Wow, this has to be our favorite campground so far on our “90 Day Around America.” As you’d expect in a National Forest, the 40 site campground only has the basics – running water and restrooms (no showers). But the hiking trails and views are definitely breathtaking and well worth the 20 mile drive from Elko, Nevada.
At long last, we head for snow country in the Sierras. Wanting to avoid frozen pipes or tanks, we spent the first night at Colfax, Long Ravine Campground. We enjoyed the beautiful lake view, drone video footage and…Grace demonstrated The fine art of face plants (fortunate it was in sawdust). And of course life happens when we’re making plans – dealing with a new rattle to repair in our Class C motor home.
Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Base – here we come! Well, while we’re not quite ready for active military duty, we had a fantastic time playing at the ocean beachfront property while watching the Countries finest soldiers perform their nearby amphibious maneuvers. Granted “official leave” (LOL) we also went to nearby Oceanside to dine, watch surfers and check out the local shops.
Oh oh, we made the fatal mistake “trusting” Siri’s map directions KNEW the “best route” (FAIL) But after more than a mile of nasty off-road near disaster (rickety bridge) and eventually coming to a narrow dead-end, we knew we’d been had 🙁 This is a birthday trip Father and son will remember for many years to come, “remember that time when…………..”
Here we go again on day 2 at lovely Samuel P Taylor State Park – hiking trail, learning about the park’s history and predecessors, plus playing in the beautiful redwoods. While we were fortunate to stay at the park during non-peak days (Sunday and Monday night) at the end of summer when schools were back in session, the park, river and redwoods are always worth admiring.
Time to checkout the super tall, super old redwoods (one hundred million CENTURIES old) in Henry Cowell park. Missed Bigfoot center but our Siberian Husky Kaliki scored water play in the running river. Next up, we will walk over to the Roaring Camp village and hop aboard the steam train.