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2006 GMC 2500HD w/2001 Lance 845

Previous years' travels: 2006 2007 2008  2009
2010 2011 2012(Alaska) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017           

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 I bought my new truck and used camper in late October of 2005.  The following May, I "hit the road" full-time for 6 months.  I've done the same every year since, and now 2018 will be my 13th year of ramblin'!  My how time flies.  Not all of my nights are spent camping, but most are.  I don't make entries that are repeats of previous campgrounds or when I stay with my kids or friends.  Campsite fees are for one night with no discount (and no hookups, unless specified). However, being the old geezer that I am, I get 50% off at U.S. Guvmint CGs with the valuable Golden Age card, plus free entry to National Parks. One of the few ways (in addition to retirement) it pays to get older.  All the aches and pains sure aren't fun. :)

I started my travels this year with almost 117K miles on my camper and 175K miles on my truck.  I took my camper to the Lance factory before my 2014 travels and had some structural repairs done to it (pics here and here).  It should be in good shape for several more years of travel.  Of course, my old body will probably wear out before the camper. :)


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Back on the road again for Ramblin' 2018!  Be glad to have you ride along with me via this website.  Check out last year's ramblin' here.  Sign my guest book or email me with any questions or comments.


 

 

6/11/18

Will be visiting friends in SoCal for a few days, then camping with my kids for a week.  Posts will resume last week of June, when I head for Montana!.

 

 

13

6/10/18

Los Alamos CG (Dept. Water?), off I5 8 mi S of Gorman, CA. Take Smokey Bear Rd exit, then S to lake entrance, then right and follow road N & W about 2 mi.   2800 ft.  

Note: My Garmin GPS tried to route me another way from Smokey Bear Rd, which was longer and I don't think would have worked.


CG View #1
CG View #2

93 sites in 3 loops on hilly, sandy land.  No or little shade in sites, except for about 6 with shade structures.  Flush toilets and sinks.  Pyramid Lake nearby. Slight hum from I5, but overall very peaceful.  Pay dump station.  $20 (higher for shade sites).

7th time here,  since convenient to I5 to/from SoCal.  Hardly anyone else here.

12

6/9/18

Tule CG (COE) on Lake Success.  About 9 mi E of Porterville, CA on CA190.  600 ft.  


CG North Section
CG South Section
CG Lake Now
CG Lake 2016
Need A Log?

100+ paved sites on level land in 2 widely separated sections.  Scattered trees, but significant shade at your site is unlikely.  On a large lake. Large day use area with picnic shelters and children's playground equipment in South section. North section has some sites with electricity.  Slight noise from adjacent hwy.  Flush toilets and showers.  Free dump station.  $20.

2nd time here.  A lot more water in the lake than in fall 2016 (see pics).

11

6/8/18

Codorniz CG (COE) on Eastman Lake.  12+ mi E of Chowchilla, CA on Avenue 26 then 9+ mi N on Road 29.  700  ft.  


Within CG
CG Lake
Nature's Art
Sunset
Nearby Countryside
 

Remote CG with 65 paved sites on hilly land on a large lake.  Some sites very long.  Some sites are either partial or full hookup.  Some trees for shade and shade structures in some sites (but not all).  Lake view from some sites.   Launch ramp.  Flush toilets and showers. $20 ($30 w/hookups). Smaller 19 site Wildcat CG  (no hookups) close by.

Over 90F when I arrived.  However, sitting in the shade wasn't bad with the nice breeze off the lake. Took a while for the inside of my camper to get down to a comfortable sleeping temperature, though.  Hardly anyone else here, except some big rigs in the electric sites..

10

6/7/18

Acorn CG (BOR) on New Melones Lake.  7+ mi S of Angels Camp, CA on CA49, then 2 mi W on Reynolds Ferry Rd. 1200 ft.  

Note: Another CG called Acorn is on nearby New Hogan Lake.  BOR and COE must not coordinate names. :)


View From Site
Within CG
Lake View
Lake Sunset
On The Way Here

Almost 70  paved sites on hilly land on a very large lake.  Scattered leafy trees for shade in some sites, but many full sun.  Lake views for some sites. Launch ramp close by.   Dump station (fee). Vault toilets. $22.

Checked out close by Manzanita CG first, but liked this one better.  Got a really nice shady site with a through-the-trees lake view.

9

6/4/18-
6/6/18

Boondocking site (USFS). Not a developed campground.  South of Lake Tahoe, CA in the Hope Valley area.  2.5 mi SW of the hwy 88/89 jct and 4.5 mi S of hwy 88 on Blue Lakes Rd.  7500 ft.
  (Note: GPS might not find proper entry road)


CG Creek #1
CG Creek #2
Site #2 View
On The Way Here
Lake Tahoe

Popular boondocking area spread out over about 3/4 mile alongside Blue Lakes Rd.  Spots for both small and large rigs.  Views of creek/meadow/mountains vary with site.  Creek size Carson River (West Fork) nearby. $0

Decided to stay a 3rd night and moved about 1/4 mi away.  Nobody else around and a fantastic view of the mountains!  Low of 28F.  Bummer, my schedule won't allow another night. :(

My 5th time here.  I like it!   Passed by the west side of beautiful Lake Tahoe today.

8

6/3/18

Goose Lake CG (USFS).  About 11 mi N of Sierra City, CA on CA49 and paved Gold Lake Hwy.  6300 ft.   


