Forty Dollars

Forty dollars. That is what today’s blog post is all about, forty dollars and what it can purchase. It is a fact that you can have a weekend away with two nights, gas, and food for $40. Included in the price? Laughter, love, friendship, joy, clean air, and moments of pure calm. Please read on and start planning, you deserve it and for $40, it is right there waiting for you.

Hammock time
Hammock time

 The original mission for On A Dime Adventure was born out of hearing frustration and sadness when friends shared how financially challenging it can be to create vacations. For many of us, weeks on an island, at a five star resort, are only experienced via friends’ Facebook photos but it shouldn’t have to be that way. Outrageous beauty exists in many affordable places and On A Dime would love to see everyone out making some memories that are easy on the wallet. And we aren’t alone. There’s a whole posse of like-minded adventurers, ready to fly, and we stumbled upon them all over the place.

Skydiving

Last night we lucked into a free book tour by some phenomenal guys known as The Minimalists at an equally phenomenal venue called The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. On A Dime Life will launch in June with more on the minimalist movement but for now we’ll apply it travel. Do as they say and not as we did, pack lightly or as I now like to say, gently. And for any of you out there thinking, I don’t know a soul who’d embark on a $40 weekend with me, don’t despair. I couldn’t think of anyone who’d undertake this 10 years ago either. The Minimalists made a very profound statement last night when they shared “You can’t change the people around you but you can change the people around you”.  We see people do this, for what is considered an extreme reason in their lives such as sobriety, so why would we not give weight to the fact that our mental, emotional, and physical well-being might benefit from  activity compatibility  in our peer group? In other words, if you want to get out more and you ache for inexpensive adventure, start the process of filling your life with others who not only cheer you from the sidelines but will also load up the car and excitedly join you. And when you return the favor, it is truly a win, win.

View of Half Dome
View of Half Dome

In the tangible “how is this accomplished?”… well, get on Facebook and put it out there, share it at work, church, join a community hiking club, head to your local adventure store and ask them what is available. Your kindred/s are out there and they are waiting to load the car so don’t waste a second.  Life is in session and your inner adventurer is ready to go.

Potluck

This post is all about fantastic food! And in our case, for five people, for an entire weekend, without breaking the bank or psyche. We’re talking “hippie chic” potluck. The Spam and beanie-weenies were left behind in favor of a United Colors Of Benetton experience that included crepes, burritos, and Mexican soup with a little Irish Jameson thrown in for some sass. On A Dime touts travel for less but in this post we’ll also be talking up splitting the food logistics as well as expense. And here’s the story.

Gang

 The five of us embarked on a $200 ($40 each) two-night stay in Kings Canyon, a mystical state park astutely referred to as “Little Yosemite”. An article on this easy to access getaway, complete with the cost breakdown, is coming up on Saturday but for now we will focus on delicious and easy food for happy campers. We kept it simple and packed light. The photo is accurate.

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Prior to leaving, a list was created of what we had on hand and then basically just what meals we’d need. The five of us signed up for whatever floated our boat and it seemed to work well. Being respectful of a few dietary preferences, we stayed vegetarian which is also very cost friendly, however, some carnivorous suggestions have been added from a prior, east side of Kings Canyon trip.

 For our weekend, meals were divided as follows, and for some added pizzazz we named them after their creators. Friday evening’s dinner was courtesy of Mother Teresa and despite the fact that I have been “Teri” all my life; Mexican food dictated the use of my birth name. The “Mother” part denotes four rounds of natural childbirth that had me wondering just who came up with the “natural” descriptive.

 We shall avoid the Sunset magazine version of natural – courtesy of a team of designers – and instead be showing you the real deal here. This potluck is the good, the bad, and the ugly – courtesy of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The overloaded picnic table, the exotic fruit in a honey jar which turned out to be egg yolks, and what to do when your tortilla bag has a hole large enough to admit half of the water from the cooler and soak said tortillas, well folks, your potluck for dummies awaits.

 Friday Dinner: Mother Teresa’s Mex Soup

3 cans black beans, 3 cans white kidney beans, 3 cans corn, 1 can Rotelle (mild) *do not drain any of the canned items

1 partial packet Ranch Dip (to taste)

2 cups cheddar cheese (no need to grate, just cut it into chunks and toss it in)

*Bring everything except the cheese to a boil and then add the cheese in until it liquefies. Done. Well almost. One of our campers decided to add raw Kale which had this chef cocking an eyebrow big-time but it turned out amazing. This soup is the bomb if you anticipate arriving at your destination exhausted. You just heat it up and you are finished.

