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Old 06-25-2007, 01:24 AM   #197
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Earlier this year, when we were camping with the Luhr’s, (see posts starting with #89, page 7 at:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f396/silvergates-safari-home-last-29471-7.html),
we were all appreciating the array of bright, twinkling stars in the clear, black desert sky.
Suddenly Emma said, "Daddy, tells us a ghost story, please." Rich came up with one so good that Emma jumped into his lap and held on tight!

Well, until Rich returns this way, we now have a surrogate ghost-story teller, S.E. Schlosser, via her wonderful new book, "Spooky Campfire Tales – Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Supernatural Lore". This is a delightful collection of short stories just perfect to read out loud around a campfire. According to Schlosser, they are "safe" and not too scary, so that even she can sleep after telling them! These are stories re-told by Schlosser, illustrated by G. Hoffman, and published by Insider’s Guide, Cuilford, Connecticut, 2007. Schlosser is a graduate of Houghton College, the Institute of Children’s Literature, & Rutgers University (my alma mater).

She created and maintains: http://www.americanfolklore.net/, featuring stories from all 50 states.

We enjoyed taking turns re-telling Spooky Campfire Tales as we roasted marshmallows!
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:29 AM   #198
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Now for the Trailer Improvements:

We had previously removed the thin board in the back of the storage area under the Vanity Sink to make it easier to check and tighten loose plumbing connections (page 13, post # 177):
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f396/silvergates-safari-home-last-29471-13.html

Larry made a replacement for that backboard in the form of a removable net made with leather-reinforced laundry bag netting with grommets and locking cup-hooks on the corners:
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:32 AM   #199
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At the beach, we enjoyed having both doors open, but wanted a way to keep the dogs in the trailer at times.
So Larry made a dog net for the door that can be adjusted to various heights.
He used laundry bag netting held up by a tension shower rod and weighted at the bottom with a PVC pipe with rubber chair-leg tips (caps) on the ends.
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:34 AM   #200
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Larry has been changing out the standard exterior lights to LED lights which look nicer, are more effective, last longer, use less electricity, and are not as harsh (especially the patio & step lights).

See his link for detailed info on the LED lamp sizes, post # 14 at:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447/led-running-lights-maybe-31959.html

We eventually plan to change out the interior lights to LED’s for the same reasons.

The photo below shows a close-up view of the top rear running lights. Only the center light has been changed to LED at this point to show that is it more effective than the regular light bulbs on each side of it:
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:39 AM   #201
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In the following pictures, all of the exterior trailer lights have been changed to LED:
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:42 AM   #202
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Speaking of LED lights, we really like the portable, lightweight LED lamps using 2 AA batteries that we got from Dixieline Lumber (Hardware) Store for $4.99.

We placed one in the front interior trailer area and one by the Vanity Sink:
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:45 AM   #203
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We have been enjoying opening the curtains of those big panorama windows to let in more light and scenery.

We found that a strategically placed flower arrangement can nicely screen that big truck. (My clipboard of Solar Power Monitor notes rests nearby):
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:47 AM   #204
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So now, even Diego Flamingo can enjoy more of the view, when he’s inside.

But he prefers to keep a vigilant watch on the top of the trailer:
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:50 AM   #205
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While the rest of us…. Rest… or take power naps, as Rich says!

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Old 07-02-2007, 02:22 AM   #206
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Power napping: See Rich Luhr’s Tour of America post, "The Joy of napping", June 9, 2007 at:
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:28 AM   #207
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A Mid-Summer's Outing

Well, after the joys of napping…

It was time for a mid-summer’s outing
Dream, comedy and near nightmare!

After camping in San Diego County deserts, mountains, and beaches, we were ready to camp in our foothills. We reserved 3 nights at the beautiful Lake Jennings County Park. Even though it’s only 25 minutes from San Diego, it offers its visitors a relaxing sense of being in the country.

See: http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/parks/camping/lake_jennings.html

This park features boating and fishing on the lake, which is also the fresh water supply for nearby communities. There are nature trails featuring scenic views and abundant wildlife.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:33 AM   #208
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There are nearly 100 campsites that have fair to good privacy due to the plentiful trees and bushes. There are full and partial hookup campsites.

Beware that sites #1 - #6 are the older sites and, although they are full hookup, they only have 20-amp power. Most other full hookup sites here have 30-amp power (for running your AC!). Also beware that the partial hookup sites only have 20-amp power (we missed that crucial detail when we did our first walk-through of the site prior to making reservations)!

We arrived at our partial hookup site with one of the best views of the lake. And had no trouble backing the trailer down the grade into the site.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:37 AM   #209
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We had hoped to place a flag pole holding-board under the Super Jack post, but quickly learned that, if we wanted the trailer to get close to level (lengthwise), we could put nothing under the post and the trailer wheels needed to be up on leveling blocks!
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:40 AM   #210
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So we adapted to the site…

And placed the flag pole stand under the leg of the picnic table… (which was more effective).

And hung out the Mylar Palm Tree from Party City (inspired by Alton Brown’s Good Eats show on the Food Channel).

This adds a sparkle and festive, liveliness to the site.

(Click on the photo below to see the waxing moon over the lake):
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