Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

View of the North Pines CG where we spent all but one...

While I was doing the dump station chores Elena took some parting...


Summerdale Campground site 30. The campground is right on Big Creek about...

Big Creek running through the campground.

Big Creek.

Still a little snow up here at 5,200'. The CG just opened...

The trees are blooming.


Manzanita in bloom.

The bees are busy.

Cascade area where we took a little hike.

Our dinner.

Our dessert.

It's dangerous to let Elena use the camera!

The last glowing embers on another beautiful evening.

(Ron Writing) Well after 8 days in Yosemite our luck at snagging campsites ran out.

We left the valley this morning heading back out the south entrance. We made a stop at Wawona, near the south entrance to see if any campsites were available. They had just one site open but it was not large enough to accommodate our rig. We continued out the south entrance and stopped at Summerdale Campground, a National Forest Service campground near Fish Camp. We were able to get a site here for two nights – just what we wanted ($10/day, no hookups).

After getting here we remembered staying here for a night back in 2006, the last time we visited Yosemite. This was shortly after we had decided to go full-time RVing and I remember having an interesting conversation with the campground hosts, who had recently started full-timing. This afternoon we visited with the current host and he knows that couple who were the hosts back in 2006 – in fact he co-hosted this campground with them for two years. He told us that they full-timed for about five years but now have a home in Texas.

After getting set up in our site we went for a walk around the campground and a short hike to a beautiful cascade and pools on Big Creek. Big Creek runs right through this meadow where the campground is located. It’s a large campground with only 28 widely spaced sites with lots of privacy. Now if this were Yosemite Valley the Park Service would have build about 150 sites on an area this large and if it were a commercial RV Park there would be at least 300 sites!

Three years ago today we moved out of our house and into our little home on wheels. It’s hard to believe it’s been three years already. We feel like we are just getting started with our travels. We are very happy with this life and only hope that we can continue RVing for many more years.

To celebrate our third anniversary we had a campfire and cooked veggies, roasted hot dogs, and roasted marshmallows for dessert. Then we sat by the fire enjoying the beautiful evening in this beautiful place while we reminisced about some of the adventures we’ve had the past three years.

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