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Lake Piru, California and a Look at the Drought

Anna Edgren • December 18, 2015

Yes, we are still in California. And no, not one single part of me is upset about that. It is a big, beautiful state with incredibly diverse landscapes and a ton to see. After Monterey, we wound our way down the coast towards Lake Piru, which is about an hour outside of L.A. But first, driving along and just outside of Ventura, California, we spotted a whole line of RVs parked directly next to the ocean and quickly decided we had to stop – too good to pass up. We parked so close to the shore that the sound of waves crashing didn’t so much lull us to sleep as it kept us awake at night… But I refuse to be upset about that. I loved hearing the sounds of the ocean.

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We also got to take a few glorious walks with the dog along the beach, who definitely appreciated our decision. 

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Then onto Lake Piru! We got the recommendation for this campground from a very nice couple – Kyle and Olivia of Drivin’ and Vibin. They have been full timing for about 3 months now, and started near Mobile, Alabama. They have an AWESOME Etsy shop with antique maps and prints that is definitely worth checking out.  

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We got to hang out with them a few times at Lake Piru and the trend we’ve been noticing is that full time RVers are a GREAT group of people. It is so nice to share this common experience with others of a similar mindset. 

And Lake Piru was a great place to stay as well. Big beautiful campground infested with happy little deer. 

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It was also a shining example of how severe the California drought has been. The lake levels are down so low that only a small part of the lake even remains. The dramatic difference can be seen in the markings along the shoreline. 

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You can also hike through areas that were until very recently underwater.

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A whole section of the park has been closed due to the changes – the boat ramp no longer reaches the waterline. Definitely an eye-opener to what a big difference changes in the climate can make. 

Max and I took an EPIC hike through the mountains, travelling 11 miles and hiking on one of the most unforgiving trails I have encountered – the Pothole Trail in Los Padres National Forest.  Whoever created this trail apparently didn’t believe in switchbacks – the whole thing just shot straight up the side of the mountain. 

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It was an INSANE workout and both Max and I had a great time. 

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2015-12-06 10.49.03We took off from Lake Piru to head towards Desert Hot Springs, which is just outside of Palm Springs. I have been able to soak my tired legs in the hot pools literally every night and it has been amazing.

More on The Desert to come!

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Anna Edgren • December 18, 2015

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