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Making plans for camping…Where When and How? South Bay Area. Preferably a campground with kayaking/canoeing.

Posted by admin | Adventure | Thursday 23 September 2010 4:55 pm
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Question by Zoah Ng: Making plans for camping…Where When and How? South Bay Area. Preferably a campground with kayaking/canoeing.
My babe have been pressuring me to take her and our friends out camping. First time camper looking for a campground to put up tents where we can also do some kayaking or canoeing. Also, I need tips of essential things to bring…and any favorite campfire food? lol Any other suggestions would be great, I’m open to anything (i.e. games, food, pranks…etc.) I want to rough it out and show how manly and organize I am to my babe lol…

Best answer:

Answer by David H
Go to Livermore and camp at Del Valle Resivoir. It’s not South Bay, But it has some great camp sites and the kayaking and canoing can’t be beat. They even rent kayaks and canoes if you don’t have one of your own. Good Luck!

Essential things:
food, tent, water, sleeping bags, pillows, kitchen utinsels, cast iron fry pan or camp Dutch oven, cutting board, lantern, flash light, towels, fishing poles and bait, first aid kit, cards, camera; plates, fork, spoon, and knife for each person, swim suits (optional on every trip I make) bug repelent, soap wash sponge, super soakers, frisbee,


2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Peach Cobbler
Coleen Sloan

1 large can sliced peaches, undrained
1 box spice cake mix
¾ can lemon-lime soda (Sprite or 7-Up)

In a preheated and oiled 12” Dutch oven, pour the peaches into the bottom. Sprinkle the cake mix over the peaches. Do not stir! Drizzle about ¾ of a can of soda over the cake mix. Cover and bake at 350o for about 35 to 45 minutes.
Serves 6 to 8

Dave’s Dutch Tamale Pie
Dave Herzog

1 lb. ground turkey (try lean ground round)
1 ½ Tbs. chili powder
½ tsp. cumin
1 tsp. fajita seasoning
2 Tbs. garlic, minced
1 28oz. can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn (try hominy, YUM!)
1 8 oz. can diced green chilies
1 ½ c. shredded Colby cheddar cheese
½ c. chicken broth
1 12 oz. box corn muffin mix
½ c. milk
2 Tbs. melted butter or vegetable oil
1 large egg

In a 12” deep Dutch oven, brown turkey with chili powder,
cumin, and minced garlic. Add tomatoes, corn and chilies. Stir well. Add broth, stir. Layer cheese over the top of meat mixture.
Mix corn bread mix, milk, butter, and egg. Spoon over turkey mix and cheese evenly. Cover and bake at about 375o for 35 to 45 minutes until bread is firm and baked through.
Serves 6

Quick Camp Stroganoff
Phillip Herzog, Dave’s Brother

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 medium onion
1 8 oz. can diced or sliced black olives, drained
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 pt. sour cream
Egg noodles or rice, cooked (more for lovers and less for picky eaters)

Prepare rice or noodles according to box directions, or do it your way. While rice or noodles are cooking, in a 10” Dutch oven, brown ground beef, drain when browned. Add taco seasoning and diced onions, mix well
Stir in olives, soup, and sour cream. Heat through till bubbly. Serve over hot noodles or rice.
Serves 4 to 8

Chicken or Pork Tortilla Casserole

4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded or 1 lb. cooked and cubed pork
½ pound tortilla chips
1 pound cheddar cheese, grated, add some pepper jack cheese
2 Ortega chilies, diced

Mix together:
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk or sour cream
1 large chopped onion
1 7 oz can green chili salsa

Grease a 12 inch Dutch oven. Crumble half of the chips into bottom; then layer of chicken, a layer of soup mixture, a layer of cheese. Repeat layers, ending with cheese.
Bake at 300° for 1 ½ hours Serves 8

Kickin’ Tuna Salad

1 can Tuna
1 ½ tsp. horseradish
2 shakes Tabasco sauce
1 small dill pickle
1 shake cayenne
1 Tbs. or more of Mayonnaise
1/2 stalk of celery
Diced Red Pepper, optional to taste
Squirt of brown mustard

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and stir well. Cover and let rest overnight in a refrigerator for the best flavor. Makes 2 to 3 sandwiches or 1 big salad

Impress her even more by hiring me to take care of all the cooking for you while the two of you have fun! email me if you want more details on what I can do for your camping trip and cooking.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!


