March 30, 2014

Good Morning Lucy

Mom and Lucy
We took a couple months off for the holidays and a week in our timeshare, but camping is back on the calendar again. This month was a trip with just my Mom and her new dog Lucy. It was a beautiful weekend, and a great time with my Mom, but they've ruined a great campground by removing the fresh water faucets at the dumping station.

What kind of campground has no potable water available for RVs? They want me to put recycled water in my tanks, since "it's just for flushing" but what about washing dishes? What kind of Andromeda Strain do they want me to introduce to my domestic water tank? Dysentery is the gift that keeps on giving so fill your tank before you get to Moro Canyon.

It is hard not to love a campground with this view in the morning.

November 21, 2013

Rancho Jurupa

We had an easy over-nighter at Rancho Jurupa with Wendy and the girls. We had a camp fire and night hike, and then breakfast of scrambled eggs with asparagus and french toast, followed by some pecan harvesting in the orchard.

October 19, 2013

Every time!

September 7, 2013

Labor Day Trip

We mixed up our usual schedule for camping to take advantage of the long Labor Day weekend. We took Wendy and the girls with us for a trip across the local mountains. We started with an exploration of the Forest Falls neighborhood, then up to Heart Bar for a picnic on the South Fork of the Santa Ana River. We went over Onyx Pass and down to Big Bear Lake where we camped the first night at Serrano. The morning started with a hike to the Discovery Center and then on the road to Keller Peak Fire Lookout. After a view from the tower we were on our way to lunch in Blue Jay. The ladies went shopping in Arrowhead Village while I got us registered at Dogwood for the night. After another fun campfire it was bedtime for our second night in the forest. Monday morning was slow and easy and then Lake Gregory for lunch before heading down the mountain. What a great weekend.

August 30, 2013

Birthday Beach Trip

As has become custom, my Mom and I spent her birthday on a camping trip. This year it was at the beach. We spent the day at Doheny in the day use area. When I was a kid, this was called Hole in the Fence beach because you would park on PCH, brave the train tracks, and crawl through the chain link to avoid paying the State Beach admission. Now there is a pedestrian bridge that makes it a great place to spend the day with the RV on the sand and not get run over by a train.

We spent several hours on the beach hanging with our friend Mike and his girls. They went surfing while Mom and I caught up. For dinner, I walked across the bridge to Olamendi's Mexican Food to get take out. This is a great neighborhood joint with lots of Mexican folk art and photos of Richard and Pat Nixon eating there (the Western White House is just down the street).

After the sunset we moved the RV to our camping space at San Mateo and in the morning I moved it to the bluffs at San Clemente State Beach for breakfast. My Mom and I both needed the break and we both look forward to these trips.