Travel Journal

September Men's Room Column

Mens Room MainA year ago, my wife and I purchased a truck camper.

A truck camper sits in the bed of your pickup truck and is lowered and heightened by use of hydraulic stands, which is done by a battery-powered remote or by using a crank or hand drill with a bit. Easy peasy stuff.

I am not fond of long-distance drives, but my wife, I believe, was a long-haul truck driver in her previous life. She thinks nothing of making a two-to-three-hour drive twice a day to return a desk or a pair of shoes. So, soon after purchasing our truck camper, which we named “Wanda,” she jumped on the planning of a cross-country trip. We left Wilmington on June 8 this summer and stayed on the road for nearly a month.

Our final destination was Puget Sound’s Whidbey Island, Washington – the great Pacific Northwest!

I could bore you with tales of being bit by a dog two days into the trip or driving through a blinding dust storm in the Nevada desert or receiving bad GPS directions and coming close to tumbling down a mountainside, but I hey, I’m an illustrator, not a writer, so I’ll just draw some of our adventures.

To view more of illustrator Mark Weber’s work, go to

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