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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 KampnKing's event 420 In The Foothills
"Good to see you again! It looks like I'll be there after all. Debra has been able to do the eye-drop thing herself, and friends have volunteered to be on call if she needs anything else."
47 minutes ago
John LaTorre commented on KampnKing's event 420 In The Foothills
"Heads up: I don't know if I'll be making it after all. My wife has some eye surgery coming up on the 15th, and she'll be needing to have eye drops applied every four hours or so for the next week. It all depends on whether she'll…"
Saturday
John LaTorre commented on KampnKing's event 420 In The Foothills
"It looks like I'll be in #7 with Regis. I won't be there on Sunday, since I have an obligation to run an event  in Sacramento, But I'm planning to come up on Thursday."
Mar 27
John LaTorre commented on KampnKing's event 420 In The Foothills
"I've tried to communicate with the State Parks to see if there's a senior discount available before I make my own reservation. I'll keep you geezers posted."
Feb 19
John LaTorre commented on KampnKing's event 420 In The Foothills
"what Regis said. This might be a link to the campsites available: https://www.reservecalifornia.com/Web/#!park/662/526"
Feb 17
John LaTorre is attending KampnKing's event
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420 In The Foothills at Lime Saddle CG, Lake Oroville

April 19, 2024 at 3pm to April 21, 2024 at 12pm
Saddle up Volks!VWCF is going to the foothills near Lake Oroville at Lime Saddle Campground. This place is beautiful this time of year whilst it's still green and the wildflowers are out. Soon after, this place is parched and HOT. LS is fairly new, with flush commodes and showers. There's a nice short trail amongst the oaks with an explosion of wildflowers. If you have a boat there's a marina nearby.The old VWCF adage holds - Bring firewood. Bring tasty beverages. Bring a friend. Have fun.hope…See More
Feb 17
John LaTorre commented on regis101's event Cabin Fever Campout. February 9-11, 2024
"If it's within two weeks of the event, registration is no longer available (if I'm reading their site information correctly). But there may be available spaces you can get when you arrive, in which case you can claim one and pay for…"
Feb 1
John LaTorre commented on Laura May's event Bus City XVI
"I sure hope to be there... I've got a streak going that I don't want to break!"
Jan 20
John LaTorre is attending Laura May's event
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Bus City XVI at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 16, 2024 at 12pm to May 19, 2024 at 11am
We are starting this weekend one day early this year! Check in is at noon on Thursday, May 16th.  One lucky bus or van (including occupants) will get their camping for free from Ranger Chris! Only Ranger Chris knows what lucky camper this will be. There is no such thing as reservations for this event! Drive in and pick your spot or join another camper and make new friends.The campground is closed to the general public until Memorial Day. But, Ranger Chris opens it JUST FOR US the weekend…See More
Jan 20
John LaTorre commented on regis101's event Cabin Fever Campout. February 9-11, 2024
"Love to be there, but I expect to be camping in Arizona that weekend. But party on!"
Jan 10
John LaTorre is attending westywoman (Melissa)'s event
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TrainSpotting 13, June 7-9, 2024 at Hallsted Campground, Twain, Plumas County, CA

June 7, 2024 to June 9, 2024
There continues to be highway construction and related delays in the Feather River Canyon/Highway 70. Check 511.org before you travel.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…See More
Jan 5
Wendie Wu commented on John LaTorre's event 14th Annual Thanksgiving Warmup and Food Fest
"Here is the Irish Breakfast Shot recipe. This one uses 2:1 Irish whisky to butterscotch schnapps.  I make them 1:1 because I like it sweeter. https://bevvy.co/cocktail/irish-pancake-breakfast/zqba same website also has the Chocolate Cake…"
Nov 20, 2023
Wendie Wu commented on John LaTorre's event 14th Annual Thanksgiving Warmup and Food Fest
Nov 20, 2023
John LaTorre commented on John LaTorre's event 14th Annual Thanksgiving Warmup and Food Fest
"Thanks to everyone who was there and helped with food, shelters, firewood, and companionship! It was a great example of why we have these sorts of things. Here's hoping that we keep it all rolling!"
Nov 20, 2023
regis101 commented on John LaTorre's event 14th Annual Thanksgiving Warmup and Food Fest
"So that was fun.  It's always nice to see familiar faces as well as new ones.  Plenty of food.  I did my best with five trips to the buffet table(s).  I didn't take any pics but hope others did.  The rain…"
Nov 19, 2023
Wendie Wu commented on John LaTorre's event 14th Annual Thanksgiving Warmup and Food Fest
"Got my cranberry salad ready and the gin & tonic cheesecake is done. Bringing extra tonic because I only had a liter bottle. Will have Irish breakfast shots for Saturday (though I’m out of bacon). . "
Nov 16, 2023

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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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