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Old 02-18-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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Unwanted Surprises

I’m sure all of us that have been RVing for a few years have encountered a few unwanted surprises in our travels. Here are a few photos of some of mine.

The first photo doesn’t look like an unwanted surprise but it was a real nail biter. It was our departure day from Yellowstone and we were headed out toward the east exit. The road was under repair and had been stripped to hard packed dirt which was getting quite slick because a light snow was falling. Although it doesn’t look like much, it was a steep mountain grade we were heading down. I really had a white knuckle moment when I encountered a large tour bus coming up the grade, I believe my wife closed her eyes and held her breath.



This next photo was on the road to our destination campground in South Dakota. WHAT??? I’m pulling a fifth wheel that is 12’6” tall and 8’ wide. I was very nervous as I continued on. Fortunately the campground was just around the bend which was long before the tunnel.



The next photo was taken at Meramec State Park right here in MO. Although the sign is obvious in the photo, it’s not quite so noticeable sitting up in the cab of the truck. The state also hung some yellow warning tape in the tree. The tape was even less noticeable than the sign.



OK, this last one is more of a “what the heck” surprise. Really? Low flying aircraft? Again my trailer is over 12 feet tall, how low do these aircraft fly?

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Old 02-18-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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WOW!!!

Those aren't camping trips.......they're camping adventures!

Maybe you should put a warning light on top of your 5'er for those low flying aircraft.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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My biggest fear.........." LOW CLEARANCE " and seeing the sign...............BANG....
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:49 PM   #4
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LOL on the "low flying" aircraft!
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:00 PM   #5
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"I'm flyin' low, I'm in high demand
Go fifteen feet over the Rio Grande
I'll blow the mesquite right up off the sand
Seldom seen, especially when I land
I'm a treetop flyer
Born Survivor"

Go Stephen Stills!
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:56 PM   #6
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This was the second day of our trip west to colorado near the raccoon river in Iowa (forgot what campground state park near des Moines) last summer. It rained all night and he whole campground had standing water the road was flowing at the exit where the river was coming up. Glad we left when we did.

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This was later that day in western Nebraska east of north platte on 80. Nothing says oh no like the storm chasers passing your 30 foot trailer pulled by a 3500 Chevy express 1 on van. It was a day full of fun sights. We pulled over and watched the super cell go north of 80 and even saw some funnel clouds from a long way away (thank goddess) it crossed the highway but we stopped and let it go northeast before we drove into it.

Needless to say our kids will never forget that trip. The next 15 days of the trip seemed a little dull with the usual camping trips in the Rockies and black hills. Compared to the first 32 hours.
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In all the years of our travels we've never seen one of those storm chasers...thank goodness. It would really give me the willies to see a convoy of them.
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Ya I should have not yelled "look what's next to us." With a van of four sleeping kids ages 6-12 and a sleeping wife just as the radio public service alert kicked in about a super cell crossing i 80. took a few miles to calm a few down . It was cool though once we realized the direction of the storm and our location.
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