I ended up buying a book on camping in Southern California. We probably have 3 in storage. And based primarily on elevation(the whole reason we are going up to Big Bear or wherever in case I hadn't mentioned it, was so that I could acclimate to the elevation for my Tough Mudder run on Sunday.) and flush toilets we settled on a campsite in Big Bear.
After driving through Big Bear and not being able to easily find said campsite and needing some basic supplies, like a map, some seasoning for the chicken and of course all the fixin's to make s'mores, we hit a general store and found everything we needed except for a spit. So we went to Kmart. No spit, but we did get some more firewood (I brought a bunch up from our pizza oven, but because they're hardwood, not necessarily the best for a campfire), a hatchet (mine's in storage), and some skewers. ,
We finally got to our campground only to find our we needed reservations, which it turned out we actually didn't, but with the Memorial Day weekend coming, a two day stay was all we were going to get.
Campsite secured, we set up camp and got to making the fire. I rushed the fire-making and we couldn't find a decent spit, ours was ridiculously short. Over the next couple hours I manned the fire, turned the chicken, while Skye threw some potatoes wrapped in foil in the embers and made absolutely perfect s'mores.
After 15 minutes the chicken looked torched, but of course was not cooked, after an hour, there was still some pink so we let it burn for another half an hour and then it was absolutely amazing. I thought it would be dry as a bone, but it was incredibly moist and so tasty.
Aside from red eyes and singed eyelashes, arm and leg hair it was an wonderful evening of camping.