We can feel and see the signs of summer drawing to a close these days, but there are still country fruit and vegetable stands along back roads, and it is there that you find real treasures, my favorite being blueberries.
Archives for September 2005
The FMC motorhome has an interesting lineage, for FMC is the acronym for Food Machinery Corporation. FMC got its start in 1883 when inventor John Bean developed an innovative insecticide pump. The name was changed from the John Bean Manufacturing Company to the Food Machinery Corporation in 1928 when the company got into the canning machinery business.
My boy Andrew and I had just spent three long, hot days camping in the dust in a futile attempt to hunt an antelope. We were dirty, dusty, dry and tired when we started over the Cascades. Leaving the parched sage, we drove through a stand of green forest, and then, like a mirage in the desert, we got our first glimpse of Odell Lake.
Christine Gregoire is Washington State’s 22nd governor. She’s also one to hit the links on occasion. Here is a candid interview with the Evergreen State’s First Golfer.
In this story, the “us” includes Linda Bassett. Our Midwest lives paralleled with college, marriage, offspring, and widowhood. She occasionally flies from Indiana to visit me in my RV travels. With my motorhome George parked in Leavenworth, we drove the car to Chelan, Washington, to catch the ferry. The Lady of the Lake cruised Lake Chelan’s 55-mile length in four hours and dropped us off at The Landing and North Cascades Stehekin Lodge.
For nearly two years, we were privileged to run Dr. Jim Tosetti’s column, Rx for Healthy RVing, in the pages of this magazine. Unfortunately, those columns have come to an end with the death of Dr. Tosetti at the age of 70 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Whether you’re searching for a family hot springs resort or an isolated natural soaking pool, Touring Washington and Oregon Hot Springs will guide you to a truly memorable geo-thermal experience. Thirty-three of the best hot springs in the Pacific Northwest are profiled.
Don Wright’s two guidebooks to free and inexpensive campgrounds are the bible for RVers on a budget. His western guide was updated in 2004, and he’s now followed with a new eastern edition. The new guide lists virtually every campground in the East (including Missouri, Louis-iana, Iowa and Arkansas) where you can stay for free or under $12.
It’s about time someone wrote this book. Until now, every guidebook on traveling with a dog has focused on traveling with Fido by car and staying in hotels and motels. This new one is aimed squarely at RVers and to a lesser degree other campers. Authors Jack and Julee Meltzer travel full time in a Class A motorhome with two large dogs and three cats.
Winnebago Previews New Models
More than half the models offered by Winnebago in 2006 will be new or redesigned, dealers learned at the company’s annual Dealer Days held recently at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the new models will be the Winnebago Tour and the Itasca Ellipse, which are mid-level additions to the company’s diesel lineup.
Earthmate Lowers GPS Price
Delorme, which introduced Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for laptop computers in the 1990s, has introduced a new device, the GPS LT-20, which offers a navigation system for $99.95.