CRVL forum gave everyone a place to exchange information and offer encouragement. The establishment of the forum was followed quickly by the RTR gatherings in the desert near Quartzsite Arizona.
HOWA or Homes on Wheels Alliance which was established in August 2018. HOWA will supply vehicles, training, and support to people in need. There will be a fairly rigorous application process to determine whether the program is suitable for the applicant because helping them make a successful transition into vandwelling is a top priority.
After nine months of hard work by Bob, Suanne Carlson, and their team, HOWA is ready to start their first van build! Tony and I are camped in the Oregon forest with a group of volunteers who will be brainstorming and building a minivan into a comfortable home on wheels. We don’t know what that will involve but I think the aim is to design a very simple build with a cot and plastic bins and then design and build a more sophisticated model. Videos and documentation will allow van builders across the country build similar minivan homes.
Making a minivan into a comfortable home sounds almost impossible but many people have done it. My favorite is this guy - Eric Enjoys Earth
Thursday, May 23, 2019
RVs can be parked through two spaces or along the edge in the bus spaces. Museum 42.19298, -122.68992
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
There are a few visitor parking spaces behind the museum that are not long enough for RVs. A large parking lot where RVs will fit is located on the east side of Indiana Street. Payment is by phone, coins, or credit card – $1.00 an hour – and is good for any lot or space marked green, yellow, or white. To avoid a downhill and uphill trek follow the path near the handicapped spaces. There’s a short hill to the museum entrance. The sidewalks and curb cuts are in good condition. Museum 42.18447, -122.69127
Sunday, May 19, 2019
The park has five hiking trails. The Paul Thomas Trail is the only one that can be accessed from Orlando Bluffs. The trail is about a mile out and back and goes to an overlook of the lake. It’s hilly and rough on spots so it’s not accessible. Campgrounds 39.77325, -122.35532
Thursday, May 16, 2019
After seeing the museum walk/roll one block east on 2nd Street then two block south to Bird in Hand, a really great toy and game store, to check out the Yo-Yo Museum and the World’s Largest Yo-Yo. The museum is in the rear of the store and consists of a collection of hundreds of yo-yos and a bit of yo-yo history.
Chico Museum 39.72936, -121.84229 Yo-Yo Museum 39.72869, -121.8403
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Brad Freeman Memorial Bike Trail across Larkin Road from the wildlife area entrance. The path to the trail is narrow and steep. Easier access can be found at the parking lot about 1.5 miles west on Larkin Road. There isn’t any shade on the roads or the bike trail.
The area is patrolled by the California Highway Patrol. Even though camping is free a pass is required. The only place to get one is in Oroville so go there first. Vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and official IDs for everyone in the camping group are required. Camping is limited to 7 days at a time and 14 days total in a year. Wildlife Area 39.45681, -121.63397 California Highway Patrol
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Monday, May 13, 2019
The casino entrance is pretty far away but the walk/roll is level. The chairs are light and easy to move. The money slots are easy to reach but many of the card slots are out of reach. Casino 39.25384, -122.02929
Sunday, May 12, 2019
The ground in the parking lots is hard packed so rolling is easy. The view points, interpretive signs, and vault toilets are accessible. Campground 38.99779, -122.35493
Saturday, May 11, 2019
The parking lot is small so large RVs should be parked on the street. Museum 38.57879, -122.5804