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Old 02-19-2006, 08:12 PM   #1
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Need Ca. camping ideas

I hope I'm not out of line with this request. We're now living in San Francisco, had to leave Wanda (our 79 Excella mh) in Texas in the middle of a major remodel. In order to take advantage of this beautiful area until we get Wanda finished and out here, we bought a 79 Barth 21' in excellent condition. We prefer National, State or Regional Parks. Thanks for any help and forgive us for running around in a sob for a few months...joe...
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:18 PM   #2
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You might want to follow the thread "Impromptu Photo Rallies in CA" for posts on California attractions. I've started the thread, but more needs to be done to flesh out the possibilities. In San Francisco, you are equidistant from both ends of the state. That's ideal.
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:21 PM   #3
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We'd need to know what you like to do, what your range of weather tolerance is, and what kinds of things you like to see (ocean, mountains, desert).

This is a good site:

http://www.recreation.gov/
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:45 PM   #4
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The Gabilan Mountains, South of Hollister, driving down the East side of the Mountains. Pinnacles National Monument is in the Gabilan Mountains. Check out the timing for the spring wildflowers.
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My husband & I did a loop from S.F. to yosemite and camped at Stanislaus National Forest right outside Yosemite.

www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus

It was right on a river and the Hetchetchedy resivoir was right down the road and an absolutely incredible sight. Well worth the trip and about 45 min outside of Yosemite.
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We love all terrains. Desert, coast, mountains and lakes. Our only requirement is dog friendly. We travel with our 4 rescues, Ruby, Smudge, Coco and Stella. All are tiny except for Coco the chocolate lab. Thanks for the help. ...joe...
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of course there are many possibilities but a must stop would have to be Pfeiffer State Park in Big Sur. There are few places on Earth as sweet as camping on the Big Sur River under Redwoods. Sweeeet.
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Great idea Big Dee...we will land in Big Sur within two weeks...thanks for the suggestion...joe...
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:31 AM   #9
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Joe, Big Sur has several other campground locations as well. There are some great spots along the river, This time of year is off season, so your selection for sites is endless. Jeff
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RVLover,

My wife and I plan to go to Big Sur on Thursday, March 16th, and stay for a few days. Then, perhaps on Sunday, we'll head over to Pinnacles and leave for home on Tuesday, March 21st. If that overlaps your schedule, perhaps we could meet somewhere.

Since this is sort of the start of the season, perhaps others might join in.
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Joe, Big Sur has several other campground locations as well. There are some great spots along the river, This time of year is off season, so your selection for sites is endless. Jeff
Jeff,

Do you have a favorite campground among the choices at the northern end of Big Sur? We plan a 2 or 3 day visit, but might stay a bit longer, so one with hookups is preferred.
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Mike, attached is a useful link:
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/camping.html
1. Pfeiffer (just about any site)
2. Big Sur Campground and Cabins (sites 92,93 concrete pads, or 99,100)
3. Fernwood (most sites are along the river) Don't be nervous when you see their entrance, the road disappears down a steep grade to the river!
Skip the Riverside Campground, very small parallel sites
There are no full hookups in Big Sur that I know of. Jeff
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1. Pfeiffer (just about any site)
2. Big Sur Campground and Cabins (sites 92,93 concrete pads, or 99,100)
3. Fernwood (most sites are along the river) Don't be nervous when you see their entrance, the road disappears down a steep grade to the river!
Skip the Riverside Campground, very small parallel sites
There are no full hookups in Big Sur that I know of. Jeff
My recollection is that Pfeiffer is the first one you encounter coming down from the north. No hookups but convenient setting. I think we may have stayed at Fernwood (or it could have been Big Sur) many years ago with our VW Westfalia Camper. What I remember most was the steep grade down to a very narrow bridge across the river. Our site was backed up against a hillside. So, of the two with water and electricity, Big Sur and Fernwood, which is easier to navigate towing a 25-foot trailer and being new to the maneuvering bit?
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Mike, Big Sur Campgrounds and Cabins, is by far easier to maneuver into. If you are heading south, You will pass the River Inn on your right (first establishment in Big Sur), just pass the Inn 500 yards, is The Big Sur Campgrounds and Cabins, 2nd. is Riverside Campgrounds( keep going), 3rd. is Fernwood Campgrounds,( entrance just past their motel and store on Hwy 1, and looks like a private driveway) and then Pfiffer State Park on the left.
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