Pearl Harbor Day

Texas’ historic sites commemorate World War II

If you’ve spent more than five minutes on this blog, you already know that we take advantage of every opportunity to honor our military heroes, past and present. This week we’re taking a moment to remember one of the most poignant dates in American history.

Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day. On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. More than 2,400 Americans were killed, and more than 1,100 were wounded. The attack also sank or damaged 15 ships and 188 aircraft. The next day, America declared war on Japan and entered World War II.

Thinking about Pearl Harbor day made us remember the rich World War II history preserved in Texas memorials, and we wanted to share three of our favorites. If you enjoy discovering history on your RV road trips, consider adding these historic sites to your list of places to visit.

Battleship TexasBattleship Texas

Last Saturday, the USS Texas, at the San Jacinto Battleground Historical Site, hosted its annual Pearl Harbor remembrance. The ceremony honored 90-year-old Lewis Lagesse of Houston who was a telephone talker on the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor. An article by Louis Roesch in The Cleveland Advocate shares more about Lagesse, including the story of how he was at first presumed dead in the attack.

Photo credit: Veterans War Memorial of Texas

Veterans War Memorial of Texas

In McAllen, visit the Veterans War Memorial of Texas and learn more about World War II, as well as World War I, the Korean War, and Vietnam. The memorial highlights Hispanic and Texas Medal of Honor recipients.


The National Museum of the Pacific War

In Fredericksburg, the National Museum of the Pacific War honors the sacrifices of those who served in World War II. Friday at 12:25, the museum will host a commemoration ceremony. And over the weekend, re-enactors in the Pacific Combat Living History program will use weapons and museum pieces to bring history to life. Check out the re-enactment video.

What other World War II memorials and museums have you visited? Be sure to share your favorites with us so we can visit next time we hitch up the travel trailer!

~ G. Elaine Acker

Happy Thanksgiving to our Country’s Warriors!

Today, those of us who work with Camper Clinic II just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

Personally, I’m super-thankful for a shiny Airstream to travel in, open roads to travel on, and a wonderful family to share good times. And, I’m thankful for the freedom to hitch up and travel across the country whenever I like.

For that, I want to thank all veterans who have kept our country safe, and for all the active-duty military who continue to do so every day. We wish you could be safely home with your families today, but we appreciate your service, wherever you are!

I found this photo on Facebook today, and just had to share!

Don’t forget that this month’s Facebook campaign for Camper Clinic II benefits The Warrior’s Road Trip Network. Whenever you and your friends click “Like” and become a Camper Clinic II fan on Facebook, they’ll add another dollar to a donation that gets our military heroes out of the hospital and back into nature!

Have a wonderful holiday with your family, and to our active-duty military: We’re thinking about you and appreciate all that you do!

Celebrating Veteran’s Day with Warriors RoadTrip

Camper Clinic II launches its latest campaign to provide outdoor experiences for America’s heroes

American Flag


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
~ Elmer Davis

This Sunday, November 11, is Veteran’s Day. And I’ve been thinking about ways that those of us in the RV community can celebrate our veterans’ bravery, not only on Sunday, but all year long. With this in mind, Camper Clinic II is launching a new campaign to support Warriors RoadTrip Network.  This incredible organization offers outdoor opportunities for veterans, as well as our dedicated men and women of law enforcement, fire departments, government agencies, Veterans and children with special needs.

Photo credit: Warriors RoadTrip Network

I look forward to sharing their stories during the coming weeks, and you can help make these outdoor experiences possible with a simple click. For every new “Like” on the Camper Clinic II Facebook page between now and December 9, we’ll add $1 to a donation to Warriors RoadTrip. Please “Like,” and “Share!”

Every day, we have valuable opportunities to honor and support our veterans, both active and civilian, and here are some ways we can show our appreciation:

Say “Thank You”

Simply thank the veterans in your life and your community, with words or even with a handshake or a hug. I find veterans among my fellow campers at almost every stop. Another simple yet profound way to thank our service men and women is through Shutterfly’s Thank the Troops Campaign. Shutterfly’s Facebook App lets you send a free thank you card to service members overseas and in VA hospitals. You can also send a care package to troops, and there are a number of organizations that help make this easy. Google “send a care package to troops” to get a comprehensive list.

Arlington National Cemetery

Take part in a local Veteran’s Day observance or ceremony

From parades, to moments of silence, to terrific deals especially for vets, there are fun and meaningful events planned across the U.S. for the whole family. Vetfriends lists hundreds of ceremonies happening all across Texas or wherever you happen to be on your road trip.

