The wind across our prairie has a different sound to it now. It’s the sound of summer’s end. The September wind blows away the fatigue of summer heat, lifting our spirits. Sometimes it feels like the wind is blowing away the piled up years—it makes the heart young. Going back to school, football games, dances, falling in love—all this belongs to September. Some call it the bittersweet time of year for it brings with it a twinge of sadness—another year has passed.
Archives for September 2006
Most people are familiar with the distinctive shape of the Airstream trailer. These streamlined vessels always get attention whenever they are seen gliding down the road. Except for a couple years in the early 1980s when the manufacturer decided to change the shape (the failure of the “squarestream,” as it was called by its detractors, nearly put the company out of business), the trailer has retained its aerodynamic shape from the mid-1930s to the present day. In the world of vintage Airstream trailers (and contrary to almost everything else in the world) the smaller the trailer, the more it costs. The diminutive 16-foot long Bambi demands a far higher price than its bulkier cousins and units smaller than the Bambi like the Cruisette and the Wee Wind command even higher prices.
The year 2006 has a long way to go before it makes any headway as one of my better fishing years. The rains didn’t come when I needed them for my winter steelheading, and I got my boat in the water the day before they cut off the spring salmon season. We managed to get skunked twice before they told us the sturgeon quota was met (none of my buddies filled any tags), a really good clamming season was cut short with some sort of contamination, and I couldn’t even manage to catch a planted trout.
There’s no better way to promote a golf course than by hosting a major golf tournament. Just ask city officials and golf aficionados in Bremerton, Washington, where Gold Mountain Golf Club’s Olympic Course hosted the 81st annual U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship tournament.
Grand Canyon’s South Rim has provided awe many times in many seasons. What a difference a thousand feet makes. From high desert, the road leads up to meadows backed up to aspen, ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir trees beside grazing mule deer. But I was even more enamored on the other side of the canyon with North Rim Grand Canyon National Park.
In this month’s issue, writer Marti French takes readers on a quick tour of Sedona, Arizona, a place so spectacular that readers of the newspaper supplement USA Weekend voted it in 2005 as the “Most Beautiful Place in America.”
At a list price of $2.5 million, the Vantaré Platinum Plus from Featherlite is described by its manufacturer as the most expensive luxury coach ever put on the market.
Many RV manufacturers start rolling out next year’s models long before the end of the current year, so 2007 RVs have begun arriving on dealer lots. Here is a sampling of RVs that have been recently introduced.
Auto Museum Moves Forward
State Farm has donated $1.5 million to help build the museum that will house the Harold E. LeMay automobile collection across the street from the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma. The donation brings the campaign to build the museum more than a third of the way toward its goal of $140 million.
Arizona RVers looking for an ocean beach and relief from the summer heat can travel west to the California coast, but there is a closer alternative—a beach resort in Sonora, Mexico. Puerto Penasco, better know to vacationers from the U.S. as Rocky Point, is just 60 miles from the Arizona border town of Lukeville.
Weaverville, nestled deep in California’s Trinity County, looks like time simply passed it by. You won’t find a traffic light here. The Weaverville Drug Store has been in business at the same location since 1854, and as you walk through the historic downtown, you will note building after building from the 1850s and 1860s.