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Go Camping for $50 for a whole weekend - October 1-3!

Nearly 50 parks from San Diego to Crescent City are offering two nights of camping for $50 on the first weekend in October. This is a great opportunity to try somewhere new - and not have to wonder what it will cost ... you know the price - $50!

Bring your friends and take advantage of our beautiful fall weather. October is typically beautiful all across the state! Please make reservations in advance and tell them you're responding to the $50 weekend offer. Click here to see the list of participating parks>

Campers in Lake Tahoe
Fernando Silveria, Jessica Alves, Stephanie & Billy Hamilton from Seares, CA love to camp in Pismo Beach, Tuolumne and now Lake Tahoe; it’s their first time here. The guys are losing at horseshoes. They like to ride quads and go boating.

Photos Wanted --
You can be published!!

We are looking for pictures of people camping - families, friends, groups, individuals. Send your pictures with a description of who's in the photo, and where it was taken and it may be included in the 2011 Camp-California Camper's Guide to California!"

Shown here is a picture & write up included in the 2010 guide ... this could be you! Send us your shots of having fun while camping.

Email your pictures to Camper Rick!

RV Park Offers Glimpse Into State's Past

Rancho Los Coches RV Park Has Native American Artifacts, Features Dating to 1800s

RVers typically stay at campgrounds and RV resorts in some of the most scenic locations in the country. But at Rancho Los Coches RV Park in Lakeside, Calif., camping enthusiasts not only have a chance to enjoy majestic oak trees and rugged California hillsides, but they can also get in touch with early California history. Read more>

RVers Tip - Inspection Steps to Find and Avoid Water Damage on Your RV

Roof SealantsWe found this article written by Mark Polk very informative about how to inspect your RV for existing water damage. He states, "One thing is for sure, if there is a way for water to get in your RV it will find it. Water leaks on an RV can cause extensive damage and can be extremely costly to repair. To protect your investment and your wallet you need to take the time to REALLY inspect for water leaks. The outside of your RV may look fine but the internal damage caused by water over a period of time can result in the entire roof, floor or wall rotting away without you even knowing it, until it’s too late."

You should inspect your RV for water leaks twice a year at a minimum, and especially prior to storage if it will be stored outside. Read more>

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Each week we will Tweet our choice of the "not-to-be-missed" event somewhere in California. Follow Camper Verna on Twitter or check out the tweets on the bottom right of the home page of for the Pick of the Week and other updates!

Going GreenGoing GREEN - Tips for RVers

Improve your RV’s Insulation
Improve your RV’s insulation by sealing drafts to reduce the amount of cool air coming into the RV and hot air seeping out.  Unfortunately, older models of RV’s are not as well insulated as the newer versions.  Repair or replace cracked and torn seals and gaskets.  Spray foam or silicon can also be a simple fix to sealing up drafty leaks.  If you find cold air seeping in from below the door, a cheap fix is to roll up a towel or old blanket and place it at the bottom of the door.  This will keep drafty air from coming into the RV. 

Information provided by Meaghan Bertram of Vineyard RV Park.

San Francisco

San Francisco is a fascinating city and worthy of exploration. But there is so much to this region besides this city. Explore beautiful Pacifica - nestled against the rolling hills on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. See courageous surfers as they challenge the breaking waves along the beach at Pillar Point Harbor.

Monterey Bay includes picturesque communities all around it including those near Santa Cruz with towering redwoods and the famed Boardwalk. The Watsonville area is famous for artichokes and other produce. Don't miss the charming village of Carmel by the Sea with its shopping and art galleries.

Gilroy is famous for the Garlic Festival but also boasts shopping and outdoor recreation. "Silicon Valley" was California's first wine country and a handful of winemakers still carry on the tradition.

To the north of San Francisco is the famous Napa Valley which several hundred wineries call home. You'll need more than a day to explore this part of the San Francisco area alone! Fall is harvest time and many wineries offer "futures" on their wines.

