Originally Posted by tevake
The busy nature of parks along the whole west coast is not to be under appreciated.
I do hope that Holmezat is able to find something that works for their visit.
In traveling along the coast for most of last summer this I found that most parks were indeed booked well in advance. In looking more closely at the situation it turns out that some folks will book multiple places to keep their options open till they deside where they do want to stay.
Unfortunately the spot that they have booked but chose not to use will sit empty because it's booked and the reservation system is not well set up to deal with this apparently common situation. Nor can the park staff reassign those spots cause they are booked.
Perhaps I took this selfish behavior personally cause I hadn't done this sort of preplaning and kept looking into parks that had spaces open but were booked full. What is it in people that will book multiple spots at busy times then leave some empty when they know how many other campers would like to have a spot to camp at..
I guess You can tell that I am still muttering under my breath over this.
Thanks for letting me vent.
It is a frustration for those of us who live here and sometimes just want to go away for a couple of days without extensive planning. Unfortunately, the reservations are sought after by those who books a long time in advance.
It's funny that there's a separate thread about the costs and annoyances of using ReserveAmerica.com with some users who never book in advance. For those of us out in sunny Southern California, that's not a good option.
That said, the system doesn't give a huge incentive to cancel. They collect and sit on the booking fee as well some additional costs. When you consider the cost of a campsite isn't all that expensive to start with, I can see how some folks are booking multiple locations for the same period.
It would be nice if there could be some better system designed around the whole process. Ultimately, I'm not going to drag my trailer out of storage, drive an hour or two in traffic to risk finding a campsite completely full. If I don't have a reservation, I'm not going and that does limit me sometimes.