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Norcal Campers will appeal to adults who like to vehicle-camp and see the value in having company some of the time. We will visit “civilized” places like national and state parks, but also remote campgrounds with little to offer in the way of amenities but a vault toilet. Some will sleep in tents, others in a vehicle. Vehicles will range from SUV’s and truck campers to RV’s and trailers of various sizes. Some trips will be appropriate for anyone; others will be self-limiting to jeeps, pick-ups and SUV’s. All members will be self-sufficient campers. Everyone will have their own campsite, shared with others if mutually agreeable. Our focus will be on camping in northern California, but not exclusively. Fishing is a valued option; easy access to lakes and rivers has value, even if you don’t fish. Generally, you will be responsible for making your own reservations and payments; we may utilize group sites if appropriate. This is an adult group, but we may well make trips appropriate for kids from time to time. We welcome people of all ages; diversity is a good thing. But if you like to drink and party all night, please join another group. Pets are welcome. The benefits of company include: (1) the ability to socialize, or not, based on personal preference. (2) the “buddy” system sometimes has virtues, particularly when traveling in remote areas. (3) things like boats can be shared, if the owner is amenable. (4) you can meet some nice people and enjoy their company. (5) some folks are good campfire cooks and like to share. Bravo! Lastly, we value folks who want to organize a particular trip; nobody has an exclusive on good camping ideas. It’s suggested that you pass ideas by me, the Master Organizer, only so things don’t get out of hand with conflicting dates and the like. So let’s hit the road together and have some fun. We have a dedicated facebook page at: facebook.com/groups/1645476912418551.

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New Brighton State Beach, Capitola - May 7 to 11, 2020

Find us in campsite # 105 (photo by Bruce Fournier - NCVC member) We hope that you will join Linda and me at cozy New Brighton State Beach. Named for the famed coastal resort in England, the beautiful beach and bluffs of New Brighton have drawn visitors—human and animal alike—for centuries. The forested bluffs offer a campground, hiking trails, and sweeping views of Monterey Bay just steps from a sandy shore perfect for fishing, beach combing. The Pacific Migrations Visitor Center and Park Store, in the New Brighton State Beach campground interprets natural and cultural history by examining the movements of human and animal populations around the Pacific Rim from season to season and year to year. Website: Information, park and campground maps: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=542 Max. Trailer: 36 Feet. Camper/Motorhome: 36 Feet. Check in time is 2 PM; check out time is 12 PM. Each site has picnic table and fire ring. Flush toilets and water near each site. Make your reservations at: https://www.reservecalifornia.com/CaliforniaWebHome/ or by phone[masked]. This is a very popular destination, so make your reservations early to ensure your site. Reservations can be made now (6 months prior to arrival). Each family is responsible for their own site reservations, equipment and meals. We will gather in our campsite each evening after dinner to share stories and get acquainted. Feel free to stop by anytime we are in camp; conversation always welcomed. Directions: The beach is in the town of Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz. The beach can be reached by taking the New Brighton/Park Avenue exit off Highway One and follow signs to the campground. Address: Intersection McGregor Rd. and New Brighton State Beach Rd., Capitola 95010

Sunset-Union Valley Campground - High Sierra Trip- Union Reservoir

Find us in campsite # 116 in Sunset-Union Valley Campground at Union Reservoir. Address: Intersection of Icehouse Rd and Fashoda Rd. Linda and I hope you will join us for a relaxing vacation in the beautiful High Sierra, Crystal Basin Recreation Area. You can fish, hike, paddle, swim, or relax or read a book next to the lake. Our base camp in the Sunset-Union Valley Campground at Union Reservoir, located just 17 miles off Hwy 50 in the Sierra Nevada, elevation about 4900'. Website: Information and Campground Maps: http://www.californiasbestcamping.com/crystal_basin/sunset.html Camping: This campground fills up every day during the summer. I suggest making reservations today. Make your own reservations at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232083 . There are single sites, $28/night ($14 with senior pass) that can hold 2 vehicles and up to 6 people. Call [masked]) to make reservations by phone. You are responsible for your own reservations, meals and camping equipment. Facilities: The campground has131 sites and many can accommodate large RV's. There are no electrical hookups but each site has a picnic table, fire grills and drinking water nearby. Vault toilets are the norm. Coin-operated showers are available. Firewood can be purchased from the camp host, about $10 per bundle. Icehouse Resort (5 miles) offers a restaurant, gas and limited groceries, bait and fishing items. Activities: There are many trailheads into the Desolation Wilderness within 20 minutes driving from here. There are dozens of hikes ranging from easy to strenuous. Bring map, compass, GPS, and whatever you like to take hiking. There are 5 lakes within 15 miles of Icehouse. Bring your boat, to paddle or fish a different lake each day. Directions: Take high way 50 east from Sacramento, continue through Placerville, then through Pollock Pines. Continue east on Hwy 50, 8.3 miles to the Crystal Basin Recreation Area sign. Turn left at sign onto Icehouse Road and go 16 miles to Fashoda Road, and turn left to Sunset Campground. The nearest address for your GPS is Icehouse Lake Resort, 9199 Ice House Rd, Pollock Pines, 95726, which is about 5 miles from Fashoda Road. Additional camping available at Fashoda Campground, first come first serve, no reservations. Cabins: cabins available at Ice House Resort (General store and restaurant). Reservations[masked], rooms for about $100 per night. Motels in Pollock Pines, about 30 minutes from Union Reservoir: Best Western[masked] from $125 Westhaven Inn[masked] from $91 Fishing: The trout fishing here is usually good. The trout are about 12", some up to 18". Use can fish with eggs, night crawler worms, power bait or lures. Please supply your own fishing gear, tackle, and yes you'll need a fishing license. Many people fish from shore, others use canoes, float tubes, kayaks or power boats.

Vacation plans for 2020

Glacier National Park

Are you ready to make vacation plans for next year? Did you know you can make a reservation in December 2019 for a camp site for May 2020? Perhaps you’ve already begun making plans for next year. With that in mind, read on: Linda and I are planning an extended road trip in 2020. Along the way, we will revisit Glacier National Park, where we have camped and hiked extensively. Please join us for all or just a portion of this trip, as your schedule permits. Mark your calendars for dates sometime between June 15 and Sept 15. We will post the campground, site number and dates as soon as we confirm reservations. Our tentative plans are: Two Medicine Campground (12 days), St. Mary’s Campground (12 days), Many Glacier Campground (12 days) and Waterton Campground (14 days). Along the way, we will be stopping in other campgrounds in Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, Alberta, and Oregon. Do you have a favorite Campground that you would like to share with NCVC’s? Send Peter or me an email and we’ll add it to our list of great places to camp.

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Pinnacles Nat’l Park - Sept 24 to 30

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