Sunday, October 12, 2014

Road Trip - Camping Idyllwild Preserve in California

This year, for my birthday, we decided to take a little road trip to Idyllwild Preserve here in Southern California. It was a little last minute because we weren't sure we could get our vintage RV registered. 

My hubby had done the smog repairs himself, did a couple trips to smog check, took it to a smog "referee" (yes, that is a real thing!) and finally got his plates from the DMV. These are the perils of registering a classic or vintage vehicle here in CA, but we pride ourselves on our clean air.

Idyllwild is a quaint little mountain town in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County, California. It is right between Tahquitz Peak and Suicide Rock, well known rock climbing spots which make for fantastic scenery from the Thousand Trails park where we made our RV reservation.

The RV park was even quieter than we expected on Thursday when we rolled in. I love arriving to a campground on a Thursday when the sites are first come, first serve because most folks come in after work on Friday. We scored a choice space, nestled among pine and oak trees. The air was cool, crisp, and so refreshing after we had experienced a couple more 90 degree days at home this week.

The campground has RV sites with hookups, tent sites, and cabins. Many of the tent sites are park and walk up, and may of the RV sites are on the smaller side. All the more reason to get in early for a weekend. The cabins looked really lovely, though! There is a gorgeous pool, which is impressive for an RV park, a store, which sadly was closed for the season, laundry, showers, a lodge with wifi, but the best part was all the trails.

Not only were there beautiful views on all the somewhat easy trails, but there were rich, smooth, red Manzanita trees everywhere you looked!

Manzanitas are my absolute favorite!

When you get the bright green moss juxtaposed with the red bark, it is stunning!

No filter, no special lens.

Although we didn't bring our dog, this time, it looks as though dogs are allowed on trails and at the campground as long as they are leashed, so next time, Lulu... It would have been nice for her to tug me up some of the steeper hills!

This was our first time hiking with our almost 3 year old and he did pretty well getting a little piggy back or shoulder ride here and there.

The little guy said he liked this trip better than New York City and LEGOLAND!

He loves the outdoors!

It was so peaceful, here, and at night, we were treated to a sky full of bright stars.

So much to explore...

... and stunning views!

Somehow camp food just tastes so amazing!

Arts and crafts help pass the time. No TV needed!

Lookout for squirrels!

We even got a little fall color, here. Just a little...

Most of the landscape is very green pine.

If you're lucky, you may find a very big hawk feather!

We loved this park! We are going to book again, maybe a little earlier in September for next year, so we can make use of their lovely pool, seasonal Sunday brunch, Saturday cinnamon rolls, and probably bring the doggie next time, too!

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