Information Bulletin for Safari Condo Owners Vol. 6 Number 2, September 2004
For women who can’t make up their mind to travel alone
Micheline D.P. (May 2004)
2002, the day after settling down at the Blazing Star RV Park in
at the time, I don’t think I expressed much gratitude. It seemed appropriate to
return: so I decided to travel all the way to
I was traveling to a known destination, I told myself, but felt anxious and nervous as I planned the trip and the departure date approached. But once on the road, what a change! I became “Queen of the High Road”. What a wonderful adventure! Six weeks of magnificent landscapes, unexpected encounters, surprises, and the best traveling music.
three things on my mind. First, establish contact with the Good Samaritans from
Translated by Yvan Dumontier
Steinbeck who showed it to his dog Charley, his traveling companion, I wanted
mine, Muffin, to see it too. Eyes clouded with tears, I repeated this line of Steinbeck’s
to Charley: «Look Muffin, it’s the tree of all trees. It’s the end of the
Quest.* “ Muffin didn’t seem to
appreciate, but what can you expect, it’s a dog! My third objective was to see my son in
Even today, when I talk about my adventure, my stunned listeners shout: “Alone!!! The whole way ?” And why not? Care and alertness are all that’s required. It’s magic! The Safari Condo can sneak in anywhere after all.
All you careful, alert and daring women, listen «Don’t hesitate. Go for it!" It’s wonderful.
*From John Steinbeck Travels with Charley – In
A fantastic adventure!
Jane, Denis and Youri
the Condists who responded to our request for help in preparing this trip, and
all the others who enjoy traveling as we do, we would like to share our last
trip to the
States, we found the South Dakota Badlands simply fascinating. Just the three
of us, for hours on end, under the burning sun, we wandered throughout this
barren land of peaks, caverns, narrow tunnels and ridges as far as the eye can
see. We felt like cowboys who had lost both their horse and their way, but were
simply fascinated by the scenery.
it was worth it to travel through southern
A Cycling Trip to
Pauline and Alain Marcotte
Columbus Day in the
we wanted electricity, we stayed at the Shady Knoll Campground on Saturday and
Sunday, but the
Rail Trail (38km) is an easy path from Dennis to Wellfleet. Get more information
by searching Cape Cod Rail Trail in Google
Sea Bikeway in
Seashore Bicycle Trails in
Head of the Meadow Trail in National Seashore: a 3km trail with very little to offer.
There is also a car ferry at Wood’s Hole. If you don’t ferry your car, rates are similar to the Island Queen’s and parking is $10.00.
many different trails in
but interesting 5.5km circuit takes you from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven. Roadway
conditions make it an easy ride. From Vineyard Haven, take the 9.5km trail along
we were late in returning to Wood’s Hole by the ferry and arrived in total darkness:
we had to cycle
also many readily available walking paths and beaches to loaf around.
Seafood aficionados won’t want to miss New England clam chowder, cod and lobster.
we start the trip back around following a short bike tour and a bite
to eat in a typically Italian
DANIEL’S ADVICE & ASSISTANCE Hooray for Winter!
A few years ago, Michèle and I would plan our camping weekends punctiliously. Where to go, what to see, what to eat, and most important checked the weather forecast before making any kind of decision. I wonder: are we getting wiser or what? Over the last few years, we have been more or less ad-libbing, and to hell with the weather. We won’t let the weather spoil our Condo outing. Whatever the weather, it’s party time. All you need to enjoy Québec summers are a contingency plan and a Survival Kit. Over and above t-shirts and cargo pants, keep on hand a polar fleece pullover, a wool sweater warm enough for a walk up Mount Mckinley, a windbreaker, a scarf, wool gloves, a tuque and rainwear. To have fun, one must wear whatever clothing is needed to keep warm. In other words, create your own microclimate! (In extreme weather conditions, a good book can be a substitute for all of the above).
Ditto for the winter just around the corner. If for some Condists, weekend Condo outings are out of the question, this is the call for new adventures for others. More and more winter sports fans use their Safari Condo as a pied-à-terre for all sorts of downhill or cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or just visiting all over Québec weekend trips. Your Safari Condo can be your B & B for a run on the Carnaval de Québec, or a gourmet weekend in Charlevoix. Endless potential. Let your imagination be your guide. You’ll discover a new angle to your Safari Condo, minus the awning, the running water, the water heater, and become part of that pristine white nature all around you.
Generally, we go out for one or two nights. Since the vehicle is winterized, I use 2-litre pop bottles filled with potable water. Once there, I also setup a 20-litre container with a spigot (Canadian Tire) on the ledge above the front seats. Since water must never reach the plumbing system, I put a washbasin in the sink to prevent any water from reaching the grey-water tank when washing hands or brushing teeth. Then we throw out the contents. There is no problem with the portable toilet; since there is no running water for cassette toilet, rinse out using a pop bottle. At the end of the trip simply dump the contents at home. Leave the heater on at all times to avoid freezing everything inside. Your curtains provide excellent insulation. We let the front curtains hang behind the seats to reduce the living space requiring heating, and push the window curtains down in the slot to keep out the cold. Top up, top down, roof insulation, it’s up to you depending on the weather and your preferences. Your fridge will use much less power than in the summer, which only goes to show winter is not all bad.
