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California Camping.

Looking for a fall camping getaway? Two new guidebook series may help. Both offer information on specific sites, along with detailed personal observations. And unlike some guides, these don't carry advertising.

The books are compact-singly, they fit in a glove compartment. Directions to the campgrounds augment their maps.

Foghorn Press, San Francisco, takes a broad approach: author Tom Stienstra includes tent, backpack, and RV campgrounds in his three guides. The 632-page California Camping, for example, covers about 1,500 public and private campgrounds by county. Individual county maps are black and white (parks, rivers, and national forests are hard to pick out). Each listing is brief-about a dozen lines, with short comments but includes telephone numbers, Only some campgrounds (the book does not indicate which) were visited by the author or other inspectors. Opening chapters cover such topics as hiking and foot care, fishing gear, and first aid. Two other guides cover the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) and Rocky Mountain states (Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming). Each guide costs $15.95.
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Date:Oct 1, 1989
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