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    • Where to stay in Santa Barbara for young seniors with a car?

      Santa Barbara Oct 25, 2016 at 11:43 AM

      Spending 4 days in Santa Barbara early in March after time in LA. Looking either for a VRBO place or a hotel, preferably with a kitchen area for brkfast. No need for the beach as we live on one on the East Coast, but trying to find the recommended areas to stay with walkable restaurants when we return from our daily touring.


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      VT meet in november

      Los Angeles Oct 18, 2016 at 12:01 AM

      Hi I am manish from India. i have set up a meeting in beverly hill in november. Hope to catch up with you and other VT locals. I would really love to meet you guys from LA and around. I know being a thanksgiving week, it might be difficult for all, but would love to meet as many locals as possible.

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      Suggestion of Wineries

      Napa Oct 17, 2016 at 7:21 AM

      I'll be with my family in Napa. Could you suggest good/best wineries to visit and taste?

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      VT meet in LA

      Beverly Hills Oct 18, 2016 at 12:02 AM

      Hi I am manish from India. i have set up a meeting in beverly hill in november. Hope to catch up with you and other VT locals. I would really love to meet you guys from LA and around. I know being a thanksgiving week, it might be difficult for all, but would love to meet as many locals as possible.

    • How good is the nightlife in Newport Beach?

      Newport Beach Oct 7, 2016 at 5:54 AM

      Hi all, I have 4-7 days to spare when I'm in the US next year. So am considering a few places. Is the nightlife any good? many thanks

    • Transport to Inyokern

      Lancaster Oct 2, 2016 at 5:59 AM

      What is the cheapest way to get from Lancaster CA to Inyokern. We have a shuttle booked with Antelope to get from LAX to Lancaster but need onward travel to Inyokern.

    • Where to stay in San Diego for young seniors with a car?

      San Diego Oct 25, 2016 at 11:41 AM

      Spending 4 days in SD this February before heading to LA. Looking either for a VRBO place or a hotel, preferably with a kitchen area for brkfast. No need for the beach as we live on one on the East Coast, but trying to find the recommended areas to stay with walkable restaurants when we return from our daily touring.

    • Handicapped Access

      Santa Catalina Island Sep 29, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      How would a person who is unable to walk far get around the island?

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      Motor home rental in California, recommendation on company and location.

      California Sep 28, 2016 at 1:59 PM

      A couple of friends, from Europe, will be flying into California and want to rent a Motor Home to tour the state and are looking for a recommendation on company and location. This is for preliminary planing and he currently owns a Motor Home and is thus experienced in driving a small to medium sized one. All comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. How are the State and National parks in California?

    • Taxi cost on Xmas Day

      Los Angeles Oct 10, 2016 at 2:39 AM

      Hi we arrive in LAX at 6.40pm on Xmas Day. Does anyone know how much it would cost to use Uber to get from LAX to Hotel on Walk of Fame. We're here for 13 nights and not renting a car - is it easy enough to get around using public transport

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      Help Me :)

      Los Angeles Oct 21, 2016 at 6:09 AM

      Hi everyone !
      I just came to Los Angeles- Marina Del Rey and i havent rent a car yet. So how can i go around ? Is metro safe? And where should i visit because i will stay in here for 3 months and i dont know any place in here 

    • Casual friend while i travel in SFO?

      San Francisco Oct 24, 2016 at 8:34 AM

      Friends, I am visiting SFO solo for couple of days. Looking forward for someone who can guide me about couple of interesting places. I like to jog and probably explore one of the trekking trails. any recommendation for morning jog trails and one trek trail over the weekends?
      if someone visiting SFO or staying in SFO interested to go on a drink and talk about interesting things in life? ping me.

