Bakersfield, California, with a population of roughly 350,000, is the Golden State’s ninth largest city. Flanking the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, about 110 miles north of Los Angeles, Bakersfield is much more than the agriculture it is known for. The city has long been associated with the country western “Bakersfield Sound,” thanks […]
About 25 miles south of San Francisco is the picturesque seaside village of Half Moon Bay. While visiting this area with endless beaches and photo opportunities, you’ll hear the term “Coastside” used frequently. It refers to the San Mateo County Coastside, which is made up of more than 300 square miles of breathtaking California countryside. […]
In the last installment I shared my discovery of the encyclopedia repository in the old mining camp of Reilly, California, and suggested camping in the nearby ghost town of Ballarat. Ballarat is a forgotten mining ghost town. It was founded in 1896 as a supply point for the mines in the canyons of the Panamint […]
Those of us over 50 fondly (or maybe not so fondly) remember encyclopedias. Before you could find anything you wanted to online, encyclopedias provided a wealth of information contained in a set of voluminous books that required considerable shelf space lined up in order from A to Z. Every school library had at least one […]
My wife and I love exploring old, forgotten places that seldom (if ever) receive mention in a travel guidebook. That is one of several reasons why you will find us camped in the boondocks. Seldom visited attractions in remote areas equate to lack of supporting services like motels, restaurants, and RV parks. Such is the […]
The sign as you turn east off Highway 395 just south of Lee Vining, California states “Narrow Winding Road Next 46 Miles,” but don’t let that discourage you from driving the span of Highway 120. It is mostly RV friendly and full of adventure. The following is a list of things to see and do […]
Those of you that have followed this blog over the years know my preferred cost for a nightly campsite is free. However, free campsites are not always conveniently located near the places I want to visit, so when I do pay for a space, I like a campground that offers real value for the dollar. […]
Red Bluff Recreation Area in Northern California has been a regular stop along the way for my wife and I as we return home from our annual fall trip to the desert southwest. It is just a short distance off I-5 with a campground offering large spaces, some water and electric sites along with reasonable […]
South Lake Tahoe, California offers plenty in the way of golf courses, along with some very nice RV parks, too. Since 1960, Tahoe Paradise Golf Course has been one of the most popular courses in the area. The 18-hole, par 66 measures just 4,028 yards from the back tees, which allows golfers to finish a […]
Don’t let the West Coast RV parking shortages ruin your stay. Here’s how to cope when you go RVing in California, Oregon or Washington.
When you’re planning a vacation, the best campgrounds in the west are at your fingertips in the RV Life travelogue archives.