Archive for May, 2011

SNU June newsletter

SNU Folks,

The June 2011 Newsletter has been posted: Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there, too.

Topics in the May newsletter

May rally at Ft Sage -|- Notes from the Prez -|- June rally at Sweetwater -|- fly-in visitors -|- Don Williams Extra special -|- 2012 SNU rally schedule -|- NorCal Cararally -|- SNU business meeting

Rally at Sweetwater Summit

The next SNU rally will be Thursday June 23 to Sunday June 26, 2011 at Sweetwater Summit off of Hwy 338 out of Wellington, NV. This is Field Day for all amateur radio operators. For those who are not hams, a weekend at Sweetwater offers great hiking possibilities and time to relax and enjoy beautiful vistas. Sweetwater is a dispersed site with lots of room for everyone. So plan on joining us for our June rally in a great location.

SNU 2011 Rally Schedule

Get the details on the September SNU Anniversary rally. Don’t miss out. RSVP today!

See the schedule for 2011.

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Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org


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Airstream travels – Harrison diary of the 1957 Mexican Caravan – pre-caravan vistis

January 9, 1957

Miami – Visited Ernst for a little while – stopped raining. Stayed in Demming over the night. Arrived 7pm left at 10:19am. Raining. Side trip to Ray (a section here I can’t figure out) Rain, visibility poor. (a section here I can’t figure out). With rainy weather we were going to get back to Superior. Made it OK but would not like to take a trailer into Ray’s again. Trip over from Superior to Miami, rain and fog. Could only see about 20ft. Lots of water running over Airstream. Trip through Globe might need a detour. Approximately 4 miles or more of very rough and muddy road. Good trip back all the way to Demming.

January 10, 1957

Mesillia Park. Arrived 12:00 rain and some sun. Visited Florence and Bill. Had a good Mexican lunch. Left about 2:30 for Rancho Grande Trailer Park. Made connection with the Caravan. Leave for Juarez Saturday Jan 12, 1957.

January 11, 1957

Did a little shopping in El Paso. Bought Dad a couple pairs of Kahki pants and a few groceries then went back to see Florence and for supper, they took us to La Posta and had a good Mexican supper. I did a little washing before supper and fixed the hems on a pair of pants for Dad. Florence insisted we send the night with them and loaned us a couple pairs of Bills P.J.’s.

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SNU Rally at Ft Sage May 2011

Fort Sage is a BLM special recreation management area. It has a trail head and trails but no race circuit or training facility. That didn’t matter to some of the folks who were here from Chico and determined to help create a bad image for OHV enthusiasts. The pre-teens with the micro-vehicles went round and round the campground road. When adults nearby were asked about the required safety certificate, insults were the response. The claim was that it was public land and they could do anything they pleased — an approach that burdens us all with yet more rules and restrictions not to mention the unpleasantness in sharing a campground with folks who aren’t too concerned about other campers or the campground in general.

But, for the SNU, it was entertainment and a topic for discussion. At least, it was during breaks in the activity.


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Spring was trying to get going and there were flowers blooming. The weather made for good cloud watching. When the campground emptied Sunday, Randy and Vicki could get out on the trails without risking their lives and enjoy much of what else is in the Fort Sage area besides OHV riding.

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Airstream travels – Harrison diary of the 1957 Mexican Caravan – pre-caravan travels

I think a lot of these diary entries were written by Jo Harrison.  Some of the handwriting was a little hard to read.

December 21, 1956

8:30 am From Rose Arbor Trailer Park, Chula Vista, CA Weather good – MI (mileage I believe) 38175.6 On our way to Dots (Bryan and Jo’s daughter, Dorothy) for Xmas. Coffee break at Ramona 10-o-clock. Kingman 8:15 pm. Mileage 385805

January 8, 1957

9:35am Mileage 38703. Leaving Dot’s, rain, clouds, and wind. We are off on the second leg of our journey. Ran out of gas 1 ½ miles Kingman side of Congress J?? highway. Car came to our rescue then had a time getting car started. Had lunch and on our way by 2:10. Arrived at Ray 6:45. Leaving 9:30 – Rain

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RV GPS and Spring flood update

Oh Gizmo! says Rand McNally Unveils Their TripMaker RVND Navigation Device Designed Specifically For RV Enthusiasts.

the RVND 5510 will actually take into consideration the type, size and length of the RV you’re driving and will direct you to routes that are safe for travel with a large vehicle, even so far as to prioritize right-hand turns.

