The 2008 Beaver Contessa is a luxury motorhome with floor plans to fit just about any lifestyle—full-time RVers, young families who like to go camping, older couples traveling with grandchildren, and much more.
Archives for February 2008
Cocoons Fit Over Glasses
If you wear prescriptions glasses, you can protect your eyes from the sun and eliminate glare by placing Cocoons sunwear over your eyeglasses.
California Adopts RV Friendly Logo
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation to add the “RV Friendly” logo to highway signs for gas, food and lodging businesses. The logo tells RVers which highway exits have businesses that accommodate motorhomes and trailers.
Spot Service Billed as Lifesaver
If you get lost or stranded in a remote area, there is now a device that can direct rescuers to your exact location. The Spot satellite messenger is a personal tracker that uses GPS technology.
February. The shortest month of the year. The days are even short, but dusk is lingering a little longer now in most places. Some days are misty, overcast with gray skies, and then there are the rainy days with wind, thunder and lightning. And sometimes there’s a surprise snowfall. Then there are those days that are bright with warm sunshine, and we know that spring is not far away. Wherever we are, whatever the weather, muffins are a wonderful way to begin a day.
It was the stuff that nightmares are made of. We have an RV that’s “winterized” and was waiting for a visit. We opened the door and stepped inside: First things first, let’s get some heat going here! After assuming the usual prayerful position before the furnace, clicking the lighter numerous times, and counting up to 90 (hey, it’s an old furnace, OK?), I released the gas valve button and—Hallelujah!—the pilot stayed lit.
Every once in a while, my editor passes on some freebie to me. Sometimes it’s a lure a manufacturer sent, or some line, and every once in a while I get a book. Last month a packet arrived with a book titled How To Fish. It was published by The Overlook Press and written by a fellow named Chris Yates. A quote on the cover identifies him as “The most revered modern angling writer.”
It’s that time of year once again. During February and March, you’ll find numerous golf shows scheduled throughout the country. Translated into golf-speak, that means it’s almost time to hit the links—for those of us up north anyway. Golf shows aplenty can be found up and down the West Coast, as well as several locations in the Central Plains and Canada.
At Milepost 55, (30 miles northeast of Yuma and 45 miles south of Quartzsite in Arizona) a hard left from U.S. 95 took me two miles on paved road. The next eight miles were dusty and barely tolerable washboard but worth the scenery of distinct Castle Dome Mountain in the distance. The desert and mountains of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge are perfect for good boondocking, but with the tow car, I knew I’d be returning to Milepost 99 at Quartzsite by the end of the day. My destination was the Castle Dome Mines Museum.
Economic forecasts are about as reliable as weather forecasts. In other words, there’s a lot of uncertainty, so anyone trying to forecast RV sales is unlikely to hit it on the nose.
They certainly knew what they were doing when they named this California snowsport resort Mammoth Mountain. There’s the life-size version of a mammoth gracing the area near the Main Lodge, where we had to pose for the requisite photos of us with “woolly.” Then I looked upward and discovered over 3,500 skiable acres spread across a massive mountain ornamented with 29 lifts and 150 named trails and bowls. Actually, I couldn’t begin to see all of it from one vantage point, but it was easy to see the available terrain extended beyond my view. And that’s when I fully realized why it’s “Mammoth.”