We then attended the Mid-Atlantic Truck Camper Rally in Virginia. It was our first rally and we really enjoyed it. I would like to host a rally in New York state. Just to let you all know that New York is more than skyscrapers and blacktop. Time will tell.
Next was a fourteen day trip to Maine enjoying our granddaughters and the ocean. We stayed in a campground south of Bath, Maine. I enjoyed picking the old Banjo and having granddaughter, Cosette, who is ten years old, join in with her fiddle.
We spent twelve days at the Dutchess County fair camping and enjoying the granddaughters with their sheep and 4H activities.
We delayed our usual trip to Key West this year. It a combination of severe weather in the northeast, fuel prices, one child moving, and general confusion. I will state uncategorically that we really missed a month or so of snowless winters in the south.
It was a short season for us, however we are still traveling in the 1997 Ford F-250HD diesel with 123,000 miles and the same 2002 Northern Lite camper ten-2000 .
Ladies’ Week Part 2: The Adventures of Barbara Hartman
I took my eighty-two year old mother on a November truck camping trip to Florida. We stayed at some very nice Georgia State Park campgrounds and with friends in Florida.
On the drive down we camped at Red Top Mountain State Park while visiting Atlanta and the aquarium. The second day at Stone Mountain my mother made the climb to the top and back.
In Florida we stayed with friends in Webster, home to a very large flea market. Our friends took us to visit the Homasassa Wildlife Park which has a large collection of native Florida wildlife. We went canoeing on a local river with the gators and then to the Crystal River where we had a close encounter with the manatees. Before returning north, mom and I drove over to spend the day at the Kennedy Space Center.
We camped at Skidaway Island State Park while visiting Savannah. We did the bus and walking tour, visited a haunted house, went to Paula Dean’s Restaurant, and enjoyed walking through the many squares. Mom now wants me to take her on a trip to Maine and Nova Scotia.
Allan and Yvonne Huntly
Allan Huntly: Truck Camping Over Scotland
Hi from Scotland! Since last July the Huntly clan has tried to use the truck camper as much as possible, with several trips up to our favorite West coast. More recently we went on a trip to the Americana festival held in Newark Notinghamshire. Americana is a tremendous event. It’s four days of live country, rock and roll, and rockabilly bands with a huge American car, truck, and RV show. We now know that there are at least four truck campers in the United Kingdom! We are not alone.
East End Campers set up the truck with the ability to tow behind the camper. The plan is to tow my micro light when we head up North. The whole set set up was spot on towing the trike some 500 miles with no drama at all. We are continuing to thoroughly enjoy the whole set up and are looking forward to next summer’s big trip to France.
John Bull: From Emergency to Adventure
Last fall we built a new pad for the camper and it makes a huge difference. Now I can use my truck for hauling.
In January we headed Southwest, stopping at Hueco Tanks near El Paso to camp and take a tour of their petroglyphs. At Tombstone we barely made it out alive. We avoided the shootout at the OK Corral and the ice cream was great. We spent the night at Kartchner Caverns nearby and took the tour. My wife wouldn’t go into the hole in the ground. We made our way to Quartzsite to camp on BLM land for a week and visit the flea markets in town. From there we headed to Joshua Tree and San Diego where we took the Trolley Tour. We returned to Arizona via Yuma, where we visited a Camel Farm and a Date Farm. If you have never had a “date shake”, you are in for a treat. Traveling back to Quartzsite on a Sunday we came upon a Chapel in the middle of nowhere. We stopped for some reflection there. Leaving Arizona via Willcox, we visited the Rex Allen museum.
Meanwhile back in Kansas they had two feet of snow. TGFMTC (Thank Goodness For My TC)!
Paul Kellagher: Truck Camping in Ireland
Since I last wrote in Truck Camper Magazine we have continued to explore the more remote parts of Ireland and beyond. Last summer we headed to Europe for three weeks. Getting to Europe from Ireland generally involves more than one boat. After sailing to Scotland we followed the historic route of Hadrian’s wall across northern England to Newcastle. The overnight boat took us to Ijmauden port in Holland. Following the Rhine we crossed the bridge at Arnhem where many allied forces laid down their lives during World War II. Crossing into Germany we explored ancient castles along the Rhine.
We moved on into the Swiss Bernese oberland spending a week there walking and climbing. We returned home via Chamonix in the French Alps, Fontainebleau and Paris. We tried to stay on Aires or Stelplaz as often as possible these are French and German overnight halting places and generally costing 5 to 6 Euro per night. They provide basic facilities, fresh water and toilet and grey water disposal. These are generally located on the edge of small villages providing opportunities for local shopping and exploring. Switzerland is an expensive country, camping costing 28 Euro per night! Central Europe is much to populated to provide much in the way of wild camping opportunities.