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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 16, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Trumbull Lake Campground

Everything You Need to Know About Trumbull Lake Campground

Our family had just completed a week of camping outside of Bishop and we were finally on the drive back to our own comfy beds.  The kids were slowly nodding off, Ryan and I sat in the front seats - silent and exhausted.  It was at this moment when Ryan asked if I wanted to drive by Trumbull Lake Campground.  This was the campground I fell in love with sight unseen.  I mean, I had seen each of Ryan's 360 photos of the campsites but I had never actually stepped foot on Continue Reading...

August 14, 2019

The Secret Hot Springs You Have to Experience

The Secret Hot Springs You Have to Experience

**photographs by Alex Bautista

The first time I spent time near Buckeye Campground was in 2006.  Ryan and I were camping at Robinson Creek Campground and, as a newly dating couple he was eager to show me the outdoor places he'd enjoyed throughout his life in the Eastern Sierra.  The spot we were headed to, he told me, was best experienced at night.  I really had no idea what he meant by that.  Ryan wouldn't tell me what we were doing or where we Continue Reading...