The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


HAPPY CAMPERS – NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS!!!

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

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West Coast Road Trip: Day 1
August 21, 2009, 5:06 am
Filed under: Art, camping, DJing, Events, J Ross Parrelli, Life, Music, Oregon, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

Just 10 days after a magnificent trip to Sequoia National Park I was at it again, only this time on a grander scale. I was scheduled to DJ at the Northwest World Reggae Festival with my girl J Ross Parrelli. At first I had planned to fly up and back down but thru the wonders of Facebook, I learned that my cousins Kristi & Kelly would be together in Washington at the same time. We coordinated our schedules and it worked out that we would be able to take the road trip of a life time together! I hadn’t spent time with Kristi & Kelly together since I was in 7th grade and I was really excited. The plan: Kelly flies from NY to Seattle to meet Kristi, they drive down to the festival in Oregon to see my show and pick me up. Then the three O’Neills drive from Oregon to Long Beach. The pictures below are what ensued. First off, I was in Oregon for this festival:

Northwest World Reggae Festival

Northwest World Reggae Festival

I flew into Portland Thursday night and my friend Giana picked me up. We went back to her house to pick up her kids before driving down to Marcola where the festival takes place. While waiting for her to pack, Giana told me to look at the paintings her son did. At the beginning of summer, her boys went to a children’s hip hop summer camp and her 11 year old son Baqi painted these!

painted by an 11 year old boy!

painted by an 11 year old boy!

Baqi (the artist) with his painting "The Light Within"

Baqi (the artist) with his painting "The Light Within"

It blew me away! This kid is like a flyer version Basquiat and he’s only 11! I can only imagine how his art will look when he grows up… watch out for Baqi!

The drive from Portland to Marcloa was almost 3 hours and we didn’t arrive at the festival until around 1am. I was tired as hell and it was raining. I snuck into a crowded tent with J Ross, Yanski, Will and Axé. There was a small space between a person and a puddlle so I claimed it as my own and KNOCKED OUT for the night. In the morning I woke up and we went to the local store to get some supplies and phone reception.

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Axé was wearing some fly kicks

The little town was so cute! This was their Community News bulliten

The little town was so cute! This was their Community News bulletin

I LOVE the logo for the Oregon State lotto... fingers crossed!

I LOVE the logo for the Oregon State lotto... fingers crossed!

Axé and Selah met in the little market...

Axé and Selah met in the little market...

I enjoyed an amazing snickerdoodle with my Rockstar for breakfast

I enjoyed an amazing snickerdoodle with my Rockstar for breakfast

The paper had the perfect Orgonian on the cover

The paper had the perfect Orgonian on the cover

Back at the festival I explored our surroundings. It takes place on some property an old man owns, he gets a shitload of money every year and we get a festival. People camp on the outskirts of the prarie right next to the trees. The festival and all its booths take place in the middle. For some reason I didnt take enough pictures to give you all an accurate look at how it was but here it goes:

This field would soon be filled with people watching the show

This field would soon be filled with people watching the show (stage is in the middle)

I cooked up some pasta for our peeps...

I cooked up some pasta for our peeps...

a painting by Derek Leitch, MZK, at the eVocal booth

a painting by Derek Leitch, MZK, at the eVocal booth

These teepees were the green rooms backstage

These teepees were the green rooms backstage

I loved this flower, anybody know the name of it?

I loved this flower, its called a Queen Anne's Lace (thanks Ruff Kuts!)

The festival even had pirates in addition to the mass of hippies

The festival even had pirates in addition to the mass of hippies

Honey Bucket for the ladies only... really!

Honey Bucket for the ladies only... really!

quite possibly the coolest hoodie I've even seen

quite possibly the coolest hoodie I've even seen

Herbal Shakes & Hot Elixers

Herbal Shakes & Hot Elixirs

Tierra Madre

Tierra Madre - Fine Latin Foods

Divine Cupcakes

Divine Cupcakes

Bio Diesel conversion kits were even available at the festival!