  1. Comment by Andrew O — September 23, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

    Try camping at Sunset Beach State Park below Santa Cruz and then go rent kayaks out at Elkhorn Slough which is just south of there. Well developed campsites on the ocean surrounded by strawberry fields. Guided kayak trips in a protected environment. Great for beginners.

  2. Comment by Johan R — September 23, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    Hey Zoah,

    This article has money tips and tricks to have you camping like a pro!

  3. Comment by dekayaker27 — September 23, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    I know of the PERFECT place for camping/kayaking fun! Jane’s Island State Park in Maryland, just outside of Crisfield. You will not be disappointed! The campsites are really nice. All of the sites are wooded, nice and shady, and close to bath facilities and drinking water. Some of the sites are right on the water. This campground encourages kayakers to come and partake, so there is no fee to launch your kayaks. It’s a nice paddle through the saltwater marshes. Very good for beginner through advanced. You can take to open waters once you’re experienced enough. I have photos of my trip there with my boyfriend. However, I’m at work right now and don’t have access to them at the moment. In any case, you will not be disappointed with a kayak/camping adventure at Jane’s Island State Park!
    The best camping food? You can’t go wrong with hotdogs, hamburgers, marshmellows, chips, eggs, bacon, sausage. Get a camp stove and a big cooler and keep it simple!

  4. Comment by Kellie_in_CA — September 23, 2010 @ 7:35 pm


    Camping Checklist (compliments of
    Shelter and Bedding (essentials)
    __ tent
    __ tarp
    __ sleeping bag
    __ sleeping pad
    __ headrest

    Cooking and Dining (essentials)
    __ water
    __ food
    __ cooler
    __ camp stove
    __ mess kit
    __ can opener
    __ charcoal

    __ t-shirts
    __ shorts
    __ jeans/pants
    __ socks
    __ shoes/boots
    __ camp shoes
    __ hat/cap
    __ sweater
    __ rain poncho
    __ underwear
    __ swim suit
    __ laundry bag
    __ _____________
    __ _____________
    __ _____________
    __ _____________

    Personal Hygiene
    __ tooth brush
    __ tooth paste
    __ wash rag(s)
    __ towel(s)
    __ soap
    __ comb/brush
    __ nail clippers
    __ razor
    __ toilet paper
    __ _____________
    __ _____________ Shelter and Bedding (optionals)
    __ book
    __ cot
    __ comforter
    __ throw rug
    __ pillow

    Cooking and Dining (optionals)
    __ charcoal chimney
    __ smoker
    __ Dutch oven
    __ hot dog sticks
    __ pie irons
    __ chairs
    __ folding table
    __ table cloth
    __ butane lighter
    __ screen room

    Cleaning Items
    __ broom
    __ dust pan
    __ whisk broom
    __ lawn rake
    __ dish pan
    __ detergent
    __ dish rags
    __ ppt scrubber

    First Aid Kit
    __ personal medication
    __ bandages
    __ aspirin, Tylenol
    __ medical tape
    __ sterile gauze
    __ elastic wrap
    __ antiseptic wipes
    __ antibiotic cream
    __ burn ointment
    __ sunburn lotion
    __ hydrogen peroxide
    __ scissors
    __ tweezers
    __ eye wash
    __ sanitary napkins
    __ snake bite kit Chuck Box
    __ salt and pepper
    __ herbs and spices
    __ cooking oil
    __ pot holders
    __ paper towels
    __ napkins
    __ plastic trash bags
    __ tongs and spatula
    __ aluminum foil
    __ measuring cups
    __ plastic silverware
    __ paper plates/bowls
    __ plastic cups
    __ zip lock bags
    __ knives
    __ cutting board
    __ cork screw

    Miscellaneous Items
    __ binoculars
    __ bird guide
    __ bug spray
    __ bungi cords
    __ camera
    __ candles
    __ cards, games
    __ cell phone
    __ clothes pins
    __ compass
    __ duct tape
    __ fishing gear
    __ flashlight
    __ frisbee
    __ GPS
    __ kites
    __ knife
    __ lantern
    __ matches
    __ pen and paper
    __ rope
    __ shower bag
    __ sun block
    __ tools
    __ water filters
    __ whistle
    __ _____________
    __ _____________

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