We spent a couple of nights at Yank's RV Resort, which is off Highway 101, just outside of Monterey, in Greenfield, CA. The RV park is very nice, with concrete, pull-through full hookup sites. Many amenities are available, including a swimming pool, hot tub, laundry facility, fitness center and club house. Our favorite amenities were the small, fenced dog park for the labs to stretch their legs in and a pet wash area if you need it. The website does inform visitors of the very windy location, and it really can be very windy at this RV resort, so we did not set up our outdoor furniture unless we were going to be in the chairs, or who knows where they would end up. We paid about $54 a night for a deluxe pull-through site, there are back-in sites available for about $10 less, or a premium site for about $10 more. This puts it on the pricier end of the scale, but we thought it was worth the splurge to be able to see both Cannery Row, the ocean, the Yanks Air Museum, and wonderful wineries, all in the same weekend.
Greenfield is ideally located between Monterey and Paso Robles, so there are many sites to take in and many a winery open for tastings within a very short distance. Our favorite place to eat is in the nearby town of Salinas, at a small restaurant called The Crab Bucket. If you like a good and inexpensive seafood boil, this is the place to enjoy a meal. A friend recommended this restaurant, and we are so glad they did; any time we are in the area, we have a meal here.
Our maiden voyage in the DragonWagon this past August included camping at a winery through Harvest Hosts, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park. We believe in just jumping right in and getting our feet wet from the very beginning!
We learned the hard way from our campground in Sequoia National Park, that we are not quite ready for a narrow back-in spot, so we canceled our campsite in the park, and booked a pull-through site at the Yosemite West/Mariposa KOA. We had also heard that our new, very expensive RV GPS, was trying to send us on a route that we would never have been able to drive pulling a 35 foot, 13 foot high 5th wheel. We will be posting a review of that GPS under our review section very soon.
We loved the scenery in Yosemite, and soon learned to rise early to drive and hike before the middle of the day and thick crowds of tourists. We were up while it was dark out one morning to take sunrise photos in Yosemite Valley and Half Dome. Another day we explored Glacier Point with the infamous hanging rock, Tuolumne Meadows, and the Yosemite Village. We made the mistake of going to Yosemite Village during the middle of the day and were swamped in a sea of tourists. We prefer the solitude of nature, although, time alone on the trail is hard to find in this very popular park.
The park is simply breathtaking, there is so much to see and so many trails we were not able to make it to in the time we had there. This is one park we will definitely visit again, with more time scheduled to explore.
The first park we took the DragonWagon to was Sequoia National Park in August. This was our first trip pulling a 5th wheel, and I have to say I wish our campsite had been a pull-through, and not one we had to back in. We were lucky enough to acquire a space at a campground in the park by booking 5 months ahead of time, as soon as the park service would allow, at Dorst Creek Campground..
The drive to our campsite was up a narrow, windy, gravel road, and is a tight squeeze past other RVs, but we made it slowly to our spot. A word of caution for others who are new to driving an RV, the sites are very narrow, and have curbs built in alongside them, leaving no room for error or much correction when backing in. I will admit that we had trouble backing in, and an RVer next to us was kind enough to come over and help back it in. Everyone is new when they first start out, it might be a little embarrassing, but in time, we hope to be the ones to help someone else in the future.
The campsites are fairly close, but situated and angled to give you a private area to set up chairs, with a picnic table, fire ring, and a bear box if needed. The bears were out and in search of food, so unless you have an RV or motor coach, you were required to keep all food and trash in the bear box. We did use it for trash until we could take it over to the dumpster. We never did see a bear, but we sure heard one. A loud, banging, boom woke us from a dead sleep! I thought someone was banging on the trailer, and we bolted out of bed and turned on the outside emergency floodlights for a few minutes. We never did see the bear, but our neighbor told us the next morning, it was his fault, he had juice from his grilled steaks all over the top of the bear box and one came looking for a snack! Big lesson for all to keep food and food particles cleaned up and out of your campsite.
Our big lesson as new RV campers was learned as we were leaving the campsite. We had noticed the trees touching the top of the RV when we parked, but had no idea how dense and low they were really were until we pulled out to leave. The antenna broke off with a loud crack and came crashing down to the ground. We found an area close by to pull over, and check the roof. There were some deep scratches left on the roof and a hole where the antenna had been attached. We made an emergency repair with a plastic bowl inverted over the hole and taped into place until we could remount and seal it after returning home. Always keep an eye on overhanging branches when backing into a site! Lesson learned.