One of the nicest parks we've at which we've stayed in California. Located about 5 miles from the tourist town of Julian, California, William Heise is a gem. We stayed in site # 39 which I believe to be one of the best. Most all sites are well-spaced and give enough privacy from neighbors.
We were camping in Borrego Palm Canyon Campground. A friend suggests since we're pretty close by we should make a day trip to The Salton Sea. Some time ago I'd read a campground review by someone who camped along the shore. Dead fish smells is what I remembered of the review, but after reading a little history, Melanie and I decide a day trip to see a dying sea is in order.
During the time we were discussing our trip, a high school friend asks me if I'd visited Slab City. I remember reading about it and had a vague recollection of it being a kind of squatter's camp in the desert. The location was close to The Salton Sea and might work nicely into our day trip and besides, Salvation Mountain is located there.
We spent an hour or so looking around and making a few images. Another slice of Americana.
Editorial: The Salton Sea is a disaster in the making. California isn’t doing anything to stop it
Anza-Borrego Springs State Park is a true California gem. We spent four days there and didn't want to leave. The park is well-maintained with friendly, helpful staff. The location is nothing short of amazing. Desert meets mountains. The weather in January during our visit was mid 60's during the day and mid to high 40's at night.
The town of Borrego Springs is a short bike ride away and very bike friendly.
They offer full hook ups and dry camping. We tried 2 nights of each. Our preference was the dry camping. The dry camping sites are nicely spaced and the area is quieter and darker, making for better night time star gazing. Anza-Borrego is a Dark Sky Place.
Castaic Lake Campground is basically a parking lot with a few amenities throw in. There's a very nice park on the opposite side of the lagoon from the campground and I'm sure in the summer months it's a busy place. You can sail, picnic, and cycle around the spacious grounds.
We were camped there during the week and no one was in the A loop with us. There were a couple of campers in the other loops, but basically, we had the place to ourselves. I took the bikes out and rode up the road to Lake Castaic, the campground is located on Castaic Lagoon. It's a great ride up to the lake and the views are worth the uphill ride.
Malibu Beach RV Park, Malibu, California
The owner of the park has focused the business on primarily serving visitors to Malibu rather than monthly residents. This allows the park to retain a better image and be more enjoyable to the park guests. The park operates 142 RV sites and up to 35 tent sites. All sites have either an ocean or mountain view. The park is open 365 days a year.- from the website
Paradise by the Sea Beach RV Resort, Oceanside, California
Our RV Park campground is adjacent to Buccaneer Park and Beach (Oceanside’s full service beach including playground, basketball court, shaded picnic area, restrooms and a beach café). Surf at the beach, walk to the Oceanside Pier, fish from the Oceanside Harbor, tour Encinitas, Solana Beach, & Camp Pendleton or just soak in the San Diego, California sun!
There's a reason people rave about the San Diego Zoo. I've been to a fair number of zoos over my life and, honestly, I most always go to zoos with some trepidation. While I know relatively nothing about how animals should be kept in captivity, let's just say I'm somewhat skeptical about housing wild, sometimes endangered, species for our viewing benefit.
San Diego Zoo is the best zoo I've visited. It's well worth taking a day to walk around and view their collection of wild life.
Golden Village RV Resort, Hemet, California
You have discovered the most luxurious RV resort in Southern California–top rated by customers and the Good Sam Club. Hemet is centrally located in the heart of SoCal’s top vacation destinations. We are located in Hemet, California is known for Diamond Valley fishing and Temecula’s wine region. Our long-term residential RV park caters to both nightly California RV vacationers and snowbirds who wish to stay in the “Golden State” for an extended period of time. Our Snowbird-friendly RV resort lots allow all types and sizes of RVs and Motorcoaches.- from the website
Melanie and I traveled from just down the road in Desert Hot Springs to Joshua Tree National Park hoping to camp there for a few nights. I tried to make a reservation for Jumbo Rocks Campground in the park, but they were full. We arrived at Ryan Campground, a first come, first served, campground at around noon on a Friday. There were two remaining available sites, we choose #28.
Joshua Tree is a feast for the eyes. We toured around and saw part of the park on our bikes this time. The first day we rode from our campsite in Ryan to Jumbo Rocks and back. The second day we rode from Ryan to Keys View.
Keys Point to Park Boulevard
House of Horrors on Park Boulevard
Snaps Around Ryan Campground At Sunset