Camping in campgrounds is a mixed blessing. There is water. There is a pit toilet. There are also lots of people and rules and dogs and chipmunks being fed. I fell in love with Norm and Sue. They have been comping in the same spot for many years. The chipmunks and hummingbirds know them. The other campers know them. They were generous with their camping knowledge and extra goodies like pizza!!
I decided after 20 days in the West Fork campground that I should camp in a dispersed area. Surely it would be quieter, fewer people, just me and nature.
I found a great spot. Next to the West Fork of the river, no one near. Then two camper vans pulled up with 6 children under the age of 6 who loved to scream when they did or saw anything. Then a yoga teacher with 4 dogs and a bottle of tequila. I lasted two days. Then moved on to a campground down the road.
Everything was dripping and soggy so the first thing to do at the next spot was to clean out the chipmunk shit and sort through things I am not using. I had four dry days. The back of the truck clean out took one day. The next day was the front of the truck. That took only a half day.
The hint is that on dry days clean out. Another hint is not to expect quiet in a dispersed camping area.