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Travel Tuesday: Campground Reviews

As you know, we do a lot of camping. I thought it would be helpful to write down some reviews of the campgrounds we have stayed at recently. I am sure there will be a Part II of this post in the future as we add this year's camping trips to our review repertoire. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like more specific reviews or information.

Cachuma Lake
2225 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 686-5055

Things to do in the area: Visit Solvang, wine taste, visit Santa Barbara, fish

Pros: Beautiful lake-front camp spots - an amazing thing to wake up to, close to Los Angeles
Cons: The ground is really hard, so it was difficult to get the tent spikes into the ground. Not to mention that we didn't bring an egg crate or air matress, so were a little stiff in the morning. Would have been fine had we remembered a hammer and an egg crate.

The lake at sunset from our campsite.

The lake early in the morning (fishing time).

Salton Sea – Mecca Beach

Things to do in the area: Star gaze, fish (tons of tilapia live in the Sea), visit Palm Springs

Pros: It feels "out there," but is not that far from LA, beautiful stars
Cons: It smells like fish, can’t go year-round because of the heat

The sun reflecting off the lake.

The lake at sunset.

Sedona – Manzanita
5900 N HW 89A
Sedona AZ 86336

Things to do in the area: Chapel of the Holy Cross (A-MAZING views), admire the natural beauty, hike
Recommended hike: Cathedral Rock

Misc: There are many vortexes in Sedona (areas of spiritual energy). For the record I visited one and didn't feel a damn thing.

Pros: The camground is a lovely stream, and is a beautiful place
Cons: Campsites really close together, and a little out of town (so uou have to drive to the good hikes and views)

The stream next to the campground.

The view of Cathedral Rock from Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Yosemite - Upper Pines

Things to do in the area: Hike, admire natural beauty

Misc: Bears! Make sure you adhere to the rules regarding food and toilettries in your tent and car (you must use the bear lockers at each site). There are literally bears coming through the campsite each night.

Best spot: 73. It was HUGE.

Pros: Huge camping spots, great location in the valley
Cons: Books early, so you have to make reservations well in advance

Half-Dome in the distance on our drive up.

The two tents we fit in our large campsite.

Pismo Beach – Oceano Dunes
Oceano CA 93445

Things to do in the area: Walk along the beach, wine taste

Pros: Campsites really close to beach, large tent camping spots
Cons: None really

The beach.

An unedited photo of the sunset.

Lake Cuyamaca
15027 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036-9530
(760) 765-3867

Things to do in the area: Visit the quaint town of Julian and eat some of their famous apple pie

No major pros or cons, just a nice getaway surprisingly quick from Los Angeles or San Diego.

The lake.


The dock.

Apple and boysenberry pie in Julian.

Pt. Mugu – Thornhill Broome
32100 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Things to do in the area: Whale watch (amazing during April), hike

Pros: Camp right on the beach, and very close to LA
Cons: Right next to freeway, so you get some street noise

View of the Point to the north.

View of the coastline to the south.


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Liza Williams said...

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