Lassen Rally

The residue of the Lassen RV Resort SNU Rally remains. Good memories … and a bunch of pictures!

See the photo gallery.

The 2015 Lassen Rally Page has links to the photo gallery as well as to other items of interest in the area and to a second Rally photo gallery (with waffles!). There’s a lot to see in the Fall River valley and plenty of scenic views of a special part of California.

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Fort Crook Museum Photo Gallery

Fort Crook was an outpost in Northern California near Burney Falls in the Fall River Valley area. Now there is a museum near McArthur, CA.

Fort Crook was established on July 1, 1857, to protect travelers on the Shasta – Yreka Road and the Lockhart Ferries. Built by Company A, 1st Dragoons under the command of Captain John W. T. Gardner, the fort consisted of 25 – 30 log buildings enclosed by a pine-pole stockade 12 feet high.

About twenty years after the California post closed, another Fort Crook was established near Omaha, Nebraska, now Offutt Air Force Base.

Fort Crook (2) (1857-1869) – A U.S. Army post established in 1857 as Camp Hollenbush by Captain John W.T. Gardiner and troops from the 1st U.S. Dragoons and the 4th U.S. Infantry in Shasta County, California. Initially named for Assistant Surgeon Calvin G. Hollenbush and later renamed Fort Crook for 1st Lieutenant George Crook, 4th U.S. Infantry. Abandoned in 1869 and returned to the public domain in 1881. [Fort Wiki]

A visit to the museum was on the schedule for many at the SNU Rally held at the Lassen RV Resort. See the photo gallery of the museum tour! Lassen RV Resort is just a few miles east of McArthur and Fall River Mills. If you want a spot for your RV where you can feel like you are camping in the scrub oak yet have all the conveniences ready to hand, this place is a good choice. 50A hookups, pool, and varied settings for the RV.

See the photo gallery of the museum tour!

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SNU May Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The May 2015 Newsletter has been posted click here. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the May newsletter: May Rally at Lassen RV Resort -|- Ft Sage Review -|- Don Damoth -|- Joint NorCal rally -|- SNU Business -|- Region 12 updates -|- Helen Byam Swamborn -|- Firewood -|- Cali Rally review

May Rally At Lassen RV Resort

Lassen RV Park is a full service RV Park located one mile off of Hwy. 299 and eight miles east of McArthur. This is 175 miles North of Reno via Hwy 395. Friday’s dinner will be a BBQ. Everyone should bring their own meat to BBQ. Saturday we plan on a brunch with Randy’s special waffles. If someone has a back up waffle iron they could bring, that would be a big help. Rally participants could also bring some berries or melons for the brunch. Happy hours and other activities will depend on the whims and motivations of the rally participants.

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The Fort Sage Mountains above the trailhead:

See the photo gallery!

Look the other way across Long Creek Valley towards the mountains with Sugarloaf, Meadow View, and McKesik Peaks. The BLM has put in a lot of work improving their trailhead at Fort Sage near Doyle, CA. It makes a good spot for a spring rally. It seems that the Sierra Nevada Unit tends to pick weekends that get some interesting spring weather as well. That means not only being able to enjoy the scenery, the trails, and good company but also the benefits of the RV as well.

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Folding chairs have come a long ways from the wood and canvas variety. Even the aluminum tubing with wide plastic webbing has nearly disappeared. The basic issues remain: something comfortable to sit in that is out of the way when on the road. Gismodo found A Comfy Compact Camping Chair That Packs Away Into Its Own Legs.

At $100 it’s not cheap, let’s get that out of the way first. But at just two pounds and eleven inches tall when folded away inside its tripod legs … hen deployed the Treo chair can support someone up to 250 pounds in weight. … The seat is also elevated about thirteen-inches off the ground so it’s easy to climb in and out of. And assembly looks to be much simpler than the MENSA test that is putting up your average tent,

Might be worth considering if those $30 Harbor Freight directors chairs aren’t your thing or you need something compact for the bug-out bag. For RV camping, also see Amazon Folding Camp Chairs from under $20 to as much as you might want to spend. If the joints are getting a bit stiff and you need a bit higher seat that is easier to get out of, see Slumberjack Big Tall Steel Chair (Khaki)

(note, the Amazon links are affiliate links, clicking on them to view stuff on Amazon helps the website)

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Minimize the problem: Mosquitos and other “Protection against arthropod bites”

Indefinitely Wild has a good rundown on What You Can Do About Mosquitos.

