Oakwood Lakes State Park 2014

State park camping spots tend to fill up quickly, so we thought we’d end up camping in our backyard this weekend until one spot happened to pop up on the Oakwood Lakes SD State Park reservation site. Oakwood Lakes SD State Park is located near Bruce, SD and is a beautiful facility with clean rest room, friendly staff, hiking trails, boating and fishing. We snatched it up quicker than Usain Bolt sprints down the track.

Here’s the view…

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No camping trip is complete without the traditional marshmallow roast.
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Enjoyed the “Praise in the Park” service provided by the Preston Christian Church on Sunday morning. Preston Christian Church is located three miles from the campground and provides the worship service at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday morning at Oakwood Lakes State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
2014Oakwood-1060719dmvhpcrCampers were all invited to their church at noon for a meal (fundraiser?).  We all know church dinners are always delicious (FYI ~We are farmers so dinner is eaten at noon.) and after stopping in nearby Bruce, SD at noon on a Sunday, I realize that offering a church dinner was a smart move since everything in town was locked up tight.  They may have quite a resource to tap since they have hungry, tired campers close by that would just as soon grab a meal on the way out on Sunday noon versus preparing, cooking and cleaning up after another meal.  After all, Sunday is a day of rest, right?  Well, maybe not for the Preston Christian Church…

2014Oakwood-1060723dmvcrEveryone wants a back pew, even at an outdoor worship service.

Update!  I was contacted by Pastor Smith of the Preston Christian Church and the Sunday noon meal during the summer is just a meet and greet get-together – NOT a fundraising event.

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Campfire Cooking ~ Corn on the cob

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. ~ Anne Bronte

Corn is a type of grass and every row has an even number of kernels.  There is one strand of silk for each kernel on a cob.

Campfire cooking has never been my area of expertise, but our son-in-law cooked delicious, tender sweet corn for us while on a recent camping excursion.

Oakwood2013-1050329Soak the corn in a salt water brine for a half hour to hour.

Oakwood2013-1050333The firewood has burned down to a white ash appearance so the corn can be put on the grate.

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Cook another 5 minutes. Total cooking time about 20 minutes with turning every 5 minutes.
Oakwood2013-1050342Husks are removed and the corn is ready to eat.