 Saturday Breakfast: Lani’s Sunshine Veggie Crepes

Crepe batter: Two(ish) Cups of Flour, 1(ish) Quart of whole milk, 4 eggs, 1 tsp salt

How to – put the batter in a hot skillet, swirl it around evenly and cross your fingers. *Batter was pre-made and packed into the ice chest, in a glass bottle which made for easy pouring

Veggies: whatever you like, pre-saute up (at home), reheat campside, and enjoy. Ours were: mushrooms, carrots, sweet potato, purple potato, bok choy, zucchini, broccoli, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, red & yellow bell peppers, and spinach

Goat cheese – spread it on. *Cream cheese can be substituted for the anti-goat crowd. Tempeh bacon – fry it up

*Sweet version of these crepes? Yep, skip all the previous ingredients and get down with some Nutella, whipped cream, apples and cinnamon, strawberries, the sky is the limit!

Saturday Dinner: Alexandria’s Forbidden Burritos

Salsa and Avocado

Rice (precooked, reheated) *choose your favorite rice but we used Forbidden black rice from Whole Foods

3 cans beans (different kinds, your choice)

Tortillas (if they cavort with water in your cooler, grill them – it works!) *Pre-washed and chopped kale – add to rice and/or put raw into burrito. Roll and enjoy.

 The division of food and chores seemed to flow with Amanda and Bree washing dishes Friday night, Teri on dish duty Saturday morning and everyone simply looking around and pitching in when elder adventurers (cough, cough) were at a horizontal slant beside the fire after the 8-mile hike.

 Splitting costs also made an impact as the last minute shopping expenditures add up when embarking on a camping weekend. Having one member of the trip bring 2 fuel cans for the stove, another responsible for gallons of water and spirits, and others packing the snacks and power bars made for a smaller outlay of cash then when one person absorbs all of the expenses on their own.

 The final section of this post rounds out with other camping cuisine that we have at one time or another enjoyed.

 Chicken/Beef k-bobs – The beauty of this item, and we covered it before in our food section, is that you can prep these at home or even buy them in the market already skewered. You simply brush them with olive oil, throw on spices, and voila! On the grill they go and the rest is cake or better yet, s’mores!

 Scotty Mac’s Specialties: My guy on the Big Sur trip made two lovely dinners that should not go unmentioned.

Fish Night (he opted for trout). Olive oiled and seasoned it and then slapped it on a sheet of foil over the campfire, done. *I added the easiest of camping sides, Near East garlic and olive oil couscous and steamed broccoli with butter

Burger Night – Hamburgers (Trader Joes, pre-made patties). He simply seasoned them and put them on the grill. Last minute we added cheese and had ours sans buns with our leftover broccoli and couscous. *I’ve also grilled pork chops and if you are ever in the Lee Vining Market (Mono Lake), the 2/ $5 pork chops are flat-out yummy.

 For breakfast, I cannot share enough how pre-cooked potatoes with onions can rock a camp breakfast with practically no elbow grease. Throw the pre-made potatoes and onions in a skillet and then add eggs and whatever else you love for a pan scramble. Pre-cooking bacon and/or sausage is also great. If you are an oatmeal lover, either pre-make steel cut like the photo of ours with bacon and apples or bring the instant packets. And staying within the “pre-made” sermon… cook apples and cinnamon in advance for the oatmeal! Do it or regret it forever.

And finally, I joyfully impart a little something I discovered while making a Big Sur breakfast for my guy and myself. Liberally drop butter into a skillet and place bread in as if you were making a grilled cheese, minus the cheese. When browned, lift the bread and drop more butter in and flip it. Adventurers: this makes toast something out of the stratosphere. It is decadent when you add jelly and I promise that you may just cross over and make toast this way when you get back to civilization.

Carry on civilized campers and please let us know what delectable fare you create so we can try it out and don’t forget to divvy up the shopping list so that you enjoy a life fully in session while remaining blissfully on a dime. Rock on!

 Check out our article on food for tips and peruse it periodically as we are always updating and adding to it.

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Spring Green

Well it’s official, spring has sprung and this post is being joyfully flung far and wide with its creator in absentia.

