Archive for February, 2009

Very Cool Graphics

February 27th, 2009

Scene Systems, Inc. creates animations for accident reconstruction investigations. This link goes to the page where they created an reenactment of the US Airways jet landing in the Hudson River. The video includes audio streaming between the cockpit and the ground controllers — It ‘s pretty darn amazing how calm everyone was….

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February 24th, 2009

The NASCAR car haulers are coming into town and they are staging at the lot directly north of the South Point Casino. Some very cool trucks are parked out there.

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Most, if not all, of the trucks will be participating in a parade up the strip on Thursday the 26th. The colorful NASCAR team haulers, transporting the Sprint Cup race cars that will compete later that week in the Shelby 427, will parade north on the Strip starting at about 10:00 am. They will drive north Sahara and then back on I-15 for the short drive to the LV International Speedway. The speedway expects 48-50 haulers to take part in the parade,

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Where in North America is this?

February 22nd, 2009
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Gen has created a new version of the “Where in the World is this Place” and it is now vexing many of us on the RTA Forum. Here are two of the latest puzzles and some of the photos are from the personal collection of Gerald “Road Hacker” Thurman….

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Trailer Tent.

February 20th, 2009

When we are not road tripping in the US enjoying the open road with an RV we like to head off in our trailer tent. We also have what you call “pop ups” over here in the UK but the type of trailer tent we use is quite rare. It is very light and smaller than most,  easy to tow and easy to get down the smallest of lanes or up the steepest of hills.

The real beauty is that it is very quick and easy to get erected.  This is much to the disappointment of the caravaners who like to turn the sun chairs in the direction of anyone arriving with a tent and sit there giggling,pointing fingers and pulling faces while you are trying to sort out where each pole belongs and getting frustrated. [Been there done that] Funny how some people get their entertainment!

Anyway here’s our “second home.”


OK. We get it level on the ground and put the adjustable legs on the luggage rack [handy for carrying gear if using a small tow car] ready to open it.  Open the rear door and release the catch inside that is holding it shut.


We then open it out and, to the disappointment of those onlookers wanting entertainment, there is only one short pole that inserts inside the poles in each half to make it one solid bar.


They start to think, “There must be a lot more poles in there somewhere” as they look on. Well no there aren’t — all we have to do now is pull it over like a pram hood, peg the front down and extend the poles to tighten the canvas.


Inside there is enough room to store fold away tables and chairs, fridge, portable TV, gas cooker and bottle, Porta potti,lamps, electric cable  and all the other bits and bobs you might need. There are two inner tents that turn each part of the trailer into two separate bedrooms at night and into a settee during the day. It basically has everything we need stowed inside.


And there we are, all ready to crack open a can or two and light the BBQ.  Although it takes some time to do all the little bits for a longer stay in the same place, for an overnighter you could have it ready for a nights kip in less than half an hour. All in all a good little unit if you like that sort of thing.


Lyman Lake State Park in Arizona

February 18th, 2009
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Lyman Lake State Park in Arizona

Lyman Lake State Park in Arizona

The Arizona Republic (Arizona’s state newspaper) allows people to be bloggers. I posted the following to my blog on 18 February 2009.

We spent Presidents Day 02009 weekend in a cabin at Lyman Lake State Park. On previous visits we stayed in yurts.

Lyman Lake State Park is located about 10+ miles south of St. Johns on US Hwy-191/180. Using a loop comprised of US Hwy-60, AZ Hwy-260 and AZ-Hwy-87, a Tempe/Lyman Lake road trip is a 460-mile scenic drive.

Like water? Lyman Lake is huge.
Like petroglyphs? Lyman Lake has them.
Like to hike? Lyman Lake has hiking trails.
Like day trips? Lyman Lake makes a great hub.
Like to experience silence? Lyman Lake provides it.
Like New Mexico’s mother nature? Lyman Lake is next to NM.
Like constantly morphing weather? Lyman Lake won’t disappoint.
Like to see star filled night-time skies? Lyman Lake on clear nights.
Like to hear rustling trees and howling winds? Lyman Lake is the spot.

We visited Lyman Lake State Park this last weekend because we had read where it is at risk of being closed. We hope it doesn’t happen, but if they border the park up it could be years before it re-opens.

Lyman Lake from cabin

Lyman Lake from cabin

Northern Section of Layman Lake

Northern Section of Layman Lake