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RE: needing help!

We like our little Fun Finder. Check out the blog links in my signature, if you have a few minutes. Having said that, I think that Casita and Scamp are the most durable little trailers. They do not have enough headroom for me, but they are very well made.
profdant139 10/30/14 10:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hurricane to Mt. Carmel UT -- thru Zion or Colo City?

Good point about taking 20 -- I will check that out! Thanks.
profdant139 10/28/14 10:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: TR: roaming the Parashant

Why would you be embarrassed that you had to use a jack to get the differential off of a rock?? To me, that is a sign that you were really pushing the envelope -- instead of staying on nice smooth dull pavement! Well done!
profdant139 10/28/14 10:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Q for meteors

Good call on the Leonids!! We are now hoping to go to the Bryce Canyon area for the meteors --we were thinking about Sedona but there is a little too much light pollution. But the best time might be late on the night of the 16th, since the moon comes up in the predawn hours of the 17th. And as we all know, there might be clouds -- our last several meteor expeditions have been disappointing. We have a rule -- never go camping simply to see meteors, since it might be cloudy. We always make sure that there is something else to do, usually hiking.
profdant139 10/28/14 10:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Hurricane to Mt. Carmel UT -- thru Zion or Colo City?

We are planning to drive from LA to the Bryce area next month. We are not going to stop in Zion, although we love it there -- we have been there several times. So this is the question -- what is the fastest way to get from the St. George area to the Bryce area? We have gone through Zion and the tunnel -- not a problem for us -- and that looks to be about 45 miles from Hurricane to Mt. Carmel on Hwy 89. But on my topo program, I see a southerly route through Colorado City to Hwy 43 that angles up to Mt. Carmel, which looks to be about 55 miles total -- a little longer, but maybe faster? Which route would you recommend? For this leg of the trip, scenery is not so important. Thanks in advance for your advice!
profdant139 10/28/14 09:59am Roads and Routes
RE: Itinerary ideas needed: northern California

We really like Prairie Creek State Park -- great campground, great hiking trails. These two shots were taken on the James Irvine trail -- in the second one, you can get some idea of the size of the trees -- look for the little person in the purple shirt -- that is my wife: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UnNDpy-BIRk/Usxbi_et5FI/AAAAAAAAJ2c/CQ0SRNotQJc/s1600/mist+in+the+redwoods.jpg height=400 width=600 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9XxR6l5nLZQ/UlN8yyXDjQI/AAAAAAAAJV8/1ab-9DgdbUQ/s640/IMGP0397.JPG height=400 width=600
profdant139 10/28/14 07:38am Roads and Routes
September in Washington (North Cascades & Olympics)

We spent September camping and hiking in the North Cascades and the Olympics, almost all of it dry camping in National Forest and National Park campgrounds. (We did get some rain, but it still counts as dry camping -- no hookups.) Here are the links to the three blog posts covering this trip -- if you have a few minutes, please feel free to browse through them. (The trip report is just too long to post here -- so I have made it available on the blog -- sorry for any inconvenience.) Part I: North Cascades Part II: Mt. Baker area Part III: the Olympics and the rain forests And here are a couple of sample pictures -- this is Mt. Shuksan at sunset: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0GTvOOxX_do/VD30ARfv2DI/AAAAAAAALbY/XOq7GgHTl1w/s1600/shuksan%2Bsunset%2Bpicture%2Blake.jpg height=400 width=600 And this is the Hoh River: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xn6AmUORMB8/VD7nd85RP-I/AAAAAAAALlQ/-6vwIPRTGtI/s1600/hoh%2Briver%2Bvine%2Bmaple%2Bfrs.jpg height=400 width=600
profdant139 10/26/14 09:56pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: New to dry camping, questions?

Delphi, that collapsible drip basket is a great idea! I use a "redneck" version of the same thing -- I use an ordinary plastic basket from a broken Mr. Coffee machine (and you know those machines break all the time). I then put a paper filter in it and stick the whole thing on top of an insulated carafe. I pour the hot water onto the grounds in the filter basket, and voila! When I am done, I dump the filter in the trash -- nothing to rinse, unlike a french press or a percolator. I started doing this while camping, and now that is what I do at home, too. The local coffee shop calls this "artisanal pour over brew" and charges four dollars a cup.
profdant139 10/26/14 05:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to dry camping, questions?

