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Van Horn KOA, Van Horn, Texas

May 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Van Horn KOA, Van Horn, Texas

When you’re in far west Texas, be sure to stop at the Van Horn KOA in Van Horn, Texas. This park also has a great café with a unique roasted chicken dish you will think came from a TV chef. The owner just grins and shrugs when I ask for the recipe. The Van Horn KOA is so convenient with long pull thrus and WiFi throughout; you’ll want to stay for weeks. If you are really, really tired when you get there, just call the café, order and they will deliver right to your rig. Spoil me why don’t you! They call this convenient service “Meals on Wheels”. The office has a computer station if you need it and boasts a terrific store, too. Van Horn seems to be in the middle of nowhere, but you’ll be amazed at how pretty it is around here. It looks like the real west like we knew in the old cowboy movies and TV shows.  When you’re heading across I-10 in west Texas, be sure to make the Van Horn KOA your resting place.

Apolitically Correct – Camping During Earth Week at Yosemite Valley National Park

May 6, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Apolitically Correct – Camping During Earth Week at Yosemite Valley National Park

For a couple of days during Earth Week (April 17 through 25) this year, we hiked and wandered the trails and meadows of Yosemite Valley. It was also National Park Week, so it seemed as if a social eclipse were occurring. The weather was perfect for hiking, with sunny days and temperatures from the high 50s to low 70s F. Nights dipped down to freezing, and there was still snow on the peaks and in the shadows. We had not been in the valley for more than a decade and it was good to be back strolling among the fragrant cedars and high granite cathedrals. Celebratory activities in Yosemite Valley varied widely during the week, but included food stands, art exhibits, displays of Yosemite’s hybrid-power tram that moves visitors around the valley to keep auto traffic to a minimum, talks on the bear management system and a visitor’s responsibility toward park wildlife, lectures about the natural and human history of Yosemite, and demonstrations how the Rangers use handsaws instead of power chainsaws... [Read more...]

The Road Less Traveled – VA Rt. 60 Discoveries

May 5, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

The Road Less Traveled – VA Rt. 60 Discoveries

US Route 60 from Richmond to Williamsburg, VA, is often called “The Road Less Traveled”. In the early 1970’s, before I-64 was completed, it was the major route between the two cities.  Today’s heavy traffic migrates to I-64, leaving Route 60 to the locals and visitors that know the absence of heavy congestion makes it a more desirable route.  There are several campgrounds off of Route 60, one of which was the location of the Cedar Creek RV Owners Club Rally we attended last week.  Rockahock RV Resort is located at Walker’s Dam on both the Chickahomony Lake Reservoir and the tidal Chickahomony River about 20 minutes west of  Williamsburg. While attending the rally, we all made several trips into Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown for a glimpse into our nation’s history, great food and excellent shopping. Just before you enter Williamsburg on Route 60 you pass through the tiny community of Norge.  There, just inside the city limits, is the Amish Country Products and... [Read more...]

It’s a God Thing

May 5, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

It’s a God Thing

Sometimes something happens in your life and when you have a chance to look back, you know there’s a reason for it higher than your own planning. We sold our house the end of April. The people that bought the house also wanted the furniture, so we had very little to move. We have friends in the neighborhood that let us stay in their house a few days because the disbursement couldn’t take place until Bank of America finally got around to giving the title company a number. Just a silly little number is all they needed and to our frustration every time it was requested, the bank said, “Well, if you are requesting this again, we need to start over!” Finally it was done but not until several days after closing. This actually gave us a nice chance to “vacation” in a fabulous Colorado home and reflect on our plans to full time RV.  By the way, our friends’ home where we stayed is also now on the market. It is an executive five bedroom (or six really) 3 car garage, office, exercise... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Nomad 247 (SC)

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Family Friendly RV: 2010 Nomad 247 (SC)

2010 Nomad 247 (SC) Previously $19,716 – Now $18,102 Brand new travel trailer sleeps 6 with lift-up queen bed, sofa bed, and double bunks! Features booth dinette, 3-burner range, outside storage, double kitchen sink and more! Offered from Patterson RV in Wichita Falls, TX. Learn more about this 2010 Nomad 247 (SC)! Find more great RVs on

Great destination for learning AND fun!!!

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Great destination for learning AND fun!!!

