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Old 10-26-2012, 08:24 PM   #57
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Back On the Road

....well, cancelled the winterization appointment. Decided I wasn't done with 'er for this year.

I am getting braver. Tackled the mountain roads again, knowing the weather might be dicey at the higher levels. Ran into a brief snow flurry - no problem.

Also hit some big gusts of wind. Again, no problem, as long as I kept my speed down. The trailer really did tow like a dream. Can I also pat myself on the back for snaking around some tight situations at the gas station?

Found a fantastic RV Park full of Canadian lumberjacks: red-plaid shirts, axes, maple syrup - the whole bit. And I was the only woman there!


Aside from that, the park would be a wonderful place for a rally. The best of a state/provincial park with all the scenic wonder (lumberjacks aside) melded with full hook-ups. Am chomping at the bit to organize one, tentatively called "Diamonds 'n Rivets."



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Old 10-26-2012, 09:01 PM   #58
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It's always fun to sit at the dinette behind the tinted glass and watch people walking by stop and start pointing at the Airstream. And you're right, "I didn't know they made them anymore." seems to be the most heard statement. Along with "I always wanted one of those", or "I remember Uncle ______ had an Airstream when I was a kid.", with an occasional "Those suckers are expensive".

That pic looks a little like the view from the Wild Rose Campground near Hope, BC. We stayed there last year on the last leg of our trip from Anchorage to Seattle.
just returned from a month out west and one of the oddest experiences in this regard was watching a motorist (passenger side) taking photos of our A/S as we were traveling east on I-40 in Oklahoma!!!!
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:37 PM   #59
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Some Musings from the Last Voyage

"The Breakfast Show" likes to stop at the mom and pop cafes which are becoming part of the vanishing landscape.

These are the cafes and diners I remember from childhood. That "bottomless cup of coffee" was served by a waitress in a burnt-orange uniform tied with a brown apron. Their dinner salad contained enough iceberg lettuce to sink the Titanic - with a plop of salmon-coloured 1000 Island dressing oozing from the top. There was no such thing as non-fat lattes or organic greens drizzled with a balsamic reduction.

Hey Jack! They also had no problem with those "side orders of toast"....
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:28 PM   #60
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I Was a Jackass on Jackass Mountain

My recent trip involved climbing Jackass Mountain, a.k.a. the "RV killer."

She lived up to her name. My poor truck was barely crawling up the incline. I always try to be a polite Airstreamer and pull over to let the traffic behind me pass, but there is no room on the Jackass. The narrow divided highway hugs the mountain with a rockface on one side and a cement barrier separating you from eternity on the other.

After making the mountain I needed a rest and some hot coffee so stopped at the next truckers' diner. I had barely sat down when a trucker came through the door and headed for my table. What did he want? A "date" in the parking lot? ha!

The trucker informed me that he had been following me up the mountain, then divulged a bit of useful information: when dragging a hill like that, I should engage the four-way flashers on the truck and trailer.

I did not know that. Oops!

I thanked him for that. Most truckers are pretty good guys!

Ironically, I found this book at the libarary after returning home. It was written by a RCMP officer who worked the detachment closest to Jackass Mountain.

Amazon.com: Tragedy on Jackass Mountain: More Stories from a Small-Town Mountie (9781550175509): Charles Scheideman: Books

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It's always nice when someone experienced takes the time to explain how to do things without being a jerk isn't it, FaN?

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One of my favourite movies. Numerous scenes were shot right here on Vancouver Island.

That scene above was at the old "RED ROOSTER CAFÉ" located at the Crofton intersection on the TCH #1.
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The original building has been demolished and replaced with a new facility about 8 yrs ago, but still is the home to the 'RED ROOSTER CAFÉ'. A must stop for basic home cooked meals with home made deserts.

MGW and I were there for supper just recently (Nov.8th) for our 43rd anniversary. (I'm a big spender and I wanted nothing but the best for her! )

The final scenes shows the original 'RED ROOSTER CAFÉ' in the background as his vehicle is being fueled at the pump of the GULF OIL station.

The final scene shows the logging truck pulling out with a load of Copper Canyon timber. (going someplace that's far away and cold????)

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Hey Jack! They also had no problem with those "side orders of toast"....
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:17 PM   #63
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It's always nice when someone experienced takes the time to explain how to do things without being a jerk isn't it, FaN?

Hats off to that trucker!
10-4 on that, Aagae!
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:58 PM   #64
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massey, I did not know that. I thought the diner scene was filmed at another non-descript Denny's somewhere in the PNW.

Amazing - since B.C. was not the Hollywood North of today.

In "About Schmidt" the Jack Nicholson character (Warner Schmidt) does a parody of the famous diner scene from Five Easy Pieces. Unfortunately, it didn't make the final cut, but is worth a look. (It's in the Special Features - Deleted Scenes part of the DVD):

A scene that echoes Jack Nicholson's famous diner scene in Five Easy Pieces (his exchange with the waitress) was in an early cut of the movie in which Schmidt concedes in a cowardly fashion to the dictates of the waitress. Though the preview audience went wild over it, director Alexander Payne cut it from the final film because he felt that the scene was too much of a pointed reference to Nicholson's iconography and that something so referential took the audience out of the film.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:36 PM   #65
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Fear and Loathing in Seattle

We were somewhere around Everett, on the edge of the city, when the antiseptic mouth wash began to take hold.

