Family Travels

Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering 2019

Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering 2019

One of our favorite events of the year is the Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering. This year saw just over eighty teardrop campers descend on the park. It was time to meet friends old and new and share wonderful food prepared for both the Dutch Oven Cookout on Friday night and the Pot Luck on Saturday evening. Read more...

First House Sit of 2019

First House Sit of 2019

It's great to get our first house sit of the year under our belt; a 10-night stay at a wonderful home in La Jolla, California with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, and just a 10-minute walk from the beach.  Our duties were straightforward; look after the house, get the trash out and empty the mailbox.  There were no pet responsibilities, which disappointed Xaria somewhat. Read more.

The Hills Alive With California Poppies

The Hills Alive With California Poppies

As you drive north on I-15 in Southern California, having passed Lake Elsinore, you cannot fail to see the super bloom of California Poppies that has burst out on the hills. It's a fabulous sight to withhold.  The beautiful display of wildflowers is attracting the crowds. Read more ...

Will There Be A Super Bloom?

Will There Be A Super Bloom?

Weather-wise it's been a crazy start to 2019 in Southern California - certainly the worst we've seen in eighteen years of living here.  Storm after storm has battered the West Coast, and temperatures have been on the really chilly side!  Thus, we were extremely happy to find that our first teardrop camping trip of the year to Anza Borrego State Park coincided with a couple of beautiful sunny days. Read more....

Where Tall Pines Meet Blue Sky

Where Tall Pines Meet Blue Sky

One of our favorite campgrounds in Southern California is at Table Mountain in the Angeles National Forest. We had timed our visit to coincide with ARRL Field Day and had been able to snag one of our favorite spots, Site #10. Table Mountain Campground offers well-separated sites, particularly at the top and bottom of the campground, and clean and tidy vault toilets. Firewood is available for purchase on site. Xaria lost absolutely no time getting down in the dirt on our arrival. 

Oysters, Frogs, Strawberries and Champagne

Oysters, Frogs, Strawberries and Champagne

For Mummy's 25th (again) birthday we headed to Agua Caliente Country Park, CA. Famous for its hot springs, the park is located 26 miles north of Ocotillo on S2 (also known as the Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849 - now that's a mouthful!).

Mountains of the Moon

Mountains of the Moon

We were all looking forward to our first teardrop outing of 2018 to Anza Borrego Desert State Park; it seemed an age since we were last out camping.  January is the best time of the year to come out to the desert, and we had booked the same site at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground as we had last time.

California Blooming

California Blooming

The torrential rains of the Winter of 2016 set the scene for one of the most spectacular wildflowers blooms California has seen in many a year.  As we rolled into Spring 2017, the deserts and hillsides burst into vibrant color, and we were lucky enough to be able to see some of the best areas.

2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

Great fun was had by all at the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering. Just under one hundred teardrop campers turned up and we were greeted with thousands of acres of yellow flowers surround the lake.

Joshua Tree National Park 2017

Joshua Tree National Park 2017

We love Joshua Tree National Park. For this trip, we planned to split time between the Indian Cove Campground and an Airbnb located in Wonder Valley, near Twentynine Palms. However, it was so cold that we decided to extend our stay in the Airbnb and just use our reserved campsite during the day.

South Carlsbad State Beach 2016

South Carlsbad State Beach 2016

South Carlsbad State Beach campground offers 220 campsites, approximately half of which are oceanside; offering a fantastic vista. Access to the beach is mainly via stairs down the cliffs, but there is one ramp at the south end of the facility. During the summer months, the campground is full every weekend and most weekdays. 

San Clemente State Beach

San Clemente State Beach

San Clemente State Beach campground sits high on the bluff, back some distance from the ocean. From the majority of the camping spots, including ours, you cannot see the sea, but you can smell the salt in the air.  The campground is not that pretty, functional would be the more appropriate description.