Social Distancing
May 24, 2020

Long Weekend, May 21st to 25th, 2020 Our first weekend away since the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders from mid March. We headed South to Carrizo Plain National Monument, which is a wide open space perfect for social distancing. The first night we stayed at Pinnacles National Park campground. And we were a little disappointed to see […]

Acorn Campground Activities
March 8, 2020

Weekend, March 6 to 8, 2020 Caroline is in New Zealand sorting out some items for the upcoming home build, so Stephen used Acorn Campground to get some activities done. This would be the last weekend we can work on Molly due to the California lockdown mandated in response to the Coronavirus. The main objective […]

Gualala Get-Away
March 1, 2020

Weekend, February 28 to March 1, 2020 A relaxing weekend get away to one of our favourite Northern California camping spots. The last time we were here, we had to evacuate due to local forest fires. This time we just relaxed and spent a few hours installing bits and bobs on Molly.

Windy Doran Beach
February 9, 2020

Weekend, February 7 to 9, 2020 We managed to get out of San Francisco early enough to arrive at Doran Beach Jetty campground around 4:30pm. Despite the very strong wind we managed to get the fire going so aperitif was enjoyed outside. Cooking on the fire would have proven at bit of a challenge, instead […]

Yosemite in the Rain
December 9, 2019

Weekend, December 7 to 9, 2019 We headed to Yosemite and were hoping for some snow. As we left San Francisco the roads were open and no restrictions. Snow was forecast and we did want to get there without having to put chains on. Turned out we needn’t have worried; we arrived in good time […]

Thanksgiving East of the Sierra’s
December 3, 2019

Thanksgiving Long Weekend, November 26 to December 1, 2019 We were very much looking forward to our traditional Thanksgiving to Deatth Valley. This time we wanted to add a side trip to Alabama Hills, a place we had never got to. The forecast was for heavy snows so we kept an eye on weather developments […]

Clear Lake
November 9, 2019

Weekend, November 8th to 10th, 2019 A new camping spot for us. We plan to return in March or April next year for a little fishing. Apparently the White Crappie is quite good. So, this was a practice run. Which is just a good excuse to spend the weekend out of the San Francisco Bay […]

Chores around Molly
October 8, 2019

Friday and Saturday, October 4th & 5th, 2019. It was a good plan, head down to Santa Lucia Memorial Campground, do a little hiking and do a few Molly chores. And then there were the insects. Arrived in the dark at campsite number 8. A favorite spot, even if the ground is not very level. […]

Salt Point
September 30, 2019

This was our second time to Salt Point Recreation Area, we like it. Just a chance to relax, go for a nice hike along the Northern California coast line and enjoy some good cooking.

West Coast National Parks
September 2, 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019 Alarm went off at 5am, and I rolled out of bed and headed south to pickup Molly. This is a new strategy to avoid the insane Bay Area traffic. It was the start of a long weekend, and the traffic was likely to be terrible. And it worked out well, not […]

Spring Cove Revisited 16-18 Aug, 2019
August 19, 2019

We’d been there for the first time a few months before and not only enjoyed the spot, but also got to know the 2 camphosts for the season, Ron and Mark. We got on well and decoded to visit them again. Getting out of the Bay Area on a Friday afternoon is always bad but […]

Too Hot at Pinnacles
August 3, 2019

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 The plan was a good plan. Head to Pinnacles National Park for wee walk in the hills. The plan was scuttled due to the hot weather. So, a new plan was hatched. After sleeping in and relaxing a little, I decided to head to Les Schwab, where they kindly rotated Molly’s […]

Very Hot Pinnacles National Park
July 8, 2019

Thursday to Sunday, July 4th to 7th, 2019 The original plan was to arrive on Wednesday after work. But better sense and in invitation to a July 4th party changed my plans. Instead on Thursday, July 4th, I dropped Caroline at the airport, picked Molly up from Milpitas and headed over to Neil and Patricia’s […]

Glory Hole
June 16, 2019

Weekend, June 14 to 16, 2019 Like last weekend, we escaped to New Melons Lake. But this time a little further North and stayed at Ironhorse Campground at Glory Hole. Arrived just before sundown on Friday. Spent a lovely evening around the fireplace enjoying the warm evening. Woke up late and relaxed during the morning. […]

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