Last week I made a roadtrip to Portland and back on the company dime. For my return drive I opted to spend my hotel per diem on cheap casinos and a visit to REI, where I bought a tent and sleeping bag, and then proceeded to camp out for my two overnights.
My first stop was somewhere south of Valley of the Rogue, Oregon. After a few hours of searching for the state park promised by both my road map and signage, I gave up and headed for a KOA campground, where I ended up being the only tent amid what amounted to a grassy parking lot full of RVs. While KOA offers free wireless internet, it also featured the view, sounds, and smells of the 5 freeway a hundred yards away. I didn’t know this could be legally called camping.
However, back in California, I randomly found a state camping ground next to Lake Oroville, one hour north of Sacramento. For about $12 I had a gorgeous little plot of land for the night. A few other tented campers were around me, but unlike the $24 KOA campground I didn’t have to wear ear muffs to keep from hearing nearby traffic or someone blasting American Idol from their TV. The state campground was the next best thing next to having to hike for miles away from civilization, and left me wanting for more.
Which is where I appeal to the more outdoorsy of readers and contributors at blogging.la to tell me what are the best campsites in Los Angeles? Places within a short drive, an hour or less, in Angeles Crest or elsewhere where a yokel can go and get away from it all?