HAPPY CAMPERS – NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS!!!
January 21, 2010, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Arizona
, Arizona Road Trip
, Grand Canyon
, Happy Campers
, National Parks
, Road Trip
, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
, West Coast Road Trip
, Zion National Park
Has the economy got you down? Are you yearning for a vacation but just can’t afford a plane ticket to paradise? Fear not my friend, PARADISE is in our own backyard, explore the great outdoors! Happy Campers is a unique camping tour service. For those that don’t know “how” to camp, we teach you. For those that do, we show you more! Your trip guides are a chef and an archaeologist. Both of us are experienced campers and will show you the ropes on everything from pitching a tent and building a fire to hiking “smart” and getting the most out of your nature experience.
We take groups of 2-12 people on camping trips lasting from 3 days to 2 weeks. Each trip is custom fit to YOUR NEEDS & DESIRES. We can camp on the beach an hour away or at one of our Nation’s beautiful National Parks 5-6 hours away. We tell you what to bring, show you how to set up camp like a pro and even cook gourmet campsite meals for you! Abigail, our resident archaeologist, will teach you about the geography of the area we camp and hike in as well as show you how to keep an eye open for traces of old civilizations. We will also teach you basic survival skills. Don’t worry, this isn’t boot camp, there is plenty of time for relaxing and just enjoying your surroundings.
Trips start as cheap as $50/person. This fee includes all your meals, snacks, firewood and campsite fees for the trip. You bring your tent & sleeping bag and we’ll show you how to use it. Make your reservations now! We will be guiding trips from April to August anywhere within 8 hours driving distance from Southern California. Camping is fun & affordable and there are many BEAUTIFUL places here in the US worth exploring. Come enjoy Nature with us!
Leave a comment with your email address and we will contact you about planning your trip. Gather your family or a group of friends and lets go camping!
Check out some of out past trips:
Zion National Park
Crater Lake National Park
Redwoods National Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Grand Canyon National Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park: Day 4
Ok so today we really did have to go home =( On our way out we stopped at Moro Rock. I felt like I was working out on a stair-master getting to the top, but it was well worth the effort. I hear Oscar De La Hoya trained here.
a dead tree on the side of Moro Rock... I bet it has a corny name some explorer gave it
Looking to the right from atop Moro Rock
Looking to the left from atop Moro Rock
the view from Moro Rock
after the rock it was a long, content drive home
a dust devil
a spectacle called a Sun Dog in the sky above a scenic California landscape
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park: Day 3
We woke up early because #1 it was hot as hell in the tent but #2 because we were supposed to pack up camp and get on the road with enough time to see Crystal Cave, Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow on our way home. It was Sunday and we all had things to do back home the next day. Over breakfast we were talking about how we didn’t really get to see everything or spend enough time there. We talked ourselves into staying another day and headed out to enjoy the forest…
We took a pic before saying good bye to our neighbors Christina & Laurin who were headed next to Death Valley and then Grand Canyon
our first stop was Crystal Cave. We had to buy $11 tickets the day before
the entrance to Crystal Cave
stalagtites. It was hard to get the camera to focus in total darkness
these formations were called Drapes
the marble roof of Crystal Cave
water still flows from the cave
looking back into the Real World
the gate to the cave was rad
awwwww, Renzito y Junebugg (on the hike up from the cave)
Booker T. Washington tree
this is called the Auto Log because cars used to park on top to take pictures
Everything even slightly food related was bear-proofed
the roots of a massive sequoia tree are only 3-5 feet deep. They tend to fall over when they get too big and heavy
I wanna see them cutting this log
we had the BEST lunch that day
if I was Bambi I would totally frolic here
Renzo at the base of a giant tree
we came across this precious little girl on our walk back to the car, she like to draw
We had quite a bit of time before sundown and decided to take the long drive to Cedar Grove at the other side of Kings Canyon… and boy was it long!!!
Kings Canyon National Park
this isn't a painting, its really the way nature formed the rock
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park : Day 2
We woke up excited for all the exploring we were about to do. Its good to have a nice breakfast before a long day of hiking and we started off the day right! After breakfast we headed to Grant’s Grove in King’s Canyon
Breakfast of camping and Hawaiian champions: Spam, Eggs & Rice
Abigail, Renzo and I at the base of a fallen giant sequoia
the view from inside a hollow tree
I didnt take a pic of the stump, it made me too sad.
Abigail, General Grant and I. He is the 3rd Largest Tree in the World
General Grant from a far
Check out the difference in size between the cars and the trees
Abi the tree hugger
Lichen Moss... we use this stuff on Rose Parade Floats
a chipmunk... I couldn't help but think of Chip & Dale
a beautiful big tree
fire helps keep the forest alive
If I were a chipmunk or small critter, I would definitely live here!
Giant tree on the border of a soon to be exciting meadow
the contrast of the red bark and green meadow was beautiful
the trees in the background probably saw this tree die...
this isn't a path, its a fallen tree being swallowed up by the meadow
trees fall all the time here. Ones crossing paths get cut, the others stay
look how the boulder and the tree grew together!
bear poo with a cherry on top... an ominous warning of what was soon to come
wild pea pods
the roots of a fallen tree
one of my favorite insects
soft green carpet with vibrant red bark
the meadow is breathtaking
as I was taking this picture a bear walked onto the path...
I walked away from the bear slowly but forgot to take a picture
the view from a lookout point on the way back to camp
we discovered Lake Hume is a wonderful place to spend a whole day (too bad we didnt have a whole day)
bring a picnic, some cold drinks and a swimsuit...
or even a kayak...
or raft, the water was simply amazing no matter how you enjoy it
another look out point
our neighbor Laurin, a German on a 6-week vacation road trip thru the US. We invited him & his girlfriend Christina to dinner. They were so excited to eat something besides canned beans
Potatoes were the first ingredient in our dinner
Curry Chicken, the final product. Loren even licked the paper plate after 4 helpings
a moth landed in my wine!
after dinner we roasted marshmallows
and made smores... mmmm
Laurin loved smores so much that he roasted 5 marshmallows at once, even though we ran out of graham crackers
he wrapped them with chocolate in a tortilla instead, and exclaimed, "I love America!"
before bed we roasted some corn to have for lunch the next day
Fun photo with Fire
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park: Day 1
Its been many many years since I’ve visited this magical place and I was so excited to go back! We woke up at 5am and headed north. When we were about an hour away, we stopped to get our groceries for the trip.
We drove thru farmland
We stopped at a fruit stand on the way to stock up on produce
Then we arrived in Exeter, got some gas and other grocery store essentials
R-N Market was the only grocery store in town
an old AAA tow truck in Three Rivers
the local auto repair shop: Pat O'Connels
vote Blue Pig for President?
Biker camping looks rad!
FINALLY we arrived in Sequoia!!!
the giant forest is AMAZING pictures can't really capture its greatness
we stayed at Crystal Springs Campground in Kings Canyon National Park
Bears run rampant. Our campsite had a bear box to store our food
Home sweet home for the weekend... Campsite #24
I FINALLY got a hammock to bring camping and it was as wonderful as it looks
the local market had the right idea... I gladly paid $7.99 for the smores kit
a quick and easy 1st night of camping dinner: pasta with ground turkey
We went to bed tired as hell but happy as can be, excited for the day ahead of us