i figured some of you may have experience doing this and i was hoping to get some ideas. my girlfriend and i will be driving up the coast mid-august and hoping to camp along the way. we're leaving on a friday and most likely staying at figueroa mountain that night, maybe el capitan. then, saturday through tuesday, we will be at a ranch in santa ynez with her family. tuesday night we would like to camp in or near san simeon, wednesday night in the carmel/monterey area.
what i would like to know is if any of you know of good spots to camp in san simeon and carmel/monterey. we don't mind doing the coastal campground thing, but if anybody knows of any "secret" spots where we can drive a few miles out on a fire road (2WD truck, keep that in mind) and set up shop wherever we feel, that would be awesome. even any first-come first-served rural campground would be great. like i said, we don't really mind being in one of those spots where every campground is 15 feet apart, but the other options would be even better.
thanks for any suggestions!