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2006 GMC 2500HD w/2001 Lance 845

Previous years' travels: 2006 2007 2008  2009
2010 2011 2012(Alaska) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018          

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 I bought my new truck and used camper in late October of 2005.  The following May, I "hit the road" full-time for 6 months.  I've done the same every year since, and now 2019 will be my 14th year of ramblin'!  My how time flies.  Not all of my nights are spent camping, but most are.  I don't make entries that are repeats of previous campgrounds or when I stay with my kids or friends.  Campsite fees are for one night with no discount (and no hookups, unless specified). However, being the old geezer that I am, I get 50% off at U.S. Guvmint CGs with the valuable Golden Age card, plus free entry to National Parks. One of the few ways (in addition to retirement) it pays to get older.  All the aches and pains sure aren't fun. :)

I started my travels this year with about 125K miles on my camper and 187K miles on my truck.  I took my camper to the Lance factory before my 2014 travels and had some structural repairs done to it (pics here and here).  It should be in good shape for several more years of travel.  Of course, my old body will probably wear out before the camper. :)


Note: Click on small photos for a larger one.  Click on the USA flag-map () to see the actual camp location (balloon marker) on a map (+/- 50 ft). 

 

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 Ramblin' 2019 has started!!  My destination this year is my usual visit with my cousin in Dillon, MT.  Route TBD.  

Thanks for traveling along with me again!  Contact me via my guest book or email.

Check out the 9K miles of Ramblin' 2018 here.  

 

 

 

 

I'm now heading for MONTANA!!  Lots of camping until early October!

 

 

14

7/17/19

Dixie CG (USFS).  9+ mi NE of Prairie City, OR on US26.  5200 ft.

Note: Look for CG turn sign just E of the summit.  My GPS did not show the dirt road to the CG at that point.


Within CG
On The Way Here #1
On The Way Here #2
On The Way Here #3
From The Cockpit

10 gravel sites on sloping land.  At least one site works well  for a big rig.  Tall trees and heavy lower vegetation all around.  Very slight daytime noise from US26.  FS info sheet says huckleberry picking in the area.  Picnic area adjacent to CG. No trash service.  Vault toilet. $8.

13

7/16/19

Idlewild CG (USFS).   17 mi N of Burns, OR on US395.  5200 ft.

Note: New entry  road from US395 since the last time I was there.  Old road blocked off.


My Backyard
Within CG
Day Use Pavilion
CG Meadow

26 paved sites on 2 levels.  Both back-in and pull-thru sites, but many back-in ones are short and on a slope.  A nice meadow is between US395 and the lower level sites. Some daytime truck noise from US395.  Upper level is farther away from hwy.  Plenty of trees, but lower level sites appear to have more consistent shade.  Large pavilion for day use on the lower level.  No trash service.  $10.

2nd time here.  Got a very large dirt site that would fit at least 3 of my rigs.  Party time!! :)

12

7/15/19

Chickahominy Reservoir CG (BLM).  About 34 mi W of Burns, OR on US20.  4300 ft.  


View From CG
Reservoir #1
Reservoir #2
CG Sunset
On The Way Here #1
On The Way Here #2 

Nice CG with about 35 gravel sites on level land, spread out over a very large area.  Most sites are pull-thru type.  Typical BLM CG with no shade.  Large reservoir beside CG with launch ramp.  Trucks passing on nearby US20 result in minimal noise and it's masked out by any wind in the CG.  You can see for miles from here 360 degrees!  Vault toilets.  $8.

Started the day driving with tree covered mountains on either side and ended up in desert land!  All this within about 100 mi!

11

7/14/19

Goose Lake CG (State).  14 mi S of Lakeview, OR on US395, then 1+ mi W on State Line Ln.  4700 ft.  

Hello Oregon.  Good to be here again this year!  :)


Grassy Area
Within CG
View From CG
Goose Lake
 

Very nice CG with 48 gravel sites on level land. Plenty of large trees for shade.  Sites are around an oval grass area and also the other side of the road around the oval.  No lake view, but a trail to it, or you can drive to the nearby day use area to see it. Very quiet place.  Hard to believe, but hosts said the place hardly ever fills!   Flush toilets and showers.  Free-to-campers dump station.  $17 (w/water) or $24 (w/water & elec).

