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Welcome center gift shop that included great kids’ historical gifts!w visiting the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area of North Carolina!
Our tribe recently camped near Winston-Salem, in North Carolina, and loved the family friendly atmosphere of the area! One of our favorite destinations in the area was the Old Salem Museum & Gardens. Old Salem is a living history village, where original 1700s buildings, staffed with reenactors, are opened up to ticket holders.
Tavern Kitchen tour and talk from a living history re-enactor.
The visitor’s center offers 2 gift shops, a treat shop, and some exhibits. The staff gave us maps, and were careful to point out stops that it might be easy to miss on the walking tour. After we checked out the v.c., we walked through the covered wooden bridge that spanned the main roadway separating the visitor’s center and the authentic 17 and 1800s buildings that are featured in the tour. Once across the bridge we came to the Frank L Horton... [Read more...]
As one of the oldest surviving towns in Louisiana, St. Martinville retains many buildings and homes reflecting the beautiful architecture of days gone by.
Saint Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, founded 1765, Mother Church of the Acadians. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
St. Martinville has become symbolic of the Acadian legacy, holding sacred the history and legends of the Acadian people who settled in Louisiana.
Bayou Teche, a waterway in south central Louisiana, meanders through St. Martinville, where birds wade among cattails, streets are shaded by century-old mossy oaks, and people enjoy fishing, picnics in the parks, and visits to historic museums.
The St. Martinville people are descendants of Beausoleil Broussard, an Acadian hero from the 1700s, and Bienvenu and the Duchamp families of French royalty, who fled revolution. Descendants from Senegal also share life in St. Martinville, and many residents still speak French.
These diverse ethnic groups host fun-loving Louisiana... [Read more...]
In the mood for a spring hike, Terry and I headed up to the Taos Ski Valley, NM today. We love to hike in the mountains there and also wanted to see if we could observe the progress being made on the installation of a brand new chair lift that will ferry skiers up to Kachina Peak, the highest point in the ski valley.
Ever since the Ski Valley opened in the 1950s as a downhill ski resort, those brave enough to ski the steepest terrain had been forced to take the highest lift as far as it would go toward the top of the mountain, then hike an additional 45 minutes to reach the peak terrain. This year marks the year that a lift will be installed to reach Kachina Peak. Once it is completed, this will be the third highest ski lift in the country. The only two higher are located in Colorado. Construction started about two weeks ago.
Entering the Construction Zone
The Ski Valley has been posting pictures of the progress of this momentous accomplishment for the past two weeks. Two bull wheels,... [Read more...]
If you are anything like me, you are eager to get out camping for that first trip of the year. In most parts of the country, that means camping when the weather is decidedly cooler than when camping in summer. It can also be some of the best camping of the year as the crowds are smaller and you may very well have the campground or RV park to yourself. So, don’t be afraid to venture out in less desirable weather.
And there are some simple things you can do to ensure your comfort during these times:
Your moisture wicking base layer will keep you warm and dry
1) Layers—Dressing in layers is your best hedge against cold. If you start with a base layer of some moisture-wicking fabric, then top that with a mid weight layer, you should be warm in most places with a light jacket.
The moisture-wicking component is important in the event you become too warm. This type of fabric is designed to wick moisture away from your body. Cotton, on the other hand, formerly my first choice for... [Read more...]
We discovered a very unique stop in southern North Carolina, just south of Charlotte; the Jaars headquarters, which is a part of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Jaars is an acronym for Jungle Aviation and Radio Service, and is the transportation part of the ministry, transporting missionaries and supplies to remote areas of the world.
This was a fabulous visit for us, and built on our interactive stop at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando earlier in the year; Jaars is the transportation arm of Wycliffe.
We loved to visit the Jaars campus! The campus offers free, 2 hour long, guided tours (daily at 9:30am) of the main visitor’s center, tech aviation hangar, and 2 different museums.
