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Recently camped at Moro Campground in Laguna beach.

Its the newest of all the california campgrounds and the selling point of its location is the view

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Hiked and Biked on some trailed, saw deer, swam in the beach and even snorkeled.

Sleeping in the E was great with a simple air mattress on top of all seats.

The cabana really helped add space to the back of the E and made it feel much bigger. Also aided in privacy when changing out of wet clothes.

Eating was veggie sandwiches with fruit and individually packaged soy milk (that doesn't need to be refrigerated) so no cooking was needed.

Modifications for camping: diy curtains on all windows, diy bug screens on front windows,

Gear brought but didn't use: tent, cooker with propane, overpacked food, sleeping bags, bow and arrow :)

Overall, it was a quick little 'test outing' and I really am looking forward to an extended trip in the back woods camping 'for real' instead of walking distance to a Starbucks :|
 

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Thanks guys,

the view was what really sold me on camping there and then I lucked out when there was a last minute cancelation and I was able to go on a whim. Normally that location is book weeks if not months in advance during summer months.

I hope this is the beginning of many future outings in the E

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That is one nice view. There is something about the Element that makes you want to go camping in it. Did not have the nice beach view here in the Cincinnati area, but did my final camping trip for the season last weekend. See attached photo. Photo was actually of the campfire, but you can see the E in the background. Sure makes a nice bunkhouse with the seats folded down and and air mattress on top.


Thanks guys,

the view was what really sold me on camping there and then I lucked out when there was a last minute cancelation and I was able to go on a whim. Normally that location is book weeks if not months in advance during summer months.

I hope this is the beginning of many future outings in the E

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Nice campground. A friend just told me about it the other day and I looked into it. Was all gung-ho until I found out it's $50/day! I stayed in Zion National Park with a billion-dollar view for $18/day.
 

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Looks like you had a great spot. I suppose there's nothing quite like a sunset over the ocean. Thanks for the share.
 

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The campground I was at (without ocean view) was $27 a night. I thought that was high, but guess $25-$50 is the going rate. They did keep the restrooms/shower area very clean, and you could have a pizza, ice cream or latte delivered to your campsite. Not exactly living off the land, but was a good night camping last weekend.


Nice campground. A friend just told me about it the other day and I looked into it. Was all gung-ho until I found out it's $50/day! I stayed in Zion National Park with a billion-dollar view for $18/day.
 

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$50/night is a little expensive, but prices in parks have been skyrocketing because of budget cuts.

Camping at State Parks in CA used to be about $18/night but now most of the decent ones are up to $35/night at least. The only ones that are still that low are the really lousy ones that are basically gravel parking lots in the middle of nowhere.
 

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Because "camping" like this is something I'd like to do. I'm not good at making reservations though. Can you just drive up to these places and get a spot? This is maybe Step One for me, in utilizing all the features in my E ("camping" nearby). I really do feel like beach camping is something that I can see myself doing as a regular thing. Just have never done it before.)
 

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State Park campgrounds will sometimes make no-show sites available for drive-ups at 5pm -- but you will often encounter lines of already-in-park campers who are trying to get a spot for an additional night. These walk-ups are for one night only. San Elijo State Beach in San Diego makes theirs available at 8am and lines often form overnight. People make reservations six months in advance.
 
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