Great impromptu weekend getaway!
I like car-camping, but I’m sort of over the tent part 🙂 Especially cold, wet ground, stakes, air-mattresses, therma-rests, ahhhh!! If I’m backpacking, that’s what I sign up for, but car-camping, I’m all about gourmet meals and sleeping in!
This was by FAR, the best sleep I’ve ever had. I feel safe on top of my car! It was easy to pitch the tent and other than getting down mid-night to pee, the cushioned mattress alone was worth its weight in gold. My husband set up therma rests but we didn’t use them. It was comfy without! We tested a Tepui tent, the largest one available, because we’d really like to invest in one. The only thing you need is a roof rack and level ground!
Anyway, I think we’re going to get it now that we’ve tried it. Though this one was a little too spacious for us. ( I can’t believe I can even say that! )
Lucky I did because we got to the campground in the dark!
We brought our bikes to go for a mountain ride! My husband broke a spoke at about mile 2, but it didn’t fail too badly and we actually rode another 10 miles to complete the loop. We’ve done this route numerous times but the opposite direction. This private property (about 1 hour into the ride) has been building a treehouse for the last 4-6 months!
I ran my phone dead, so I missed out taking pics on Sunday morning. I made a ground lamb and potato hash! We did a recon mission on our bikes scoping out closed campsites and generally exploring areas behind locked gates. We went on an employee access road and found some cool creek crossings and an old stone fireplace that was sitting beside a creek. It was so fuzzy and green from moss, it looked like a relic! I wish I took photos ;(
Overall, camping in Big Basin was fun, but chilly during this time of year. We spent almost $100 buying firewood and $45/night because we brought 2 cars. Typically, 1 night is $35. We couldn’t fit the bikes AND the tent on my car AND my husband doesn’t have roof racks to mount the tent, so we had no option.
It took me a few hours to clean up all our camp equipment, wash clothes, re-wash and dry cooking stuff and tidy up the cottage. I was too tired to cook so we ordered out from Otoro Sushi from Scots Valley.
We had raw oysters, fried calamari, gyoza, saba and ikura nigiri, a seared beef roll and a spicy seared albacore roll. I was super happy! (The put the oysters on a bed of ice to keep them cold!)