On that turkey hunt in a mosquito-infested valley in the eastern Sierra foothills, I applied a 50 percent DEET lotion to my baseball cap and, during the day, wore permethrin-impregnated, full-coverage clothing. At night, I slept unprotected, first in a stand of trees next to the river that enjoyed a constant breeze, then the next night on the ground, in still air next to the car. Before going to bed, I placed the Thermacell on a rock a few feet away and made sure it was fitted with a fresh pad. I was armed with a head net, just in case, but didn’t use it.

The result? After two nights and two days in mosquito central, I found two bites on my right wrist. I guess nothing’s a 100 percent guarantee, but there absolutely are effective methods and products to keep mosquitoes from sucking your blood.

Your RV is a partial solution, too, but have you checked for your supply of repellent to make sure it is fresh for the coming season? What other precautions are appropriate so you can (a) enjoy the outdoors and (b) protect the inside for a good night’s sleep?

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SNU April Newsletter

SNU Folks,

*The April 2015 Newsletter has been posted*

Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

_Topics in the April newsletter_
April rally at Ft Sage -|- Lahontan rally review -|- What to see and do in Northeast CA. -|- RSVPS for Prosser -|- Rally Planning -|- Courtesy Parking First Offered-|- Important Historical Dates -|- SNU membership, new record

*April Rally At Ft Sage*
Ft Sage off Hwy 395 near Doyle CA is the location for the April SNU rally, Thursday April 23 – Sunday April 26, 2015. Check the rally webpage for directions to Ft. Sage. The route to Ft Sage indicated on some GPS systems goes over a bridge that is NOT recommended for large vehicles or towing a trailer because of weight limits and narrow access. Instead, use Laver Crossing north of Doyle. This site is a BLM campground with dispersed parking and a pit toilet and it is an off road trail head.  Be sure to bring wood for campfires.

 For more information:

Keep Informed about the SNU
 * SNU 2015 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars

* SNU Facebook page

* What’s new on the



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The English isn’t all that polished but the message about how to get best lead acid battery life is good. See Maintenance-free lead batteries Panasonic will surprise by their lifetime at the Electronics Lab Blog. It does appear to be a Panasonic battery press release but that only means you need to be careful about what is hype and what isn’t.

“However those are things, which can be easily checked up from available internet source or even better from satisfied users. Instead of it, we better bring you a few advices for usage of VRLA/ SLA batteries to serve you as long as possible”

This list is similar to what you’ll find posted in the archives here: “number of cycles (thus a battery lifetime) is very strongly dependent on a level of discharge before consequent recharging.” … “real capacity of a battery (amount of energy, which we´ll get out of it) is strongly dependent on a discharge current.” … “real capacity of a battery also depends on temperature.” Also note the comments about number of cycles.

Hype? Perhaps the best example is the claim that “top quality AGM VRLA batteries last you up to 15 years.” Maybe. The issue is that lead acid batteries gradually lose capacity as they age. If you use and maintain batteries properly, this will be a gradual degradation. The end of life decision then becomes a matter of when deciding the reduction in capacity is sufficient to warrant replacement.

Lead acid batteries are so common for RV and automotive use because they are inexpensive, do the job, and reasonably tolerant of abuse. As a contrast, lithium ion rechargeable batteries have ten times the energy capacity by weight, cost ten times as much for energy storage, and are very intolerant of abuse – so intolerant that Li0ion battery cells often have their own integrated electronics to make sure they are not overcharged, discharged too far, and protected from excess current. Now, if you want life, the NiFe battery might be for you (see NiFe FAQ or Wikippedia) but the trade-off for lifespan is weight.

