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Old 01-08-2010, 11:32 PM   #29
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sequoia very nice, yosemite the same.
If you come south you may want to dry camp right north of Carmel on the left is a spot camp with out hook ups nice on US 1 Big sur ( about 2 miles into the park)
SF has campgrounds we stayed at a private one by the water all good, Sequoia we stayed south of the park, I think Kings canyon is better you can camp up there in the park. I would not take the airstream from kings canyon to sequoia by going throught the park the road is far too windy and narrow.
April is perfect Calif. has a lot of people who like to be on the road so go when school is in and summer is not yet here. Along the coast we have nice weather every day in Southern Callif. enjoy your trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:29 PM   #30
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Just a quick note about California traveling... we are in the process of returning from Baja to near the Oregon border, so we have driven the entire state. Interstate 5 is a disaster... bumpy and lumpy... and most roads below Santa Barbara or Bakersfield are terrible. We drove Interstate 10 across the LA area and it is a real rivet popper... so is portions of CA Hwy 101 as well as Interstate 5 and the San Diego Freeway. Unless you love freeways with chuckholes and bounce do some homework (advice from real locals) and avoid these roads. We did take Hwy 8 across the bottom of California and it was very nice...
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:26 PM   #31
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Use the 210 when you can

The 210 is north of the 10 and is a newer smoother freeway......we used it instead of the 10 as much as we could going east towards Palm Springs--even though our dear Garmin kept trying to get us on the 10....the 210 ultimately ends up on the 10 eastbound and is a good way to avoid downtown LA......and yes, our poor freeways are real rivet poppers.....sadly.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:32 AM   #32
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Kirk Creek Campground on the Big Sur coast is beautiful. It's a USFS campground. 35°59'23.89"N, 121°29'46.03"W (copy and paste coordinates into Google Earth) Half the sites are reservable through Reserve USA and half are 1st come 1st serve.

Steve,

Thanks for the tip. We just booked site 19 at Kirk Creek for early March. We're so excited-it looks amazing! Hopefully we'll have great weather to go along with the great views.

Now to figure out where to camp in Santa Barbara.

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Steve,

Thanks for the tip. We just booked site 19 at Kirk Creek for early March. We're so excited-it looks amazing! Hopefully we'll have great weather to go along with the great views.

Now to figure out where to camp in Santa Barbara.

Thanks again for providing your insight.

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May I suggest El Capitan State Beach just north of Santa Barbara....or Refugio if it is open.....(no hookups maybe) but are beachside of 101.....p
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:32 AM   #34
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Steve,

Thanks for the tip. We just booked site 19 at Kirk Creek for early March. We're so excited-it looks amazing! Hopefully we'll have great weather to go along with the great views.

Now to figure out where to camp in Santa Barbara.

Thanks again for providing your insight.

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My pleasure. Glad I could help. If you have a diesel TV, keep in mind there is no diesel available on the coast between Carmel and Cambria...about 100 miles.
SteSpot made a good suggestion for the Santa Barbara area. Both Refugio and El Capitan are right of the highway and are oceanside. El Cap is a little closer to SB ( about 15 to 20 miles) and the sites are bigger and more spread out, but some sites have a lot of road noise. The sites are on a bluff above the ocean, and it is a short walk to the beach. Refugio's campsites are mostly beachside, but the sites are smaller and more packed in. Dogs are prohibited on the beach in both campgrounds.

There is a nice, but pricey private campground across the highway from El Capitan called Ocean Mesa. It has full hookups, pool, spa, and massage services too.

Refugio Beach 34°27'48.66"N, 120° 4'7.01"W
El Capitan 34°27'39.79"N, 120° 1'38.74"W
Ocean Mesa 34°27'54.25"N, 120° 1'28.79"W
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Some friends of ours just came back from Cal. and stayed up at Big Sur in a state park (can't remember the name). They told us it was more than $30—maybe $35—for a site with no hookups. Colorado SP's are close to $30, but you have to pay admission (was $6, may be more now) each day you are there unless you have an annual pass, so a site is in the mid 30's.

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California in late April

"Is California in April worth the bother?" Are you kidding. In most places that is the best time of the year to visit. Go to the Sonoma Coast Beaches north of San Francisco as part of your trip. Stay at Wrights Beach, it is right on the ocean and is where the cliff (bluff) meets the ocean (make reservations). You are right on the beach at camp. It is the best campground in that area. Then go north to the Avenue of the Giants, Redwoods so big and old that there were here before America was. Yes, it is worth the bother and you will not be disappointed in Yosemite, Sequoia, the coast, the giant Redwoods or most anywhere else.
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Ef refugio is nice near Santa Barbara as is El Capitan but no hook ups but nice nice.
WE really like those. Morro Bay is a nice spot with hook ups see where you will be.
From Big sur i would stop at Morro bay , then SB is good for a day or so.
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Some friends of ours just came back from Cal. and stayed up at Big Sur in a state park (can't remember the name). They told us it was more than $30—maybe $35—for a site with no hookups. Colorado SP's are close to $30, but you have to pay admission (was $6, may be more now) each day you are there unless you have an annual pass, so a site is in the mid 30's.

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Gene, The California State Parks, threatened with closure because of the fiscal emergency in California, raised their camping rates. The rates depend on the park but are generally in the $25-35 range to dry camp. Hookup sites are $50.

USFS sites are still a bargain though at $20-25.
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Gail, Gene, Steve and SteSpot,

Thanks for the suggestions for camping areas near Santa Barbara. We'll check out what's available and hopefully reserve something soon. We've heard great things about Refugio and El Capitan.

We'll post images of our little California coast trip when we get back.

Happy and safe journeys,
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Is the southern part of California worth the bother in late April? Specifically the National Parks. I was thinking Sequoia and Yosemite but if I go that far west I want to see all the cool stuff. Extra points for boondocking spots! Wow me out or wave me off folks!
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How was the trip? Did you go?

We hope you went and that you had a great time.

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Rodney,

How was the trip? Did you go?

We hope you went and that you had a great time.

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The trip ended up getting delayed a bit. I am in CA now at a state park just outside Bodega Bay. I will be writing at length on my blog when I get a chance to breath some. So far we have seen Death Valley (very nice), Sequoia (very snowy), Yosemite (also very nice), and now the coast. Tomorrow we are driving to the Bay and taking the ferry into San Francisco.
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