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Help me find an awesomesauce campground in Southern California!

Looking for some suggestions for camp sites in the vicinity of Southern California for a camping trip this weekend. Amenities-wise the basics would work fine - water, a fire pit, and level ground to pitch our tent. Anything above and beyond that is icing. The campsite must allow dogs (we plan on bringing our pug, Hoggle). We really enjoy trail hiking and solitude and we most likely won't be doing any kind of water-related activities, although picturesque lakes and streams are a plus. Past places we've enjoyed camping at: -Coral Pink Sand Dunes - outside of Kanab, UT -Tanner's Flat Campground - UT -Fernwood Lodge - Big Sur, CA -Joshua Tree State Park -Malibu Creek State Park This is going to be a weekend trip so the driving distance has to be manageable. So, please, no recommendations for Redwoods National Park or Zion or something like that.
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome on Oct 26, 2010 - 9 answers

No water to rinse a soapy face

Can anyone recommend a good waterless face wash? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Oct 25, 2010 - 8 answers

AMC highlights?

I just joined the Appalachian Mountain Club. How can I make the most of this membership? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Oct 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Drank puddle water. Now how do we prevent an assplosion?

Drank a liter of unfiltered, chemically treated puddle water. What's the best course of action to avoid gastrointestinal Armageddon? [more inside]
posted by toftflin on Oct 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Destinations near LA and Tucson...

Help me plan this last minute trip! West coast and the south west... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Oct 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Where Jason Voorhees won't get us...

We need a new camping spot... outside of NYC. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Oct 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for family-friendly RV park near Chicago

Looking for family-oriented, clean RV park (not really interested in KOA) no more than 4 hours outside of Chicago. [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Oct 5, 2010 - 0 answers

Can I roast a turkey by sticking my curling iron in it? And other no-kitchen survival techniques.

Need advice for living through a kitchen renovation. (Or, how to camp out in your own house?) [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Oct 3, 2010 - 33 answers

Camping between Charlotte and Philly

Camping filter: looking for fairly easy tent camping roughly halfway between Charlotte, NC and Philadelphia, PA. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Sep 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Where should I pitch a tent?

Help me plan a camping road-trip (starting from Kansas City, MO) in early October? Challenge: 1 toddler & 1 pre-schooler. [more inside]
posted by jferg on Sep 19, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me navigate the world of camping purchases...

Getting camping gear together... what should we buy next? We have just bought a tent (4 person), 2 chairs and 2 therma rests. We will be camping at a caravan park this time. What should we buy next? What are the priorities? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Sep 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Best 1.5 (Cheap) Days in Olympic National Park?

Myself and two friends have decided to do our annual reunion in Olympic National park but since we’re all short on vacation, we only have Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Is there a way we could somehow combine a 4-10 mile day hike with a coastal experience in this amount of time? I've seen the wta.org and nps.gov sites but I'm sort of overwhelmed by choice and looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by neko75 on Sep 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Socal Weekend Camping

Where, within a two-hour drive of Torrance, California, can I camp for one or two nights? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 12, 2010 - 5 answers

What's your Camping Bible?

What do you recommend for United States remote camping guides? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Sep 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for camp sites in WA that have rope swings over water.

I'm looking for areas in Washington state that have rope swings over water. [more inside]
posted by JasonSch on Sep 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Car Camp Colorado

Ms Jabo and I are headed to Colorado for some car camping. Our route is from Pagosa Springs to Lake City to Lake Irwin Camp Ground (East of Crested Butte). Any car camping and/or scenic stop-over recommendations along the way will be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jabo on Sep 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Getting A Tent Site

Is it risky showing up in the middle of the day on a holiday weekend expecting to snag a tent site at the Mt. Pisgah, NC campground? [more inside]
posted by philmas on Sep 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Maine (near Augusta) camping on a lake/island?