Bio Diesel conversion kits were even available at the festival!

some yummy organic fruit

some yummy organic fruit

Conscious Cultivation Honey

Conscious Cultivation Honey

Ethiopian cross in front of Kristafari's tent. I'm bummed I didnt get a pic of him!

Ethiopian cross in front of Kristafari's tent. I'm bummed I didnt get a pic of him!

Turntable art at Kristafari's camp (he had the best camp of the festival)

Turntable art at Kristafari's camp (he had the best camp of the festival)

We were camped right behind the eVocal booth

We were camped right behind the eVocal booth

My cousins Kristi & Kelly arrived!

My cousins Kristi & Kelly arrived!

at the same time my friend dj Counterstryke's sister Laurel arrived

at the same time my friend dj Counterstryke's sister Laurel arrived

Zulu Nation representing at the festival

Zulu Nation representing at the festival

Finally it was time for the show. J Ross Parrelli and I were on right after Queen Omega, she had a live band and  rocked an amazing show. Parrelli and I were caught off guard when we discovered that the turntables were on the side of the stage instead of ON the stage but we still had a great show!

Blowin bubbles and bangin' beats!

Blowin bubbles and bangin' beats!

J Ross blowing everyone away

J Ross blowing everyone away

Laurel and her friends enjoyed the show

Laurel and her friends enjoyed the show

the Mighty Junebugg

the Mighty Junebugg

Yanski rocked it with a bullhorn

Yanski rocked it with a bullhorn

So we played until about 1:30 and then went to check out Kristafari’s set in the Dome. I was about to fall over form exhaustion so I went to bed, the next day would be a big one!



West Coast Road Trip: Day 2
August 21, 2009, 5:06 am
Filed under: camping, Life, National Parks, Oregon, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

We woke up and started packing. Our next destination on the trip was Crater Lake National Park and it was gonna take about 4 hours to drive there. I was sad the leave the festival but excited for the journey ahead. I snapped a couple more festival pics and we were on our way!

place your butts here

place your butts here

carved lion on stage

carved lion on stage

NW World Reggae Festival

NW World Reggae Festival

the Kingsford Charcoal factory was right down the road for the festival

the Kingsford Charcoal factory was right down the road for the festival

our guides for the trip worked WAY better than the GPS

our guides for the trip worked WAY better than the GPS

the Quality Fence Company has some suspicious looking logos!

the Quality Fence Company has some suspicious looking logos!

We stopped at Colliding Rivers viewpoint

We stopped at Colliding Rivers viewpoint

Kristi, Kelly and I dipped our dogs in the water

Kristi, Kelly and I dipped our dogs in the water

Bug Farm Rd!

Bug Farm Rd!

this helicopter scooped up water from the river RIGHT NEXT to our car

this helicopter scooped up water from the river RIGHT NEXT to our car

we took the Rogue Umpqua Oregon Scenic Byway to Crater Lake

we took the Rogue Umpqua Oregon Scenic Byway to Crater Lake

We followed the Umpqua River most of the way

We followed the Umpqua River most of the way

the Umpqua River

the Umpqua River

um... yeah, I'll pass on the Dread and Terror section if the trail!

um... yeah, I'll pass on the Dread and Terror section if the trail!

These dense, tall, skinny trees told me we were close to an ancient volcano

These dense, tall, skinny trees told me we were close to an ancient volcano

ok, really it was the map but I did notice a change in folliage

ok, really it was the map but I did notice a change in folliage

A pumice desert... I should have ran barefoot thru it to soften up my feet

A pumice desert... I should have ran barefoot thru it to soften up my feet

2009 O'Neill Vacay!

2009 O'Neill Vacay!

at last... Crater Lake!!!

at last... Crater Lake!!!

Wizard Island in Crater Lake

Wizard Island in Crater Lake

the O'Neill girls

the O'Neill girls

Junebugg the Explorer!

