Casita Blog

Casita Water Tank - Get the upgrade 25 gal tank!
July 30, 2019

If you ever plan on boondocking, buy the extra volume 25 gallon fresh water tank upgrade. I have been boondocking since Saturday, 4 days now, and my fresh water is 1/3 full. I filled it when I departed to come to Caney Oklahoma for some Astronomy. I am camping alone.

My black water tank seems pretty good, as does my grey. So I am going to have to come up with a plan to refill my fresh water tank on site, especially when my wife comes with me. Add anyone else and it would be much worse.

I may measure the distance to the water source on site, or buy some large extra water jugs I can fill onsite to replenish my tank.

Casita - there is no substitute!

Let me start off this blog by telling you my game plan. I am writing a sort of online book that will be frequently updated with corrections and new material. It will be place where eventually you will be able to find out anything you wish concerning the Casita Fiberglass Travel Trailer. Everything will be composed under headings for the ‘chapters.’

There will be no charge for the book and I will not use my webpage to constantly pound you to buy it. It will be located on RamblingObserver.com and not on Amazon, etc. My plea is that if you find it valuable you will go to y ‘Help Fund Me’ tab and make a GoFundMe contribution. I really need the support due to health issues that are cutting my income drastically starting with the 2019-2020 school year.

Please click the Casita Book tab – I will be renaming it maybe today.

 

Casita is the name of a Fiberglass Travel Trailer made right here in North Texas, actually very nearby. In Spanish, it means small house. It’s manufacturing plant is about 40 minutes away from where we live, which is Mesquite, Texas. If you drive down I45 and see it, all the Casitas’ you see parked around the plant are sold and waiting on their owners to pick them up. The Casita is custom manufactured as they are ordered by the future owner. My wife and I were introduced to Casita around 1982 or 1983, they went into production actually in 1983. We have loved them from the first time we ever laid eyes on one, and dreamed of owning one since. In our advancing years, we realized we needed to do something now while we had some memory at least of youth! 

Astronomy is a largely outdoor hobby. When I was young, Astronomy started as an activity performed mostly in my backyard. Even then, the Astronomy Clubs, like the Texas Astronomical Society, went away from city lights to gain the darkest, most pollution free locations. So back in that day my sky from Balch Springs was very dark. I could easily stay in the back yard and see the entire Milky Way. Today I live maybe 10 miles from where my roots in Astronomy grew. Yet even them it was important to get out of the city to truly enjoy the night sky in all it’s glory!

Space exploration from the Amateur Astronomers point of view has drastically changed in the 59 years I have enjoyed it as a hobby. When I started exploring the Cosmos with my trusty Criterian RV-6 Telescope around 1969 (not my first telescope, but truly my first ‘real’ telescope) the idea of computer controlled telescopes hadn’t even become an idea as I recall. Mankind had just taken for the first time that ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ Apollo had just landed on the moon and man had truly begun a new era. Few people today realize what our lives would be like had it not been for Apollo. I have little doubt our advancement as a species would be in what we view today as a technological stone-age. The Apollo program kick started today’s technological age.

Instrumentation in Astronomy today as viewed back around the early ’70’s would be mind boggling to the Astronomer of that era. Today Astronomers can go out and pretty much compete with most earth based Observatories. If you doubt this, google Astrophotography. One accomplished Astrophotographer and member of the Texas Astronomical Society is Jason Ware. I remember when Jason was just getting started. Since, he has become one of the premier Astrophotographers of our age. There are many others, but Jason was one of these guys that excelled in the field. He represents the Meade Instruments Corporation and is a part of their team these days. Meade has equipped Jason with some of their dream machines few Amateur Astronomers can afford! I’ll never be able to perform in this hobby with anything close to what Jason has access to.

Telescopes of the 60’s in no way matched the size and capabilities of today. The Critertian RV-6 Newtonian Telescopes were cutting edge. There were larger instruments, but the common telescope was the Criterian type lines of scopes. I remember being highly impressed with a Cave brand of 8 inch telescopes the president of the Junior Texas Astronomical Society had back in the early 80’s. I think that was my introduction to aperture fever (the unavoidable realization every Amateur Astronomer comes to that bigger IS better in Astronomy! The more aperture one has, the better, dimmer and deeper one can peer into space.

Astronomy requires for the most part that the enthusiast be outside, dealing with heat, cold, dew, atmospheric phenomena (weather), insects (including the namesake of my beloved Skeeters) and general discomforts. Our Astronomy club has an observing site in the county of Atoka in Oklahoma. I was around when we acquired that site. We’d been in Kaufman for a number of years and needed a new dark sky site as we watched the encroachment of light pollution from the Cedar Creek & Lake Tawakoni Lake developments