One cursed sympton of an RV air conditioner has nothing to do with keeping cool in the heat of summer. It has everything to do with keeping dry in the rain. Our truck camper, which came to us much abused (but cheap), had a “fair” looking roof, but when the monsoons swept in with their driving rains, we found out differently. The kitchen area was awash with a steady stream of water that seemed to keep up long after the rains subsided.
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Although Louise Schweichler has lived all over the world, she has stayed the longest in Jamestown, New York. Her husband, Bruce, also hails from this western New York town. They have been married for 15 years and been full-time RVers for the last nine. Bruce says, “We did it the right way. We rented an RV for two weeks and then lived in one for two summers before we actually went on the road.”
Those inflatable giant panda bears, gorillas and other objects that businesses stick on their roofs to capture attention strike me as an eyesore. On the other hand, I am a sucker for a doughnut shop hidden behind the façade of a giant doughnut, or a coffee shop that is shaped like a coffee pot. What’s the difference? I’m not sure, but I think one is an artistic creation and the other is visual pollution.
You might call David Wood a golf addict extraordinaire, but that would be putting it mildly. After reading his just-published Around the World in 80 Rounds, Chasing a Golf Ball From Tierra del Fuego to the Land of the Midnight Sun, it’s easy to call the Seattle resident an eclectic, eccentric explorer. At the ripe old age of 47, Wood got off the treadmill of life and put the American rat race on hold for a year. He sold his home, put everything in storage, cashed out anything worth a buck, and then packed a golf bag with 10 clubs. This was the beginning of a yearlong journey of discovery, and a pleasant detour on the road we take from cradle to grave.
If you are planning to visit a national park this summer, you can find just about all the information you could want in a travel guide series from Lonely Planet. New editions were recently issued for Yosemite, Sequoia & King’s Canyon National Parks; Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks; Grand Canyon National Park, and Banff, Jasper and Glacier National Parks.
Dan White, a young reporter working for a small daily newspaper in Connecticut, was looking for a way to challenge himself when he heard about the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico through California, Oregon and Washington to the Canadian border. So he decided to walk its 2,650-mile length, and invited his girlfriend to come along.
The State of Washington has initiated a new program to provide free campsites for foster children and children who live with relative caregivers. Campsites fees, which range from $20 to $37 a night, are waived for qualifying families, although a reservation fee of $7 to $9 still applies. For camping information, visit www.parks.wa.gov or call […]
The Grand Canyon Railway has initiated a twice-daily round trip train tour from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon through Coconino Canyon. The 90-minute ride goes through a portion of the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world.
The new Santa Fe Geocaching Challenge takes participants on a tour of the historic downtown of New Mexico’s capital and gives them a chance to win prizes. Participants can pick up a free Santa Fe Adventure Passport at the Santa Fe Visitors Center or by downloading it at www.santafe.org. Then, by using a GPS device, […]
Washington’s Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Tacoma Rail are offering the opportunity to combine a train trip with a visit to the wild animal park. The trips will be available on Saturdays, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 27 and Oct. 11.
The RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, has opened the Boots and Betty Ingram Hall featuring the David Woodworth collection of RVs built before World War II.