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Old 03-17-2016, 01:37 PM   #1
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2016 CA Bay Area fall gathering

We had a very small CA Bay Area gathering in February at Bodega Dunes campground, part of Sonoma Coast State Beach, with two trailers and one other couple as day visitors. There seems to be interest in having another SF Bay Area gathering based on my informal polling. The most popular location was a beach state park with hookups, not so easy to find in northern CA.

I suggest we gather at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola, CA ( New Brighton SB ) on October 14-16, 2016. This is the weekend after the fall NOG and the weekend before Lake Casitas. The campground has 109 sites, 10 of them with full hookups (sites 47-56) and the rest are dry sites. You can see site photos at Campsite Photos, Camping Pictures, and Campground Reviews - campsitephotos.com The campground is on a bluff just above the beach. Although I have not visited there yet, it seems very nice. We will be there in early May and I will report more after that.

It is also very popular, so make your reservations very soon after they are open. October reservations open on April 1 at 8:00 am PST.

I enjoy meeting others but not so much rallies with many activities. I am thinking about a gathering with a Saturday potluck but no more organization although some may want to get together to hike or tour or otherwise organize. I'll post my site for October after April 1.
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Great Bill! We've got in on the calendar! Thanks.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:04 AM   #3
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We are interested. Thanks for setting this up !
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We had a very small CA Bay Area gathering in February at Bodega Dunes campground, part of Sonoma Coast State Beach, with two trailers and one other couple as day visitors. There seems to be interest in having another SF Bay Area gathering based on my informal polling. The most popular location was a beach state park with hookups, not so easy to find in northern CA.

I suggest we gather at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola, CA ( New Brighton SB ) on October 14-16, 2016. This is the weekend after the fall NOG and the weekend before Lake Casitas. The campground has 109 sites, 10 of them with full hookups (sites 47-56) and the rest are dry sites. You can see site photos at Campsite Photos, Camping Pictures, and Campground Reviews - campsitephotos.com The campground is on a bluff just above the beach. Although I have not visited there yet, it seems very nice. We will be there in early May and I will report more after that.

It is also very popular, so make your reservations very soon after they are open. October reservations open on April 1 at 8:00 am PST.

I enjoy meeting others but not so much rallies with many activities. I am thinking about a gathering with a Saturday potluck but no more organization although some may want to get together to hike or tour or otherwise organize. I'll post my site for October after April 1.
Although we are no longer living in CA (originally from Napa) we are very interested in attending. Thanks for the info.
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We intend to be there. We're going to try to get one of the ocean front spots. If not successful, is there any area of the park that anyone would recommend? It would be good to get sites relatively close together I think?

Thanks for organizing!
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I agree it would be nice to get sites relatively close together. However, I have heard that there are varying requirements. Some want ocean front, some want hookups, so I don't think it is likely that we will be together, unless some are at ocean front and others are at hookups. I suggest that if you don't want ocean front or hookups, then choose a site between these sets. I haven't been to the campground yet, but there is a map on the park web site. there are only 3 sites separating ocean and hookups, so it could work.
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Reminder - tomorrow is April 1st!

I almost forgot about this so thought I would send a reminder. Hopefully we might be able to encourage some others to join us too!

Campsites open up tomorrow, April 1. And the earlier you reserve the better, as this is a very popular campground.
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I almost forgot about this so thought I would send a reminder. Hopefully we might be able to encourage some others to join us too!

Campsites open up tomorrow, April 1. And the earlier you reserve the better, as this is a very popular campground.
Thanks for the reminder. Reservations for October can be made starting at 8 am PDT per their website.
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We intend to be there. We're going to try to get one of the ocean front spots. If not successful, is there any area of the park that anyone would recommend? It would be good to get sites relatively close together I think?

Thanks for organizing!
Which sites are oceanfront? I can't tell. Is it by the fire ring?
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The ocean front sites are 73, 75, 76, 79, 82. Note that they don't have hookups though.
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