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Old 09-28-2006, 08:43 PM   #1
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We are leaving Little Sandy, an unimproved camping area on the Sierra National Forest.
I first camped here when I was 10 years old. It has been a favorite of my 3 sons and now it is the favorite camping area of my grandsons.
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so where is it and how do you get there.....

and other highlights? great shot of the Burro......
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Nice photo John, We have camped there.
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:07 PM   #4
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Great shot. More photos?
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:14 PM   #5
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so where is it and how do you get there.....

and other highlights? great shot of the Burro......

Little Sandy is about 18 miles north of Oakhurst Ca. off of Hiway 41. About 2 miles north of Oakhurst turn right off of 41 onto Skyranch Rd., it turns into an semi improved road after about 5 miles. Follow the signs to Fresno Dome Campground which is about 13 miles.
About 1/2 mile before you get to Fresno Dome you will come to a dirt road on your left which should have a sign indicating big Sandy. Turn here and go about 4 miles and you will see a large meadow and another dirt road on your left just after you go over a large culvert pipe under the road. That is Little Sandy.
The great thing about this area is the stream, the kids love it and in the camping area it is shallow enough for the little ones to enjoy. Down stream from the camping area the stream drops considerably over granite knobs into pools worn in the granite. My boys and now my grandkids have worn the seats out of many pairs of shorts sliding down the granite into the pools. I remember many times they have come back to the camp with their backsides hanging out of their shorts.
Mabey I enjoy this area so much because it is one of the few places that has not changed and I have many wonderful memories.
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Few more that would not fit on my last post.
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Beautiful!

Looks like the perfect spot.
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Old 09-30-2006, 09:10 AM   #8
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I think national forests are always beautiful ..... we are so lucky to have them to camp in... but I dont boondock.. so will enjoy everyone elses pics!!
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Old 10-01-2006, 03:12 PM   #9
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Boondocking is great. I can't lie and say I don't enjoy the luxury of having electric and city water hookups, but for me and my wife, nothing beats a great boondocking spot in a National Forest.
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I think national forests are always beautiful ..... we are so lucky to have them to camp in... but I dont boondock.. so will enjoy everyone elses pics!!
You should try it at least once. You should have beautiful spots that you can get to fairly easily.
I love to take my grand kids but some times I like to go by myself, do a little fishing, read a book or just vegitate and listen to the wind in the trees. It is great to go to a place where the only sound you here is the birds and the wind.
If you really get desperate for your favorite movie they make deep cycle batteries and generators.
Try it, you will like it.
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It is great to go to a place where the only sound you here is the birds and the wind.
I agree. I live in the middle of a major metropolitan city. Noise. Traffic. Pollution. Grafitti. But, in an hour-and-a-half I can be in a US Forest Service campground in the mountains, surrounded by trees, near a stream that runs year-round... Heaven.
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Old 10-02-2006, 10:11 PM   #12
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I agree. I live in the middle of a major metropolitan city. Noise. Traffic. Pollution. Grafitti. But, in an hour-and-a-half I can be in a US Forest Service campground in the mountains, surrounded by trees, near a stream that runs year-round... Heaven.
[b]CAMPGROUND?

Well I guess there's boonedocking in campground with out electricity. But, for real boonedocking you can't beat something like this, imho.


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Notice the picnic table, the steel fire pit.
The nearest people are over a mile away. They were where we wanted to be, but they got there first. So we settled for this one.
We saw a pickup pulling a long sticky trailer, 2 cars, and one slow motorcycle(daddy was taking you son for a ride). Pretty good for a busy summer week-end, eh?

We're about 100' off the road with a bunch of trees between us and the road.
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:15 AM   #13
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We're about 100' off the road with a bunch of trees between us and the road.

If you have to make your own fire ring and can't here any other campers, that is my kind of camping.
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Have pity on a poor urban flat-lander who has to drive hours and hours to escape the teeming throngs, the huddled masses, and the government officials.
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Old 10-04-2006, 10:29 AM   #15
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If you have to make your own fire ring and can't here any other campers, that is my kind of camping.
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Of course there are people like my wife and I. Backpacking only with very little equipment, then car camping with a tent, and now a trailer. We haven't worked up to the campground idea, but I suspect it's coming. My wife has been mentioning how nice it would be to have a shower in the scamp instead of outside...
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My wife has been mentioning how nice it would be to have a shower in the scamp instead of outside...
Can't you rig up some temporary shower curtains, a big, deep plastic storage bin for a shower pan, and a battery pump to pump shower water, that has been heated up on the stove, inside ? Others have found out ways to do that. Do a search in "Mods" right here in FGRV. It's not too complicated.
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Of course there are people like my wife and I. Backpacking only with very little equipment, then car camping with a tent, and now a trailer. We haven't worked up to the campground idea, but I suspect it's coming. My wife has been mentioning how nice it would be to have a shower in the scamp instead of outside...
That's me. I started out strictly backpacking (I still go backpacking), then moved to tent camping, then after the bear raided our camp at Standing Indian at midnight, we decided we needed a Casita.
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That's me. I started out strictly backpacking (I still go backpacking), then moved to tent camping, then after the bear raided our camp at Standing Indian at midnight, we decided we needed a Casita.

I guess that I'm a little backwards here. Started out car camping with tent and stuff. Amount of stuff expanded untill I needed a trailer and a van to haul it all. Then discovered backpacking. Got rid of most of the stuff I was hauling around to the point that no matter where we camped the backpacks were what was packed. We camped out of the backpacks even when we were camped right beside the car.

Even the backpacking started to grow stuff. Gradually went to a 60+ pound pack. Managed to get it down to about 45 pounds now including food. Now we can keep backpacking as part of our outdoor life.

The main reason for getting the trailer is some of the camping events we were going to. When you're backpacking you can get up and out of the tent then get dressed. When camped with a group, not a real good idea. Wouldn't want to scare the neighbors too badly.
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. My wife has been mentioning how nice it would be to have a shower in the scamp instead of outside...
After 2 trips in my 14' Burro I am missing my water heater and my shower.
I keep reminding myself that I do not miss the 8 mpg to get my trailer to the camping spot.
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Can't you rig up some temporary shower curtains, a big, deep plastic storage bin for a shower pan, and a battery pump to pump shower water, that has been heated up on the stove, inside ? Others have found out ways to do that. Do a search in "Mods" right here in FGRV. It's not too complicated.
I have looked at shower mods and even considered buying the equipment from scamp to intall a shower. However the best idea for me will be to buy a f/g with the shower already installed and sell my scamp. I'm sure the right trailer will come along and selling a 16' scamp in sourthern california should be somewhat easy because of a fairly decent demand.
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