Campground Full

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Water is at a premium here in California, and we are seeing the influence of Gov. Brown’s “25% cutback rule”. In campgrounds, if there are four toilets – one is closed. If the $1.00 shower used to be five minutes long, today it is 3.5 minutes. Hey, I have no problem with this – it should be this way. Probably should have been this way quite some time ago. Lucky for us, it isn’t cut 25% of the campsites, because here in California, unlike Oregon, VERY few sites are available for those of us that don’t have a plan – or reservation – in place.

However, one thing I’ve learned in my Escrow experience is there is almost always a “work around.” So, when we encounter these signs –

Campground Full

Campground Full

which has been at most of our California Coastal stops, we ignore it, and throw out our “Positive Energy Net.”

Works every time.

Funny what a “full campground” can look like:

. . . and looking East

. . . and looking East

Sure, we got the “last spot” in Pfeifer Big Sur, but it wasn’t the worst spot in Big Sur.

AND then, we have Generous Jim. A fast talking, “just take it”, enjoy it, I-got-you-covered, kind of guy. Or, I should say, KIND GUY. Just west of “the 1”, a gorgeous, and booked, campground with crashing waves rocking you through sleep; a spot that we occupied at no cost, with no strings, just luck that we were there, and Jim didn’t need it that night. . . Even the camp host had to shake his head in a bit of disbelief, “spot #19 is niiiice”.

Spot 19 is NIIIICE!

Spot 19 is NIIIICE!

And, most recently, a bit awkward, but successful: only ONE first-come site available, and apparently TWO of us vying for it. . . a grassy knoll with shade trees, in the back – spot 14A – already a shared camp spot – but only steps from a sandy ocean beach. We “won out” because we paid upfront, and had current dialog with the camphost. The other guests had been navigating with the existing guests in spot 14A – like they had something to say about who would next occupy the spot? . . . anyway, these other guests had posted their claim on the site post, but it wasn’t enough, and the host explained why this “last spot” would be ours, and she graciously offered the little green space next to her camp for the young couple, instead of throwing them out! Kindness abounds!

Shade and Sun at Sand Dollar Beach

Shade and Sun at Sand Dollar Beach

Elephant Seals, Near San Simeon

Elephant Seals, Near San Simeon

Elephant Seals blanket the beach

Elephant Seals blanket the beach

About Hali

Just a travel junkie trying to find my voice in the blogosphere. I enjoy sharing my photography and fast facts I learn in the places I travel through.

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