I looked on the manufacturer's website for that TT. A few photos, none with 12V outlet visible. No spec sheet or owner's manual online that I can see. Does he have the manual with him on his trip?
The TT does have some 110V outlets. Can he get hookups and run his CPAP from them? My CPAP has both 110V and 12V cords.
Less Stuff - Nice wheels. Nice campsites, both yours and mine. My truck is a gasser, has not eaten any parts yet in 60K miles. I think I had the ADA site at Arroyo Seco, nice and level, did not even need ramps. This trip was shortly before my second knee replacement surgery. Lots of driving, almost no walking. I do plenty of trips which require 4WD, but this one this time was not one of them. 4WD is always good to have, as you found out right next to the road.
Pjay9 - there is a photo of the tour boat on
this page. It is pretty bare bones. The trip is narrated by both the captain and a naturalist and I enjoyed it very much. Yes, putting together my trip reports takes hours: winnowing photos from hundreds down to a small representative collection, uploading them, finding meaningful links. I really enjoy the process because it lets me re-live the trip. However, do not be intimidated. TR's with only a couple of photos are just as popular as these long ones. I'd love to see more TR's from you and other TC forum members.
Good idea to not hijack the thread. For photo info, try http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/15775751.cfm
For the scale tricks, try carrying a coin in your camera case. That way, it will be there when you need it.
Silver and everyone else,
Don't feel bad that you haven't seen this region. I live here and have not seen it all! This trip report demonstrates that there is way more to even this small portion of California than the typical tourist spots.
Thanks for the get-well wishes. I hope to be able to walk and drive again soon.
So maybe someone can tell me what this is:
Spotted in Death Valley NP, February of 2014.
That one took some looking: DVNP website plant list, Calflora, Google images. Here is my best shot at it.
Allenrolfea occidentalis, AKA iodine bush or pickleweed
Calflora link for this plant
Update on camping at Port San Luis (in California's San Luis Obispo County, near Avila Beach):
A San Luis Obispo Tribune article states that plans for a new campground at Harbor Terrace have been approved. This plan includes doing away with the current roadside camping areas at Port San Luis. Changes are expected to be effective by 2017.
link to full article
for further updates, check the Port San Luis website. http://www.portsanluis.com/
Dodder is pretty, at least to the small child I was when I first remember seeing it. I used to pick bits while walking home from school and then scatter them. When I found out it was a parasite, I felt like I might have been a plant murderer by scattering.
Yes, dodder does feel like soft plastic. It doesn't look quite real, as though perhaps some tourist child had attacked the plant with orange silly string.
Many years later, when I saw some in my vegetable garden and consulted the UC Ag advisor about getting rid of it, I found that it has very small flowers which make seeds which are often scattered by birds or wind.
Here is a photo of dodder flowers:
Here are some beautiful snow plants, also parasites. We cannot leave them out. Parasites are wildflowers, too. Right?
I worried at first that you had gone to the dark side, with "real" campground and cell coverage. What next? An outdoor flat screen TV? Was glad to see that you proceeded to deliver your usual fantastic trip report. You managed to make Yosemite look like it belonged just to the 2 of you. Thanks for sharing!
For your enjoyment and possible inspiration, an April ramble in the California Coast Ranges, Los Padres NF, and other spots. Location: south of Santa Cruz, north of Los Angeles, and mostly west of I-5.
This trip was undertaken in April, 2013, and never written up. Here it is almost April again, I've been stuck in the house for months with a broken right ankle, and I really want to go somewhere. Maybe you do, too.
Suitable for mid-size TC's and smaller. 2WD OK in good weather. Some roads are dirt, and some of those are probably washboarded. I took 10 days for this trip, but it could easily be stretched to a longer time by adding side trips and hikes.
First night: a visit to the Wind Wolves Preserve. Check their website for current hours and policies. I camped in the free campground, but now the page says tents only. Call or e-mail them for info.
View from my campsite. A bobcat went by the picnic table several times. No, not an invisible one. I was just too slow with the camera.
Onward past blooming orange groves and oil wells, via Taft and Maricopa (you are going to need a good map for this trip), to Carrizo Plain National Monument. No flowers; it was as dry in 2013 as it is this year. Prepare for rough road.
Stop at the abandoned ranch house and take a look at the old farm equipment.
Selby camp at Carrizo Plain. Free. Quieter than it looks like it would be from this photo. There is another camp at KCL, and limited remote camping is allowed. See the Carrizo Plain National Monument page for more info.
Onward, north on Bitterwater Road, right one mile on 46, then northward through the lush green Cholame Valley, to Parkfield, located on the San Andreas fault.
Now entering the Pacific Plate. Going the other way over the bridge, the sign says leaving the PP.
Take Vineyard Canyon Road to San Miguel (visit the mission), then Indian Valley Road, Peach Tree Road, and Highway 25 to Pinnacles National Park. For a more peaceful drive, do this on a weekday.
Condor watching station at the Pinnancles NP campground. I did not see any condors.
