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Old 11-30-2007, 09:28 AM   #1
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T-Day Beach Camping & Malibu Fire

We took the SMB up to San Luis Obispo to meet with family on T-day. With a toddler along, we were limited to how far we could drive each day, so made a camping expedition of it. On the way back we camped at Point Mugu State Park, right on the beach.


In the morning we noticed a huge plume of smoke to the south/east, malibu was on fire again. While we broke camp, many fire engines raced by on the highway behind our campsite:



We headed directly toward the fire, hoping to get through on the PCH before they shut it down. This was as far as we got before being turned back.


One of the reasons we bought the sportsmobile was to have an escape pod in case of fire. During the last fires in San Diego we were not as prepared for the evacuation as we would have liked. Now we are prepared to just jump in the SMB and ride out the firestorm.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:24 PM   #2
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Holy Smokes! That last pic is nuts!

You know, the trek-esque shuttlepod profile of the dodge is starting to grow on me.
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"The Dodge" is looking good!!! Great Job...Only thing it needs is a fresh lift and rugged looking tires. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:17 PM   #4
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It's hard to tell in the picture but those are some rugged tires, Michelin LTX A/T 2s. Not the most rugged we could have bought of course, but we have to admit we'll spend a lot more time on pavement than off. Still considering a bit of a lift, but my dentist has other plans for my next $2000.
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the great pics, lowracer. I've worked at Mugu for years in the virtual computer world, but rarely get to see what it looks like on the ground. I really have to visit there sometime!
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:54 PM   #6
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Thanks for the great pics, lowracer. I've worked at Mugu for years in the virtual computer world, but rarely get to see what it looks like on the ground. I really have to visit there sometime!
Give a shout if you come this way, I've worked at Port Hueneme for over 20 years.


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Old 11-30-2007, 10:14 PM   #7
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A few more pictures...
The world is your front porch in a sportsmobile:


Moon setting over Point Mugu:



On the way up, we camped at Malibu Creek State Park. Fans of the TV show M*A*S*H will recognize the terrain:

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Nice to see that you are getting some great use out of our SMB. As I've said in your other topic, really impressive job on the modifications you have already made.

It's such a shame that those fires are so devastating, because they are so incredibly beautiful at the same time. I've easily seen the best sunsets I will ever witness 4 years ago and a month ago because of the fires.
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