Nothing like getting to visit the coast of California in 17 days beginning with Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland and heading south to New Brighton in Santa Cruz, Kirk Creek in Big Sur, Montana de Oro in San Luis Obispo County, Camp Comfort in Ojai, Malibu Beach RV park in Malibu and ultimately Crystal Cove SP in Laguna Beach.
Deciding to go to East Bay Regional Park District and Anthony Chabot Campground was on our list for a while. We made it before the traffic was heavy with commuters on Tuesday, June 9, and settled in before rain came. I made reservations, probably didn’t need them, but glad to get a nice pull through mostly level site as we forgot to put the levelers in the truck. TV was a must to watch with the Warriors in the playoffs- unfortunately they lost the game.
We could only get two nights (Wednesday 6/10 and 6/11) at New Brighton SB. Seems that the campground gets reserved as soon as six months ahead of time comes online. I still can’t figure out the hacks for the reservation system. All the weekends throughout the month of June were gone before 8:00 am when the system opened up. Anyway when we arrived at our site it was quite disappointing with trash and broken glass everywhere, but we got it cleaned up and kept it that way for the next campers. The fact that there were houses right behind us added a new dimension as we were a migration lane for kids, parents and dogs to come through our site.
It was a quick visit with John doing a bike ride in Forest of the Nisene Marks SP and myself hanging out in Capitola visiting the beach and shops. Oh and we picked up some levelers on the way.
This is our second time camping at Kirk Creek CG (I stayed here back in the early 70’s) and we just love it. It has been a dry campground since 2013 and still fills up everyday. This visit we decided to visit Limekiln State Park, and then to drive the Nacimento-Fergusson Rd. Since it was a weekend we chose to stay close to the park.
We spent most of our time hanging out at the campground, and I realized I needed a bit more reading material, and some better coloring/drawing materials.
This was our first time going all the way down Highway 1, not to bad of a drive. On our way to Montana de Oro we pull into Morro Bay SP to dispose of our black water tank and have a minor scuff with the fence at the dump station. It’s a tight one that we misjudged. We also look at the campground and since last year when we cruised thru a lot of trees have been cut down. It also is a congested campground, probably better to visit in the off-season.
Arriving at Montana de Oro on a Sunday, the weekenders were gone and we were able to choose the perfect site. This campground is in a beautiful spot and if we were to be camp hosts this would be the place.
Camp Comfort is always a favorite and here we are again. Only three others were in the park. We spent two nights here on purpose so that we would hit the Santa Monica area on Thursday before the weekend. I spent Wednesday in Ojai shopping, did laundry at the campground and John did a bike ride. Love Ojai!
Malibu for three nights! This is the perfect place to stay with the Airstream and over a weekend. We arrived on Thursday, explored the campground, watched the waves, met neighbors and did some birdwatching. The campground is well laid out and for two nights we had no one on our door side which was fabulous. Friday we went to Universal Studios and on Saturday I hit downtown Santa Monica and John rode down the strand bikeway. We also visited Malibu Creek State Park and would consider that for one or two nights in summer but would love to visit in the spring!
Crystal Cove -Sunday thru Wednesday was perfect. I can remember as a teen, in SoCal, the landscape as I had a close friend that lived in Emerald Bay – but at that time there was just a trailer park in the canyon (removed in 2005), the berry shake shack, and fields of crops. In later years we had a friend that was the first park ranger in the area and we came back to explore with him years before the campground opened. Now more years later we are playing tourist. We biked to the historical section, lunched at the Beachcomber, had dear friends come for dinner, biked more and visited SP beaches to the south. By far this campground is the best for us. We day tripped to San Mateo SP, San Onofre SB, Doheny SB and San Clemente SB to check out future spots none of which we would stay at in the summer – too congested.
We hit the Los Banos west KOA (39$/full hookups) on the way home – a good break point halfway home.