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RE: good buy on camera

I have an assortment of Canon gear. Two bodies and lenses from fish eye to 400mm zoom, and tripods to keep them steady. I have a shot of a climber about 600 ft. above the ground on Devil's Tower, sitting on a ledge. I could even tell that he was eating a cheese sandwich, although I couldn't tell if it had mayo or mustard on it. :) What I don't have is a camera store near me anymore. There used to be 3 dealers around Cincinnati that sold equipment and film and did developing and enlargements. But they've been put out of business by folks taking snapshots with camera phones and downloading to their computers. And camera phones are available at the big box stores. Cabela's still sells some camera gear, but mostly game cameras for hunters. And the closest one to me is in Indianapolis, IN. I suspect that towns near major attractions like Yellowstone and the Tetons still have camera stores, but I haven't been there in several years.
Jim Shoe 10/25/14 02:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Class C jacks?

I bought the HWH kick down jacks, shortly after I arrived in a CG when it was pouring rain.
Jim Shoe 10/24/14 04:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Two more questions on Yellowstone

Here's the weather info for YNP by month over many years. They are averages. And Here's the info on all the CGs inside the park, including opening and closing dates, site sizes and numbers, and utilities or lack of them.
Jim Shoe 10/24/14 03:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: National Park Vandal

Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but memories.
Jim Shoe 10/24/14 12:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anyone do an owner/builder on a new house?

I bought a lot in a new development and the developers built it. A couple of stupid mistakes that they made, but I would have done worse. I'm pretty sure the builders were Australian. Every electrical outlet in the house was installed upside down. The ground receptacle is on the top. Not a problem unless you're plugging a timer into the outlet. Have to stand on your head to read it. :)
Jim Shoe 10/23/14 06:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cracker Barrel Prob Tenn

When I was still working, a group of 12 of us used to go thru Knoxville from Cincinnati on our way to Myrtle Beach for our annual golf trip. The Cracker Barrel was our first stop. We just ordered Grandpa's Breakfast for 12. They served us bacon AND sausage, grits AND hash browns, and a bucket full of gravy (seemed like it). I still hit a Cracker Barrel from time to time, but not north of the Mason-Dixon line. Good southern biscuits are served by waitresses that call everybody "Hon".
Jim Shoe 10/22/14 06:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

I'd have to say my trip to Alaska. Friends have a summer home in Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula. I did day trips to both Homer on the western side and Seward on the eastern side. Across Cook Inlet you can see active volcanos. Just steam when I was there, but they erupt sometimes. In Seward they have an Alaskan Sea Life Aquarium. Only the sea life that's native to Alaska. Also a lot sport fishing charters from Seward. I had no idea how big a Halibut is or how good it tastes when its only been out of the water a couple of hours. And on my way north from the peninsula to Fairbanks, I drove past and got pictures of Denali (Mt. McKinley) when the top wasn't covered in clouds, a rare sight.
Jim Shoe 10/22/14 05:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping in Scotland

Drummer, I drove my parents all over England, Scotland and Wales back in 1980 because my Dad was too old to rent a car. I was surprised by the extra attention required when driving on the "wrong" side of the road from the "wrong" side of the car. Also my first dealings with the "roundabouts". And my first and last taste of Haggis. :)
Jim Shoe 10/21/14 02:09pm RV Lifestyle
RE: How to avoid bad campgrounds

I've only been in one CG that scared me. I didn't do my usual checking on this place because I got stuck in a 4 hour traffic jam due to a bad accident on an expressway. Late in the day and nobody in the office. A few beat up TTs but no tow vehicles by them or anybody outside. For medical reasons I have to have at least electric. So I headed on down the road until I found a Holiday Inn Express. Bet it was the first time they had a Class C in their parking lot!
Jim Shoe 10/21/14 07:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Spring 2015 Weather Question - SLC to Rushmore

Check Weatherbase. No guarantees, but it will give you all kinds of weather info by month collected over several years, for many cities and towns within each state. It also shows the altitude ASL, which seems to have a big effect on weather. And its free.
Jim Shoe 10/21/14 06:08am Roads and Routes
RE: Rest Stop vs. The Hills Have Eyes

If somebody else pulls in after you and introduces himself as Gunnar Hansen, you may want to move. He played "Leatherface" in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". :)
Jim Shoe 10/21/14 05:46am RV Lifestyle
RE: Cadillacs and RT 66

