Outdoor Campsites available for 1-5 campers. Bring all your own gear, food, kitchen. Outdoor composting toilet and shower. Hiking, Biking, Climbing tours available for fee. Each site unique w/ outdoor beds, hammocks, platform beds from trees.
15% of our Airbnb proceeds go towards volunteer-driven land and river restoration projects with the local non-profit organization WildPlaces Our guests are invited to volunteer (see (URL HIDDEN) for calendar of events).
Spontaneous decisions are rewarded here. Planning to camp? Camping to plan? A little under prepared? Super prepared? No concept of how seasons work, but with relentless determination to camp?
Luckily, you have found the Land that Xico and Mehmet stewards and your request to stay is immediately reviewed. Our little secluded paradise is a blast and accepts exceptional people. Friends from the Aztec, environmental justice, spiritual, and playful communities come here regularly.
No camp neighbors, no tourist shuttles, just straight up nature as f*ck. We are both accommodating hosts and are passionate about our community and the environment. Connect with us. Do some brain picking with us or just be surrounded by some juicy-land love.
"Chico and Mehmet are one another's dream weaver and run a dazzling array of ranch, nature, spirit and song," says recent guest Iggy.
Are you a mentally exhausted Babylonian seeking a quick getaway? On the Land, staying in the little outdoor bedroom-covered shed (Outdoor Bedroom listing) or at a secret camp site (Camping Listing) is "glamping". Beautifully made and furnished with comfortable camping cots and mosquito netting for warmer weathers. You don't need to bring too much...just the personal items and a sleeping bag unless you're persnickety about a specific Dr. Brauners scent (we use tea tree) or how bright you want your lantern (our's is just right). The land has a communal patio equipped with an outdoor kitchen and a comfortable living/dining area next to a camp furnace (affectionally called The Franklin). The entire setup is warm and inviting and it's easy to find yourself cozied-up on a couch next to the fire with a book and their lovely pets. You will inevitably fall in love with the pets -- Tule the tour guide, Belknap the matriarch, Scout and Little Toes the side-kicks.
So book away and don't look any further. It's the best you're going to get for the price. It's only $10-$15 more than camping in the national parks but the solitude here is superior to designated camp slots in the parks. It is worth the extra dollars. And if you came to hang out with some Giant Sequoias, the Trail of 100 Giants is just an hour drive from the property. Dome Rock and its climb opportunities is even closer a nice little spot with the perfect view overlooking the Sierra. Xico and Mehmet are knowledgeable locals and they can craft an experience for you if you just ask. Go out there and have fun!
Side tip: Visalia and Porterville has an odd concentration of used furry suits in almost all the thrift stores if you're into that...(URL HIDDEN)(Thank you, Iggy, for allowing your words to be used here)
Servicios y zonas comunes
Guests have access to the Tule River, hiking trails on the property, fire/BBQ pit, shared outdoor dining room, outdoor fireplace, internet, and outdoor bathroom/shower. These are very special outdoor sites with shower and composting toilet nearby. Optional indoor bedroom available as well as the Outdoor Bedroom (see other listing).
Volunteer habitats restoration and river stewardship projects occur from April - September through WildPlaces, a nonprofit organization committed to restoration of land and rivers and support of people's who love here. See (URL HIDDEN) and volunteer by emailing (EMAIL HIDDEN) for schedule of events.
And if you came to hang out with some Giant Sequoias, the Trail of 100 Giants is just an hour drive from the property. Dome Rock and its climb opportunities is even closer a nice little spot with the perfect view overlooking the Sierra.
Atención a los huéspedes
We are available to help guests by providing a plus breakfast with fresh orange juice, Mexican pastries, and farm-grown, organic goodies ($8-10 per person).
Maps of the region can be easily found online. We have some to lend along with all sorts of books.
Guided tours for hikers, rock climbers, and bicyclists available for additional fee ranging from $25-$50 per person. Inquire with hosts.
Generally Xico and Mehmet are on the property or nearby.
Otros aspectos destacables
This is the perfect launching place for high Sierra adventures in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Giant trees, biking, hiking, climbing, WIlderness are a short drive away. Guided tours available. And especially unique is the opportunity to volunteer with a local non-profit who organizes habitat restoration projects (WildPlaces: Stewardship in the Southern Sierra).
River Ridge Open Mic Music Jam on Wednesday nights.
Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
Only two restaurants in town
Organize Your Stay
•Bring a map that includes our address and review ahead of travel
•Only ATT service here. Call ahead from Porterville 93257. Remember there are still pay phones or ask a stranger to call us.
•Sleeping bag/blanket, one reusable water bottle/person, maybe a daypack
•Layered clothes (keep it minimal) for changing weather conditions (preferably not cotton), closed-toed sturdy shoes and sandals, warm hat and sun hat
• Medications, special diet, lip balm
•Uneven, rocky terrain and dehydration are the two top risks. Drink one gallon of water per person per day PLUS wear sturdy shoes PLUS your alertness are highly advantageous around our house
•Bring your medications and allergy medicine. If allergic to bee stings, bring your Epi-Pen
•No firearms on the land
•No smoking on the land except in the designated spot
•Only two Campfire/Fire Safe Areas on the land. They require person who remains last and completely douses the fire, a shovel and McLeod, and charged (On) hose or five gallons of water
• Know the locations of fire extinguishers
• Minors must be accompanied by legal guardian.
•We have animals. Please leave yours at home except special circumstances.
•5 miles/hour in a car or bike.
Where the Wild Things Are:
• There is nothing that is gonna get you like in the movies.
• Stinging insects include mosquito, bees and wasps. Alergic? Bring your Epi-pen AND tell someone where you keep it.
• Rattle Snakes are super scary but unlikely to kill an adult. Best to avoid that by staying on trails, looking ahead, not reaching into rocky areas, and monitor wandering children.
• Ticks are often present. To avoid them, stay on trails, avoid tall grass, check your body/skins/clothes from feet to the waist each day. Check each other…fun.
• If bitten, remove TICK or find someone who can. Requires use of forceps to grab the embedded tick slowly by the head and pull straight outwards. Detain the tick
• Nearest Hospital: Sierra View Hospital; 465 W. Putnam Ave ; Porterville, CA (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
• Only ATT cell service on the land
• Internet available
Housekeeping Inside and Outdoors
•Think Collective Housekeeping—we all do it
•Ants and flies will come if we do not manage food and trash cans
•Own personal plate, water bottle, mug AND keep track of them
•Use the compositing and chemical toilets . Directions provided.
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