April is a beautiful time of year—a time of high spirits, lightheartedness and promises. The bulbs are in full flower, the fruit trees are laden with bright petals, and the fern fronds are beginning to unfurl.
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Yesterday I thought my heart would stop: The signboard outside the petrol station read $4.13 for a gallon of diesel fuel. Of course, that was in Southern California, at one of those disreputable swindle shops where gouging seems inevitable. But nevertheless, fuel prices are up a wee bit, and for many of us, the cost of fuel can certainly take a bite out of our RV budget.
The first piece of fishing equipment my Grandpa ever bought me was a cap. I can still remember going to that bait shop and looking at a big rack of straw caps. “Which one do you want, Bobbie?” he asked. I picked three or four that looked like his—I loved my Grandpa—but all were a bit too big. Finally I got one that fit, and ended up wearing it until the straw broke and the brim fell off!
Jim Kaat is a true RV golfer. Traveling with wife Mary Ann and a trio of cats, Jim recently finished his third RV golf adventure around the country. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the same Jim Kaat who pitched in major league baseball for 25 years, followed by 21 years as an announcer with the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees.
This column is the second in a four-part series on flying to Alaska and renting an RV. I made the trip last year with my friends Ron and Cathy Benton. Keep in mind that everyone does things differently but I hope these suggestions and our experiences will help you enjoy your trip to Alaska. How could you have a bad trip visiting this absolutely fantastic state!
If you find those RV Friendly symbols on highway signs helpful and want to see the program expanded, you may want to write a letter to the Federal Highway Administration.
SafetyStick Is Escape Tool
The SafetyStick is a 4-in-1 emergency tool and flashlight designed to help motorists cope with accidents and other situations. In addition to a strong flashlight beam, it has flashing red LED strobes that can be used to alert oncoming motorists. It also has a seatbelt cutter and a steel-pointed hammer-like tip to shatter windows so that anyone trapped inside a vehicle can escape.
Truck Camper Show Set
An annual truck camper show is being planned in the Pacific Northwest, starting with a show and rally September 12-14 at the Starkey Station campgrounds in Starkey, near La Grande, in northeastern Oregon. The event will display campers from many manufacturers and provide a venue for other venders. It also will give participants an opportunity to take tours of such Eastern Oregon attractions as Hells Canyon Recreational Area, the historic Hot Lake Hotel, Starkey Experimental Forest and Range and Wallowa Lake.
The Winnebago story reads like a Frank Capra movie. By the mid 1950s, the Iowa landscape was changing. Small farms were struggling, and many owners were selling out to larger farms that were consolidating operations. More and more people were flocking to bigger cities to find work. Students were going off to college and no longer coming back to small farming communities. Forest City, population 2,500, felt this erosion first-hand. If the town was to survive, it was going to have to change.
Death Valley National Park. Just the name sounds forbidding. In fact, the word death is probably enough to scare some people off. But don’t be! Visit the national park and you’ll find the preserve is far from dead—it’s alive with places to go and things to do.
If you want a vacation home, but don’t have the money to buy a house at the beach or a big cabin on a lake, a park model can be the answer.