Seymour Sprung a Leak

Our trailer Seymour has been in the shop lately to get a new freshwater tank and has been unable to get out on any new adventures. Our problems started during our recent trip out to the Northwest when I noticed that we seemed to run out of freshwater quickly. Looking at the underside of the... Continue Reading →

Blogging Basics

Many of my readers are new to blogging, as I was just 6 months ago. If you are unfamiliar, read on… Unlike Facebook, a blog is a website under the control of an administrator (on my blog site, it’s me). There may be several “pages” having information about the site, its authors, and contact information.... Continue Reading →

Ferry People

A young man and his wife pedaled their bicycles laden with camping gear up to the ferry terminal in Port Angeles, Washington, looking to catch the afternoon boat to Vancouver Island. Towed behind the man’s bike was a small trailer holding a screaming toddler. The little family was running late and seemed concerned about catching the boat; stopping... Continue Reading →

Hiking with Giants

The trail to Fragrance Lake started out steep from a small parking area along the Chuckanut Road in northwestern Washington. Early morning fog, coming in from Puget Sound, blocked the rising sun. Fresh coastal air, with a hint of salt and seaweed, mixed with the scent of the forest as we climbed the trail. We... Continue Reading →

Bear Spray

I wasn’t going to shell out forty-two dollars for a canister of bear spray.  Despite signs at the trailhead expounding the dangers of grizzly bears in Glacier National Park, I ignored the warning. Marcia and I had been in the park for a few days and had seen little wildlife and no bears. Plus, we... Continue Reading →

Hillbilly Bivouac

We could hear the truck coming up the camp road long before it arrived. An ancient pickup with three men squeezed in on the front bench seat, rumbled past our campsite in the mountains of Tennessee. Through an open window, one of the men gave us a nod and a subtle two-finger wave.  The truck pulled... Continue Reading →

Cupcakes and Birthdays

I vividly remember the first time we made cupcakes in the trailer.  Little tins with paper shells, filled with sweet cake dough, were popped into our pint-sized oven.  It was our oldest daughter's birthday, or close enough, and we were camped at the Alabama beach.  The thought of baking a whole cake in our little galley seemed too much,... Continue Reading →

On the Road of Discovery

I sat at my desk to plan a road trip for Marcia and me to the Pacific Northwest.  Cool air-conditioning dropped from the ceiling vents in my upstairs office.  A big leather chair had me perched in front of a 22-inch monitor with a keyboard at my fingertips.  Google, MapQuest, and the Airstream Forum were right there... Continue Reading →

My Grandfather’s Hawk

My grandfather stood on my backyard deck overlooking the treetops and the valley below. With his hands cupped to his mouth and head tilted back, he let out a screech, "Cheeeeeeewv."  We held our breath and listened.  Nothing. Again, he screeched, "Cheeeeeeewv, cheeeewv."  We listened.  Far off down the hill came a faint raspy reply, "Cheeeeewv."  Again, we heard the... Continue Reading →

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