Camping at Mt. Madonna

9/12/12

I can't remember the last time I went camping before this past weekend. It must have been several  years ago. Luckily, Jeff and I kept some of our camping equipment in storage at my Mom's house so we were pretty well-equipped to go up to Mt. Madonna for a couple of nights. We realized the pump for our air mattress doesn't work when we tried to inflate it at the campsite. Jeff ended up blowing up the mattress with his lungs. Poor guy said he almost passed out twice!

Mt. Madonna is in Watsonville, and although it's pretty close by, it feels like you're so far away from any city. You're still far away enough to not have any cell phone reception, though.

We managed to book a campsite only a few days before we arrived, which is kind of hard to do with the state parks. It is a really well-maintained county park and of course, dog-friendly. A lot of families were there with kids and dogs. There are some great trails to hike on from the park, too.

Just a short drive down the 152 from Mt. Madonna County Park is a great little produce stand, selling all kinds of food and flowers. It makes for a great stop to stock up on food and snacks before heading to the park.

I know it seems like we're on a camping and hiking kick lately, but it's fun and addicting. We are trying to squeeze in more of these trips, whether a day hike or a weekend camping trip, before the weather starts to get rainy. Who wants to join us?

I wasn't going to post this picture from our trip, but it's kind of funny so I had to share. Jeff was trying to find some little bit of cell phone service at the campsite to download his homework assignment (he's taking some programming courses). He got enough reception to get his assignment, and then got to work on his laptop in the middle of the woods. It's hard for us to disconnect sometimes! 

8 comments:

  1. Well I guess camping with a laptop isn't that much different than camping with a smart phone, which is what I've been doing lately!

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    1. I guess when you're traveling like you do, it's probably a good idea to have a phone with you. Just in case! We were like 30 minutes away from home so I was teasing Jeff about it.

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  2. I love camping!! Looking so much forward to the summer, last year we have been camping almost every weekend!! Australia is perfect for that :)

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    1. I'm hoping to camp as much as we can too. Even our "winters" aren't so bad, as long as it's not rainy.

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  3. Joe Joe looks so cute in the first photo. I would have had a harder time distinguishing between nephews if it wasn't for his nose.

    I want to go camping! I have homework to do too! It'll be great. And I'll bring my four legged friend.

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  4. What cute photos and it looks like you all had lots of fun!!

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  5. looks fun! i think camping every now and then is always a good idea, it's so relaxing and quiet!

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  6. Our goal for the day was to explore three old logging camps so after lunch we headed up the old railroad bed.Tent select

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