Camping During COVID — Part 3

Dear Friends and Fellow Adventurers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from sunny and now temperate Santa Barbara. We’ve had some oppressive heat waves the past few weeks. Over now, hopefully, and I trust everyone is still doing well considering the challenges we’re facing at the moment. I’ve written about our stays at Hipcamps before. They […]

Camping During Covid — Part II

Dear Fellow Foodies and Camping Aficionados, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Pismo Beach on the Central Coast of California. We’ve been doing some serious local camping most of the summer, and one of our recent excursions was to Lake Cachuma, a reservoir in the Santa Ynez Valley on the Santa Ynez River off California […]

The Anarchist Campground

If you don’t mind digging your own latrine, the anarchist campground is your new, self-isolation, best friend! I recently found myself in a situation where my best option was driving halfway across the country. Airplanes? No thanks. Hotels? I was on the fence. But camping… now that’s something I can get behind. Multiple Covid experts […]

On Being a Naturalist

Dear Friends, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara. Living on the central coast of California, one doesn’t need to travel far afield to find wonderful campsites, meet new friends, and experience Mother Nature in all her splendor. Less than 25 miles from where I live, there are two state parks and a private […]

Paradise in Pismo

Dear Friends, Gourmet Girl Gail here. As we usher in a new decade, we’d like to thank our followers for reading our blog, posting comments, and tweeting about something we wrote. We are so grateful to be able to connect with like-minded people who follow their adventurous hearts, enjoy well-prepared, gourmet meals, and have a […]

Roadtripping

“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” –Walt Whitman Hello Fellow Foodies and Travelers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from sunny Santa Barbara. I took a hiatus from blogging for a few weeks while traveling up to Wyoming and back with my dog Abigail and friend Kathy Moran. We started […]

Autumn in France

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire, France. The rains have begun intermittently with sporadic sunshine peeking through the grey clouds from time to time. The air is crisp at night though it is still too warm during the day to start a fire in my dining room fireplace. This particular fireplace (there […]

Summertime!

Hello friends and fellow campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé, Mouliherne, France. The weather is hot here at the homestead in the Loire River Valley. The mercury is topping out this week at 40 degrees centigrade or 104 degrees Fahrenheit! Yikes! Lemonade consumption is going to be high and I will […]

Camping in France

Hello friends and campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the little village of Mouliherne, France in the Maine et Loire. All of the oak forests are in leaf and bustling with life in this part of France. Swallows are nesting and just the other day I looked out of my kitchen window and there on […]

Live Oak Stampede!

Howdy y’all, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara. A couple of weeks ago, Kathy Moran, Kathleen Murphy, and I headed over to Live Oak Camp to join 120 Sisters on the Fly for Live Oak Stampede. Live Oak is very close to my home, only about 40 minutes from S.B., off the 154. […]