December 6, 2019

French Camp Campground Review

French Camp Campground Review

French Camp is located just off the 395, about 1/2 mile from Tom's Place.  Rock Creek flows on the south side of the campground.  None of the sites are situated right on the creek but you can hear the rushing waters from most of the campsites.

French Camp has a paved camp road with dirt parking spurs.  The sites vary in size and what they are able to accommodate.  Some of the sites have so many granite rocks that there is hardly a large enough space to fit a Continue Reading...

December 5, 2019

Rock Creek Lake Campground Review

Rock Creek Lake Campground Review

Rock Creek Lake Campground is located on Rock Creek Lake in the Inyo National Forest - 27 miles south of Mammoth and 33 miles north of Bishop.  This is a fantastic campground for the tent camper/backpacker/hiker/angler/sunrise coffee drinker.

Most of the sites at Rock Creek Lake Campground are walk-in and a good distance from the parking (25-75 feet).  The sites are small, fitting a single 6-person tent at most.  They each offer good privacy from the neighboring Continue Reading...

November 29, 2019

Pine Grove Campground Review

Pine Grove Campground Review

Pine Grove Campground is located 30 miles north of Bishop in the Eastern Sierra.  From Tom's Place, drive south on Rock Creek Road 7.5 miles.  This is a small and quiet campground just below Rock Creek Lake with only 10 campsites.  

Pine Grove Campground has one walk-in site with a beautiful view of Rock Creek.  All other sites are just a short walk from the creek.  The campsites are moderate in size and will fit at least two tents each.  The camp Continue Reading...

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.

So instead of blowing him off by saying "Someday soon would be great!  Continue Reading...

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.

Of Continue Reading...

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...