The tree stump that refuses to die

  The stump that wouldn’t die Normally when you cut down a tree and leave a stump, it dies. Eventually it rots and other plants begin to grow from the “nurse” tree. But notice that nothing grows from this Douglas Fir stump near Crater Lake. That’s because it’s still very much alive. The reason is because before it was cut down its roots had grafted onto its... Read More

Never get lost with Avenza maps – use even offline

  By Bob Difley Imagine being out in the boonies somewhere, as we RVers tend to do quite often, and you find yourself just a little lost. So you open your smartphone to get directions and — no Internet connection. Also imagine that you had already downloaded the Avenza Systems map for your area through its free app, and voila!... Read More

Overnight with prehistoric graffiti near Phoenix

  By Bob Difley Most historic or recreation sites managed by the BLM don’t get a lot of publicity and even less advertising. So you may zip on by such a location and not even know it existed, or that you’ve passed within a stone’s throw from it. Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, about 90 miles southwest of Phoenix, is typical.... Read More

Protect your RV’s finish with long handle neoprene sleeve

  By Bob Difley Accidentally scratching the paint on an RV with a metal handle while washing it is a thing of the past with Shurhold Industries’ new Handle Mate PFD. It protects RV surfaces from scratches, dings and other blemishes that can be caused by unintentional slips. The Handle Mate PFD is a durable black neoprene sleeve that fits... Read More