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Western Winter Blast, Lake Havasu City, AZ

For anyone interested in fireworks, the Western Winter Blast offers an opportunity to camp at the SARA Rodeo Grounds for the week of the fireworks. They do both "Open Shooting" which are individual shells, plus at least one 1 hour show for 4 hours nightly, Thursday through Sunday. While the shows are at the Speedway, they can be watched form the rodeo grounds. Dry camping in the Rodeo parking lots, many sites with a good view of the fireworks. There is also free dry camping at a BLM (or state, not sure which) area across AZ 95. $150.00 for the week. The shows are OK, and I saw many individual shells I've never seen before. Here is a link to many pages of photos of the shows & open shooting. http://lakeshoreimages.com/18trip/images1848/_JV20733.jpg width=300 http://lakeshoreimages.com/18trip/images1848/_JV21375.jpg width=300 http://lakeshoreimages.com/18trip/images1848/_JV21711.jpg width=300 If interested, reserve as early as possible - they sell out the campground, usually be mid December. This is the info on this year's just finished show.
vermilye 02/20/18 02:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Survey -How many unhappy with where they stayed this year?

You probably shouldn't listen to me - I was quite happy with the LTVA in Quartzsite, AZ & Imperial Dam, CA. Of course I'm comparing them to February in Oswego, NY (150" - 200" of snow per winter).
vermilye 02/17/18 10:37am Snowbirds
RE: what can I get

I have to agree with Matt. While Delorme's Street Atlas had a somewhat steep learning curve, it included many features that are not available on any other software. I was hoping that when Garmin bought them, they would end up with a product that combined the best features of both companies, but instead, they just killed Delorme. While I often see posts describing software that is "just as good", I have to believe that the posters have never used Street Atlas to plan a trip. While there are many GPS based mapping devices that will get you from here to there, none that I've found can plot a long trip on non interstates. Street Atlas is sorely missed.
vermilye 02/17/18 10:20am Technology Corner
RE: Sirius XM in truck - can it be extended to RV

Back when I had a RAV4 I had a XM docking receiver, with a dock for the RAV4 & one in the trailer. I moved the receiver back & forth between the two. When I moved to a new Tacoma, the XM radio was integrated enough with the rest of the communication system that I really wanted to keep the built in system. Called XM Radio, eventually got switched to the retention people, and talked them into letting me keep both radios ( the portable & the truck) for $20.00 more per year than I was paying for the single portable. Currently paying a total of $66.72 every 6 months for the two radios.
vermilye 02/16/18 10:30am Technology Corner
RE: Activities between Seattle and Glacier NP

About an hour south of the I 90 / US 395 junction in Eastern Washington is Palouse Falls State Park. An interesting waterfall with a second lower waterfall a little upstream. While they only have a few small tent sites, I have dry camped in the upper parking lot, and even stayed in the full hookup host site when they didn't have a host.. More Photos on this and nearby pages. http://lakeshoreimages.com/images359/_DSC1036.jpg width=640
vermilye 02/15/18 10:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Las Vegas campground recommendations

Another vote for Valley of Fire. At 75 miles, a bit too far for exploring the Las Vegas strip, but well worth a couple of nights. Try to catch the ranger led atlatl demonstrations, and take a couple of hikes through the wonderful formations. Some Photos
vermilye 02/14/18 10:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: June trip to explore Colorado

An interesting hike near Glenwood Springs is to Hanging Lake. You will have to camp nearby - the parking is limited, and fills by late morning, even on weekdays. More photos during a 2011 trip. http://lakeshoreimages.com/images131/ASD_5990.jpg width=640
vermilye 02/14/18 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glacier National Park

Be sure to drive the Going to the Sun Road both directions - the views are quite different each way. No matter which side of the park you stay at, take the time to drive to the Polebridge Mercantile on the West side. Some of the road is a bit rough, but no problem for a tow or towed vehicle. The best cinnamon rolls & sticky buns I've had! https://lakeshoreimages.com/images394/_DSC4091.jpg width=640
vermilye 02/14/18 10:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cape Cod, Etc.

Sorry to hijack this helpful thread, we plan to be up in Eastham after labor Day weekend. Plan on doing 2 separate day trips. Seems the best valve for ferrys would be HyLine ferries to Nantucket and Island Queen to Martha's Vineyard? Plan on taking our trek road bikes. MikeBest value, as long as the bay is flat or you don't get seasick. The Hy-Line boats are smaller than most of those run by the Seaamship Authority. Cheaper (although not all that much) but "bouncer".
vermilye 02/10/18 10:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cape Cod, Etc.

