Campground Review – Banning Stagecoach KOA – Banning, CA

Banning Stagecoach KOA, Banning, CADescription

The Banning Stagecoach KOA is conveniently located just a short distance from Interstate-10 along scenic highway CA-243. The park is nicely landscaped and features lovely views of the Mount San Jacinto foothills to the south and Mount San Gorgonio to the north. This KOA is a good place to stop over while passing through the area or to stay a few extra nights and explore nearby casinos, shopping outlet malls, golf courses, scenic mountain communities or Palm Springs.

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Start of a New Travel Season – Arizona

Wigwam Motel at Sunset, Holbrook, AZ

Needles, California

We kicked off our third travel season in late April, heading east for Arizona. We stopped for a short two night stay at the Needles KOA in Needles, California, before crossing into Arizona. Temperatures in Needles were much more bearable this early in the season, upper 80’s and low 90’s, as opposed to the triple-digit heat we endured here two years ago. We felt this was a nice short shake-down trip for the trucks & trailer after a winter with little travel.  Continue reading

Campground Review – Boulder Creek RV Resort – Lone Pine, CA

Boulder Creek RV Park, Lone Pine, CA

Description

The Boulder Creek Mobile Home & RV is a small, family run, and family friendly RV resort set in the breathtaking scenery of the Owens Valley. The park is just four miles outside of Lone Pine and has sweeping views of the Eastern Sierra Nevada and Inyo mountains, Owens Lake, and the Alabama Hills. The park is a great stop-over when traveling U.S.-395 or as a base to explore the area. Continue reading

Campground Review – BLM – Horton Creek Campground – Bishop, CA

BLM Horton Creek CampgroundDescription

Horton Creek is a primitive campground with breathtaking views of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, Round Valley, the Volcanic Tableland and the White Mountains. Horton Creek itself flows beside the campground, providing a cheerful babble for the campsites situated closest to the creek. This is a stark and lovely park, not far from Bishop, California. Continue reading

Campground Review – Paradise Shores RV Park – Bridgeport, CA

Masonic Mine Sunset

Description

The Paradise Shores RV Park is a small, well-maintained, privately owned park on the scenic shores of Bridgeport Reservoir. Nestled in sagebrush and grass-covered hills, the park has a breathtaking view of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Not far from historic Bodie ghost town and surreal Mono Lake, Paradise Shores is a great base from which to explore the area.

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Campground Review – Susanville RV Resort – Susanville, CA

Susanville RV Park

Description

The Susanville RV Park is in a lovely area of Northern California near Lassen Volcanic National Park, an area with many opportunities for outdoors recreation. This large privately owned park is big rig RV friendly. The park is quiet and nicely landscaped, lending to a peaceful atmosphere. The crossroads siting of Susanville makes the park a convenient stopover on a long trip through the region. Continue reading

Moving On South

Crater Lake National Park

By mid-September, we were making our way south from Maryhill, Washington, to La Pine, Oregon. At La Pine we stayed for one week at the Cascade Meadows RV Resort, the last of the ROD resorts we planned to visit this travel season. Set in the scenic Lava Lands of Oregon, the resort is surrounded by grassy meadows and pine forests, with snow-capped mountains of the Cascade Range visible to the west and low forested volcanic craters to the east. At about 4,250 ft. elevation, nights were becoming quite cold, about 20º F, even this early in autumn.

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Trinidad – Foggy Days, Giant Trees and Lost Coasts

Foggy Day on Trinidad BayFrom Manchester Beach and the Mendocino Coast we moved on to another of our favorite spots on the northern California coast, Trinidad. There we camped among giant redwoods at the Emerald Forest of Trinidad RV Park, a park we have visited and enjoyed several times in the past.

Our trip from the Mendocino Coast to Trinidad went well, but was white-knuckled at times as we navigated the curvy road and steep grades of the Fort Bragg – Willits Road, CA-20. We chose the Fort Bragg – Willits Road as our exit from the Mendocino Coast to avoid even more curves and switchbacks on Highway CA-1, between Fort Bragg and Legett. The CA-20 is heavily used by semi and logging trucks, so is suitable for larger RVs, but there are some very tight curves with no shoulder where a large rig must swing out to clear the mountainside. Oncoming traffic sometimes made clearing the turns with a wide enough margin difficult. We were certainly relieved as we arrived in Willits and could continue our travels on the much more comfortable Highway CA-101! Continue reading