YOUR SUNSET STATE BEACH CAMPING TRIP ITINERARY, GEAR LIST & CREW
Sunset State Beach · June 20 - 22, 2021
I'm counting down for camping trip to Santa Cruz! Below you'll find a detailed itinerary, packing list, and intros to everyone in our camping crew.
I also created a Whatsapp Group called "Sunset SB Camping Trip" for everyone to more easily pepper me with trip-related questions, get to know other families & share your outdoorsy photos. I highly recommend joining the group!
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'm working closely with the team at Bay Area Wilderness Training & our amazing chef Allison to ensure you and your family have a wonderful & educational experience at Sunset State Beach. See you all in a week!
June 13th, 2021
- In the spirit of learning how to camp, you'll be bringing all of your own gear and we'll show you how to best use them. If you're in the Bay Area, we recommend renting gear from Last Minute Gear (in SF), REI, and/or Sports Basement to get a sense of what you like before purchasing it. Some of us might also have extra gear so send me a message if you're looking to borrow something specific.
- We'll have ingredients for breakfast, lunch & dinner, but you're responsible for bringing snacks, your favorite drinks, and to stock your coolers full of ice!
- There are restrooms & drinking water near our campsite, but it's always easier to have a couple of gallons of drinking water available by your car.
- We'll provide firewood & firestarters for the group.
- The weather forecast for Sunday is currently a high of 70 degrees and a low of 50. Bring layers & extra blankets to stay warm & cozy at night
WE'RE SPENDING THE NIGHT AT SUNSET STATE BEACH'S ONLY GROUP CAMPSITE
We reserved the only group campground at Sunset State Beach for this three-day family fun camping trip. There are picnic tables, two fire pits for roasting s'mores, restrooms & coin-operated hot showers available on site.
Our group campsite is tucked away beneath pine trees so there's plenty of shade & privacy for everyone, while being centrally located within Sunset State Beach (see map). It's a fun, easy way to dip your toes into family camping, and we're here to help along the way.
Check-in: After 2 PM | Check-out: 12 PM
(OPTIONAL) GRAB LUNCH AT LINDA'S SEABREEZE CAFE
- Trip organizers will be setting up at camp early, but feel free to stop by this spot for lunch on the way to Sunset State Beach. It's by no means mandatory :)
- Diners love their eggs benedict & brunch menu. It's CASH ONLY!
- Located at 542 Seabright Avenue in Santa Cruz
- Open Sunday | 8 AM - 1 PM
LAST PIT STOP · BP - 795 Rio Del Mar Blvd in Aptos
2 PM - CHECK IN AT SUNSET STATE BEACH GROUP CAMPGROUND
- Our trip officially kicks off! Come by early to explore camp
2:30 PM - WELCOME & OPENING GAMES
3 PM - SET UP CAMP & SETTLE IN
- We'll learn the ins and outs of how to enjoy sleeping in the outdoors led by the lovely team at Bay Area Wilderness Training
4 PM - STROLL ALONG SUNSET STATE BEACH
5:30 PM - CAMPFIRE MAKING WORKSHOP
6:00 PM - CAMPING COOKING CLASS WITH ALLISON NOYER
- We'll provide all of the ingredients while personal chef Allison Noyer demonstrates how to prep & cook delicious camping meals for the entire family. Bring your own cooking setup & we'll help you level up!
7 PM - DINNER, STORY TIME & S'MORES
- Enjoy a dinner, s'mores & an evening of stargazing
7 - 9 AM - COOK UP BREKKIE
- We'll have all the ingredients for a breakfast buffet
9:30 AM - GROUP HIKE ALONG THE BEACH
- A flat, easy stroll down by the sand dunes. We'll have a special activity in store for kids too!
10:30 AM - LUNCH COOKING CLASS WITH ALLISON
- A 30-minute, hands-on cooking demonstration where Allison show us her best tips & tricks for prepping lunch
1 PM - SCAVENGER HUNT FOR THE FAM
2 PM - ARTS & CRAFTS (OPTIONAL)
3 PM - BEACH BREAK
- Spend the afternoon relaxing & playing by the beach
5 PM - COOKING CLASS WITH ALLISON
7 PM - DINNER, DESSERT & STARGAZING
- Hangout by the campfire & soak up your last night at Sunset State Beach!
8 - 10 AM - COOK UP BREKKIE
10 AM - GROUP GOODBYES
PACK UP & CHECK OUT BEFORE NOON
- Clean up around camp and throw away any random pieces of litter
TERIYAKI PINEAPPLE SKEWERS (CHICKEN OR TOFU) WITH LIME CILANTRO RICE
CAMPFIRE APPLE CRISP
FRENCH TOAST & BERRIES
TOFU SPRING ROLLS & CRANBERRY CREAM CHEESE WRAPS (W/ TURKEY OR WALNUT)
SHEPHERD'S PIE (TURKEY OR TOFU)
SWEET OR SAVORY OATMEAL
MEET THE CREW
SAURABH, SONIYA & SWARA
Hi, I am Saurabh from Fremont CA and joining this trip with my wife Soniya and our daughter Swara. We've been stuck at home for too long like everyone and this will be Swara's first camping trip.
VIJAY, ARCHANA, SRIMAN & AISHVARI
We're Vijay, Archana, (adults), Sriman (boy 12 yrs), Aishvari (girl 9 yrs). We live in Fremont, recently relocated to CA (just pre-COVID) and want to explore the outdoors. We eventually try a RV but are experimenting with this first. This will be our second camping trip. Most of our travel has been in resorts and hotels, so this is a bit new for us.
