Gold Country – June 2013

Pulled the Beach Hut up to the cabin in Oakhurst for the summer.  First trip was three days in gold country.  Stayed at the Marble Quarry RV Park in Columbia.  A great spot.  Plenty of shade and nice grounds.

Marble Quarry RV

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Walking distance from the historical gold rush town of Columbia.

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Took side trips to Sonora and Murphys.  Both full of quaint spots.  Dropped by Ironstone Vineyards.  Took the tour of the beautiful grounds and saw the 44 lbs gold nugget and had a nice lunch at their deli.

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Oceanside, Palm Springs & Carpinteria – March 2013

Took the Beach Hut down to Oceanside and met up with long time friends, Mark & Chris.  They have a 37′ Holiday Rambler and our 19 footer looked like the maid’s quarters.  We spent the first two nights at Paradise By The Sea RV Resort just steps from the ocean.  We had stayed here before and enjoyed ourselves at this nice park.

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The surf was about waist high and it was low tide.  The morning before our departure for Palm Springs we ate at the Beach Break Cafe – one of our favorite breakfast joints.

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After two nights in Oceanside we followed Mark & Chris to Palm Springs.  We stayed at Emerald Desert RV Park in Palm Desert.  This is a fantastic park and once again we looked like a midget among the giant RV’s and motor homes.

On Thursday night we went to downtown Palm Springs and went to the weekly street market.  It was crowded, but fun and we had a great dinner there.  The next day we went up to the mountains on the Palm Springs Trolley.  The temperature went from 65 degrees to 20 and there was a blizzard on top.  It was great to see the rapid and drastic change in weather and the views from up there (although somewhat blocked by the clouds and snow) were great.

I did a video of the ride up.  Here it is:

After leaving Palm Springs we drove to Carpinteria (world’s safest beach!) where we stayed for the night right on the beach at the state park..  Each day I got in a surfing session at Tar Pits.  We met up with friends from Pismo Beach and had a fantastic fried chicken dinner at Clementine’s.

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Ojai, CA – November 2012

Drove the Beach Hut up to Ojai, California (30 miles or so east of Santa Barbara) and visited this nice artist community in the mountains.

We stayed at Camp Comfort which is a Ventura Country park.  It is a small camp ground, but extremely nice with lots of shade and close to downtown.  Downtown Ojai is lined with restaurants, art galleries and shops.  A very nice walking street.  Had a very nice breakfast and then dinner with our long time friends Ray and Debi who are Ojai residents.

Smithwoods – Felton, California

Took the Beach Hut up to Felton, California (near Santa Cruz) for four days.  Camped at Smithwoods RV Park right in the middle of the giant redwoods.  It is a very nice campground.  Our space was huge and shaded most of the day.

An easy drive to  Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

and into Santa Cruz with it’s exciting boardwalk.

Flying Flags – Buellton, CA May 2012

Took a few days off and drove down to the Flying Flags RV Park in Buellton, California.  It is a great park.  Nice and clean, big spaces, lots of trees, level lots and cement patios.  The weather could not have been better.

It has a great heated swimming pool and a nice general store.

The park is actually in Buellton, but very close to Solvang, a great little Danish Town.  Also close to Los Olivos.  An artists’ and wine makers’ enclave.

Monterey Fairgrounds – January 2012

For the second time, we stayed at the campgrounds at the Monterey Fairgrounds.  This time we met our friends, Ian and Susan from Santa Barbara.  We like this campground because of its location, cleanliness and quiet.  It is a real value for the money (be sure to ask for your senior discount).

While there we visited Spanish Bay Resort at Pebble Beach and was awed by the view and grounds.  The surf was really pumping that day.


After checking out Spanish Bay, we drove down the entire 17 Mile Drive.  The weather was fantastic and the views are to die for.  While in the area, we visited Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf.  Walked around the harbor area and had a taste of their wonderful calm chowder and watched the 49er’s win a playoff game.

One night we ate a Swiss restaurant in Carmel that had a great “ump pa pa” band and delicious food.  Another night we ate at Hula’s on Lighthouse Ave in Pacific Grove.  It was great.  Surf theme (which will all love and appreciate) with a full bar and an excellent variety of beers.  We all had something different for dinner and it was all great.  Reasonably priced too.