Stay at any of our RV parks and campgrounds and you'll be near all the fun! Learn more>

California Events and Fun Happenings!

Fall is here with cool nights and harvest festivals. There are so many fun things to do!!!

There's so much more!!! Search the Calendar of Events for events throughout the fall and winter! You may find your next adventure there!

Jeff ChinWhere in California Is This - Winner

In the July California Campin' we asked a series of questions that required readers to scour the camping guide for answers. The winner is Jeff Chin of Fresno. He says this about himself, "I am a Civil Engineer with the State of California (Caltrans). My wife & I celebrated our 12th anniversary this August & we have 3 children. A daughter, Sydnee (6) and 3-year old twins, Maddee & Alex.

We like camping just about anywhere, but our most visited location is Yosemite. Shaver Lake & Pismo/Grover Beach are our other favorites. We're currently in the market for a new RV as were getting a little cramped in our family dome. But the kids love camping & getting dirty. My wife & I just enjoy the chance to be outdoors anywhere the weather is nice so that we can simply enjoy God's creation."

He won a certifcate for a weekend of free camping. Congratulations Jeff!

Where in California Is This? - September Contest

Here is the latest group of photos for you to identify. Have fun ... you too can win a free camping weekend! Email Camper Rick with your guesses by October 5!
Contest Rules>

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Where in California 3
Picture 1:
This large roadside attraction is located just west of the Merced County line and was founded as an orchard by the Bisceglia brothers in 1908. Hint: it also provides a large RV park for travelers. What is the name of this place?
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Picture 2:
This art piece, Cupid's Span, was built in 2003 along the Rincon Park area, near Embarcadero in San Francisco. The statue symbolizes the place where "what famous person?" left his heart.
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Picture 3: During this annual event, this town's landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and transformed back in time. Christmas melodies, costumed characters and the glow of gas streetlights remind visitors of another time and place in what Gold Country town?
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What's New in California?

Here's more new attractions to entice you to travel -- fall is a great time! You'd better get planning!

  • Central Coast
    • Expanded Santa Maria-Style Barbecue Booklet Available
    • Santa Barbara Tasty Cupcake & Wine Tour
    • Inaugural Paso Robles Harvest Marathon - October 24
    • San Luis Obispo Announces First GranFondo
    • Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room Opens
  • Central Valley
    • Historic Gibson House in Woodland Now Open
    • New Wine & Cheese Tasting Room in Winters
    • New California State Capitol Museum Exhibit
  • Deserts
    • Palm Springs Air Museum Hosts Ending of World War II Celebration
  • Gold Country
    • Yosemite National Park Celebrates 120th Birthday
  • High Sierra
    • Artisan's Marketplace Opens in Truckee
    • New Truckee Ranger Station Opens
    • Truckee Railroad Museum Now Open
  • Inland Empire
    • What's New in Rancho Cucamonga
  • Los Angeles
    • Catalina Island's New Activities and Updates
    • Aquarium of the Pacific Announces New Expansion
    • Pacific Park Presents Two New Family-Share Rides
    • "Mummies of the World" Exhibition Opens
  • North Coast
    • Historic Mendocino Property is Restored & Reopened
    • New Skate Park in Eureka
    • Skunk Train "Mobile Memento" Project
    • New Tasting Room & Art Gallery: John Hanes Gallery & Londer Vineyards
  • Orange County
    • Walk on Water in Huntington Beach
    • Surf City SCVNGR Debuts in Huntington Beach
    • New Dockside Tour Aboard John Wayne's Former Yacht
  • San Diego
    • Kid City Reopening at Reuben H. Fleet Science center
    • What's New in San Diego
  • San Francisco
    • Cultural Iniative Celebrates Ties to Shanghai
    • The de Young Hosts Exhibitions
    • What's New in San Francisco
    • What's New in Santa Cruz County
  • Shasta Cascade
    • Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp Offers New Water Feature, GPS Adventures

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