CAMPING CORNER                                                     


March 16, 17, 18, 19  2015


In spite of the LA traffic hazards and maneuvering through numerous freeway exchanges the Bruno’s and Roger Kepner made the trip from home to the Acton KOA in less than 2 hours. On arrival we found that one of the sites assigned to us was occupied.  When we inquired about the status we were told that the occupant was a couple from Pennsylvania and the husband had a stroke and was in UCLA hospital. Camp management then added an additional site to our reservation. Later in the day early arrivers were our hosts Dan and Beverly K6PQA, Dick Miller KJ6W. Max and Doris Smith KG6KDF drifted in from baseball spring training camp in Goodyear Arizona later in the day. Day campers Dan and Adrian joined us from Lancaster for the day.

On Monday arrival day the remaining campers arrived at various times during the day and everyone just relaxed and prepared for Happy Hour which again was held outdoors. In addition to the usual tall tales and shared memories, the philosophical question posed to the campers was, “why is happy only an hour?” to which there was a lot of opinions but no logical explanation. The conversation drifted to younger years which revealed that Dick Miller KJ6W had spent his teen years in the same area of Los Angeles that Dan K6PQA and Marcia N6ISW had lived and he attended John Marshall High School which was a rival to Franklin and Eagle Rock High Schools where Dan and Marcia had attended.  In later years Dick had lived in the same area of Orange County where Roger and Carole lived. More tall tales were exchanged and adult beverages were enjoyed until the evening breeze got cool enough to drive everyone indoors.


Tuesday morning brought comfortable cool breezes and bright sunshine. Topic for the Barnyard net was; if you could be a member of an exploring expedition; which would you choose? The choices were Lewis and Clark, Apollo Moon missions or Christopher Columbus. Overwhelmingly Lewis and Clark were chosen except for 2 brave souls who would like to go to the moon with the Astronauts. Pancake and sausage breakfast was served by the hosts followed by the chapter meeting.

After the Chapter meeting the campers enjoyed free time sitting around, reading, visiting with each other or walking around the park. Roger and Roxy discovered; while exploring the northern extreme of the park that the Pacific Crest Trail went right through that end of the RV Park. They also found a structure and a developed area that appeared to be a rest stop along the trail. Some campers explored the area around Acton looking for restaurants and markets (why is it always about food?)

At happy hour in the clubhouse the campers enjoyed green beer, peanuts & pretzels provided by the hosts. Everyone wore green in observance of St. Pat’s special day including a lady with green hair who claimed to be Irish but we had our doubts. Tall tales were shared along with recollections of when Irish eyes smiled and Irish mouths blinked. Dinner was a gastronomical delicatessen of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage and green beer followed by Killian Red ale and some Irish brown beers, ales and Miller Genuine Draft. Following dinner we were served ice cream with cookies topped with green sugar sprinkles. By 8PM, after everyone pitched in cleaning up the clubhouse we were ready to head back to the rigs to rest up and reminisce about the day’s activities.

On Wednesday morning 20 campers drove to the Lance Camper factory in Lancaster where we were treated to an excellent tour and detailed explanation of their manufacturing processes. Some of us were surprised that Lance also manufactures travel trailers and toy haulers. We followed the trailer assembly line from the assembly of the chassis to the delivery point. Lance also owns the trucking company that delivers the product to the dealers. We were impressed with the quality of materials and workmanship that goes into their manufacturing process and some remarked that; if they were in the market for a travel trailer, they would certainly consider Lance as a choice. Pictures of the tour are posted on the web.

Happy hour in the clubhouse included more Irish beers and lots of good conversation mixed with tall tales. Carole K6PUP arrived just in time for Happy hour after driving all the way from Temecula with one hand because of her broken wing. Marcia and Dick’s daughter Kelly came up from the San Fernando Valley and shared a game with the ladies; much to the consternation of the men who were relegated to the clubhouse. The men were left wondering what they were missing that was so funny. It was rumored that some men were worried that it was a sales presentation so they hid their wallets and claimed that they forgot to bring it. Just about dusk a big thunderstorm was brewing north of us and we saw several beautiful lightning displays and heard the roaring thunder. The men who claimed that the forgot their wallets were quick to take shelter for fear of a lightning strike. While we braced for a rainstorm it didn’t amount to much and by morning there was just a little dampness on the ground.

Thursday morning Barnyard net subject was “What is your most memorable RV experience and early rig”. Lots of great experiences were shared ranging from tent camping to Luxury RV’s camping. The rest of the day; when the campers weren’t at the Verizon “can you hear me now” hotspot next to the trash can trying to make cell phone calls, they were resting or exploring the area.

Several campers traveled to Sylmar on Thursday morning to visit the Nethercutt Collection of Classic Cars and musical instruments. This was the same venue that we visited at the campout in 2014 at Acton. Everyone enjoyed that visit and they were home in time for Happy Hour. At one point in that day everyone with a cell phone decided to make a call and rushed over to the “Can you hear me now” spot and Jim got a good picture (check it out on the web).  At Happy Hour more Irish Beer was consumed along with MGD, Bud Light and some good wine. Immediately following Happy Hour the campers enjoyed a great pot luck dinner provided by everyone. What a spread we had; even some veggie items for the non-carnivores.

On Friday the campers left one by one to their respective shacks with many memories of a great campout and all were looking forward to a good night’s sleep uninterrupted by train horns, bells, whistles and the clickity-clack of the wheels.


Footnote: The Acton KOA is under new ownership and there are plans to make some much needed improvements, maintenance and maybe even some cabins.




Camping Corner December 2014

The Holiday/Christmas campout was again at Golden Village Palms. Most all of us arrived Sunday and
were hooked up and ready to party by the afternoon. Dinner at El Vaquero’s was delicious as always
and an easy way to start the week.

Monday morn was free to finish up shopping, visiting with friends in the area, and just relax. Happy
hour was in the B room which is kind of small and was the site for the rest of our events.

Tuesday morning the officers served a bountiful breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and
assorted juices and coffee. Each member was given a Christmas coffee mug to use for the remainder of
the campout. Our chapter meeting followed. The rest of the afternoon was free for shopping, playing
cards, geo caching or just kicking back and listening to the rain on the roof tops of our rigs. We went
back to the B room for our gourmet Happy Hour and the Dogs for the Deaf Raffle. There were several
gorgeous handmade quilts, dozens of poinsettias, gift certificates, gift baskets and many many other
items. Everyone went away with smiles on their faces and the trunks of their cars loaded.

Wednesday morning after the net we had a pot luck breakfast and again went away with very full
tummies. A bit of free time before our catered dinner and the installation of new officers. We were
able to get back to our rigs before the rains came… And rain it did. So thankful to be warm and dry
during the deluge. By morning the rain had stopped and we had a safe and easy drive home. Many
many thanks all the officers who were the Hosts for this campout and especially to Ed and Glenda for all
their planning and effort .

K6ALM -- Amy