Paddle-Boarding & Casino-Docking – San Diego, CA
This past week we’ve been bouncing around a bit including a paddle-boarding session (with Polly) in Mission Bay and a week-end Casino-docking (yes, I’ve just invented the term and its’ brilliance shines through in the fact that you actually understood me, right?). As an RVer both are no-doubt scintillating stories, but we’ll start with the fun stuff first.
We towed Polly out to Aqua Adventures in Mission Bay on a fine, calm morning for something we’ve been wanting to do for ages -> our very first session paddle-boarding (and by first I mean for ALL of us!). This neat little outfit is right on the water, offers great deals on rentals and are proud members of MyPaddleDog.com -> in other words the perfect combo for newbie water-lovin’ pooch-haulin’ folks like ourselves! And I have to admit it totally lives up to its reputation.
Aqua Adventures welcome doggies on-site (even have a few of their own there), throw in a free doggie-life-vest as part of the rental and even gave us a bunch of treats to help encourage doggie on her way. Now, Polly wasn’t exactly overjoyed by the idea of standing on a board, but with alot of support and treat-cajouling managed to get on, and by the end of about half an hour on the water was a sure-fire paddle-dog. And it was SO MUCH FUN! We’re planning an encore performance this week and may even take advantage of the monthly deal which they offer at the rental center for more practice. If you’ve got a pooch and are in the area, DEFINITELY give this a go!
The other event of the week was our week-end Casino-docking ~10 miles inland. We were in-between park bookings and needed to find a couple of nights to park for free. Now in San Diego this can be a bit of an issue, especially for “beast-size” like ourselves. Walmarts in the area have signs prohibiting overnight parking, and San Diego City officially prohibits street parking any kind of recreational vehicle overnight, usually defined as 2 am to 4 am. The law is poorly enforced and we’ve seen many RVs hang overnight (especially here in Mission Bay and on quiet streets in neighborhoods), but we decided we wanted something with less hassle.
In come Casino’s to the rescue!
I call it Casino-docking and it’s not something we do often, but in San Diego it’s one of the easy and legal ways to park for a few nights for free. Most Casino’s in the area allow it, absolutely any size RV can fit and many Casino’s will even allow more than one night as long as you call ahead. Alot of spots will give discounts or freebies if you sign up to the Player’s Club too.
Cha-ching! Bring home the chips baby!
There is a ton of variation between Casino’s on how big the parking is, which ones allow RVs or even what the rules are but Casino Camper is a fabulous little resource for sorting it all out. In our travels we’ve come across great free Casino parking in Albuqueque, NM, location-perfect coastal Casino camping in Florence, Oregon and our new huge, relaxing spot in San Diego (yes, I’ll be reviewing the site we stayed at next). Just another great little “freebie” resource for RVers on the road.