South of Cincinnati along I-71/I-75 in Kentucky sits a huge water tower that was built to support the soon to be built Florence Mall shopping center. And the tower had "FLORENCE MALL" on its side in big letters. But state law doesn't allow commercial advertising signs to be that tall. Repainting was going to cost a bundle. So with a little paint and some outside-the-box thinking, they changed "MALL" to "Y'ALL". A cheap solution that probably draws more attention than the original sign.
Jim Shoe 10/21/14 05:33am Around the Campfire
RE: Another Yellowstone question

Grizzly RV park in West Yellowstone is two blocks from YNP's west gate. And the Virginian in Jackson is less than 5 miles from the south entrance to the Tetons. Both Grizzly and the Virginian are FHU parks. And they're in towns with grocery stores at competitive prices. No matter where you camp, you'll do a lot of driving. One lap of the grand loop in YNP is about 140 miles. And the drive from the Virginian in Jackson, WY. to the south entrance to YNP is 57 miles. And they are slow miles. But its worth it. And if you miss something, don't worry - you'll be back. My first visit was with my parents in 1952. Again with college buddies in 1967 and three more times since then. And I'm itching to go again.
Jim Shoe 10/20/14 02:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Question about a rain gauge vs. empty tuna can

If you poured 2 oz. of water into a swimming pool, I bet you wouldn't notice the water level rising.
Jim Shoe 10/20/14 01:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Question about a rain gauge vs. empty tuna can

I tried that same experiment at home. An elf walked by holding a sign that said "You have too much free time on your hands. Go camping". :)
Jim Shoe 10/20/14 11:13am Around the Campfire
RE: Where Can I Find a Comfy *Coil* Mattress?

I had my short queen custom made by the Original Mattress Factory. Took about a month, but they are made to your exact dimensions and firmness. And no more expensive than off the shelf. It just takes longer. They even sell fitted sheets for short queens. Unfortunately, the closest store to you is in Minnesota.
Jim Shoe 10/20/14 07:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Whoo oooh My storage place now has el hookups!!

I keep mine plugged in all the time, but its stored in a heated building and I own the building. I keep a "Battery Tender Plus" attached to both the engine and house batteries. Both have blade connectors so the batteries aren't overcharging. They read the charge and adjust accordingly. All the way down to a 2 AMP "storage" charge. You probably don't want to hear about the kitchen, full service bar with ice maker and theater style popcorn machine, bathroom with shower, tables and chairs for 50 of my closest friends, Dish TV, two pinball machines and a juke box that plays old 45's. And most important, no phone, no windows and no neighbors. So I won't tell you. PS - As you might have guessed, I'm not married. :)
Jim Shoe 10/20/14 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: "Show stopper" road probems

I had Coachnet since their main office is about 5 miles from my home. Until I had a flat tire on my toad. I was already parked in American Heritage RV park in Williamsburg, VA. One hardly ever sees an RV in Williamsburg. Yeah, right. Multiple phone calls and someone finally showed up the next day (Monday). I don't suppose that Sunday being Father's Day had anything to do with it. So now I have Good Sam Roadside Assistance and Medical Travel Assist as well as AAA. Not a single problem. But then, I haven't needed to call either one - yet. But at least AAA has good maps and Triptics. These folks are all independent contractors and its rarely their full time job. They tend to not be near the phone on weekends and at night.
Jim Shoe 10/20/14 06:34am Around the Campfire
RE: Going back to cash

I have one MC and one VISA. Both issued by my bank. I can check the transactions on line wherever I am. Both are set up to auto pay the balance. Same for my monthly bills like utilities whether I'm home or on the road. They also have a drive thru Jeanie machine that spits out cash from my account at $200 per transaction with no fee. When I'm ready to hit the road, I go inside to draw cash from my account in $20s before leaving home. Even though I can, I refuse to use a credit card to buy a Big Mac at the drive thru. Although it worries me that the kids working there can't make change from a $20 until the cash register tells them the amount. Even then, if the bill is $4, I sometimes get 16 singles in change. I learned how to make change in the third grade.
Jim Shoe 10/20/14 05:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Your favorite place you've been

Ditto on Custer SP. and the Black Hills area in general. On my first visit, I was tent camping with my parents when I was about 8 years old. I went into a drug store with my Dad to get some insect repellent but they didn't have any. They didn't carry any brand. The druggist explained that there wasn't any standing water in the Black Hills, so no place for mosquitos to breed. That's probably not true anymore. If you want to see the wildlife, early morning or late afternoon is best. In the heat of the day, the wildlife hides in the trees.
Jim Shoe 10/19/14 04:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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