The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


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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!

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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

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park: Day 4
August 4, 2009, 7:02 am
Filed under: camping, Life, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Travel

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

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 right from atop Moro Rock

Looking to the left from atop Moro Rock

Looking to the left from atop Moro Rock

the view from Moro Rock

the view from Moro Rock

after the rock it was a long, content drive home

a dust devil

a dust devil

a spectacle called a Sun Dog in the sky above a scenic California landscape

a spectacle called a Sun Dog in the sky above a scenic California landscape

the end.



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 Kristina & Loren who were headed next to Death Valley and then Grand Canyon

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

our first stop was Crystal Cave. We had to buy $11 tickets the day before

the entrance to Crystal Cave

the entrance to Crystal Cave

stalagtites. It was hard to get the camera to focus in total darkness

stalagtites. It was hard to get the camera to focus in total darkness

these formations were called Drapes

these formations were called Drapes

the marble roof of Crystal Cave

the marble roof of Crystal Cave

water still flows from the cave

water still flows from the cave

looking back into the Real World

looking back into the Real World

the gate to the cave was rad

the gate to the cave was rad

awwwww, Renzito y Junebugg (on the hike up from the cave)

awwwww, Renzito y Junebugg (on the hike up from the cave)

Booker T. Washington tree

Booker T. Washington tree

this is called the Auto Log because cars used to park on top to take pictures

this is called the Auto Log because cars used to park on top to take pictures

Everything even slightly food related was bear-proofed

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

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

Tunnel Log

Tunnel Log

I wanna see them cutting this log

I wanna see them cutting this log

we had the BEST lunch that day

we had the BEST lunch that day

Crescent Meadow

Crescent Meadow

if I was Bambi I would totally frolic here

if I was Bambi I would totally frolic here

Renzo at the base of a giant tree

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 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

Kings Canyon National Park

Kings River

Kings River

this isn't a painting, its really the way nature formed the rock

this isn't a painting, its really the way nature formed the rock



Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park : Day 2
August 4, 2009, 6:15 am
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Life, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Travel

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

Breakfast of camping and Hawaiian champions: Spam, Eggs & Rice

Abigail, Renzo and I at the base of a fallen giant sequoia

Abigail, Renzo and I at the base of a fallen giant sequoia

the view from inside a hollow tree

the view from inside a hollow tree

I didnt take a pic of the stump, it made me too sad.

I didnt take a pic of the stump, it made me too sad.

Knapp's Cabin

Knapp's Cabin

Abigail, General Grant and I. He is the 3rd Largest Tree in the World

Abigail, General Grant and I. He is the 3rd Largest Tree in the World

General Grant from a far

General Grant from a far

Check out the difference in size between the cars and the trees

Check out the difference in size between the cars and the trees

Abi the tree hugger

Abi the tree hugger

Lichen Moss... we use this stuff on Rose Parade Floats

Lichen Moss... we use this stuff on Rose Parade Floats

a chipmunk... I couldn't help but think of Chip & Dale

a chipmunk... I couldn't help but think of Chip & Dale

a beautiful big tree

a beautiful big tree

fire helps keep the forest alive

fire helps keep the forest alive

If I were a chipmunk or small critter, I would definitely live here!

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

Giant tree on the border of a soon to be exciting meadow

the contrast of the red bark and green meadow was beautiful

the contrast of the red bark and green meadow was beautiful

looking up!

looking up!

the trees in the background probably saw this tree die...

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

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

trees fall all the time here. Ones crossing paths get cut, the others stay

look how the boulder and the tree grew together!

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

bear poo with a cherry on top... an ominous warning of what was soon to come

wild pea pods

wild pea pods

the roots of a fallen tree

the roots of a fallen tree

one of my favorite insects

one of my favorite insects

soft green carpet with vibrant red bark

soft green carpet with vibrant red bark

the meadow is breathtaking

the meadow is breathtaking

as I was taking this picture a bear walked onto the path...

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

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

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)

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... you won't be mad

bring a picnic, some cold drinks and a swimsuit...

even little kayaks

or even a kayak...

or raft, the water was simply amazing

or raft, the water was simply amazing no matter how you enjoy it

another look out point

another look out point

our neighbor Loren, a German on a 6-week vacation road trip thru the US. We invited him & his girlfriend Kristina to dinner

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

Potatoes were the first ingredient in our dinner

Curry Chicken, the final product. Loren even licked the paper plate after 4 helpings

Curry Chicken, the final product. Loren even licked the paper plate after 4 helpings

a moth landed in my wine!

a moth landed in my wine!

after dinner we roasted marshmallows

after dinner we roasted marshmallows

and made smores... mmmm

and made smores... mmmm

Loren loved smores so much that he roasted 5 marshmallows at once

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 he exclaimed, "I love America!"

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

before bed we roasted some corn to have for lunch the next day

Fun photo with Fire

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 drove thru farmland

We stopped at a fruit stand on the way to stock up on produce

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

Then we arrived in Exeter, got some gas and other grocery store essentials

R-N Market was the only grocery store in town

R-N Market was the only grocery store in town

an old AAA tow truck in Three Rivers

an old AAA tow truck in Three Rivers

the local auto repair shop: Pat O'Connels

the local auto repair shop: Pat O'Connels

vote Blue Pig for President?

vote Blue Pig for President?

Biker camping looks rad!

Biker camping looks rad!

FINALLY we arrived in Sequoia!!!

FINALLY we arrived in Sequoia!!!

the giant forest is AMAZING pictures can't really capture its greatness

the giant forest is AMAZING pictures can't really capture its greatness

we stayed at Crystal Springs Campground in Kings Canyon National Park

we stayed at Crystal Springs Campground in Kings Canyon National Park

Bears run rampant. Our campsite had a bear box to store our food

Bears run rampant. Our campsite had a bear box to store our food

Home sweet home for the weekend... Campsite #24

Home sweet home for the weekend... Campsite #24

our backyard

our backyard

I FINALLY got a hammock to bring camping and it was as wonderful as it looks

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

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

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