charlestown was uneventful and took around an hour. We arrived at the Burlingame State Park check-in around the same time as another lady couple who also seemed excited to be starting off their camping season this weekend.

The drive up Fish Camp road really gave us insight on the large size of the state park, which apparently dedicates a lot of campsites to RV/trailers.
The surroundings were a beautiful mix of pines, maples, and Rhode Island wildflowers.

Our site (110) was pretty sweet! It was located adjacent to Watchaug Pond, a kettle pond the size of a lake, and had a boat launch ideal for our inflatable kayak.
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Needless to say, we were pumped about this feature. Despite the initial setbacks of bringing along a new tent that was missing parts and forgetting our air mattress, we pushed through by getting a replacement tent and memory foam at the camp store. This camp store was incredible; it literally met all our needs and anticipated ones we were about to experience (see day 2 post). After we set up camp, we had a yummy dinner of foil bag red snapper marinated in lemons and onions along with sautéed kale.

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A couple kayaking after sunset passed by our campsite, and we had serious FOMO for not pulling out ours that evening.
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We chose to defer our inaugural voyage until the next day when the weather forecast would be perfect.

Posted by baecation2016 05:46 Archived in USA Tagged nature travel island kayaking tent road camping spring trip cooking outdoors ri rhode

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