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May 31, 2006

Boise, Idaho: Trailer Fire

Filed under: Idaho,Places To Visit,Travel,Video — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

On our drive to Mt. Hood, Oregon, we stopped in Boise to gas up the car. On the way back to the freeway, we noticed the huge plume of smoke coming from the RV park, so we went to investigate. We were horrified to see that a trailer was on fire in the RV park. The fire department was already on the scene, so we stayed a safe distance away and took some video footage.

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In an instant, your vacation can go from happy to horrific. Here are some safety tips from RVTravel.com to keep this from happening to you.

Here is a summary of their list:

  • Check radiator and antifreeze hoses for leaks.

  • Check fuel lines and connections for leaks.

  • Regularly clean build up of grease, oil, and road dust on the engine.

  • Check tires for inflation and brakes for leaking brake fluid.

  • Damp charcoal (as well as rags soiled with car wax and other flammable liquids) can spontaneously combust.

  • A hot exhaust pipe or catalytic converter can ignite dry grass.

  • Shut the propane off at the tank while driving.

  • Check the flue for birds nests before starting your refrigerator on propane.

  • Keep flame, cigarettes, and sparks away from batteries and check them monthly.

  • Check all 12-volt connections before and after every trip.

  • Properly clean up any fuel leaks or spills immediately.

  • Never leave a stove unattended or use it to heat your coach.

  • Keep all towels, curtains and paper towels as far from the stove as possible.

  • Develop an two escape plans (one in the front and one from the rear of the coach) before a fire occurs.

  • Review with everyone the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” rule so they know what to do when clothing is on fire.

  • Make sure everyone knows how to open the front door.

  • Choose a meetup area outside of the trailer so everyone can be accounted for.

  • Show everyone how to unhook electricity and how to close propane valves.

  • Practice unhooking your tow vehicle as quickly as possible to avoid spreading the fire to other vehicles.

  • You should have three fire extinguishers for your coach—one in the galley, one in the bedroom, and one outside of the coach in an unlocked compartment or in your tow vehicle. Inspect them monthly.

  • Place a CO/Smoke Detector in the coach. Know what it sounds like and check it regularly.

  • Save lives first and property second. Get yourself and your family to safety before attempting to extinguish a fire. Only if you can do so without endangering yourself or others should you use firefighting aids on hand.

  • It’s crucial to know your location so firefighters can find you.

  • If you have a quick-disconnect fitting on your water hookup, these hoses can be unhooked instantly to fight a fire. If a nearby coach is burning and you cannot move your coach but can safely stay close enough to keep it hosed down, you may be able to save your own vehicle.

Don’t let a RV fire happen to you. Take these safety tips from RVTravel.com seriously and make the necessary precautions.

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May 30, 2006

Boring, Oregon: Way Beyond Boring

Filed under: Oregon,Places To Visit,Travel — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Back Up and Push by Way Beyond BoringNo matter where I go, I am always on the search for interesting local music. A couple of weeks ago, Mike and I went to the Mt. Hood area of Oregon. We stayed in Welches, Oregon. At the coffee shop, I found this CD by a local group called Way Beyond Boring.

The name of the band is a play on words because there is a town nearby called, Boring, Oregon. This group is Way Beyond Boring. They’re all the way to Welches, in fact. The CD was a fund-raiser for the local school district. I was surprised to see that they had nothing on the Internet about themselves, so I gladly added them to the Boring, Oregon Wikipedia Page.

Back Up and Push by Way Beyond BoringSadly, you can’t buy this CD online, despite its entertaining content. This group sounds like the bottle jug and mouth harp bands of the deep south. If you enjoyed the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? then you’ll love these folks.

Wherever you travel, be on the lookout for small CDs sold at the local stores. They might not be the kind of music that you usually like, but they will give you a taste for the area far more than the local restaurants. These gems can become the soundtrack for your trip and every time you listen to them, they will remind you of your travels.

May 29, 2006

Video of Times Square

Filed under: Travel,Video — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

The another post in the “Tourist in My Own Town” series, Viddy Well added its Times Square video to the list.

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Listen to the traffic and the voices of the tourists. Watch the signs blink their messages at you. Will you read thier words? Will they tell you anything? It seems like I only see Times Square once a year: New Year’s Eve. On the television, it’s so full of people for the New Year’s celebration. It was surprising to see it relatively vacant in this video.

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May 26, 2006

Video Tour of Lakeview Park – Oshawa, Canada

Filed under: Canada,Places To Visit,Travel,Video — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Continuing the “Tourist In My Own Town” theme, Mike Moon has posted an excellent video showcasing Lakeview Park in Oshawa, Canada.

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I love the video of the swings, especially when the camera focuses on the point where the swings connect with the frame. They squeak and bend under the weight of the swinger. Enjoy the sound of the lake water hitting the sand. It’s a “kick in the butt.”

Via: videoblogging : Message: Tourist in My Own Town

May 25, 2006

A Video Tour of Seattle, Washington

Filed under: Travel,Video — Laura Moncur @ 6:21 am

Using Google Earth, photographs and film footage, Lean Back Videos presents you with Seattle.

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I love how the video will show you the site on Google Earth and then show you the site in reality. Reality is better every time.

