Pat was a welcoming and thoughtful host, even helping me set up my tent when she saw I was struggling with it in the wind. The campsite was clean and well cleared, the air smelled great, and it was wonderful to fall asleep looking at the bright moon and stars, In the wee hours of the morning, coyotes could be heard yipping in the not-too-far distance. The dogs enjoyed our night walk along the quiet spacious roads. I was sorry to leave and look forward to returning.
I had already had a great stay at Songdog West with my two cattle dogs in June, and our stay at Songdog East this time was equally enjoyable. Jim is such a welcoming host and quick to respond to any needs or questions. Songdog East was just as clean, quiet, and well set-up as the West campsites, with a bit more privacy and even better views. Can't wait to go back!
Treehouse Camp was so nice, my two dogs and I stayed there twice during our 5-week trip from California to Kansas and back! It's completely charming, with beautiful private sites to set up a tent, or various "treehouse" cabins in different degrees of proximity to the shared bathroom and open kitchen facilities. Even during some transitions as the camp evolves, all was well maintained, organized, and wonderfully welcoming. Work campers Kyle and G. who managed the day-to-day are hard-working fabulous people, incredible cooks, and absolutely awesome to spend time with. I can't wait to go back!
My dogs and I loved the openness and quiet of Songdog Ranch. Thanks to having printed the directions, I found the ranch ok despite arriving after dark. Jim was very welcoming despite our late arrival. Being in the dark did make it hard to follow the path out to the actual campsites, but after a bumpy detour I found the way and easily set up camp in the bright moonlight. Only the sound of the CO2 bursts, set to scare critters away from crops, disturbed the quiet. Earplugs blocked out the sound enough that I got some good sleep. The loveliest feeling of this site is the fresh-smelling air and the night and morning breeze. The campsites are well spaced out and perfectly appointed with shaded benches, chairs, and water. The outhouse was the best designed and cleanest I had ever seen. We were visited by a hummingbird and got to see a row of quail dash by. I'd definitely go back!
From the moment of arrival, my dogs and I felt welcomed and cared for. Joanne is a thoughtful hostess who is constantly working to make guests comfortable and happy as KOTS evolves. She has put so much of her warm, artistic self into this beautiful site. The site name is 100% apropos: my overwhelming memory is of falling asleep looking up at more stars than I even thought you could see at once.
The approach is rugged but was completely manageable (I had a bit of an advantage being in an SUV with 4-wheel drive but I still had to go cautiously slow for the last several miles at least). My GPS did NOT get me all the way there, and I was grateful for Joanne's directions. I know nobody prints the directions any more--but my advice is, print the directions!
Serenity and respect are central to this camp's culture. Because it is such an open space and removed from noise pollution, every voice or car door slam carries far in the night air. Joanne takes feedback seriously--small group sizes and considerate behavior are enforced. Even so, as a sound-sensitive person, I might take earplugs next time to get even better sleep.
The terrain is gorgeous and the views grab your heart. From a logistical perspective, it's also hilly, rocky and dusty My blind older dog did fine, but I had to be careful to minimize how much he had to go up and down the hill when scoping out a potential campsite. It was very hot when we arrived mid-afternoon. Joanne looked after us and made sure we were hydrated and had shade. There are some shady spots in the camp and some shade umbrellas. Next time I might take a canopy to set up.
It's rattlesnake season and although we didn't see any, we were told that a few had been spotted around the camp. Curious adventurous dogs (or blind, shade-seeking dogs) need to be watched with extra care.
The dogs and I didn't venture down the mountain to enjoy any trails or beaches this time, but the peace and great company (and STARS) were all we needed this time. Since my younger dog usually needs to burn energy, I'll be planning a hike or a beach visit before or during our next stay. Joanne has several recommendations for nearby activities. I have to admit I wasn't keen to go back down and up the long, winding rocky road this time around.
This was my first Hipcamp experience and I couldn't have asked for a better one. Thank you Joanne <3!