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Yuma Lakes

By |April 20th, 2015|

Yuma, Arizona Website: Overview: This is a Resort Parks International (RPI) member park. It is located 10 minutes outside of downtown Yuma. Being outside the city the park is surrounding by farmland, lots of lettuce fields, and feels remote. There is also nice size lake on the property. This is a favorite winter destination for many Canadians and North westerners. It is also a great spot to stay if you want to go to Los Algodones, Mexico for dental health care. Campsites: Fairly level gravel pads with full hookups (30 amp, water, and sewer). Each site has a picnic table. The sites are closely spaced therefore there is not much privacy. However, about half of the sites have nice mature shade trees. Amenities: Plentiful activities! Heated pool and hot tub, horseshoe pits, bocce ball, fishing, shuffleboard, corn hole tournaments, billiards room, miniature golf, adult center, propane refill station, and lake access. Pet friendly: Yes, fenced in dog run with agility equipment! Internet:  No public Wi-Fi, but good cellular signals. Price:  This is a member only park.

Sunbeam Lake R.V. Resort

By |April 20th, 2015|

El Centro, CA Website: Overview: This is a gem of a park in the middle of the southeastern California desert. It is on Sunbeam Lake, which is a water oasis for birds. There is also a county park on the lake creating many walking trails and further amenities (dirt bike racing track, pavilion, playground, etc.). The park is very well maintained and the people are super friendly. We only stayed one night as we were just passing through, but enjoyed our stay. As a bonus the Blue Angels fly over just about everyday! Campsites: Level gravel pad with cement patio, full hookup with 50/30 amp, water, and sewer. The sites are somewhat close together but must have small trees separating them. There are lake sites, lagoon sites, and general sites available. Amenities: Large heated pool, hot tub, multiple laundries and shower/bath houses, activity center, pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, boat ramp, lake assess, walking trail around a lagoon, card room, billiard room, and exercise room Pet friendly: Yes. There are two fenced in play/walk areas for dogs. There are designated pet sites and non-pet sites Internet:  Yes, free Wi-Fi and great cellular signals Price:  $41-47/night Rating: 4/5  

Oh what a great time we had in San Diego!

By |March 25th, 2015|

San Diego, CA January 31 – February 21, 2014 Wow, we really liked San Diego! We are not city people per se, so when we arrive in a city we are always a bit guarded. San Diego, which technically is a large city, feels like a laid back group of small towns. We were staying 20 minutes away from downtown San Diego, in the small town of Jamul, but we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. And we were! Coyotes sang to us at night and the stars shone brightly, while the morning sun created artwork on the desert mountains. Pretty cool, huh? Our first taste of the city was to explore its origins, Old Town San Diego. In fact Old Town San Diego is considered the ‘birthplace of California’ as it is the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It is houses the first of California’s 21 missions, which really led to the colonization of California.We enjoyed our afternoon admiring the old church, the old architecture, the many shops, and some delicious Mexican food! Our next mission was to recognize the first European, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, to step foot on the US west coast in 1542 at the Cabrillo National Monument. This monument sits on a peninsula with an amazing view of downtown, the Naval base, and the Pacific Ocean. It also houses a historic lighthouse and some amazing tide pools! While on this amazing coastline we had to explore its beauty. So we hopped in the towed and onto the Pacific Coast Highway. Our first stop was to pay homage to one of our Gurus, Yogananda. His Encinitas home is remarkable. It is on the bluff [...]

Pio Pico RV Resort & Campground (Thousand Trails)

By |March 24th, 2015|

Jamul, CA (near San Diego) Website: Overview: This is a Thousand Trails RV park 30 minutes from downtown San Diego. It is set amongst the beautiful mountains and near Otay Lake and San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. It has many amenities but the pools and spas are very well maintained and lovely. Campsites: There are two sections to this park. Pio Pico North only has partial hook-up sites (water, 30 amp electric). Pio Pico South has full hook-ups (30 amp, water, sewer). In high season there is a wait list for the full hook-up sites. Sites are variable but each has a fairly level gravel pad. Some have picnic tables and shade trees. Privacy is minimal as the sites are very closely spaced. However, because it is a large park people try to leave an empty space between sites to allow for more patio room and privacy. Pio Pico South is the nicer area of the two. Amenities: Adult saltwater pool and hot tub, Family pool and hot tub, playground, family lodge/youth center, adult lodge, game room, pickle ball court, basketball, volleyball, horseshoe pits, country store, Coyote Canyon Café, activity center, picnic areas, RC race track, hiking trails, bathhouses, and laundry facilities. The pool and spa area are very well maintained! Pet friendly: Yes, there are two off leash dog areas. Internet:  Unreliable cell phone signals, Wi-Fi for a fee available at each site (3.99/day or 14.99/week) Price:  $51/night non-member Rating: 3/5    

