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Old 06-24-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
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I'm gettinjg free camping

Some of you may recall this past winter while I lay'ed in my trailer all winter that I explained my hobby of the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and how it purchased a never completed railroad right of way.

Well I have documents showing how a survey was to bypass the Tuscarora Mountain Tunnel and climb 200 feet and pass through Cowan's Gap SP. in central Pa. Well a new forester asked me to give a power point program on the history and in return I asked for free camping in the park with electric.


Well on July 8th and 9th I will present this history to the campers there. I think the foresters will be surprised by this history of their park as well.

I will also spend the 6, 7 & 8th at the Archives acquiring more documents on my hobby as well.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:16 PM   #2
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You obviously love what you do and it's paying off not only in tangible ways but untangible ways.

Have a blast!
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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So, what will you be camping in? I see you still have not purchased a camper yet?
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:15 PM   #4
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That's great! Enjoy your presentation and your camping time.

If I may be so bold and make a suggestion... you may already know this, but here goes. I studied PP presentations in a class 2 years ago, and I picked up a great tip. Many people make the mistake of putting the text of their talk onto the 'slides' and then simply read it; the attendees can get quite bored by this redundancy. I learned that it's better to use the 'slides' as a visual emphasis and reinforcement tool for the message, rather than as a means to convey (or repeat) the whole message. Photos, drawings, illustrations, and shots of maps can be accompanied by very brief verbiage... a caption, a quotation of a sentence or two, or just a short phrase one wants the audience to remember. When we gave our final PP presentations for the class, it was pretty clear which students had taken this to heart and which ones hadn't.

I just wanted to be helpful, but of course if does not assist you then please feel free to disregard. I think you have a subject matter for which PP will be particularly helpful, for I'm sure you have collected a ton of visuals to choose from.

P.S. If you can interject a bit of humor at the outset, it really gets them listening! My PP was on eminent domain... a dry subject, right? Well, I led off with a photo of a castle and the saying, "A man's home is his castle." Next frame had a picture of a rustic, weatherbeaten abode with the caption, "A modest castle?" (Meanwhile I'm talking about eminent domain.) Next slide shows an old outhouse, and next to it, "If that was a castle... this must be the throne room." Now they were all laughing, loosened up and paying close attention; no one wanted to miss a juicy detail. Near the end of the PP I did it again... when I got to the seminal case of Kelo v. City of New London, as I talked about the taking of land merely to hand it to private parties for economic development, I showed a picture of Godzilla towering over a white clapboard church and the phrase, "Do potential results justify the means?"
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:27 PM   #5
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"I'm sure you have collected a ton of visuals to choose from"

Oh yes I definitely have and thanks for the tip but I just show photos and loudly explain them or whats happening in the shown photos. I usually have a lot but set my time for 45 min. but the extra is for those who want more and are willing to want more to see. I usually have back up material. At that 45 min warning I usually stop and ask if they want me to stop or continue. I always get the continue sign. Also after the showing I get a lot of questions around the instructor crowds.

Once I had had a two part that I was showing at a railroad fair. I did a AM & a PM showing. Those who missed the AM showing because they choose to do a bus tour earlier in the day, came to see the PM showing and liked it so much that they asked me to repeat the missed AM showing so that they got it all in. The elusive South Penn is a great hobby and I have done many PP shows that I can do them by heart.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:34 PM   #6
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So, what will you be camping in? I see you still have not purchased a camper yet?
I have a 6x10 utility trailer right now but am still looking for something a bit larger. Money is my problem right now. Have been in my utility trailer for a year now.

Comforts: Honda e2000 gen, Vizio TV, DVD player, Fridge, Toaster oven, Toaster, 40 cup Coffee maker for a HW tank, Microwave. Full size bed. Atwood furnace. Coleman camping stove.
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I have a 6x10 utility trailer right now but am still looking for something a bit larger. Money is my problem right now. Have been in my utility trailer for a year now.

