Post by Nomad95336 on Dec 12, 2013 0:20:09 GMT -8
While planning a recent trip down the CA Coast, I found a couple websites that can be very helpful in planning a trip.
This may differ from other places, but in CA, the lost art of getting up early and staking your claim for the primo spot at the campground is a thing of the past.
Constant budget issues have pushed most campgrounds to rely on a reservation system. The logic being that the spot is already paid for, so if there is incliment weather or change of heart by the camper. either the entire fee will be kept else a cancellation fee charged. (on top of a reservation fee).
The sad part is that drive-ups are often excluded from this model, so the days of just putin' down the road and stopping at a campground cold-turkey might not pay out for you.
www.reserveamerica.com/ is used by CA State Parks for reservations up to 6mo in advance. Be wary about hi-demand seasons and facilities, so plan ahead. In example, Seacliff Beach (just south of Santa Cruz) spots went on sale Dec 1 for campsites in June!!. The whole month sold out in <5min
maps.google.com/ is, of course, an excellent tool for viewing satellite images for overhead campground layout, directions, and nearby attractions.
Maybe the biggest find I made was Campsite Photos, a website that features pictures of individual campsites in various parks. This is GREAT for seeing ground level layouts, obstacles, etc that can't be seen on Google Maps. The only downside is that the pictures are taken from the driveway side of the campsite, so in some cases the actual View available FROM your site might be hard to determine.
Once arriving, the popular app Around Me will quickly locate your position and allow you to search for entertainment, supplies, restaurants, etc.
itunes.apple.com/us/app/aroundme/id290051590 for Apple(iOs) products
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id...android.findaroundme for Android products
speaking of useful apps, I love the various Bubble Level phone apps out there.
Especially @ night, it's great to pull in somewhere, slap the phone on the trailer tongue and not only have an illuminated bubble level working for you, but most will emit an audible tone when the bubble is centered.
Add a Bluetooth speaker system to the mix and I can transmit my entire song library to the trailer speakers without the bother of wires.
Netflix, Hulu, Pandora add to the entertainment possibilities
Anyone else have favorite related websites or apps to list?