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Old 05-30-2013, 10:27 PM   #15
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"Butane"???? And if so: why not propane?

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Greetings. : ) because we are rebels!

OK, really because we have come to appreciate the simplicity and clean-burning butane appliances that are used by top chefs on TV shows and in live settings around fancy dinning settings...like this 12,000BTU stove here in our galley: )



We first got onto these nice stoves while doing research in our Van Conversion with Sportsmobile...they utilize the stoves in $100K van conversions, so we began using them in ours back in 2010. It just made sense to incorporate the stove into our trailer. . . and a butane room heater (yes there is plenty of air flow and it is safe!.. that can be argued till the moon has rings!) Our total fuel cost for the four days was maybe $4.00 When weather is nice, the stove is placed on our folding/roll-up aluminum camp table outside, when underway it is stowed in the lower galley cabinet.

And in the Van inside a kitchen box like this one Cari made:


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Old 05-30-2013, 10:37 PM   #16
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Great pictures highlighting your journey. My daughter's in-laws have lived in Astoria all their life. I have only been there once but loved it. Perhaps will meet some day. I lived in Wa for 10 yrs and there is nothing like the PNW.
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I kept a one-burner butane stove ( Thunder Range ) on top of the propane stove top in my tent trailer. It boiled the water for my morning coffee in less than half the time of propane.
These are widely used in Asia and are cheap.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:17 PM   #18
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THX for the shout out Mike.

Yes, Astoria and the north coast are certainly beautiful...as long as GREEN is one of your favorite colors! ; )

One of the things we enjoy most about the PNW is the mild climate which allows for year round adventures. And with these little trailers? All the more comfy.

Hi Glenn, yes the butane stoves are nice. I suppose if we were still calling the Sierra Nevada range our _home_ i would have gone with the propane systems inside since Butane is not a cold-weather fuel. . . but then i'd have to ask myself why the heck didn't i move camp! And even with snow on the ground from a freak storm up at the caldera near Bend Oregon last June the stove and heater still performed without issues. Not that we've had to do it, but the work around is simply putting a canister under your bedding before you get up, and then it's good to go, and the appliances we have include canister-warmer in their design. So if you can light it, you are still fine unless the temp falls below freezing. And except for some freak situation, cari and i avoid freezing climates at all cost! Snow is beautiful to look at from a distance...like snow capped Mount Hood...from Portland-Vancouver ; )
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:41 PM   #19
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I keep a Gaz butane lantern in the trailer as well as my white gas Coleman lantern. It's easier to light than the Coleman, and is much more compact and versatile. Butane (actually it's a blend) IS more expensive than propane, however.
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Classy job on the portable pantry, too! That's a steal-able idea.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:02 PM   #21
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THX for the kudos Bob. And i'll pass it on to Cari...she comes up with some great ideas! (like the back of our TACO with sleep platform).
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:30 PM   #22
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2013 June Quartzcreek Oregon trip report...

This is a trip report for Cari's and my 2013-06 Quartzville/Quartzcreek Oregon adventure...

We departed after working early shifts on Sunday June 23rd...on the road heading south on highway 101 at 12:30pm. We would take the HWY 26 junction in Seaside east to Portland, then south on HWY 5 to HWY 20 near Albany Oregon. We planed on meeting our daughter in the Lebanon Walmart parking lot at 5pm for dinner at a nearby restaurant. We arrived in the parking lot just after 4pm which was record time for us...Rochelle arrived at about 5:30pm driving from Sacramento California.

After dinner we drove the additional 45 minutes north east out of Sweet Home past Foster Lake, Green Peter Lake, and finally driving along the Quartzville National Back Country Byway.

This part of the river is a first-come-first-served 14 day max-stay off-grid camping area set aside by the BLM for public use. The river is open for seasonal fishing and year round prospecting. I'm not sure of the fishing regs as neither of us fish...we spend our time relaxing, prospecting, and rc-rock crawling.

