The drive of about 60 miles from Marina to Morgan Hill was the shortest of our trip. It’s so cool to just pick up our house and move it up the road. We drove inland a bit from Marina, hooking up with Highway 101 and up to Morgan Hill. Boy, could we tell the difference in the climate. Morgan Hill was much warmer than Marina. We had almost gotten used to the cool weather, so it was a bit of a change.
Of the campgrounds that we’ve been to across the US so far, this one was one of the best. It sits at the foot of the Diablo Range, close to Morgan Hill and a short train ride north to San Jose. From our research, it was the closest campground to San Jose we could find. It feels very remote here, but right down the road are small to medium size towns with grocery stores, restaurants, big box retailers, etc.
As you can see by the screen shot of the map above, there is one major con to this campground…noise. Right in font is a major four lane road which, by itself, is noisy. When you add the CalTrain line that sits across the road from the campground, it makes for a sometimes unpleasant experience. Our campsite (not the maker on the map above) was right near the entrance, so we were close to the road. We knew when the train was coming because we could hear its horn long before it got to us. And when the train was right in front, it was pretty loud. If you are coming here for quiet, you may need to bring some earplugs.
Another issue we encountered while staying here was the disregard for campground rules. There was someone having their fifth wheel pressure washed an hour before quiet hours were over. When I called the office, they didn’t really seem to care. When I brought up quiet hours, they sent someone to talk to the owner and the wash crew.
As you can see by the pictures, I was attending Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in San Jose during this week. On Sunday, the three of us took the train to San Jose to pick up my conference badge. It was Christopher’s first train ride!
What trip to the bay area of California would be complete without a stop in San Francisco. Since we didn’t tow our vehicle on this trip, we rented a car during our week stay in Morgan Hill. This allowed us to drive about an hour up highway 101 to San Francisco. It was Christopher’s first trip there and he loved it as you can see by his smiling (mostly) face in the pictures.