Comforts: Honda e2000 gen, Vizio TV, DVD player, Fridge, Toaster oven, Toaster, 40 cup Coffee maker for a HW tank, Microwave. Full size bed. Atwood furnace. Coleman camping stove.
You do what you can do with what you have. Good for you and good luck finding an 'egg to lay in"... Sorry... had to say it, LOL.
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I never thought of one of those coffee makers for a HW tank. Briliant, I'm learning alot on this site.
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Russel,

Your post is very timely for me, brought back memories. I have been reading 'Harry's Excellent Adventure'. It's about the road trip that Harry and Bess Truman took after he left office. I was just at the part where they were entering the Pennsylvania Turnpike. We lived near Philadelphia when I was a kid and often took the Turnpike to visit my grandparents in Ohio. I used to know the names of all 7 tunnels but realized that all I could remember was the Kittatinny so ypur post and the book prompted me to look them up. Sad to hear that 2 are closed, we used to get stuck in the backups at the tunnel entrances so I see why but it was all part of the adventure. Good luck with your talk, wish I could be there to hear it.

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Russel,

Your post is very timely for me, brought back memories. I have been reading 'Harry's Excellent Adventure'. It's about the road trip that Harry and Bess Truman took after he left office. I was just at the part where they were entering the Pennsylvania Turnpike. We lived near Philadelphia when I was a kid and often took the Turnpike to visit my grandparents in Ohio. I used to know the names of all 7 tunnels but realized that all I could remember was the Kittatinny so ypur post and the book prompted me to look them up. Sad to hear that 2 are closed, we used to get stuck in the backups at the tunnel entrances so I see why but it was all part of the adventure. Good luck with your talk, wish I could be there to hear it.

Kathie
Believe it or not, the tunnels are in order from east to west along the main line of the present Pa. Trpk.

1. Blue Mountain (west bound tunnel is railroad)

2. Kittatinny (west bound tunnel is railroad)

3. Tuscarora (east bound tunnel is railroad)

4. Sideling Hill (Part of a bike trail)

5. Rays Hill (Part of a bike trail)

6. Allegheny Mountain (railroad Tunnel still exist to this day along the west bound tunnels)

7. Negro Mountain (Still looks like it did 120 years earlier)

8. Quemahoning (Still looks like it did in 1916 years earlier)

9. Laurel Hill (Bypassed in 1965 Now being used by Chip Gannassi Race team)
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I've often wondered how a covered utility trailer would do as a camper. Did you add any windows and/or vents to yours? Does it have a side door or do you use the real door(s)?

Like AndyGee, I had not thought of a 40 cup Coffee maker for a HW tank, very clever.

Having a Full size bed is very good to have, one of the reason I had wondered about using one as a camper, to have room for a queen size bed.

I would think it wouldn't be too hard to install a small window ac in one as well, but just into the wall.

Creativity can make life work better. Congrats and much success in your endeavors.

Thanks for sharing.
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I've often wondered how a covered utility trailer would do as a camper. Did you add any windows and/or vents to yours? Does it have a side door or do you use the real door(s)?

Like AndyGee, I had not thought of a 40 cup Coffee maker for a HW tank, very clever.

Having a Full size bed is very good to have, one of the reason I had wondered about using one as a camper, to have room for a queen size bed.

I would think it wouldn't be too hard to install a small window ac in one as well, but just into the wall.

Creativity can make life work better. Congrats and much success in your endeavors.

Thanks for sharing.
The trailer has all that I need. Vizio 19 inch TV, Majic Chef Fridge, Microwave, Toaster, Toaster Oven, Honda 2000e Generator,

As for a AC, I sit in the sun and have the back door open with a wooden screen door and the side door is open as well. Cross flow of air is good.

I installed a 1900 Atwood camping furnace last Christmas after getting rid of the blue flame heater the day after Christmas as that was making water drip behind the walls. I am able to leave in the day when temps are dropping for about 6 hrs B4 the temps drop to the teens outside and inside when I return it is just getting into the 35 degree temps. Kept a keen eye on this. Nothing froze last winter. Have been in my trailer for a whole year. This year I am going to take everything out to insulate it. YES I have lived in an un insulated trailer all year in temps dropping as low as the low single digits. Yes it can be done. Propane lasts on the furnace for 3 days on a 20 lb tank. I get it refilled at 16.00 a tank at U-Haul.

Te thermostat is at hand reach so at night I lower the thermostat to almost off at night and blanket up through the winter nights.
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Russell, sounds like you've got things set up fairly well. You're in a custom outfit tuned to your needs what could be better. Good stuff, I enjoy reading about others resourcefulness it's inspiring.
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