Traveling home last week, from the east coast to Montana, we decided to stop over in Rapid City, SD, for the main purpose of taking the kids to Mount Rushmore.  We planned a 2 day stop as we really were not expecting to find much else of interest.   While we had anticipated that a couple of days would suffice for exploring the surrounding attractions, we ended up coming across many more family friendly activities to enjoy than we had alloted time for.    Since our main priority was a visit to Mt. Rushmore, we tackled that destination first.  Arriving, the kids were tickled to spot mountain goats along the path to the visitor’s center.   After spending several hours exploring the visitor’s center, completing the park’s Jr. Ranger program, and watching a couple of films about the park and area, we then took a drive farther up the road to a pull-off where you can view George Washington’s profile.  (While we were at the park, we didn’t... [Read more...]

Washington, Texas – the Birthplace of Texas

May 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Washington, Texas – the Birthplace of Texas

By James and Dorothy Richardson The largest of the contiguous states in our great country first began in a little tiny town. Appropriately named Washington, this small town was the seedling that grew into the Texas Republic. In March 1, 1836, a group of 59 delegates gathered in a small meeting hall to initiate what would become the first step toward independence from Mexico. The next day the delegates made that declaration. The meeting hall is recreated on its original site in Washington, Texas, as part of Washington–on–the–Brazos State Historic Site. It is one of many historic destinations in the Texas county of Washington. The county contains several other small, yet historic, towns. But the largest town in the county, Brenham, has opportunities for visitors to experience a variety of activities – not just historical. Washington–on–the–Brazos State Historic Site is composed of a reconstructed Independence Hall and the town site. It is situated on the Brazos... [Read more...]

The Rally Celebrates 100 Years of RVing – Do You Have the Oldest RV?

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The Rally Celebrates 100 Years of RVing – Do You Have the Oldest RV?

The Rally is gearing up for the 100th Anniversary of RVing.  Celebrate this milestone with fellow RV enthusiasts at the largest RV event of the year, July 22-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.  Among The Rally’s celebratory festivities are a Vintage RV Display and “Oldest RV at The Rally” Contest. The Rally will feature a special living display of vintage RVs, organized by Al Hesselbart, considered the country’s foremost RV historian and currently the RV historian for the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.  This display will be open throughout The Rally and will be a wonderful opportunity to wander through a very interesting part of RV history. The Rally is also celebrating the history of the RV lifestyle with special promotions and displays.  There will be a contest for the “Oldest RV at The Rally.” The grand prize is 100 gallons of gasoline/diesel. Please sign up online; or in person at The Rally in the Registration area. Deadline to register... [Read more...]

Good Eats in Taos, New Mexico

May 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Good Eats in Taos, New Mexico

One of the biggest draws for us in the community of Taos, New Mexico is the wide variety of terrific restaurants in this town of just over 5000 people. While most of our RV trips involve most of our meals being cooked at the camper, the one exception tend to be when we visit Taos. More than 50 restaurants are located in this small community. While a great number of these specialize in New Mexican cuisine, others feature more typical American or gourmet fare. Whatever your preference, there is something for everyone to love in the dining opportunities of Taos. Eating at the Taos Pizza Outback One of our early favorites is Taos Pizza Outback. With a very casual, laidback atmosphere, the restaurant is located in back of another business establishment which is located on one of the main streets of the town. Featuring gourmet and made to order pizzas of all kinds. While it has a small dining area inside the restaurant, most patrons choose to dine outside in the graffiti-decorated courtyard... [Read more...]

Tips for the First Camping Trip of the Season

May 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tips for the First Camping Trip of the Season

So it’s with great anticipation that we are getting our camper ready for the first camping trip of the season. Hubby has pulled it out from its winter resting place and we’ve begun to get everything swept out. Thankfully we set traps this year (that Hubby checked every week) so no little friends to greet us (even though I was raised on a farm, I despise mice!!!) We took out the camping chairs and shook out the stink bugs (those things are everywhere!)  I’ve already swept and mopped and dusted everything, now it’s time for the loading to begin. Now here’s where my lists come in handy, I just check them off as I put them in the camper for our first camping trip of the season. I always pack extra sweatshirts for everyone, just incase of chilly night, those get left in the camper for the rest of the season. I also have the linens on the list,  they get washed after every camping trip, then go from the dryer to the camper. One of the most important things to remember is the first... [Read more...]

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