    • Family drive Yosemite NP to Death Valley in April

      Yosemite National Park Sep 28, 2016 at 2:25 PM

      Hello. Our family of 4 (2 kids under 5 years old) are looking to drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas in April next year via Yosemite and Death Valley. We have several days to do this. Looks like Highway 120 is closed that time of year so how do we set about planning our adventure? Can anyone help us out with insider knowledge, useful hints and tips please, especially routes. Thanks.

    • SF/LV/LA trip itinerary help

      California Sep 28, 2016 at 11:19 AM

      Hi everyone, I am travelling for the first time to California, and need a bit of assistance. I am landing at LAX at roughly 13:30, and should probably be out of the airport by 14:30. Our trip will be mid January for a total of 17 days. And I have already got flights from SFO-LAS, and then LAS-LAX. All the accommodation is already booked, now its all about the finer details to the trip.

      Part 1: The first bit of info that I need is regarding getting from LAX to San Francisco, I have been advised to take the PCH and stop over for the night in Morro Bay/Cayucos, then drive early the next day to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a few hours before making our way to San Francisco. I have read many forums saying its not advisable to make that trip in 1 day, as theres too much to see, which I agree with... Unfortunately its that or take a flight direct to San Francisco. Please can you tell me if it is at all worth making that drive, or just taking a flight.

      Part 2: We will spend 5 nights in San francisco, and I am struggling to define what are must do's, as so many people recommend different things... right now this is my plan, please critique it,and help me make the right choices.

      Day 1: Arrive at the hotel mid day in Fishermans Wharf, spend an hour or two relaxing at the hotel, then going out to explore the Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli's and maybe catch the evening tour of Alcatraz. Return and have dinner close to the hotel.
      Day 2: Head out just after sunrise, taking the Cable car from Fishermans Wharf to Market street, and will probably walk to the Ferry Building and explore there, then make our way back to Union Square, and up to china town and exploring there. Afterwards, taking the cable car to Lombard street, then head back to the hotel, relax before dinner and find a nice area to eat with some music.

      Side note -- please can you tell me if i fit too many or too little things per day

      Day 3: Up and out early again to Steiner Str to walk through the park and see the Pink Ladies. Up to Golden Gate Park and the Academy of Science, the Morrison Planetarium, and the Japanese Tea Garden. then to the Golden gate bridge, will probably rent a bicycle and cycle to the other end... We would love to from here, go to Muir woods, spend an hour there, before making our way back to the hotel, again relax a bit, then go out for dinner.
      Day 4 : This day is still up for debate, but my wife would love to see Yosemite for the day... I know that you can easily spend a week without seeing everything, but the thought is that while we are on the west coast, we should make the effort to see the park, or at least as much as we can in 1 day.
      Day 5 : Take a small group tour to Napa and spend the day exploring the wineries.

      Part 3 : Departing to Vegas at around 11am, spending 3 nights there. This part of the trip is pretty much easy enough to plan for, but the highlight would be a helicopter trip to the grand canyon.

      Part 4 : Depart Vegas to LAX, we will be spending 4 nights staying in Hollywood area, and another 4 nights saying in Anaheim. Now for this part of the journey, we LOVE theme parks, and we are dedicating 3-4 days to it.

      Day 1 : Land at LAX at 13:00, make our way to the hotel, relax for a few hours, then off to see Hollywood BLVD, for the rest of the night.
      Day 2 : Drive to Six Flags Magic Mountain ( Never been to a Six Flags before, looking forward to it).
      Day 3 : Universal Studios
      Day 4 : Tour around LA (Please help me which things to see)
      Day 5 : Move to the new hotel in Anaheim, and explore the area for the day
      Day 6 : DisneyLand
      Day 7 : Disney Adventure

      Side Note: Let me know if 2 days is too much for these 2 parks.

      Day 8 : Still debatable, was thinking of driving to San diego for the last day.

      We fly out the next morning at 1AM, so don't want to do too much on the last day... pretty much just relax.

      That you all in advance for the advise and I look forward to you responses.