Maine (near Augusta) camping on a lake/island? [more inside]
posted by Carialle on Sep 2, 2010 - 3 answers

What's on your MTB?

Going on a 3-day mountain bike ride, what should I bring? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

DIY tent upgrade - advice needed please

Our tent is OK but there's a gap between the sides and the groundsheet, which makes it rather chilly. How can I best make it more wind- and rain-proof? I think attaching a strip of some sort of waterproof material around the bottom of the sides, that could be tucked under the groundsheet, is the best option. But what sort of fabric? And how do I stop the water wicking up it from the ground and making the sides of the tent wet? [more inside]
posted by monster max on Aug 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Mid-Atlantic lakeshore campsite recommendations?

Does anyone have any recommendations for fall car-camping spots on a lake in the mid-Atlantic/northeast region? Bonus points for dark sky areas. [more inside]
posted by ruwan on Aug 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Figuring out logistics of camping & hiking in Alaska

Camping in Alaska: I'm looking to camp at the Eklutna Lake campgrounds 3 weeks from now on way to a 4 day sojourn into Denali State Park. However, I can't reserve a spot in advance. How likely is it that there will be no free campgrounds available, being slightly after the end of the summer season? What are some similar quality campgrounds in the "between Anchorage & Denali" zone if Eklutna is fully booked? [more inside]
posted by Darke on Aug 17, 2010 - 4 answers

What can do for a few days?

What can two thirty year old dudes do for a few days? We are in Dorset in the UK and have access to cash and a car. Camping will probably be involved, but where shall we go? And what shall we do? Outdoor pursuits and drinking of real ale and cider sound good, any suggestions?
posted by mooreeasyvibe on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Driving from MA to MT, suggestions for stops along the way

Recently divorced, 39, and moving from MA to MT in early Sept. I was planning on driving along the I-90. I'm trying to figure out what is worth visiting, and also where to stop/camp along the way. This is about a 3000 mile drive. And I'm hoping to drive around 600 miles a day, but this is adjustable to some extent. I wouldn't mind spending extra days in some locations if its worthwhile. One stop I plan to make will be Niagra Falls. (I also have both USA and Canadian Passports, so I can cross the border ok.) I hope to camp most of the way. I also have a large 80lb doberman-mix, which complicates things slightly. I'd be willing to get off the I-90 to see some things if its worth it. I'm not in a rush.. I'm more interested in things found in nature rather than city-life type stuff. But stopping in some big cities for some notable food or sites wouldn't be rejected outright.
posted by herox on Aug 14, 2010 - 19 answers

feels like burning

BurningFilter: best (and worst) advice for a handful of twentysomething female newbies camping for a week in the desert? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Aug 12, 2010 - 16 answers

Maine cheaply, chiefly.

36 hours in Maine this weekend with a rental car. I am thinking of not getting a hotel room and instead car-camping. I'll be in Camden Maine for a wedding Friday and Saturday and plan to return to Boston late on Saturday to take a bus to DC. I want to spend as much of Friday wandering around Portland before driving to Camden and kind of want to spend the morning in Portland on Saturday, too. Is this a good idea? Any tips on quiet places to park and snooze?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Where to go hiking in Middle Tennessee?

Hiking and camping near Nashville, or middle Tennessee area. [more inside]
posted by circle_b on Aug 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Michigan to Cumberland Falls, KY

Any tips for driving from Michigan to Somerset Kentucky and then taking in Cumberland Falls? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 on Aug 7, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I go backpacking in the backcountry?

What are the logistics involved in back-country camping / backpacking (CA specific)? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Aug 4, 2010 - 20 answers

I swear my parents never worried about this stuff.

Please help me decide if I should force my son to go on a camp sleep-over. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 27, 2010 - 69 answers

Always check you bring your tent frame. Twice.

Where can you buy a tent in Tuscany, Italy? Friends on holiday over there are in need of one. [more inside]
posted by Harry on Jul 24, 2010 - 2 answers

What's that smell?

