A few weekends ago, my husband and I went camping at a state campground near us called Leo Carrillo. I had heard about it and had seen how difficult it was to get reservations on-line, but I had no idea that I would find a small city of people, tents, and bikes when we arrived. Normally when we camp, it’s quiet and remote. This was the opposite. It was a half a mile from the road and there were tons of people squeezed onto each campsite with music, drinking games, and full kitchens set-up outside.
At first, I was taken aback. Could this centering and grounding like other camping experiences I’ve had where we get out into nature? Will this be fun? As soon as I saw all the kids riding around on their bikes at night with the glow in the dark wheels, I knew I was hooked. This was like an amusement park for outdoors people!
What I liked a lot about the atmosphere of Leo Carrillo is the social, friendly, and outgoing nature of it all. As soon as we pulled in, our neighbors greeted us and welcomed us to the site. The next day, they asked to meet our dog and were happy to chat for 20 minutes as they prepared breakfast. When I looked around, I noticed that everyone was friendly.
Because it’s so popular, we were only able to stay one night, but as soon as I got home, I put ourselves on a waitlist for a full weekend later this year. I can’t wait to go back. This time I am going to come with my lights for my bike and maybe even a party hat to go with my Patagonia heavy camping fleece.