Especially when there are nice surprises. There are three campgrounds within 1 1/2 miles of each other along the South Santiam River. We had previously camped at two of them and enjoyed ourselves very much. So it was with some fear and trepidation that we started noticing campgrounds with full signs as we headed up the mountain! And sure enough, our favorite campground was full.
Now we had a decision. Drive further, to the third campground and risk finding it full, or drive back 1/4 mile to the first campground of the three (which we had never been to) and see if there was room there.
We drove back and found one. empty. campsite. ONE! So we set up camp. And now I have a new favorite campground. It was absolutely perfect. It embodied all the reasons I love Oregon! Really, one can't ask more of a campground than that.