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|

Movie Review: Walk in the Woods

As a West Coast girl, I’m familiar with the Pacific Crest Trail, I’ve read the book “Wild” written by Oregon author Cheryl Strayed and I watched Hollywood Movie Star Reese Witherspoon walk the trail with her monster backpack in the movie. So it was no surprise to me when Travel Writer Bill Bryson’s book “A […]

September 8th, 2015|Camping, Virginia|

Houseboating Shasta Lake, CA: What to Expect

A three hour drive from the San Francisco bay area to Lake Shasta, we arrived at our destination, Shasta Marina Resort, in the early afternoon. The summer sun was already beating down on us; we were happy to be greeted at Shasta Marina with misters spraying fine curtains of water overhead. Our hosts and owners […]

August 15th, 2014|California, Camping, Cruise|