A close call with a bicycle, roaring elephant seals, and a castle

By |March 11th, 2015|

Santa Barbara, CA December 27 – January 17, 2015 After descending multiple CRAZY mountain passes from frozen Yosemite, we happily arrived to the outskirts of Santa Barbara. There was one point during our mountain driving craziness when a bicyclist, not a motorcycle but a human powered bicycle, passed us! Really, that happened. At one point, I was feeling sort of unsafe because there was a huge drop off cliff out the side of my window and a sheer upward cliff on Wade’s side.  Further we couldn’t see the road because we were turning a 70 degree corner at 7 % grade and the road was a two way road, but really a one lane road, so I said to Wade, “Please slow down.” He replied, “No way, I am NOT being passed by a bicycle!” Needless to say the bicycle passed us. We were going 45 mph so he must have been going ~55 mph. No worries though, we took him on the climb back up.   He was never to be seen again. We really did have a great 3 weeks in the Santa Barbara area. We were only twenty minutes from the Danish hill town of Solvang, so we spent many days exploring the quaint shops, eating delicious Danish pastries, and drinking beer. We also thoroughly enjoyed its farmer’s market and local restaurants. Did I mention we ate a lot of cream puff pastries? Well, we did! We may have shortened our lives with sugar but hey you only live once. At least it wasn’t high fructose corn syrup. We celebrated the New Year in laid-back RV style. We didn’t go to any all night hip (expensive) California nightclub parties. We just [...]

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables (Thousand Trails)

By |March 11th, 2015|

Santa Barbara, CA Website: Overview: This is a very nice RV park nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Santa Ynez River borders the property, however due to the drought conditions it was dry when we visited. It is about a 25-minute drive to downtown Santa Barbara or to the Danish town of Solvang. It is set in a beautiful location but is very remote. The park is surrounded by national forest land so there are abundant hiking opportunities. Campsites: Full hook-up sites are fairly level gravel pads with 30 Amp, water, and sewer. Most are back-in sites. Each site has a picnic table and several have charcoal grills (no wood burning allowed at campsites but there are 2 public fire pits if you have a wood burning permit). Partial hook-ups (30 Amp, water) are dirt and very unleveled, further the road to this area is VERY rutted! All RV sites are closely spaced with minimal privacy. Some sites have shade trees. All full hook-up sites have beautiful mountain views. Amenities: Heated swimming pool and non-heated swimming pool, adult only hot tub, adult lodge, family lodge, daily activities at the lodges, chapel, laundry facilities, nature trails, horseshoe pits, playground, miniature golf, tennis court, basketball court, country store, cabin rental, tipi rental, covered wagon rental, safari tents, RV storage, horseback riding, and farm animals. There are also horse pens and boarding areas available for campers. Pet friendly: Yes, but there is no off leash area. Internet:  Public Wi-Fi available at the adult lodge, fair Verizon signals and poor AT&T signal Price:  non-member $50-61/ night RV site Rating: 4/5

Christmas in Yosemite National Park!

By |March 2nd, 2015|

Yosemite, CA December 21-26 So we had the bright idea of spending Christmas immersed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Yosemite National Park. Sounds cozy does it not? Well, we arrived on a beautiful sunny day after having driven up a crazy steep, winding mountain pass. After setting up our home base we drove over to Evergreen Lodge for dinner as it was highly recommended by the staff. We were told it was only 5 miles away and that it was an easy drive. However, since it was now dark, oddly this turned into a spooky drive. The road was winding (of course), dirt (with occasional pavement), and we were in the middle of nowhere. We tried to turn around twice, but our growling stomachs won over our creeped out minds. Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised with the lodge. This is a cute resort near the Hetch Hetchy Entrance to Yosemite National Park. The food was fantastic, especially the roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower! After filling our bellies we slowly made our way back to our RV. Later when we drove this road in the daylight we discovered that most of this area has been ravaged by recent wildfires, thus giving it its spooky late night vibe. The next day was spent exploring the local town of Groveland. We needed to stock up on supplies, such as groceries and snow chains! That is right the National Park requires that every vehicle carry snow chains during the winter, just in case. After shopping we had some mediocre Mexican food then a beer in the oldest saloon in the area, the Iron Door Saloon. Next up was what we came here to explore, Yosemite National Park! We happily [...]

