Sunday, October 31, 2010

First camp out with Le Tigre! Lake Somerville 10-23-10

Here's some photos of our first camping trip with Le Tigre.  We spent the weekend at Lake Somerville, near Brenham, TX, with Angie's brother Joel, his wife Holly, their dog Vincent, friend Jesse, and of course Kipper.  Good weather overall but there were a few showers.  The entire group even had to retreat into Le Tigre to ride out one of the heavier showers.  It was pretty cozy but we stayed dry.  Before the trip I replaced the 12 volt water pump and the faucet so we could use the on-board water tank.  The campsite also had water but no electricity.  We got to try out the propane stove, the 12 volt system, and some new camping gear.  Everything worked well but we did come back with a list of things we need to improve on.  We're going to make some tweaks and have already reserved a campsite at Pedernales for a couple of days the week of Thanksgiving to test
Le Tigre again!
Driving to Lake Somerville

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Well, at least Le Tigre and a bzillion dear...

Our view from the campsite.
Got in lots of fetching time with Kipper.

Greg, Jesse, Joel, and Holly

Le Tigre in the nature

The days were cloudy but the night sky was clear and the moon so bright it cast shadows!

Vincent, the brave, keeping Kipper in line...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Greg has a confession...

I've been unfaithful to Le Tigre.  I was tempted by the charms of another, only to find that they were mere illusion.  I've come to my senses and begged forgiveness.  Le Tigre has taken me back on the condition that I punish the imposter.

But seriously, they made at least two of these in 1988.  We know because we own them both.  I found Tiger deux, we'll call her "Fake Tigre", in Minneapolis.  Another great deal, or so I thought.  Fake Tigre includes additional options such as a shower, water heater, and toilet that our more basic Le Tigre didn't get at the factory.  Fake Tigre was the same price as Le Tigre and looked great in photos but proved to be much more of a project than I was led to believe.  Not only that she developed some mechanical issues on the drive home from Minneapolis, although we did make it.  Fake Tigre has proven useful and already provided several items to Le Tigre such as a new set of tires, curtains, and other little bits.  I've really come to appreciate the simplicity of Le Tigre.  Here's a few photos of the bumper sitckers that were on each Tiger when purchased to illustrate their personality differences.

Le Tigre Lover...

Aahhhh, more good vibes...

Woah, Fake Tigre angry

My Mom accompanied me to Minneapolis to assist with the driving (1200 miles / 20 hours straight) Thanks Mom!!!  We spent the night with my cousin, Chris and his family.  They made the trip totally worthwile and we'll definitely be mooching on their hospitality more in the future.  Awesome breakfast! 
Thanks Chris and Diana!

Oh, and I should mention, today is me and Angie's 13th anniversary so I'm only fickle when it comes to vehicles.