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Reservations for CA Camping Open March 1, 2016

It’s no secret that California has come amazing camping spots – picturesque, serene, gorgeous. If you’re a glamper looking to secure a site in California, Tuesday March 1 is the day you need to pay attention to and take action.  And if you snooze, you’ll lose.

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Here’s how it works in the Golden state. California’s state parks and national forest camping site booking systems only allow reservations to be made at certain times in advance. Once those dates are opened up there is a flood of reservations (think, trying to buy concert tickets online) and California’s most popular sites get reserved within minutes of being opened up for booking.

On Tuesday morning, campsites across California will become available for reservations for Labor Day Weekend, as well as for all dates in September (and any open dates throughout summer).

The series of target moments you need to know about arrive at 7, 8 and 9 a.m. (Pacific) on March 1, 2016  for campsite reservations at state parks across California — including the state’s most popular locations such as Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin, trail camps in the Santa Cruz Mountains and national forests in the Sierra Nevada (including Yosemite National Park).

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The best plan is to have all the online informational forms completed 10 minutes prior to the target moment, so all you have to do is click a button when reservations first become available.

Do not attempt to phone in a reservation – it takes way too long. Reserve for state parks at www.reserveamerica.com or (800) 444-7275, while sites at naational Parks can be reserve at www.recreation.gov or (877) 444-6777.

 

Pizza Perfect for Glamping

pizza ovenPizza just might be the perfect glamping food. No, I’m not talking about using your cell to call a the nearest delivery joint to bring a pie to your tent. I’m talking about making your own pizza over a campfire or if you’re a real pizza junkie, bringing your own portable pizza oven.

Let me tell you that I am not a pizza person. I eat it every now and again – mostly when I’m with someone craving it or if there’s a big group at my place and someone suggests ordering it. That said, the best pizza I ever had was on a recent glampout where a savvy friend had brought all the fixings and whipped up a delicious treat that rivaled fancy wood burning oven pizza from the priciest restaurant. Needless, to say, it was a huge hit – even with me.

The best part is how simple yet sophisticated you can get with your pizza. My fellow glamper bought some bags of raw pizza dough. These are readily available in almost every grocery store. And not only can you get regular pizza dough, there’s garlic and herb dough, healthier options like whole wheat, and even gluten-free for those in your camping party that have specific dietary restrictrictions.

Plus, my friend prepped all toppings ahead of time, bringing little plastic baggies with various veggies (spinach, squash, zucchini, garlic, peppers,mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onions, etc) and some meats (pepperoni and sausage) and of course there was plenty of cheese on hand. She even had a small container of homemade pesto for those like me that like their pie on the untraditional side.

She was also really smart to make the pizzas on the last night of our three day glamping trip and was able to use up our party’s leftovers as toppings. The hotdog, garlic, pizza with an egg on top was a show-stopper!

We cooked the pizza directly on the grate of our fire. But if you want to glamp it up even more, there are some portable pizza ovens that could work. I haven’t tried any of these, but if I do I’ll let you know. Or you could let me know about your experiences cooking pizza while camping.

Electric Pizza Ovens – You’ll need to connect to a generator or electrical supply where you’re camping.

Propane Pizza Oven

Accessories for the Open Fire or a BBQ Kettle –

 

So, if you’ve never thought of pizza for glamping – consider it for your next camp out. You won’t be sorry!!