Saturday, October 4, 2014

2014 Tin Can Tourists NE Rally





























The Tin Can Tourists Northeast Regional Rally has become an event that we work hard not to miss. This year the weather was not the best with rain during much of the open house time but overall a great event. While all the trailers there were great to see the Trottwood with the red stripes above was voted best in show, the owners did a lot of work inside and out to transform their fresh find from the previous year into a real show stopper.  Here's a link to a Flickr album with more of my photos from the event. TCT events draw the best collection of vintage trailers and campers of different makes that you will find anywhere. 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Into the Woods, camping in the Adirondacks














No big road trips this year but we were pleased to be able to spend a week and a half in New York's Adirondack Park. Didn't make it back last year and everyone in the family wanted to return. This year we explored the area around Paul Smiths college and the town of Saranac Lake. We hiked several places that we had not been before including Saint Regis mountain where the shot above was taken. We were lucky to get campsites with water access right at the site which helped put a new kayak that I had completed earlier in the season to good use.  We didn't see much in the way of other vintage trailers on this trip but did have some visitors to our site one day who had two Shasta's of similar vintage at another campground in the area. The Adirondacks are spectacular and a great place to take your vintage trailer and disappear in the woods for a while.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Camping in Watkins Glen, NY















Fall camping is a nice way to close out the season. This year we shared time with friends and their vintage Trottwood camper on an adjacent campsite. I didn't get any good photos in the campground but two trailers look especially good together and definitely stand out against the modern trailers on the other sites. This year we spent some time at Reisinger's apple orchard which is not far from the campground, it was a spectacular day and we got a ton of great apples of all sorts of varieties. We also had heard a rumor that the garlic knots at Jerlando's downtown were amazing, now we can confirm it!  As usual we also spent a day hiking in the gorge and also stopped at a few wineries in the area. We always look forward to visiting this area and are glad we can often get back.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2013 TCT Northeast Rally















About a year behind on post to this blog, been busy camping! Here's a couple of shots of my favorites from the 2013 Tin Can Tourists Northeast Regional Rally. A super cool Modernistic teardrop and a very shiny Silver Streak.




Thursday, August 29, 2013

"You can't camp here" and now Gypsies?













Two more days and we’d be back home. Today’s agenda, more pavement, this time in Illinois and Indiana. We had varied from our planned route a a bit over the last couple of days and now had to figure out were we would spend the night. We decided to to head for Independence Dam State Park in Ohio not far from Fort Wayne, Indiana. It took us a little longer to get there planned and after we entered the park we couldn’t find any signs for the campground area, eventually we found a ranger who told that a campground in the process of being built there but it was not open yet. (Don't believe everything you read!) We looked at the map and he gave us some ideas for other options, 45 minutes later arrived at our last overnight stop of the trip at Mary Jane Thurston State Park in McClure Ohio.  This park has a tiny campground area with sites right on the Maumee River. Sometimes when we pull into a campground the Shasta draws a lot of attention and sometimes we draw stares as if the gypsies have pulled into town. This time no stares, no one at all, but the only other occupied site has a homebuilt gypsy Vardo trailer sitting on it! Unfortunately we didn’t meet Paolo Garbanzo and his troop, they arrived late after we had gone to bed and we hit the road early before they were up but we certainly admired their trailer. I've seen a few of these rigs and have been impressed, they seem typically used by folks who cover a lot of miles which makes what we do seem more reasonable. On our last day on the road crossed the rest of Ohio, the corner of Pennsylvania by Lake Erie, and lastly headed into New York and to our home near Buffalo.  The end of a great trip!  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Crossing an ocean of Corn














Drove straight through the last of bit Colorado and most of Nebraska the next day. We did make a brief stop for lunch at the Archway museum hoping to pick up a Lincoln Highway anniversary t-shirt, but the event proved so popular they were gone. Stopped for the night just west of Omaha at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, didn’t do much more than eat dinner in the dark and sleep at Mahoney. Found that there is a Air & Space Museum right next to the park, if traveling through the area again this could be good sightseeing stop. The next day we crossed Iowa, again with the goal of covering as many miles as possible. We did decide to stay off the Interstate and take a smaller road Route 34 all the way to Illinois. Most of these two days were spent driving past corn crops (now two feet taller), at some point we passed a small radio station and tuned in to see what they were broadcasting, it was the farm report. We ended up spending the night at Jubilee College State Park near Peoria where we had stayed on the drive west. The campground hosts were surprised to see us again and almost in disbelief hat we had been all the way to Utah and back. The kids liked Jubilee a because the campsites and showers were inhabited by a large population really tiny frogs, enough frogs to be entertaining and not quite to the point of being gross. I’m still wondering why Jubilee is so large yet had so few guests both times that we were there, reading online it sounds like the park has been closed at times due to state budget cuts. If you area traveling through the area we found it to be a good place to the park for a night or two. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The longest day..

















Continuing east through Colorado on I-70 the elevation gain is significant as you approach the continental divide and the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnel. Our Chrysler Pacifica usually does a fine job pulling the Shasta but it was in this stretch that I saw the engine temperature gauge soar higher than I had ever seen before. In need of letting the car cool down we stopped in the small town of Frisco and had some ice cream, this town has a good thing going with Breckenridge just down the road and both a summer and winter tourist season. After taking a break the car did fine for the rest of the day but this stretch of road was definitely the toughest of the entire trip. Late in day after passing though Denver when we encountered serious thunderstorms in the very flat eastern part of the state, it was pretty scary with spectacular lightening visible all around us and torrential rain. We stopped briefly at a Target at the eastern edge of Denver's suburbs to stock up on food supplies then a a few hours later we stopped for the night as planned at North Sterling State Park just as the storms finished up.