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Kirk Creek Campground

Kirk Creek is a little piece of Big Sur paradise.  One of the first places we tried out, long ago, when we first got our little Sunny Brook trailer, was Kirk Creek Campground.

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We were so excited to have a travel trailer that was self contained and freed us up to go places we wouldn’t have gone before. 

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Kirk Creek is located near the south end of the stretch of Highway 1 known as Big Sur. There are multiple campgrounds along Big Sur but I think that Kirk Creek Campground is one of the few (if not the only) that is actually situated on the ocean side of Highway 1.  It’s not a large campground with only 32 sites.  But, as it is located on a bluff overlooking the ocean, every site, not only the ones along the edge, has an ocean view.

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There are multiple ways to spend your time...

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Off the Grid

It used to be that any time we were camping we were “off the grid”.  Those were the days before  a smartphone was in everyone’s hand demanding attention.  Now days the only time we are truly off the grid is when we camp in Hope Valley.  Not only are we camping without any hook-ups whatsoever, but there is absolutely no cell service as well.  I don’t think I realized how dependent I’d become on constant information until this year’s trip to Hope Valley.  I’m not sure it took a complete 24 hours to adjust but the 1st day of our trip the silence seemed “very loud” as Greg put it.

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The view out our front door was huge, wide open, spectacular……and silent.

It was what occurred 13 years ago today that got me addicted to information...

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Mom and Dad

My Mom and Dad were our camping buddies for MANY years.  From summer trips to the mountains or long hauls out of state they were always fun to travel with.

The season would always be kicked off with a day trip to Woods Lake, that later became Hope Valley, to check out the conditions regarding snow, etc., on Memorial Day.   The elevation is quite high so the camping season’s opening depended on the severity of the winter.


We would bring our chairs, some snacks and a thermos of coffee and if it was sunny, sit and enjoy the views.  Sometimes the temps were just too chilly and we couldn’t handle more than a quick walk about before piling back in the truck and heading for Sorenson’s where we would enjoy a delicious meal in their warm and cozy establishment.


This was taken at the Badlands...

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Cocktail Hour!

I came across something that’s a fun addition to cocktail hour while RVing.  It’s those premixed coctails that are in a squeeze pouch.


You stick them in the freezer but don’t expect them to be ready in an hour or two.  Because they have alcohol in them they take several hours to freeze.  The directions say to freeze, squeeze and enjoy.  But, actually it’s much easier to squeeze the drink into your glass after  you’ve let it sit out of the freezer for about 5 or 10 minutes.  If you try to squeeze it out as soon as you remove it from the freezer you’ll have a difficult time.  And…. cocktail hour is not about having a difficult time!

I have only tried the margarita versions of these drinks but they come in several different options and are very reasonably priced...

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Willow Creek Campground & RV Park

Finding Willow Creek Campground & RV Park was an accident.  We came upon it on a day trip to check out another campground.  I don’t even remember the intended campground other than we decided it was not for us.  We came upon Willow Creek on Highway 49. The folks in the office were kind enough to let us drive in and check it out.  We scoped out a site and later made some reservations.


Willow Creek is a privately owned park that has cabins to rent as well as RV and tent camping.  There is a year round creek that runs through the campground and the setting is picturesque but the facilities seemed a bit run down.


We chose the one RV site that was right next to the creek...

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Dogs Behind Bars


This is Walter and Teddy.  Every camping trip our dogs spend some of their time “behind bars” and it seems we end up taking a “dogs behind bars” picture or two during each trip we take.  So, I thought I’d share.  Walter is the brown one and Teddy is black.


Teddy seems to always be saying, “What are we going to do now?”  Walter LOVED the cage.  It had a cushy bed in it and was cozy for naps.  Naps are good.  Naps are very good.  Pacifico is good also.

This cage has seen better days.  We forgot to load it during our last trip so that made for a good excuse to drive into a nearby town and buy a new one.


Walter is still napping.  Teddy is still waiting to see what will happen next.  Camping is so much fun and who wants to waste it napping???   The little guy on the lead is Mr...

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Sycamore Ranch RV Park

One of the 1st places we stumbled upon when we started our search for places that were close to home was Sycamore Ranch RV Park.  Sycamore Ranch is located on Highway 20 in Brown’s Valley, CA about 13 miles outside of Marysville.  For us that’s a little more than an hour from our home.  The campground sits along Dry Creek and is nestled in the foothills.  We hear that it’s a hopping place in the summer as it’s a big favorite with fisherman.  But, we wouldn’t ever choose to camp here during the summer because, as my mother would say, “it’s hotter than blue blazes!”.   It has become our go to spot each spring.  Both March and April are gorgeous months here and the temperatures are just right.


Our first time at Sycamore Ranch it was a privately owned RV park...

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