Week 20: Aug 18 – Aug 24, 2013 Solvang, Rancho Oso, Los Padres National Forest

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

Departed Soledad Canyon Campground, traveling to Paradise Campground in the Los Padres National Forest. Quickly met by William, camp host. A little too quick. Their management company has their own unpublished rules about payment methods that are not consistent with the National Forest accepted payment methods. It took some doing, but we were able to stay.

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

 

Bob and Sherry in Solvang, CA

Bob and Sherry in Solvang, CA

Nearby Solvang, the Danish community, is a “Must See”. Loved strolling the streets with Sherry, buying “stinky cheese” for Gene’s upcoming birthday. Mailed the cheese to Gene immediately in a triple layer of plastic and packaging. We crossed our fingers the cheese would arrive before the Post Office could smell it.

Fred and Barb at the campground are both Danish, and playing cards and dominos with them in the evenings is great fun.

AT&T cell service does not exist in this canyon because the fire in May burned down their tower! Our Verizon wifi hotspot has great reception, so we use Google Voice on our laptops to make phone calls.

Thousand Trails has an RV park named Rancho Oso nearby, but we are in our 7 day stay out period for camping. However, day use is not limited, so swimming, laundry, ice cream socials, and wine tasting attract us daily. Marketed as a great campground for horse people and their horses: Lots of corrals and horses on the property.

Fred and Dorothy live in Leisure World outside Ventura. Community of 9,000, everyone owns their own home, everyone over 55 yrs age, small annual fee to store RV/trailer, lots of activities, use golf carts everywhere at home to get around, small, quiet, private. They love it. Karen is full time RV’r from Florida who enjoys the wine tastings as much as we do!

Originally planning to stay two weeks, we depart after one week to get out of the dust and to a place with hookups and showers.

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

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