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Probably not worth mentioning...

But there is only one place in the United States where 4 states meet at a single spot. Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet there. There's a plate in the ground at the spot. You can have somebody take a picture of you standing in four states at the same time. Big whoop, but I still have the picture.
Jim Shoe 07/22/16 10:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Trip to Yellowstone

Wise to go to Grizzly first and park the 5er. Enter through the West gate early. After about 10AM, the line will be long due to early arrivals to the area buying their NP pass at the gate. If you buy a National Parks pass before leaving home, (I bought mine at an American Express office in Cincinnati, OH), there won't be so many other visitors buying that at the entrance. I barely had to slow down at the gate each day. I chose to visit one of the four quadrants in YNP each day for 4 days. There will be buffalo jams and gawkers making for slow travel every day. (short season). Do not try to drive through the herd. Buffalo have thick sculls and small brains. I drove past a lady with a severely dented door complaining to a Ranger. It didn't do any good. Crossing the Bighorns is a "Challenge". I drove 14A in my Jeep Wrangler "toad" and I swear I could see my own rear license plate through the front windshield. (Slight exaggeration). 16 is the easiest, but even it has places to pull out to check your brakes. Do it. If you boil the brake fluid by riding the brakes, you become a sled, and you can't drag your feet to stop. Finally, head south to the Tetons after YNP. They're next to each other but completely different. Be sure to take a small detour onto the Jenny Lake loop road. There's a pullout that holds about 6 cars. Park and walk over to the edge, sit on a rock and feel your high blood pressure drop about 40 points. There has never been a gasoline boat motor on it, so you can see the bottom. Probably the most relaxed I've ever been while awake. And if you don't take a camera, you'll be sorry. Its been years, but I still look at them from time to time. Takes me back, and its cheaper than gasoline.
Jim Shoe 07/22/16 10:05am Roads and Routes
RE: Hummmmm

I use wooden stick matches about 4 or 5 inches long, but the heads absorb water over time. So I store them in empty pill bottles. Seems to work for me. If you're lucky enough to not need pills, you can buy the bottles at your local pharmacy. They're cheap and, obviously, reusable. And if you're as old as I am, it might be a good idea to label them. :)
Jim Shoe 07/20/16 11:23am Around the Campfire
RE: North Dakota?

On my trip to Alaska, I drove across US 2, then north on I-15 to cross the border at Sweetgrass, MT. but I don't think it will make much difference. Most of the roads run N-S or E-W. Ranches in Montana are huge. Don't miss a chance to get gas since many of the big ranches (like my second cousin's) have gas pumps on their property for their farm machinery.
Jim Shoe 07/19/16 07:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dale Jr. to miss Sunday's race

I was watching a sprint cup race on TV a few years ago. There was a major wreck that caused them to stop the race in place while they cleaned up the mess. One of the cameramen turned his camera around to scan the crowd. The top rows of the seats were empty. The cameraman zeroed in on one guy sitting by himself near the top of the nearly empty stands. When he noticed the camera, he "made a gesture". Quiet snickering in the broadcast booth. Finally, one of the commentators managed to say "There's another fan indicating that his favorite driver is number one". They all lost it. They were still laughing out loud when the race was re-started.
Jim Shoe 07/19/16 06:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: half way there

Double post.
Jim Shoe 07/19/16 07:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: half way there

Here's a list of the tunnel heights on the BLP. The max height is measured at the center line of each tunnel. Be sure to know the height of your rig or you may be driving a convertible.
Jim Shoe 07/19/16 07:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: moles

1. Buy a big shovel at the hardware store. 2. Buy a bunch of juicy earthworms at the local bait store. 3. Every day for about a week, drop an earthworm in the mole hole. 4. On day eight, skip the earthworm. 5. When the mole sticks his head out, looking for the earthworm, hit him with the shovel.
Jim Shoe 07/19/16 06:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Can not believe what I just saw

Oh, I can believe it. People are pigs. I avoid it by staying inside or, if I'm there to see the sights, I'm gone all day in my Jeep toad and inside my 'C' at night. I'm a single male and consider myself a "visitor" to the area or to friends that live in the area. The RV park is just a parking space, but with full hookups including cable TV. A Laundromat is a bonus. But I spent my working life traveling for the company and living in Hotels. Even the expensive ones moved last night's top sheet to the bottom and added a clean top sheet for today. And I had to wear shoes inside to keep my socks from sticking to the ground-in dirt in the carpet. And eating in a restaurant meant sitting by myself, staring into space while I waited for my meal. So if you see a fat guy sitting outside in a chair with an empty chair sitting on the other side of the cooler, have a seat and a beer.
Jim Shoe 07/17/16 02:31pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Question....about retirement...

