Filed under: Arizona, Arizona Road Trip, camping, Cooking, family, Friends, Grand Canyon, Happy Campers, Life, National Parks, Oregon, Road Trip, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Travel, Utah, 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!
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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:
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!
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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Crescent City is susceptible to tsunamis. According to Humboldt State University, 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.
Ok so maybe the entire campground hated us… but we had a great campfire that night!
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.
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.
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…
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!
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
$20 airport food & misc
$40 tickets for my cousins at the NW World Reggae Festival
$13 food & drink
$5 breakfast sandwich & a Rockstar
$120 car rental
$15 Crater Lake National Park pins, patches & stamps
$15 dinner, dessert & wine
$3 redbull & Oregon lotto ticket
$10 lunch, dinner and wine
$14 Redwood National Park pins, patches and stamps
$14 Trees of Mystery admission
$1 Klamuth drive thru tree
$4 soda and chips
$20 Rockstar, gas & breakfast
$1 Vitamin Water
FREE lunch (thanks Barb!)
$2 Golden Gate bridge toll
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