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jcavm1a2

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Posted: 06/17/10 09:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here goes...I am an Army guy, back from Africa and missing the West. I picked up a Ford, F150 flareside, while waiting for my F350 to be shipped back. I didn't put a lot of thought into picking up a TC until I saw all the forecasts for wet weather this spring. Thus, I began looking around for a suitable model. I tell you, not many short box flareside owners use TC's and it was a challenge to find something that would fit. I finally lucked out and found a guy in Tennessee who had this Palomino B 800. He was selling it and picking up a TT for an Alaska trip. I am currently stationed in DC and drove out to check it out, we made a deal and I planned on picking it up on the first leg of my trip. After a few bumps in the road with mounting hardware, I finally got it put together.

I began my trip in Annandale, VA and am heading out to California and then Washington State, to see my Mother. Some friends and family suggested I start a travel blog and I took them up on it. I spent a lot of time in Wyoming (my home state) and there are some pretty good videos of wildlife on the site. If interested, you can check it out at:

Cross Country Blog

I have previously owned a Minnie Winnie and a 30ft TT (four winds) but, this is my first experience with a TC. I am really enjoying the added freedom a TC provides when in the high country and getting back to the harder to reach spots. I especially like the Palomino brand and I think they have a great layout for their products. For those with standard sized trucks, I highly recommend them.

Anyway, if any are interested, check out the blog and see what you think. There is a great video of a Moose Calf (a day old or so) crossing a stream near Brooks Lake, Wyoming, to get some milk from it's momma.

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Posted: 06/17/10 09:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had a great time looking through your blog. When I was in the Coast Guard, was stationed for a while in Hayes, KS. Why was the CG in Hayes? Cause the oil wells leaked into navigable streams in the spring. Looked a bit weird walking around in CG uniform in KS.

Hope you made the time in Bristol, VA to go to the D Day museum. Looks like you are having a great trip.

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Thanks,cool blog





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Posted: 06/17/10 07:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for sharing and...

Thank you for your service to our country.

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Posted: 06/18/10 08:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sleepy wrote:

Thank you for sharing and...

Thank you for your service to our country.

Sleepy


Ditto to both. I enjoyed reading your story and I'm only sorry I couldn't buy you a beer on your way through my area. Fun reading about some places I am fairly familiar with too (spent a ski season in my youth living in Jackson Hole.) Winter camped at the Sinks when you could still camp in the mouth of the cave where the river drops underground. Great memories....but boy has that place changed, even in the last 25 years since I lived there.


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Posted: 06/21/10 08:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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....your mother and calf video is excellent! Well done; they had no idea you were there at all !

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Posted: 06/22/10 04:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Of all the sights we've seen on the road, the northern Oregon coast is among the most spectacular. Hope you made it to Rialto Beach and climbed over the "driftwood" - sequoia trees.

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Thanks. That was a surprise. On the Oregon Coast now. It is beautiful. Simply incredible how many little parks there are along this route. Well worth the trip.

My dogs are loving it!

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