Don’t make your first winter outing when it’s -30ºC, but start by first giving fall a try, then venture into December, and slowly experiment this new way of life. Quick ! Grab your tuque and mitts! Winter is just around the corner and your Safari Condo is waiting.
What a test for the solar panels!
summer holidays, Michèle and I traveled to
It seems that solar power provides an almost limitless self-sufficiency providing one doesn’t overuse energy-consuming appliances such as microwave, toaster, etc. and parks the vehicle in full sunlight. I am currently considering installation of two 80W panels, for a total of 160W and even more freedom!
Checking your Inverter
This concerns all owners of Safari Condo up to 2004 and equipped with an inverter. Throughout the summer, be sure to check both red and black inverter terminals for any deformation caused by overheating.
1. Burning smell during a significant demand for power lasting at least 5 minutes (for example using the microwave),
2. Low voltage alarm triggers faster than normal.
Cause: Over time, screws securing the wires to the terminals tend to loosen up. If diagnosed early, the inverter can be saved. Should you think your inverter shows signs of overheating, call Frédéric at the plant for additional information.
Secure Locking of Fridge
The new plastic latch on Novacool fridges is quite easy to use but is subject to misalignment over time. If your fridge does not automatically lock every time the door is closed, try one of these easy solutions to avoid any inconvenience. Both concern the door, not the fridge.
1: Insert a small piece of air foam under the plastic strike plate. This will lift the plate and automatically lock onto the fridge locking system.
2: Unscrew both screws holding the plastic strike plate and insert two metal washers underneath the plate to lift it.
Don’t use both solutions at the same time. Choose one or the other.
Always check that fridge door and all cabinet panels are locked before driving away.
Thanksgiving = Winterizing
Don’t forget! All vehicles should be winterized when you return from your Thanksgiving outing.
wishing additional information on
Mr. Dean Louder
shares his traveling experience around
The travels of Jim Roadrunner
Better known as Mr. James Carten, Jim to his friends. Discover not only the travels but also the tricks of a couple of most experienced Condists in “free-style” camping. Why pay when it can be free J. Fun guaranteed! Find shis web site under: safaricondo.com, the “Condists” Corner, Journey Stories, 2004
Pictures of the 2004 Gathering
On the Safari Condo web site under: Safaricondo.com, the “Condists” Corner, Photos, Annual Reunion, 2004.
If you’re interested, winter camping is available, including showers and washrooms, at
Camping Polaire, St-Léonard-de-Porneuf (Qué) www.campingpolaire.com.
From all participants at Gathering 2004!
In June 1999, 38 teams traveled downstream on the Chaudière to Scott Jonction to join the Par Nado party. Six years later, more than one hundred vehicles gathered on the Hull Arena parking lot base camp, invited by VR Outaouais to discover the great Outaouais region on their own. Many people have joined the organizing team over the years to make this annual ever so sharply. With the growing number of participants year after year, these volunteers are like “pennies from heaven” because without each one of them this would be an insurmountable task. From the team at Safari Condo and all participating Condists, thank you!
· To all Gathering 2004 participants
· To our kind organizer, Sylvain Coulombe
· To VR de l’Outaouais for their warm welcome
· To all volunteers for their warm welcome
· To the ”Symposium & condistes à l’œuvre“ team
· To all participating artists
· To all our speakers
· To all biking guides
· To all Safari Condo employees who worked over the weekend
· To all our suppliers
· To all our generous sponsors
· To the Outaouais Tourism Office
· To the Hull Casino
· All the Condo-boutique volunteers
· To Stéphane, our Camério, for all those great pictures of the gathering available on our web site.
Hope to see you next year!
2004 Picture Contest
It’s time to share your travel souvenirs: join our annual Picture Contest. We just love to see where your Safari Condo has led you and what special spots you have discovered. Here are a few simple rules for all participants:
1: The subject has to do with Safari Condo (Your Vehicle or part thereof, a snail, and so on)
2: Maximum of 3 pictures per participant
3: For printed pictures, please send a duplicate. Please note that, from now on, pictures submitted will not be returned to their owners
Please send your pictures to this address:
Concours de photo
821 du Parc
4: Digitized pictures should be a minimum of 2 million pixels. Simply forward to this address: xxxxxxxxx. with PHOTOS 2004 (in caps) as subject and request a Return Receipt
5: Clearly identify your pictures with your name, and indicate where the picture was taken.
6: All participating
pictures should reach us by
7: Pictures are judged on the following points: Originality, emotional content and technique.
8: By participating, you grant Safari Condo the right to use your picture for advertising purposes (such as the brochure or web site, or simply to illustrate our annual calendar).
