California Camping

San Simeon State Park — An Ideal Base for Exploring the California Coast

This fall, my family and I went camping to San Simeon State Park for the 3-day Veteran’s Day weekend.  About a 4-hour drive north of Los Angeles, it was a great location for exploring the coastal areas south of Monterey–Big Sur to Morro Bay. Hearst San Simeon State Park, about 5 miles south of Hearst […]

California Camping

Mineral King, CA: The Road Less Traveled in the Sequoias

      Mineral King, a scarcely known destination within California, is a gem to behold; it’s a destination in league with the Swiss Alps.  Arrival at such a location is not accidental though; it took our family about 3.5 hours to get from Los Angeles to Visalia.  Continuing on to the town of Three […]

Wet Thanksgiving; Beautiful Discovery!

During my childhood, my family often went camping. We went on about five to eight camping trips, mostly within California, each year. Since we did not have a ton of extra money, when vacationing, we often camped. I remember touring northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest in this nomadic way; pitching our tent […]