    • Should we visit in April?

      by StaceyW8 Online Now Aug 6, 2016 at 8:01 AM

      So I'm currently looking to plan my family's first trip to California. There will be myself my husband and son who's 6. The plan was to stay in Anaheim, visit Disney 2 days a few days at the beach then spend a week travelling to national parks.
      The plan was to go up to Yosemite onto sequoia then Joshua trees before heading back to the airport.
      My question is. Will the national parks be accessible enough in April? (Np dates 14th to 20th).?
      The reason im looking at April is because the flight total is £2000 less and it's the only school holiday that has 2 weeks other than Xmas and summer.
      But if there's not enough to do and enjoy in April should I save up and wait until summer 2018?
      I've read so much on the Internet and feel I really need to ask someone who knows.
      Many thanks

      11 Answers Aug 26, 2016 at 9:39 PM
    • what to wear

      by blingner Online Now May 12, 2016 at 8:38 AM

      we are touring the national park by car next week and was wondering how to pack. would really like to avoid bringing winter coats if possible

      5 Answers May 12, 2016 at 3:59 PM
    • day trip in march

      by mackjack34 Online Now Feb 21, 2016 at 1:06 PM

      Hello all, my family and i are traveling to LA for the 1st time on March 17th through the 24th. We are wanting to see as much as possible. Not for sure how realistic / feasible a day trip to the park would be from LA. Also what would be the "must sees" available during this time of the year for a day trip?

      6 Answers Feb 22, 2016 at 4:41 PM
    • Visiting Sequoia Natiional Park in February

      by skyekellerman Online Now Feb 5, 2016 at 2:04 PM

      Visiting Sequoia National Park for one day in mid-February. I will be in a rental car. Are there routes into the park via highways without chain restrictions on vehicles? Having a hard time finding information online.

      I would like to take a snowshoe tour, but will not be able to put chains on my vehicle.

      3 Answers Feb 5, 2016 at 6:54 PM
    • Need photography location advice

      by keiyin Online Now May 6, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      Hi all. I'll be visiting the park next weekend, 5/15 - 5/17. I'll arrive at night (5/15). I'd like to shoot star trails with a noticeable foreground. I'll then wait for the sunrise of 5/16. During the day time, I'll visit the points of interests. I'd also like to take photos of sunset. On 5/17, I'll visit more points of interests and then head back to LA. I'd be appreciated if you could advise on the locations for 1. star trails; 2. sunrise; and 3. sunset. In addition, please let me know if you have any photography tips in the park. For instance, what time at which location would be possible to create a dramatic shot. Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers May 7, 2015 at 1:30 PM
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      Car shuttle for thru-hike of High Sierra Trail

      by blueskyjohn Online Now Feb 21, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      Hello all! I am planning a thru hike of the High Sierra trail for summer 2015. While I have the logistics of the actual hike nailed down, I'm having trouble with transportation from trailheads. My plan would be to leave my rental car at Whitney Portal rd then hire a service to take me to the other side and leave me at Crescent Meadow.

      I know it's a long drive and the few services I found are quite expensive. Curious if anyone has experience with other alternatives? Public transport doesn't seem practical. Suggestions or advice would be appreciated.


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      Visitng the park over Memorial Day

      by angela6571 Online Now Feb 20, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      My family would like to visit Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon over the Memorial Day weekend. I know it is on the cusp of Summer, but can anyone provide some insight if any of the roads/ares might still be closed? Also, we would like to camp, but it seems most of the campsites are first come, first serve. Does anyone have experience camping there over this holiday weekend. Are the crowds horrible? We will be arriving late Friday night from San Francisco so I'm worried it will be hard to find a campsite. We plan to extend our long weekend through Wednesday and would like to explore a lot of area. Any though, opinions, and/or suggestions are much appreciated!

      5 Answers Feb 22, 2015 at 10:13 PM
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      Sequoia april/may - 1½ day itinerary

      by mariabeeken Online Now Jan 30, 2015 at 1:47 AM

      My husband and I (35 and 45 yrs), are travelling to USA in april/maj 2015.

