Sunday, October 13, 2013

San Luis Obispo - Our Campground

We found another one that is a little off the beaten path.  But it is still close enough we don't feel like we are out in the hinterlands.

We are at Camp San Luis Obispo which is between the town by that name and Morro Bay.  We have never been here and relied on the reviews on U.S.MilitaryCampgrounds.us.
The base in one of the old National Guard bases in California.  Our first impression as we drove on base was -- there are a lot of old, really old, like WWII buildings on this post.
Post NCO Club

But it seemed clean and well maintained and we saw no evidence of broken down, empty buildings or trash or debris.
Our arrival and registration went without a hitch so-to-speak.  The lady at the office was friendly and helpful and we drove over to the campground and found our site.  No problem, no issues.
After a while, we noticed just how well the post IS cared for…it is really really cleaned up and maintained.  It is a mix of old and new buildings and all are tidy.  There is only a few places on post that have grass but it is still a nice place.
One of those places is the campground.  We are very impressed with the campground.  All the sites are level.  All are pull through sites and all have a concrete patio.  And all have individual grass on the campsites, and a fire ring!  The picnic tables at each site are a little old but we can see a couple new ones so it looks as if they are getting those replaced little by little.  And we have plenty of space between sites.

To top it off, in the middle of the week, we had the place almost to ourselves.  Since this is a Guard Base, I imagine it would be more full if the government had not shut down.  After that happened, 900 soldiers who were due to be here now, had their orders cancelled.  That was according to the manager in the PX.
The internet and cell phone service works fine.  And I got to engage in one of my favorite evening events:  a campfire!

So far, on two occasions, I have enjoyed the cool evening beside the campfire.
Pam would be out there too, but the MLB playoffs are on, so that was a no-brainer. I had some company with a glass of Merlot and continued reading Grapes of Wrath.  Every so often, she opened the window and called out the scores.  Ahh--the best of both worlds!

For $23/night it is a real find!  We expect our time in California to be more costly for campgrounds and will be glad if we can average $35.  We will see.

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Until next time...


12 comments:

  1. That is an excellent price for your campground! It's an expensive area. We spend two months in Pismo Beach every winter. We are stockholders at Pismo Coast Village RV Resort so we can stay there for free. Check out my blog for the posts from January-March for the past three years: carolksjourney.blogspot.com I don't know how long you will be there, but there's lots to do in that area. If you like clam chowder, go to Splash Cafe in San Luis Obispo or Pismo Beach. Firestone in SLO is a good place for hamburgers and fries, and AJ Spurs in Pismo Beach (Five Cities), Templeton, or Buellton is our favorite place for dinner. Have fun!

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    1. Wow - we didn't spend much time at Pismo Beach but we'll have to next time.

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  2. Looks like a good campground. We will have to keep it in mind if we get out there.

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  3. That looks like a nice CG Randy. The ability to use military CGs is a big benefit to help offset the cost of private CGs.

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    1. You're right, and we are finding we like them more and more.

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  4. After the book Grapes of Wrath..see the movie. It's old but well worth it..One of my favorite books and movies...You two get the best campgrounds!!!!

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    1. I would love to see the movie now that I have read the book. Hopefully TCM or some other channel will have the Henry Ford version.

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  5. If you are looking for an evening of cheap, fun entertainment,do not miss the chance to go to the Great American Vaudeville and Melodrama in Oceano. (http://www.americanmelodrama.com/). We used to camp in Pismo about once a year and went to the Melodrama every trip. Have a fun stay. Sounds like you got a great campground.

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    1. Sounds like we will have to give that a try next time. But thanks for the tip, we will put it on our list. We head down the road tomorrow.

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  6. John Steinbeck ---"East Of Eden" I couldn't put this book down.

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    1. Hopefully I will get to that one too. I want to read the one he did on his cross-country trip "Travels with Charley". He might have been an RVer at heart?

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