The RVND is also considerably larger than your standard GPS device, including a bigger screen (480×272 resolution), larger on-screen buttons and a speaker with a bit more kick.

This is an example of the personal navigation device evolution. Maps are becoming more and more current and up to date. Route planning is beginning to take into account vehicle capabilities and driver preferences. The stand alone devices like this are on one side and the online routing, such as Road Trip Planner at Weather Underground, providing current weather and traffic data are on the other. The missing pieces still provide a bit of frustration, though.

Another travel planning consideration this spring, especially in the western United States, is the spring floods. This, in part, is why Memphis is preparing for historic Mississippi flooding. PhysOrg provides a synopsis as La Nina brings flood risks and drought to the West

The winter and early spring have been extreme across the West, with record snowpacks bringing joy to skiers and urban water managers but severe flood risks to northern Utah, Wyoming and Montana.

And despite all the wet weather in the Rockies and Sierra Nevada, parts of eastern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona are in severe drought and gearing up for what is forecast as a bad fire season.

This is a part of what the climatologists call the ENSO, which is an ocean temperature pattern in the Pacific near the equator that cycles every few years between warm and cold. In recent years, its impact on global weather patterns has become better defined.

There isn’t just one tool – yet – so you’ll need a collection to help plan your travels this spring. A PND, especially one with an RV focus can help while on the road. Online road trip planners can help you accommodate expected conditions in the next few days. Weather and climate reports can help you avoid floods and other such problems. Travel safe.

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When is spring?

One of the traditional indicators of spring is when Tioga pass finally clears for traffic. It looks as if it will be a bit late this year. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that not only is the pass opening going to be a bit late, the Half Dome climbers will also have to wait.

Heavy snow on Half Dome has also prevented crews from placing cables on
the mountain. The cables are used by hikers to help them climb to the
summit. Park officials say it’s unlikely the cables will be in place by
Memorial Day.

Another issue is the spring run-off. The Arizona Daily Star says the Colorado River runoff picture stays good. It’s about 120% of average this year. In the Sierras it is more than 150%, which is why Tioga pass will take a while to clear. Meanwhile, in Reno the pear and crabapple bloom is in full swing but the Peavine snowcap says tomato growers need to wait a while, yet.

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SNU May Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The May 2011 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 May newsletter

Boca Rally review -|- Ft Sage in May -|- SNU business meeting -|- Notes from the Prez -|- A Little SNU History -|- Serious de-winterizing -|- Rally Info Updates -|- Off Road RV’s

Rally at Ft Sage

Thursday May 19 to Sunday May 22, 2011 the SNU rally will be at Ft Sage near Doyle, CA. Be sure and take the Laver Crossing exit about 2 miles north of Doyle. The other route often chosen by GPS has a narrow bridge which is not suitable for towing an Airstream.

Also

Get the details on the September SNU Anniversary rally. Don’t miss out. RSVP today!

Rich brought several boxes of RV resource materials to the Boca Rally. These include Trailer Life’s Towing Guide, Chilton’s Chevrolet GMC Pick-Ups 1970 – 84, 1996 Hemmings Motor News, and Sonoma Pick-Ups 1982-93 Repair Manual. There are also several issues of Airstream Life, the VAC magazine, and Motorhome magazines. If anyone is interested in any of these resources contact the SNU

SNU 2011 Rally Schedule

For the latest on the Sierra Nevada Unit, check the unit homepage

Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org


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Boca Rest rally pictures

As has been the pattern this winter: an SNU event and a shortwave cold front. So getting there was a bit of a fight with the wind getting to the rally, the furnaces got a bit of a workout, the fishermen did more fishing that catching, and the scenery, company, and the afternoon weather were top notch.


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The picture is of the stream next to the campground as it heads to the lake. Its source is Boca Spring where there is another campground just a couple of miles up the hill.

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