Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lake Ming

With so many camping options to explore near the LA area we have tried to pick a different location for each of our excursions. Having heard good reviews of Kern River we decided to check it out and picked a spot at the Kern county campground near Lake Ming.

We arrived on a Monday and were surprised to have the entire campground to ourselves. We didn't see any park employees or even a way to pay so picked a nice spot by the river.
Plenty of space and shade with a picnic table, fire ring, and grill.
Our site was right beside the river with serene views of a farm. We watched cows and horses grazing and there was also a rooster and donkey performing their vocals in the background.
With everything set up, it was time to check out the surrounding area and Lake Ming which was right beside the campground

A man-made recreational lake that allowed motor and sailboats as well as fishing and water-skiing. We were a bit disappointed that this was yet another lake that didn't allow swimming. Although we could swim in the river, we decided against it after watching the farm animals do their business in it. Here is a panoramic shot of the lake and surrounding hills
Another gratuitous camper shot as well as the night's entertainment

A few hours before we departed, the park Ranger finally drove by and charged us $20 for the night even though we were there for two. We also found out that they have a winter rate of $10 per night starting mid-October so we may find ourselves back to take advantage of that. Overall a fun trip with great views, well kept facilities and more good memories