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Month: February 2010

PA Grand Canyon

February 8, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

PA Grand Canyon

Last summer we took a trip to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon (which is actually Pine Creek Gorge) with Hubby’s aunt and uncle. What a beautiful place to visit. There is a large rails-to-trails path at the bottom of the gorge, you can walk or ride bikes along this path.  The twins went for a bike ride w/ their uncle as Hubby and I walked w/ his aunt as the little two biked along. We were able to see an immature bald eagle sitting in the trees just waiting for its lunch to swim on by. Little Man looks at the long way down to the bottom At the top of the gorge is a beautiful look out point (Otter View) where you can see the gorge and the rolling hills in the background. We stood there and took in the beautiful site in awe of beauty that surrounded us. We took pictures, but somehow they just don’t seem to do the view justice. We didn’t feel brave enough to try out Turkey Trot Trail, but those we talked to at the top of the trail said it was worth the hike. We did however try out the... [Read more...]

Exploring Arizona’s Sonoran Desert

February 8, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Exploring Arizona’s Sonoran Desert

Emma gets up close (enough) to a rattlesnake Our family has been spending this winter traveling the southern part of the United States in our r.v.  We are using this opportunity to travel to learn more about our country, and are having a terrific time camping and exploring together. One of the most intriguing places that we have visited so far on our trip this winter, has been the Sonoran Desert Museum, located just north of Tucson, AZ inside (but not part of) the Saguaro National Park.   Hailing from Montana, the desert was new to us in every aspect.  The SDM was a wonderful educational experience for our entire family, and it was FUN! The SDM encompasses 21 acres, and is home to a world-renowned desert animal zoo and beautiful botanical gardens.  There are both a coffee house and a restaurant on site, and members get free coffee and/or tea! The museum has 4 separate live animal presentations: (no additional charge) ~Live and on the Loose, featuring elusive rattlesnakes,... [Read more...]

The Best of Both Worlds

February 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

My husband and I have always loved the great outdoors.  Camping by an open fire, breathing in crisp, fresh air and gazing at the night sky are among our favorite experiences. We started out in a tent, then moved to a pop-up camper.  As our family grew, and our bodies aged, we found ourselves craving more and more creature comforts. We’d look longingly at those big rigs that always happened to parked next to us – especially in the cold and wet weather. After much thought, we embarked on a quest to find a better solution.  We went to camping shows, asked friends and checked out local dealerships.  Budget was our first and biggest obstacle.  That’s why many of the luxurious RVs were immediately ruled out. We then focused on traditional travel trailers.  Although we loved the amenities that many hard sided models offered, we couldn’t help but feel a little boxed in.  To our surprise, we missed the openness of canvas. And that’s when we discovered hybrid trailers.  A mix of... [Read more...]

Over the Hump Month

February 7, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Over the Hump Month

The Dee-Jay on the early morning drive-time talk show kept reminding us that it was hump day.  It was a Wednesday, which is the middle of the work week.  Wednesday puts us on a down hill slide to the weekend. Then, the Dee-Jay gave us the weather forecast:  “Well Guys, Today is supposed to be in the lower 50’s and partly cloudy”.  (Not bad for Central Virginia in late January.)  “Tomorrow will be close to 60 with clear sky’s.  Then Friday, all forms of madness are going to break loose.  Cold temperatures and a winter storm that could bring 10 inches or more of snow is expected.” I just shook my head. I am extremely tired of winter.  We experienced one deep snow in early December – much earlier than we usually see any white stuff in Central to Eastern Coastal Virginia.  I know that in order to feel good, I need my sunshine and vitamin D.  These cloudy, cold January days may be good for ski resorts and Polar Bears – but not for me! That’s when I got to thinking... [Read more...]