Here's an idea that worked for me. I retired early and money wasn't a problem, but I was worried that I'd get bored. But there were lots of things that I never had time to do before retirement. Fun things that interested me. But the number one thing that I do nearly every day is take a nap. Maybe a half hour or so. There's something rewarding about sleeping when I used to be working. And extremely rewarding knowing that some people I used to work with, are still working. :)
Jim Shoe 07/15/16 02:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Class C Levelers

I had the HWH Levelers installed on mine. They extend in pairs (front two, back two, left two or right two), so the frame doesn't twist. I just sit in the driver's seat and push the button that lights up until it goes out. When all the lights are out, I'm level. Beats crawling around in the mud when its raining.
Jim Shoe 07/14/16 08:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cable tv at campgrounds

I've learned my lesson. I carry two 25 foot power, cable and "stinky slinkies" along with the connectors at all times. I rarely need the extras, but they don't take up much room. It helped to remove the entire set of metric tools that I never needed.
Jim Shoe 07/14/16 07:40am Beginning RVing
RE: Travel trailer or a motorized rv w/ toad??

I took a different approach for a very good reason. I'm a single RVer. Its a lot easier to drive my Jeep "Toad" up to the MH to hook up than it would be to try to back up a tow vehicle to a travel trailer or 5er. If I traveled with another person, I'd have a spotter to tell me when to stop instead of listening for the noise.
Jim Shoe 07/14/16 07:16am Beginning RVing
RE: Favorite scenic drive?

My favorite was a four month trip from Cincinnati, OH to Fairbanks, AK. and back. Fairbanks is as far as you can go by vehicle. After that, you'll need a canoe. I was lucky to see Denali, which we call Mt. McKinley, when the peak wasn't covered by clouds. At the time, I was visiting a friend of mine that had a log cabin in Cooper Landing, AK. on the Kenai Peninsula. He spent summers there. If you decide to go, remember to buy gas every time you see a station. There aren't that many of them. It wasn't unusual to drive all day and never pass or be passed by another vehicle.
Jim Shoe 07/05/16 08:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Great truths about growing old

If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.
Jim Shoe 07/05/16 06:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Pill Bottles

One scrip that I get from my doctor comes in a tall brown bottle with a lid. Turns out that it holds exactly nine dollars worth of quarters. Comes in handy when I have to feed a parking meter. There's a couple of full bottles in my glove compartment right now. Now if somebody would invent a vending machine that sold ice cold beer....
Jim Shoe 07/02/16 06:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: singing at soccer games

We played soccer when I was in junior high school (about 14), but nobody knew the rules, including the gym teachers. But it solved the problem of having more players than positions. We just divided into two groups and kicked the ball if it rolled our way. If, on rare occasions, the ball actually seemed to be moving towards one goal or the other, everyone on both teams kicked it that way until it went over the end line. So it wasn't soccer. It was exercise.
Jim Shoe 07/01/16 03:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: What do you do about dirty clothes?

I'm a single male RVer. My wardrobe consists of jeans and colored T shirts for a load of colors and white socks and underwear for a load of whites. I buy a book that I want to read before leaving home, and read while I'm in the Laundromat. Works for me.
Jim Shoe 06/26/16 09:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: so is 29 ft the cutoff for not towing a toad ?

As a single RVer, my first one was a Class B. I fell in love with everything doing double duty. But it turned out that I'm a visitor as much as a camper. If I was in a CG and left to explore, I often came back to see my spot taken. And going into a town to shop, I was too long for a single metered parking space on the street, and too tall for a garage. So I swapped for a 'C' with a full time bed and I pull a Jeep Wrangler toad four down. I got the Jeep really cheap. The original owner drove it back and forth several miles to work every day and wore out his leg shifting. The first thing I did was remove the rear seat. Lots of storage for things like cases of beer and soft drinks. And I can park it almost anywhere. And its fun to drive.
Jim Shoe 06/22/16 07:09am Beginning RVing
RE: Just how much stuff?

At first, I packed all kinds of stuff, most of which I never used or wore. Granted that I'm a single male RVer. So clothing consists of jeans and pocket T Shirts. One load at the Laundromat. Next, the full set of metric tools. Not a single metric bolt or nut in the RV. Then I removed any tools that I don't know how to use. There are many. So the tools were reduced to screwdrivers, wrenches, a cell phone and a credit card. Now, there's plenty of room for more beer. BTW, carry your beer cans with the tops facing up unless you want your storage compartment full of foam. I noticed this when I walked by a beer truck to see how they avoided the problem.
Jim Shoe 06/22/16 06:30am General RVing Issues
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