Almost back to normal from our camping adventure last week with my sisters and their families, still a little sunburned and tired after living in the elements for 4 nights. I was truthfully dreading and looking forward to this trip, I haven’t been tent camping in years and wasn’t sure what to expect. And I like having hot showers and clean toilets nearby! But it was an opportunity to spend time with family and leave our comfort zone that I wouldn’t miss.
I was amazed at how much stuff we packed, we didn’t load the car up with that much when we evacuated for hurricanes while living in Florida! Next time I’ll know more of what to pack and what not to!
Bodega Dunes Campgrounds is a great campground because it’s still near convenient grocery shopping, dining out, great trails for hikes, running, and biking, easy foot access to beautiful beaches, and fun activities like wine and beer tasting. It also has public bathrooms, showers, clean water, dish washing stations, and regular trash pickups and park ranger patrols. There are also a lot of skunks living on the campgrounds that like to scavenge for food as soon as you step away from your camp site in the evening, we learned they love the gummy snacks and Puffins cereal left under the picnic tables by my nieces and nephew so don’t keep anything edible in or near your tent!
My sisters and I came up with an impressive meal plan and divided the shopping lists which worked, except we didn’t follow the plan exactly since cravings and moods changed in the group and could have packed a lot less and simpler. Heck, I’m was happy cooking everything in foil packets or on a stick over the fire, no pots and pans needed for a camp stove and will probably pack that way next time.
I kept things simple for breakfast, almond milk with Garden of Life’s Vanilla Chai Raw Meal smoothie powder in a Blender Bottle with fresh fruit, simple and light before a run.
For the first evening, we had simple taco salads for dinner with heated vegan chili, tortilla chips, fresh veggies, and salsa.
And had s’mores for dessert which I packed Dandies Vegan Marshmallows for.
Problem was I was unable to find vegan graham crackers and ended up just having toasted marshmallows which was fine too, lighter. But I searched every isle at Whole Foods and there were no vegan graham crackers which was really disappointing! I read later that a vegan friend on Facebook could only find cheap vegan graham crackers at Walmart and I was not about to make a trip there.
Good thing toasted vegan marshmallows are gooey and tasty by themselves.
And my nieces and nephews actually preferred Dandies Vegan Marshmallows because they were “thicker and more gooey.”
The first night there was a wild one, temps were in the 50s and it was so misty and foggy it sounded like it was raining on the tent most of the night from mist dripping from the trees. Getting to see these views on a early morning run made it worth it.
The trail to the beach was foggy and so peaceful, just beautiful.
Later we explored the trails in the Horseshoe Cove area and took in beautiful ocean views.
The next day the guys stepped out to Russian River Brew Pub where hubby had a hearty vegan pizza and beer.
Nice to see vegan options at local breweries, the Santa Rosa area in general seems very vegan friendly.
And we tried cooking everything on a stick over the camp fire for dinner that night. I picked up Mori-Nu Shelf Stable Tofu for the trip, but found it does not stay on a stick when chopped into cubes!
Luckily zucchini and tomatoes do and the tofu was great cooked in a foil packets with more veggies and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt.
We also cooked instant rice and seasoned Indian bean packs with veggies and chopped tempeh for dinner another night.
Simple and hearty for a camp fire meal.
Overall it was a great and successful camping trip that I enjoyed a lot and looking forward to our next trip already! And I literally had to disconnect for most of it since cell signal was spotty at best at the campsite, not a bad thing for a few days!