      On 30th of april we drive from San Francisco to Sequoia, estimated arrival late afternoon. We have booked two nights at Wuksachi Lodge. And on 1st of May we drive from Sequoia to Yosemite.

      What are the "must see's" for our stay? How would a realistic itinerary look for 1 evening, 1 hole day, and 1 morning? We want to see as much as possible.

      Are some things going to be closed when we are there (late April/beg. May)?

      Do we need to bring snowchains?

      What about box for food? (i am thinking bears here) - Do we still need that, staying at Wuksachi Lodge? If so, how and where do we rent boxes?

      Best regards


      6 Answers Jan 30, 2015 at 12:10 PM
    • Show Chain

      by kensky Online Now Oct 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      I will be travelling to Sequoia Nat Park in early November. My Question : Is it a snow chain is needed/compulsory? Thanks

      8 Answers Oct 6, 2014 at 12:40 AM
    • Sequoia or Kings Canyon?

      by jad131 Online Now Aug 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Which park would you recommend staying longer at? Sequoia or Kings Canyon?

      5 Answers Aug 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM
    • Just one day

      by Dakotasmom Online Now Jun 21, 2014 at 5:38 AM

      We are coming to SNP in August but we will only have one day there. What are the best things to do?

      3 Answers Jun 28, 2014 at 3:52 AM
    • A short trip in Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Help needed for itinerary

      by abhisheks77 Online Now Jun 7, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Next weekend (June 14th), I will be staying a night at Sequoia NP at Lodgepole CG. I will be reaching there at 11 noon on first day and will have time till next day 5 PM evening. I tried to make up a rough plan like this -

      Day-1 Start from LA at 7 AM and follow this route ==> LA - Bakersfield - Tulare - 99 - J19 (RD 80) - 180 (E Kings Canyon Road) - Grant Grove - Cedar Grove. Backtrack till Lodgepole Campground and overnight stay.
      Day-2 Packup tent and head to General Sherman Tree - Giant Forest - Mineral King and start for LA around 5 PM.

      Is there any other route, which will allow me to cover more place on first day, instead of backtrack ?
      Is it ok to follow that route, which I mentioned on both days ?
      Can I cover any other place on day-2 ?
      Or else, any other suggested itinerary, which will suite my days more ? We are not much into hiking and long tracking, but upto 3 miles rountrip is ok. We are more into scenic places and drives.

      6 Answers Jun 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM
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      Where to camp in May?

      by jessenewmarch Online Now Apr 25, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Along with a trip to Yosemite, my girlfriend and I will be stopping in Sequoia and are looking for recommendations on where to camp? Hopefully get a good close look at the famous trees (The General) as well as a day hike into the hills.


      2 Answers Apr 26, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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      One day in Sequoia national park

      by Nanpops Online Now Mar 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      In early April we are travelling from Paso Robles to Visalia where we plan to stay the night then have a full day in the park. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks

      4 Answers Mar 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM
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      Day trip into park

      by Nanpops Online Now Mar 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      What is doable in a day trip if we stay a night in Fresno and a night in Visalia in April?

      2 Answers Mar 5, 2014 at 6:27 PM
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      Best route from the coast

      by sharrison4 Online Now Jan 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      My family will be traveling up the CA coast from San Diego. Where is the best place to break off and make the trip to Sequoias? Any suggestions and advice will be super welcome!

      7 Answers Jan 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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      Quaint Lodging between LA and Three Rivers

      by mckinney3 Online Now Dec 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      I would rather not land in LA but I can't resist the non-stop low price fares out of Atlanta, Georgia. I want to exit LA as fast as possible but drive more than 1.5 - 2 hours to stop for the night on the way for a month long trip that will begin in Sequoia National Park (actually Silver City.) I would love to find something (B&B, Inn, Cabin) other than a chain motel along the way but it sure is not surfacing in all my research.

