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Old 01-05-2008, 02:12 AM   #401
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Correction to my Post #391

Historian Diana Lindsay will recount the critical events that led to the creation of what is now called Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (the largest contiguous state park in the United States outside of Alaska) during her lecture, "The Anza-Borrego Story: Celebrating 75 Years", at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2008, at the Performing Arts Center, in Borrego Springs, California.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:43 AM   #402
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New Airstream Life Website!

All Aboard…

The new Airstream Life Online Community web site is up and rolling…

http://airstreamlife.com/airstream-life-online-community

On track to bring you interesting Airstream related information in a fun and useful way.

Check out my column, History Safari Express, where I will post historical aspects of our Airstream adventures along with the ongoing history of our trailer with photos, new ideas, improvements, food, and seasonal decorations to enhance ambience.

All Aboard!!

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Old 01-11-2008, 06:18 PM   #403
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The History Safari Express is now well-oiled... up & running!

Photos re-sized…

Links… pleasing to the eyes.

It rolls along with other wonderful columns…

Vintage to modern Boxcars filled with exciting destinations, travel, food…

Human interest topics, humor, new items and great ideas…

Boon-docking to full-timing… more humor and cartoons! Did I say humor?

So drop by, visit and say "Hello!"… my Comments box is now open!

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Old 01-11-2008, 06:20 PM   #404
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Yep... humor!
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Old 02-02-2008, 04:56 PM   #405
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Mid-Winter Happiness!

For New Year’s, we took our Safari to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park…

And hiked up Palm Canyon.

See what we saw there in my column, History Safari Express…
At: History Safari Express

Which is just one of nine fascinating columns…
At: Airstream Life » Airstream Life Online Community

Is there a Ukulele and Airstream Connection?
Well, Rich Luhr thinks so…
Tour of America » The ukulele - Airstream connection
And so do I…
History Safari Express » Blog Archive » Ukuleles and Airstreaming

We have one more New Year to celebrate…
Chinese New Year starts Thursday, February 7th and continues for 15 days.

Some view this as the most important holiday of the year and celebrate it by being together with family and friends.

It’s the year of the Wood Rat. Our Safari is decorated for the occasion, minus the rats…
Well, maybe one, an ornamental rat!

Cheers!

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Old 02-10-2008, 05:55 AM   #406
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Got Airstream… Got Uke?

Can ukulitis be as bad as aluminitis?

Take a tour of the special exhibit, “The Ukulele & You”…
Once seen at the Museum of Making History, in Carlsbad, CA.
Museum of Making Music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I returned there to learn more about America’s enduring love of the “jumping flea”…

And to discover the connection of ukuleles and Airstreams.

Wait until Diego Flamingo hears the sweet strings of the ukulele in our Safari!

See more at: Airstream Life » Airstream Life Online Community

And at: Airstream Life

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Old 02-10-2008, 06:05 AM   #407
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Got uke...
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:11 AM   #408
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The ukulele and Airstream connection is explored at:

Airstream Life » Airstream Life Online Community

Diego Flamingo is flying high as SilverGate strums on.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:56 PM   #409
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Aluminitis in the form of a computer?

Can one never get enough aluminum?

Should SilverGate change his name to AluminumGate?

And where is he anyhow…

And where is he taking his trailer next, for Pete’s sake?

Well the answers to these and more are illuminated at:
History Safari Express » Blog Archive » Computing and Airstreaming

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Old 03-08-2008, 12:59 PM   #410
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Spring Wild Flower Time!

It might be snowing where you are, but it's spring time for SilverGate, and the wild flowers are in full bloom at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

If you can't make it out there, then experience it this way:
History Safari Express
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:45 AM   #411
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I see that you do a great deal of desert camping.

I live in the East, but we plan on taking the SilverLining to Salt Lake City area as my daughter lives there. Last spring my husband visited her, and they went tent camping in the desert in southern Utah. There was a bad sand storm one night, and everything inside the tents was covered with fine sand.

Have you had an problems with sand storms? If so, did they damage your AS in any way, or did it get into the AS.

