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The SNU at Lassen RV Resort

Catch the updates to the Lassen RV Resort rally photo galleries?

See the photo galleries index page for the SNU Lassen RV Resort Rallies.

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SNU Rally at Boca Rest October 2017

October weather! Warm for prep, gusty with rain and cold on first night out then sunny afternoons and warming. 

See the photo gallery!

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SNU Rally Photo Galleries – Lassen RV Resort and SNU October News is up

SNU Folks,

*The October 2017 Newsletter has been posted*
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2017/17-news/index.html

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

_Topics in the October newsletter_
Lassen Rally review -|- October at Boca Rest -|- Salem in 2018 -|- Trash -|- Historic Bridges -|
- The SNU 1980 Mid-Nevada Caravan -|- SNU Business, Renew your membership, October Annual Meeting -|
- Dyann’s Memories -|- Wheels Dry Camping -|- Tinker Toys

*October Rally At Boca Rest*
Thursday October 19 to Sunday October 22, 2017 the SNU rally will be at Boca Rest near Truckee, CA. 
Take the Hershdale exit off I 80 head north over the bridge and past the dam. 
Continue around the east side of the reservoir about a half mile. 
The campground is just off the road on the left. 
Bring wood for campfires (but see http://www.firewood.ca.gov/ and
 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=55534).

Keep Informed about the SNU
 * SNU 2017 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars
 http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2017/17-events/17-rallyschedule.html
* SNU Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/178368645651150
* What's new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org
http://www.sierranevadaairstreams.org/snuze/index.php?cat=14
*Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org

SNU HQ

Also – See the Pictures!

See the photo galleries: 2017 rally photo gallery 1 -|- 2017 rally photo gallery 2 -|- 2017 rally photo gallery 3 -|- Video of Doris singing -|- Video of Russell singing

This isn’t the usual full service RV resort. They have a number of features to make a rally something special, including this layout.

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SNU Rally Eagle Lake May 2017

The pictures are up! The rally this time was at the North Eagle Lake BLM campgound. See the Eagle Lake Rally Page for gallery links and other information.

Eagle Lake Rally May 2017

This from collection #2 – See the photo gallery! The link to collection #1 is on  the Eagle Lake Rally Page.

The campground is ‘old style’ BLM which means the camp sites tend to be rather small and maneuvering rather difficult. Phil, the host, says this rally had more campground visitors than he’s seen before. It’s usually a quiet place without too many visitors.

The California DOT has quite a rundown on CA 139 (PDF) which is the route from Klamath Falls to Susanville and goes by Tule Lake and the Lava Beds National Monument before it gets to Eagle Lake then over Antelope Pass to Susanville. The scenery is special but the road is rather difficult for larger, modern RV’s as the lanes are narrow and shoulders nearly non-existent. It is an old road.

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Water water (almost) everywhere

Silver Fox took note of the High Water Across the West: Honey Lake with a lot of pictures. She has links to pictures of the lake from previous years, too.

I’ve recently had the opportunity to travel across part of the Great Basin of eastern California and northern and central Nevada, and have noticed a lot of high water, almost everywhere. Honey Lake, which has been dry to only partly filled during the last several years, is once again a lake.

There’s also a new photo gallery: 2017 – A wet year in Northern Nevada with pictures of the ‘dry’ lakes on U.S. 395 north of Reno (but south of Honey Lake). Here’s White Lake near Cold Springs and Bordertown as seen from the freeway.

 

White Lake

 

The rally this weekend will provide some more pictures of Honey Lake and Eagle Lake so stay tuned!

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Lahontan 2017

The SNU rally at the Lahontan Nevada State Park Beach 7 in March 2017 was a nice weekend given usual Nevada spring weather. The big event was watching the lake level rise as water was held to allow spillway maintenance. That put the kibosh on the campfire after the first morning as the fire pit was drowned.

See the rally page and the destination page for more about the event and the place. Some of the new or updated photo galleries include Lahontan Scenery -|- Lahontan water levels 2012 and 2017 -|- The Disappearing fire pit -|- Lahontan Review 1996 to 2017.

Lahontan Rising

Here’s the view towards the lake. The water is part of an inlet with the major part of the lake over the berm in the upper part of the picture. 

