Samoa Boat Ramp

On Saturday we drove 3 hours north to Trinidad, CA. I’ve been exchanging messages with a couple guys from the area and they recommended that we go to either Patricks Point State Park or Big Lagoon County Park. I was able to tell from google maps that the state park had too many trees for us to get good solar, but Big Lagoon looked like it might work.


We also check cell coverage maps before picking a place to go, and it looked like the spot should be ok. When we arrived, we discovered both cell and solar wasn’t going to work out for us.

So after stretching our legs, we got back in the truck and headed south for our plan B.

Samoa Boat Ramp didn’t have the greatest reviews online, but it was near town where cell was sure to work and it was also a parking lot where trees wouldn’t be an issue.

We were pleasantly surprised to discover a spot that’s way better than expected. There are only a few other campers here and we’re within walking distance to the beach. The only downside is the number of ticks here. If we go anywhere near the grass or the ice plants, our legs and Curtis get covered in ticks. So this week, we’re sticking to the pavement and the sand.

Samoa Boat Ramp County Park
95 New Navy Base Rd.
Samoa, California 95564
$20/night + $2/night for Curtis

Dinner Last Night:
Avocado tartare with roasted beets, basil + dukkah.

First the dukkah. Brian spent a year of his twenties in Egypt, so when I saw that this recipe included an Egyptian spice mix I knew I had to try it. The recipe makes a LOT of dukkah (nuts, seed & spices) and fortunately it’s really good. According to the recipe, there are a lot of uses for it including simply dipping it with bread and olive oil.

The avocado tartar and the roasted beets combined was delicious. If I had a panini maker I’d probably make it as a sandwich rather than just little crostini bites.


2014 Cost of Camping:
$154 for the week thru Saturday 5/17
45 night paid camping
91 nights free camping
136 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $1362
Daily average cost of camping: $10.01

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  • Reply Wheelingit May 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Eeeeek! Ticks! Can’t stand them. Looks like a nice place otherwise.

    • Reply Brian May 12, 2014 at 10:53 am

      yeah and very big-rig friendly! They have spots in the middle of the lot that can handle the Beast and car no prob.

  • Reply Jim and Gayle May 12, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Looks like a great spot. Too bad about the ticks. We may just go to the casino when we get up that way.

    • Reply Brian May 12, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Yeah the ticks are nasty, I think this is the worst time of year for them in Nor Cal. How’s the 1x Verizon working for internet at Westport-Union State Beach?

      • Reply Jim and Gayle May 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

        It’s VERY slow, took over an hour for the blog to publish, but it’s better than nothing.

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