Day 3: Curb-side Boondocking in Campbell, California.

Last night we drove nearly 300 miles to get to San Martin, CA to stay at the Camping World parking lot. The last time we were here was in February, 2010 shortly before we left for our first cross country trip. We spent that night here with our battery practically dead. It was cold and we had no way of heating the inside of the trailer. Last night was a little different. We are older, wiser and much better prepared for parking lot nights than the greener versions of us over 3 years ago.

Day 3: Curb-side Boondocking in Campbell, California.

We went inside the store in the morning attempting to find something to buy to thank them for their hospitality. Unfortunately we were not able to find something we actually needed. I guess we are much more prepared now than I even realized. Maybe next time I will double down on a big ticket item after another peaceful night’s stay.

Day 3: Curb-side Boondocking in Campbell, California.

We don’t have plans for a long driving day today as we are just hoping on the freeway a few short miles to go to Campbell, CA to visit my brother. But that won’t be until after we let the kids blow off some steam at the indoor playground of the McDonald’s in San Martin.

Day 3: Curb-side Boondocking in Campbell, California.

Guess who these girls are showing off for?

Day 3: Curb-side Boondocking in Campbell, California.

That’s right, they are trying to show Luka how fun it is to go down the slide. He still isn’t quite ready to do it but I am guessing it won’t be long before it happens.

Day 3: Curb-side Boondocking in Campbell, California.

Our next stop is a self-serve car wash we found just down the road. The Mish is in dire need of a wash. Honestly, I don’t remember the last time she got bath.

Day 3: Curb-side Boondocking in Campbell, California.

Since today is a work day, no one was home when we made it to my brother’s house at Campbell. We found a spot to park the Mish for the night just around the corner and hung out inside while Luka took at nap. The narrow street where his house is located does allow streetside parking. Boondocking along a residential curb is probably one of our least favorite type of dry camping, especially if we have to do it in front of properties owned by other people.

Day 3: Curb-side Boondocking in Campbell, California.

The trip is just starting to wind up as we began tomorrow to head further away from familiar territory. Tonight, we will be hanging out with family and taking things easy.

Day 3: Curb-side Boondocking in Campbell, California.

The kids will stay plenty occupied with all of their cousins toys in the backyard who are out of town visiting their maternal grandparents. Tomorrow we will continue to head north towards the Oregon border.

over and out,
dan

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