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John LaTorre
  • Sacramento, CA
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Live Oak Riverfront Park, California
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Hi, folks! I just came back from looking at a campground on the Feather River, 55 miles north of Sacramento. It's very much like the Sandy Beach Campground at Rio Vista except for the lack of flush…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Big Blue's Driver Mar 8, 2011.

Westie interior light
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A little while ago, I was talking to somebody (Blake? Doug?) who needed a switch assembly for the Westie interior light (the three-bulb one). I found one at the Bug-o-rama swap meet for $10.00 and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John LaTorre Jun 10, 2010.

 

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John LaTorre commented on Mike Fernandez's event Thanksgiving Food Fest Rio Vista, California
"Do what you've gotta do, Bruce. We'll leave the light on for you. "
Monday
Rick & Liz Strand commented on John LaTorre's event JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death
"That date is so far off, we don't really know anything yet, but probably the week-end before would be better for us."
Monday
RicMoVida commented on John LaTorre's blog post No Title
"Thanks for responding to my inquiry.  Good luck with your future endeavor. "
Monday
John LaTorre commented on John LaTorre's blog post No Title
"Well, the cat passed away  at the end of 2010. He was replaced with another FIV-positive rescue cat, giving our house its usual complement of two cats. After that, I found that at least six other writers were either planning the same trip or…"
Sunday
RicMoVida commented on John LaTorre's blog post No Title
"Hey John, While in San Luis Obispo Friday, waiting to pick up my westy from the shop, I finished reading Travels with Charley.  After reading about your upcoming camp trip (which by the way your celebration of life trip sounds great), came upon…"
Sunday
Gene Burris commented on John LaTorre's event JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death
"Either weekend is fine for me. I'm easy, but not cheap!"
Saturday
Profile IconBrett Budlong and Joe might attend John LaTorre's event
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JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death at TBA

April 3, 2015 at 1pm to April 5, 2015 at 2pm
On March 31, 1965, I almost died. Every day since then has been a day I didn't deserve. It's been a gift, and I've had almost fifty years of them. I'd like to celebrate these gifts with some other gifts I've been given over the years ... the friendships I've collected from some of the most wonderful people I've had the pleasure to know.  I don't know where this will be, exactly. That will depend on weather and how many people RSVP. But it will probably be within an hour's drive from Sacramento,…See More
Oct 24
regis101 commented on John LaTorre's event JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death
"Thanks for the link, WW.  The fourth picture shows the wooden structure and fire pit location.  IIRC, the front sites, ( 1-5)?  are most level.  The rear most sites are ok. Reservations at Westgate take a three week advance…"
Oct 23
regis101 commented on John LaTorre's event JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death
"I have been to Westgate.  It is  nice park for what it is.  Bring a bike and/or kayak. Could be doable for a Spring outing. The  sites have a wooden shelter of sorts.  The fire pit is real close to them.  Any tarp or…"
Oct 23
westywoman commented on John LaTorre's event JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death
"Mike F thought Westgate Landing in Lodi was nice. 14 campsites. http://www.sjparks.com/parks/westgate-landing-regional-park.aspx"
Oct 23
John LaTorre commented on John LaTorre's event JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death
"I don't know about a campground there. There is Natomas Oaks Park, but it's a hiking/day use area without camping (or even toilets0. Another thing: Regis has pointed out that that weekend is Easter, and that some people may have family or…"
Oct 23
Laura May is attending John LaTorre's event
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JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death at TBA

April 3, 2015 at 1pm to April 5, 2015 at 2pm
On March 31, 1965, I almost died. Every day since then has been a day I didn't deserve. It's been a gift, and I've had almost fifty years of them. I'd like to celebrate these gifts with some other gifts I've been given over the years ... the friendships I've collected from some of the most wonderful people I've had the pleasure to know.  I don't know where this will be, exactly. That will depend on weather and how many people RSVP. But it will probably be within an hour's drive from Sacramento,…See More
Oct 22
Cane Rattler might attend John LaTorre's event
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JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death at TBA

April 3, 2015 at 1pm to April 5, 2015 at 2pm
On March 31, 1965, I almost died. Every day since then has been a day I didn't deserve. It's been a gift, and I've had almost fifty years of them. I'd like to celebrate these gifts with some other gifts I've been given over the years ... the friendships I've collected from some of the most wonderful people I've had the pleasure to know.  I don't know where this will be, exactly. That will depend on weather and how many people RSVP. But it will probably be within an hour's drive from Sacramento,…See More
Oct 22
Rick & Liz Strand commented on John LaTorre's event JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death
"Does anyone know anything about that little campground on the Sacramento River between Swabbie's and Verona Joe's? "
Oct 22
KampnKing commented on John LaTorre's event JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death
"I agree. I've been searching for campsites that we can use for the VWCF for a while now. Still looking. The sites we use are great, but I was looking for some variety. They have to: Be somewhat near us Be affordable (Most state parks are…"
Oct 22
regis101 commented on John LaTorre's event JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death
"Most group sites I am aware of are geared toward tent campers.  You park in the adjacent lot.  "
Oct 22

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'71 Dormobile Westie

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it's about eight days before I'm to head out on my great Steinbeck trip, in which I'll be tracing the route that John Steinbeck took for Travels with Charley almost exactly a half a century ago. Wish…

it's about eight days before I'm to head out on my great Steinbeck trip, in which I'll be tracing the route that John Steinbeck took for Travels with Charley almost exactly a half a century ago. Wish me luck.



There will be three fundamental differences between Steinbeck's journey and mine:



  1. I'll have no dog with me. However, I'll be carrying an Opus doll -- you know, the penguin from Bloom…
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Posted on September 13, 2010 at 10:44pm — 19 Comments

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 10:50am on November 12, 2009, Big Blue's Driver said…
John - welcome to the forum test. It seems to be working pretty well but let people know what you think by replying to the forum about feedback on the main page.

-Brett
At 11:47pm on February 19, 2011, Mike Fernandez said…

John, If you want to double up I have a reservation already at Sugarloaf   Ridge. I made the reservation online.  The site is paid for already I don't know how much the second car is but I am sure it's much cheaper. Let me know so I can try to change the reservation online or we can just add you when we get there.

Mike Fernandez

At 2:11pm on February 20, 2011, Mike Fernandez said…

I added you to the reservation. I will send you a copy of the reservation to your inbox. They did not charge me for the second vehicle. They will charge when we get there. 

Mike

At 8:39pm on May 24, 2011, Big Blue's Driver said…
Thanks for the CD! Funny that I ejected the CD in the player and it was the mix you did for us last year. Dig the train theme!
At 12:50pm on September 28, 2011, Mike Fernandez said…
John, Thank you for another great camping trip!!
At 10:39am on November 6, 2013, Rick & Liz Strand said…

Hi Joe! I actually signed up last week, but it has taken this long for us to be "approved!" I hear you will be in town Thanksgiving week visiting Joe and Carol. Hope to meet you then! Liz

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