The park webpage has tons of info about the condor program, including profiles of each bird and links to condor cams.
Leaving the national park, follow Highway 25 through green ranching country and vineyards along the San Benito River, take J1 up and over Panoche Pass. I felt like I was driving through Emil Kosa paintings. Proceed through bare dry Panoche Valley where everything was for sale and signs said "Save Panoche Valley" as the ranches awaited replacement by a solar power farm. There is a 40-mile side trip here to the ghost town and abandoned mercury mines at New Idria, but I skipped it.
Near I-5, turn north on Highway 33, passing field crops, noticing the San Joaquin River Restoration Project which re-uses agricultural runoff to grow cattle feed, and visit the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, which is interesting even if the birds are not there.
I camped at Medeiros area of the San Luis Reservoir SRA, primitive camping on the shore of the San Luis Forebay. There are several other camps nearby if you don't like this one.
Next, head westward on Highway 152 over Pacheco Pass. I camped at the Santa Cruz KOA, then went on the Elkhorn Slough Safari, a narrated nature tour. You can also tour this area in your own kayak. There are hiking trails and a visitor center at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve..
Our boat captain said that some of these baby seals were only hours old.
Birds at Elkhorn Slough.
Leaving Elkhorn Slough, head south on Highway 1 and turn east on G16, Carmel Valley Road. After passing through rather congested traffic, proceed eastward on a narrow country road to Arroyo Seco campground.
Nice campground at Arroyo Seco. I stayed in the "modern" section.
Continuing on G16.
Re-enter civilization for a while, heading north to Greenfield, then along the river to King City. This is a good place to resupply. Then turn southward again, take G14 to Jolon and Fort Hunter Liggett. You will have to show valid photo ID, and if driving (all vehicles, including motorcycles), must have valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. This is an active military base, and there may be temporary closures due to military activity.
On the base, visit Mission San Antonio de Padua. If you are tired of camping, you can stay at the Hacienda Milpitas; this historic building was designed by Julia Morgan for William Randolph Hearst. I stayed in one of the tower rooms once, but not on this trip.
On Fort H-L land, the sense of being in untouched Old California is wonderful: rolling green hills, oak trees, flowers, and a few military-added surprises.
Take Nacimiento-Ferguson Road over the coast range to Highway 1. This is a narrow, winding, and sometimes steep road. There can be traffic, especially on weekends. Take your time and enjoy.
A possible alternate route from the summit for the very adventurous: South Coast Ridge Road. Disclaimers: 4WD may be necessary, at least part of the area has burned since I drove it in 2008, poison oak is everywhere along this route, etc etc. Maybe just go the first few miles (expect opposing traffic) to Prewitt Ridge?
N-F Road comes out at Kirk Creek USFS camp on Highway 1. A bit further south, Plaskett Creek USFS camp is also available.
Some views heading south on Highway 1:
For a possible side trip, tour the Piedras Blancas Light Station.
Elephant seals at Piedras Blancas:
Yes, these are zebras, a legacy from William Randolph Hearst, often visible along Highway 1.
You are now entering the San Luis Obispo Coast area. There are many state, county, and public campgrounds and parks, Audubon sanctuaries, etc. This is one of my favorite areas to visit, and I have covered it in other trip reports, so will give just a taste here:
walking trail at the end of Pecho Road in Los Osos
Old ranch house, the HQ at Montana de Oro State Park
Time to head home and back to the world of employment. My last camp night was at Jawbone Canyon off Highway 14.
When I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea 15 months ago, I told my HMO that I had to have a machine which could run on 12V DC. They provided one. I bought the matching DC cord from CPAP.com. This setup works fine in the camper. Just be sure that you get a cord which matches the make and model of your machine.
Before the cord arrived, I ran my CPAP setup with a small inverter. That also worked well. I have a Duracell Pocket Inverter, 100W size; other manufacturers probably make something similar. This inverter plugs into a 12V socket.
I nearly always dry camp, without generator or solar, so I monitor the condition of the battery bank. It recharges quickly when I drive the truck. If I plan to stay somewhere for a few days, I turn the heated humidifier part of the CPAP off or down to conserve power. If I will move camp soon, I run the whole thing. No problems so far.
If you also have a heated hose, watch the power consumption for that.
I had never heard of Hobo Pies, so asked Google what they were. Here is a quote from the Urban Dictionary:
"The real hobo pie is a special kind of sandwich. Normally made in the firepit. A cooker with long handles attaches to iron plates (shaped like a small frisbee) on each side, it is attached together at the fire end of the utensil so you can securely close it before putting it in the fire. You place buttered bread in each 1/2 (to cut down on sticking), and between the bread any assortment of food (turkey and cheese, or ragu sauce with cheese and meat). Then close the handles to secure it, and roast it over your campfire. After a few minutes you open it up and pop out your authentic Hobo pie. "
Anything? How about baloney and cheese? PB&J? pizza sauce and pepperoni?