Here we are from the road at ring #34...our "Bed & Breakfast" set up:



I have a detailed rig-report at _this post_ over at my Parkliner build thread here at FGRV forums.

Here is a shot of the camp looking up from river:



And another looking at the view from camp:



As mentioned in the rig-report we spent most of Monday through Wednesday under cover of tarp/awning/rigs due to steady but pleasant rainfall. Once out and about on Thursday we headed down to river and also hiked some nearby trails as seen in the images below:

The river at ring #34...where Cari spent most of her time looking for all-that-glitters ; )



and downriver:



My daughter and i hiked up a forestry trail and saw some pretty sights:

a small waterfall


a precariously perched tree!


And a spot on the river i visit every trip to the area...just south of a camp spot called "Miner's Medow"...


The camping part of the trip ended on a clear Friday morning. We headed down river and met at a restaurant for lunch. At about noon we said our goodbyes, our daughter heading south on i5 to Sacramento California ~9 hours away, and us north on i5 about ~4 hours back to the Oregon Coast.

Our next adventure is another 5 day trip in July...this time to the Mt. Rainier area in Washington state : )

Thank you for visiting our blog(s) and we hope you have a happy and safe camping season!

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Thom,
Looks like a great trip. The scenery is gorgeous. How far apart are the campsites? Are they pretty much distributed along the entire 11 miles stretch of the BLM area or clustered together? Glad you had a fun and relaxing time.
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...How far apart are the campsites?..
Hi Brian, yes the area is "Gorgeous"!

The ring placement varies. Most are individual sites about 1/8 mile or so apart. Some, like rings 34 & 33 are about 30 yards apart on a straight stretch of road (rare). There are also a handful of areas that have ~3 to ~6 or so rings in little loop areas, and also a main camp area as i mentioned called "Miner's Medow" that also has a large field for groups (i think this area can even be reserved).

Also in the same area is a BLM campground that is one of the most well manicured & natural-landscaped camps i've come across...
Yellowbottom Campground. For those who might enjoy being in a pretty park setting rather than pulling off the road and setting up camp on the river the $12 a nite is worth it! It is a dry camp and only has a nice-pit toilet and potable water next to the park's little cabin-greeting-reading room. They also sell fire wood.

funny...i did a google search for YB camp photos...an old post/picture i took of our TACO and A-Liner in the campground came up in the listing! Below is our 2007 Tacoma TRD 4x4 and 2009 A-Liner:



and a picture of the river that i have just sat, and sat for nearly entire afternoons looking at!

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2013-July trip to Mt.Rainier National Park WA

Just a quick teaser post with a couple of pics i took during our recent trip to Mt.Rainier National Park in Washington State. We spent five nights at the North Fork Campground off grid and loved the solitude as usual (we were the only ones in the campground except for the park host Sunday through Wednesday nite, and had two pull in late Thursday afternoon at the other end of camp).

Here is one on the Mt.Rainier Highway:


And another in camp:


More to come this week...
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We stopped in Mt. Rainier Park on our way back from Vancouver Island and vowed to go back for an extended stay soon. The distant mountain views are magnificent from modest hiking trails and the campground felt like "real camping".
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I love camping pics... I live vicariously through others and that's okay! We missed you at the Oregon Gathering thou...
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i'm being a really...really bad boy.

I never realized how difficult it would be to keep up a blog...when i'm having so much fun taking the pictures and going on the adventures to _fill_ the blog. One thing is certain...winters in the Pacific Northwest present plenty of opportunities to catch up on unfinished business like travel blog posting ; )

Here are a couple shots of our recent trip back to Quartzville Creek near Sweet Home Oregon during August of 2013. I have about 400 or so photos to sort through!

Our camp set up from behind the PL:


Out the PL window down to river:


From river up to camp:


and for something really cool... a link to one 360 degree panorama shot from camp. This is one really beautiful place to camp!

Link to 360 panorama of ring #10 at Quartzville Creek you can scroll left/right to view the entire image if you click to make it full size.

Happy Trails!
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