Yosemite Lakes (Thousand Trails)

By |March 2nd, 2015|

Groveland, CA Website: Overview: This wonderful RV park is 5 miles from the west entrance of Yosemite National Park. It allows fantastic access to Yosemite. However if you come in the winter you are required to carry tire chains for this entrance. It is about a 25-minute drive to the nearest town of Groveland. There is a substantial mountain pass that you must take to reach the park. It is doable, but you may want to consider un-attaching your tow car if possible. The park itself is very nice and the staff very friendly. Campsites: Grass, gravel, or dirt sites. Several sites have 50 amps, but most are 30 amp. Every site has water hook-up. Most have sewer hookups. There are a variety of sites from open field to forest by a stream. Each site has a picnic table and fire-pit. The sites are fairly well spaced enabling privacy. However, in peak season you would have a lot of neighbors. Amenities: Family lodge, cabin rental, tent sites, yurt rental, laundry room, nice bathroom facilities, pavilion, propane filling station, country store and gas station. Pet friendly: Yes. Internet:  Public Wi-Fi available at the lodge and welcome center. No Wi-Fi or cellular signals are available in the park. Price:  non-member $45/night Rating: 4/5

Thankful in Bolinas

By |February 11th, 2015|

Bolinas, CA November 26-December 3, 2014 As Thanksgiving was just days away we decided to have a true family and friends Thanksgiving dinner. Just because you live in an RV doesn’t mean that you can’t have a gourmet home cooked dinner! A close friend from our hometown of DeRuyter, New York lives in Bolinas, California and graciously invited us to share in his Thanksgiving meal. He also allowed us to experience our first RV driveway surfing. It was a little scary driving Atreyu (the RV) down 10 miles of California’s winding Highway 1, but we safely arrived in our luxury driveway RV site. Upon arrival our gracious host, Steve Trivelpiece, gave us a tour of the hip, laid back, coastal town of Bolinas. This is truly a one of a kind artsy town! Not to mention that it has an amazing view of downtown San Francisco from its beach. But there is no reason for you to go here, as there is nothing to see ;) That evening we had a delicious home cooked dinner as the ingredients were all local and fresh because they were purchased from the most amazing roadside farm stand. We really enjoyed our evening catching up with Steve, Becca, and Satchel! We even learned that our Thanksgiving meal was to be cooked by a professional chef, Becca Trivelpiece! How lucky are we! So Thanksgiving arrived and we were not disappointed! Steve and Becca hosted a Thanksgiving meal for about 30 people. We indulged in local wine, cheese, crab, heritage turkeys, and too many to name wonderful side dishes and desserts. Did I mention marvelous local wine? Thanks Brian. We met so many remarkable people, and we all had [...]

Olema Campground

By |February 11th, 2015|

Olema, CA Website: Overview: This is a quaint campground near Point Reyes National Seashore. It is located on California’s Highway 1 and is surrounded by many cool small towns. It has a small creek that surrounds the campground. Unfortunately, during high rain season this creek floods and consequently floods most of the campground. The owners are wonderful and very accommodating. They try to manage the rainwater to the best of their abilities. Campsites: 26 full hook up sites (30/50 amp, water, sewer) and 54 partial hook ups (30 amp, water). Sites are gravel and fairly level. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Most sites have shade and privacy trees/shrubs. Amenities: Playground, bathhouses, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, Clubroom and kitchen for groups, dump station, honey wagon, propane refill station, Laundromat, ATM, visitor information, and U.S. Post Office Pet friendly: Yes. There is a small fenced in Dog Park. Internet:  Free Wi-Fi available, variable cell phone signals Price:  $40-49/night Rating: 3/5