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The Mad River Rapids RV Park located in Humboldt County, sits just off of Highway 101 on Janes Road between Arcata and McKinleyville, California. There are 92 full hook-up (30 amp) paved sites, some with shade, and 39 drive-through sites, with the remainder being back-ins. Each site has cable TV and there is WiFi service in most sites. The sites are level and well landscaped. The park is extremely clean with restrooms and showers, dumping station, public phone, laundry, and a food store with RV supplies. It has a heated swimming pool, spa, horseshoes, recreation hall, game room, and playground. Pets are allowed on leash, and there are several designated dog walk areas. The park doesn’t allow tents or sleeping outside of your RV. There are no open fire pits, but each site has a picnic table. One nice feature is that there is an excellent Mexican restaurant located at the parks entrance, a flat short walk from anywhere in the park.

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Located in San Jose, California, the Trailer Tel RV Park (think “Trailer Hotel”) feels more like a Palm Springs resort than a traditional RV park with its paved interior roads, bricked walkways, and landscaped sites. This is easily understood when one discovers that Trailer Tel was originally a mobile home park designed for single-wide mobile homes. When the popularity of single-wide manufactured homes waned, and double-wide and triple wide became the norm, the single-wide lots were too narrow for the newer mobile homes and the park was converted into an RV park. Because of this, it does, however, still contain all the expected luxuries of a permanent mobile home park including recreation hall, large heated swimming pool, fitness room, laundromat, and a car wash, All 170 spaces are back-in spaces measuring 25’ X 50’ (which gives you plenty of room for 2 additional vehicles) and have full hook-up 30 AMP Service, water, telephone, and free wi-fi. The park is “small pet” friendly (restricted to two animals weighing 20 lbs or less); but not for campers (no tents allowed and no public showers were evident). Over-nighters may not find a space available unless reserved in advance and quite frankly, the park is designed more for long term visits and stays. As befits the 10th largest city in the United States, San Jose is filled with mails, restaurants, attractions and theaters, and has excellent public transportation. A public bus stops right at the RV park entrance and you are just minutes from the center of downtown San Jose. On our three night stay we used the bus and light rail system to visit the new San Jose City Hall, the excellent Egyptian museum, the Tech Museum, the Children’s Discovery Museum, and the Santa Clara County Fair grounds without any trouble. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful on our stay and although there is no store on site, there are convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and service stations within a couple of blocks.

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The Pelican Point RV Park, in Half Moon Bay, California, is within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean and is located 30 miles south of San Francisco on California Highway 1, about 50 miles north of Santa Cruz. The park, originally constructed in the 1970s, is clean and well maintained, but not for everybody. For adults looking for a quiet place to spend a week-end or short vacation, it provides a great place to stay. Like many coastal locations the weather is usually over-cast and comfortably cool, with clear cloudless sunny days a rare event. August through November will provide the sunniest days. The park itself is also located next to two golf courses, and the area has many paved paths that provide nice bike riding or hiking opportunities. The nearby town of Half Moon Bay offers some good restaurants, and some nice little shops along Main Street, although the park is about three miles south of town and transportation can be a problem. There is a public transportation (Route 17) which stops a short half-mile walk from the park. (Use the path that starts at the south-eastern corner of the park; it’s flat, just turn left at the second bridge and walk to the office of the neighboring Canada Cove Mobile Park where the bus stops.) Pelican Point does offer cable TV and phone hook-up, but unfortunately no wireless internet access is available. But for families with kids, be warned, there are no playgrounds, swimming pool, or other activities for kids except horseshoes. The near-by public access ocean cove is small, and unfortunately has a strong under-tow that would make swimming dangerous. There is no movie theater in Half Moon Bay. During our stay the staff was friendly and helpful. The facilities included two showers for the men and three for the women. They were clean and quite adequate. The sites were all back-in with full hookup. They had small picnic tables, but no fire pits. The only problem we faced was the site disposal dump tube was smaller than the standard size, and we had to borrow an adapter from the office ($10 deposit).