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Where’s the water? Lahontan

It is a reservoir built in 1915 to help assure water to the fields near Fallon. These days, after a few years of drought, there isn’t much water in the reservoir. Here’s a view from a few years ago:

Lake Lahontan

The destination page for Lahontan State Park has links to the RV group’s photo galleries and other websites of interest — it needs to be updated as a number of the links to external websites suffer link rot. A web search for the title of the link.

The Nevada State Parks people haven’t sat still these last few years, either. Fort Churchill State Historic Park ties in the other end of some big plans:

“Nevada State Parks acquired 3,200 acres along the Carson River in 1994. The properties, known as the Carson River Ranches, connect Fort Churchill State Historic Park with Lahontan State Recreation Area. This river corridor, with its diverse plant and wildlife communities, is a popular area for campers, hikers, birdwatchers, canoeists, hunters and equestrians. While motorized travel on the ranches is not permitted, construction of public access parking areas and a scenic network of trails is ongoing.”

Of course, the float trips on the Carson River depend upon decent winter snowfall so you might need to wait a couple of years for a good La Nina winter for that. Meanwhile, there are a number of well marked trails for walking to view the old fort and the river bottom areas.

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MBCU Memories – Lloyd Brown drawings- 1989 White Sands Caravan #39

Lloyd had a special way to remember his caravan experiences with his Monterey Bay friends

Mojave Desert

see the gallery!

Southern California – the eastern side

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SNU March Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The March 2015 Newsletter has been posted. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the March newsletter: March rally at Lahontan -|- Black Bear lunch review -|- Something (rallies) for Everyone -|- Coming Soon (Lassen rally) -|- Airstream Caravans -|- WBCCI & Amateur Radio

Also check the latest updates from Region 12.

March Rally At Lahontan

Thursday March 19 to Sunday March 22, 2015 are the dates for the SNU rally at Lahontan. The rally will be at the dispersed site at Beach 7. Friday we’ll celebrate a late St Patrick’s day with a corned beef and cabbage dinner. Come prepared for any type of weather from warm and sunny to windy and cold. Be sure to bring some wood for campfires.

Keep Informed about the SNU


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SNU February Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The February 2015 Newsletter has been posted. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the February newsletter: February at Black Bear -|- Shanghai lunch review -|- SNU Business -|- Region 12 updates (Cali Rally, Newsletter, Officers) WBCCI 2015 International Rally -|- Who is Wally Byam -|- Tool Kit for the Road -|- Benefits of the SNU online newsletter

February Lunch in Fernley – The February lunch date is Saturday, February 21, 2015. Place: The Black Bear diner located East of downtown Fernley at 1190 E Main St. Please rsvp to or call 775 972 9392.

Keep Informed about the SNU:


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SNU January 2015 Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The January 2015 Newsletter has been posted. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the January newsletter

Luncheon at Shanghai -|- Review of the El Charro lunch -|- SNU Business -|- SNU 2014 Highlights -|- Prez Meanderings -|- Anniversaries in 2015 -|- The SNU website -|- Reservations for Lassen -|- New Adventures in 1955

January Lunch in Sparks
Saturday January 24, 2015 the SNU will be at Shanghai Restaurant & Sushi House. The restaurant is on Barring Blvd across from Reed High School in Sparks. Please rsvp to or call 775 972 9392. For more information

Keep Informed about the SNU




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SNU December 2014 Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The December 2014 Newsletter has been posted
Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the December newsletter: Luncheon at El Charro -|- Review Bavarian World lunch -|- SNU Business -|- Change in 2015 Rally Schedule -|- Anniversaries in 2015 -|- The SNU website -|- Lassen RV Park Report

December lunch at El Charro, Carson City

The December lunch is at El Charro Avita in Carson City on Saturday December 20, 2014. El Charro is located on Hwy 395 South of Downtown Carson City, 4389 S Carson St Please rsvp to or call 775 972 9392.

Keep Informed about the SNU


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Lassen RV Park

The SNU is always on the lookout for potential rally spots. Here’s one Randy and Vicki checked out in NE California. See the Lassen RV Park report.