The lake is a reservoir fed by the Carson River and the Truckee river via the Newlands Project. It is used to irrigate farmland near Fallon. The excess goes into the Stillwater Wildlife Refuge and there has been work done on US 50 and US 95 to provide culverts and other preparations anticipating a record runoff from this year’s snowpack in the Sierras.

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Are you a photographer of just a camera operator?

A.B. Watson at the Photography Blog asks the question. In looking at photo collections he wonders “Where is the photographer’s unique thumbprint, aside from on top of their shutter button?” What makes the picture special?

When people think about photography they think of cameras. They look at a photo and say I could have done that. If they were in that exact moment, they wouldn’t be wrong. That is if they had the technique and knowledge, with a few dedicated days to learn it. Which amazingly anyone can get on the internet, now just a click away. What makes a photo historic is its ability to capture a moment. Photography is mainly used as an archive medium. That’s all well and good if that’s all you use photography for. Many people love photography for this aspect alone. But for me, that just makes you a camera operator, not an artist.

You feel the something when you are there, something that prompted you to pull out your camera. Can you capture any of that feeling when you take a picture for your memory book? 

I feel that the collective group of photographers out there aren’t putting their own brush strokes into their work. We aren’t capturing an idea, rather just a moment. The majority of us are camera operators, obsessed about settings and techniques. Instead of focusing on concepts and our own unique vision. So what’s the meaning behind your work? Where does your camera end, and your idea begin?

Learn more about the craft from studying what you like about the photographs of others. Hit a YouTube video or other resource to improve your knowledge, understanding, and skill. Look for your own pictures that stand out above the others and try to learn what it is that makes it a special picture.

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Here’s a gift: Photo album updates and additions

Whewieeee! Diane’s been busy. There are photo galleries from two luncheons (December and November), the SNU Diorama, the lighted wonder, Ruby the anniversary Airstream, creative projects, And an index to Randy and Vicki Grossmann related photo galleries and how-to’s and other good stuff.

Here’s something from the table at the December get together:

Good way to enjoy Christmas – browsing memories with friends. This collection oughta’ get you going on that.

Here’s the the lighted wonder

And here’s Ruby at the Lassen Resort Rally

Lot’s more. Merry Christmas and may 2017 yield even more of these sorts of memories.

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PotPourri: Updates and other stuff. A link to a special report about mobility issues.

Doin’ the winter thang? See the page on preparing for winter.

You can find links to the update to the Bower’s Mansion photo gallery in the Destinations page for Washoe County and the Education History page.

There’s a ‘72 International Sovereign added to Show’nTell.

For happy Airstreamer’s gathering to discuss their favorite hobby see the group shots gallery. There’s also the Dale & Virginia SNU memories photo gallery for a bit more detail on this topic. Then there’s the Traveling with Pets photo gallery, too, for yet another take.

This was a year for wheel bearings and the Owner’s Guide Maintaining section covers winterizing and other topics as well.

Karen sent this link to Truck Camper Magazine about the conflict between the mobile lifestyle and the mobility issues we face as we get older.

Truck Camper Magazine examines the importance of mobility in current and future truck camper design. With 85 million Baby Boomers in the USA and Canada, this topic requires more industry attention. … To be clear, many truck camper owners have yet to experience these symptoms, or haven’t been slowed down by them yet. However, they are thinking about this eventuality, a concern often triggered by caring for their elderly parents.

Perhaps the most obvious sign that mobility is a priority for truck camper owners is the sheer quantity of mobility-focused modifications submitted to our monthly mod contests.

It’s routine to have improved camper step systems, deep bumper set-ups, comfort-improving dinette re-configurations, and even cabover assist handles submitted for the contests. Perhaps an even bigger tip is that these mobility modifications earn a lot of votes, and have won multiple times.

Truck campers are a particular challenge in that they are usually well off the ground and on the very small side for RV’s. Trailers tend to get people thinking about motorhomes due to difficulties in managing the hitch. Motorhomes can be large but they usually need a lot of stairs to get up to floor level. Age isn’t the only issue, either. People tend to be larger now they they used to be. That means there is more of a need for extra headroom as well as toilets with higher seats and other accommodations for taller, wider, and heavier – and even more active – people. 

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SNU Rally Scout Camp October 2016 Photo Gallery

The trees were just starting to turn colors down by the river and the river had a good flow. Scout Camp is on the Pony Express Trail on the south side of the river. Upstream is Fort Churchill and downstream is Lake Lahontan. It is a beautiful spot for a weekend gathering with friends.