State Line Lane leading to CG is CA on S side and OR on N side. :)

10

7/11/19-
7/13/10

Ramhorn Springs CG (BLM).  60 mi S of Alturas, CA on hwy 395, then 2.5 mi E on Ramhorn Rd (good gravel road with a just a bit of washboarding).  5100 ft.  


Within CG
Cloud Scenery
Teeny Creek
My Site Again
Built By Who?
Hmmm What Is It??
Flowers Seek Water
CG Spring
Heading Out

Nice little 10 site CG.  Dirt/gravel sites close together. Very little shade.  However, very secluded and peaceful, so you'll get a good night's sleep.  Looks like CG was just refurbed with new vault toilet.  $0 (or donation box).

3rd time here.  I was the only one here until one other arrived late the first night and left the next morning.   On Friday afternoon, 3 other sites got occupied by people on ATVs.  Talked to one and he was scouting for the hunting season later in the year.  Had a nice shady site, so I stayed a 3rd night!

9

7/10/19

Laufman CG (USFS).  3+ mi SE of Milford, CA on mostly paved Milford Grade Rd.  Last 3/4 mi is bumpy dirt/gravel.  5000 ft.

Note: Small rigs best here.


My Backyard
Within CG
CG Scenery
On The Way Out

Primitive CG with about 6 dirt sites with picnic table and fire pit (or ring).  Very secluded for peace and quiet.  A mix of conifer, aspen and other leafy trees or bushes surround sites.  Many sites at the base of a steep wooded slope.  Very convenient  to US395 travelers.  Clean vault toilet.  A freebie from Uncle at $0.

Thought I was going to have it all to myself, but 2 passenger cars pulled in later.  Dern free campsites info on the Net. :)

8

7/9/19

Davis Creek Park CG (County). 11 mi N of Carson City, NV off US395.  5000 ft.  


Within CG
Lake View

Very nice CG in tall pines.  Plenty of shade.  63 paved sites, on a hillside, with several "arc" pull-thru sites. Looks down on hwy 395 and Washoe Lake.  Hwy produces a bit of "hum" noise, but hardly noticeable inside camper or if there is wind in the pines.  Due to sloping ground, RVs might need leveling blocks. Flush toilets and showers.  $5 dump station.  $25.

3rd time here.

 

7/7/19-
7/8/19

Same boondocking area as 6/23/19, but a different spot.


CG Stream #1
CG Stream #2
CG Stream #3
Mountain Scenery #1
Mountain Scenery #2
On The Way Here #1
On The Way Here #2

Couldn't pass up another stay at one of my favorite boondooking spots!  :)  People already here said it was packed on the 4th.  Didn't have any problem finding a good spot, however.  Low 29F.

7

7/3/19-
7/6/19

 
Happy Birthday USA!

PiPi CG (USFS). 11 mi NE of Pioneer, CA on Hwy 88 then 6 mi N on Omo Ranch Rd and North-South Rd (#6), both paved, but curvy.  3600 ft.  


Backdoor View
CG River #1
CG River #2
CG River #3
CG River Plants
Big Tree Down
Count The Rings?
CG Flowers #1
CG Flowers #2
CG Rocks 

Very nice CG with 51 paved sites, usually well apart, in a heavy stand of conifer type trees (some 100+ ft tall).  Sites in 3 loops and alongside the interior road.  Plenty of shade.  The small and scenic Cosumnes River (Middle Fork) alongside CG.  Very quiet here at night.  Popular 1/2 mile walking path (paved or boardwalk) along river. $24.

Several trees down due to the wet and windy winter.

2nd time here.  I accidently ended up in the same site as last time (according to my GPS).  It was a very isolated and peaceful one.  

6

6/23/19

Boondocking site (USFS). Not a developed campground.  South of Lake Tahoe, CA in the Hope Valley area.  2.5 mi SW of the hwy 88/89 jct and 4.5 mi S of hwy 88 on Blue Lakes Rd.  7500 ft. 

(Note: GPS might not find proper entry road)

 


View From CG #1
View From CG #2
View From CG #3
View From CG #4
View From CG #5
CG Wildflowers
On The Way Here

Popular boondocking area spread out over about 3/4 mile alongside Blue Lakes Rd.  Spots for both small and large rigs.  Views of creek/meadow/mountains vary with site.  Creek size Carson River (West Fork) nearby. $0.