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Old 03-10-2008, 08:26 PM   #412
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We have camped often in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in CA. and really like the dry climate, often containing less allergans than found closer to the coast where we live. So far, we have not encountered sand storms per say, but we have experienced times when the wind picks up quickly and forcefully. The main concern is to close any opened awnings quickly, and never leave awnings unattended or extended after sunset.

Thanks for the question.

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Old 03-29-2008, 12:49 PM   #413
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Celebrating Spring... and Green technology

We recently returned to our favorite desert non-hook-up camping site (Vallecito) and celebrated spring. We continue to appreciate our solar panels and a variety of new electronic devices that help us utilize energy more efficiently.

See details in my article, "Safari Solar Power", in my column, History Safari Express.

... and at my Factory-Installed Solar Charging System thread here.

New curtains made by Larry give the Safari a bright, festive look as tiny wild flowers bloom just outside the trailer.

Happy Spring!

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Old 04-05-2008, 09:11 PM   #414
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Replacement TV

With the government mandate to convert to digital/HDTV, I replaced my factory installed Sony (does not have a digital tuner) with a Sharp LC-19SB14U. This unit is very thin,light and performs well. It will actually consume less space. This 19" 16X9 format LCD TV is very new to the market. I found it a Costco for about $370.00. It mounted directly to the Peerless mount and everything wired-up, as it had been on the Sony. I can supply photo's if requested. I had to remove the microwave to remove the power brick for the Sony LCD TV. Other than that, it's up and running...




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The bracket has a slim profile and notice the tilt of the LCD for comfortable viewing.

I utilize the input ports on the side of the LCD for viewing the day’s photo shoot directly from my hp camera while it is in its recharging dock.

This bracket is sturdy and securely holds the LCD with Velcro straps.

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tsunami -- Thanks for sharing this information here, and you are invited to upload photos of your set-up here as well.

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Old 04-06-2008, 07:28 PM   #416
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With the government mandate to convert to digital/HDTV, I replaced my factory installed Sony (does not have a digital tuner) with a Sharp LC-19SB14U. This unit is very thin,light and performs well. It will actually consume less space. This 19" 16X9 format LCD TV is very new to the market. I found it a Costco for about $370.00. It mounted directly to the Peerless mount and everything wired-up, as it had been on the Sony. I can supply photo's if requested. I had to remove the microwave to remove the power brick for the Sony LCD TV. Other than that, it's up and running...
tsunami,

I would like to see that too as I have been contemplating buying a Wingard converter box or replacing the TV. I like the idea of replacing the TV as it eliminates having another thing to find a space for. Please post here as Bill has suggested or on the Electronics forum and let us know where.

Thanks,

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fresh water hose nozzel and tatami mat storage

I assembled parts from Home Depot to make a copper shut-off nozzle (garden dept.) and copper female coupler (hose to plastic tubing), with plastic tubing (plumbing dept.) to make it easier to manage the fresh water hose to fill the fresh water tank.

The unused storage space above the upper cabinets now hold rolled up tatami mats.

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I assembled parts from Home Depot to make a copper shut-off nozzle (garden dept.) and copper female coupler (hose to plastic tubing), with plastic tubing (plumbing dept.) to make it easier to manage the fresh water hose to fill the fresh water tank.

The unused storage space above the upper cabinets now hold rolled up tatami mats.

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Old 04-09-2008, 10:13 AM   #419
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Midnight Sun bedspread alternative uses

Due to the weight of the Midnight Sun bedspread and the tight quarters in the bed area, it made for difficult bed making. It was used only for the first 2 trips and put in storage. I enjoy converting things to be functional for other uses rather than disposing them. Since we leave the lounge open all of the time I thought of using the bedspread. It was very easy to modify by just using a seam ripper to remove the pillow flap cover and open up the curved corner.

The spread fit the lounge beautifully except for the curved corner, which is covered up with pillows. The pillow flap was made into a sham cover for the down sleeping bag by folding the fabric in half lengthwise (right sides together), stitching down the long side and along the curve. I did not bother to cut off the excess fabric along the curve seam. Once turned right side out, the sham fit perfectly for the head of the bed following the curve of the trailer wall.

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Raffia valances

Raffia and beaded trim to simulate a hula skirt look was pinned onto the existing, rolled-up bark placemats being used as valances.

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