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I was born and raised in the foothills of central California surrounded by the Mother Lode. We lived on a dairy where we milked around 200 cows and raised them on 350 acres. We worked hard and I learned everything I needed to know as a kid in the milk barn, bucking hay, plowing the fields on those old tractors and chopping the corn and sedan grass.

Once a year during the summer my mom and dad would make sure that we spent a couple of weeks camping in Yosemite National Park. In those days one could still enjoy the Fire Fall from Glacier Point, pristine water falls, the magnificence of Half Dome and the beauty of Mirror Lake.

Throughout the rest of each year I was surrounded by relatives that loved fishing and hunting and always had plenty of opportunities to get some line in the water. Over the years I found myself wandering up the 395 to the Walker River in search of Trout.

During those years the Walker had a ton of the best fishing in the Eastern Sierras. In the spring of ’97 some major flooding changed much of the Walker’s characteristics and some of the campgrounds were seriously affected, including Shinglemill which has been reduced now to a “Day Use Only” facility. Fishing the Walker is still exciting and productive but in many areas doesn’t resemble the river of those years many seasons ago.

Some time ago, my wife and I turned up the flame a little and increased our camping and fishing trips. It was during one of these trips up into the San Bernardino mountains, that I started thinking about all of the trips that we’ve been on and all that we’ve experienced. Soon afterwards I started strategizing on how to record our experiences and share them.

After returning home from the trip though, life happened and soon my strategizing took a back seat. It was some time later while trying to come up with some online income opportunities that the desire to write resurfaced with a major intensity which led me to a writer’s paradise, Wealthy Affliliate. Here at W.A. I was furnished with two absolutely free websites and all of the tools, again, totally free, that I needed to build the websites and fully publish them to the web.

These present days find my wife and I involved in a few different ministries and pursuing our passion for camping and fishing the Trout streams and lakes of California. We have found that California actually affords us the ability to camp all year around, with the exception of an occasional drop in temperature that sends my arthritic knee and shoulders into a frenzy.

I also seem to have a bit of time to follow my love for writing and my new found fascination with creating and maintaining websites. Stay tuned for more to come and if you find yourself interested at all in writing, and/or you need your own website with all the tools to get ya’ started, all for free… just join me and an awesome community at Wealthy Affliliate. Be sure and contact me there and I’ll walk ya’ through as much as ya’ need, as long as ya’ need! Just look up DoubleTap and leave me a message on my profile page!


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15 Comments

  1. Eugene

    Hi,
    I am lucky finding your website. We are a group of 10 families (40 people including adults and children) here in walnut, california area, and we go camping every year during summer vacation. Next year, we are planning to camp at Mammoth Lakes (Lake Mary). I am the one in charge of looking for good camping sites every year. Finding your websites made my work easy. Thank you and God bless.

    Reply
    • Randy

      Thank you so much Eugene,

      We’ve camped around Lake Mary before and stayed at Coldwater Campground. The one thing that I loved about it were the trailhead and trails down at the south-east end of the campground. There are some incredible sights and lakes to easily hike to. The altitude there can be a little tough on some of us as far as breathing but it sure is beautiful up there.

      Be sure and come up to the Robinson Creek area out of Bridgeport sometime. Down at Annett’s Mono Village Campground you can easily score enough sites for 10 families and then just explore the different campgrounds in the area along Robinson Creek for future summer family camping events. Also, be sure and check out Rock Creek at the top of the grade just north of Bishop. They have two or three group campgrounds there that can easily contain your group.

      And if you guys ever want to stay local, check out Heart Bar Campground up in the San Bernardino Mtns. They also have a group camping area that should be able to contain you guys. They always seem to have plenty of room if you can get up there in the middle of the week. We absolutely love Heart Bar and have been going there for years!

      Be sure and let me know if I can help at all, Eugene! I sure do appreciate you checking in… so good to hear from ya’. May the Lord bless and keep ya’,

      Randy

  2. Barbara DiLucchio

    Randy,
    I forgot to mention I love your dog! I love dogs so much so I always love to see pictures that include dogs!

    Just had to add that,
    Barbara

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    • Randy

      Ah, yes… them dogs! Thank you so much. For us, half of camping a fishing is having a great dog by your side. Even as I write this, Kaylee the big dog is laying at my feet waiting for me to shut this laptop off and go for our long walk around the campground and pond. She’s the one that goes fishing with me and spends much of the time in the water swimming after the trout… always by my side. I just can’t imagine camping and fishing without the pups.

      I’m with you, I do love seeing folks pictures with their dogs… kinda gives me instant info on their character…LOL!

      Thank ya’ again Barbara, I really appreciate ya’,

      Randy

  3. Barbara DiLucchio

    Hi Randy,

    I decided to come and check out your site first hand and I am really impressed with everything about it! I don’t know how you are able to organize all of this information and have it appear where it seems to belong. That probably didn’t make any sense but I also really loved reading about your camping and fishing expeditions as that is something I used to do with my husband before he turned into a jerk.

