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Old 03-06-2007, 06:13 PM   #1
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My passion for over 25 years has been the hobby of metal detecting, and when I go camping, I have two or three detectors with me...one for water hunting, one for land, and maybe one as a back-up; anyone else pack their hobby along on an egg-spedition? Any rockhounds or prospectors, birdwatchers, or arrowhead collectors out there?
After retiring 10 yrs ago, I did the obvious thing...started my own home-based business...what else !!!...selling metal detectors !!!
The Trillium gets packed pretty tight, what with detectors, digging tools, chest waders and such, but the upper bunk seems adequate to hold it all when travelling, or on a site at night.
What hobbies do YOU take on the road ? Where do you stow your gear ?

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Old 03-06-2007, 07:42 PM   #2
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Hi Joe
My first love is canoeing and I can't go without fishing tackle. Often camping means going where there's canoe water. So, I've got the canoe [one of four] or a kayak [one of two] on the roof rack, and paddles life jackets, bailers, throw ropes and a ton of fishing gear, poles,nets and other sundry items. The back of the Dakota is pretty well full up with this stuff plus tarps, propane stove, table top BBQ, dining shelter, folding chairs and don't forget to put in the dogs kennel, food, leads and ropes. Geepers, can I get the tonneau cover on? Oh yeah, there's the leveling blocks, jacks, water containers, propane cylinders and hoses and cords. What' you want to go too? That means extra luggage and your beauty bag, art supplies and an easle. Mabee it's time to put the topper on the back. Where's my hicking gear? Camera? I must have forgotten something. The binoculars mabee? Put more air i?. The tires are starting to sag?
Waddya mean we're draggin bottom? I haven't even hooked up the trailer yet.


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Old 03-06-2007, 08:49 PM   #3
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Main 'road hobby' is playing my English concertina - it's very compactand stows neatly in one of the dinette storage lockers.

Here I am in a dockside municipal CG in Nova Scotia, serenading sea gulls with a few old sea shanties. If the squeezebox were invisible when I played, it would look like this:
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:02 PM   #4
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When we travel to a new area we like to geocache. Using our portable gps, our laptop and our palms we find treasures hidden at great locations all over the world.
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:08 PM   #5
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My hobby on the road is Ham Radio/shortwave/scanners. I have a scanner mounted in the trailer and glass mount antenna for either the scanner or dual band transceiver. Also have an Icom ic706 hf 100watt radio and Webster FIBERGLASS antenna on the back bumper of the Compact II for all band use. When camped near trees in the woods I string up a length of wire for better reception. I camp in places where cell phones do not work and it's nice to have a way to help.
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:23 PM   #6
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OK, Joe. You got one of the birdwatchers to answer.

We are not yet retired, so our trips are limited in length. We plan our trips around bird areas, and often go back to the same ones if they're not too far (i.e., a holiday weekend). We spend the summers in SE Arizona when we can, and winters elsewhere in the desert.

We pack binoculars, spotting scopes (his and hers, we don't like to fight), tripods, vests, hat, and LOTS of books. We carry most of it in a crate in the truck for easy access, putting it under the bed at night. (Carrying the crate also helps avoid those "Ummm....where are my binoculars???" moments. )

Books go in an upper cabinet (over the bed) so they're accessible for nighttime reading. Oh, and the bird song tapes and CDs (you gotta have em!)--they're going on the iPOD soon. Easier to carry that way.

The great thing about this hobby/obsession is that there is always something to see or hear. Even if you've seen a bird in one place, you can always enjoy it in some other place. And you can sit and enjoy a cold, frothy beverage and claim you're listening to some obscure call/song/noise that no one else can hear.


Birds, binoculars, beer.
Life is good.
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Old 03-06-2007, 10:03 PM   #7
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Hey Joe, Have done metal detecting in past (white eagle) still have it but not getting much use. Main hobby is string music, mandolin and acoustic guitar. Attend at least four Bluegrass festivals each year and like to just jam with others. Lots of fun. Store instruments on back seat of truck when it's not too hot. Under bed of camper at night.

Kayaking usually close to home, fishing and swimming.

To quote Pogo Possum " Sometimes I sits and thinks and other times I just sits" Bill
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:06 PM   #8
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I have the internet. sigh.

I usually walk the campgrounds or area I am in lots. I have two dogs that like walkies.

The main reason I got the trailers was to get myself out and walking after a serious illness. It has worked great and now I don't look at it as excercise.. I enjoy it, and so do the pups.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:59 AM   #9
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Like James, I too bring along the handmade canoe and the fishing gear but that is what I may do in the mornings or early evenings and for stowing it goes on the tuck rack but in the evenings I like to sit by the fire and play soft tunes on the guitar with rides nestled between all the soft sleeping bags and pillows on the rear dinette/bed (folded down in bed position) of the Lady-Bug, our 13 ft Boler.
On those rainy day my wife and I can spend hours just browsing stores and malls for hours.
Gerry the canoebuilder
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Old 03-07-2007, 05:34 AM   #10
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Old 03-07-2007, 06:07 AM   #11
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To quote Pogo Possum " Sometimes I sits and thinks and other times I just sits" Bill
Ah, Bill... I sure miss Pogo. Great memories of bygone times.

I enjoy photography and frequently wander about aimlessly and look like an idiot pointing a camera at mundane things in and around campgrounds. Folding bicycles have become a passion, and are generally found in and around my campsite unless I'm out spinning around somewhere. I have a cheap guitar that I play at, generally to the chagrin of anyone in earshot.

Some years ago, I read an essay entitled "The Fine Art of Porch Settin'" which, of course, sang the praises of settin' and takin' the world in as it passes by. Sometimes that's the most appropriate hobby while camping and traveling. A glass of good wine, good company, and porch settin' under the awning on a warm summer evening. Doesn't get much better than that!

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Old 03-07-2007, 06:21 AM   #12
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For me a lot of the time I have the Trill in tow is going to and from jobs that I do out of town.
So being on the road itself has become the hobby.
I used to just drive from destination to destination and now even a WalMart parking lot can be an adventure,usually is!
I have stayed in my clients driveways in South Florida which is very interesting and in odd little campgrounds through-out the mountains and just parked and camped too.

I also have the Trill. outfitted with Amateur radio gear what could be better than "Ham & Eggs"?

I also take a Bike wherever I go,Sometimes two and there is always a good ride waiting.

I would be lying if I didn't include the Internet and Photgraphy too.

I am busier than I thought.

Overall though the entire camping hobby is enough to keep me busy.

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Old 03-07-2007, 07:43 AM   #13
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I'm learning to do pine needle basketry and think it would be a great complementary activity to "porch-settin'" while camping.
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:10 AM   #14
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I have a lot of "hobbies" that I do at home. Far too many, most times. When I first got my trailer, I took many things along to keep me busy. I have found that taking my trailer out is my road hobby. I have yet to touch any of the things that I take. I still have the same book I took to read when I got bored or when I went to bed at night. In five years, I haven't gotten past the first few chapters so I keep starting over. I also retired my clunky TV/DVD combo and picked up a small dvd player. It stays stowed most of the time, too, but it's small enough not to get in my way.

I'm not really sure what all I do when I'm on the road, but I think I'm related to Pogo. Sometimes just getting in three meals for myself and walking the dog several times pretty much eats up my day.

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