7/9/09 – 4th of July 2009
4th of July Camping
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This year, I spent 4th of July with some friends from the dive club camping in the mountains. Holly found what turned out to be a GREAT spot just 1.5 hrs from Sacramento (pulling a trailer or driving an RV) at about 5,000 feet. Tunnel Mills II Campground is 8 miles off of I-80 at the Emigrant Gap exit. We were in the pine trees and camped so close to the North Fork of the American River that you could hear the water rushing. It was so pleasant and peaceful!
We left Thursday afternoon for a weekend of relaxation. Upon arrival we all unpacked and relaxed. Each group took a meal to cook so while one group was cooking the rest of us were relaxing. On Friday we walked down to the river and headed upstream to find the waterfall we had heard so much about. We found a few small falls and thought that was it. The dogs came with us and by the time we decided to stop, they were tired with sore feet. My feet weren’t doing so well either. I was wearing old water shoes that had fallen apart on the trip up the river. By the time we were ready to come back down, I had blown out the entire side of my left foot making it very diffucut to navigate the river and rocks. Hero, Steve gave me his shoes and walked barefoot until we got to the bridge where we took a short cut back to camp. THANKS STEVE!
Saturday, after breakfast the group with directions from the camp host headed to the REAL falls. I had fallen asleep shortly after breakfast and missed the trip. From what I hear, it was a nice little walk and the falls were beautiful. Once I woke up, Roxie and I went for a walk in search of cell service. About a mile up the road (and I do me UP) we found the road where everyone had driven their cars to the trail entrance. As we started to walk down, everyone was on their way back. At that point, we headed back down to camp.
Thanks to everyone, food the entire weekend was GREAT! We had spaghetti, tri-tip, steak/shrimp fajita’s, breakfast burritos, a full breakfast spread and omlet bar… we ate well! Everynight we had a campfire and settled in for a nice night’s sleep. After Sunday breakfast, we headed home and said goodbye to a great campground and mosquito’s. We definitely will be camping here again someday!
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