MARC, MICHELLE & FAMILY
We're a family of four living in San Francisco. I'm excited to introduce our kids to camping and outdoor activities.
NOAH, MORGEN, AMELIA & EMERSON
My family, dad: noah, mom: morgen, and daughters 5/3: amelia and emerson (son 13: caden, not present) moved to california from the washington dc area just before the beginning of the pandemic. we are looking to get out in the world again, learn more about how to enjoy nature, and explore california a bit.
TIFFANI & FAMILY
I am a single momma to 2 fabulous humans. We love to camp, but we only go with huge groups. I would like to get more confidence in going camping solo. We live in Alameda.
Hello, hello! I grew up in Washington State, but didn't fall in love with the outdoors until I moved to SF in 2015! Hiking the 200+ mile John Muir Trail was a personal game changer, and I've since been mountaineering, spending the past couple of seasons learning how to ski & trying out rock climbing! For the past 1.5 years, I've been living in June Lake, CA and I've been spending my days thinking about how to make the outdoors more accessible for all, and, of course, plotting my next outdoor adventure :)
ALLISON & NICK NOYER
Hey everyone! We are Nick and Allison and we are so excited to share some fun and delicious recipes with you! We are both from California and love to travel. Living in beautiful California allows us to get away for the weekend and hike and explore some of our favorite places and new adventures too. We both love to cook abs can’t wait to share some of our favorite recipes that we love to make when we go camping and backpacking. Looking forward to meeting you on the trail!
Liza spent her childhood exploring the beaches and deserts of Israel, and later relocating to the lush and mountainous Pacific Northwest. She fell in love with the outdoors on Orcas Island, where she spent her summers as a camper, later joining as a staff member during summers in college, and then returning as an outdoor educator after graduating from Santa Clara University. From then on, she was hooked on creating access to the outdoors to all youth. She went on to teach outdoor education to 5th graders, lead middle and high school students on backpacking trips, and spend a year in the North Cascades National Park as a resident in a graduate program focusing on environmental education and non-profit administration. Liza then returned to the Bay Area, working at several non-profit organizations in environmental education, most recently as a Program Manager at Education Outside, greening schoolyards in San Francisco elementary schools. Liza is passionate about skiing, backpacking, reading, food, and spending time with friends and family. She is trained as a Wilderness First Responder.
Erika (she/her) was born and raised in the Bay Area but has also lived all over Northern California and overseas. Starting in the Fall of 2020, she began her MA in Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco with the hopes of creating a positive impact while working toward systemic change in educational settings. When not managing the gear library or assisting with program coordination at Bay Area Wilderness Training (or studying), you can find her climbing rocks, dipping her feet into the ocean, or hiking a beautiful trail. No matter what, it is also worth taking the time to stop and smell the flowers!
Javier Meléndez graduated from Andrews University in 2015 with both a Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in Youth and Young Adult Ministry. He now works as a Behavioral Health Clinician serving mainly high school aged youth who have emigrated from various Central American countries. Javier’s therapeutic philosophy and practice aims to reconnect client’s to their Emotions, to their Body, to Others, to Nature, and to the Divine. As a result, he has an affinity towards Nature-based therapies, where Nature becomes a co-facilitator for the therapeutic process and allows clients to experience a more holistic sense of healing and well-being. Because Javier believes reconnection to nature can bring emotional, physical, and spiritual healing, he aims to incorporate outdoor experiences in both his professional and personal life every chance he gets.
Miranda is a Sierra Foothills native who came across BAWT just after her graduation from San Jose State in 2012. After reaching the summit of Mt. Shasta (a gift for fundraising +$4,000 in Climbing For Kids) in June 2012, her outdoor leadership path began. “I have become so empowered by my own experiences outdoors that I have to give it back to all communities. There’s no reason why such beauty and power should be kept from anyone, especially young people. I can be a catalyst for thousands to find themselves in the outdoors.” She has led outdoor adventures for multiple organizations in the Bay Area including honorable mentions REI Outdoor School and Blue Water Foundation nonprofit. She has also been a youth worker and teacher in the Bay area for multiple school districts, serving all youth K-21. Some highlights of her adventures in educating youth and adults in the outdoors were: teaching kids how to surf for the first time in a hail storm (no one wanted to stop they just paddled harder) and utilizing games to let adults play, have fun and learn. On her days off, you can find her SUP-ing, backpacking with her dog Argo or in the studio drawing. She is a Wilderness First Responder and active Instructor on all courses with a knack for WLT’s and Instructor Retreat curriculum.
Terry integrates a wealth of experience in adventure-based learning, leadership and organizational development in her work with people from diverse backgrounds within schools, non-profit organizations, and corporations throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her work focused on strength-based experiential curriculum and facilitated programs emphasizing participatory processes, performance, and teamwork. She has a PhD with a specialization in Leadership. Her doctoral studies began with several intensive international community studies and service projects with the Mayan people and their villages including a 40-mile trek through the backcountry of western Guatemala and climbing the highest peak in Central America. Terry has also traveled over 15,000 miles on a bicycle, including a solo 8,000 cross-country journey for a national youth advocacy project, meeting with the President, representatives, U.S. senators, governors, mayors, and community leaders of over 24 states and 150 communities.
Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m an award winning family documentary photographer whose lived in the Bay Area for almost 20 years. I have two children and a husband. I like them most of the time. I’m a lover of dogs (I love them almost as much as my children. They already know – the children I mean. Probably the dogs too). One of my core values is living. What does that mean? I will choose experiences over material possessions any day of the week. I crave to be outside and adventure into the unknown. It’s probably why I gravitate towards documentary photography so much – because there really is nothing better than real life.