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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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Morro Bay State Park April 26 to April 29, 2019

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Morro Bay State Park features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The park museum has exhibits that cover natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a colorful marina and an 18-hole public golf course. On the bay's northeast edge is a pristine saltwater marsh that supports a thriving bird population. Bring binoculars. Trailer: 35 Feet. Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet. Check in time is 2 PM; check out time is 12 PM. Make your reservations at: https://www.reservecalifornia.com A visit to the Central Coast of California is not complete without a stop at the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park. The museum offers activities for all ages: nature walks, exhibits, lectures, puppet shows, videos, docent led tours and special events. Visit the Chumash garden along the side of the museum and learn how the Chumash used native plants of this area in their daily lives. The Museum of Natural History is within minutes of the Heron Rookery, Morro Bay State Park, Montana de Oro State Park, the El Moro Elfin Forest and Audubon's Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. The museum overlooks Morro Bay which is both a State and National Estuary. I plan to kayak in the harbor on Saturday morning, if you wish to join me.

Mackerricher State Park at Fort Bragg- May 10-12

MacKerricher State Park

This CA state park is just north of Fort Bragg on the Mendocino coast and has a lot of virtues. Hiking along the bluffs above the ocean is fun if not terribly demanding and there is a raised boardwalk part of the way for folks with mobility issues. Definitely one of the nicest state parks. I have scheduled this over a weekend so that people with jobs can come. A stay could probably be extended if desired. I have reserved site 80 in the West Pinewood Campground and of this writing there were plenty of sites available. If you are a tent camper and want to be with others, the East Pinewood Campground is for tents only. Some sites can accommodate vehicles to 35 feet and have picnic tables, fire rings, access to drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets and showers. Fort Bragg and Noyo Harbor are close by with access to fresh fish. Sites are now $45 so this is a nice place to share. As usual, we will schedule a get-together Friday evening to share some snacks and a libation. Reservations are made at www.reservecalifornia.com.

CALAVERAS BIG TREES STATE PARK - May 23 to 28, 2019

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Campsite #123 Oak Hollow Campgrounds Address: 1170 CA-4, Arnold, CA 95223 Calaveras became a State Park in 1931 to preserve the North Grove of giant sequoias. This area has been a major tourist attraction ever since, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California. This amazing park has a huge variety of habitats and recreational opportunities to explore. Camping: The Park has two main campgrounds with a total of 129 campsites, six picnic areas and several miles of established trails. During the Summer enjoy evening ranger talks, numerous interpretive programs, environmental educational programs, junior ranger programs, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and activities for school children. Max. Trailer Lengths 30 Feet Camper/Motorhome: 30 Feet This is a very popular campground and Memorial Weekend, so make reservations right away! Reservations: https://www.reservecalifornia.com/CaliforniaWebHome/ Location/Directions The park is northeast of Stockton, four miles northeast of Arnold on Highway 4. From SF Bay Area Take I-580 eastbound over Altamont Pass to I-205 toward Manteca, to US 99 North. Take the exit for State Hwy 4 Eastbound (Angel's Camp) to the Park Entrance. Calaveras Big Trees is about 35 minutes driving from Angel's Camp. Hiking: In addition to the popular North Grove, the Park features the South Grove, a five mile hiking trip through a spectacular grove of giant sequoias in their natural setting. Other attractions in the Park include the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, the Lava Bluff Trail and Bradley Trail.

Yellowstone National Park June 13-26th The Crown Jewel of our National Parks

Dear NCVC Members, Yellowstone National Park Trip (Our most Amazing National Treasure, The Crown Jewel of our National Park System & our 1st National Park) 10 Days in Yellowstone: June 13th-June 26th (14 Days including travel time) Arrive Yellowstone June 15th, Depart June 25th. More Wildlife in this Park than any other, Bar None!!! Why 10 Days? Because a week is not Enough!!! Optional Dinner at Old Faithful Inn 2nd and last nights! (must make dinner reservations real soon! It gets booked 4-6 months in advance!) I have camping reservations at the Canyon Campground (has showers/laundry, etc). If you are interested in this Yellowstone trip, and do not camp you must make your own lodging reservations in the Canyon area very soon. Yellowstone fills up months in advance. The Canyon area is minutes from the spectacular “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone” and minutes from Mt Washburn, the highest peak. If you are bringing your own RV or Trailer, you will need your own campsite. I have room for up to 4 people at my campsite who are tent or small van camping. Here’s the link if you need your own Lodging or Camping Reservations: https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com There are about 10 Campgrounds in Yellowstone. I choose Canyon Campground because of its central location and amenities shower, laundry, etc. I am looking for 1-4 folks to join me at my campsite. Once I have 4 signed up with me at my campsite, then anyone else will have to make their own reservations. I have been to Yellowstone about 20 times. Please let me know if you want to share my campsite. This park is getting close to full now, so make your reservations now. Option #1: Tent or Van Camp at my campsite at Canyon Campgrounds. Will take up to 4 people at my campsite. Split campground fees. First person to sign up will get my extra shower ticket for 10 days. Can take 1-2 more people in my SUV that are tent camping. Split gas/hotel expenses. I will be taking deposits now for anyone that is camping with me and/or driving with me. Option #2: RV or Trailer or you just want your own site. You will need your own campsite for RV/Trailer. Sites need to reserved now as they are getting full. Sites left are for 20 Ft or less still available at this writing. https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com Option #3: Lodging in Canyon Area is still available. Please reserve your site now. https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com Those traveling with me will split travel and lodging expenses. We will each take care of our own food. We will stay in hotels during the travel days to and from the National Park. 3 nights total in hotels, 2 there and 1 on the way back. I will organize daily hikes/sightseeing trips or explore on your own. Your choice each day. I have been to Yellowstone 20 times. Once I have 4 people for my campsite, any others will have to reserve there own campsite. Please contact me before you sign up to make sure this is going to work for you. Contact info below. Please e mail me directly if you have any questions: [masked] or call me[masked] (9 AM-6 PM any day) Please do not message me through Meetup. It slows down communication. Thanks, Randy

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Winter Break- March 10-24

Red Rock Canyon State Park

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