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Ramblings about Travels, Trailers & Paintings


On the Road Again- New wheels

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)


So I'm almost on the road again! Out looking for a new tow vehicle after my jack knife and flip! It takes the edge off having found a used '08 Tacoma with full Sport pkg and tow package. I have a sibling with miles and miles on his Tundra and all I hear and see are good things on the Toyota trucks so I'm happy. The tow pkg gives me extra cooling and allows me to tow 6500 lbs- something I'll never do but I am covered for my 2300 lb Ken-craft and anything I bring along! My truck doesn't feel too big and I love the extra full bench seat in back. I would totally recommend Top Notch Auto in Temecula,CA. A great experience for me. They are locators as well as sellers and polite and wonderful when it comes to customer service and finding you that perfect car. I told them what and why and even my color wishes and they tracked down my new baby! New tires, brakes, packed bearings and waterlines run- I'm almost on the road with my "California Wildflower" too. Temecula RV to the rescue with again, great service and communication!

International Motorcycle Show- Long Beach

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (1)

On the first weekend in December, Rob, and I drove up to Long Beach Convention Center in Southern CA and walked the International Motorcycle show. Rob's interest of course was for photos and information for his co-owned  parts and accessories website; www.twocycleguys.com/

Amazing cycles from custom builders, fanatical owners and businesses related to the industry. New protective clothing and helmets as well as other gear and new bikes from Harley Davison, BMW, Ducati, Yamaha, Suzuki and more were on display. Leather- lots of leather!

Some of the detailing on the bikes was so intricate. Rideable expressions of the individuals.

The one above( and below) with it's chrome etched (?) patterns was my favorite.

This orange cycle had a rad shrunken head hanging on it- felt very "Rat Fink" Voodoo.


Posted on December 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been recipe searching for camping recipe ideas. Anything that is make before hand and enjoy. Especially for breakfast or to take in a backpack hiking.

Of course that usually leads me to connecting with my brother, Micah, who is a bacon lover. At least in the funny wierd way. Photos, recipes and jokes. His camping is from the back of a pick up truck or in a mining cabin up in the hills. Photography of mines and shafts and wildflowers. Landscap[es and more. Just getting out with friends and sleeping under the stars. Not quite glampy like my little trailer but just as fun and much easier to pack for.

In any case, through him, and just my own "appreciation", and sometimes laughter at many of them, I always note "bacon" recipes like the ones below;

Maple Bacon Cheddar Scones from Yummly.com- note the additional great recipes there too.

Tomato-Bacon Quiche

Here's the recipe; (yum!)

1 Pillsbury® Pet-Ritz® frozen deep dish pie crust

6 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled

4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)

3 medium plum (Roma) tomatoes, seeded, chopped

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup half-and-half

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese (2 oz)

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)


1. Place cookie sheet on oven rack. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove crustfrom freezer; let stand 1 minute. Prick crust with fork. Bake oncookie sheet 9 to 11 minutes or until very light golden brown.

2. Sprinkle bacon, green onions, tomatoes, salt and pepper in crust.In medium bowl, stir together half-and-half, flour and eggs. Stir incheeses. Pour over tomato mixture.

3. Bake on cookie sheet 25 to 30 minutes longer or until knifeinserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes beforeserving.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Increase bake time in step 3 to 33 to 38 minutes.

Zucchini Boats with bacon & cheese- I bet these would be great over the fire & wrapped in tin foil. From Be Foodled on Blogspot.

Bacon chocolate chip cookies with maple cinnamon glaze


That was one that I would actually consider making, along with the zucchini. Those would be great with potato skins. Finger food for the campfire. Of course the good old standby of bacon wrapped steaks or hotdogs would certainly apply here too.

Maple French Toast and Bacon Cupcakes from the Food Network

Bacon wrapped Idaho Potatoes recipe in skewers from Average Betty

Just as a last photo to feed the craze;

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Pastries ( take along!) from BBC Good Food.

Well, as Forrest Gump would say- that's just about all I have to say about that. Just bacon-lots of bacon.

Firestarters- Camp fires an easier way

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (1)

I've enjoyed homemade firestarters in the past such as used dryer lint put into paper egg carton pieces as seen below. These examples are from a blog called Chica and Jo and work great. I've actually used the lint alone too-within the egg carton sections but with no petroleum or wax. AS suggested, they make a great addition to your camping or as a gift

(imagine- dryer lint as a gift! Something you would give your Mom as a child, all the while looking up at her to see her response of "Oh! Thank you!" just as I did when I "cooked" for her as a child- poor Mom!)

