High over the Arkansas River.

The Royal Gorge Bridge crosses the the Royal Gorge 955 feet (291 m) above the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colorado, measuring from the bridge deck to the river below.

Royal Gorge, Colorado, August 23, 2004 - 3

The bridge held the record of the highest bridge in the world from 1929 to 2001, surpassed now by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China.  It remains the highest bridge in the United States.

Royal Gorge, Colorado, August 23, 2004 - 2

The bridge was built in 1929 between June 5 and late November. Costing $350,000, it was built with the intent to be a tourist attraction and operated as a toll bridge.

Royal Gorge, Colorado, August 23, 2004 - 1

In June 2013, a wildfire slightly damaged the bridge, but devastated the rest of the park.  Thirty wooden planks had to be replaced on the bridge.  The incline railway was severely damaged and the aerial tramway was destroyed.

Phase One Construction to rebuild the park was approved last month by the City Council of Canon City.

Three from the Road – no. 4

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Info for this post is from Wikipedia. See the Royal Gorge Bridge article for more information.

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Shafer Canyon and White Rim.

Several old roads are visible from the top of the mesa called Island in the Sky in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park.  Most are relics from mining and prospecting in the past.  Shafer Canyon Road drops from the top of the Mesa all the way down to the Colorado River.  White Rim Road, connects part way down Shafer Canyon Road.

Shafer Canyon Road, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, September 28, 2011

Shafer Canyon Road, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, September 28, 2011

White Rim Road, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, September 28, 2011 - 2

We haven’t taken any of the unpaved roads in the Island in the Sky part of the park as high clearance vehicles are recommended.

Three from the Road – no. 3

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Louisiana–in Missouri.

We visited Louisiana, Missouri, in June 2007, while staying in a campground nearby.  We discovered a number of interesting murals there.

Louisiana, Missouri, June 8, 2007 - 1

Louisiana, Missouri, June 8, 2007 - 4

Comparing a modern day image from Georgia Street with a mural depicting the same street from the early 20th century, you can identify some buildings that still exist.

Louisiana, Missouri, June 8, 2007 - 3

In the image below, I blended the two photos above, juxtaposing the now with the then.

Louisiana, Missouri, June 8, 2007 - 2

Three from the Road – no. 2 (with an extra)

Places that we’ve visited.

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Foggy Day.

Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas, January 3, 2007 - 1

Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas, January 3, 2007 - 2

Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas, January 3, 2007 -3

Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas, January 3, 2007.

Three from the Road – no. 1

Three from the Road is my newest series of images from places we’ve visited.  I have a large number of digital images preselected for sharing.  One image will be randomly selected – or, in some cases, semi-randomly – and then two other related images will be selected.

In some instances, it may make sense because of the number of photos available or because of the subject of the images to use more or less than three images.  These will still be part of the series, but will be annotated by , for example, plus two or minus one, to delineate that it’s still the same series, just modified.

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Travel Trailers–New Page!

imageTravel Trailers explained & links to current travel trailer RV builders.

The new page for travel trailers is finished and published, with applicable links being redirected to it.

The new site is progressing, as well, with material from this site being incorporated there.  It’s still not open to the public, though, except for those who just happen across it.

Here’s a few example images of travel trailers from Flickr (creative commons licensed images):

Airstream Travel Trailer

Airstream Travel Trailer in McCloud, California, October 23, 2010

Buick_Roadmaster_Riviera_with_travel_trailer_at_Vestbirk_Camping,_Denmark_by_Slaunger_2013-07-27

Buick Roadmaster Riviera with travel trailer at Vestbirk Camping, Denmark, July 27, 2013
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Scamp travel trailer

Scamp travel trailer, North Berkeley, California, October 2009

AttributionShare Alike Some rights reserved by awduthie

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New page for Teardrop Trailers

imageTeardrops explained & links to current teardrop RV builders.

The new page for teardrop campers is finished and published, with applicable links being redirected to it.  The page explains teardrop campers and has links to teardrop manufacturers with listings of current models.

Here’s a few examples of teardrops from Flickr (creative commons licensed images):

Teardrop Base Camp near Leavenworth, WA
Teardrop Base Camp near Leavenworth, WA

Our Humble Teardrop Trailer at Apgar Campground, Glacier National Park

Our Humble Teardrop Trailer at Apgar Campground, Glacier National Park

 Overland Expo 2009

Overland Expo 2009

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Gus gives some Tips on Trailers

By MARTIN BUNN (Popular Science, December 1936)

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THAT’S one fad that won’t last long!” Nate Pendleton remarked derisively, as his eyes followed a trim, streamline motor trailer skimming smoothly down the road behind a smart new sedan.

Gus Wilson, half owner of the Model Garage, hung up the gas hose and replaced the filler cap on Pendleton’s car. He smiled slowly. “Maybe so, Nate, maybe so,” he observed, watching the trailer outfit disappear around a bend in the road. “But you’ve got to remember that it’s a fad that has been popular, in one form or another, for a long time now. If it weren’t for the fact that lots of our ancestors had a mighty strong urge to go places and do things, we wouldn’t be here today. Touring in an automobile is just a modem form of that instinct, I guess.”front yard.”  (Read entire article here)

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RV Terms and Definitions 05

Back-up monitoring system – camera and navigation screen used as a aid to backing up or reversing the RV.  The camera is mounted on the back of the motorhome and the screen on or near the vehicle’s dashboard.  Since the camera faces rearward, the display on the screen is horizontally reversed so that objects on the vehicle’s rear right show up on the right side of the screen and those on the rear left show up on the left – in other words, the camera output is displayed in a mirror image format oriented as a driver would see in a rearview mirror. The system can also be used in the same manner as a rearview mirror to monitor traffic behind the RV as well as anything whatever is being towed, though this may be limited due to the mounting angle of the camera and the use of a wide angle lens.6

Note: This post is part of a continuing series created during the development of a glossary of RV Terms and Definitions for a new website.

Ball mount – the part of a ball hitch that the trailer hitch ball is attached to.  Receiver-type hitches use removable ball mounts while fixed drawbar hitches – attached to the vehicle frame – and bumper hitches have integrated holes for attaching the trailer hitch ball.

For safe and comfortable towing, the trailer should always be as level as possible. A level trailer will put less strain on the connection between the trailer and hitch. It will also help the trailer stay in line behind the vehicle. Because trailer and vehicle heights often differ, a ball mount with a Rise or a Drop may be needed.7

Basement, basement model – storage area below the floor of the recreational vehicle. Basement storage is more commonly found on Class A motorhomes, some Class C motorhomes, and the forward storage area of many fifth wheel trailers. Basement storage areas allow pass-through storage, where one or more compartments can be accessed from either side of the camper.  Basement models are RVs that incorporate large storage areas below a raised chassis.

Battery – direct current (DC) electrical power source.  RVing batteries have two applications that require different battery designs: (a) powering house or coach DC components and (b) starting power for the engine and powering chassis DC component for a motorhome or tow vehicle.

Batwing antenna – roof mounted television antenna that can be raised and lowered from the inside of the RV using a hand crank combined with a manual control used to rotate the antenna. Batwing antenna are characterized by two horizontal “wings.”


6 Wikipedia – Backup camera
7 etrailer.com – Choosing the Correct Ball Mount

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