Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tutorial: The Best Way to Go Car Camping

Mark and I drove to California on Monday, to visit his mom for her 80th birthday. We drove as far as the Trinity Lake area, near Shasta, with plans to camp for the night before finishing our trip on Tuesday. We had looked online for campgrounds in the area, and found several near Trinity Lake, where we planned to stop.

On the way to Trinity Lake, we crossed the Pacific Crest Trail! Of course we had to go hike for 20 minutes to stretch our legs from the long car trip.

And then...about 1/2 hour before pulling into Trinity Lakes, we saw a little sign that said "Eagle Creek Campground, 1 mile." It was 6:30 pm, and we were really tired of being in the car. Should we change plans? We decided to check it out.

What a great decision! Because we were away from the more touristy area of Trinity Lake, we ended up having the entire campground all to ourselves!

I had packed some leftover chicken-pineapple shishkabob from Sunday's dinner, which we tossed into some foil packets and heated up over briquets while we set up the tent. A couple of chopped apples, with a little brown sugar and butter added in, then wrapped in more foil, made a delicious dessert.

After dinner we went down to the nearby river (Was it Eagle Creek? We're not sure) to cool off and relax after sitting in the car all day. It wasn't as cold as we feared, and we had fun playing in the water.

The next morning we tossed the gear in the car and continued on our way. that's the way to go car camping!


Anonymous said...

I love those pictures of you guys in the water, you look like you are having so much fun. I think Ender is waiting for you to get back to be born.

Dorothy said...

Now all you need is a hot tub for the morning soak! ;) We should go car camping together sometime... we're quite good at it, too! Glad you found such a perfect campground.

Sarah Maughan said...

I love it! You guys seem to have fun so often and really enjoy life!

Anonymous said...

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JuliaKoponick said...

Another great "tutorial!" I am glad you are getting famous for these interesting how-to posts!! ;-)

Polly said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Glad you were able to have a relaxing drive.

Anonymous said...

Glad you made such a great decision! I guess whether it's an Eagle Creek Trail or an Eagle Creek campsite, you just can't go wrong with those Eagle Creeks!

And the Pacific Crest Trail even! It sure looks like you guys had a great time. We're looking forward to you getting back so we can hear your stories.