I understand about the heat as it been 100+ here for some time now. The news stations keeps talking about a cool down without any success. I take care of dad and he likes the house "toasty" like 86-89 (all year round) so I melt!
Most of my camping history with campgrounds is limited but two regular places are San Clemente State Beach and Cottonwood @ Rancho Jurupa (Riverside).
Early this summer I got brave enough to try a few days of dry camping at El Capitan State Beach (North of Santa Barbara). I had a lot of *firsts* on that trip and was able to check off a few things off the To-Do list.
During the 4th of July holiday I stayed at a new state park Crystal Cove Moro and liked it a lot more than expected.
I will be testing out South Carlsbad State Beach (San Diego area) in December but don't expect it to be on top of my list because of the layout design of sites with hook ups. But ocean view is always good.
If all goes well I will do a few day at Calico Ghost Town in November. This is usually when the weather turns and we deal with high winds or storms. Not going to the desert in this heat so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for November. If it doesn't work out I have plan B (San Clemente) booked.
Being the main caregiver for dad keeps me close to home base but someday I hope to go a wandering here or there.
I do have some words of advice for you - get brave and do a little boondocking or dry camping. Keep it simple and short for the first trip and I bet the next trip won't be long in coming and will be even longer. Find out what to expect and start preparing for it. You can always practice in the driveway to see how long your battery will last or what challenges you will encounter without power.
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...
2011 Salem Cruise Lite 20RBXL & 2011 Toyota Tundra Dbl Cab
Camping History: 45 Trips / 133 Nights / 3736 Miles
FRF Social Group: Campers of the West