Great site!  Low of 30F.  Bummer my schedule didn't allow another night.  My 6th time in this area.  I like it here!! :)

5

6/18/19-
6/22/19

Robinson Creek CG (USFS).  9 mi SW of Bridgeport, CA on Twin Lakes Rd.  7000 ft. 


Creek View #1
Creek View #2
Lake View #1
Lake View #2
Near CG Entrance
Nearby Area View #1
Nearby Area View #2

Very popular CG with 54 paved sites in tall pines on level land.  Shade varies significantly with site. The very nice Robinson Creek wraps around the CG.  Usually good fishing, if they have stocked recently.  Many sites on the creek.  My favorite Sierra CG. Several other CGs and two large lakes nearby.  $23.

Had a great time camping with my daughter and son and family.  This was my 43rd straight year to camp in this area.   Reserved site was flooded by high creek.  Alternate site assigned to us.  Low of 32F.

4

6/10/19-
6/13/19

Westside Regional  Park CG (County) in Bodega Bay, CA.  30 ft.    


Within CG
Bay View #1
Bay View #2
Bay View #3
Bay View #4
Bay View #5
Nearby Coast View #1
Nearby Coast View #2

47 paved and level sites in 5 rows.  Trees between some of the rows for possible shade.  Back-in and pull-thru sites.  Right beside beautiful Bodega Bay with benches to watch the boat activity.   Foghorn every 5 seconds during night, but you'll get used to it. :)  Launch ramp with parking adjacent to CG.  Flush toilets & showers.  Pay dump station. $35.

Enjoyed it here, but would have more if my neighbor didn't leave his generator on for hours. :(

Above 80F when I arrived on Monday and low 60s when I left Friday.

 

6/4/19-
6/9/19

Visiting my kids in the SF Bay area for few days.  

 

 

3

6/3/19

Pinnacles National Park CG.  29 mi S of Hollister, CA on curvy-at-times CA25, then 2 mi SW on CA146.  1000 ft.
 


Within CG #1
Within CG #2
[From 20 Visit]
The Pinnacles
Same, Zoomed In
Nearby Countryside #1
Nearby Countryside #2
 

120 gravel sites (incl 37 w/elec) on level land.  Also 14 group sites. Several really big oak trees and other smaller trees and bushes. Saw some quail and rabbits near my site.  Lots of hiking trails nearby (easy and hard).  Swimming pool.  Flush toilets & showers.  Free dump station.. $30 (no electric). Park entry fee also required

5th time here. CG fee was $23 in 2017. High of about 90F the afternoon I was there.  97F predicted the day I left!

 2

5/31/19-
6/2/19

Upper Sweetwater CG (BLM).  From King City, CA go 15 mi NW on First St, then 2 mi N on Airline Hwy, then about 12 mi SW on Coalinga Rd (potholed at times). 2800 ft.   

Finally on the road for long term!  Takes me longer every year. Would have been sooner if I didn't have to replace my camper water pump.  :)

 
Within CG #1
Within CG #2
Within CG #3
On The Way Here #1
On The Way Here #2
 

Very nice secluded CG with 6 gravel, well separated sites on hilly land.  Well developed sites with shade shelter and metal picnic table on concrete pad.  Fire ring nearby.  Tree shade depends on site.  Very peaceful here, with only sporadic traffic on adjacent road.  Hiking trails nearby.  Vault toilet.  $0.

Thanks to a follower of mine for telling me about this place!  Had originally planned on 2 nights, but I liked it so much here, I stayed an extra one! :) Light rain first two afternoons.

1

5/9/19-
5/11/10

Parkfield, CA ("The Earthquake Capitol of the World") for the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival.  NE of Paso Robles, CA in farming country.  About 15 mi off of CA41/46 or  25 mi off US101, via San Miguel.  1500 ft.  

Yay, my first stop for 2019!!

 
Other Campers #1
Other Campers #2
My Backyard
Stage Area
Very Good Youngsters
Great Burgers Here!
No Shaking Though 

My 7th time at this great mid-sized bluegrass festival.  Try it, you'll like it.  Out in peaceful ranching land.  Weather very nice  Lots of good music by national, regional and local acts.  I was really impressed with the Slocan Ramblers from Canada.  Very high energy act!  Seems to be more campers and listeners every year.  My daughter joined me for the festival, which made it even more enjoyable.

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