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Escondido California is just a small blip along the Avocado Highway in Southern California, but trust me this little blip is worth a major stop.  We were heading south from the Chino Hills area for a Date with San Diego this November, but we had a week to kill before our reservations, so we booked what we thought was a small campground in the middle of nowhere in order to get some work done.Escondido is a Spanish word meaning “hidden” so we weren't far off with our planned escape from connections.  The town is the oldest in San Diego County and is rich in Spanish and Mexican history before the United States took it over in 1850.  Now it’s famous for avocados and beer.California sunset

Last week we shared our Date Day in San Diego and we received several questions about our first Kamping Experience! It's hard to believe that in almost 5 years of camping around the country we had never stayed at a KOA, not even once. san diego KOAWe’ve driven past hundreds of KOA’s over the years and we had this idea in our heads that all KOAs were on the highway, served up cheap box pancake breakfasts and they cost a small fortune.  After spending a week at the KOA Metro San Diego campground I can honestly say we were way off base.

We’ve been to San Diego, California many times, in fact my aunt used to live on Coronado Island, so needless to say we know the city pretty well.  That said it never ceases to amaze me, no matter how many times we’ve visited an area there’s always more to discover and explore. So, we gave ourselves the task this time around NOT to do anything we've done in the past.  Not only did we want new discoveries we wanted an experience with a romantic twist, we wanted a date with San Diego.

Have you ever heard of Jamul, California? We never had and sometimes ignorance is the best way to start off a trip. If we don’t know where we’re going there's zero preconceived notions or expectations. This is exactly how our trip through San Diego County started. All we knew is that we're staying at Thousand Trails Pio Pico campground in Jamul, a town that's no more than a tiny dot on the map.jamul californiaTurns out it’s a beautiful countryside retreat for the city dwellers and a quiet base camp for travelers.