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Old 10-27-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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California desert trip in February

Well I should be working but given that I'm 34 work days away from retirement, planning our first significant (longer than a weekend) trailer trip is a lot more interesting. I'm going to share the route and stops I've come up with. We are hoping to do a lot of hiking with our dogs and just enjoy being out. If you have any comments/recommendations, I'd love to hear them.

- Lindy's Landing Visalia - this is an overnight to break up the long trip down Hwy 99

- Joshua Tree Black Rock Campground probably stay here 4 or 5 nights

- San Jacinto Idyllwild campground. We will skip this if it's snowy or there's a threat of snow/ice. Otherwise, 2 nights probably

- Anza Borrego - probably 4 or 5 nights

- William Heise campground. Again since this is at 4200 ft elevation if snow or ice we will skip this

- San Elijo on the coast north of San Diego - 5 nights. Would stay longer if they weren't booked solid every weekend!

- Head back home with a stop or 2 along the way to break up the trip.

Total trip should be 2 or 3 weeks. We are so looking forward to this!
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:21 PM   #2
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One state park that I found interesting that may be along your way is Red Rock Canyon State Park near Ricardo, CA. Dry camping with beautiful formations behind the campsites. Some photos.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:48 PM   #3
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Wow that park is gorgeous! Much like the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon Utah. I had no idea we had formations like that in California. And it's only 20 minutes off Hwy 99. A stop at Red Rock Canyon has definitely been added to the agenda - thank you!!!


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Old 10-27-2016, 10:54 PM   #4
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Red Rock Canyon is nice; we'll stay overnight if getting a late start for Lone Pine. San Elijo was my first home when moving to N. San Diego Cnty to attend SDSU. Carlsbad State Beach also nice, but probably similarly impacted. There is a county campground in Julian you might research. Othewise gimme a shout and I'll get you a spot at Montana de Oro on your way back home.
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Red Rock Canyon more like 1.5 hours off the 99.
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The Scripps aquarium at La Jolla is impressive, not the building but the marine life and location. Of course, it might be quite different now but I see that it is still there and tickets are not inexpensive. $18.50 or maybe for you only $15.50! Happy Retirement!
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:26 PM   #7
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My daughter graduated from SDSU in May and now works in San Diego - and why we added a stop on the coast near her. After San Elijo we'll probably head inland towards home so we can avoid LA traffic. I don't think we're ready for that just yet! So thank you for the Montana de Oro offer but we'll definitely take you up on that when we are more experienced at this towing thing!

William Heise park is in Julian so probably the one you're thinking of. IT looks quite picturesque so I sure hope the weather will cooperate for a visit there.

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Red Rock Canyon is nice; we'll stay overnight if getting a late start for Lone Pine. San Elijo was my first home when moving to N. San Diego Cnty to attend SDSU. Carlsbad State Beach also nice, but probably similarly impacted. There is a county campground in Julian you might research. Othewise gimme a shout and I'll get you a spot at Montana de Oro on your way back home.
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:28 PM   #8
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We've visited San Diego frequently over the last few years visiting our daughter, but have never even thought about the aquarium. We're always looking for new things to do so it's on the to do list now thanks!

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Thanks for telling us about Red Rock Canyon State Park. We just spent a night there on our way home from Flagstaff. It was besutiful espevially the morning sunrise.
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We just returned from a 3 day visit to San Elijo State Park. I spotted your 21 while on a bike ride through the park. I wondered who belonged to the trailer, and if the owners were forum members. Not wanting to invade your privacy I kept pedaling.
We were camped up near the north end cliffside in a Bambi Airstream towed by a '67 Chevy C10. Our first time out with this trailer. We have been here many times with the Scamp in the past. Cardiff is close to home for us, so a frequent destination. We wish you a safe and fun journey back home.
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