Finished! A dab of petroleum down in each one.

 The one I found the other day really intrigued me- all in a mason jar. There is something to be said for it, just looks wise but I must also admit- carrying a glass jar while hiking or camping might not be the best.

Corks soaked in rubbing alcohol- I suppose if you get lost or desperate you could drink the left overs! I'm sure they'd light up really quick though- maybe too quick!

Another idea was found in another blog called Pattern of Life in Wordpress and it was really cute. Rolled paper firestarters filled with aromatic herbs and orange peel. That's glamping!

Her photos are below.

How cool is that?

And- I know, I know! It's about roughing it when you camp. To be Daniel Boone and rub two sticks together but ingenuity never hurt anyone. I'd rather enjoy the S'mores and hot dogs than spend time on my knees blowing at embers or sparks to get something started.  I'm all for natural but it can still be easier. Besides, what a good way to use trash.

"Kindle Cones" from the Glam Camping Company are

" natural pine cones. Their base has been set into a bed of wax infused with bark, spices and cinnamon oil. Light the wick and set amoungst the kindling and your fire will be blazing in minutes."

another version on their site are herb BBQ lighters. Nice!

Camping (Some people shouldn't)

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Found this list while searching for quotes on hiking and camping this morning. Hilarious!

These are comments left on Forest Service comment cards by backpackers completing wilderness camping trips:


"A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call."


"Escalators would help on steep uphill sections."


"Instead of a permit system for hikers, the Forest Service needs to reduce worldwide population growth to limit the number of visitors to wilderness."


"Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands."


"Found a smouldering cigarette left by a horse."


"Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill."

"Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests."

"Please pave the trails so they can be plowed of snow in the winter."


"Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them."


"The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please medicate these annoying animals."


"Need more signs to keep area pristine."


"A McDonald's would be nice at the trailhead."


"The places where trails do not exist are not well marked."


"Too many rocks in the mountains."

Vintage Travel

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I recently came upon a great seller on Ebay (atlantatony2009) who produces vintage travel stickers and surf stickers- looking like the old water slide decals everyone used to collect. Love them for the trailer! 

Tony Nobles has 2 sites; surfwagon which sells the stickers(decals) and tees as well, and Greetings from the Coast, which sells tees and more of old travel postcards. Very fun, Love the artwork that he has lovingly collected on both. He has a special liking of old vintage surf things too-I can relate having grown up as a child of the Southern California beaches and deserts. Back when you could drive to anything and Riverside to Newport was only about 40 minutes- not an overnite camping trip.

The sights of the fishermen who pulled their boats up at Newport pier for afternoon sales. The smells of salt and hot summer air, sand under your feet that was just a little too hot, and that view.

Just that crisp,wet view.

(Oil painting by Steve Simon)

Travel Quotes

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Found on an interesting site; http://matadornetwork.com/

They also run an online Travel writing/photo course that is highly regarded and peaks my interest. I write (talk) too much anyway so perhaps I should take the time to educate myself in the process of my net and physical travels.

With kids going away to college and moving out, my life will change dramatically. I can already feel the empty nest syndrome processing through me, but also, the idea of being myself, without the "Mom" title, is so wonderful a thought. To share a life with my children as young adults and enjoy them on a new level. Though I know I will always be Mom, it would be nice to find "me" again!

Researching Tourist Destinations and Kitchy Americana

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

  I posted on my front page that I am "reading up" on new adventures. My husband, Rob, would laugh at that. He stated once that I am the biggest "giant ball of twine" tourist that he knows. I go to great lengths to find that odd shop or museum to see or drive that back scenic road that no one knows about. I love all that "stupd stuff" as my Mom would call it. One has to appreciate the people whose ash trays, tee shirts and magnets adorn refrigerators across the globe. Tourist attractions, National Parks and amusment centers. Those that celebrate the odd and make money from the wierd and sometimes grotesque. Festivals and rodeos. Tours of haunted buildings. Love it!

 Each trip I make a book to work from. I love Google Maps and can print out day to day mileage and where we are going. Scrapbooking it with photos and info on reservations, places to perhaps go and see and eateries. 5x7 or 6x8 spirals, they rest next to the front console on the trip - ready for action.

My home has found objects (love anything rusted) and shells in baskets and rocks picked up from camping trips. Reminders of something tangible that brought me memories and joy. 

I think it's the textures that attract me. Funny that it isn't more colors. Considering that I am an artist by trade. Shapes too. Glass. Something small. I am a big grabber of that photo magnet for the side of my frig. A reminder that we adventured and didn't just spend our hard earned monies on bills, gas and taxes.

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