Fall Activities

Fall is one of the best times to camp in California: The beaches are at their best! The mountains are beginning to show their colors! The crowds are gone! Crazy, fun Halloween events are planned! Wine Festivals are everywhere! Horses are racing! Dog lovers are golfing! Check out Camp-California members offering lots of fun: CLICK HERE

California RV Show

Camp-California has arranged for a special discount day at the California RV Show! AT THIS YEAR’S HOT SHOW — see all the new 2012 models from manufacturers across America and Canada, meet the factory experts, get the inside scoop, see over 45 manufacturers’ best models in one place, kick the tires on new brands, and have fun at the show! There will be 16 dealers competing for your business – grab the savings!

Sit in the shade and enjoy the all-new daily Seminar Series featuring travel, driving tips, do-it-yourself maintenance, see the all-new RV Factory Showcase, and meet two wild chefs who demonstrate Camp Cooking on the Go RVing Gate A stage. Kids activities are adjacent to the seminar tent.

Once a year, the largest RV show in Southern California – the ONLY RV show put on by the RV manufacturers – where you get the best deals, the newest technology and have a great day hanging with RV people.

59th Annual California RV Show
October 14-23, 2011 at the 
Fairplex, Pomona, CA


San Diego County

Bordered by Orange County and the Inland Empire in the north, the Mexican border in the south, Pacific Ocean to the west, deserts to the east, and blessed with an ideal climate San Diego is California’s paradise. This vibrant area is a top destination for everything from its 70 miles of sandy beaches to arts, culture and wild animals.

The second most populous county in California with over 3 million residents (2010 Census,) the San Diego area contains 16 significant naval and military locations including Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Established in 1948, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is home to the largest collection of historic sea vessels in the United States. The USS Midway Museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway and is the largest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviation.

San Diego County serves up a myriad of enticing menu options in its urban scene. The Gaslamp Quarter in the city of San Diego is considered Southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment district. The Quarter is home to a truly eclectic blend of food, fun and culture all within one of San Diego's most historic areas. San Diego’s North County boasts a variety of over 50 vineyards, from larger wineries that feature guided tours and full gift shops to small family-run places. Live music can be enjoyed at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, an outdoor performing arts theater in Chula Vista, the largest concert venue of its size in the San Diego area.

Optimum weather conditions and diverse landscapes-including beaches, mountains, deserts and rural back country offers a list of outdoor recreational possibilities that is virtually endless. There are more than 100 miles of breathtaking trails within the county park system. Huntington Beach features the most consistent waves on the West Coast, an attribute that helped the city receive the nickname, Surf City USA®. Huntington Beach has been consistently ranked as of the United States safest large cities. San Diego County has a freshwater system of lakes ideal for all anglers. Although trout can be snagged during the right time, largemouth bass is king here. The 90+ San Diego Golf courses scattered throughout San Diego County is the last undiscovered, very affordable, “all-around” family fun vacation spots and SERIOUS golf destinations in the U.S.A.

Popular destinations include; Mount Laguna Observatory, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Sea World, Balboa Park, Legoland, Oceanside Harbor, Julian Mining Company, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego Botanic Garden, Mission Bay Park and Mission Trails Regional Park.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the
Largest State Park in California 

Five hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word   borrego , or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available in the visitor center. For more information on Anza-Borrego CLICK HERE.

Featured Wildlife View Area

Sweetwater Marsh Unit of San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge  


San Diego Bay's largest remaining salt marsh is at the mouth of the Sweetwater River. Great egrets, snowy egrets, and northern harriers are nearly always present. Trails offer views of San Diego Bay and Gunpowder Point. Look for brants, red breasted mergansers, surf scoters, and buffleheads on the open water. Mudflats contain invertebrates sought by hundreds of migratory shorebirds, including willets, long-billed curlews, western sandpipers, and plovers. Upland shrubs and marsh vegetation serve as perches for western meadowlarks, black and Say's phoebes, and many spring and fall migrants. The refuge also provides crucial habitat for six endangered species, California brown pelicans, California least terns, light-footed clapper rails, Belding's savannah sparrows, snowy plovers, and peregrine falcons. Unusual species are spotted frequently, such as little blue herons, reddish egrets, and black skimmers. Chula Vista Nature Center is a small museum/zoo with extensive aquaria, terrariums, avian enclosures and a gift shop.

The Habitat: 

Historical salt marsh habitat found on Sweetwater Marsh supports a variety of migratory shorebirds, and wintering waterfowl. Upland habitat found here provides important habitat for ground nesting birds and raptors.

The Experience: 

Enjoy the sights and sounds of wetlands and mudflats teeming with shorebirds, waterfowl, and wading birds from the observation decks around the Chula Vista Nature Center and from interpretive trails. This area has been designated by the American Bird Conservancy as a Globally Important Bird Area and provides habitat for two federally endangered bird species, the California least tern and light-footed clapper rail, one threatened species of bird, the western snowy plover, and one endangered plant species, salt marsh bird's beak.

