Leo Carrillo State Park

                        Today I’d like to share with you an adventure. Over a year ago we camped at Leo Carrillo State Park, 35000 Pacific Coast HWY, Malibu, CA 90265.

We came with no reservation in the middle of the week and were able to have a campsite. It was off season. The park started filling up on Friday afternoon, and was full by the evening.  The campers arriving were definitely there to have a “good time”.

The Sycamore trees were lovely. It’s a great looking campground. The restrooms were flush toilets and there are showers. The mirrors did have graffiti.  Other than that, the area was kept clean.

 We took short walks around the campground. There were students arriving during the morning hours and were taken on a short-guided tour of some kind, by what appeared to be park staff or volunteers.

There are so many squirrels and they all appear to be starving. The eco system is out of order at this campground, it seems. One squirrel made it into our RV and treated itself to some of our snacks in a drawer. We never saw the lil guy, just heard him. We were warned by other campers the squirrels are bold. They are, as they try to come into the RV as you exit or enter. The staff in the park were very friendly.

Our RV was sabotaged by fellow campers. We saw two people in their mid-20s walking very close to the outside of our RV. Thinking that was odd as there was plenty of room to walk through the campground without coming that close.  A few hours later I heard a sound outside the RV that sounded like one of the doors to access the storage and water areas was being closed. Which was odd since we were both in the RV. Being new to RVing at this time we were defiantly on a learning curve. We learned later that

Winnebago doesn’t have unique locks for each RV and that the two people were most likely checking our lock numbers so that they could return later and open the door to our grey and black water. They pulled the valves on our water so that when we went to the dump station, we had no control over the water coming out and both the grey and black waters came gushing out all at once, leaving us with a big mess. We thought pranksters such as this would be in the area to watch the mess unfold. However, it being early in the morning and the two of them were most likely recovering from the previous night, didn’t make it to the dump station performance. We learned that we needed to get our locks changes so that they are unique to our RV to avoid this event being repeated. We made it a point to have the locks changed as soon as we returned home.

Since we work online while traveling it is important to us that we have Wi-Fi and cell service. Our site had neither. Our site did have electricity. Site 1 and 2 have some signal and while no one was camping in those sites we were able to go to those sites, along with fellow campers to have a cell signal. The parking lot also had a signal, near where you check in. However, that was a further walk.

This park has a lot going for it, access to the beach and is lovely. We however, will not be returning. At least on the weekend or during their season.

Eating area of our campsite.

Back

Back side of our campsite, there is a lot of common area.

Another view of the back side of our campsite and common area.

Starting the RV adventure

My husband; Michael had the “bug” to have an RV. Being the computer guy he is. He shopped online for our RV.

We have been campers for 40 years. Tents at first, then we moved up to a tent trailer when our boys were in elementary school. Then back to tents, as they grew older. When we became grandparents, we rented trailers. The trailers would be brought to our campsites and be set up for us. We just had to move in.  We rented an RV and liked the size and that we were able to pack it up in front of our house and unpack it, in front of our house. So, we thought we had some experience with what we wanted.

We believed that we knew the exact model and features we wanted. It seemed that a lot of other folks wanted the same one, because we had a tough time finding a previously owned one. Finally, Michael found one out of state. Utah to be exact. The pictures showed an almost unused Via. So, Michael researched what you are able to, utilizing the vin-number. We put down a deposit and made a date to pick it up. December 27th we’re off to pick up, our new to us, Via.

Our first adventure in our Via was to drive it back to Southern California from Salt Lake City, Utah. It was cold in Utah and there was some snow on the ground. We left the dealership in high sprites looking for our first KOA stay. Wow! To say we were lucky with where we chose to camp on our first night is not adequate. There was a wonderful man assigned to assist us at the KOA. We had no supplies for the RV, it’s self. The store at the KOA had so much of what we needed. A heated hose and water gage for our drinking water, for the hook up. We needed a waste hose for the dump hook up. We were level at this particular site, so we didn’t learn about leveling tools at this stop.

We were on the road, cautiously presiding on our adventure. We traveled through Utah, enjoying the beauty the state has to offer. Then onto the colorful state of Arizona, experiencing age old allure of the sights.  Then home.

Through the ten days on the road we took getting home, we adjusted to the handling and sounds of our RV. It was good to be home. We had lots of laundry. There were items to unload and other items we need to pack for our next adventure.