Test Drive

Yesterday, I hitched up the Scamp and drove 45 minutes to Astico County Park, a county park and campground in Dodge County, Wisconsin.   Many years ago, I served as a law clerk for Dodge County.  One of the judges liked to take me out for lunch every week or so.  One time we passed a wayside off Hwy 60, and the judge mentioned to me that there was a nice county park and campground across the Crawfish River from the wayside.

Twenty years later, I took him up on his recommendation.  The campground wasn’t far away, offered electric services, riverside camping, and reasonable fees at $27/night (including reservation fee).  While most of the nearby state parks were booked up, only about a third of the sites were occupied last night at Astico.   Here was the view of the Crawfish River from inside my Scamp. Continue reading

Date Night

I’ve spent the last few weeks making some minor repairs and mods to the Scamp.  One of the lights wasn’t working above the dinette.  That fix required drilling out four rivets, disassembling the upper cabinet to expose the wiring, removing the light, cleaning out the switch, and putting everything back into place.  I also switched all the interior lights to LED as an energy-saving measure.

Additionally, I added a propane tank so that I now have two 20 lb tanks with an automatic transfer valve for when a tank runs dry.  I confirmed that the water pump works, along with the water heater (which had a leak that needed to be fixed). Tomorrow night, I’m taking the Scamp on an overnight test trip.  In a few weeks, if all goes well, we will take the Scamp for a weekend trip along the Mississippi River. Continue reading

Close to Home

While other people sleep in on this Saturday morning, my body wakes with the sun and urges me up.  A few minutes after 6 a.m, Elvis the dog  and I hiked into town, up and down a few hills, and past a quiet Main Street.  The cafe was packed with old folks.  The more trendy coffee shop and cupcake shop were still empty, waiting for the upscale younger crowd to wander in. Continue reading