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4/20 campout

Time: April 17, 2020 at 1pm to April 19, 2020 at 11am
Location: Lake Solano County Park
Street: 8685 Pleasants Valley Road
City/Town: Winters, CA 95694
Website or Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YDZGpFcvE…
Phone: Park Office Phone: (530) 795-2990
Event Type: campout
Organized By: Joe Ehrlich (static@well.com)
Latest Activity: Apr 9, 2020

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Event Description

In celebration of 4/20!

We will be camping again at Lake Solano County Park campground, which is technically in Winters, but somewhat closer to Vacaville. 

You'll need to reserve a site for yourself (and maybe your pal) in the range of sites from #39 to 45. That's the main VW area. If those run out, then consider snagging sites 8,9,10 or 11. And if those run out, there are lotsa other spaces.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR SITE. Or don't. No worries.

This campground is easy to get to, has a swell nature center, fishing opportunities and has unabashed roaming peacocks. 

Saturday night will feature PANTRY-RAID CHILI!!


Important notes:

(1.) This campground LOCKS ITS GATES at 9:00 pm. If you do not arrive before they lock the gates, you will be camping outside the gate until the following morning.

(2.) Although this event occurs on 4/20 day, it must be pointed out that all Solano County Campgrounds are smoke-free and they're quite serious about that.

Discretion is nine-tenths of the law.



Saturday at 11:00 am in the (TBA) Cornhole area. 

Practicing shall occur on Friday afternoon around beer:30

See Paul for more details.



Look in your pantry. Grab only *ONE* 14 oz. (or so) can that matches the description on the list below.

Then, bring that can (along with a bowl and spoon for yourself) to the camp out. We will add the contents of your contribution to a base of beef and onions.


Bring along one 14 oz. can of any of the things listed below:

Pinto beans
Red Kidney beans
White beans
Navy beans
Piquinto beans
Diced tomatoes
Diced tomatoes with Italian spices
Diced tomatoes with Jalapeños. 
Crushed tomatoes with Eye of Newt                               

Chopped tomatoes
Chili con carne                                                                             

Chili sin carne
Chili with beans
Chili without beans

Roadkill Chili 

Rotel tomatoes

Ranch Style (tm) brand beans of any variety.

Please do NOT bring Black beans. 

Please do NOT bring Garbanzo beans. 

Please do NOT bring Lentil beans.

If bringing a can of beans won’t work for you, then bring a loaf of pre-made Garlic bread or a scrumptious dessert. Or a bottle of wine. We like wine. Or firewood. We like that too. If that won’t work either, then just bring yourself, a bowl, a spoon and an appetite. 

Comment Wall

Comment by Bruce Kinzey on January 12, 2020 at 1:40pm

Hi John:  That sounds great and thanks for the invite, but before I take you up on it, how many days have you reserved it for?  I was planning to drive down on Friday and return Tuesday (4 nights).  If you weren't staying that long I guess the site is probably open on either end so I could reserve any other days needed.  Also, I'm counting on having an electrical outlet - there will be enough for both of us, yes?  

Thanks again!  Bruce

Comment by John LaTorre on January 12, 2020 at 1:48pm

Regarding that electrical outlet: I can't remember if the park uses the same outlet as Sandy Beach does ... the one that requires an adapter ... but the adapter is cheap and fairly easy to come by, and it should be in your kit anyway if you use the bus a lot. 

Here's something that Brett posted some years back on that:


Comment by westywoman (Melissa) on January 12, 2020 at 2:11pm

There is plenty of power, just bring a good power strip so you can both plug your vans in separately.

Comment by Bruce Kinzey on January 12, 2020 at 2:19pm

Huh, the campsites I've stayed in with electricity have always had 20A outlets that I just connected my extension cord to directly, and then to the van.  I guess they probably had both 20A and 30A and I just never paid attention to the other one!  Good to know.  Anyway I want to be sure there are two of them if you're planning to use one, I have an induction cookplate that I can't run off the battery.

Comment by Bruce Kinzey on January 12, 2020 at 2:22pm

Whoops, wait a minute I'm getting my "Johns" mixed up.  Sorry about that.  J&J, let me know if there's room on the outlet circuit for both of us!



Comment by John LaTorre on January 12, 2020 at 2:26pm

I think that Scott B. has dibs on the other half of my space.

As for getting your johns mixed up, they're usually clearly marked as male and female. You have to pay attention, though, lest people be surprised.

Comment by Cathi Carnes on January 23, 2020 at 1:22pm
So we just found out we have to go visit our daughter that weekend so our campsite will be back up for grabs in the next couple days I just canceled it today : (
Comment by Kathy & Mike Marlow on February 8, 2020 at 6:21am

We will be there, site #39 I believe.  Look forward to seeing everyone.

Comment by Paul Yocum on February 8, 2020 at 12:50pm
CornHole awards are coming out amazing. Crap I hope space 11 is not hella far from everyone?
Comment by Bruce Kinzey on February 9, 2020 at 9:18am

A note to anyone who's interested - I'll be sharing John C.'s space so won't be using site 19, which is just a short walk directly across the grassy area - one of the nearest sites to the main event.  Before I release it I thought I'd see if there's anyone here or someone you know who'd like to have it.  If so, we can coordinate to ensure you or they get it.  I'll plan to let it go around March 1 if I don't hear from anyone before then.

Bruce K.


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