Next time you are feeling trapped at work or home, remember that your home town is an exotic travel destination to someone else. Look at your city with new eyes and see what you can see.

Via: videoblogging : Message: Re: Tourist in My Own Town

May 24, 2006

Travel Size YOUR Way

Filed under: Travel — Laura Moncur @ 9:58 am

Free giveaways from hotels... what do you do with them?

Every time you stay in a hotel, they give you a little bottle of shampoo, conditioner or lotion. There’s never enough shampoo in one of those bottles to wash my hair once, so the bottles are no good for reuse when traveling. Or are they?

There are lots of products that I want to take with me when I travel that I used to leave at home. My facial cleanser is one of them. I always used to tell myself that I can just wash my face with normal soap and then I would wonder why my face would break out EVERY time I went on vacation.

If my facial cleanser came in a travel or trial size, I would have gladly bought it, but I’ve never been able to find it, so here’s what I did so I can travel size MY way.

Free bottle of shampoo from a motelFirstly, I found my favorite shaped bottle out of the huge pile of saved bottles of free samples from hotels I’ve collected over the years. I liked this bottle because it was easy to squeeze the product out without damaging the bottle. Next, I used up the shampoo that was in there. It wasn’t enough to get my hair to a soapy lather, but at least I didn’t waste what was in there.

I cleaned the bottle thoroughly with hot water to remove all the shampoo. The best way to do this is to fill it halfway with hot water, cover the top and shake the bottle. Since you can’t fit a brush or cloth in the tiny thing, shaking it up with hot water is the best way to clean it out. After about ten “fill, shake and dumps,” the water quit bubbling and came out clean. I dried the bottle exterior thoroughly.

Then I went to Google Images to find an appropriate label for the bottle so that I would remember what I put in here. I typed, “Neutrogena Foaming Facial Cleanser” and instantly, I found several images of my favorite product. Right click on the best one and choose “Save Image As…” to save it.

Right click on your favorite image and choose Save Image As...

After saving the image, I used Adobe Photoshop to print it up, but you could also use the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. I cut out the photo and used clear packing tape to attach it to the bottle. Facial Cleanser for TravelMake sure you completely cover the photo with the packing tape and that it is sealed all the way around the picture. Otherwise, the photo will run if you get the bottle wet.

Here is what is now in my travel case. This bottle couldn’t hold enough shampoo for my hair for a week, but it easily holds enough facial cleanser for that long. Go find that pile of free shampoo and conditioner in your bathroom drawer and set up a travel case for yourself with your favorite products. Next time you travel you’ll have the shampoo, conditioner and facial cleanser of your choice instead of being at the mercy of whatever the motel was willing to give you.

May 23, 2006

Lonely Planet Urges You To Get Your Passport

Filed under: Travel — Laura Moncur @ 10:08 am

I don’t have a passport. I admit it. I’m one of the Unwashed 77% that doesn’t have a current passport. Lonely Planet is urging all the people of the United States to “do something great for your country. Leave.”

“We at Lonely Planet believe that international travel is one of the best ways to increase understanding, promote tolerance and help create one planet. Travel is a powerful source of personal enjoyment, enrichment and interest for both the traveler and the host. American citizens can play an important role as ambassadors of their country, serving as agents of understanding, tolerance and mutual respect as they travel out into the world and interact with people in other nations. Yet currently less than 23% of Americans have passports.”

I agree that traveling outside of your comfort zone is an experience that will make you grow both physically and intellectually. I guess it’s time that I go to the trouble and get my passport.

Via: Meriblog: Meri Williams’ Weblog » links for 2006-05-23

May 19, 2006

Old Town – San Diego, CA

Filed under: California,Places To Visit,Tourist Attractions,Video — Laura Moncur @ 10:18 am

Last month, Mike and I went to California. Our friends there took us to Old Town. It is a state historical park with antique buildings and shops. I was on a quest for the most beautiful Milagro cross, but I didn’t find it there. Instead, we had a relaxing lunch at El Fandango and listened to the music. Here is a snippet of that day in my life.

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There are so many small places that are vying for tourist attention in the noisy tourist haven of Southern California. Sometimes the best time is spent quietly eating tortilla chips and listening to the band in an old building.


Where: Old Town State Historic Park: San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street San Diego, CA Google Map

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May 17, 2006

Drive from CA to LV in 1 Minute

Filed under: California,Nevada,Places To Visit,Travel,Video — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Lan Bui lives in Orange County, California. The four hour drive from the OC to Las Vegas, Nevada has been condensed into this short, one-minute film.

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I love the drive from California to Las Vegas. It’s a quick drive and there is Barstow to stop at along the way. If you are trapped at work, take the minute to download this video and enjoy it.

May 16, 2006

Drive to Ski Hill – Apex Mountain

Filed under: Canada,Places To Visit,Travel,Video — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Click here to see all three videosThis a link to three beautiful videos of Devlon’s drive to Ski Hill at Apex Mountain in Canada.

Sometimes we have skiing as late as May in Utah, but it’s very rare and really rocky. If you still have a skiing jones, you can head up to Canada for some spring skiing. The area is beautiful. Just make sure you don’t get lost.

For More Information:

APEX Mountain Resort Advanced Ski And Snowboard Terrain

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