I don’t really know how to write this post, I’ve been struggling. But in the end, the Highland Deck Chair from Blue Ridge Chairworks isn’t for me, but it might be for you depending on what you’re looking for!
Let’s start at the beginning…
We’ve been searching for the perfect camping chairs for years and saw this chair on www.remodelista.com in an article about folding camp-style chairs. We checked out the website and really liked the options available. We wanted something that was well-made, would last a long time, and was easy to fold and store. Since the company is in Asheville, NC and their products are American made — that was also a bonus (however, the fabric used has a Made in Vietnam tag — slight bummer). After reading some reviews and watching a few videos, we were excited to order two of the Highland Deck Chairs.
- The quality of wood is obviously top-notch – well sanded, sturdy and attractive.
- The chairs are sturdy and the joints and moving parts are well made.
- They’ve been sitting in the damp for months and besides being a little tough to open, seem to be fine. There IS a bit of mold on the surface, but it wipes off with a brush.
- They’re expensive. $161 (although the price seems to be dropping online recently).
- They’re not easy to unfold. They don’t work like your typical folding chair — you really need two hands and a leg to get them unfolded.
- For me, they’re almost too big. The wooden bar at the end of the seat hits just at the wrong place on my legs, so it’s pretty uncomfortable to sit in.
Deke’s panoramic views of Canada…
Almost every Airstreamer that we’ve crossed paths with has experienced Zip Dee awning issue. Broken awning arms or awnings blowing off during high winds seem to be the most common, and these two disasters typically lead to a bent tube as well. Replacing the tube is expensive, so we’ve just left ours go — you can see the bend in it here:
We forgot to tilt our open Zip Dee awning one night in Texas and, as luck would have it, we had a major rain storm — and the awning couldn’t hold the weight of the water so an arm broke and the tube bent. Since then, we don’t put the awning out if the weather even looks dangerous, but it’s been so beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest, so it’s been out for weeks. Last week the wind was barely blowing, but I went out to put it up and the claw at the end of the arm snapped.
These are easily enough to replace if you can call Zip Dee during their hours (which I can’t find on their website, but I think its and old school 9-5 Central Monday – Friday). We ordered the Satin Claw bar Assembly for $14 and it took about 3 minutes to replace. They have lists of parts with diagrams so you can find what you’re looking for pretty easily.
When the box arrived there was a flyer inside for the new electric Zip Dee Awning! I don’t know when it will be available (that’s not on their website either), but I’m excited to see it!
Zip Dee came to Alumapalooza last year and gave a little demonstration of new products — the one here is the Lift Handle and if you’re short like me, I highly suggest getting them! I use them constantly and a year later, I haven’t had any problems with them!
What do fulltime Airstreams do when they want to get away from it all? Tent camp!!
Deke’s been working a lot lately, so we just wanted a night doing something different and it wasn’t raining, so tent camping seemed like a fantastic idea!
We headed to the Tolt Macdonald Park and Campground in Carnation, WA. Laura actually found the park when she visited a few months ago and we loved it. Plus we figured it was close enough to home that if it poured, we could just go home. If we could move Lucy.
The park has 16 pull-through RV sites, 6 yurts and 22 tent camping sites ($20). The photo above is taken of the RV sites and the suspension bridge from the tent sites. The RV sites have direct access to the water, and the tent sites have no trees, so be prepared!
The area around the park is great — a lot of little trails and the Tolt and Snoqualmie Rivers meet at the park, so there’s fishing and boating too. But because the park is small, it’s pretty quiet.
You can’t tell from the photo below, but I made Deke stand on this tree — It’s completely falling over about 25 ft out over the river. Some day its going to fall, thankfully it wasn’t while I was pushing him out there.
Sequim,WA keeps popping up. There was an article in Sunset magazine about it last month, and I saw Alpenfire cider at the store this past week (which we bought at The Red Rooster Grocery in Sequim as our Thanksgiving drink in November).
I’d really like to go back there this summer — since the last time we were there it was a bit cold. We stayed at the Sequim Bay State Park which was beautiful. And empty.
The John Wayne Marina was a good place to walk around…
and see eagles…
The park has several miles of shoreline with docks that have picnic tables right on them, which I thought was pretty cool.
And, next time we go, I’d like to have space #29, even though it doesn’t have hookups.