Here on the North Olympic Peninsula we sometimes refer to the month of May as being like a “blackberry winter”—the days are cool with often misty mornings and it is late afternoon before the sun breaks through the gray skies, but the wild blackberries are in bloom.
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TIt’s safe to say that the most well-known and enduring imported vehicle is the humble Volkswagen. The beginnings of the Volkswagen can be traced to arch bad guy Adolf Hitler, who desired an affordable automobile for the German people.
A stiff south wind was whipping up lots of whitecaps the length of my favorite little coastal lake. The steady breeze put a nice bow in the slack of my line. This was perfect. As the trout gently took my bait, I could see the line moving toward the spot where I knew my sinker was resting. As the line straightened, I grabbed the rod, and as soon as I felt the weight of the fish, I slammed the hook home.
One of the country’s most scenic stretches of road snakes for 18 miles along the Yakima River in central Washington. Designated a state scenic route, it connects the towns of Ellensburg and Yakima, and is a perfect alternative to nearby Interstate 82.
As I continued my Vancouver Island exploration, I took the 4 p.m. 20-minute ferry from Port McNeill to Sointula on 15-mile-long Malcolm Island. This tiny community started life with Finnish colonists who hoped to create a Utopian colony. Sointula means harmony in Finnish. Present residents have settled into charming homesteads of a century ago.
In this month’s issue, we call attention to a new book published by one of our regular columnists, Douglas Keister, introduce a new cartoon strip about RVing by Joe Schmidt, and spotlight one of the hottest segments in the RV industry—toy haulers.
Call this one the Triple Crown. Like a horse that wins the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and the Preakness, the Suzuki Grand Vitara is off to a great year. It’s been made over for 2006 and improved in many ways—looks, handling, horsepower and size, just to name a few. This muscular, sculptured vehicle with an all-new design handles like a sporty model, affords the comfort of a luxury car, but performs like the SUV it is.
Clima Cover Protects Awnings from Wind Damage
ClimaCover has developed a new system to stabilize awnings on RVs, reducing the risk of damage from high winds. A long, narrow vinyl-coated stabilizer is attached to the length of the awning and then filled with water to hold the awning in place.
Drew to Acquire Happijac
Drew Industries has announced that its subsidiary, Lippert Components, has agreed in principle to acquire the assets and business of the Happijac Company, which makes camper jacks, bed lift systems for toy haulers, and slideout systems for RVs.
They all had left behind kin and neighbors; homes, farms and civilization and crossed the endless plains. Some had braved the rapids of the mighty Columbia River; others had chosen the Barlow Road and the nearly vertical descent of Laurel Hill. Still others had gone far south, crossed the burning wasteland of the Black Rock Desert only to face the seemingly endless ridges near the end of the Applegate Trail. Many had left loved ones buried in shallow graves along with cherished possessions that proved too weighty for tired, overworked oxen. Their goal was Oregon, a mystical place where a man and woman could claim 640 acres of land—land without punishing debt and away from the diseases and disappointments of home.
No time to drive your RV to Alaska? Here’s an idea. Fly up, rent a Class C motorhome for a week or two, and then fly home. On our last day we cooked breakfast, cleaned up the RV, and flew home in time for dinner. A fly-drive vacation allowed us two whole weeks in Alaska and Western Canada. It was the dream vacation of a lifetime.