January 21, 2015

Bolsa Chica

We've never been to Bolsa Chica State Beach before. It is a wide spot in the road, alongside the Pacific Coast Highway, with a dog-free ecological preserve across the way, and sandwiched in between Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and Long Beach. After spending two nights there, we're converts, as long as it is a beach site and not the highway side.

There are campfire rings out on the beach, but that is a looong walk back to the campsite. Sherry used this one as a platform for dancing and watching the sunset. Both looked gorgeous!

It is possible to have a campfire at the campsite, but you have to bring your own fire ring and it has to be eight or more inches off the pavement. A couple cinder blocks and an old washer tub took care of that for us. The campsites have water and electric, and we got a couple dozen Los Angeles TV stations over the antenna, so Sherry's father, Art, joined us for dinner and watching the football game on Sunday. My folks and my brother came out for dinner and campfire on Saturday night.

Andy joined us for this trip and it was great having our boy join us for camping again. It has been a while, and it was great to have him back. He and Sherry love shopping in the little beach towns. We all liked touring the USS Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles.

Scooby hates camping so she stayed home. Maisie, however, loves camping and jumped into the RV as soon as I opened the door in the driveway. She is still a pup so there was some separation anxiety whenever we weren't all together, but she's figuring it out.


Bolsa Chica is a great base camp, and a safe place to crash for the night. We'll certainly be back. 



Why We Wear Shower Shoes

Gross!! Anyone who does this needs to go back to the Motel 6.

January 2, 2015

Facebook Killed the Camping Blog

It seems like Facebook has removed my motivation to keep this updated, and that isn't good for looking back and remembering the favorite things about the campsites. I'll do my best to catch up and do better in 2015.

We started out the new year with a New Year's Eve trip with Paul and Linda to Rancho Jurupa Regional Park. It got down in the twenties overnight, so hose lines were freezing and propane was burning. We found a great bar with live music and Guinness on tap so I'm sure we'll be back to the Lake Alice Trading Company.

In January, we'll be heading out to a new place for us, Bolsa Chica State Beach. This video below is a drone pilot's overview of the area. Our spot is along the beach, just two sites from the camp host site shown in the video.


In February, we're heading to our timeshare in Solana Beach, where we like to hang out on Cedros when we're not at the beach.

In March, we're heading to Doheny State Beach for fish and chips, maybe a whale watch cruise, and then watching the sunset from a rooftop bar.


April is nearly impossible to camp because of the training schedule for the new fire lookouts, and in May, we're back for another week at the Solana Beach timeshare.

June is the annual Gonzalez family camp out which will once again be up at my favorite mountain campground, Dogwood


In July, we have a bluff site at South Carlsbad State Beach, and that is as far out as I can make reservations, so stay tuned and I'll do a much better job of updating this camping blog as the year goes on.





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.