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Senior Lifetime Pass rates going up
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For all the geezers and incipient geezers out there, you should know that the once-only charge for the Senior Lifetime Pass to US National Parks and Federal recreation land goes up from $10 to $80 on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gene Burris Aug 10, 2017.

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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Annual Soup or Bowl Campout at Sandy Beach Campground, Rio Vista, CA

February 10, 2023 to February 12, 2023
Our annual escape from Superbowl Madness. It will be our usual set-up .... wine, food, companionship (bring the wine and bring or buy the wood). Also, musical instruments are welcome, and maybe we can jam a little.Friday night is pizza night ... bring your little Coleman camp ovens or use ours, and make and bake an 8" pizza. (You provide ingredients, of course.)BREAKING NEWS: the legendary 'Soup or Bowl' competition may not take place, because Joe  and Corey will be moving to Southern…See More
Jan 27
regis101 commented on John LaTorre's event Annual Soup or Bowl Campout
"I grabbed site 18 for two nights.  I think it's the only recognized non-VW site available.  Will share.  "
Jan 17
regis101 commented on John LaTorre's event Annual Soup or Bowl Campout
"Oh yeah.  That's right.  That Joe guy bailed.  Prolly took all of the fabulous prizes with him.  Another prolly is prolly going to need more wood than wine, if there is such a thing.  I suspect it will be chilly from…"
Jan 17
John LaTorre commented on John LaTorre's event Annual Soup or Bowl Campout
"Since nobody has stepped up to run the food competition, we'll just have a potluck. Bring what you like. The campground may not have wood, so plan on bringing some. And let's hope for a break in the weather, with mild temps and no rain or…"
Jan 17
regis101 might attend John LaTorre's event
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Annual Soup or Bowl Campout at Sandy Beach Campground, Rio Vista, CA

February 10, 2023 to February 12, 2023
Our annual escape from Superbowl Madness. It will be our usual set-up .... wine, food, companionship (bring the wine and bring or buy the wood). Also, musical instruments are welcome, and maybe we can jam a little.Friday night is pizza night ... bring your little Coleman camp ovens or use ours, and make and bake an 8" pizza. (You provide ingredients, of course.)BREAKING NEWS: the legendary 'Soup or Bowl' competition may not take place, because Joe  and Corey will be moving to Southern…See More
Jan 14
regis101 commented on John LaTorre's event Annual Soup or Bowl Campout
"Hey.  Batter.  Batter.  Batter.  Batter.  Batter.  Swing!.  No.  Not baseball.  Football.  Weez talkin football.  Er, at least the food coma producing part of it.  Well what's goin on…"
Jan 14
John LaTorre commented on westywoman (Melissa)'s event TrainSpotting 13, June 2-4, 2023
"Regis, do you want me to hold my half-a-space for you? That way, if the campground fills up, you'll still have a space. and if you decide to give this one a miss, let me know and I'll free it up again."
Dec 23, 2022
John LaTorre commented on westywoman (Melissa)'s event TrainSpotting 13, June 2-4, 2023
"I'm in spot #15, as I was last year. And, as usual, I'm happy to share."
Dec 10, 2022
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Annual Soup or Bowl Campout at Sandy Beach Campground, Rio Vista, CA

February 10, 2023 to February 12, 2023
Our annual escape from Superbowl Madness. It will be our usual set-up .... wine, food, companionship (bring the wine and bring or buy the wood). Also, musical instruments are welcome, and maybe we can jam a little.Friday night is pizza night ... bring your little Coleman camp ovens or use ours, and make and bake an 8" pizza. (You provide ingredients, of course.)BREAKING NEWS: the legendary 'Soup or Bowl' competition may not take place, because Joe  and Corey will be moving to Southern…See More
Dec 10, 2022
John LaTorre is attending westywoman (Melissa)'s event
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TrainSpotting 13, June 2-4, 2023 at Hallsted Campground, Twain, Plumas County, CA

June 2, 2023 to June 4, 2023
The Historic Feather River Railroad route runs on the opposite side of the river from the campground. Trains climb and descend the grade at all hours-you will be falling asleep to the rumble of the diesel engines and the squeal of steel wheels on the tracks. If you have never driven through the Feather River Canyon, it is a real treat! The weather can be variable in June.For information on the Hallsted campground, the recreation.gov link is below:…See More
Dec 10, 2022
John LaTorre commented on Laura May's event Bus City XV
"The bus is up on stands at the moment... I'm rebuilding the rear brakes (new shoes and cylinders) but it should be up and running again soon. I hope  I see you before May, though!"
Dec 8, 2022
John LaTorre commented on Laura May's event Bus City XV
"Is the "cash only" a new thing? I think I remember paying via credit card once. But I'm glad that the event is happening again, and props to Laura for making it happen!"
Dec 6, 2022
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Bus City XV at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 19, 2023 at 9am to May 21, 2023 at 11am
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT!The campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But, Ranger Chris opens it JUST FOR US Friday morning. It’s secret and it’s special! Trust us - this will be our 15th year! The campground gate will be open on Friday at 9 am. There will be space for you - no reservations needed. This event has had anywhere from 60-80 VWs. There will be room for you. We do encourage sharing your space if we have a large turnout.  No early…See More
Dec 6, 2022
John LaTorre commented on John LaTorre's event 13th Annual Thanksgiving Warm-up and Food Fest
"My thanks to all the wonderful people who contributed food and music and good vibes to the event. You folks rock! And a special thanks to Scott for driving me to Sacramento after the event. As many of you knew, I had a problem with the bus and had…"
Nov 15, 2022
KampnKing commented on John LaTorre's event Annual Soup or Bowl Campout
"Hi. I'm in #20.  Looking forward to seeing you all again!"
Nov 14, 2022
KampnKing is attending John LaTorre's event
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Annual Soup or Bowl Campout at Sandy Beach Campground, Rio Vista, CA

February 10, 2023 to February 12, 2023
Our annual escape from Superbowl Madness. It will be our usual set-up .... wine, food, companionship (bring the wine and bring or buy the wood). Also, musical instruments are welcome, and maybe we can jam a little.Friday night is pizza night ... bring your little Coleman camp ovens or use ours, and make and bake an 8" pizza. (You provide ingredients, of course.)BREAKING NEWS: the legendary 'Soup or Bowl' competition may not take place, because Joe  and Corey will be moving to Southern…See More
Nov 14, 2022

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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 — 17 Comments

Comment Wall (9 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 9:06am on November 14, 2014, John LaTorre said…

It would probably be easier if you took the"front' spot so I wouldn't have to back up into the space. I'll have my little trailer, so be sure to leave enough (it adds four feet to the length of the bus).

I expect to be there around one p.m., if not sooner.

At 12:19pm on September 28, 2018, KampnKing said…

Hi John.

It's almost time for me to set up another SturmWagon debacle event!

I'm looking at some possible sites - you know me always on the lookout for a new place to try out.

Can't make the November campout, but I'll see you for the Soup-Or-Bowl.

Cya,

Ralph

At 8:24am on November 5, 2022, Levente Martelyi said…

Does anybody have a space to share?  The sign-up site was not working right earlier.

I would like to visit with you guys but I "fell asleep at the wheel", it is too late to register now. (Posted 11/5/22)

Please let me know.  Thanks, Lev

At 11:42am on November 5, 2022, John LaTorre said…

Well, Kris Hansen has pulled out, so I think that half of his space is free. You might want to check with him and with Jane, who is taking the other half.

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