Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hero Truck Camper Saves

Saturday morning the residents at the end of the cul-de-sac woke up to a disturbing emergency. Mr. and Mrs. Gish had a family breakfast to attend at 9am across town and there was no hot water.  Their 2006 Lance 1030 Truck Camper rushed to the rescue by providing hot water and safety for morning showers.

“I was beside myself,” Mr. Gish said when prompted for a statement, “I just could not go to breakfast without a shower and a shave. It would have been too embarrassing.”

During the night, the aged water heater in the home had sprung a small leak that let all the hot water out. The offending unit was located next to a drain, which contributed to the success of resolving the emergency. Later inspection revealed little to no damage to personal items or property other than the water heater itself. The offending water flow was terminated at the outer wall of the basement. Arrangements have been made for a new unit to be installed Monday afternoon.

“I need to drive down to the local camp ground and dump the tanks,” Mr. Gish conveyed “then we can boondock in the driveway until Monday.”  Mrs. Gish seemed unphased by the whole event.

Thanks go out to the truck camper once again for making a family emergency seem like a non-event.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Graduation Weekend

We took a little trip of about 180 miles so I could take a little walk and pick up a piece of paper. Saturday the 9th I walked across the stage at commencement and picked up my Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance degree from Kansas State University - Salina.

I headed out first thing Friday morning to make a 1pm commencement practice. My mom went with us as it was Mothers Day weekend and her birthday. I am the first of her kids to earn a degree. It was great to be able to bring her along. Reservations were made at the KOA in Salina, Kansas. I booked a deluxe cabin for my mom and a 30amp site for our truck camper. Debbie joined me late Friday night after work.

The campground has been continuously managed for over 50 years. I lived there for two years in our fifth wheel camper while I attended school. The owners are wonderful, easy to get along with and will do anything to make your stay enjoyable. It is at exit 252 on I-70. I would highly recommend it if you are passing through.


 Across the road from the KOA is the Central Kansas Flywheels Museum. It is worth a visit. This is a video I made during an open house event they had while I was staying there. If you like antiques and old tractors and such it has some neat rare WORKING steam equipment.

I spent two years in taking classes, then finished my requirements online over the last two semesters. We had fun seeing old friends and catching up with my professors. The fifth wheel got sold when I moved back to Olathe. We just had no where to store it and no plans for any immediate traveling. We just picked up this truck camper last month. We really missed have our get away home. We have lots more adventures planned. Friend us and check back in to see what we are up to. Here's a hint... we leave for Florida in about 6 weeks for a two week trip.

A Weekend at Hillsdale Lake

This was actually two weekends ago, I have been so busy I am just now getting around to putting this post together. We packed a few goodies into the camper and made the 30 minute drive down to the marina at Hillsdale Lake. We found a place right in front to back into and proceeded to stealth camp for three days. Off the grid baby, yep, boondocked. We had heat, running water, cold beer and hot food in-between rain showers, boat rides and fish catching. You can see the dock where our boat is parked through the trees behind our truck camper.

The first night we had an awesome sunset that Debbie captured for us.

The next morning I made breakfast after a bit of morning fishing.

The fishing was not spectacular, the rain and storm system kept them spooked the whole weekend. I did end up catching a few, two White Bass, two Drum, one Walleye and one Crappie.

This was the first weekend we really got to get the boat out and it ran great. We had some work done to it in the fall and are glad we did.

Sunday we stopped at K&M BBQ in Spring Hill, KS on the way home from the lake. The Deluxe Dinner with ribs, brisket and sausage filled the bill for me.