Category Archives: Campground & Park Reviews

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Hetch Hetchy

hetch hetchy o'shaughnessy dam yosemiteBy Heather

I should be very ashamed to admit this, but until a few years ago, I had no idea that Hetch Hetchy, a valley flooded to create a reservoir, was in Yosemite.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I knew of Hetch Hetchy. I’m not that ignorant. But I thought it was some reservoir just outside the city. In my head, it was behind a high school right off Woodside Road in Redwood City.

Whoops.

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Weekend at Table Mountain in the Angeles National Forest

By Heather

Table Mountain might be as close as we ever get to having a vacation home. Going there is (almost) always so pleasant and relaxing. By the time you finish breakfast on Sunday and are over camping, just pack up and go – you’ll be home in a couple hours.

A few weekends ago, we went with my best friend since college, her husband and their girls.

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Review: Indian Cove Campground, Joshua Tree National Park

By Heather

Forget everything I’ve ever written about other campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park.

Our inaugural trip to Indian Cove had it all: Beautiful weather (though hot during the day), gorgeous views, peaceful drives, quiet neighbors, good friends, good food and good booze. It doesn’t get any better than that! It was the perfect kickoff to the 2015 camping season and I think this bodes well for our year.

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Review: Jumbo Rocks Campground, Joshua Tree National Park

By Heather

The camping 2014 season has officially kicked off for us, and it can only go uphill from here. I mean… on our first trip, we left 24 hours after we got to our campsite.

Oh, and if you’d rather just get to the campsite details, scroll down to the bottom! I know I blather on sometimes.

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Review: Mount San Jacinto State Park – Play Misty for Me

By Heather

We had plans to go to Joshua Tree this weekend, but that  bane of my existence – the first come, first served campground (which I plan to write a post about when I’m in an especially bad mood) – reared its ugly, nonsensical head and put the kibosh on them.

Plan B became Mount San Jacinto State Park, a collection of campgrounds along Mount San Jacinto, the peak rising above Palm Springs.

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Review: Leo Carrillo State Park & Beach

By Heather

We’ve been hearing the legend of Leo Carrillo for years. It’s a campground, but not just any campground. A campground with its own beautiful beach with tide pools, a dog beach and a regular people beach. A campground that’s open year round and impossible to get a reservation at.

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