Junebugg the Explorer!

a mesa on the edge of the lake

a mesa on the edge of the lake

Crater Lake is in a cauldera

Crater Lake is in a caldera

This is where it gets a little crazy. We got to the campground around 5pm and we were dying to take showers. We waited in line to get a campsite and the guy in front of us got THE LAST ONE!!! Well us O’Neill girls weren’t gonna take that for an answer. We drove around the campground looking for people that might wanna take us in. To our suprise, no one looked compatible. We noticed a lot of empty reserved spaces though and couldn’t imagine that so many people would come so late. We found a large site to squat on and no sooner did we set up our tent, than the real tenants of the site pulled up. We bated our eyelashes, pleaded our case and they ended up being cool with it. We had our tent set up in their site and our fire and stove set up in the next site over which was reserved for the fire fighters who had been fighting the fire I talked about earlier. We were so proud of our resourcefulness! Finally we got our well earned showers, cooked dinner and settled in around the campfire.

Cheers!

Cheers!

the Crater lake wine was delicious

the Crater lake wine was delicious

Smores were the perfect way to top off the evening and then it was time for bed

Smores were the perfect way to top off the evening and then it was time for bed

That night we froze our asses off. Kristi wanted to use the tarp and I thougt we didnt need to bother… boy was I wrong. Even though there was no rain, the moisture in the air soaked into our sleeping bags and we shivered all night long.



West Coast Road Trip: Day 3
August 21, 2009, 5:05 am
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Life, National Parks, Oregon, Photography, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

We woke up EARLY and packed up our two campsites. Today our plan was to drive from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon to Redwoods National Park in California.

over the river and thru the woods... (Rogue River)

over the river and thru the woods... (Rogue River)

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Oregon State Parks

after a couple hours we entered California!

after a couple hours we entered California!

And not long after that the Redwood National and State Parks

And not long after that the Redwood National and State Parks

California coast near Crescent City

California coast near Crescent City

Crescent City is susceptible to tsunamis. According to Humboldt State University,[3] the city experienced tsunami conditions 17 times between the years 1943 and 1994. Although most of these effects were barely perceptible, one tsunami in particular extensively damaged the city in 1964. We were lucky to not experience any tsunamis during our visit.

crazy cousins

crazy cousins

the O'Neill 3

the O'Neill 3

California state flower: Poppy

California state flower: Poppy

I got some sand from this beach

I got some sand from this beach

Paul Bunion and his ox Baby Blu

Paul Bunion and his ox Baby Blu

no Kristi the saying goes, "Grab the bull by its HORNS"

no Kristi the saying goes, "Grab the bull by its HORNS"

The Treeeeeeees of Mystery and a big crock of shit

The Treeeeeeees of Mystery and a big crock of shit

Junebugg & Bigfoot

Junebugg & Bigfoot

Check the vertical trees growing from the branches

Check the vertical trees growing from the branches

Somehow they called it the worlds largest tree

Somehow they called it the worlds largest tree

more "Trees of Mystery" crockery

more "Trees of Mystery" crockery

again, can I get some help on the name of this flower

again, can I get some help on the name of this flower

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People actually PAY to get married here

People actually PAY to get married here

The Brotherhood Tree

The Brotherhood Tree

Us cousins at the Brotherhood Tree

Us cousins at the Brotherhood Tree

a fascinating Redwood fact at the Trees Of Mystery

a fascinating Redwood fact at the Trees Of Mystery

this is what made my $14 worth it at the Treeeees of Mystery

this is what made my $14 worth it at the Treeeees of Mystery

halfway up

halfway up

THIS my friends, is the attraction at the top

THIS my friends, is the attraction at the top

a fascinating Redwood fact

a fascinating Redwood fact

this was so crazy to me

this was so crazy to me

some guy carved this with a redwood with a chainsaw

some guy carved this with a redwood with a chainsaw

Digger the redwood dog

Digger the redwood dog

Paul Bunyan's table setting

Paul Bunyan's table setting

oh my God its Eddie Munster!

oh my God its Eddie Munster!