Our tour started with an engaging and informational talk about other language groups then covered the IT center, where we learned about the role that tecnology has in Bible translation.
Next was a short walk to the airplane hangar, where we were given a tour and told about the difficulties of reaching... [Read more...]
When I think of camping—whether it’s in a tent or an RV—I can’t help but immediately ponder nature. When I grew up and camped with the Girl Guides, we always explored our surroundings and took advantage of nature at its full potential.
I want the same for my kids every time we camp with our RV—whether in our province or on vacation. That’s why they got introduce early to fishing. But there is so much more about nature. So I figure that I could present you with a few good books that I consider jewels when it comes to discover nature and exploring it.
The first book I am presenting you in this blog post is The Practical Naturalist, which was published at DK in association with the National Audubon Society. This book will allow you to experience the wonders of nature and show you what is living in each habitat—jungle, sea, mountain or city. I consider it a perfect book for traveling with your kids, as it will inform you about the habitat where you are camping and what you can... [Read more...]
One of the most unique places that we’ve visited is found in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, located downtown, is in the same building that housed the now famous Woolworth’s sit-in, where in 1960, four young black college students decided to protest the segregation that they faced every time they visited Woolworth’s (and any other business for that matter). While anyone could purchase items from the Woolworth’s department store, when it came to their diner, there were different rules depending on the color of your skin. White? Have a seat, order what you like, take your time enjoying it. Black? Stand at the register to order, wait for your food; when it was done, you were handed it in a to-go bag and you took it elsewhere to eat—you were not allowed to sit at the diner’s counter.
Initiating a peaceful protest, the young men quietly sat up to the counter and waited to be helped. They were not, and... [Read more...]
Take a spin on an airboat or pay a visit to America’s favorite mouse during your stay at Boggy Creek Resort & RV Park, located on the tranquil shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Florida.
Situated amid oaks with Spanish moss and palm trees, the resort provides access to great boating and fishing on one of Florida’s most spectacular bodies of water. The RV park also is a relatively short drive from Orlando, home to world-class amusement parks like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios and Disney World.
But Boggy Creek has more than just a great location. Once you enter the attractive property, you’ll discover beautiful landscaping, paved interior roads and paved full-hookup sites for every RVer. Pull-through sites are available for larger RVs, along with big VIP Class A Motor Coach sites. Didn’t bring an RV? Stay at one of the large cabins or VIP cabins.
Guests can make themselves at home in the eight bathhouses, an Olympic-size swimming pool, laundry... [Read more...]
Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about mildew, water pressure, screeching inverters, nitrogen, and toilet tanks. Remember, you can submit your RVing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 2005 Carriage Cameo 5th wheel is stored outside in an RV-storage area for the winter. We go out to check on it about every 7 to 10 days. We store it with all three ceiling vents open and cabinet doors open. Yesterday when we entered it, we noticed a distinct musty smell for the first time, much like many house basements have. We did find what appeared to be dark bacteria or mildew cultures in the RV antifreeze left in the stool during winterizing. I cleaned that all out and rinsed the stool with Clorox. Are there other measures we could or should take?
Mildew and mold need two things to thrive: moisture and a source of... [Read more...]
I learned a trick from a park ranger at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee; he taught me how to make homemade fire-starters. You’ll need lint from a clothes dryer; a cardboard egg carton; and a taper candle. Place a little of the clothes-dryer lint into each of the egg-carton compartments. Light the candle and carefully drip the wax on top of the lint in each compartment to seal the components. Now you have fire-starters at a bargain price. To use, simply cut the individual egg sections apart and store them in your RV. When you’re ready for a campfire, place a section under the kindling and light a corner of your homemade fire-starter. Soon you’ll be talking of the day’s adventures by the warmth of a crackling fire.
