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Yosemite Sam1

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a. Public parks are full and booked through late September.

b. Mask is still strictly enforced even on private establishments. Postings to wear mask at the door, order by maitre d to wear mask (or else) and bigger sign saying, the they have the right to refuse service to anyone.

c. With the CA's $74 billion surplus, the state seems not to be waiting for Biden's infrastructure money. Construction on the road is everywhere. Expect delays, closures and diversions.

d. Parking along the coasts are allowed. But better be early. At 7am, it's already back-to-back with RVs, trailers, motorhomes... (our collective fault, they used to allow overnight parking, but some trashed their places).

e. Took the Pacific Coast Road - CA 1 Scenic Route. Beautiful as ever.

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I'm hoping that the current craze for RV ownership and thus the crowded California campgrounds are just temporary effects of the pandemic, and that some folks are going to regret buying an RV and will stay home or fly to Europe or whatever.

Unfortunately, my unscientific sample is leaning the other way. As do most people, we talk to our neighbors in the campgrounds and the RV parks. We've met lots of newbies this year, and almost all of them are, well, happy campers.

Most of them say things like "this is the silver lining of the pandemic -- it forced us to discover RVing, and now we're hooked."

YosemiteSam, I would add two things to your Cali Report: it's going to be a hot and smoky summer (bad news), and California has the highest vaccination rate and the lowest infection rate in the country (good news).

The state is supposed to open "fully" on June 15, whatever that means. I'd bet that there will still be restaurants and bars with mask requirements, but not all of them.


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Most of them say things like "this is the silver lining of the pandemic -- it forced us to discover RVing, and now we're hooked."

YosemiteSam, I would add two things to your Cali Report: it's going to be a hot and smoky summer (bad news), and California has the highest vaccination rate and the lowest infection rate in the country (good news).

The state is supposed to open "fully" on June 15, whatever that means. I'd bet that there will still be restaurants and bars with mask requirements, but not all of them.


We were here 3 years ago and I don't recall the shorelines being jam-packed this much -- and very early in the morning.

As to the strict mask requirement, I am pleasantly surprised. With all in the family being all vaccinated, including the 12-year olds, I am somewhat relaxed and would sometimes not bring my mask at all. But I'm comforted with this extra precaution of safety remembering that even Cali have their Covid deniers and anti-vaxxers..

And compliments to the state, your budget surplus is not just going to roads (and education I heard with the restoration of after-school programs) but on state, regional, county and city parks improvements as well. Toilets are immaculate (new bowls) and hot showers are (sometimes) free. I teased the wifey that their toilets are cleaner than ours at our new home, lol.

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If California has a 74 Billion surplus it means that their ripping off the citizens.


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stickdog wrote:

If California has a 74 Billion surplus it means that their ripping off the citizens.


The gross domestic product (GDP) of California was about 3.09 trillion U.S. dollars in 2020, meaning that it contributed the most out of any state to the country’s GDP in that year. In contrast, Vermont had the lowest GDP in the United States, with 32.8 billion U.S. dollars.

CA has the 5th largest GDP in the world. No doubt CA has some higher taxes. My guess is that with Covid in 2020 they had some shutdowns/freezes that resulted in the surplus. Most all states had surpluses.

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NOTE: Everyone loves to bash California (myself included), but let's please not do so here. And please keep the politics out of this thread.


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Posted: 06/12/21 05:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X2 and well said.





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And the downside, seems every is now out on a weekend.

Traffic, and more traffic all around.

And it was Sunday.

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profdant139 wrote:

I'm hoping that the current craze for RV ownership and thus the crowded California campgrounds are just temporary effects of the pandemic, and that some folks are going to regret buying an RV and will stay home or fly to Europe or whatever.

Unfortunately, my unscientific sample is leaning the other way. As do most people, we talk to our neighbors in the campgrounds and the RV parks. We've met lots of newbies this year, and almost all of them are, well, happy campers.

Most of them say things like "this is the silver lining of the pandemic -- it forced us to discover RVing, and now we're hooked."


Give them time and they'll tire of it. Really. I've seen that with acquaintances who go gung ho a year or two then peeter out. Plus, they prefer hookups whereas we prefer dry camping. Saw it over the Memorial Day weekend, hookups booked and dry camping areas a plenty.


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ReneeG wrote:

...hookups booked and dry camping areas a plenty.


Thanks for the tip. See us around... with our genny and solar, lol.[emoticon]

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