Local mines near Nevada City

August 25, 2009

While searching (in vain) for a cool new domain name, I stumbled upon the CaliforniaMaps.org web site. As you can see from the snapshot below, there’s lots of local places to go looking for empty mine shafts to fall down:

Nevada County Mines

Check out the interactive version here.

A Man and his EuroVan Camper

August 8, 2009

After 10 years of on-and-off discussion, we finally took the plunge and bought a 1997 EuroVan Camper – or 97EVC for members of the club.

EuroVan Camper at Westport

EuroVan Camper at Westport

Being able to pull in, pop the top, and kick back was huge.

Though we’re still working out the kinks in our travel setup and procedures – as a fellow EVCer said, it’s like living in a sailboat. You have to plan things a few moves in advance, so you don’t wind with the bed extended and the (blocked) cabinet containing your toothbrush.

And thank goodness for the EVC Yahoo group – without their help, I would have been totally stuck.

We’ve got a typical list of things to fix, buy, and figure out before the next big trip:

  • The dreaded Norcold refrigerator stopped working on propane. And the burner on light fell out (again).
  • Cruise control stopped working.
  • There’s a small coolant leak.
  • The driver’s side windshield wiper fluid doesn’t squirt.
  • There’s a new crack in the windshield.
  • The headlight low beams are way too low.
  • The rear (hatch) door sometimes doesn’t unlock.

But in spite of the problems, we had a great time. And we would have never spent two wonderful days camping in the redwoods at Humboldt State Park, or seen this amazing memorial to the town of Pepperwood, which was wiped out in the 1964 Eel River flood.

Memorial for town of Pepperwood

Memorial for town of Pepperwood

The caption says

To Pepperwood

And It’s Loved Ones

Gone but not forgotten

Presented by

Fortuna Chamber of Commerce

Inquiries to the Fortuna CoC for background and grammar checks have gone unanswered.