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