Here is a suggestion -- just for one night, try to do without the generator. The silence is golden. For your coffee, check out the idea of "pour-over" coffee using boiled water -- it is all the rage these days, and it is delicious, and it uses no electricity. And is it absolutely necessary to use a blow dryer? In dry climates, hair will dry pretty quickly without electricity. (In a wet climate, there may be no other option.) I understand if you and your wife choose to use electric power so that you need a generator. That is your choice. But a lot of folks camp "off the grid" and enjoy the peace and quiet. It is a lot easier than you'd think. Thank goodness it is a free country, and you can do what you please!!
profdant139 10/25/14 10:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Your favorite place you've been

Lauren nailed it -- no way to choose. Too many wonderful places. But the Canadian Rockies, and especially Peter Lougheed Provincial Park (near Banff), would be pretty high on our list: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1jH-MzN-XHk/Uqn67NHq-0I/AAAAAAAAJtQ/aMpW3W78vWs/s640/peter+lougheed+sunrise+sept+12+2012.jpg height=400 width=600
profdant139 10/23/14 04:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping with Electricity along HWY 395 California

We recently stayed at Meadowcliff in Coleville, not far from Topaz -- excellent facilities, great for an overnight or for fishing nearby. Very quiet and clean.
profdant139 10/23/14 03:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TR: Anza Borrego and Ghost Mountain

Great trip report -- and someday, those kids will fully realize how lucky they are!
profdant139 10/23/14 01:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Small trailer vs. Truck camper

If you go with a trailer, you can get more clearance with an axle kit and you can add shocks and beefy tires. But I think a really beefy truck camper would be better on really bad dirt roads. We take our trailer off road in the US, but very slowly -- ten miles an hour max, while a truck camper can go much faster over major potholes, ruts, and rocks.
profdant139 10/17/14 10:32pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Prescott Nat Forest in mid-November -- what's it like?

Green -- the answer is no - in the meteor watching business, helmets are frowned upon. Thinking now about the Red Rock Wilderness area of the Coconino National Forest . . . . still shopping.
profdant139 10/17/14 06:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Pulling through Death Valley N.P

When we were there a couple of years ago, a motorhome that had just descended 190 from the west caught fire and burned up in Stovepipe --the brakes caused the fire, we were told. The wreckage was still sitting in the parking lot. This was a rental unit and the driver said he did not know about downshifting on a downgrade! Oops.
profdant139 10/17/14 11:52am Roads and Routes
RE: Prescott Nat Forest in mid-November -- what's it like?

Great tips -- thanks! We are open to any and all suggestions -- we are hoping for something within 400 miles of Southern Calif, so that is one reason that northwestern Arizona is looking good right now. Utah is great but a little too far.
profdant139 10/17/14 09:31am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Prescott Nat Forest in mid-November -- what's it like?

We are planning our next trip -- there is a meteor shower in mid-November, and we are looking for dark skies with cool temperatures but hopefully no snow. (We would go to the Eastern Sierra, but it is too high and usually too cold at that time. DW does not want to revisit Death Valley so soon -- we were there recently.) I can't find a lot of info on Prescott NF in November, which makes me think it's a no go. How likely is it that we will hit significant snow? And how is the hiking in that area? We are hoping to boondock -- is that feasible at that time of year? Thanks in advance for your comments!!
profdant139 10/16/14 10:04pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: HWY 395 California

Check out Buckeye Hot Springs near Bridgeport. Watch out, though -- some folks treat it as clothing optional.
profdant139 10/15/14 10:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Travel during the Fall on the East Coast

We've done several bike tours in Vermont and New Hampshire during late September and early August. It can get cold, and clear, and rainy, all in the same day! Plus snow flurries and strong wind. Wonderful bicycling and hiking, if you are well equipped -- the scenery is amazing. Hills aflame with colorful leaves, instead of actual flames like we have in Southern California. ;)
profdant139 10/15/14 10:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: "Where do you go camping? What do you do?"

Jon, is that a meteor directly above the tower?? Wow!
profdant139 10/15/14 10:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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