Pleasant Valley Pit Campground

May 5, 2013  |  California

Friday night as we were walking around the Tuttle Creek Campground, we noticed signs that said “WWW” and “parking” with arrows. When we got back to the trailer I googled Bishop events Tuttle Creek Campground, and found that there was a marathon starting at 6am at our campground on Saturday.

Worried that we were going to be trapped by cars, we set the alarm for 4:30am and fought traffic shortly after 5am on the single lane driveway leaving the campground.

Once we cleared the driveway it was smooth sailing for about an hour and a half north to Bishop. I had 3 campgrounds I wanted to check out, in order of preference. The first looked like it would be the prettiest and cell looked like it would work. Well google maps didn’t quite get us to it, but it didn’t matter since the Verizon phone was on extended and we had 1 bar of AT&T.

So we tried the second location, where there were very few spots to actually camp and not one level enough for a rig of our length. So we tried the third spot which in theory should have been a confirmed good place for us since the Wheeling It blog had been there. When we got there, we discovered it was closed.

We passed a county park on the way to the 3rd campground, so we decided to check that. We pulled up and it was packed with cars and people doing whatever it is people do at parks on the weekend. Boating, playground, lots and lots of activity. We did not want to be in a place that busy so we pulled out of that and went back toward this other campground sign we saw.

The sign led to 2 campgrounds. One, nice looking county park on a river with no cell service and the other a BLM campground. So we drove up to the BLM campground. It took a little doing getting in, and cell service isn’t great everywhere in the campground but we found a spot that works and we’re staying. Daily rate is $2 and we aren’t using our access pass to get 1/2 off.

Dinner The Night Before Last:
A Simple Tomato Soup Recipe. This recipe was good for the end of the week, where all of the ingredients are from cans (not entirely happy about that). It made a huge amount of soup, where I froze 2 containers and still had leftovers for lunch. I also didn’t have curry powder, but had curry paste. Unsure of how much to put in, I did just a teaspoon. Next time I’ll try 2. Overall, delicious and would make again.

2013 Cost of Camping:
25 nights paid camping
99 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $517.75
Daily average cost of camping: $4.18

 

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2 Comments


  1. Santa Barbara Mary & David

    Do you use http://www.freecampsites.net? Btw, it looks like my fav Grandview Campground on White Mtn. Road now has a $5 charge. Was free back in the mid-80′s.

    • We do use that website. The first 2 places we went to were from it. It can be really hit or miss.

      I think Grandview is out of cell range, but plan to check it out for the future. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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