Tionesta Recreation Area Campground
We have several issues with the facility and its operation, one of which is our reserved campsite itself. Picking any campsite on-line is always the luck of the draw, or in the case of Tionesta, the drawing itself. Campsites picked on-line through www.Recreation.gov, the Internet reservation system that handles the Corps of Engineers campgrounds, unfortunately may not always accurately match their written description. Such as the drawing that show the Tionesta Creek directly behind a row of campsites. We have one of those sites, number 38, and believe me, we can not see any water. I'm sure it's back there somewhere, but it certainly isn't close or even visible.
The campground is practically empty on Monday morning. We watch a doe and her fawn slowly walk across the street in front of our campsite early in the morning the second day. Later, as we drive to the library in town, Ilse sees her first woodchuck, waddling hurriedly along the dirt access road . A small, brown rabbit mistakenly hops from between our trailer and the Toyota and stops directly in front of Taz, our Golden Retriever, and for a good minute, neither one moves. We all sit quietly, waiting for the rabbit to run, but he just sits there, frozen. The rabbit is hoping no one seems him even though he is only ten feet away. A really unique, memorable moment, but just as I lift my camera, a nearby camper starts his pickup truck and the magic is broken. The rabbit bolts for the safety of the underbrush while Taz simply sits and watches.