Crested Butte 2019!

Emily


Evening, Peeps!

Guess where we’re going to Airstream this summer???!!! I have secured six weeks remote travel and we’re heading to Crested Butte in July and Silverton in August!

Summer 2019 Map

Think we’re excited?

Um… Y E S!

So seriously, I’m losing my mind with excitement. If y’all have any ideas for things you want us to post/vlog/record please comment on this post. One of the ideas we’ve got brewing is a scenic tour covering Colorado 92. We’re going to make a weekend drive through some of the best country the Rockies has to offer.

Colorado 92 Tour

Obviously since I do enjoy this tiny little thing called mountain biking, I’ll also be bringing you plenty of content about the Evolution Bike Park. Plus I’m planning a ride on Teocalli Ridge, which is going to be bonkers.

In the meantime, if you’re from Colorado or you’ve been there and there’s something you really think we should do around Crested Butte and/or Silverton please comment on this post!

Peace out, I look forward to hearing from you!

 

700 Watt JL Audio Thumpstream!

Emily


Good morning, Peeps!

Several weeks before Fred and I made our 2019 Moab migration I began working in earnest to replace the Airstream’s stock stereo system; primarily because the Clarion head unit was near death. But I’ve also disliked the factory speakers for some time so this was the chance to finally make a fix. Mind you the Clarion speakers weren’t horrible, they’re just designed for a low power application and therefore come off dull and garbled. For me this was hard to swallow since my home system is Bowers & Wilkins speakers matched to Parasound amps; very high end stuff.

Enter Unique Car Audio.

I think these guys should really advertise they do mobile audio, as in – anything that moves on water or wheels. They put stereos in cars, trucks, boats, UTVs and yes, even Airstreams. So we took the Airstream down to Gilbert, a suburb of Phoenix, and got down to business.

 

 

I selected JL Audio for the sound equipment because I found the speakers bright, crisp and punchy. With a high-pass filter in place the mids only drive mid+high frequencies leaving out muddy bass. The mids also accommodate coaxial mounted tweeters which saves on space but makes no compromises on sound quality. The sub drives a really rich deep bass with no overtones. JL Audio also manufactures some of their equipment in the US, which is consistent with the rest of the Airstream’s Americana theme.

The final wiring diagram for this upgrade looks like this.

Total Schematic 2

For those of you interested in part numbers:

JL 12" Subwoofer
Part# 12W3v3-2
Qty: 1

JL 5 Channel Class D Marine System
Amplifier 700 Watts
Part# M700/5
Qty: 1

JL 6.5" Convertible Component/
Coaxial Speaker System
Part# C3-650
Qty: 2

JVC 2-DIN Receiver
Part# KW-M75BT
Qty: 1

Pioneer 2-DIN Installation Kit
Part# ADT-VA133
Qty: 1

And finally, please enjoy our video with lots and lots of detail!

Peace out!

 

Hurricane Cliffs St. George UT

Emily


Morning, Peeps.

As promised, here’s the last of the St. George edits from 2018. For this segment we rode the Mellow Jem route out at the Hurricane Cliffs. This route is a blend of Jem, Dead Ringer and Connector back to Jem.

The trail overview didn’t mention the real possibility of a horrible death falling off the trail, which is stupidly close to the cliff edge, as you’ll see. But we survived.

Peace out!

White Reef Loop St. George UT

 

Emily


Evening, Peeps.

Way back in December we went up to St. George to do some winter Airstreaming and of course some mountain biking too.

Now behold, my very first video documenting the experience. I mean “mine” as in I edited this video.

Not Fred.

Me.

The editing experience has given me a whole new appreciation for Fred’s work, and this was a quick video! Anyway, we call these “Snack Bars” because the video’s only a couple minutes – about as long as YouTube analytics tell us people watch our videos anyway.

So enjoy this snack, peace out and see you soon.

Airstreaming the Redwoods

Emily


Evening, Peeps!

