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RE: Recommendations Great Basin NP to Rocky Mountain NP

What time of year will you be traveling?
profdant139 05/29/17 06:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tell me about the Camp Ground you Can't Wait to Go Back to

toedtoes, you are right! It is amazing what a difference those simple rules of composition can make. Of course, really good photographers have an "eye" that lets them ignore the rules when necessary. For amateurs like me, following the rules have brought my photos from "ho hum" to "that's a pretty nice picture." ;)
profdant139 05/29/17 04:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tell me about the Camp Ground you Can't Wait to Go Back to

Jon -- I am just starting to learn enough about composition to realize why your photos are always so riveting -- in the Lost Dutchman shot, the roadway leads the viewer in, while the cholla and the rugged cliff are both at the "thirds" intersections. Almost the same is true of the time exposure of the creek -- the creek leads the viewer in, and the big chunky rock is at the lower left "third." Well done!!
profdant139 05/29/17 03:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tell me about the Camp Ground you Can't Wait to Go Back to

Lower Lake Campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Alberta. This was the view from our campsite, early in the morning after a dusting of snow: http://i.imgur.com/3skNz9cl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/29/17 02:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Body Spa Oxygenics Shower Head

We bought one for the trailer -- discovered it was too big and heavy for our tiny shower stall. So, we put it in our shower in our stick house -- it is wonderful. Highly recommend it.
profdant139 05/29/17 01:21pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Rube Goldberg move over.

Brilliant! Are you able to get your hand down near the hole saw to hold it in place? Is there a reduction gear in that right-angle gearbox?
profdant139 05/29/17 01:19pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Bought new TT today

After the TC, this will feel like a palace! Well done.
profdant139 05/27/17 09:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Royal Gorge Area -- Good for 2 or 3 Weeks?

What about the North Rim of the Grand Canyon? Not as far as California, nice and cool, lots of great boondocking out in the Kaibab National Forest. Great mountain biking on the Rainbow Rim, good hiking. Real quiet, too. A fine place to just kick back and listen to the wind in the trees. It's about a thousand miles from Waco, just to give you an idea of the distance.
profdant139 05/27/17 11:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Remove Water Heater Plug

Question: How many RVers does it take to loosen a drain plug? Answer: 27. One to hold the wrench, and 26 to offer conflicting comments! Just kidding. If using leverage risks moving the water heater, is there a way to temporarily stabilize the water heater so that it does not move? Wedges or blocks? To paraphrase Archimedes, "Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I will move the whole dang RV."
profdant139 05/27/17 11:20am Tech Issues
RE: Crater Lake National Park?

Once you get used to the various buttons, it is easy to keep a blog. If you do a lot of traveling, it is a handy way to remind yourself of your favorite places. Plus when I am stuck at home due to work or whatever, the blog lets us enjoy our trips all over again. Kind of like a photo album in the old days, plus more text.
profdant139 05/25/17 09:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crater Lake National Park?

We really enjoyed Crater Lake -- it is worth two or three days of hiking. But if you like to hike, Rainier is worth about ten days. Feel free to check out this blog post -- scroll down to July 26 for Rainier, and August 11 for Crater Lake: Blog post about Rainier and Crater Lake -- lots of photos
profdant139 05/25/17 12:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Well, Phil, at least you are lucky enough to have a storage compartment -- our little trailer has no storage. Often, when we are way back in the woods, we have to hang hefty bags full of trash from tree limbs to keep them away from critters, until we make a "trash run" into town: http://i.imgur.com/XbUIxZvl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. That photo was taken on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 20 miles (and 90 minutes) from the nearest dumpster. Supposedly, there are bears who are savvy enough to find the rope and bite through it to make the trash fall. So far, we have not come into contact with such sophisticated animals.
profdant139 05/24/17 03:48pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

I know nothing of the inner workings of the BLM and the Forest Service. All I can say is that I have been very impressed with virtually every ranger I have met, and I have met a lot of them. They try their best to be helpful and to enforce the rules fairly. In heavily-used forests, they are overwhelmed by the growth in usage. We could blame Congress for not adequately staffing the forest service, but that would be a waste of time -- Congress has done almost nothing for many years. And yes, both major political parties are responsible for the endless gridlock. Sigh.
profdant139 05/22/17 06:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: DIY portable screen room for bugs? Or buy one?

Yep -- I will use a lot of DEET. I know I have enough on my skin when my lips are numb. ;)
profdant139 05/22/17 11:37am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

I guess it is just the way some folks behave. There is a big campaign right now in LA, in which sports stars (most notably Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers) come on the radio and try to urge the populace to dispose of their large items properly, rather than abandoning them on street corners, as they now do. The slogan is "Keep LA classy, not trashy." Good luck with that. Maybe Smokey the Bear will come out of retirement and do some public service announcements to keep the forests clean, too.
profdant139 05/22/17 10:49am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Boon, my idea about an annual pass is intended to provide revenue for enforcement. But Naio and others are right -- this would also screen out low-income seniors who otherwise would be homeless. So I guess it's a question of balancing those priorities. And since (as others have noted) we can't be sure that the revenue will be earmarked for enforcement (instead of being swept into the general fund), I have doubts about whether the annual pass would solve the problem. That is exactly what has happened in California with gas taxes, which are supposed to fund highway repairs. The money has been siphoned off for other uses, and the highways are still a mess. Oh, well. It looks like there is no solution to the trashing of forests near urban areas, which will mean that even larger portions of those forests will be closed to boondocking.
profdant139 05/21/17 09:29am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Naio, good point -- the article may be slanted. As they say, the plural of anecdote is not evidence! But it is true that portions of certain forests are closing due to trash. I really hope that you are right about what will happen with the Dept of Interior -- the new guy is from Montana, and we can hope that he is sympathetic to the idea of boondocking.
profdant139 05/20/17 01:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Naio, you are absolutely right that the country as a whole has to deal with homelessness and does not do so. It is shameful. (I wonder what they do in other countries, like Great Britain??) But the very specific problem of trash deposited by boondockers is that all of us boondockers will suffer the loss of our boondocking privileges due to the behavior of a few folks. So that is what I am struggling with -- how to balance the absolute freedom of boondocking with the need for an effective enforcement mechanism. It is unquestioned, I think, that something has to happen. But what?
profdant139 05/20/17 10:57am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Dewey, as a retired ranger you have more insight into this situation than I do -- what do you think of an annual boondocking pass, with the revenue earmarked for rangers who patrol the back-country to see whether the pass is displayed? This is not a tax -- it's a user fee. Ticketing the litter-bugs is not the answer -- the bad guys dump their trash as they are leaving, making it impossible to catch them in the act. Is this suggestion elitist? Maybe -- just as requiring a driver's license and a vehicle registration screens out folks who are too poor to pay the fees. We have to face reality, folks, even if talking about this problem makes us uncomfortable. If we don't come up with a solution, we will lose the privilege of boondocking, sooner or later.
profdant139 05/20/17 09:37am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
"Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

This is upsetting -- trash from essentially homeless boondockers is causing the national forests to restrict camping: Link to article So I will once again float a very unpopular idea -- if we were to require all boondockers to buy annual passes, these freeloading lowlifes could be evicted by the rangers right away, for lack of a permit. I know no one wants to pay another fee. I know this proposal has no chance of being enacted. But I do not have any other plausible solution to this problem. And if we don't figure out a way to stop this, boondocking will be a thing of the past. Simple: ban all boondockers, no trash. If you have a better idea, I'm all ears!
profdant139 05/19/17 10:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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