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Old 09-09-2019, 12:16 PM   #21
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We have camped for 50 years in a small national service campground down 3 miles of dirt road in California (near Lassen). It takes about 20 minutes to drive down the ine lane "road" -sometimes you can't get there (downed trees & branches, damaged cars!).

They do charge 12.00 a night and you do have "services" -a pit toilet and water you can pump by hand...one pump for the entire 12 site campground. The ranger stops by every couple of days during the season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) -just to make sure folks are paying.

It isn't exactly "boondocking" -but, it isn't the Ritz either!
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I read Ray Eklund's post with much joy and hope some day we cross paths to meet in person. They are so entertaining and yet with barbs pointed at some that just dont have a clue. Keep on posting and camping.
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We have camped for 50 years in a small national service campground down 3 miles of dirt road in California (near Lassen). It takes about 20 minutes to drive down the ine lane "road" -sometimes you can't get there (downed trees & branches, damaged cars!).

They do charge 12.00 a night and you do have "services" -a pit toilet and water you can pump by hand...one pump for the entire 12 site campground. The ranger stops by every couple of days during the season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) -just to make sure folks are paying.

It isn't exactly "boondocking" -but, it isn't the Ritz either!
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California? $12.00 a night... or hour? Seems cheap to me.

I carry oil with us just in... case.

In case we stop at a National Forest Service camp site with a hand pump for water. They, the Forest Service, forget that these pumps need to be oiled if not every fifty years, often enough that you do not need a breaker bar to operate. I will sometimes disassemble to clean them up. My mental therapy and a little oil goes a long way. For the pump... the mental part is recalling where our campsite was, is the therapy.

I also understand why the toilet paper, the 2.5 inch wide single ply needs to have a $35 padlock to secure it to the wall. It will be like the paper our currency is printed in a few years and being tested.
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Old 09-09-2019, 01:20 PM   #24
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I read Ray Eklund's post with much joy and hope some day we cross paths to meet in person. They are so entertaining and yet with barbs pointed at some that just dont have a clue. Keep on posting and camping.
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Streamracer... we will see who can handle being SECOND in line for the... dirt road test.

This separates 'true experienced' Off the Grid Boondockers from City Dwellers who like to ride your... well, your uncovered bottom. Just know which direction the wind is coming and going. A simple mental calculation, or absence of a dust cloud will tell you if you are being followed by a City Dweller in a dust storm or an experienced off the asphalt OTG & B.

You obviously are an OTG & B.

The barbs are from my obsolete Trout Fly selection. I have a variety of barbs to select from depending if I am after trout, blue gill or a tail 'gator' on a dirt road.
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Old 09-09-2019, 01:58 PM   #25
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Ray, have you added any boondock racing stripes to that shiny new trailer yet?
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Ray, have you added any boondock racing stripes to that shiny new trailer yet?
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After a test run... the 27 footer is 5mm longer.

Remember giving me the tip on the Grand Teton campsite? Did it with the 23 foot years ago and it was fantastic. Thank you. Is the entrance from the North, if there is one, better?

The South steep narrow, rutted route had small Tour Buses, making it tough if you are coming down. They may have exited to the North.

Been awhile. I recognized you by your beard.
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I understand that some, more or less, of this Thread is tongue in cheek and intended to make some think and other to believe it is real. I am on the real side of this one.

Nippy Wally Byam Cornweller Jr. outsource some of his ideas in Kalispell, Montana. This one cannot be towed, but its wheels are tires are rated 'very high'. Maybe at 7500 feet and can carry a heavy load.

Ignore the Door Gunner. It is a dummy, not a real person. It is an Airstream dummy demonstrating what happens when 'Tail Gators' are catching up.
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Old 09-09-2019, 06:38 PM   #28
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When you have a knock on your Airstream Door... you should answer, as it could be someone or a large group that are very unhappy where you are camped.

This is among a favorite area in the National Grasslands of Nebraska.

Our two Blue Heelers were restrained and cooperated by not 'heeling' livestock as they do naturally. As well as timid individuals and children if the need arises, as well. Great at Family... Roundups with lots of kids running wild. "Blue. Dingo. Git 'em."

So when someone says YOU are all hat and no cattle... here is the proof. That there ARE cattle.
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Nope, the toilet paper is the most gossamer man made substance. It resembles moth eaten gauze but in disolvable paper and as you pull it off that $35.00 locking roll it shreds into itty bitty snowflake size bits. And, you are right about the oil for the pump -that sucker is an upper body workout, just to get enough water to wet your hands!
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Different strokes for different folks it doesn’t matter what you call it. Some like posh RV parks some like more remote camping sites. We use our AS mostly at state parks which are nice but have hookups. If I want to go “boondocking” I’ll put my gear in a pack strap it to my back and start walking which I have done a lot of but I enjoy the AS too as my wife cannot backpack.
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After the herd of cattle visited your campsite, you had a true game of walking checkers trying to avoid the dark spots in the dark....
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After the herd of cattle visited your campsite, you had a true game of walking checkers trying to avoid the dark spots in the dark....
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Yes... One Step for Man, One slip for another.

The BIGGEST issue with Cattle and fresh 'Cow Patties' are Blue Heelers. They, naturally, want to disguise their odor. We have had GREEN Blue Heelers a few times. I will take them for a look at a slow moving part of a River... point at something in the water... WHEN they get curious... they get pushed into the River. The only remedy.

They want to come into the Trailer once they are GREEN. ...and not with envy.

In the High Plains... you just let it dry. It does not have any odor I can tell, but they may notice and will not do it again. ???

Blue Heelers will also roll into the dust to become RED Heelers. Eventually it shakes out, but until then... not coming into the trailer. I have a photo of a RED Blue Heeler I can share if I find it.

"You better watch your step... when Cow Patty comes to town." Probably Abilene, Kansas.
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