February 26, 2008

Timeshare Troubles

We were going to spend our March camping trip at a "free timeshare preview" for a private campground in Lytle Creek, but negative reviews were out pacing positive reviews four-to-one. One reviewer spoke of the wannabe Ranger threatening a camper with a warrant for trespassing for rolling through a stop sign in the campground. Another review spoke of popup and tent campers being treated as second class citizens.

Since I have an extremely low tolerance for arrogant security guards, I decided to spare the family the experience and find someplace else. We still want to be close to home because of a dinner we need to go to on that Saturday night, so I made a reservation at Lake Silverwood instead. As you can see from the photo, this is a great spot that we will be visiting again this summer.

February 16, 2008

Doheny Beach Bums

We just got back from a trip to Doheny State Beach, near Dana Point Harbor. We were going to stay two nights, but Andrew has two games on Sunday, and we thought it better to come home late Saturday night rather than Sunday morning.

We spent a lot of time in the sun, walking around the harbor and playing in the sand. Sherry and the boy had a blast trying to push each other into the surf. But ultimately, Andrew got his shoes wet when we got to the point where San Juan Creek enters the ocean, and he was too stubborn to take his shoes off.

We stayed in campsite 101, which was great for proximity to the restrooms, but a little bit of a walk to the shore. The spaces are pretty small, with little privacy, but we gave the campground a rating of four tents (full hook-up would take it to five).