Mark Twain believed that days spent fishing were not deducted from man’s allotted life span. My son believes that. He learned it from his father.
Archives for July 2005
Most early camp cars were one-of-a-kind, custom made by the owner or to the owner’s specifications. There were, however, a few firms that advertised production camp cars that were mounted on an automobile chassis. Understandably, the most popular chassis was the economical Ford Model T.
I can still remember that boyhood vacation some fifty years ago when a bunch of us gathered around the dock. We were having a picnic in a little meadow near Modesto in California, and my grandfather was letting us try and catch a few crawdads. (There was a muddy little pond nearby, and he couldn’t miss any opportunity for a little fishing.) We tied a small piece of bacon on a short string and were letting it sink to the bottom.
For those visiting Redmond, Oregon, for the 2005 Great North American RV Rally this month, there’s a new golf course in Redmond that you just have to see, if not play. The “New” Juniper Golf Club replaces a course that was built in the 1940s, but is being closed to make way for expansion of an airport.
We turned off Interstate 17 near Bumblebee, Arizona, and drove through a forest of saguaros, their magnificent arms capped with spring blossoms. The road was paved…for a while. A sign, “26 miles to Crown King. No services,” wasn’t exactly true.
A few years ago, three Southern California college students who were unsure what to do with their lives after graduation acquired an old 31-foot motorhome for a trip across country. Their goal was to talk to people from all walks of life who were happy and successful and find out how they got there.
The Kid’s Road Atlas from Rand McNally’s Backseat Books is great fun and a good way to keep children occupied while the family rolls down the highway. Kids can plot the family course right along with Mom and Dad with this fun-packed road atlas. It’s a great way to introduce youngsters to map reading, and keep them entertained at the same time.
Summer is the most popular time of year to visit the lands of the Navajo and Hopi Nations in the American Southwest. The Navajo lands occupy parts of three states, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico—roughly in the four corners area that also includes Colorado. The Hopi Nation is entirely in Arizona, and much smaller than the Navajo.
Camping With The Corps of Engineers (Cottage Publications), also released in May, includes details about every U.S. campground developed and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sites are listed alphabetically by state with maps included. They range from free, primitive locations to modern, full-service campgrounds. All corps campgrounds offer a 50 percent discount to U.S. citizens 62 and older.
Workhorse Revises Chassis Lineup
Workhorse Custom Chassis will begin production this month of two new W Series chassis models for small Class A motorhomes, replacing the P Series created by General Motors. Bob Wert, Workhorse vice president of sales, marketing and product planning, said the changeover is a watershed moment for the company. “Our last link to the old GM chassis is gone,” he said. “We have nothing but W Series gas chassis now—all designed from the ground up specifically for the needs of today’s motorhome buyers.”
Diesel Engine Owners to Hold Rally
Hundreds of Ford diesel pickup truck drivers will gather August 4 to 6 for a national rally at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, sponsored by International Truck and Engine Corporation, which builds the Power Stroke diesel engine for Ford trucks. Participants will be able to tour the International engine plant, take a pit tour at Indianapolis Raceway Park, and exchange information with other truck owners. For information, visit www.powerstrokedieselstuff.com.