Go, Dog, Go

February 7, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Go, Dog, Go

We’re a family of animal lovers.  With two dogs, one cat, a guinea pig and a salamander, we’ve got our own mini zoo around here. So how do we balance our many pets with our love of camping?  It’s not always easy, but here’s what we do. The smaller animals most definitely stay at home.  We usually hire a neighborhood kid to come in and take care of them while we’re gone.  As for the dogs?  That’s a different story, as they usually come along for the ride. Travelling with dogs is entirely possible, but does take a little coordination and planning.  The first thing to consider is where you’re headed.  It’s important to check on your destination’s policy on pets.  For more information on campground pet policies, check out Woodall’s campgrounds before planning your next trip. We’ve found that some national parks don’t allow dogs on their trails or at their attractions.  So if you decide to bring your dog, you need to make sure you can safely keep them in... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Coachmen Catalina 32BHDS

February 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Coachmen Catalina 32BHDS

2010 Coachmen Catalina 32BHDS Previously $28,697 – Now $28,172 32 ft. Bunkhouse w/ 2 slideouts, horseshoe dinette, outside entry to bathroom, oven, microwave, double-sink in kitchen, and more! Offered from Colerain RV in Cincinnati, OH. Learn more about this 2010 Coachmen Catalina 32BHDS! Find more great RV sales on

Birthday celebrations on the road!

February 5, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Birthday celebrations on the road!

For the last 5 years, every one of our family’s summer birthdays have been celebrated away from home.  At least away from our sticks & bricks home; our children would request to be camping over their birthdays.  Now that we are full-time r.v.ers, every birthday is celebrated in our 5th wheel.     For us, a birthday on the road means flexibility.  Some of our regular birthday traditions are kept, and we have made some new ‘on the road’ birthday traditions.   Joel with one of his uniquely wrapped gifts! When we are traveling, we have a great time finding new places to visit that will be fun for the whole family, and a birthday sometimes means splurging on a destination that we may not have gone to otherwise.  Once we arrive, some of our favorite things to do for a birthday are trying a new restaurant, finding a killer waterslide park (this is especially great if your destination has a waterpark IN the campground), or trying a local activity that... [Read more...]

Washington D.C. Offers More than Typical Tourist Attractions

February 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Washington D.C. Offers More than Typical Tourist Attractions

One of my all time favorite things to do is go a different way than was the plan. I discover some of the most incredible things that way! I took my girls to Washington D.C. not to long back. What a great trip that was! I have a good friend that was raised there and he told me to stay in the Mall and not wonder around, the city has some rough areas. When the taxi dropped us at our hotel, near the Mall, the driver said, “Walk straight down this street and you will be in the mall, don’t go any other way.” Of course the next morning we walked out of our hotel and the kids headed in the directions the taxi driver had indicated. I stopped and could not resist taking a less direct route. My Girls Standing In Front of National City Christian Church in Washington D.C. As we walked down a beautiful old tree lined street, all of the sudden we came to an astonishingly magnificent building, which turned out to be a church and not just any church it was one of the most beautiful churches I have... [Read more...]

Wacky Mac

February 3, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Wacky Mac

“Wacky Mac” Easy RVers Recipe    Final Wacky Mac Production    Here’s a great fun and easy summer meal to make in the RV. No oven needed! I found a pasta product in the store called Wacky Mac and it looked like it would be fun and colorful. If ever there was something up my alley….hmmm. By the way, the dressing part of this mixture makes a really good salad dressing, too. Some salad dressing variations would be to try to use a different vinegar, herb, add garlic or add a splash of pepper sauce to the vinegar mixture. We are hooked on this and it is low calorie and cheap to make. Send me your most fun recipe for keeping the RV cool.   For 2 servings   4 oz dry Wacky Mac   3 oz lean cooked ham, cubed   ½ cup frozen peas   1 Tbsp each; chopped onion, green pepper, red pepper, carrot and celery   About 1/3 cup Vinegar dressing   VINEGAR DRESSING ¼ cup white wine vinegar or golden balsamic   Splash of white wine (optional)   Splash of orange juice, about... [Read more...]

Georgia On My Mind

February 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Georgia On My Mind

Enjoying the campground all to ourselves We always have a good time when we go camping, but there are a few that really stand out as great trips. Our trip to R-Ranch in Dahlonega, GA really stands out in my mind. It was the longest trip we’ve taken so far, a two-day ride from Southeastern PA, but well worth the trip. We had decided to take the kids (then just the 3 of them) for their spring break. So with a stop over in North Carolina, we made our way to the hills of Northern Georgia. I must say, it’s beautiful country down there, but not a straight road to be seen for miles. I asked my friend who lives down in Cedar Grove why, she said it takes too much time to cut down the trees, just easier to pave around them. So after driving over hill and dale and getting a little misplaced a couple times we made our way into the campground. A beautiful place, nestled down in the valley, we were thrilled. We set up camp and much to our surprise we had the whole place practically to ourselves,... [Read more...]

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