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RE: Going off road

So sad to hear about the trash on Padre Island. We used to go to South Padre in the early 60s -- absolutely pristine beaches, great surf fishing, clear water, no people.
profdant139 04/17/15 10:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Oregon Coast what is your must see???

Don't miss Kelley's Crabs in Brighton -- one of the best meals I ever had in my life. Not fancy -- you eat outside on a picnic table. Bring a sweater and an appetite. Make sure they recommend one of the local beers.
profdant139 04/17/15 08:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Where would you love to camp?

JohnES, there are some folks who still take their RVs to Baja, and they say I am worried about nothing. But I also know some very experienced Baja travelers who have stopped going due to the problem of crime. Check out the Mexico forum for more info. Beware -- there are a lot of people on that forum who are way too alarmist, and others who ignore all danger. By the way, the problems are confined to Northern Baja -- the south is fine. Unfortunately, I have to drive through the north to get to the south. and that is why I am hesitant. My wife and I drove down there (without the trailer) in 2006, just before the drug wars started. It was wonderful -- we went whale watching in San Ignacio, and the baby whales came swimming up to the boat to be petted. As soon as it is safe to go, we are returning. The people were wonderful, the food was great, the beaches were great. The roads were not, but that was part of the adventure.
profdant139 04/16/15 06:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cruiser RV/Fun Finder info

We are on our second Fun Finder. The first was used, and we then used it a lot more. We were happy with it and bought a new one, with extensive modifications -- see link below. We use it about 60 to 80 nights a year, towing thousands of miles a year. We like it a lot -- light, reasonably well built, not expensive. But like all manufacturers, Cruiser has occasional quality control issues. They just got bought out by Thor. I would definitely buy another Fun Finder, when the time comes.
profdant139 04/16/15 06:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

I don't know if this is a true story -- but an astronomer told me that he was showing M13, M51, and M31 to a young lady -- she said, "They sure are fuzzy. I can see why they are called messier objects!" Every time we boondock, I try to get my poor wife to look at the Andromeda Galaxy, which is hard to find even in a very dark sky if you don't know where to look. By the time I get through explaining how to use Cassiopeia as a pointing device, she invariably falls asleep.
profdant139 04/16/15 03:40pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Low country BBQ near I-26 in SC. ???

When we lived in Texas in the early 1960s, my dad had a foolproof method for finding good bbq on the road -- look for smoke drifting across the highway! These were two lane blacktop country roads, not interstates. Then, when you find the source of the smoke, check out the parking lot -- if there were beat up old pickups crowding the lot, the food was good. If there were shiny new pickups or hardly anyone in the lot, keep driving.
profdant139 04/15/15 07:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip Report: April in the California Coast Ranges

Tiger, if you ever get a chance to visit that area during wildflower season in a really rainy year, do it! There is a place east of SLO, Shell Road, with acres of densely packed flowers -- the air smells like honey. We did a bike tour there, ten years ago: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/SKvbA2fz_GI/AAAAAAAAARs/NXI2axmeKSA/s1600/03+dss+frs+field.jpg height=400 width=600 http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/SKvawEUlICI/AAAAAAAAAQ0/bX04XdJGejM/s1600/06+closeup.jpg height=400 width=600 If you are interested, there are more pictures on our blog -- see the link below -- but this was posted in the early days of my blog, when I did not really know what I was doing. The photos were taken with a point and shoot, before we got a digital SLR: Wildflower bike tour in the Central Coast area, April of 2005 For folks who are not bicyclists or hikers, you are in luck -- the Shell Road area has paved access, and the only problem is finding a place to park because so many people flock to this area to see the flowers in a really good year!
profdant139 04/15/15 07:00pm Truck Campers
RE: light weight options/specs

Also check out the smaller Fun Finders. Don't know if they come with heated tanks as an option, though.
profdant139 04/15/15 05:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another Blowout Report

I had a blowout on my old trailer -- it tore up the wheel well. So when I got my new trailer, I used gorilla glue to fasten thick slabs of truck mud flaps, cut to shape, inside the wheel well, as a sort of armor. I don't know if it will stand up to a blowout -- I hope I never find out -- but if you are interested in armoring your wheel wells, here is how I did it: Armor
profdant139 04/15/15 05:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Calif. Redwoods, Best Sites?

We really liked Albee and the area around it, but the roads are really tight. Here is a blog post from that area that may be of interest: Albee and then Prairie Creek
profdant139 04/15/15 11:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anybody go Off-Road with their TT?

Well, define "off road." We go off-pavement a lot, on rocky forest roads, very slowly and carefully. But in most of the areas we visit, I think it is illegal to literally go off road.
profdant139 04/15/15 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Where would you love to camp?

In my dreams, we are on a deserted beach on the Pacific in Baja. In the real world, that is not going to happen -- it is now too dangerous. Maybe someday things will calm down. This summer?? Maybe a remote part of the Wind River Range of Wyoming, or some obscure provincial park in British Columbia.
profdant139 04/15/15 10:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Utah, S. East or S. West

Good catch, Ken! Well done.
profdant139 04/14/15 04:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bodii. Ca.

Hitch, do you want hookups or dry camping?
profdant139 04/14/15 04:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Strongarms

Thanks for the tip! This product is similar and has gotten good reviews: BAL Lock-arms It looks like they are not too expensive -- maybe the labor and materials involved in making your own might not be worthwhile? I know that is heresy -- I try to do everything myself -- but there are times, sadly, when store-bought is the right way to go.
profdant139 04/14/15 04:03pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Strongarms

What is a strongarm? Sorry for the clueless question . . . .
profdant139 04/14/15 09:50am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Southern Utah

Kodachrome has full hookups, lots of great hiking nearby. Here is a blog post that you might find helpful: Mostly Kodachrome, and some stuff on Bryce and Zion
profdant139 04/13/15 03:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah, S. East or S. West

If you decide to go to the Bryce area, and the weather is not too hot, don't miss Kodachrome Basin State Park -- great hiking, great slot canyons, very nice campground (with full hookups, amazingly). This is an overview of part of the park: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oPxEtMYeQSo/VHdux8ydUYI/AAAAAAAAL1U/5KciQTEH4-I/s1600/dss%2Bangels%2Bpalace%2Bspires%2Bpano.jpg height=400 width=600 Here is a blog link, if you'd like more info -- this post contains some detailed trail descriptions: Bryce, Zion, and Kodachrome Two more points about Zion: if you are a bicyclist, the canyon road is terrific -- long, gently uphill, long glide back down. For much of the year, cars are not allowed in the canyon -- I am not sure about September -- but when cars are banned, the shuttle buses are very courteous to bikes. Second, we have never done the Narrows hike, but we saw quite a few folks who had obtained equipment for that hike from outfitters in Springdale -- wetsuits, special shoes, etc. They all said that it was worth renting the equipment. I am not sure whether you would need all of that stuff in September, but it was necessary in November -- quite chilly at times!
profdant139 04/13/15 03:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations - Portland - Banff - Glacier - Yellowstone

Diana, if you have never shot with a digital SLR, you gotta try it -- you can tweak the settings in the field until the image is just right, and the editing software is terrific. Many things in life today are not as good as they were in the old days, but as an experienced film photographer, I can tell you that digital is so much more flexible and fun!
profdant139 04/12/15 06:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best Homemade Coffee

If you can taste the difference between one kind of coffee and another (some can, some can't), I say why not treat yourself to the best? Coffee is wonderful stuff -- enjoyable without being fattening. There are not too many things in life that fall into that category! Plus, there is the mystery of camping coffee -- why does it taste so much better than it does at home??
profdant139 04/12/15 06:42pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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