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Old 05-26-2007, 01:52 PM   #1
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Well, after four months of tear down and rebuild we are finally Scamping! Left Thursday and are doing our shakedown until Tuesday at Dead Horse in Cottonwood, AZ.

All of the mechanicals are working perfectly, and many thanks to all who post in the board as 90% of our mods and rebuild have been with your ideas and trials.

Since we have had such a smooth operation we have been able to concentrate on how two adults and two small children exist in 10 feet of space. Thank God for the DVD player!

I still have to do the final staining and finish on the new cabinets and some small projects, but as soon as I get those done I'll post the project pics for you.

We love the Scamp and thanks once again to this great group of fiberglass campers for your assistance. Off to the fishing lagoon!
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Old 05-29-2007, 11:22 AM   #2
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YAY!!! Must be great to be actually out camping.

Of course, now we're all expecting pictures and trip reports

Good luck with the small quarters and the kids
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Old 05-29-2007, 01:38 PM   #3
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Since we have had such a smooth operation we have been able to concentrate on how two adults and two small children exist in 10 feet of space. Thank God for the DVD player!
There are many ways to keep small children occupied. Get books or brouchures on wildlife, animal tracks, wildflowers, trees, insects, etc. When you're out try to identify and name the things around you. What kind of tree is that? What's this flower? What kind of an animal made these tracks? Try to identify a bird call by it's sound. Take a short hike and point out the differences between plants. Wildlife doesn't have to be large mammals, a catipillar will do. In AZ you can probably watch a lizzard or two.

In the evenings a campfire and roast a marshmellow or two. Listen to the night sounds, the wind in the trees, the night birds. Look at the stars and marvel at the universe we live in.

The list goes on and on and on.

As you can see, these activities aren't realted to spending time inside a trailer. These are the things your childern will remember and cherrish through out their lives. A movie on a DVD player will fade into the past. But an outdoor experience where nature is marveled at will remain forever. Our now grown children still remember the names of many of the wildflowers (the younest is 30). They still will stop and watch a catipillar crawling across a path.

I created a web page a number of years ago about hiking with small children. It's still being used today. Many of the tips there can be adapted to camping. Here's the link.

Interestingly, most of those things above my wife and I still do. This past week-end we watched several Hairy Woodpeckers tapping on trees. Noted the tall grass along a spring fed creek. Marveled at the spring that fed that creek. Chuckled at antics of Golden Mantel Ground Squirrels. Noted how the moon light and the sun light played with the mixture of Pondarosa Pines and Aspens.

I say thank God for all the marvels of nature.
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Old 05-29-2007, 03:44 PM   #4
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We took our grandson with and the best thing ever was the guy next to us had a talking parrot.

He sure loved that, still talks about it.

Not sure how to book a site next to a talking parrot tho.
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Old 05-29-2007, 11:53 PM   #5
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Well, we're back and we had zero issues with the rebuilt Scamp. Learned alot about the definition of "efficiency."

Kids had a ball and the park at Cottonwood was fantastic. Lots of hikes and fishing. Even found Beavers down on the Verde river.

My son said his favorite part was the new porta potty. hmmmm, kids.

We'd love to know where that parrot guy is hanging out.....
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:14 AM   #6
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Might this be the parrot you're talking about? As you can see, my wife had it for a while.
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:41 PM   #7
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Even though we aren't quite done yet, I've put together a slide show of our 81 Scamp project now that we are no longer "virgins" and have actually taken it Scamping.
We'll update the slide show as we progress further, but we have a pretty aggressive summer schedule of Scamping lined up now that the kids are out of school. Hopefully, we can continue to complete it between trips.
Hope you enjoy the egg show.

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Old 06-02-2007, 09:54 AM   #8
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WOW Great job!
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Old 06-12-2007, 01:36 AM   #9
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Brilliant!
Really nice work and presentation!
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