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Old 04-17-2012, 12:18 PM   #15
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Globie, if you are still reading, you mentioned "hookups or not." The crown jewell of the California State Park system (debateable) is Calaveras Big Trees (Calaveras Big Trees SP)
This traditional camping park is off state route 4, up the road from Hwy. 49. It is higher elevation, but still accessible to some of the most interesting Gold Rush towns, including Angel's Camp and the well-preserved Columbia State Historic Park.

The best feature of Calaveras is, of course, the BIG TREES! Gentle trails lead you through stands of the largest living things in the world. Reservations recommended, and at this date I suggest you look for a mid-week check in.

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:52 PM   #16
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Back to Ms. Mod's post, Huell Howser actually did film a Tin Can Tourist/VIntage Trailer Rally at an RV Park in Santa Cruz Mountains, and I believe he also filmed at the 49er RV Resort in gold country... Not sure if he is still filming, but he seems like the kind of guy that doesn't need much of an excuse..... He can be reached at


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Old 04-17-2012, 02:03 PM   #17
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Thanks, Neil. Better? We're doing fine! We just got back from a trip to Oregon. We didn't recover in time for Cassini. If I had known about Cassini sooner, I probably would have planned for that instead of Oregon.
Oregon was our first big haul. It was about 1000 miles for us. Mr. Mod and I split the driving equally. Only one wheel popped off near Red Bluff. Mr. Mod found it and amazingly enough, we were able to put it back on and keep going. I kinda feel after that ordeal, I should lose my 'newbie' status. But only time can do such a thing, right?
I'd love to know when and where the next California 'local' gathering is. I'm sure I can talk Mr. Mod into it, he tends to be on the shy side. You all seem like the kind of good company I could get used to! Hope to meet you in the near future!
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That in itself should be its own thread! Was there damage? Popped off because the lug nutz came loose or worse??? Pictures??
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:56 PM   #18
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Wait.. what?

That in itself should be its own thread! Was there damage? Popped off because the lug nutz came loose or worse??? Pictures??
Check out the full story here:

I'm post #74. There's a pic of Mr. Mod working on the repair in post #88. Poor guy, he has a fractured wrist too.
I'm making light of it because ultimately, no one was hurt , and there was little damage. The wheel well got a slightly banged up and one stud broke. Not much to see. So I won't lay on with the theatrics...I'm just glad that it all worked out and our trip went on as planned.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:18 PM   #19
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Jspafford... it's all coming back to me, a family camping trip in 1971 to Calaveras Big Trees, my single mom sleeping in our Volvo wagon with my little brother, me sleeping on the ground in the WWII-surplus sleeping bag and ground cloth. That was a fun trip, and I haven't thought of that place in years! It's on the list.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:57 PM   #20
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We just got back from a very nice stay at Marble Quarry RV Park in Columbia. If you are not familiar with it Columbia has a State Park which is a restored gold rush town.

We have a web site with our travels, here's a link to our recent trip:


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