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2011 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar: Behind the Scenes

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Photo Location: US Forest Road east of Mountain City, Nevada
Truck: 2006 GMC 2500HD
Camper: 2001 Lance 845

“I took this photo on July 5, 2010 during my annual trip from California to Montana and back.  The trip takes about three months and is part of the six months of solo living and traveling in my truck camper.  I was taking a lonely Forest Service dirt road about eighty miles north of Elko, Nevada to a new campground.  The beautiful yellow flowers were quite common in the area (and other nearby states I found later).  I’m a sucker for pretty flowers, so I couldn’t pass up the shot.  I definitely took it thinking it could be a winner.  It was!

As a side note, within thirty minutes after taking this photo I got terribly stuck in some deep dried-mud ruts of that otherwise fine lonely dirt road.  Someone finally came along in a 4X4 truck and pulled me out.  Needless to say, I was very relieved, since there was no cell phone service there.  So the day included a contest winning photo taken, followed by the worst RVing predicament I’ve been in during my five years of ramblin’.  You can read more about it on my RVing website, www.RamblinRalph.com.  Select the “Sporadic Blog” link.” – Ralph Goff

May: Sigurdur Grimsson

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Photo Location: Draghals, Iceland
Truck: 2008 Ford F-350
Camper: 2006 Adventurer 810WS

“This picture was taken in early June 2010.  We were traveling with friends who had camped at this spot some thirty years ago and we were eager to repeat the experience.  In order to get to this spot one has to have a four by four and very low range gearing.  After owning almost every type of towable we were finally enjoying the freedom of truck camping and being able to get to remote places as we used to when we were a bit younger.  This was boondocking at its best – no one around and crystal clear, Kalda (Cold river) some twenty feet away.  After a BBQ and bedtime stories we went to bed while the river hurried to a nearby lake, which easily put us to sleep with its soft pouring sound.” – Sigurdur Grimsson

June: Suni Williams

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Photo Location: Punta Canoas, Baja, California
Truck: 2006 Toyota Tundra Limited 4×4
Camper: 2003 Four Wheel Camper Hawk Model

“This shot was taken on a week long solo surf trip in the remote region of Baja’s central Pacific coast.  As I recall it was at the end of the long first day after about twelve hours behind the wheel.  I arrived to find mediocure surf but a fantastic sunset with a view a view to the south where my journey would later take me.  This part of the coast stretches for approximately 150 miles via a maze of remote dirt roads and silt beds.  There are no towns, no gas, and no services.  You are on your own out here.  I saw two vehicles in seven days.  A trip to this area is always an adventure.” – Suni Williams

July: Mike Johnson

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Photo Location: Quoddy Head Light in Lubec, Maine
Truck: 2008 Chevrolet 3500 DRW 4×4
Camper: 2008 Eagle Cap 1160

“My wife, Lisa, and I were on a two-week trip to the northeast when we went to Quoddy Head light in Maine.  Neither of us had spent any vacation time in the northeast so we headed up the coastline from North Carolina with a destination of however far north we could make it and return home while seeing the fall leaves on the way back.  We asked people along the way what we should see and if we heard the same thing twice we went there.  The coastline of the eastern seaboard is really awesome.  Quoddy Head Light is the easternmost point in the United States so it was a must see, however you don’t get there by accident!  We ended up driving six hours total to get to the light and back.  As we arrived the sunlight was fading and had only minutes to take photos of the lighthouse and truck camper.  The day had been rainy, but the sun was coming out and as it went down so we had good conditions for the photo.  After the sun disappeared over the horizon we headed to Lubec, Maine, the easternmost city in the United States, for lobster.  What a great ending to a perfect day.” – Mike Johnson

August: Mike Johnson

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Photo Location: Portsmouth Island, North Carolina
Truck: 2008 Chevrolet 3500 DRW 4×4
Camper: 2008 Eagle Cap 1160

“Portsmouth Island is a special place steeped in the history of North Carolina.  The now abandoned village once served as part of the shipping lanes for North Carolina.  Seagoing vessels couldn’t navigate the shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound so their cargo was offloaded to smaller ships for the trip across the sound.  Portsmouth Island served as the port for that transfer.  Now, Portsmouth is a haven for fisherman, hunters, birders, and those wanting to spend time on a deserted beach with the only inhabitants of the island, large mosquitoes.  My dad and I were looking for the right spot to fish this afternoon when the golden light of sunset started to appear.  Remembering the Truck Camper Magazine photo contest I headed out in search of a winning photo.  Luckily conditions aligned and the shot made the calendar!” – Mike Johnson

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