Extraordinary People: Understanding ''Idiot Savants'' by Darold A. Treffert

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Woodworth owns the largest collection of antique camping equipment, photography, and literature around. Much of his material appeared in the Smithsonian Institution exhibit At Home on the Road, which he helped produce. Alaska-born Woodworth attributes his fascination with RVs to his childhood, a time when his family traveled around the country in a Detroiter travel trailer following his carpenter father from job to job. At RV shows and state fairs he exhibits vehicles like his Art Deco–style 1937 Hunt House Car, designed and manufactured by Hollywood cinematographer and inventor J.

Here are some of his revelations: ߜ The first campgrounds were free, built and maintained by towns hoping to attract affluent travelers who would spend money while they were in town. In the days before World War I, only the affluent had the time and money to go auto camping. When Ford’s Model T made auto camping affordable for everyone, campgrounds started charging fees to discourage some of the overflow crowds. Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into RVing 21 ߜ One early pair of auto campers was a couple who were fearful their new travel trailer might pull the rear end off their car, so the husband drove and the wife sat in the trailer for the entire journey watching the car’s rear end to make sure nothing happened to it.

Scenery: High sculpted sand dunes; rocky beaches with heavy surf and driftwood; and friendly, sometimes funky, little beach towns and fishing villages. 36 Part I: Getting Started ߜ Sightseeing: Sea Lion Caves, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Tillamook Cheese Factory, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and the Lewis and Clark winter quarters. ߜ Food: Fresh seafood, dig-your-own clams, Tillamook cheddar, Bandon cheddar, Blue Heron Brie, smoked fish, local cranberries, Umpqua Dairy ice cream, clam chowder, and fried oysters.

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