Going camping this weekend and I have a food safety question. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Jul 22, 2010 - 14 answers

NC to Toronto Road Trip: Boats, Beds and Camping!

Traveling to Toronto from NC with my cousin in 2 weeks and looking for good sailboat charters, Hiking/Camping, City activities and, oh ya, now we need a place to stay... [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jul 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Please help me plan an awesome hardcore state crossin' bicycle trip! Now in 3D!

Me and my girlfriend are planning to embark upon a long adventure. We have never done it before and have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jul 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Where can I go beach camping (with booze) in the mid-Atlantic region?

Where can I go beach camping in the mid-Atlantic region? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Jul 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Inexpensive Lodging/Camping in Toronto Area This Summer?

Toronto MeFites: can you help us find inexpensive lodging/camping? [more inside]
posted by cows of industry on Jul 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Camping in Kansas?

My 13 y/o niece and 12 y/o nephew are moving to Topeka this summer. I promised them I would take them camping this year -- now that they are moving, I'm thinking of driving up to Kansas for a long weekend this fall for a visit and taking them camping somewhere there. [more inside]
posted by megancita on Jul 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Camping and swimming in Northern California

Looking for a smallish campsite in Northern California with close driving or walking access to great swimming holes. [more inside]
posted by gatorbiddy on Jul 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Car rental and camping near chicago.

A question about renting a car and camping within 4 hours of Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Jul 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Sleeping rough at the Fringe

I'm looking for suggestions on good places to camp during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Jul 13, 2010 - 3 answers

I would like to sleep on the dinosaur again, please.

Can anyone identify this Ontario camping area, based on my slightly spotty recollection of smooth yellowish rocks by the beach and a rock wall bordering my individual campsite? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jul 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Any advice for long-term tent camping?

Any advice for long-term tent camping? [more inside]
posted by CallMeWhiskers on Jul 8, 2010 - 24 answers

Road trip/camping with sciatic pain?

Car camping on the California coast with sciatica? Help us find things to do that won't exacerbate the pain. [more inside]
posted by palacewalls on Jul 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Public transport accessible campsites in DC, Virginia or Maryland?

I live in DC and have just had a great weekend away, camping down near Virginia Beach. Now I want to plan another couple of camping weekends this summer but I'm not keen on the cost of renting a car to do so. Does anyone know of any campgrounds in DC/Virginia/Maryland that are accessible from DC via public transport?
posted by uk_giffo on Jul 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Using charcoal in a fire ring?

Can we use charcoal for cooking in a campsite fire ring? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Jul 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Oregon outdoors ideas needed for the weekend.

I've been procrastinating about finalizing my travel plans and now find the weekend looming and nothing planned. I've got Friday afternoon to Tuesday evening to start in Eugene (mid-state) to get anywhere in a 200 mile radius to have some fun. I love to mountain bike, be outdoors and get in the water. All else is optional. Not into campgrounds or crowds. The 4th is obviously a big weekend to travel. There's a lot to do here. What are some favorite places to get away and see some beauty away from it all. [more inside]
posted by diode on Jun 30, 2010 - 1 answer

group camping and food

organization VS random chaos...help me decide! [more inside]
posted by janelikes on Jun 28, 2010 - 15 answers

Tasty camping food?

I'm going camping for 3 days. I want to eat as well as I can. No refrigeration. What can I take? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Jun 26, 2010 - 28 answers

We Need 4th of July Camping Recommendations

ProcrastinationFilter: We want to go camping next week somewhere within 3 hours of Denver. We've reserved nothing. We have a dog. Help! [more inside]
posted by shew on Jun 25, 2010 - 5 answers

The stars at night, are big and bright... *clap clap clap clap*

Big Bend v. Guadalupe Mountains: Help me not die out in the deserts of West Texas in August! (Part Two In a Series) [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Jun 16, 2010 - 19 answers

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