      Any suggestions?

      8 Answers Jan 2, 2014 at 8:04 AM
    • Vegas, Zion, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Sequoia - in 9 days?

      by Mrsgilroy Online Now Nov 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      My husband says "let's go to the Grand Canyon" for our 20th anniversary. Well in doing all my research, I learn the location (and existence!) of Sequoia and now I just can't imagine being so close and not seeing the trees...

      We fly into Vegas April 10th, arriving at 11:40am. We are to return home April 18th, leaving at 10:55pm. These are the only plans I have set so far. Got airfare from Maryland for $300 a piece.

      I've tried to map loops to keep us going in one direction without backtracking and was hoping I could figure 8 these in...

      I've even thought about flying into someplace in California and starting there...

      My initial plans were touring completely just east of Vegas, but after discovering Sequoia...
      Most years we vacation in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, so this area seems more like us than the things east of Vegas, but I also know I need to see these places during my life!

      Can they be done in 9 days without my entire family (two kids, 11 & 12 and DH) hating me from all the time on the road?

      Thank you so much for your time! I look forward to the replies!

      2 Answers Nov 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM
    • Sequoia NP in mid April

      by davis224 Online Now Mar 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      I'll be in the park April 20-21, are tire chains going to be required even if no snow is present? I'll be sticking to the Kingshighway. I'll only have an evening and morning there, planning on Giant forest and Moro Rock, anything I should know?

      1 Answer Mar 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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      Drive times Within Parks

      by mckinney3 Online Now Jan 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Actually , I am trying to decide to stay inside or outside the park. I need a handle on drive times to help me make that decision.

      So If I am 3 rivers area:
      Drive time to Ash mountain entrance?
      Drive time to Giant Forset
      Drive time to Moro Rock
      Drive time to Crescent Meadow

      So, If I am in John Muir Lodge area:
      Drive time to Grant Grove
      Drive time to Cedar Grove
      Drive time to Yosemite entrance

      1 Answer Jan 30, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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      Confused about lodging in sequoia and kings canyon NP

      by mckinney3 Online Now Jan 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      I am starting to put together an extended trip. Part of trip includes time in these parks. I completely understand within national park lodgings and accept that "it is what it is."

      However, the reviews of the best places in these parks just resound with negatives and have left my head spinning on where to stay. I will be entering from the south and will spend a couple of nights in the three rivers location to get acclimated after travel. I thought we would spend time at two locations in the park to avoid driving in and out but I can't seem to settle on anywhere because of the terrible reviews (trip advisor)

      I've figured out the hikes and the drives. So where to stay for 3 nights each?

      5 Answers Jan 2, 2014 at 1:04 AM
    • Yosemite National Park or Sequoia National Park?

      by Urbanomad Online Now Jan 10, 2012 at 7:36 AM


      I'm going with some friends on a trip in June to San Francisco and Los Angeles and we wanted to pass by one the National Parks.... we don't have many days so we want to spend 2 days at Yosemite National Park or Sequoia National Park. Can anyone that has visited these 2 Parks give me they're opinion of what which Park they recommend / prefer?

      Thanks in advance,


    • Motorcycle Trip from Death Valley (October 7 - 11)

      by scudderdan Online Now Oct 3, 2010 at 6:59 PM

      I'm riding out of Vegas on October 7th. I plan to spend a day in Death Valley (actually just a sunset and a sunrise). Then I would like to cross the Sierras into Sequoia National Park. I would like to take Sherman Pass road. Can anyone tell me what the conditions on this road are like this time of year? Also, is there fuel available on that road? (J41).

      3 Answers Oct 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM
    • Food availability

      by patbarajas1954 Online Now Aug 1, 2010 at 4:28 PM

      I understand there is a small market inside the park. Anyone know if they have fresh fruit, lunchmeat, eggs, cheese, milk and ice. Any vegetables? Smokes?