    Keep up the great work and enjoy yourself camping I can’t wait to hear about your lates trip. Talk to you when you return!
    Barbara

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    • Randy

      Hey there Barbara,

      What a pleasant surprise to hear from ya’! Thank you for being here perusing the site. Naw, ya’ made perfect sense… gotta remember that this site has been up for a good 3 years now so I’ve had plenty of time to change things around and put everything where I want it. Your sites are still pretty new to ya’ and you’re still getting the hang of things at WordPress. The thing is though that you have great drive and tenacity and you have a great knack for supplying really great information on those sites. I totally love your buydoggates.com being a massive dog lover… awesome ideas and products!

      Really good to know that you can relate to the camping and fishing. As we speak, we’re down in San Diego County outside of Ramona at Dos Picos Regional Park. We’ve been coming down here for years now as it’s only a couple of hours from home for us. We only camp with hookups around 4% to 5% of the time but when we do we’re usually right here doing it. We’ll have more about this campground in our brand new ‘Travelogue’ section before to long.

      Thank you so much for checking us out my Friend… I so appreciate it!!!

      Randy

  4. Julius

    Hi Randy,

    You have a nicely done site here. A lot of information regarding with fishing. Anyway, when I was growing up back then in the Philippines I love to go fishing with my friends. When I came here in the US I never bothered anymore because of the work that caught me so busy.

    My wife’s relative lives in Fresno and we went there two years ago to visit them. It’s a nice place to live there and very quite neighborhood. Keep up the great job!

    Blessing,
    Julius

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    • Randy

      Well thank ya’ Julius, sure do appreciate the kudos. So you’re a fisherman too, ey? We gotta get ya’ back into my friend! I don’t know if you seen the area but a little northeast of Frisco, up on Hwy 4 heading towards Stockton, there are several spots where branches off the delta cross the hwy and there is some killer striper fishing just off the road. I’m kinda stuck on stream fishing for trout but I have gone after them striper along that highway!

      Speaking of Fresno, I still have quite a few cousins up there and was just up there around 4 or 5 months ago. I spent a lot of time there as a youth involved in different church functions and spending time with my cousins in the summers. Totally love that drive up the 41 through Fish Camp and into Yosemite! Great fishing up there too!!!

      Julius, thank ya’ again for everything my brother… Lord bless ya’,

      Randy

  5. Johnny R

    I would like to get more information about camping on camp Pendleton CA

    Reply
    • Randy

      Not a problem Johnny, information is on the way! I sure do appreciate you visiting us here! Thank ya’, partner,

      Randy

  6. johnny R

    I would like to know more information about camping at camp Pendleton CA (red beach)

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  7. Gary

    Randy,

    I have to tell you it has been a while since I checked your site out, thanks for the great reads, reviews and videos!

    I have not been camping since the late 60’s when my mom and dad would load up the cars and head north to the Adirondacks near Saranac Lake.

    As I read through your site I now see how much “Camping” has grown and evolved.
    I am amazed by all of the gadgets and I really appreciated your video review of the Renogy 100 watt Solar Panel, now that is Thinking Outside the Box and I Love It.

    Randy thanks again for the awesome information and making me feel comfortable, my best,

    Gary

    Reply
    • Randy

      Gary,

      Thank you for perusing my site! You made me think back to when I was a youngster camping with my parents in Yosemite… many memories of tall pines, pristine water falls and hiking amongst them all day long.

      Today tent camping is can be accompanied by solar panels, batteries and a lot of the media you may have at home sitting in your living room. Kinda crazy, huh? Fortunately, there are still many, many hiking trails and astonishing lakes to fish. It’s still just a matter of packing it all up and heading out of town!

      Thank ya’ again, Gary. I sure do appreciate your comments and kind words,

      Randy

  8. Nathaniell

    Site’s looking great Randy! I know that anyone who stops by is going to get the best info possible about camping and fishing – you know your stuff! I have a buddy that lives in Frenso that I went camping with a few months ago and it was fun. I might start doing a bit more camping next spring. He used to work for REI, and they have some cool gear/gadgets there. You should do some reviews for the site 🙂

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    • Randy

      Hey there Nathaniell, thank you for checking out the site. Wow, if you went camping up around Fresno, you were in my childhood stomping grounds. There is a ton of great camping up off of the 41 on the way up to Fish Camp. We still use that entrance to Yosemite occasionally… a few twists and turns but not too shabby when pulling a smaller trailer. If you do some more camping in the spring I would love to hear about your experiences up there!
      That’s not a bad idea… doing some reviews for REI, I love that store. One thing I love about REI is the quality of many of their products. Ya’ might pay a little more but most of their products really offer ya’ longevity.
      Thank you for the tip, I really appreciate it! Hope you all are getting some wet stuff up there in the Central Valley… Lord knows ya’ need it badly! Appreciate ya’, bud…

      Randy

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