See the photo gallery!.

Weather was delightful as well.

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Sierra Nevada Unit 40th Anniversary Rally at the Lassen RV Resort

It was a special gathering at a special place, the Lassen RV Resort out of McArthur, California (wikipedia). Pictures? You bet! Photo galleries of the Lassen Rally: The decorations -|- Rally photo gallery one -|- Rally photo gallery two -|- Visit to the Ft Crook Museum -|- Lassen RV Resort -|- Photo Gallery – The Anniversary Celebration.

 

See the 40th anniversary home page.

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SNU Obsidian Dome Rally August 2016

This was a tenth visit of the SNU to the south side of Obsidian Dome.


Obsidian Dome SNU Rally

See the photo gallery!

The road to this place is a bit iffy and larger vehicles would be in for some nail biting situations. Next year, the SNU plans to transfer the rally site over to Hartley Springs nearby. That road is a bit better with a few sandy spots being the major hazard.

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Sawmill Meadows

Sawmill Meadows is about 11 miles off CA 120 between Benton and Lee Vining.

Sawmill Meadows Campground

It’s a dirt road off 120 to a camp area at nearly 9,000 feet in the pines. The camp area is a bit rough with limited room to maneuver. Coordinates 37.767960, -118.678055.

See the photo gallery!

There is a trail over to Glass Mountain and a lot of scenic vistas.

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Weed Heights 2016

The SNU gathered at Weed Heights for the annual air conditioner exercise. And good fellowship. And good food.

See the photo gallery!

The annual Night in the Country festival was also in Yerington so RV traffic on Alternate U.S. was rather heavy at times but nobody reported any difficulties getting to the rally or to home afterwords. The traffic situation made watching the Google Maps traffic overlay an interesting exercise.

The fixin’ this time was a water heater problem. The park manager just happened to have the part for the thermostat but that didn’t fix the problem. Figuring out the valving system on the water heater bypass turned out to be the trick this time.

Trying to find a path between the trees for satellite TV reception presented a challenge.

And it was a good time to try out the dolly for the toad to make sure everything worked right and the checklist was complete.

Down at the fairgrounds was a big gathering for country music and party fans. Up at the RV park was a bit quieter with a much smaller crowd having their own kind of fun and relaxation.

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Families, Kids, Pets, and the RV experience

The Family Corner has been updated. Camping isn’t just for the retired, ya know!

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The gathering at Crocker NFS campground

The weather forecasts scared off a few. The road construction might have given some others pause. For others, those obstacles were just a part of a special experience.


See the photo gallery. The SNU knows how to enjoy the special capabilities of their Airstream RV’s!

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SNU at Fort Churchill April 2016

The SNU gathered at Fort Churchill Nevada State Park in April 2016.


See the photo gallery!

One of the visitors to the park was seen on the trail heading down to the river with his kayak. He said family was down at Lahontan State Park to give him a ride back to camp after he had floated down the Carson River. The State Parks Division has done a lot of work on trails and historical restoration at this civil war era fort and Pony Express station.

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Washoe Lake State Park March 2016

Spring breakout — time to see if the rig is ready for another season. The SNU gathered at Washoe Lake State Park


See the photo gallery!

What to do at Washoe Lake State Park? It isn’t for water sports or ATV trails. The brochure at the kiosk notes star parties and several hikes, including one over to Virginia City. Trails for horses seem to be a big feature. Facilities include a dump station, flush toilets and showers, water spigots, paved roads, and shelters over the picnic tables. 

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Glass Creek near Mammoth Lakes

In 2015 the SNU moved down Glass Creek from Obsidian dome to just off U.S. 395. The Glass Creek campground started as just a place to park under the pines but popularity breeds civilization so now there is an effort to define roads and campsites.


Glass Creek Campground

It is a very large campground with minimal facilities and a donation request for fees. You’ll find full timers, people parked for a weekend with their ATV’s on the trails out to the backwoods, and a few just stopping for a while on their U.S. 395 journey. Maybe you’ll even encounter a rally gathering.

See the photo gallery!

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Sweetwater 2015

Perhaps the recent storms and a road washout were the major interest items but the gathering of friends in such scenic country was at yet a higher level

See the photo gallery!

Missed ya’ – maybe nest time?

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