      Please email me at

      I would appreciate any other info on this small store. We have a big family and may need to add to our food supply.


      3 Answers Aug 2, 2010 at 8:25 PM
    • Looking for guidance on travelling to Sequoia and Yosemite

      by Newfoundlandgirl Online Now Jun 16, 2010 at 5:44 PM

      My husband and I are travelling to see some of the National Parks by rail this fall. We are leaving Portland OR on the 19th of October and have to be in Las Vegas on the night of the 23rd or early on the 24th. We know that some of the facilities will be closed but would like to see as much as possible. Neither one of us is a great hiker and we are trying to do as little by car as possible. Is it doable or are we just dreaming? I have figured out how to get into Yosemite (where should we stay that is not too pricey?) and we can leave by booking a train to Fresno and getting the bus out of the park. How to get to Sequoia - is my only option renting a car?

      1 Answer Jun 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM
    • Advice on Camping in the Park

      by amberwn Online Now Mar 13, 2010 at 12:38 PM

      We are staying at Dorst Campground for 1 week with a group of friends and family the end of June this year. From what we've read, all food needs to be stored in the bear containers provided by the park. However I'm now wondering if we'll have enough room in the containers to fit our dry food and coolers. Does anyone know the size of the bear containers for the campsites? It also sounded like there are a few group bear containers, and I am wondering about the size of them as well.

      Also any tips or information you can give us about camping there relating to food, would be great. We've done a lot of camping, both backpack and car, but now with kids we do mostly car camping around Las Vegas area, so food issues aren't revelant. I just want to make sure we have enough food for us for the week, and have adequate storage for our refridgeable items.

      On our campsite we'll have possibly 6 adults and 2 kids. Thanks!

      3 Answers Mar 26, 2010 at 10:47 PM
    • Las Vegas to Sequoia National

      by 12121232 Online Now Oct 28, 2009 at 4:01 PM

      I am going to be in Las Vegas for a week next week and would like to take a trip for a couple of days north or west of there. Any suggestions from anyone? We are considering Death Valley, Sequoia, or possibly California Coast. How far is it to the coast, or Sequoia?

      5 Answers Dec 7, 2009 at 7:25 AM
    • 1.5 days in Sequoia/King's Canyon - need advice

      by punkzip Online Now Jul 14, 2008 at 3:51 PM

      I am coming from Fresno and will have about 1 1/2 days to spend in Sequoia/King's Canyon. My hotel is in Three Rivers near the Sequoia entrance. I had some questions.

      In this short time, is it worthwhile to visit Grant's Grove (particularly since my hotel is near Sequoia)? I figure I can take 180 from Fresno, visit Grant's Grove, and then head through the park to Three Rivers. Or is it better just to head to Sequoia first from Fresno (is 99-198 the fastest way?) and just concentrate on Sequoia/Giant Forest, skipping King's Canyon and Grant's Grove.

      2 Answers Jul 27, 2008 at 2:20 PM
    • Easy Travel Mode to Sequoia National Park

      by YolandaHikes Online Now May 23, 2008 at 9:39 AM

      The bus picks up at different hotel locations in Visalia. As far as backpacking goes, the bus has a lot of leg room and also bike racks for any cyclists. Overall, the cost for a round-trip ticket is pretty reasonable, plus the free shuttles take you to multiple locations when inside the park.

      1 Answer May 23, 2008 at 12:03 PM
    • YMCA camps

      by danieldeleeuw Online Now Apr 20, 2008 at 1:17 AM

      I'am thinking of enrolling my son in a YMCA skate camp at Lake Sequoia. Can someone share experiences they have with YMCA camps. One of the things is that we are not religious. I' am wondering if the 'C' in YMCA is very prominent when you spend time in such a camp.

      Daniel de Leeuw

      1 Answer Aug 1, 2010 at 9:25 AM