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Roughing It

Roughing It is a semi-autobiographical book about Mark Twain‘s travel in the “Wild West!” A free copy is available on Project Gutenberg.

Roughing it is ALSO a survival strategy that folks in California are using in a bad economy! California State Parks have seen demand spike in the last 10 years, an increase of 38%, from 57 million visitors to almost 80 million visitors!

Camp site fees average $25/night, and coastal camp sites with good views go for $40/night, still substantially below the cost of a hotel/motel.

Reservations are open seven months in advance. In the first hour, on February 1 (taking reservations for August), 15,000 reservations were made!

Julia Pfeiffer Campground at Big Sur is not taking reservations because the bridge to the campground was removed to allow debris flow after last year’s fires. A bid for putting the bridge back in place has been awarded the contract, and the campground may open by Memorial Day.

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo™

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