Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tubing and Kayaking the Black River, Wisconsin


We have been spending too much time around the RV lately, we are both busy cultivating our respective hobbies and have taken little time to explore our new found Summer Resting Place at Lost Falls Campground in Wisconsin.

Finally the heat wave broke a bit, ( we have been having heat temps in the 100 degree range for over two weeks), and we took the day to check out the beautiful river in our backyard.

First I had to find a new appropriate bathing suit, which was a challenge in itself, (I prefer support and as much coverage as humanly possible), and tons of Sun Screen, (I am allergic to the sun), then we hit the water for a day of relaxing and clam shell picking.

The river was exceptionally low with the drought we are facing here, but it was still great fun with no risk of drowning or flipping in the current...

I chose an inner tube for my craft and Doyle had to have a kayak, this really worked out because I just tied my tube to his rig and he towed me down the river as we went, (this Gal IS smart!).

We found plenty of beautiful shells for Doyle to carve and many places to stop and take pictures of the local scenery. Most people aren't aware that Wisconsin rivers are full of the most beautiful large freshwater clams and at one time was the center of clam harvesting for the nations buttons.

We only collect "dead" shell, (clams that have died and been pre cleaned by river otters and raccoons).

We were especially pleased to find this wonderful crisp, clear spring with ice cold water to wade in!

We were mostly alone on the river other than one family of tubers who passed us by, the river is too low for most watercraft this year but all in all it was a great time and we plan on going out tomorrow with two kayaks and take the long ten mile run.

We still have a week or so left of our five week vacation, then it's back to work almost every weekend until November. Looking forward to getting back to work, but hate to leave our New Summer home that has been so good to us!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Sarcastic Luxury Caravan Motor Coach from A-Cero Review

Luxury Caravan from A-Cero


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Some time ago we’ve shown you luxury caravan Futuria and now you have a chance to compare it with another one created by architectural studio A-Cero managed by Joaquin Torres. This mobile home was created for long term living and has everything you might need for this even a garage. All furniture is created from Corian to minimize vibration while movement. Interior is created in minimalistic style and could be easily called elegant. So move on and take a look at this luxury RV.

 
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Maybe that Mercedes logo should be a big bigger, but overall, it's not bad looking on the outside... a little top heavy maybe...
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Now THAT'S A SLIDE!
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Look! It has a Baby Car, although it doesn't really look like it will fit in the small door...
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I'm sorry, this model gets my "Looks like a Blood Bank Mobile" Award for sterility, utilitarian layout and discomfort of living features!

The only departure from the Sterile Medical Clinic White is spotted cow hide interior? Are you joking? It cries out for a three legged stool and a straw bale to give the place a little TEXTURE!

And the Dining area, nothing says "Hospital Cafeteria" more than sitting down at a narrow ledge counter for your dining pleasure! Eliminating the Clinical backless chairs would be a smart move since you can't get around scraping those chairs in and out to access them or move through the coach, Oooooh, maybe they are nailed down for the complete "Doctors Office" experience!

The place mats remind me of those foam noodles you use in the pool sliced up and hot glue gunned together, I can just see the incredibly expensive Graphic Interior Designer laughing all the way to the bank on that little farce, ("I can't believe they actually bought into the "Noodle Mats")!


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It is so white on the interior you won't be able to tell where the walls are and you will be continually staggering into them, and don't plan on ever letting anyone, including yourself walk into this thing without taking a shower and donning a sterile suit because the first thing you touch on those glossy surfaces is going to leave a hideous mark!

It that a projection TV I see on the smoked glass wall? Hmmmmm. Something tells me this is not such a good idea with glare and all, but maybe the glare isn't too bad because the windows are all so very tiny, what is wrong with RV designers not wanting us to see outside? Maybe the view is not so good in the million dollar RV parks where they cram you all in together like a Walmart parking lot so you don't want to see outside...

And the couch, millions of dollars to spend and the only couch they could come up with is your standard cut foam angular seating, I'll bet there's cup holders carved out of the couch arms! Here's a suggestion from "Ugly Couch Building 101" College Design Class, say you build an ugly white couch which seems to be covered with Martha Stewart cheap wrinkled sheets and want to make it look chic, put a light under it! Light up your swollen ankles and highlight your varicose veins for all the world to see! I've got ten bucks says the couch converts into an equally tasteless and uncomfortable foam bed for unwanted company....
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The bedroom should have a sign that says "Not Actually for Use by Human Beings, for Show Purposes Only!" It reminds me of the bedroom in the final scenes of 2001 Space Odyssey almost expect to see an old man under the covers and a fetus floating nearby.


The bathroom features mirror on every wall and no evidence of a toilet, after all, who would want to see themselves life sized taking a dump? You would not catch me naked in this room....ever. And a tub? Obviously all of these futuristic RV's have unlimited water storage and waste facilities...

Just another example of designers who have never actually camped making the million dollar design mistake of a lifetime. This one gets a big fat Zero and my "What were you thinking... Award"! The only possible way this unit could redeem itself was if you hated your neighbor and you parked this puppy out in front of his house, he would never enjoy the feel of the sun on his lawn again.
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