9: The prizes are as follows :
First Prize 200$ Gift Certificate from Dumoulin Ste-Marie (applicable in communication, electronics, computer or photography department)*
Second Prize: 100$ Safari Condo Gift Certificate**
Third Prize: 75$ Safari Condo Gift Certificate **
Draw: 50$ Safari Condo Certificate **
* The winner to contact Stéphane Nadeau at Dumoulin Ste-Marie for additional information. (Purchase can also be made over the phone using the Dumoulin web site form all available products)
**Condo boutique, vehicle additions, or maintenance.
Get those pictures in fast!!
Rendezvous on the St-Maurice!
Set aside the June 24, 25 and 26 2005 weekend to party with us on the
Havre d’un soir
The Havre d’un soir is available on our web site. If you find mistakes, let us know before December: the new list will come out in January!
Ste-Rose du Nord
Cheryl-Lynn Lapointe and Benoit Lagacé
it to go out of your way to see this picturesque village on the north shore of
After a hearty breakfast at the local snack bar, we decided to stay on dry land and explore the village.
Always on the lookout for “snails” to add to my collection, we stopped at the handicraft shop. In a single location, a number of local artisans proudly display their trade to the traveling public. On sale are authentic quality creations. Chat with the locals and find out about the town’s attractions, and if you’re lucky, you’ll learn all about the legend of “la descente des femmes”.
At the Musée de la Nature, Mr. Jean-Claude Grenon and his wife Mrs. Agnès Villeneuve will greet you. Throughout the guided tour, these long-time residents of Ste-Rose, artisan and writer, will delight you with tales of their life in this village. Located in a single-storey house, the Musée de la Nature consists of 6 rooms filled with a variety of stuffed animals and birds as well as a collection of paintings and carvings, created by your hosts..
From the Musée, a hiking trail is only 10 minutes away along an uneven path. These well-equipped trails lead from one outstanding vantage point to another.
Since we wanted to attend the summer-long nightly Opera Recital at the Church, with Rosalie, who takes her singing lessons in Florence Italy, we stayed at the “la descente des femmes” Campground. According to many tourists we encountered while hiking, Rosalie has a great voice.
So, after dinner, a short walk and a hot coffee, we entered the Church. We are not operaphiles: we had no idea what to expect. The one-hour recital happened to be an excellent introduction to the world of opera. Rosalie has an exceptional voice indeed: and this is her way of paying for her singing lessons.
our 2004 holiday favourite. We hope that you too will want to explore this
small town by the
Kitchen Shelter 12x14 ( 695$-750$-795$) , attached to VR or freestanding. You can leave with the vehicle and the shelter can stay behind. Great for long-term camping. Protection from rain and insects. ***
Rear Shower Curtain (195$), available for Series L and M Safari Condos. If not equipped with the Rear Shower, simply use the solar shower (15$ at the Condo Boutique) *
Removable Rear Door Air Conditioning (695$ installed), available for Series L and M Safari Condos. Vehicle must not have Rear Extension. Install or remove in 20 minutes. Replaces one of the windows in the rear door. Purchase or rent with option to purchase. For rentals, call the plant for more information. *
Folding Laptop Table (95$), for all Safari Condos. Can be used as an extra table.
Auxiliary GPS (must
be connected to a laptop) (199$), Earthmate by Delorme. Must be
supported by mapping software such as Route 66, Streets and Trips or Street
Auxiliary GPS and Street Atlas
Street Atlas USA 2005 Software (79.95$) **
Route 66 Software, multilingual (79.95$)
Streets and Trips Software (59.95$) **
*Pictures available on the web: safaricondo.com, our products, accessories
** Only in English.
*** Price will vary according to vehicle.
“You must have at least five
We did see people traditionally dressed in horse-drawn carriages and wondered it this was a show for tourists who kept coming and coming as the day went on.
We then left town to explore the concession roads. This is where we discovered the daily lifestyle of local farmers. Some appear more traditional than others, but all generally stand out by our standards. Houses with electric power are few and far between; freshly washed clothes flutter in the wind on strange-looking T clotheslines by the vegetable gardens. Making hay is still done with horses; but the baling presses now run on gasoline. Cars and tractors are almost non-existent: every home has a carriage and a couple of horses or more.
Our young informer told us that schools are open to young people of all ages living on the same concession road and are located in a section of the house used also for religious activities. Something like to our country schools of yesterday. A few teachers travel all over the County to teach youngsters who normally drop out of school with only an elementary education.
As one father of four
explained to us, the family farm is becoming so divided that it can no longer
provide for all the families. He had inherited only
This is also why many arts
and crafts shops have popped up throughout the concessions. Some build
furniture, others grandfather clocks or carriages. Others work for American
companies. Lagrange and neighboring
After 3 days of daily encounters with the local population of this small valley, we could spot the fake from the authentic and recognize 19th century community life. Only by pulling away and talking face to face with ordinary people were we able to get to know what life here really is like. This is the type or traveling that makes one grow up!
Denise and Camil