 As I provide the rear supervision (hike the slowest) for a trekking expedition in Kings Canyon, the true big brains behind On A Dime Adventure does a Risky Business dance and declares open season on the site. So if you have any challenge with navigation this weekend, just know that unlike the wizard from Oz, my guy is truly turning the knobs and making it happen. His genius flourishes best without his sidekick, Dorothy, applying the three clicks of the heels philosophy to website design which translates to repeatedly and randomly punching computer keys faster and more assertively (aggressively) with no change in outcome. It is at this point that my guy usually quotes the definition of insanity to me… repeatedly. He always follows this with his magic touch of calm otherwise known as humble and absolute success.

 This weekend’s focus is on springtime’s success when she takes center stage and elbows winter into wallflower category. The photos with this post are all from Oklahoma with the top dragonfly image captured on a dreamy Saturday morning at Lake Texoma. I spent hours, camera in hand, watching this magical, freebie show as I sipped cafe con leche – yes I am bilingual when it comes to coffee. My first twenty-five springs were spent there and the many hues of seasonal green trumpet a significant change in energy and aura. To the folks weary of the cold, a return of longer days and warmer weather is as welcome as Miley Cyrus keeping her tongue out of the spotlight and in her mouth.

 Fly in to the Midwest in the spring, look out the plane window, and you will immediately be transfixed by the patchwork-quilted landscape. Rusts, golds, greens, it is these colors as well as the stunningly simple and ever so sweet photos that float across my Facebook of infant bunnies sleeping in a hayloft, a newborn donkey named Kong, and a lapful of baby piglets that announce that life is profoundly in session. I am grateful for the “salt of the earth” friends who recognize that Nielsen ratings and cliffhanger season finales are man-made entities and pale in comparison to Mother Nature’s springtime showers and heading to a river to catch a mess of rainbow trout.

Patchwork Oklahoma from the air

Happy spring and Life Is In Session!

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Food Wise/Wise Food

Food-wise, this weekend is shaping up to be the poster child for On A Dime. The wise food we’re talking about makes straight As in preschool and sings Stairway To Heaven a cappella on You Tube. And just how, precisely, is this accomplished? By pointing an ice chest and Coleman stove in the direction of snow camping in Kings Canyon and tossing in an outstanding specimen of a dog and 5 (collectively) outstanding specimens of women.

 Collectively, outstanding, and specimens? Waiting with bated breath and a confused bladder, right?

 Well here’s how it goes. Five trail-blazing women, are collectively pooling resources for outstanding camping potlucks and will have photos of the successful specimens next week. Screech of the tires! At this point we shall let the word “specimen” go, as it should not be used in conjunction with “food” in this little story.

 Chapter One – I, your vittles guru (oxymoron to the tenth), made up a list for our community feasts and sent it right out. This shared cost/responsibility is financial genius as well as logistically smart but please be patient as first glance renders it suspect. The list was supposed to be easy and designed to please everyone but remember the days of Spam (edible variety, sort of) and Vienna Sausages (Viennese, not so much)? Easy peasy, right? Wrong. Those days were for Cro Magnon women who most likely ate their young at the first mention of s’mores. Evolution thankfully, delivered fireside percolators, battery latte foamers, and child psychology. Well….. we can thank modern civilization for two out of three.

So, within our thoroughly modern, partially civilized, posse we have a natural – “eat only ingredients you can pronounce” – crusader who signed up for quinoa, tempeh, and spanakopita, a raw cow eater, and a gorgeous wind-maker anytime she frolics with dairy. Add in a 60s flower child whose trail mix looks suspicious and may include what used to be illegal flora (she is not allowed to bring brownies), and me, a pine-scented goddess, skipping along with daisies in perfectly combed hair (hey now, I am the one writing this). Well, you get the point and we here at On A Dime “get” that sometimes it’s hard to cater to everyone’s peculiarities.

 So this weekend, we plan to make it happen and share how we pulled it off as well as our recipes. Next week’s post will either celebrate the emergence of a whole new movement in communal camping cuisine or focus on food poisoning triage.

We do have an article on food on the site and will be expanding to include recipes so if you have any favorites and wish to share, let us know! Also check our info on gear and have a great week!