The hard part about blogging after a trip is realizing all the things you should have done. For example, I wish that I’d realized I was going to start a blog. If I’d known that I would have spent much more time taking better pictures.

Case in point, the redwoods. They just don’t photograph well except in the vertical format, which annoys my photographer sensibilities. And then when you finally find the time to write about it the pictures you did bother take just aren’t quite up to the task – you have to scroooooolllll to see them all.

Still:

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That’s a camper to the right there – imagine you’re standing right down at the base. Gawwwd they’re big!

Redwood Rewind

So let’s catch up.  The reason I’m talking about this is in mid 2017 we left Vacaville (close’ish to San Francisco) after completing some unexpected repairs to the Airstream and I was determined to get us to the redwoods come hell or high water.

To get there we took the 101 north to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Vacaville to Humboldt Redwoods State Park

For our overnight we stayed at the Giant Redwoods RV & Camp right off the 101 where the opening picture above was taken:

Giant Redwoods RV & Camp

I have to say, Giant Redwoods RV & Camp was just wonderful. The vibe was laid back and easy, there was lots to explore including awesome access to the South Fork Eel River. Sites were level, shaded and equipped with full services:

 

There was a nice new clean bathhouse and the owners were friendly and accommodating. They even placed some calls for us to work out a glitch in our Good Sam membership. I also super appreciated their laid back welcome for dogs.

Crescent City

The next day we drove up the 101 which hugs the coastline. Our destination was Redwood Meadows RV Resort which is just outside Crescent City.

Humboldt to Crescent City

Although the 101 hangs precariously to the seaside cliffs, and the trees are thick, you still get heart-stopping views like this one now and again. I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing  ;o)

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When we passed through Crescent City and managed a little time to explore the water. The bay is so shallow the water recedes extensively at low tide.

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Finally we made our way to Redwood Meadows RV Resort, of which I managed to get exactly zero pictures.

Redwood Meadows RV Resort

Even without the pictures I can say only good things. The park has trees but it’s been substantially thinned so satellite reception, ironically, was just fine. Our site was level, clean and fully equipped. People were friendly, though evidently there had been some problems with theft in the past. Prices, in my opinion, we exceptional both for the time of year an ambiance.

The best thing about this campground though was location. Perched right on the edge of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park the park offered convenient access to Crescent City and exceptional access to acres of redwoods. We made frequent trips into town for supplies but still felt very much “away from it all”.

Riding the Redwoods

Ah yes, my favorite topic. Mountain biking.

Located close to Redwood Meadows RV Resort is the Little Bald Hills Trail, which is located directly across the Smith River from the RV park. Strangely getting there involved a somewhat serpentine though jaw-droppingly picturesque route.

Little Bald Hills Trail

Part of the drive includes a covered bridge which I think might be made out of redwood. I sort of expected to see Ichabod Crane.

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The trailhead begins at Howland Hills Road, which is surrounded by tall and dense redwoods. The road is narrow and winding but parking at the trailhead was spacious enough for half-dozen trucks.

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From there things got intense. This trail runs at a grade sometimes over 20% and with the humidity running 100% within seconds the sweat was rolling off of me and attracting car-sized mosquitoes. But who cares, look at this place!

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Interestingly one of the strongest memories I have from the redwoods is the smell. It’s a very distinctive pleasant sweet odor. I can still smell it when I think about it.

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Flowers were uncommon, only sprouting up in rare patches of open sunlight.

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The climb was absolutely brutal, requiring frequent dismounts due to fitness and thick dead-fall. Still, at the top I was greeted with a fairy like view. I found that the higher I got the redwoods gave way to more common pine and less fog.

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Despite the murderous climb I rode this trail a half-dozen times during our stay. It’s not for the lighthearted but damn what an experience.

Reflections

Our trip to the redwoods had the best possible outcome – it made us want more. We only spent a couple weeks there due to our soon-to-end travel so now we have a little seed germinating that will almost certainly take us back to there for a much longer stay. This place absolutely has “it” and we can’t wait to go back.