October 4, 2019

One Wild and Crazy Night in the Woods

One Wild and Crazy Night in the Woods

Chris walked up to me after dropping his son off at class and blurted out, "Hey"  When are we going to do that camping trip?"

It was one of those questions people ask in passing because they know you do that kind of stuff - you camp.  But Chris is a sincere person who doesn't say many superficial things.  Plus, his son and my son were close friends at school.

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September 20, 2019

Huckleberry Campground Review - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Huckleberry Campground Review - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Huckleberry Campground is located on the western side of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 1.4 miles from the Big Basin Headquarters and grocery store.  The camp is situated in the upland environment with smaller redwood trees.  Union Creek runs on the southern side of camp while Sempervirens Creek runs through the western side.  Many of the sites back right up to Union Creek.

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September 20, 2019

Jay Trail Camp Review - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Jay Trail Camp Review - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Jay Trail Camp is located central to the park and designated for backpackers and bikers on the Skyline-to-the Sea Trail.  It's only .4 miles away from State Park Headquarters (hot showers) and Big Basin Grocery Store (great beer selection).  The campground itself is within a beautiful old-growth redwood forest with Huckleberry bushes as undergrowth.  You are not assigned a specific site when you reserve so Continue Reading...

September 20, 2019

Blooms Creek Campground Review - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Blooms Creek Campground Review - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Blooms Creek Campground is located in the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, .5 miles away from the State Park Headquarters and the Big Basin Grocery Store.  This is critical information for those of us who want to enjoy an early morning espresso.  It's also a great location for those who want to be close to the parks' hosted activities and convenient access to hiking.  The East Ridge, Blooms Continue Reading...

September 16, 2019

One of the Best Campgrounds in Big Basin Redwoods State Park

One of the Best Campgrounds in Big Basin Redwoods State Park

When Ryan and I both go on our 360-degree photo tours, we usually have the grandparents watch our kids.  Their one-mile per hour pace is too slow for the amount of ground we need to cover.  Some days we walk more than 10 miles of campground land.  Today was different, we were going to the Santa Cruz mountains to meet up with my brother (Eric) and his girlfriend (Claire) for some training on the photo collection.  With the extra help, I could stay back with our littles and Continue Reading...

August 31, 2019

The Ultimate Review of Pine Martin Campground in Bear Valley, California

The Ultimate Review of Pine Martin Campground in Bear Valley, California

Our family loves exploring the highway 4 corridor.  We spend a week up there every year.  With our basecamp in Arnold, we took a day trip over to Lake Alpine this year.   On the Northeast side of Lake Alpine, we found a great picknicking area.  The kiddos loved crawling over the granite rocks and they had plenty of space to run around.  After lunch, we enjoyed a short walk over a small pedestrian bridge toward Pine Martin Campground.  

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August 24, 2019

The Full Review of Where to Camp this Labor Day Weekend

The Full Review of Where to Camp this Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is just around the corner!  If you're anything like us, you started camping really late in the season this year.  The late rain and snow kept us inside longer than we EVER wanted to be there.  With such a late start, many campers haven't gotten their fix.  Now we're at the end of the season and we want to take advantage of this one last big camping weekend.  But if you don't already have a campground booked, where can you go?

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