We'll be staying each night at a California State Park, on the Beach
(except for two nights in Orange County, when we'll be staying at a luxury
RV park in Newport Beach). Most parks have hot showers and either ocean
views or camping at the beach. Their rules only allow 2 sites to be reserved
by an individual, with a maximum of 8 people and two cars per site. So at
present, we have reserved campsites for 16 people and up to 4 cars. The
parks also have "hiker/biker" sites, which don't require a reservation,
but do cost about $7 per person, if we have any overflow. Of course, one
could always try to make further reservations at the parks, if needed.
- Sat, 7-3: Gather at Half-Moon
Bay State Beach. We have the group site here, so loads of room to prep
for the trip. No hot showers.
- Sun, 7-4: Fourth of July at Sunset
State Beach, ten miles "south" (actually East) of Santa Cruz
- Mon, 7-5: Pfieffer-Big
Sur, along the river, with overlooks to the ocean.
- Tue, 7-6: San
Simeon State Beach. This is some ways south of Hearst State Park, so
if we wanted to tour the Castle, we'd have to drive up in the morning.
I have not made reservations for the Castle yet; we'll need to talk about
- Wed, 7-7: Pismo Beach/Oceano. I have not yet made reservations here,
as this is a Dune Buggy park, and I'm not sure we want to stay there; but
they do allow camping right on the sand.
- Thurs, 7-8: Refugio
State Beach, north of Santa Barbara
- Fri, 7-9: Leo
Carillo at the LA County line, west of Malibu
- Sat, Sun 7-10,11. No reservations made yet - we'll need to see how
many people actually want to stay in Newport (maybe leaving in LA? or staying
- Mon, 7-12: San
Elijo in Cardiff. the End of the Line. I've made a reservation for
one campsite here, accommodating 8 people and two cars. Leigh and Craig
Weatherwax live just up the hill, maybe we only need this one sight. This
is a most spectacular campground, with the sites 150 feet above the surf
on a sandstone bluff.
I've got reservation numbers for each site, and the total cost so far
for the above, excluding Pismo Beach and Newport is $365 (this is California,
on the beach, remember.) We'll make a final accounting based on actual use
at the end of the trip.
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