Los Padres National Forest - Chula Vista Campground

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We spent another lovely weekend out in the woods in Los Padres National Forest, at the Chula Vista campground. This walk in camp was perfect for (ahem, someone like myself) who isn’t akin to any “primitive” camping, but totally enjoys some alone time in the woods. I am pretty sure this weekend marks my first ever tenting experience as well - wahoo! The park is free, on a first come first serve basis - but there was plenty of free space all weekend. The biggest attraction to this part of the park is the excellent star gazing you can see from the parking lot (see image of RV’s below). Astronomers and gazers come from all over to setup their larger than life, solar panel rigged telescopes, and watch the galaxies from one of the highest and clearest points around. There is also an awesome hike to the summit of Mt. Pinos, where you can see all of the valley below the mountain. Just beware, campsite is over 8,000 ft above sea level - and it will definitely run you down when you first arrive! 

Some tips I took away from camping this weekend:

- Boxed wine is the best, ever. No wine openers needed, and it leaves way less of a carbon footprint than all of those bottles! Also it can stay fresher longer than an opened bottle of wine.

- Dry ice is sold at most grocery stores (which I didn’t know until this weekend…) but it keeps your foot much colder than regular ice and doesn’t get everything wet when it melts.

- Warm clothes are so necessary. Nights get so chilly!