Redwood National Park is pretty low budget

Redwood National Park is pretty low budget

I love this path

I love this path

Whoever owns this bike is probably pretty interesting

Whoever owns this bike is probably pretty interesting

Lady Bird Johnson Grove offers a beautiful nature walk

Lady Bird Johnson Grove offers a beautiful nature walk

in the parking lot we noticed someone with a creative sense of humor had been there

in the parking lot we noticed someone with a creative sense of humor had been there

We saw his work all along the trail

We saw his work all along the trail

he had mice everywhere!

he had mice everywhere!

since it was chalk, I considered it eco-grafitti

since it was chalk, I considered it eco-grafitti

a wild boysenberry

a wild boysenberry

looking UP inside a burned out hollow (and still living) tree

looking UP inside a burned out hollow (and still living) tree

I loved how this moss was hanging from all the trees

I loved how this moss was hanging from all the trees

people are pretty small

people are pretty small

these massive trees stayed standing and living despite massive fire damage

these massive trees stayed standing and living despite massive fire damage

a little tunnel

a little tunnel

Redwood trees are the tallest in the world

Redwood trees are the tallest in the world

Kristi the acrobatic

Kristi the acrobatic

Big trees lay where they fell (unless they are blocking a trail)

Big trees lay where they fell (unless they are blocking a trail)

the mouser strikes again

the mouser strikes again

this guy was my hero for the day

this guy was my hero for the day

Our campsite #65 at the beautiful Atwell Mill campground

Our campsite #65 at the beautiful Atwell Mill campground

We had some curry chicken for dinner

We had some curry chicken for dinner

and settled in for a wonderful campfire after a looooooong day

and settled in for a wonderful campfire after a looooooong day

my favorite Adidas hiking shoes

my favorite Adidas hiking shoes

Ok so maybe the entire campground hated us… but we had a great campfire that night!



West Coast Road Trip: Day 4
August 21, 2009, 5:05 am
Filed under: Life, Photography, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

We woke up early and got the hell out of the campground before any of our neighbors woke up. Today was going to be a long day. We planned to drive from Redwood National Park on the coastal border of California and Oregon alll the way down to Hollister via Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway. The good thing, no rush hour traffic and breathtaking views. The bad thing, 2 lane highway on the edge of a cliff with sparse civilization like gas stations, restaurants or cell phone reception.

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yikes... Tsunami zone!

yikes... Tsunami zone!

Logging is a major industry in Oregon and Northern California

Logging is a major industry in Oregon and Northern California

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Irish Beach! We should have stayed here

Irish Beach! We should have stayed here

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We started to get hungry but there weren't many towns along the way

We started to get hungry but there weren't many towns along the way

We were excited for this place but it was hot inside and smelled like fish

We were excited for this place but it was hot inside and smelled like fish

so we ate at this place instead... thanks Barb!

so we ate at this place instead... thanks Barb!

a partially sunken boat

a partially sunken boat

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we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge but it was too foggy for a pic =(

we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge but it was too foggy for a pic =(

we drove thru San Francisco for a bit

we drove thru San Francisco for a bit

We were SO tired of driving and so close to Hollister

We were SO tired of driving and so close to Hollister

sunset was beautiful, this picture didn't do it justice

sunset was beautiful, this picture didn't do it justice

We finally got to Hollister and the home of our cousin Parris and his wife Mariah. We were so excited for a clean shower and real beds. When we got there, an even better surprise awaited us… champagne and giftbags! As if that wasn’t enough, Parris made us some nutella banana goodies. We felt like we died and went to heaven that night.