Support military charities or service organizations that directly support our veterans and other heroes

From outdoor experiences to clothing to educational opportunities to mental health services, there are a wealth of opportunities to help make a difference in the lives of active-duty and retired military personnel. Warriors RoadTrip is a great place to start!

To all of our American veterans: Thank you!

~ Contributed by blogger G. Elaine Acker and





F1 Fever in Austin

RV Camping at the Newest Formula One Track Puts you at the Heart of the Action

Mario Andretti

Photo Credit: Circuit of the Americas

After last month’s ribbon-cutting ceremony and a lap around the track, Formula One racing legend Mario Andretti pronounced Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas F1 track “absolutely fantastic.” Competing drivers will make their way around the 20-turn, 3.4-mile track for the first time on November 16 with the race scheduled for Sunday, November 18 at 1:00 pm Central time.

Race-day ceremonies will include a pre-race tribute flyover by four iconic fighter aircraft symbolizing the history of the United States Air Force. This Heritage Flight, an aerial display of U.S. combat history, will include: Captain Garrett Dover in the F-16 Fighting Falcon, Dan Friedkin and Tom Gregory in two vintage P-51 Mustangs and Steve Hinton in a vintage P-38 Lightning.

Historic Aircraft

Photo Credit: Circuit of the Americas

At the heart of the action will be a few lucky people in travel trailers who nabbed prime, track-side parking spaces. “There’s been a huge amount of interest since the inception of the project,” said circuit spokeswoman Ali Putnam, talking about the RV parking options. “The demand is there. It’s something people are looking forward to — watching the race from that perspective — so that’s something we wanted to offer.”

Andrew Booth, a spokesman for Florida’s Daytona International Speedway, which hosts NASCAR and other races, echoed Putnam’s sentiments. “It’s a great way to experience 100 percent of an event,” he said. “You really feel like you’re in the middle of the action. It’s almost like you’re tailgating during the entire race.”

Race Car

Photo Credit: Circuit of the Americas

This heart-of-the-action tailgating experience doesn’t come cheap. $15,000 buys a secured RV spot with hookups for up to four races a year and includes eight tickets to each race.

When I called for the latest info, Circuit of the Americas officials declined to say whether the RV sites were sold out or whether there was a waiting list – don’t ask me why – so if you’re interested, you’ll have to give them a call: 512-301-6600. Then tell us what you learned!

And if you’re camping at the track on race day, be sure to take a few photos and send them our way!

Ladies and gentlemen… start your engines!

~G. Elaine Acker








Camper Clinic II to Grant WISH for OUR HEROES to Texan

Question: What do the Texas Motor Speedway, Daytona, and the Indianapolis 500 have in common (okay, besides the obvious)?

Soldier and race car

Thanks to ML Motorsports and driver Johanna Long, W4OH will be showcased at about 195 MPH around Daytona’s track. SFC Tony Rives pictured with Johanna’s car.

Answer: A commitment to supporting our country’s military heroes through WISH for OUR HEROES!

Camper Clinic II is committed to granting a wish to a deserving Texas military hero as well, and you can help! All you need to do is click “like” on Camper Clinic II’s Facebook page, and we’ll add one more dollar to our Wish fund!

At WISH for OUR HEROES the top priority is to always grant basic needs or emergencies – anything from putting food on the table to assisting with car repairs, home repairs, baby supplies, clothing, etc. When basic needs are met, the organization also enjoys providing fun things like sending the troops to athletic events, sending them on vacation to get re-acquainted after deployments, meeting celebrities and more. It’s so important to share new, happy memories.

Camper Clinic II’s campaign ends Sunday, and there’s still time for you to make a difference! It’s like the Texas Two-step:

1)   Like Camper Clinic II on Facebook:

2)   SPREAD THE WORD! Ask your friends and family to support our military families NOW.

We appreciate you helping us say thank you to the incredible men and women (and their families!) who make sacrifices every day for this country!

~G. Elaine Acker

Help grant a WISH for OUR HEROES with one click!

On Memorial Day, we were thinking about the best ways to say, “Thank you!” to our military heroes. Now, we’ve found a very special way!

Wish for our Heroes LogoWe’re excited to be partnering with WISH for OUR HEROES – an organization dedicated to assisting the men and women of the United States active-duty military. Every click counts!

From June 15 through July 15, Camper Clinic II will donate $1 for every new Facebook Fan to WISH for OUR HEROES. The money will be used to grant wishes to Texas’s deserving, active-duty soldiers. All you have to do is visit the page and click, “LIKE.”

Of course, another way you can help is by sharing the link to the campaign with all your friends and family:

We appreciate your help as we say thank you to those who make the ultimate sacrifices for our country!

Contributed by writer G. Elaine Acker