Whether it is mid-summer when the sun rises early and the morning air is warm, or one of those winter mornings when it is too cold to stand outside at all, pancakes are a great way to begin the day at a campground. They symbolize warmth and happiness any time of the year.
Archives for July 2006
The history of the Ultra Van can be traced to California RVer Dave Peterson, who worked as an airplane designer at Boeing and Beech Aircraft. He had a Spartan trailer and also a boat. When he went on outdoor adventures, he had to choose whether to take his trailer or his boat, a dilemma that caused him to ponder ways to build a motorized trailer so he could pull his boat behind it.
The tip on my big surf rod bounced, hard. Line started ripping off the reel as a big chunk of fish grabbed the clam neck and scooted back into the wave! I got a stupid smile on my face and shouted in happiness only to have the sound drowned by the waves. Watching my line heading up the Pacific, I almost drowned the rest of me as a sneaker wave slammed into my chest, sending a shower of salt water into my open mouth! It doesn’t get much better than this.
Whether driving an RV down the highway or driving a golf ball down a fairway, RV-golfers are carving out a unique niche. More than 200 RV-golf resorts have sprung up throughout North America during recent years; to date, there are more than a dozen in Washington State alone. With roughly 16,000 campgrounds nationwide and an equal number of golf courses throughout the country, it seems the two markets—golf and recreational vehicles—offer a symbiotic blend, like wine and chocolate.
My last major stop on Vancouver Island took me a hundred miles across the island to Pacific Rim National Park. It was my kind of road, narrow, winding, and with at least one 16 percent grade. It was paved, but under construction. They were working on it with a passion.
Holiday Rambler has redesigned its luxury flagship, the Navigator, for 2007, with increased interior height of 84 inches, a roof-mounted patio awning, an electric TV antenna and expanded storage.
Tow Bar Carries Heavy Loads
Roadmaster’s new BlackHawk2 All Terrain tow bar comes with 10,000 pounds of carrying capacity, which is enough strength to tow Suburbans, Hummers, Excursions and full-size pickups.
Uhlmann RV Adds Alpine Coach
Uhlmann RV in Chehalis, Washington, has bolstered its motorhome lineup with the addition of Alpine Coach, a premium, luxury brand of diesel motorcoa ches manufactured by Western Recreational Vehicles, Inc., of Yakima, Washington Western Recreational Vehicles, which also builds the popular Alpenlite travel trailers, fifth wheels and truck campers, is a family-owned company founded 35 years ago. Alpine coaches are constructed on the company’s Peak Custom Chassis, with a 400-horsepower Cummins diesel engine, Allison automatic transmission, and an air suspension system designed to create a vehicle that offers easy handling and a smooth ride.
Having grown up on a farm, I had always thought of myself as adventurous. But 35 years ago this transplanted Kansas girl experienced her first trip into the mountains of Colorado and adventure was not what came to mind. I was lying in the bed of a pickup truck, not wanting to see what lay ahead, and as we climbed a steep grade to altitudes of 12,000 feet, tears filled my eyes.
On the banks of the Willamette River in the center of the fertile Willamette Valley, Salem has always been a gathering place—first for the Kalapuya Native Americans, then for pioneers, missionaries and industrialists, and eventually for state government and commerce.
Maybe it’s the high price of gasoline or maybe it’s just the luxurious setting, but more and more visitors to the Spokane RV Resort at Deer Park Golf Club are coming for extended stays this summer.