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Guacamole and 99 cent candles
Guacamole and 99 cent candles
Fish is quick and easy
Fish is quick and easy
Chicken k-bobs can be purchased at the market
Chicken k-bobs can be purchased at the market

 

 

 

Sapphire Redefined: Lake Tahoe Sparkles

Lake Tahoe takes the definition of sapphire, as in jewel, and seemingly dismisses it as lackluster by comparison. This heavenly body of water is such a stunning initial sight that it is worth halting on a dime when traveling on a dime for the very first view. Get your camera ready and just trust that the shade of blue you’re seeing is authentic and courtesy of Mother Nature rather than food coloring.

Our blog post this week features both the amazing Lake Tahoe and the equally amazing Tammy Strobel, writer/photographer of heartfelt essays coupled with ethereal and vibrant photography. Tammy’s mission, encouraging readers to “go small, think big, and be happy”, is part of a growing movement that is stepping into the mainstream with a gentle yet undeniable presence.

*And to any of you who have ever considered creating a blog and/or website, Tammy’s $7 online book, Smalltopia, is a solid investment. On A Dime’s website/blog was in the works the day after reading her book, cover to cover, and that was a short 3 months ago. You will find a link to Tammy’s site as well as view her unbelievable I-Phone photography in our brand new Lake Tahoe article!

Round Lake swimming
Round Lake swimming
Sunrise
Sunrise

Beachcombing

When considering an adventure, combing is not usually foremost in our minds but, just for an afternoon, we might want to reconsider.

 What exactly am I talking about? Well, I can assure you it is not the combing of the hair. This tangled traveler cavorted with dreadlock long before it was mainstream. Yes I use the singular intentionally as the dreadlock is unintentional. Translation? I cavort with the comb and attack said dreadlock every three days or… four. My daughter, who inherited the anti-comb gene, once found a guitar pick in her wild mane and a set of bongos. That was all because she is an expert comber of many things but hair is not one of them.

We tangled combers of the world find an unraveling to the complexity of life in the sand at the beach or a pinecone filled, rock-strewn forest. And I invite you to join in on the fun. We troll for treasure where it is allowed, leaving no trace always and taking only pictures (photo tips here) when that is asked of us. But on the occasions that endorse a reasonable amount of souvenir collecting, we are filled with joy and good will toward mankind… as long as man is kind enough to stay out of our collecting area. Kids with buckets, when I am beach combing, are fended off with a laser-like stink eye.

A recent combing trip to the beach yielded a small pile of children, er uh-sparkling stones and magical sea glass. This treasure was all the more precious as southern California is notoriously barren beach combing terrain. The rough surf generally smashes shells to pieces and turns stones into sand almost overnight but certain times of the year offer up the equivalent of Christmas morning to the comber. Black Friday if children appear.

And for those of you who do not live near a beach, I have one word for you. Tumbleweed. Go ahead, pick one up and bring it home. Beware the thorns; my guy can tell you all about that after traveling 600 miles with my Nevada souvenir tumbleweed. Yes, they make fantastic home decor but if you are cocking an eyebrow at that (and I seriously judge your taste if you are), how about pinecones, rocks, acorns and a squirrel? Ok fine, I admit it, I’ve only known one squirrel owner but to simply stroll around your neighborhood and treasure hunt is a no-brainer. This past fall, an insanely windy day ponied up a bunch of spiky thing-a-mabobs that I intend to introduce to a glue gun and some raffia and transform into garland.

Transforming is what combing is all about. Sifting through and claiming stuff headed for the green waste, or the trash. Morphing cast-offs into art can be peacefully fulfilling or a ferocious sport if there is competition. Even a pile of rocks, when they represent moments in your life, become sentimental objects for those that value the invaluable and trophies for the Olympic combers.

So go ahead, encourage your inner child, leave your hair unkempt, walk out the door, and start beachcombing!

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I’ll Take Half

 Hey there fellow adventurers! Half of the On A Dime duo is currently focused, sharp, and diligently deciphering computer code for the site while the other half meditates deeply (slobber naps) in preparation for this latest article. If the post-nap energy determined the page content, you’d now be reading directions on bringing me a face wipe and coffee with half and half.

 Half and Half. Great little invention and the “fat free” version is just precious for those who also traffic in no salt popcorn – I mean really. Talk about unpatriotic. Generally speaking, as proud Americans, we are in for the whole deal, not half. It’s flat-out unappealing. Just ask my guy about his mood when I suggest splitting dinner at a restaurant. Even the words “half time” are simply a transition from snacks and beer to bathroom break and more snacks and beer. With clearance price sales being the exception, half is most assuredly not a reason to cheer or is it?

