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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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John LaTorre commented on Joe's event 4/20 campout
"Let me add my thanks to Joe and Corey and whoever left that half a bottle of delicious wine. I disposed of it in a responsible manner. BTW, I visited the C4Camper at Kombi Haus this morning. It looks unhappy. It wants to be on the road again."
Apr 28
John LaTorre commented on Joe's event 4/20 campout
"Glad to have met you, Marcia! As you'll probably realize before long, the problem isn't getting people to talk about their buses. It's about getting them to shut up! On another note, I found a wad of cash when I broke down the tent…"
Apr 18
John LaTorre commented on Joe's event 4/20 campout
"Winds are supposed to get up to 23 mph tomorrow night. I think I'll be putting the Tent o' Doom on the car tonight, figuring that it would be a useful windbreak. But it will be your call whether we use it or not, Joe."
Apr 15
John LaTorre commented on Joe's event 4/20 campout
"The weather forecast is pretty good for the weekend... Highs in the seventies, lows around 50. And sunny, so the Tent of Doom won't be necessary for rain cover. However, the evenings are expected to be be breezy, with winds up to 20 mph from…"
Apr 10
John LaTorre commented on westywoman's event TrainSpotting 11: June 4-6, 2021
"I should note that I'll be happy to share #15."
Mar 26
John LaTorre commented on westywoman's event TrainSpotting 11: June 4-6, 2021
"I think I'll give it a miss, then. I'm really sensitive to sulfur smells ... instant headache."
Mar 19
John LaTorre commented on westywoman's event TrainSpotting 11: June 4-6, 2021
"That URL for the hot springs doesn't work. Is that the one with the high sulfur content?"
Mar 18
John LaTorre commented on westywoman's event TrainSpotting 11: June 4-6, 2021
"I'm in #15. I hope we get a bunch of the old crowd."
Mar 18
John LaTorre is attending westywoman's event
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TrainSpotting 11: June 4-6, 2021 at Hallsted Campground, Twain, CA off Highway 70 near Quincy

June 4, 2021 to June 6, 2021
For information on the Hallsted campground, the recreation.gov link is below:https://www.recreation.gov/camping/hallsted/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70560The 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…See More
Mar 18
John LaTorre is attending Laura May's event
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Bus City XIII at Guerneville, California

May 21, 2021 at 9am to May 23, 2021 at 12pm
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 the campground Friday morning JUST FOR US. It's secret! It's special. We've been doing this for 10 years!!!! Trust us. The campground will be open on Friday at 9 a.m. There will be space for you - no reservation needed. We have had years with over 60+ VWs and plenty of room to spare. No early birds please. Friday is the first day you can camp. If you…See More
Mar 11
John LaTorre commented on Joe's event 4/20 campout
"Hi, Diane! No, I didn't pay the extra vehicle fee. You can pay that to the Rangers when you get there."
Mar 4
John LaTorre commented on Joe's event 4/20 campout
"We could share again, Diane, if  Ann Donahue (with the Dormobile Westy) doesn't want to share. That might be better ... if sufficient alcohol is around, there's not telling who'll end up in which Dormie."
Mar 3
John LaTorre commented on Joe's event 4/20 campout
"May is traditionally Bus City. Negotiations are now underway to see if the site is still available. As for Jume, that's usually Trainspotting, but the site evidently won't be open until late in the month. Stay tuned. Also, Father's…"
Mar 1
John LaTorre commented on Joe's event 4/20 campout
"I'm in my usual #4, which is Tent-of-Doom ready if necessary.  You know, if Ann Donahue shares my spot, we'll have two Dormobile Westies on the same slot! That way, if people over-drink and start thinking they're seeing double,…"
Mar 1
John LaTorre is attending Joe's event
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4/20 campout at https://www.solanocounty.com/depts/rm/countypark/sandybeach.asp

April 16, 2021 at 1pm to April 18, 2021 at 11am
In celebration of 4/20!This time we will be camping at Sandy Beach County Park campground in Rio Vista.(Lake Solano suffered significant fire damage and is currently undergoing regrooving)You'll need to reserve a site for yourself (and maybe your pal)AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE because they changed the dang rules.PLEASE SHARE YOUR SITE. Or don't. No worries.Saturday night (4:00pm) will feature PANTRY-RAID CHILI!!-----------------------------------------------------------------------Important…See More
Mar 1
John LaTorre commented on Joe's event Informal, no-host, no theme campout (Rio Vista, CA)
"I'm on my way. I'll be there around 2 p.m."
Feb 27

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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 (7 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

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