We've done the slow and fast ferries. The slow one beats you up even in a calm sea, our 2nd trip was on the fast ferry - quicker, and a smoother ride. If you are describing the HyLine ferries, I'd agree, but the smoothest ferries are the Steamship Authority car ferries such as the Eagle & Nantucket. Passenger prices are OK, but if you want to take your vehicle, you are looking at $450.00 round trip! My brother lives on Nantucket, and I've been many, many times, and the only time I felt a bit queasy was on the car less HyLine ferry.
vermilye 02/09/18 01:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Jumbo Rocks Reservations

Just a heads up - Jumbo Rocks campground at Joshua Tree joined the other reserve campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park today. There are still a couple of first come campgrounds in the park, but no longer Jumbo Rocks.
vermilye 02/09/18 01:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: When did boondocking become weird?

If you want to see what 100 or so fiberglass trailers look like boondocking at Dome Rock in Quartzsite, here is a link to a page of photos of the 11th Annual Quartzsite Fiberglass Gathering. None of us think there is anything weird about it (although I have to admit a few of us might be considered weird!)
vermilye 02/06/18 06:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The 11th Annual Quartzsite Fiberglass Trailer Rally

Not sure why it didn't work, but I corrected the first post & repeated the link here. I can't fix the one in the quote above...
vermilye 02/06/18 10:31am Travel Trailers
The 11th Annual Quartzsite Fiberglass Trailer Rally

For anyone interested in small fiberglass trailers, I've started a page of photographs at Quartzsite Fiberglass Trailer Rally . This is a great place to see what is available in fiberglass "eggs" since almost every brand will be represented. I'll add to it as the rally progresses.
vermilye 02/04/18 06:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: quartzsite - next year 2019

I've been here since mid November at La Post West (Long Term Visitor Area). If you like crowds, include the January Big Tent week. November is still warm, but lots of booths are still closed. December is the coolest, although January nights can dip just below freezing, with days in the 50 - 70. Right now (Early February) I've moved to the Dome Rock BLM area (3 miles west of Quartzsite) for a fiberglass trailer rally, and it is in the high 40's at night & 80's during the day. Now, could you give me directions to the "New" Walmart & Costco? Somehow I must have missed them!
vermilye 02/03/18 06:31pm Snowbirds
RE: Bryce National Park

I usually stay at Kodachrome Basin State Park. 22 miles from Bryce, beautiful scenery, some sites with full hookups, both reservable & first come sites. Lots of hiking trails, easy access to Cottonwood Drive & Grosvenor Arch. Grosvenor Arch https://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images116/ASD_2823.jpg width=640 Shakespeare Arch is in the park: https://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images176/ASD_2590-Edit.jpg width=640
vermilye 02/03/18 06:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: When will we get truly unlimited data from cell providers

No one will answer if that $20 is stand alone, or added on to existing plan? It was available as either. I purchased the Mobley from an independent dealer, went to an AT&T store, had a separate account started. While I have a grandfathered AT&T unlimited iPhone, billing is separate. I've never had throttling of the Mobley since purchase, although it does not cover some of the newer frequencies, and there have been places where the iPhone provided faster service. The problem is AT&T won't allow tethering of the iPhone without replacing the unlimited with a new account. All in all, a great service for $22.07 per month.
vermilye 02/01/18 02:32pm Technology Corner
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

The only "Pro" I'll accept is as a theatre photographer - I did that as part of my living before retiring. All else is amateur, although I have been doing it for 68 years...
vermilye 02/01/18 02:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Quartzsite

I've spent the winter at Quartzsite for the last 3 years (I'm in La Posa West LTVA right now). True, it isn't real boondocking, but it sure beats upstate NY winter! I haven't had any theft problems even when I was the only one in the area. This week, with the Big Tent show going on, it is almost as crowded as a commercial campground.
vermilye 01/23/18 12:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Little Red Fire Pit accessories?

I saw one with an interesting replacement for the logs - chunks of glass (what you see when a tempered glass window breaks). About a 1" layer. The flames danced nicely...
vermilye 01/23/18 11:47am Tech Issues
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