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Old 06-07-10, 04:37 PM   #1
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Campsite reccomendations.

Anybody know any state run campsites in the Wrightwood or Big Bear (CA) areas that allow tent camping with flushing toilets and showers?
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http://bigbear.us/serranocampgrounds.html

This was the only one with showers on the listing I found. 98 Tent sites.
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Even if you are not planning on taking a bike, cross post this question in Touring.
Lots of good camping knowledge in there.
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Even if you are not planning on taking a bike, cross post this question in Touring.
Lots of good camping knowledge in there.
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We used to go to a campground near Green Valley Lake in that neighborhood 20+ years ago. It had flush toilets, I don't remember if it had showers. We had tents and a motorhome (it was a church group), so tents were OK. Might have been this one, but there's no contact info:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...26157&t=h&z=16
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What is the point of camping when you have flushing toilets and showers? Get one of those toilet chairs and a solar shower or those shower bags. Even those take the fun out of camping.
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What is the point of camping when you have flushing toilets and showers? Get one of those toilet chairs and a solar shower or those shower bags. Even those take the fun out of camping.
Because the women are not going to want to do that.
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thanks folks. i'll check it out.
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Because the women are not going to want to do that.
Hehe, my wife and I were supposed to camp for a week once. She told me how she had done all this camping in her youth, yada, yada. When it came down to it, we camped one night and spent the next 5 nights in hotels.
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Because the women are not going to want to do that.
This is an interesting reply to Fuzzbox's post, since Fuzz is a woman, I guess she think's it's OK to be without flush toilets and showers for a few days. The women in your group have different standards, and that's OK.
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My girlfriend is good with the whole real camping thing. A friend of mine's ex-gf however wouldn't go to the bathroom without a flush toilet. Honestly it was really amusing from time to time because one of us would mention needing to go, walk in to the woods, and be back in 5 minutes. An hour+ later she would return having hiked a mile or two back to the car, driven to the nearest flush toilet, and returned. Being swarmed with mosquitoes was ok, getting covered with mud/rain/whatever was ok, but going to the bathroom without a flush toilet wasn't even worth considering.
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My girlfriend is good with the whole real camping thing. A friend of mine's ex-gf however wouldn't go to the bathroom without a flush toilet. Honestly it was really amusing from time to time because one of us would mention needing to go, walk in to the woods, and be back in 5 minutes. An hour+ later she would return having hiked a mile or two back to the car, driven to the nearest flush toilet, and returned. Being swarmed with mosquitoes was ok, getting covered with mud/rain/whatever was ok, but going to the bathroom without a flush toilet wasn't even worth considering.
OMG that is so funny! In my experience public toilets in those remote areas are not the cleanest. On the other hand, taking a crap in the woods is very clean, with no contact with surfaces at all, it just takes a little practice to get the right stance/squat whatever. Important foot note here: learn to identify poison oak
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OMG that is so funny! In my experience public toilets in those remote areas are not the cleanest. On the other hand, taking a crap in the woods is very clean, with no contact with surfaces at all, it just takes a little practice to get the right stance/squat whatever. Important foot note here: learn to identify poison oak
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This is an interesting reply to Fuzzbox's post, since Fuzz is a woman, I guess she think's it's OK to be without flush toilets and showers for a few days. The women in your group have different standards, and that's OK.
Yep. I just went into the river when I felt dirty for the most part. Funny part is I went with a friend the other week. Some others were supposed to show but I guess the map is wrong and we went to a different place. 4 days of peace. Until the day we were supposed to leave when his car didn't start and we had no supplies left. It was a journey indeed. Lots of bears one night too.
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Lots of bears one night too.
That's the other thing I would worry about. But just have to practice safe practices.
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OMG that is so funny! In my experience public toilets in those remote areas are not the cleanest. On the other hand, taking a crap in the woods is very clean, with no contact with surfaces at all, it just takes a little practice to get the right stance/squat whatever. Important foot note here: learn to identify poison oak
My experience is quite different. In remote areas the toilets are more apt to be clean. One place that comes to mind isn't that remote but does illustrate rather well. The West Fork of the San Gabriel River. There is a bathroom right at the parking lot. Truely trashed. Of course anyone who can walk 50 feet can get there from their car. About 5 miles in on hte access road (which yuo can walk of bike, only cars are the Ranger and Damnkeeper) there is a toilet, it is nice and clean.

BTW it is a rather strange bike ride. 7.2 miles (If I recall correctly after several years) all very very gradual uphill next to the creek/river. There are several picnic areas, the last at about 7 miles. Then just a little bit farther until the road kicks up for the damn, 20-30% grade I think. Few go to the top of the damn.
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I think you may have taken a dump in the escape hatch of a missile silo.
Boy are those Air Force guys going to me unhappy when they open that hatch after the nuclear holocaust and are greeted by a post-apocalyptic wasteland... and someone's poop on their hatch.
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That's the other thing I would worry about. But just have to practice safe practices.
Bring a good dog. He was barking so we looked around and saw glowing eyes. We waited in the truck for a bit. 3 big bears crossed the path about 20 ft away and a good 10 mins later 2 more came along.
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