Bus Camping 9/19 & 9/20 Finnon Lake (near PlacervilleCA)

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Bus Camping 9/19 & 9/20 Finnon Lake (near PlacervilleCA)

Post by static » Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:55 pm

VW Bus Campout at Finnon Lake

Friday and Saturday, Sep. 19th & 20th, 2008.

Where:
Finnon Lake is actually a reservoir, and it is about ½ hour outside of Placerville.

Cost: Only $10/night each for each bus. Pay static upon arrival.
(All funds go to the local VFD which administers the campground.)

Bring: Your bus, your kids and dogs, perhaps some dessert and/or red wine to share.
You are on your own for meals or you may dine at the nearby café (walking distance). There will be a group campfire. Bring marshmallows!

This is a semi-developed public campground with flush toilets, running water and a pretty good café within walking distance. We have the group site. (If you take a different site, you will be charged triple!)

The lake is fishable and there is even a Frisbee golf course on site.

Directions: Hwy. 50 to Placerville, left onto 49. 49N -1 mile to SR193, turn right on 193.

3 miles to Rock Creek Road (1 mile after crossing American River bridge)

Turn right Rock Creek Road - 10 miles up to Finnon Lake on the left side of road.

Turn left onto the road just to the left of the café. Look for VW buses.
N 38°47'45.5" S120°45'5.2"

This will be primarily a Baywindow and Vanagon campout!

Questions: static (at) well (dot) com

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Post by regis101 » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:24 pm

I'm in. We're in. I've been there before about 10 yrs ago.

Glad to see this happen. Those of us in NorCal needed to get something going. Fallen Leaf CG in Tahoe burned last year.

Did you, static, get this started?

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Post by static » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:30 am

Yes. There is a quite a pent-up demand for camping opportunities for the Baywindow and Vanagon folk, and Finnon is the perfect place for it. If it works, I have a perfect spot for the Southern California people too.

I am afraid that if I don't foster and facilitate bus camping for my area, nobody else will.
Not every bus event has to be just for slammed Splittys!

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Post by pjalau » Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:07 am

A previous event this year -this one actually: http://pjalau.blogspot.com/2008/04/ridi ... erras.html
- began this discussion. We were all hanging about on motorcycles and in busses, making bad jokes, drinking good beer, when Joe said: "Do you think that we should have a Bus only event?"

We sat silently, contemplatively even, and pondered the thought. A Bus only event? Really? Who would do such a thing? What kind of weirdo drives a Bus? Are there enough of them on the road to justify an event? Even more so, are they even drivable? They don't even have air conditioning...

So we told Joe - absolutely not. It would be a bust, a waste of time, a wrong move, unthinkable. Joe looked at Maggie, scowled, and said "I'll show them... I'll show them all! They think I'm crazy but I'll show them." Rubbing his hands, he stared intently, and Maggie licked his face - a clear sign that Joe was onto something.

Back in his secret lair, Joe has been planning this for months. It's his evil plan of doom and it goes somewhat like this:
Step 1: Bring busses together
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit!

So, if you want to have a good laugh at Joe's expense, show up! Bring your bus. Prove to him that his evil plan will not work.

I'm in. Of Course.

Joe, should I save the second seat cover for a seat covering demonstration? Apparently, we have gotten good at it.

-Peter

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Re: Bus Camping 9/19 & 9/20 Finnon Lake (near Placervill

Post by Ritter » Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:25 am

static wrote: Directions: Hwy. 50 to Placerville
What's this little grade like in a bus?

I'm interested but unsure about logistics.

Caravan from the Bay Area?
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Re: Bus Camping 9/19 & 9/20 Finnon Lake (near Placervill

Post by static » Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:21 pm

Ritter wrote: What's this little grade like in a bus?
Easy.

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Post by regis101 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:39 am

Here's a link for a nice side trip. Always a good time

http://www.applehill.com/site/Harvest.html

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Post by Junk 2 Funk » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:41 am

So anyone up for a caravan from the bay area?

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Post by pjalau » Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:37 am

Very! When were you thinking of leaving? I wanted to head out mid-day Friday.

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Post by Junk 2 Funk » Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:38 am

My wife and I can't leave until after 5, which sucks but that's how it goes I guess. What do you think?

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Post by Birdibus » Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:57 am

static wrote:I have a perfect spot for the Southern California people too.
Oh? do tell!
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Post by Elwood » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:03 am

Birdibus wrote:
static wrote:I have a perfect spot for the Southern California people too.
Oh? do tell!
Ditto on that also Joe and if it happens, I kinda promise not to give you such a bad time with my kidding ways. :drunken:
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Post by pjalau » Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:21 pm

Might I recommend Montana De Oro? Outside of Los Osos? Probably a good half-way point for norcal and socal people to meet, camp, have beer, etc.


5pm is a little late, and we will hit the traffic? No way to leave a little earlier? Say, around 3:00?

I'd like to drive along the levee roads to Sacramento - it's slower and more scenic. Everyone could meet somewhere in Antioch or Pittsburg and all head out together.

Big Blue? Are you two in?

-P

P.S. - After the great success of installing my new seat cover, I'm planning on doing a demo of the seat cover replacement on Saturday.

See you then.

-Peter

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Post by Junk 2 Funk » Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:24 pm

I know it's late, but my wife is teaching a class that goes until 4:30 I believe, so that's what's doing it. I don't want to leave that later either. I'll talk to her and see if she can somehow get out of it.

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Post by covelo » Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:47 pm

We'll try to make it too. We're moving around that time so that may get in the way, but otherwise this sounds like a good plan. We could probably leave Friday afternoon as well and meet people in the delta somewhere. [/url]
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