We weren’t going to do it. We had a big year last year, were away for roughly six months total, and figured we had a lot to accomplish at home. But then the Great Deep Freeze happened over the holidays and that was that. Let’s go find someplace warm. Continue reading On The Road Again with Bambi
We arrived in LaConner, WA on March 13 to see our new boat for the first time. She is scheduled to be launched at the end of the month. This time frame gives us great opportunity to see the final build process on the boat, and also to explore the the Pacific Northwest, which we have never visited before. Continue reading The Waiting Game
After a really fun six-day stay in Napa, playing with friends, eating exceptionally well and–of course–drinking rather too much wine, it was time to hit the road again.
We left our pleasant little campground at Skyline Wilderness Park east of Napa and headed west through the rolling hills towards the coast on routes 12 and 116 until we ran into Route 1 and and the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading The PCH: Best of the Trip (So Far)
Whenever we asked people what we should see and do as we crossed Texas, the universal answer was “Big Bend!” They were right.
We drove west to Big Bend National Park from Seminole Canyon State Park. It was a fascinating trip, as we have never experienced the dessert and these roads took us through so many different iterations of desert features. It was a stunning drive. Continue reading Big Bend National Park
I think we are in the desert.
For a couple of gringos, today’s travel brought dramatic new scenery. We’ve never seen desert before, so every turn in the road was a fun surprise. On a whim, we decided to point the Ram towards Seminole Canyon State Park. Great choice! Continue reading Seminole Canyon
Fort DeSoto has been one of our favorite campgrounds since we first tent-camped there in 2010. It’s lovely and well-maintained, the sites are private, many have wonderful views right on the water, and we’ve found great watering holes in the surrounding communities. We always look forward to our stays.
The best camp sites at fort DeSoto are the waterfront tent sites. This is where we first bonded with the park, and this video from out first camping there tells it all.
Some of you may have heard that we had to make a trip to “The Mother Ship”, aka the birthplace of our Airstream in Jackson Center, OH. We never fully came clean on the reason why, or told the tale of our trip, so hear’s the story.
On arriving home from our last outing with our Bambi to our favorite fall campground in Maine (Recompense Shore Campground at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in South Freeport), we were working on backing into our driveway to deposit the unit in her normal spot alongside our meadow. This is no easy feat, and is without a doubt the most unpleasant part of each of our Airstream camping adventures. It’s mostly my fault, since I like a narrow curvy driveway well-planted with lovely lush vegetation, which is apparently a Very Bad Thing when you are trying to back an Airstream and tow vehicle into a small spot. Fast forward to the point where nothing was lining up properly, wits are frayed, and the “just get it over with” mentality kicks in. That’s when you haul the unit forward without paying enough attention, and try to take down a substantial tree limb in the process.
The photo above does not show the full extent of the damage, but it does demonstrate substantial panel damage that requires complete replacement, and this is not for the faint of heart. Bruce does most everything in the way of repairs to our toys; but not this. Continue reading The Mother Ship