Wildlife &Where to Find It: 

Visitors can take the Chula Vista Nature Center Shuttle to Sweetwater Marsh. Once on the refuge, visitors can walk various trails and view birds from an observation shelter and within the nature center.

For more information visit CAWatchableWildlife.com.

Featured Hikes for October …

Razor Point Trail- La Jolla

La Jolla is La Jolla- expensive boutiques, lush dining, and the great Pacific Ocean pouring its heart out onto the sand. It also boasts an amazing reserve … Torrey Pines. Sort of the Eden away from the Eden, Torrey Pines is loaded with forest-like trails, as well as almost on the water treks. Razor Point Trail offers a beautiful ocean view and it is suited for any level hiker. Great place for a romantic sunset too. It is approximately 1.5 mile round trip.

Where:   Traveling North on I-5 exit onto Genesee and then take a right onto Torrey Pines Road … after passing the golf course and seeing the badlands on the left, turn into the park. For more info CLICK HERE.

When to Go:   Anytime. The weather is very temperate because of the coastal breeze. Another opportunity for a romantic sunset!

Cuyamaca Peak Loop

Cuyamaca Peak Loop is 6.7 miles and is best suited for intermediate hikers. The scenery is beautiful and the crowd is small. I love coming here to get away from the sprawl of San Diego. Don’t forget to pack a snack, some sunscreen, and a camera!

Where:  It is located in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and the trailhead starts at Azalea Glen Loop.

When to go:  Anytime is perfectly fine, but I love doing this hike early in the morning before the sun gets too high.

Thank you to Summer Stewart of San Diego Entertainer for these two hike suggestions.

Alphabet Hunt

On your family’s next hike, see if you can find something in nature that starts with every letter of the alphabet (M is for Mushroom, S is for Stick, etc.)! This is a great way for kids to learn about nature while also practicing their ABCs! You can play as one group or you can divide into teams and see who can find the most letters. For more outdoor games visit NatureRocks.org .

Featured Recipe …

Trio of Salsas - Riverside, CA

Learn about the origin of the west coast citrus industry in Riverside, California and pick up three quick, delicious salsa recipes in this Salsa Trio RV Cooking Show with your traveling host Evanne Schmarder. Visit Trio of Salsas.

California Events and Fun Happenings!

Autumn in the Alps Quilt Show Weaverville 1-Oct
Battle of the Badges Temecula 1-Oct
Eagle Rock Music Festival Eagle Rock 1-Oct
Harvest Concert Elk Grove 1-Oct
Santa Barbara Zoo Science Day Santa Barbara 1-Oct
Taste of Italy Los Angeles 1-Oct
50th Annual Sandcastle Contest Corona del Mar 2-Oct
Arts & Olive Festival Redwood City 2-Oct
Yountville Days Parade & Festival Yountville 2-Oct
"Thrill the World" Angels Camp 5-Oct
Riverside Arts Walk Riverside 6-Oct
Mexican Fiesta at the Lake Lake Elsinore 7-Oct
56th Annual Tevis Cup Auburn 8-Oct
Abalone Cook-Off 2011 Fort Bragg 8-Oct
Harvest Moon Roundup Santa Ynez 8-Oct
Duffers for the Dogs Golf Tournament Whitehawk 10-Oct
Air Supply Anaheim 15-Oct
Mountain Harvest Festival Quincy 15-Oct
The Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena Live Palmdale 15-Oct
Big Cat Little Cat Afternoon Petaluma 16-Oct
Amnesity International Walk for Human Rights Oceanside 23-Oct
Cajon Classic Cruise - Trunk or Treat! El Cajon 26-Oct
So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2011 Stockton 28-Oct
Hometown Halloween Mission Viejo 30-Oct
Word Up! Fair Petaluma 30-Oct
Halloween Main Street Huntington Beach 31-Oct
Western Open Fiddle Championship Red Bluff 3rd Week in October
Railroad Days Colfax Oct 1-2
Kids Free Days San Diego Oct 1-31
Campground Halloween Haunt Weekends Weldon Oct 21-23 and 28-30
Jubilee by the Sea Jazz Festival Pismo Beach Oct 27-30
Oktoberfest Fort Bragg Oct 27-Nov 6
Warrior Dash Hollister Oct 29-30
Big Bike Weekend Redding Oct 7-9
Calico Days Yermo Oct 7-9
Free Moonlight Movies La Quinta Oct 7-9
Lone Pine Film Festival Lone Pine Oct 7-9
Rio Vista Bass Derby & Festival Rio Vista Oct 7-9
Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament Vallejo Oct 7-9
The Mojave Mile Mojave Oct 8-9
Donner Party Hike Truckee Oct 9-10

There's so much more! Search the Calendar of Events for events throughout the summer! Or, plan now for the fall! You may find your next adventure there!


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