If that sounds vaguely familiar, it is a paraphrase of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

We didn’t quite make Vegas, but after parking the Airstream at the trailer park with the neon sign that’s missing some letters – Love’s Trailer Park is now “Love________ ark” - the apparition and I decided to make a stab at fearlessness without the loathing. We went looking for non-conformity.

Heading furiously down the I-5 Express Lane, we rested at the EMP (Experience Music Project.) EMP is the brainchild of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who wanted the building to resemble a smashed guitar. Maybe it was the mouth wash again because I thought it resembled some kind of weird sea creature who crawled into Seattle and died after its amorosity was rejected by the Space Needle.

Love stinks. Be afraid. Very afraid.

Speaking of smashed guitars, the Hendrix exhibit features a few. It was an "experience" -- a tribute to one of the artists who helped define the decade. What I found especially mesmerizing was the "Sky Church," a colossal amphitheater. The apparition had to hold me down when I tried to climb a light tower while shouting...'scuse me while I kiss the sky.

We were then escorted out of the building by security.

And we were scared. Very scared.

The apparition then guided us into another place of potential enlightenment. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson was playing at the multiplex. It was a documentary on the life of the famous writer who downed his work with a gin and vodka chaser. Still, his groupies claim Thompson was the man who said he was the second coming of Twain, a writer who changed the face of journalism.

Eventually, Thompson became a prisoner of his persona - more famous for the wackiness of character than his stories. Unfortunately, this was too much for Thompson to bear. In 2005, he blew his brains out on his Colorado retreat.

“If you had the talent of Thompson, would you also try to change the face of journalism” asked the apparition?

“No. I don’t think I would” I replied bleakly. "I think I would find it too frightening."

Returning home to the Love________ ark was relatively uneventful. Tired and burned-out, we marched side-by-side into the Airstream. We were done with finding that fearless non-conformity.


We did not have to go looking for any loathing.

It had always been there.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:03 PM   #66
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"On the Driveway"

The FaN is winterized and parked (like the driver). The upswing (or downswing - lol!) is the fact this is when the FaN's driver spews most of the muse. I am also taking some time off work, so can get myself into all sorts of trouble now.

While "On the Road" is devoted to those literal transpositions, my feeling is this: you can venture down the road of adventure and enlightenment without any apparent motion. I can take you anywhere you want - if you are willing to go along for the ride......
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:39 PM   #67
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On the Driveway #1 - The End of the World?

Since it's supposed to be all over sometime today, I am holed-up in the FaN because I want to get my money's worth out of this darn trailer, down to the last nanosecond. It's not so bad. I've stocked up with all my favourite fattening food (Wheeeeee! - what does it matter now?) and Turner Classic Movies are playing doomsday films like there's no tomorrow.

My favourite so far is Panic in the Year Zero (1962). It's got to be the only end-of-the-world movie involving trailerites. The film is about a family named the Baldwins or "Our first nuclear family" as one critic wrote, who are enroute to their favourite camping spot when the atomic bombs start dropping, destroying all the major cities in N. America. Darn Ruskies - but we got 'em good too.

The Baldwins are not towing an Airstream with their 1962 Mercury Monterey, darnitt all, but their 17 1/2' Kenskill isn't bad for a SWB. There are many scenes of it bobbing happily along. If you tuned in late, you'd think you were watching a vintage trailer commercial. See America, the Kenskill way!

However, things soon start to get messy. Long road trips do that to people -- hey, wait -- isn't this about surviving a nuclear war? We soon see the squeaky-clean Baldwins arming themselves and heading to the line-ups for food and gas. Ninety dollars to fill up the tank fumes Mr. Baldwin Sr. That's ridiculous! (Hey guy, have we got a surprise for you.)

The Baldwins finally arrive at their campsite and do what every good trailerite does. Unload the trailer, light a fire, and start cooking the meal. There's nothing like eating under an open sky.....even if it is radioactive.

Frankie Avalon as the Baldwin son, Rick, provides the perfect h*rny teenager moment. He stumbles across a rather attractive girl who coos "Give me a gun" and is quite opposed to sending her back to her family. After all, someone has to start repopulating the earth, right dad?

Panic in the Year Zero isn't very good, but it isn't accidentally weird enough to be true camp - as in over-the-top cliche. Considering its release date, the same year as the October crisis with Cuba, people were pretty spooked about this kind of stuff.

The entire film is on YTube - here's the trailer....and trailer....ha!
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The day is almost over - another seven hours is left. Time for another eggnog and mince tart. Not a bad last day, actually.

When's the next one?
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Is Europe still there ?????? If it is I guess we're OK

I guess there WiLL be a TOMORROW. Welcome to the NEW MAYAN ERA
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Didn't HL Mencken say there are two kinds of Europeans: The smart ones......
and those who stayed behind.

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On the Driveway #2

Typical Breakfast Show fare: Rice Krispie treat in a cone.

Snap! Crackle! Pop! She's psychotic. And has too much time on her hands at present.....

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