Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Been there" decal U.S. maps -- RVer philosophy

Driving through the campground, keep your eyes open. It's donuts to dollars that you'll be sure to spot at least one rig with one of those U.S. map with the "stick on decals" stuck to the side of the unit. These things do raise the occasional campfire discussion – on two points. Truth and resale.

public domain image on wikipedia.org
In the neighborhood of the truth – just what constitutes a valid time to put your decal on the map? Do you have to travel with your RV into that state to count the coup? If you just went there sometime – even without the rig – can you still stick the sticker? One RVer observed, "If you were in the state long enough to hit the bathroom, you left your mark, so go ahead and stick!"

There are those who take a dim view of the "quick stop and stick it" philosophy. They figure that you'd better at least have driven around in the state a bit, seen some of the more memorable sites, and then, sure, put on the sticker. We'll leave all this to your discretion.

What about resale? If you put one of these gizmos on the side of your motorhome, you'll watch the resale value shoot downhill. At least that's the reckoning of one RV professional. The way he figures it, "personalizing" your RV just tends to diminish its value in the eyes of potential buyers. If that's true, and yet you still want bragging rights, what can you do? One fellow suggests putting the sticky map up in an obliging window. That way, when you're ready to sell the RV, you can take after the map with a razor blade scraper and eradicate the thing.

This of course, all leads to truth and resale. Say you bought a motorhome that some other traveler had installed one of these memorable states maps in. Is it truthful to leave the thing up, leaving others with the impression that you been places that Willy Nelson only dreamed of going to?

Well, that's all the philosophy we have time for today. By the way, if you really WANT one of those "I been there," or "My rig's been there," or "I wanta go there" whathaveyou state sticky maps, here's a neat one that let's you fill in the state with a license plate image.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maryhill Art Museum & State Park = perfect family RV Short Stop, camping

Maryhill Art Museum in the Columbia River Gorge. (Julianne G. Crane)
One just doesn't expect to run into an amazing art museum amid a green oasis in this remote, stark, dry landscape more than 100 miles east of Portland, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge.

But there it is--the Maryhill Museum of Art, visible for miles from Interstate 84 on the south side of the Columbia River in Oregon.

The museum and grounds comprise 5,300 acres of beautiful, wild spaces and ranch lands originally owned by land developer Sam Hill who had hoped to establish a Quaker community.

In addition to the art museum, the grounds now include the William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park, the Lewis and Clark Overlook (the museum is an official site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail) and a Native Plant Garden.

The museum houses a "world-class collection of art ranging from early 20th century European works to an extensive Native American collection," according to the Maryhill Museum website. Read more about the museum's early history by clicking here.

Peacocks at museum. (Julianne G. Crane)
If you go: 
Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Dr.
(Off of SR 14)
Goldendale, WA 98620
Driving directions, click here.
Tel: 509 773-3733
URL: maryhillmuseum.org
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, March 15-Nov. 15.

Admission to the museum:
Adults $9, Seniors (65 and older) $8, Youth (ages 7–18) $3, Family Admission (2 adults and related children ages 7–18) $25
Access to the sculpture park is free.
Also enjoy the Café, picnic grounds, and shop. The neighboring Maryhill Winery is just steps away.

Bonus: A few miles east of the Maryhill Art Museum is Sam Hill’s "full-size partial replica" of Stonehenge on SR 14 in Washington state.

Maryhill State Park (Julianne G. Crane) 
Maryhill State Park
50 SR 97
Goldendale, WA 98620
Ph: 509-773-5007

This 99-acre RV and tent camping park includes 4,700 feet of waterfront on the magnificent Columbia River.

The popular park sits just inside Washington state on Hwy. 97 between SR 14 and I 84 (Exit 104) in Oregon.

Learn more about Washington's Maryhill State Park by clicking here.

Read more about the RV lifestyle by Julianne G. Crane -- go to RVWheelLife.com.

Photos: Top: Maryhill Art Museum as seen from SR 14. Middle: Peacocks once roamed Maryhill Art Museum grounds. Bottom: Maryhill State Park has many pull-through RV camp sites. Julianne G. Crane