We left our tiny house airbnb mid-morning on Saturday to head south towards Point Reyes National Park to camp. We took our time going south on the 101, driving along the Avenue of the Giants scenic road and stopping along the coast to grab some photos.
Naively, we were banking on being able to find a first-come-first-served campground near Point Reyes, at which we arrived around 5PM only to find some bad camping spots, and for a whopping $55 a night. So we hopped back in the car and jumped on highway 1 hoping to come across more campsites at which we could find a spot. 2 hours and 2 full campgrounds later, we realized it wasn't the smartest idea to try to camp on the fly during the Fourth of July weekend in the San Fran area. By this time we were passing through downtown San Francisco and were so desperate for a place to stay which wasn't a Walmart parking lot that we sucked it up and booked a cheap hotel along the coast just south of San Francisco. In the end, we were happy with our decision and enjoyed the luxury for a night, but we will definitely play it a bit more safe in the future!
That night we sat down to plan the next day's driving and where we would stop to camp the following night. We knew part of Big Sur was closed on HWY 1, so we decided to head for San Luis Obispo in the morning, check out some coffee shops on our "want to go" list, and head straight for the Tehachapi mountains where we would spend the next few days celebrating the Fourth of July with our families.
While we relax and enjoy our time in Tehachapi, we'll be planning our next few camp spots around Kings Canyon, Sequoia NP, and Yosemite NP.