California Ashes Blowing in the Big Sur Wind

Grief is messy in so many ways. Like a thick layer of San Francisco fog enveloping the Golden Gate Bridge, my mind is slowing down to process what has happened in the last few weeks. Her downward spiral moved as fast as a time lapse camera capturing a flower from seed to blossom; only this […]

October 7th, 2016|California|

Black Bar Lodge in Rogue River Canyon

As twilight turned to dusk, a flurry of small bats took to the evening sky, swooping and diving for insects beneath Black Bar Lodge. It was late July in Southern Oregon and we were spending our first night of a four night Row Adventures lodge to lodge rafting trip on the banks of the Rogue […]

September 16th, 2016|California, Lodging|

Urban Camping at San Elijo State Beach in Southern California

This is a guest post by Susan Guillory of The Unexplorer.

I label the type of camping I’m about to tell you about as “urban” because I’ve been camping in the desert several times without a toilet or paved roads. So camping at San Elijo State Beach, where you can walk to Starbucks and a fantastic donut shop definitely falls on the other end of the spectrum.
Setting the Scene
San Elijo is a beach in Cardiff, California, about 30 miles north of San Diego. The campground is in crazy demand in the summer: on February 1, online reservations open up, and within minutes, all the spots are gone for the summer.

We — that being my son and myself, as well as our closest friends — decided to stay five nights. With Bull Taco providing “inauthentic Mexican” food on premises, we decided to go light on the cooking (normally that’s our central focus) and instead veg out on the beach. I vowed that I would take surfing lessons, something that I’ve been wanting to do for years. […]

September 14th, 2016|California, Camping|