This river is wild…

Or if not wild, certainly rising. Keeping a close watch, given the heavy flooding Calgary and other places on the Bow experienced a few years ago.

I like this truck!

As spring turns to summer, or as we skip spring for summer – tornado warnings/sightings, and gajillions of mosquitos being my prime evidence – I’m putting together the dreaded OldPlaidCamper road trip mix tape. Just to be clear, and for the record, Mrs. PlaidCamper has excellent musical taste, and a remarkable ability to fall asleep in the car when my mix tape is up next. That might be one of the rock solid foundations of a successful road trip…

You might be asking Why the bit about the river, and then the bit about mix tapes? Good question! This River is Wild is a track on the Sam’s Town album by The Killers. I like the album, and I like the track, and it has popped up in my head each time I’ve crossed the Bow this past week and seen the surging waters. Yup, I’ve got a fairly empty head most mornings, and this is what fills it – plans for a road trip mix tape.

That Killers track! I do enjoy their wailing histrionics, in small doses. You can’t fault them for effort, and the albums Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town include killer, haha, tracks. If you’re interested, follow the link for a live version – I prefer the studio version, but couldn’t find a link – The Killers – This River is Wild 

I like this truck as well!

On my little walks around Sunnyside, in between downpours and battling the bloodsucking bugs, I’ve stumbled across some more old trucks and snapped a few pictures. Old trucks always get me thinking about road trips and wide open spaces. The sad truth is, if I owned a cool old truck and was responsible for the maintenance, our road trips would be short. We’d see lots of verges, and be on first name terms with tow truck owners. Sadly, I can only look and dream when it comes to older trucks (or I could learn to be a mechanic – don’t let Mrs PC read that last part, she’s seen me fix and build…)

I really, really like this one!

Oh summer, I can almost see you there, just a little way ahead, and around the next turn! Here’s hoping the river isn’t too wild, the road is long and open, and an as yet unknown distant (wealthy) relative decides to lend me an old truck on permanent loan…

Thanks for reading. Keeping it short this week – mix tape planning can take a lot of time, you know – I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and please feel free to share a road trip song suggestion!

And I like this one!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

14 thoughts on “This river is wild…”

  1. I can certainly relate to your attraction to those old trucks and wanting to own/drive one and even more so I can relate to fully understanding that given my mechanical penchant it is all just a dream. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Love old trucks! I’ve had one similar to the second from the last one. I always felt so cool driving it 🙂


  3. I have to admit that I have a thing for old trucks. We have a 22 year old Toyota and right now it is our only vehicle. It isn’t as old as the trucks you featured but in this day and age where people go out and buy a new vehicle less than every 10 years, ours is a classic! One time in a store parking lot, some lady backed up into my truck and gave me a good jolt. We both assessed our trucks, both of which are old and we ended up laughing about it. My bumper is pushed a bit closer to the body but no real damage. Now if it was a new truck, oh my goodness, we would have been at each others’ throats! We will be buying a new vehicle next year (but keeping the truck) and I cringe thinking of all the things that might go wrong, like scratches! There is something special about the old trucks aside from my silly story. I remember helping my dad work on our trucks and he did all his own work, we never swapped out to a newer vehicle….ah the old days. 🙂 I got carried away, great post and I loved the truck photos, I do the same, I think of the wide open road. I especially loved the Ford! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Haha, great stories here – thanks, Margaret! Yup, I think a brand new truck wouldn’t lead to contentment, but one with many miles and a few scratches (character?!) is just the thing!
      I hope your week is going well!

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  4. Given my mechanical ineptness I have a fear of old trucks, but I like them better than new ones actually– the idea that people still appreciate a bit of the old ways and their history. Good luck as you go Truckin’ thru the road mix tunes. We’ll look forward to some of your favorites as our own trips start to materialize!


    1. Thanks, Walt. I get the impression you are hitting the road for a longer trip or two this summer? If so, happy travels and I hope the radio picks up the sounds you’re searching for!


  5. I love the mix of anticipation and impatience that seems to fill the air this time of year. Anglers wait for the water levels to drop, teachers wait for that final bell and then it’s off to adventure until the summer ends. Love the shots of the old trucks. I can tell I’m going to be looking for some of them the next time I’m in Sunnyside.


    1. That final bell still seems so far away!
      Sunnyside seems to be a bit of a truck haven – there are many around and about, and they’re in working order.
      Thanks, Douglas, and I hope your week is going well!


  6. Great photos of the old trucks and thanks for the introduction to a new rock group! Lately it seems I am often stuck in the 70s music scene and right now my road trip mix tape would include songs from the 70s like Springsteen’s Born to Run, Ballroom Blitz by The Sweet, Radar Love by Golden Earring, Black Betty by Ram Jam, a few songs from The Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers, quite a few songs from AC/DC for those long stretches of road where you need something to help keep you awake and several songs from Bob Seger’s Live Bullet album. Look forward to reading a post about what ends up on the mix tapes for you and Mrs. PlaidCamper. I hope you hear from that distant wealthy relative with an old pickup to loan with a couple of kayaks thrown in the back! Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Old trucks do have character, I see what draws you; and it’s great you have reality in check too, though, for they are not the best vehicle for a successful road trip. I love The Killers. Great post, pc, as always.


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