May is when fluffy white clouds float across clear blue skies, the sun is warm on the shoulders, and breezes are rich and sweet with fragrance from lilacs. The thick, gnarled branches of the lilacs are laden now with deep purple spires amidst glossy heart-shaped leaves. In gowns of purple and lavender and white, the lilacs have burst into bloom with the exuberance of a bird in full song.
Archives for May 2005
Like most camp cars of the era, this 1928 Chevrolet Camp Car is one-of-a-kind. This camp car's evolution began in 1928 when Clarence Stimpson, an engineer residing in Michigan City, Michigan, purchased a 1928 Chevrolet chassis. Stimpson drew up plans for the interior and exterior woodwork and delivered his drawings and the chassis to the Zagelmeyer Auto Camp Company in Bay City, Michigan.
It was going to be a battle. The South Jetty of the Columbia River hovered above us like the Swiss Alps. Those rocks had seemed a lot smaller from the beach and were a lot easier to scale when my buddy Michael and I had a lot fewer miles on the odometer.
Attention golf enthusiasts: there's a new toy on the market, and it's sure to get a round of applause from those who advocate speeding up the game. The Segway Golf Transporter (GT) has just been introduced. This new personal transporter-a one-man golf cart-is currently available at more than 80 authorized Segway dealerships across the U.S. and Canada. Adapted from the company's flagship model i Series Human Transporter, the Segway GT is well equipped with features to enhance the golf experience.
The “we” in this story includes my daughter Tracey and grandson Will from Virginia. At the Arizona -California border, we turned off I-40. Historic Route 66 wiggles northeast into the Black Mountains and Oatman, Arizona.
Nevada Sets Tourism Record
Nevada welcomed 50.5 million visitors last year, setting a new record for the state, and bringing $40 billion to the state's economy, according to the Nevada Commission on Tourism. The revenue includes $10 billion from gaming.
Pre-Measured Seasonings Add Flavor
Trail Gourmet Seasoning capsules are a new way to add flavor to cooking in a campground. Each capsule contains a quarter teaspoon of spice. Cooks can dissolve the gelatin capsules in a sauce, soup or stew, or sprinkle the contents on meat or other food.
San Diego isn't the overnight sensation that, say, Orlando became, but it's close. For most of its life, the city wasn't the getaway to fun and sun that it is today. Rather, it was mostly a hub of the Navy and surfers. These days, Navy SEAL's and the kowabonga crowd mingle with the upper crust who have flocked here, as well as the hundreds of thousands who have moved here in the past 25 years or so. The perfect weather-the city's original resident- does its part to attract visitors by the droves, supported by an enterprising list of man-made and natural attractions.
If a road wiggles wildly on its way across the map, I'm certain it will challenge my driving skills and satisfy my sense of adventure, but to compare the ribbon of historic Natchez Trace Parkway through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi to the Pacific edge on California Highway 1 would do disservice to both. I've learned not to compare apples with oranges. With that in mind, these are a few of my favorite roads.
Each year tens of thousands of people take a cruise ship up Alaska’s Inside Passage to enjoy the magnificent scenery and wildlife. Maybe you have taken one yourself. Next time, how about bringing your house with you and making your own schedule. You can do that by using your RV and the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). The ferry system serves as the bus linking all the port towns along the coast.