CG Lake
Nice Spot To Relax
My Backyard
Along The Way #1
Along The Way #2
Along The Way #3
 

Primitive CG with 7 dirt sites with concrete tables, bear boxes and fire rings.  CG alongside a light use hwy, with little nightime traffic.  Some sites use a separate entrance from main one.  All sites near the lake.  Dirt road between sites is lumpy and has some large rocks .  Plenty of tall pine trees.  Nice small lake. Vault toilet.  $10.

Very scenic drive today along the beautiful N Yuba River.  Gained 4K ft in elevation for cooler weather.

7

6/1/18-
6/2/18

Indian Valley CG (USFS).   31 N of Nevada City, CA on curvy CA49.  2300 ft.   


My Backyard
Within CG
CG River #1
CG River #2
Trees Across River

Nice CG wiith 16 paved sites in 2 loops.  Lots of tall trees for shade.  The beautiful N Yuba River beside the CG, but very steep access to it. Vault toilets.  $24.

2nd time here.  Was worried I wouldn't get a site arriving around 5 Friday afternoon, but I did!  Got to almost 90F Saturday, but not bad in the shade in my easy chair.

 

5/26/18-
5/31/18

Visited my 2 kids in the SF Bay area.

 

 

6

5/23/18-
5/25/18

Fraser Flat CG (USFS).  25 mi NE of Sonora, CA on Hwy 108, then 3 mi N on paved Fraser Flat Rd.  4700 ft.   

Note: Fraser Flat Rd drops about 1000 ft from the hwy, but is only moderately steep.


CG Meadow
River At CG
CG Fishing Pier
River Near CG
 

Very nice CG with 39 paved sites in 2 loops on level ground. Plenty of tall, conifer type trees for shade.  Some sites have very significant shade and others plenty of sun.  Stanislaus River (S Fk) alongside CG, with fishing pier.  Well off the hwy for peace and quiet, but there was some light traffic on the adjacent road.  Vault toilets.  $19.

2nd time here.  Low of 38F.  Rained a bit Thur night and Friday was dreary and cool.  Good reason to stay in my camper. :)

5

5/22/18

Hidden View CG (COE) on Lake Hensley.  18 mi NE of Madera, CA on CA145 and Road 400.  600 ft.
 


Lake View
CG View

52 paved sites (some tent only) in 3 loops on hilly land.  Also, two group areas.  Some sites have electricity.  Many sites have a view of the medium size lake.  Minimal trees, but most sites have a shade structure.  Might need leveling blocks in some sites.  Nice and peaceful here.  Flush toilets and showers.  Launch ramp.  Free dump station. $20 ($30 w/elec).  

4

5/21/18

Island Park CG (COE) on Pine Flat Lake, 36 mi E of Fresno, CA (off Trimmer Springs Rd).  Note:  Short steep entry road.  1000 ft.
 


My Backyard
Lake & Mountains
Sunset
Nearby Kings River
 

On a large lake with nearly 100 sites total.  About half are paved and in a hilly area, with many tent only.  These sites are frequently not level, but some have electricity.  The other sites are overflow in a flat grassy area, packed together like a parking lot.  Flush toilets. $20 ($30 w/elec).

3rd time here.  Got a great site right by the lake w/o anyone near me!  Very peaceful to sit and look out at the lake as the sun goes down.  Lots of small bunnies around at that time of day.

3

5/20/18

Lodgepole CG (NPS) in Sequoia Naitional Park.  56 mi E of Visalia, CA on hwy 198 and Generals Hwy (very curvy).  6900 ft.

 
Within CG
[from prev visit]
Tall, Tall Tree
Round Meadow
Yikes, It's a Bbbbb...
 

 200+ paved sites in the trees.  Multiple sections.  I was in a 22 site smaller one and didn't investigate the others.  Park brochure says there is a river in the CG.  Flush toilets.  $22.

Didn't plan on coming up into the Park, but 1st choice was closed and 2nd was full.  So, I made the very curvy drive up.  Was pooped when I got here.  Didn't stay 2nd day since it was under 50F at noon.  Brrrr.

 2

5/18/18-
5/19/18

KCL CG (BLM) in Carrizo Plain National Monument. About 43 mi E of Santa Margarita, CA on hwy 58, then 26 mi SE on Soda Lake Rd (part dirt), then 1/4 mi SW on gravel rd.  2300 ft.  

 
View From CG
Looking Down on CG
Old Something in CG
The Road Out
Nearby Soda Lake
 

8 well developed gravel sites, close together, on level land.  4 walk-in sites in a corral area.  Scattered shade from a few large eucalyptus trees.  Nice view of the plain.  Pesky flies.  This place is in the boonies and probably miles to the nearest house, so very peaceful here.  Vault toilets. Lowest price you can find @ $0.

3nd time here.  3 other sites occupied first night and 1 other 2nd night.

1

5/10/18-
5/12/18

 Parkfield, CA ("The Earthquake Capitol of the World") for the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival.  NE of Paso Robles, CA in farming country.  About 15 mi off of CA41/46 or  25 mi off US101, via San Miguel.  1500 ft.  

Yay, my first stop for 2018!!


My Backyard #1
My Backyard #2
Music Stage
Other Campers #1
Other Campers #2 

My 6th time at this great mid-sized bluegrass festival.  Try it, you'll like it.  Out in peaceful ranching land.  Weather great.  No rain, versus 2 prior years.  Lots of good music by national, regional and local acts.  Way more campers and listeners than last year.  Got a couple of jammng sessions in with local friends before I hit the road.

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