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!