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Don’t tell the Pope: reducing global poverty

Mark Perry says It’s the greatest achievement in human history, and one you probably never heard about.

“Dartmouth economics professor Douglas Irwin has an excellent op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal — “The Ultimate Global Antipoverty Program,” with the subtitle “Extreme poverty fell to 15% in 2011, from 36% in 1990. Credit goes to the spread of capitalism“. Here’s an excerpt:

“The World Bank reported on Oct. 9 that the share of the world population living in extreme poverty had fallen to 15% in 2011 from 36% in 1990. Earlier this year, the International Labor Office reported that the number of workers in the world earning less than $1.25 a day has fallen to 375 million 2013 from 811 million in 1991.”

“The reduction in world poverty has attracted little attention because it runs against the narrative pushed by those hostile to capitalism. The Michael Moores of the world portray capitalism as a degrading system in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Yet thanks to growth in the developing world, world-wide income inequality—measured across countries and individual people—is falling, not rising, as Branco Milanovic of City University of New York and other researchers have shown.

Capitalism’s bad rap grew out of a false analogy that linked the term with “exploitation.” Marxists thought the old economic system in which landlords exploited peasants (feudalism) was being replaced by a new economic system in which capital owners exploited industrial workers (capitalism). But Adam Smith had earlier provided a more accurate description of the economy: a “commercial society.” The poorest parts of the world are precisely those that are cut off from the world of markets and commerce, often because of government policies.”

Enabling people, securing property rights and rule of law, not via top down governmental control has proven effectiveness. This isn’t what the Pope is advocating as a solution to poverty although he says he isn’t bashing capitalism. It isn’t what much of the population is advocating, either, as the ‘exploitation meme’ as one excuse for one’s ills has a lot of adherent’s as well. 

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SNU November Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The November 2014 Newsletter has been posted — Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the November newsletter — Luncheon at Bavarian World -|- Review of Ft Churchill Rally & Region rally comments -|- SNU Business -|- Prez Meanderings -|- SNU Facebook page -|- Marlene & Baxter’s Region Rally comments & trip report -|- CO and other detectors and alarms

November lunch at Bavarian World, Reno — The SNU November lunch will be at Bavarian World in Reno, Saturday November 22, 2014, time 11:30am. Bavarian World is located on the corner of 4th and Valley, just off Wells Ave. Please rsvp to or call 775 972 9392.

Just in! – Check the Airstream photos Wheels took at the Nevada Day Parade

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October rally at Churchill State Park

The SNU October rally was in the cottonwoods down by the river:

See the photo gallery!

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For the survivalist or some interesting reading of classic home how-to literature

The Survivor Library says it is about how to survive when technology doesn’t – classic survivalist meme. The Library Index includes 106 categories of ‘how-to’ out of copyright books. The cookbooks collection has an extensive collection mostly from the 19th century up to about 1922. The books are available in both PDF and epub versions. The epub version works for your eBook reader but sometimes the conversion has glitches.

If you are interested in science, technology, and home-making as it was 150 years ago, this library should provide many interesting resources.

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Lamoille Canyon, Ruby Mountains, A visit with pictures by a geologist

She says she is Looking for Detachment and the latest post is about a geologist’s First Trip into the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. The event was the 2nd Annual Great Basin Rendezvous of the Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition.

If you want to see what you’ve been missing in North East Nevada complete with a bit of geology, take at look. Here’s an example:

“At this point, where a falling rock sign appears on the side of the road, the overall U-shaped nature of the glacially carved canyon can be seen.
 The main part of Lamoille Canyon forms the foreground right of the road and highway sign, and it continues to the far left where cliffs of brownish gneiss, marble, and granite abound. The Right Fork of Lamoille Creek shoots off to the right, into the U-shaped canyon where its eastern, sunlit slopes are covered by green, yellow, and orange aspen trees.”

there’s more … go see!  

Go visit, too. Fall is time for color and sharp horizons in Nevada. As always, prepare for very cool mornings and beware of the potential for early storms. 

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