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Old 05-14-2007, 10:01 AM   #161
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Wow!

Great pics! Makes me want to get out and camp again! Where is this campground (I could look at a map! ). Closer to San Diego?
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:12 PM   #162
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SilverGate: How are you securing those big mirrors to the walls?

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Old 05-14-2007, 11:38 PM   #163
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Marc -- Thanks for your comments…
If this thread is an inspiration to get out and camp again…
Well… I feel gratified.

This campground, San Elijo State Beach, is a 45-50 min. drive north on I-5 from San Diego, CA. and exit at Encinitas Blvd.

Randy -- The larger mirror (from Ikea) is secured with "Industrial Strength Velcro" (which uses Heavy Duty Adhesive) and is available at Home Depot in 4ft. x 2in. strips.

The smaller mirror (from a thrift shop!) is secured with "Sticky Back Velcro" also available at Home Depot in 15ft x 2in. strips. Thanks for your inquiry!

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Old 05-14-2007, 11:54 PM   #164
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yo silvergate!

the travel photos and smidgets have been great...

you guys really have that trailer accessorized!

fun camp sites too.

keep on campin' on...

life is good!

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Old 05-15-2007, 02:53 AM   #165
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yo 2air’!

thanks for your comments and observations…

which i have valued for over a year now!

i’ll take your advice, as i have often done…

and firmly resolve (as your new tag line suggests)

to keep it up!

cheers!
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:15 PM   #166
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Surf's Up!

Well, we enjoyed our last beach outing so much that we decided to take advantage of another local and popular California state beach before it gets packed with summer tourists!

South Carlsbad State Beach is an hour’s drive north on I-5 from San Diego and features swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing, picnicking, and bluff-top camping. Stairs and a ramp lead to the beach. http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=653

This time we picked a wide site so that the curbside windows and door open toward the ocean which enhanced the views, breeze, sound of the waves, and privacy.
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:17 PM   #167
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(Click on that last photo to enlarge it to see squirrel running along fence.)
The view from the L-lounge and door included frequently observing the many seagulls and pelicans that glided serenely by.
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:20 PM   #168
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It wasn’t long before I took that boogie board down to the beach… to continue that surfin’ safari!
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:23 PM   #169
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And then time to light the charcoal and evening campfire as 15 pelicans flew by... (enlarge photo and count them)!
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:27 PM   #170
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For dinner we enjoyed grilled steak, warmed tortillas, corn-on-the-cob and Trader Joe’s wine... which brought smiles to our faces!
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:30 PM   #171
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And then we sat back and relaxed with the setting sun.
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Up early the next morning, I went down to the beach for more photos just as a large group of young students came by on a beach clean-up mission.
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:34 PM   #173
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Our trailer is on the edge of the bluff, which is about half as high as our previous site at San Elijo State Beach.
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:36 PM   #174
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Now for that mid-morning brunch …
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:40 PM   #175
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Western omelet sandwiches… mmmmmmmm!
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Did you notice the colorful banner made by Larry incorporating an Aztec motif and clipped onto the screen door (which can be enjoyed while in and out of the trailer)?
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While checking around outside trailer, I noticed some drops of water dripping onto ground below Vanity sink area. (On the previous trip I found water leaking from a loose white plastic knob behind commode which was easily tightened by hand.) This time water was leaking from hot water connection under Vanity Sink, which was solved by tightening the white plastic knob. BTW, thanks, lewster, for pointing out the importance of tightening these newer plastic water fittings only by hand, otherwise they could crack and/or leak more!
(http://www.airforums.com/forums/f446/leak-no-more-tales-toilet-zone-28588.html , post #12)

Under the Vanity Sink, I found 10 knobs that can be checked and tightened by hand (3 for the exterior shower, 2 for the hot and cold inlet pipes, 2 for the pipe connections to the faucets, and 3 on the drain pipe under the sink). BTW, to improve access and ventilation to this area, we removed the thin, wood back-panel and will attach a strip of nylon laundry netting in its place.
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:50 PM   #178
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I have learned the importance of periodically inspecting trailer for loose connections, including the 5 knobs under the Lobster Sink (3 on the sink drain and 2 for the hot and cold pipes).
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Until next time… (and a return to our favorite mountain camping site)...

Cheers!
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Old 05-29-2007, 02:41 PM   #180
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You're killin' me with all these great trips!

Fortunately we'll be spending some time at San Mateo campground in the lower half of June...
Gotta ask: what's that favorite mountain site you're headin to next?

Great tip on checking under sink areas! I'll be checking ours this evening. I like the idea of removing that thin panel under the vanity.

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