 We here at On A Dime like to talk a big talk about hiking 17 miles in the Grand Canyon and scaling Everest (Whitney) but today we are stepping forward and revealing a little secret. There are a great number of places that we’ve profiled on the site that quite simply were half or less, as in half a mile or less. From the car. Ok fine, some moments were experienced while a certain adventurer was sitting in the car.

A few of the outrageously stunning spots and moments we’ve encountered without ever donning a backpack are Julia Pfeiffer waterfall in Big Sur, Wichita Wildlife Preserve in Oklahoma, Grand Canyon viewing areas, Lake Tahoe (article on Tahoe soon), Mono Lake and a whole host of other spots. Some places offer up a multitude of desirable areas, easily accessible but even places with less obvious choices, are waiting to be discovered.

 So, the point is that we’d love to hear about it if you have a gorgeous, soul enriching spot that is a short, easy walk from the car. My guy will put your contribution to good use and create an app for his phone, post haste. He does share royalties… with me. For you? A personal thank you the next time he’s able to avoid a 2,000 foot elevation gain with a stroll to an overlook for sunset, not sunrise – he’s working on an anti sunrise app also.

*All photos in the gallery are from sites half a mile or less from the car. Some are directly from the road so grab your keys, life is in session. Top header photo is from Morro Rock, taken from a parking lot.

Destination Camping

 We’ve all heard of destination weddings and probably most of us associate a designer style price tag with mention of them but let’s turn that upside down and start a sale rack revolution in travel. Trust us, destination camping affords you a quality vacation without selling your first born to Visa.  

Destination camping is doable. On A Dime has done it and it can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Now if you are a “mints on the pillow” traveler, we totally respect that and direct you to our article on Virginia City as the Silverland Inn, with its indoor pool and flavored coffee creamers, did leave some pretty lush chocolates on the pillow.

This article, however, is for those who’d like to be as close to their chosen adventure as possible with less of a cash outlay. Here at On A Dime, it is Grand Canyon week so we’ll use it as our template (see article) though you can apply the plan to almost any locale. A recent destination camping trip took us to, of all places, Kansas and it was flat out prettier than a hefty tax return, well almost.

Moving right along. Adventurers; this is where we’ll try and simplify the destination camping idea. We will eschew a desire to color coordinate daily outfits with trail jewelry (as if) and embrace some Zen-filled simplicity. Below is a breakdown on packing but also feel free to peruse our article on gear. We will assume that you’ll rent a car and not be backpacking in.

Below, clothing courtesy of Salvation Army. No color coordinated trail jewelry though one of us has been known to wear makeup and jewelry.

14,508 feet
14,508 feet

Sample Trip – Grand Canyon

Book your airfare and reserve your car rental (You should NOT need a larger car for gear, On A Dime packs four people into a Hyundai for camping trips)

*Friends: when you camp in the Grand Canyon, you are literally in the park and they offer free shuttle service everywhere so park the car and kick it back. THIS is the advantage of camping it.

Gear From Home: *also check our article for more gear info.

1) An ice chest – you will pack clothes in this, tape it up and check it as luggage so check your airline for size restrictions. A rolling chest is the bomb.

2) Tent – 3-man is best (see photo below) even for 2 people. Pack an additional for the kids if they are old enough, as they usually LOVE having their own tent, as will the parents.  😉

Photo credit Scott McEwen
Photo credit Scott McEwen

3) Sleeping bag – and STUFF SACKS. Stuff sacks can be purchased at sporting goods stores and reduce your bag bulk by sometimes 1/2.

4) Sleep mat – this is the one higher priced item and it makes a difference in comfort and warmth. You can use a cheap air mattress but the true camping mat is worth the price.

5) Headlamp – no lantern is necessary as you can see from the photo below.

Night view camping at Convict
Night view camping at Convict

6) Mess kit – plate, bowl, cutlery, cup

7) Small skillet and a medium pot – Friends; we are serious, we use the skillet as a lid for the pot and this works out fine however it is good to plan destination camping in areas where you can get prepared food. The Grand Canyon is so flush with chow that you don’t even have to cook if you’d like to skip it. Walking/free shuttle distance from Mather Campground you’ll find a market with early morning coffee and food as well as multiple restaurants.