Debbie Hale, Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Make your next RV journey a moveable feast. The following RV Trips of a Lifetime for Food Lovers will truly make you appreciate the culinary diversity of North America. From succulent Maine lobster to great steaks on Oklahoma’s Chisholm Trail, the dishes found on these trips will make you want to turn around and go back for seconds. For more Trips of a Lifetime, check out our Explore Tab.
What’s better than good, down-home barbecue cooking in the Natural State? Take a trip to the best barbecue in the region. Read more…
Kick your heels up on the Florida panhandle and enjoy shellfish under azure skies. Read more…
Deep-dish pizza, Polish hot dogs, apple pie, Italian beef sandwiches and more are served with gusto in the Prairie State. Read more…
The Hawkeye State serves up hearty, filling Midwestern food influenced by the German and French cultures that settled here. Read... [Read more...]
We found so much to choose from in the form of family-friendly destinations in Greensboro. One of the best things that we did when we pulled into town was to stop at their spacious visitor’s center. The lobby has tons of brochures for local and regional attractions, and the staff made sure we picked up a 2014 vistors guide, which has pages of event and destination overviews. There are also pages of coupons in the back that offer discounts, like buy one get one free admissions to the Blandwood Mansion. Besides finding coupons to stops that we were already planning on going, by visiting the v.c. we were also able to ask a real live local, questions about the area and get the ‘insider’ scoop on the best places to see, do, and eat on this family camping trip! (tip – stop at v.c.s everywhere you go – the locals are the best for giving recommendations, and you will often find coupons for local attractions!)
We had intended on only spending 2 days in Greensboro,... [Read more...]
As refugees from the frozen north, snowbirds escape winter at home by migrating southward each fall.
Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona is renowned for its stunning rock formations such as Cathedral Rock. Sedona is also a popular stop over snowbirds on their northern flight. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
These snowbirds are mostly seniors that live part time in the Sunbelt and spend summers in the Northern states and Canada.
They are gilded nomads, prosperous enough to own a recreational vehicle, a temporary second home, or condo unit.
Snowbirds desire some place warm and relatively free from crime, and an active lifestyle that may involve boating, fishing, swimming, dancing, hiking, biking, 4X4ing, golf, shuffle-board, or pickle ball. Some prefer the Pacific or Atlantic coast or Gulf of Mexico with their sunny beaches, while the preference of other is the arid desert of the Southwest.
Warm weather hubs such as Arizona, Texas, Florida, and California are tops for their... [Read more...]
Three Must-Have Summer Camping Items at a discount price for the SALE (going on right now!) at the online Camping World store. Check out my 3 favorite must-haves (and the awesome savings) below!
This comfy hammock is the perfect item for relaxing on sunny summer afternoons! Slumber in the sunshine outside your RV and enjoy a quick nap or simply lounge while reading a book. My uncle has one of these and we always fight over who gets it as it’s the perfect spot to lie while resting outdoors after a big midday meal. Plus the kids love it! It even folds up nice and tidy, while fitting into a convenient carrying case. If you order soon (while the sale is going on), you can save almost $25 off the asking price at Camping World.com!
Folding Camp Table with Storage Bins
Having additional counter space outside the RV while camping is always useful. This light-weight fold-able table offers just that with the versatility of folding in half and also has a... [Read more...]
For those outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy winter sports, especially of the spectator variety, there is an event not to be missed at northern New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley. The first weekend in April each year typically marks the end of the ski season and usually there are some hijinx to enjoy for both skiers and spectators alike. This year it was the inaugural Dos Equis Air Bag Championships.
Participants had to pay a $10 entry fee, then ski down a chute which led them up a 15 foot ramp after which they would land in a massive airbag to break their fall. Intrigued, we made it a point to get there to watch a number of these feats and were not disappointed.
One competitor in mid-flip above the airbag.
The event was open to skiers and snowboarders 21 and over. Participants were rated on their technique, how much height they achieved off the ramp and their costumes. While some did not don festive garb, we did note several appropriately attired hot dogs and a male skier in a two piece bikini.... [Read more...]
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