Monthly Archives: August 2010

Up Next… Travels with Charley (?)


I’ve been a voracious reader since I learned to read and got my first library card in grade school, so I always have at least one book that I’m reading, and a couple of backups. Beginning when I was in … Continue reading

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Another decision made: we’re going for the tent


Although I knew I wasn’t going to put the rooftop tent on the Element, I did take a few days to fantasize about it. Meanwhile, the idea of a tent that would attach to the Element (or be free-standing) and … Continue reading

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Maps, maps, maps!


There was a package for me when I went to the post office the other day.  It was almost better than Christmas – I FORGOT I ordered SEVENTEEN maps plus camping guidebooks from AAA! Max was curious about the little … Continue reading

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Sleeping on the roof…


My friend Peter D sent me this link to a fabulous pop-up addition to the Element, which would allow me to sleep on the roof! It’s made by Ursa Minor, a company in Chula Vista, CA – south of San … Continue reading

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The platform fits the car!


Well, it wasn’t quite as easy as I expected. First of all, getting the back seats out was its own little dance. Once I got one freed from its locking mechanisms, the other one was a snap. So, with the … Continue reading

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Self doubt and other things…


John Steinbeck wrote in Travels with Charley: “In long-range planning for a trip, I think there is a private conviction that it won’t happen.” My private fear is that I will “chicken out,” as I have these thoughts every day … Continue reading

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Getting ready…


I found a plan online for a sleeping platform for my Honda Element, got all the components on Sunday at Lowe’s and made the darn thing! It’s been puppy tested – and approved. 48″ x 47″ with 12″ legs so … Continue reading

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