West Coast Road Trip: Day 5
August 21, 2009, 5:04 am
Filed under: Life, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

We planned to drive form Hollister to Long Beach and then to Riverside all in one day so we had to get an early start. Parris and Mariah woke up earlier than usual and went to breakfast with us at Starbucks. We hugged em good bye and were on our way…

Mariah, Parris and the dogs... our gracious hosts

Mariah, Parris and the dogs... our gracious hosts

a family shot

a family shot

Carmel by the Sea

Carmel by the Sea

I should have got sand from here

I should have got sand from here

by the look of the landscape I could tell Big Sur was near

by the look of the landscape I could tell Big Sur was near

rugged California coast

rugged California coast

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a lighthouse

a lighthouse

the creek that runs to Pfiffer Falls

the creek that runs to Pfiffer Falls

Pfiffer Falls, falls onto the beach and into the ocean

Pfiffer Falls, falls onto the beach and into the ocean

We went at a gloomy time of year but it was still beautiful

We went at a gloomy time of year but it was still beautiful

I bet Bob Ross would have painted this on his show

I bet Bob Ross would have painted this on his show

O'Neills with Pfiffer Falls

O'Neills with Pfiffer Falls

I wanna call this a blue jay but I'm probably wrong

I wanna call this a blue jay but I'm probably wrong

if only the palm tree wasn't all dead looking, this would have been a great shot

if only the palm tree wasn't all dead looking, this would have been a great shot

tunnel to the falls

tunnel to the falls

after Big Sur we stopped for lunch at Ragged Point, this was our view

after Big Sur we stopped for lunch at Ragged Point, this was our view

Ragged Point is a GREAT place to stop for a bite to eat if you're near Big Sur

Ragged Point is a GREAT place to stop for a bite to eat if you're near Big Sur

Elephant Seals hang out at the beach near Hearst Castle

Elephant Seals hang out at the beach near Hearst Castle

Kelly was SO EXCITED to see some animals!

Kelly was SO EXCITED to see some animals!

We saw all sorts of scenery and environments along Highway 1

We saw all sorts of scenery and environments along Highway 1

this little part of Highway 1 doesn't go along the coast

this little part of Highway 1 doesn't go along the coast

because of Vandenburg Airforce Base and the prison in Lompoc

because of Vandenburg Airforce Base and the prison in Lompoc

We didn’t STOP to take any pictures after this and all mine turned out as blurry car pics. At this point we were sick of driving and just wanted to be there already!

On this trip I was able to add TWO National Park pins and stamps to my collection

On this trip I was able to add TWO National Park pins and stamps to my collection

we FINALLY arrived at my parents house & took some grimy road dog pics

we FINALLY arrived at my parents house & took some grimy road dog pics

it was cool that we all got to hang out together, its never happened before

it was cool that we all got to hang out together, its never happened before

So… that’s my trip in a nutshell! Now let me break down my expenses for y’all. Everyting was split 3 ways and I documented every dime I spent

8/6/09

$20 airport food & misc

8/7/09

$40 tickets for my cousins at the NW World Reggae Festival

$13 food & drink

8/8/09

$5 breakfast sandwich & a Rockstar

$120 car rental

$15 Crater Lake National Park pins, patches & stamps

$15 dinner, dessert & wine

8/9/09

$14 gas

$3 redbull & Oregon lotto ticket

$10 lunch, dinner and wine

$14 Redwood National Park pins, patches and stamps

$6 campsite

$14 Trees of Mystery admission

$1 Klamuth drive thru tree

$4 soda and chips

$6 firewood

8/10/09

$0.50 shower

$20 Rockstar, gas & breakfast

$1 Vitamin Water

FREE lunch (thanks Barb!)

$10 gas

$2 Golden Gate bridge toll

8/11/09

$2.50 Rockstar

FREE breakfast (thanks Parris & Mariah!)

$8 patch and candy

FREE lunch and gas (thanks Parris & Mariah!)

TOTAL EXPENSES FOR A 5 DAY WESTCOAST ROAD TRIP: $344

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