Thankful For A House With Wheels

Yesterday, we drove an hour and a half south to Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch Park in Gilroy, CA. Our friend Dave had reported bad cell service on Campendium, but the Verizon map showed LTE, and since we have a booster so we thought we’d give it a shot.

I reserved a site online, and when we arrived we discovered tents right behind our campsite pad. A friendly neighbor walked over and said “I can tell you have some questions! I’ve been coming here for years, I love this campground!”

He suggested we move to a nearby first come first serve site. As we were moving, a ranger came around the loop. We brought her up to speed and she told us that the tenters had been moving back and forth between the two county parks every 14 days and were not leaving any time soon.

Once we settled into our new site, we discovered our cell service was pretty weak. With a booster it was ok for some casual emailing and pulling up a few web pages, but it wasn’t going to good enough for work.

We also didn’t move far enough away from the tent couple. For the rest of the evening we could hear them arguing.

We’re happy to be leaving today and got the remainder of our stay refunded.

Dinner Last Night:
Thai Pizza.This was really good! It tasted similar to something I probably had at California Pizza Kitchen a zillion years ago.

2015 Cost of Camping
147 night paid camping
168 nights free camping
315 days this year
Total spent: $3408.99
Daily average cost: $10.82

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  • Reply Van-Tramp November 15, 2015 at 11:46 am

    wheels… whew

    • Reply Leigh November 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Tim – you and Kerri would LOVE where we ended up. Details to come…

  • Reply Janine November 15, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Mt Madonna Regional Park is a little further down 101S on the border of Morgan Hill and Watsonville. Around 30mins from where you are. Signal is weak there as well but I can usually post to Instagram. Not sure if your boosters will get you what you need for work. They have water/elect hookups in the RV loop.

    • Reply Leigh November 15, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Hey Janine – I saw similar reports about Mt Madonna cell service, but figured it wasn’t worth the risk of spending the time to go check it out. Instead we drove south and found a great spot with a spectacular view that includes cell towers! 🙂

  • Reply Shannon November 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Yikes! Is this one of the results housing market crisis in CA?

    • Reply Leigh November 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Hey Shannon, I’m not sure. We have seen this before at campgrounds with low nightly rates near urban areas even outside of California.

  • Reply Heather November 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

    WOW. That’s quite the drama!! 🙂
    We found a similar issue with the Verizon LTE map several times in Montana. We figured that maybe up about 500-1000 feet above the ground there IS coverage, but down where the campground was in the valley it was blocked. Who knows?

    • Reply Leigh November 17, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Yeah, even our current spot has the whole area marked as LTE, but on the drive in it went to 1x since at times we were behind mountains, I wish the coverage maps were a little more accurate!

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