Santee Lakes is not perfect, in fact it has a couple of big issues, but it does have one of my most sought after features of any private RV park or public campground: easy access to walking in nature. At Santee Lakes you can walk several miles around the seven man made lakes in a park setting, or you can hike or mountain bike many miles up Sycamore Canyon directly from the RV park.
This year we stayed in site #173. This site backs up to the "creek", with good separation and privacy plantings between us and our neighbors. In this site our booster managed to give us 4 bars of Verizon during our entire stay...better than we've ever had in this park. Unfortunately the only way to make or receive phone calls was to have the phone in the booster and on speaker.
Here's a link to one of my previous reviews of this RV park. And here's my take on the problems with this RV park:
1) The decomposed granite that covers most of the RV sites is a pain the butt when it rains. The stuff is easily tracked into the RV and many sites have large puddles during heavy rain storms. Gravel would have been a better choice for the RV sites. Patio mats are necessary here.
2) The biggest issue with Santee Lakes: poor Verizon signal. In fact, we are so fed up with not having decent Verizon signal while staying in the middle of a big city that Hans brought it up with the office staff and they connected him with the parks director. Ms. Evans was extremely responsive to his concerns and his suggestion that Santee Lakes work with the local service providers to install more towers.
Amazingly a meeting with Verizon was already in place on that very day to talk about that exact topic! And Ms. Evans even got back to Hans after the meeting with an update! Verizon is planning on placing 2 or 3 towers in or near the park...though it is unknown how long this will take it was reassuring to know something is being done. Especially since the park's Tengo internet is not a good alternative for heavier use. Hans intends to keep in touch with the park regarding the status of the project.
|Pretty and private site #173.|
|The "creek" running behind our site.|
As we prepare to move to Hans' brothers driveway in Poway for a couple of weeks I'll sign off with some photos taken since my last post...
|The Creepy Creeps at SoNo Fest.|
SoNo Fest is a growing holiday festival in our former neighborhood (North Park).
This year their chili cook off featured 42 local restaurants and a craft beer garden that must have had 20 local brewers - YUM!
|Black Crowned Night Heron awaiting lunch service at Santee Lakes.|
|Rusty remnants seen along the trail in Sycamore Canyon.|
|On one hike in Sycamore Canyon I saw five coyotes!|
|Making sure that woman wielding a camera is not a threat.|
|Annual chili dinner at Annie's!|
|A Star Wars escapee over Santee Lakes!|
|Red Tailed Hawk about six feet overhead at Santee Lakes.|
|Happy hour with Janet and Tom at Santee Lakes.|
|One of the best things we've done in the past month was to play lots of pickleball |
with the wonderful people playing at Big Rock Park in Santee.
We just might make the drive to Santee occasionally to continue playing with this fun group!
|Hans enjoying his new bike in Sycamore Canyon.|
It's a Fuji SLM 2.4 carbon fiber 29er hard tail.
|Riding through Sycamore Canyon.|