*Borrow gear from friends or spend very little if the weather is temperate and temperate is the only way to go until you are well versed in destination camping.

*No, you do not need a backpack. Yes, pack into your suitcase. A daypack is great but even the school ones suffice if your hiking is to be casual.

Gear To Purchase At Your Destination:

1) Firewood, fire-starts, and matches.

2) Pillows – yep, why not? They are about $4 each at Target.

3) Camp chairs – same deal as the pillows, we’ve purchased them for $8 and less. *Donate to other campers when you leave.

4) Snacks and any food you want to prepare yourself.

5) Ice and Water – both a large dispenser for the campsite and water bottles for hiking.

*Camp stoves – If you have one, you can pack it if you can fit it in the luggage however if you find destination camping is your thing, invest in a single burner stove. These run more than $50 but less than $100. Traveling by air with pressurized fuel cans is a no-go so check in advance about buying your fuel when you arrive. For a Kansas trip, we purchased the fuel on our way out of town at the local sporting goods store in Oklahoma City. The fuel cans cost around $5 and get you pretty far with cooking up the grub depending on altitude.

*And finally, let’s talk about clothes. Yes, a necessary space-hogging evil. At this point it is only fair to disclose that some adventurers (cough, cough) can be a little vain about their appearance while “roughing” it so know that the person writing this will be sharing the ins and outs of sneaking in a compact and lip gloss while assuring your fellow travelers that they are being too high maintenance if they want to bring their I-Pad. Basically, you do not need as much clothing as you think so pack and then make yourself remove a third to half.

1) undergarments – wash these out and hang to dry as you go so as to bring less. And socks – you can wear them more than once a day, it won’t kill you even if it does others.

2) undershirts/tanks/running/string tops

3) reg. t-shirts and PANTS! don’t forget those! a couple pair of jeans will cover it or some lightweight, zip away, hiking pants will do double duty as shorts.

4) long sleeve shirt – investing in a lightweight yet warm camping shirt is great however this adventurer has never done it. It’s been Salvation Army to the rescue anytime clothing is needed.

5) 1 pair of hiking boots, 1 pair of flip flops – that’s right, breathe and chant your way through the stress, you can do this.

6) beanie or stocking cap and gloves if it will be cold

7) couple pair of shorts and a swimsuit

8) sleepwear – leggings, long johns if cold.

9) toiletries – combine with your fellow travelers, as you only need one tube of toothpaste for the group and then stash a small makeup bag if it pleases you.

Now here is the kicker. Wear your bulky items on the plane so as to save on precious room. Don your hiking boots and pack the flip-flops.

And now we want to finish up with an idea for you on cost comparison. We recently checked prices for late summer lodging in, near, and not so near the Grand Canyon and here are the results. Also be aware that popular haunts will produce mighty crowds. If you skip camping and desire a hotel/motel, you are encouraged to seek out off-season travel and/or midweek for some pretty significant savings over peak season weekends.

First off – Lodging within the park is not terribly expensive (Bright Angel a little over $80 per night to Kachina at a bit under $200 a night) however you need to book 13 months out. The link for all 5 lodges is located in the Grand Canyon article.

Next up – Outside the park. On A Dime checked for August 18-21st and found that rooms are almost sold out and priced anywhere from  approx. $100 and up, per night, a few miles from the park entrance to a little less than $100 a night at a distance of 50+ miles from the entrance. In this price range expect no frills.

Finally – Camping at Mather is $18 per night (plus booking fee) and there are currently a number of open sites. Desert View has 50, first come/first serve sites for $12 per night (yes, you read that right). 7 night maximum. These sites fill early in the day and check-in is 11:00am.

To wrap this up, we are talking 3 nights hotel/motel at $300-$600+ and it can go up dramatically if you want mints on the pillows.

3 nights camping $36-$54. Bring the mints and some battery powered holiday lights for next to nothing.

Go ahead, double these figures it if you want to truly relax in this epic beauty and stay 6 nights. $600-$1,200 and up or $72-$108

Finally, we here at On A Dime want to add that often we’ve camped until the last night and then thrown down some bank for a bath tub and the mints. This always has us in a state of gratitude for the simple things in life like hot water and a blow dryer.

If you have questions, feel free to connect and we’ll do our best to get you the answers and we hope you try out destination camping and find it financially freeing and soul nourishing.

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