Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tent camping again
Whatever its classification, I'd never stayed in one. So I went to Mt. Madonna County Park, west of Gilroy, California, to see what it was all about.
Check-in was laughably simple. I pulled up at the kiosk and told the ranger I had a reservation for a yurt.
Without looking at a list or anything, he asked, "Number 134?"
"Okay. It's in the loop to your right. The key is under the doormat."
And that was it. No paperwork, no ID. Have a nice stay.
The online instructions said to supply your own bedding. No problem, since it's always with me anyway. There were vinyl covered mattresses on the bunks. They looked hard and chilly. So I brought in my plush foam mattress from the Rolling Steel tent. A mattress on a mattress—a Princess and the Pea moment. I slept great.
Tall trees and lots of shade make it a little hard for the solar panels to do their job. If I were to stay more than one day I'd need to drive to a sunny spot for a few hours. That wouldn't be a problem in the yurt's treeless country of origin.