Category Archives: Camping with Dogs

Our Tent Is a Little Emptier Now

It feels strange remembering a dog on a camping blog. I know this isn’t the sort of thing you come here.

But it would be equally strange to let Nabby’s passing go unmentioned on this blog. Whenever I told someone that “We’re campers,” in my mind, “we” always included our dogs.

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Nabby the Camping Corgi, 2001-2015

By Heather

On Thanksgiving, our beloved Nabby became very sick and we had no choice but to let her go. She was exactly 14 years and 5 months old.

Nabby was named after my favorite hockey player, retired San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Although I chose her name before I ever met her, it suited her perfectly. She was just… Nabby.

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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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10 Tips for First-Time Campers

By Heather

Whenever we go camping, we usually see someone at the campground with just a tent. Nothing else. No cooler, no firewood, no food, no hammock, no chair, no water… nothing.

A conversation with the host at one of our favorite campgrounds finally revealed what the deal is with these people: New campers. They simply have no idea what happens after you pitch your tent. They don’t know what to do for fun, what to eat or how to start a fire.

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nabby the corgi mt san jacinto state park

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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