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We had been thinking about a used truck camper for some time. After much research we narrowed our search down to a few models. Knowing that we could only afford used, we assumed our search would take a long time...giving us time to get a new truck and get it ready. Little did we know that a camper would come up literally hours after we started looking (thanks google auto search and craigslist!) Change in plans, beef up the current truck and go pick that sucker up! 650 mile round trip and one overloaded truck later we had our Northstar 850SC home!

Now that you have the back story, it is time for you to come along on our shake down cruise! The plan, head up into the sierra, find an easy place to camp the first night to make sure everything is working right. Then the check list goes something like this: beach, swim, ski, boon-dock, fish, camp fire, and then friends. We succeeded on all accounts!

Night number one we camped in Grandpa's driveway on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. The Camp spot was pretty blah, so the pics are beach pics:

My oldest:
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Daring the cold:
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My Youngest shows no fear:
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For night number two, we decided to head toward the ski areas. My first choice, Barker Pass Road was blocked by snow so we camped down low in an OHV staging area on Blackwood creek. This is above the West Shore of Tahoe.

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Monkey Boys:
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La Familia enjoying a camp fire:
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Time for bed:
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Kona Dog has a happy place below his brother:
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The next day we were up early and headed to Alpine Meadows for some rare 4th of July weekend skiing. The Sierra had an epic winter and even in July there are parts of the mountain with over 10 feet of snow still! This is the first time since the mid 90's they have had enough snow to open over the 4th weekend.

From the summit with Tahoe in the background:
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Mid winter? Naa, 4th of July!
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Little dude hitting the steeps
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Big Bro in the Palisades area:
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Chasing each other:
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The boys and I:
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Alpine is famous for its hikes and traverses. Closing weekend wouldn't be complete with out a little effort. Oldest hiking out towards keyhole.
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See why it is called keyhole???
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The little dude slayed it!
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Our oasis awaited us in the parking lot!
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more coming....

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Good looking rig. Ya'all are going to have a blast in that thing for a long time to come.


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Thanks for sharing...awsum!


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that is what rving is about, the early days with the kids.
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Best of luck, tnx. for sharing. Nice rig . B n D .

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That's really outstanding -- and excellent choice for your shakedown cruise. The little dudes really made it worthwhile, huh?


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Isn't it great to be skiing in July ?!

Looks like everyone had a great time. Nice looking NorthStar rig you've got, too!

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The lower bunk is where I sleep too! Love the dog's expression of pure contentment [emoticon]


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Nice rig and it looks like the kids are having all kinds of fun.

Thanks for sharing

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