October 2012

The crew and I leave Oregon, primarily driving scenic Route 395 southward through California, briefly through western Nevada, and returning to California.

Our first night of October we camp in the Modoc National Forest at Upper Rush Creek (free for the off-season).  Next we camp in Merrill Campground at Eagle Lake ($10) for three nights. We enter Nevada and stay overnight at Washoe Lake State Campground ($17), a few miles north of Carson City.

Back in California again, we enter the area of Mono Lake.  Passing up June Lake Campground as too crowded, the crew and I go a short distance further south to Hartley Springs (NFS, free), a bare-bones camp that’s popular with tenters.  We leave after one night.

It’s now October 6th when we arrive at Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills (BLM, free).  We enjoy dispersed camping until we break camp October 22th, a total of sixteen consecutive days with no camping fees!

Next camp is Fossil Falls (BLM,$3).  The internet signal is strong (and so is the wind), so we stay two nights.

Continuing south on Route 395 on October 25th, we set up camp at Owl Canyon Campground (BLM, $3), about ten miles north of Barstow, California.  When Halloween arrives, the crew and I are still enjoying Owl Canyon and the Rainbow Basin.

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Financial Summary (Avg. daily cost: $34.68):

Camping fees:  $74.00 (31 days) — Avg. daily camping fee:  $2.39, Number of “zero fee” days: 18

Dump/water fees:  $5.00

Gas:  $236.58 (per gallon prices chronologically: $4.45, $4.69, $4.59, $4.39, $4.19) — Avg. daily gas expenditure: $7.63

Propane:  $12.26

PTV Maintenance/Repair:  $0

Equipment:  $0

Groceries:  $290.73 (includes $12.28 for 2 fast food meals)

Sundries:  $104.14 (includes $15.96 for rug,$14.50 laundromat, $9.97 laundry soap)

Clothing:  $0

The Crew (food, equipment, veterinarian, supplies, etc.):  $67.52 (includes $44.96 for canine condo)

Entertainment:  $0

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures:  $790.28

Recurring Expenditures:  $284.77

Total Expenditures:  $1,075.05

Total Income:  $1,523.45

Savings:  $448.40 (29.4% of income)