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Silos KOA, Townsend, Montana

June 30, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Silos KOA, Townsend, Montana

Recently, we spent 2 weeks parked on the shores of Canyon Ferry Lake near the capitol city of Helena, MT.  While we have always lived in the Helena area, when we would go camping it would always be hours away – and never stayed at local campgrounds!  One place that we have stayed since camping ‘around home’ is the Silos at Canyon Ferry Lake KOA located between Helena and Townsend, Montana, on the north shore of Canyon Ferry Lake.   The Silos KOA is a small park; small enough that you will most likely meet it’s owner.  The Silos has full-hookup r.v. sites (also electric and tent) along with kamping kabins, features a laundry room, restrooms with showers, a playground, and has a little store that sells everything from milk and eggs to fishing licenses (and live leaches).   The facilities are clean and well kept.   One part of this KOA is an on-site, seasonal restaurant.  The Flamingo Grill is a little diner that offers hamburgers and desserts... [Read more...]

National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredricksburg, TX

June 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredricksburg, TX

One highlight of our past winter’s trip ended up being a stop we made in Fredricksburg, Texas. While the girls and I shopped and caught up on the laundry, all 7 of my guys hit what would end up being one of their favorite stops on our entire trip – The National Museum of the Pacific War (also on location is The Admiral Nimitz Museum). The museum is set-up so that when you enter, you receive a map that takes you through the entire museum, which is set up to chronologically follow the events as they happened in the war. This really helped my younger boys to understand how the war progressed instead of knowing about bits and pieces but not really where they fit into the entire campaign. Based on the events of WWII, there was so much to see, read about, and do, that the guys ended up spending 2 days touring the grounds! The museum is very professionally done, with lots of media and hand-on activities like touch screens; I have one son who is REALLY into touch screens :). Hallways... [Read more...]

Happy Fourth of July! Be Safe with Fireworks!

June 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy Fourth of July! Be Safe with Fireworks!

“It won’t happen to me.” How many of the estimated 7,000 people that visited emergency rooms in 2008 for injuries incurred while celebrating with fireworks made that comment before their mishap? In 2008, there were also 7 fun loving people whose death was fireworks related. This statistic is slightly lower than 2007, which is a good sign that people are becoming more cautious and law enforcement, more vigilant. If you are in an area this Fourth of July in which fireworks are legal to celebrate with use caution. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following safety guide lines: Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers. Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don’t... [Read more...]

Video: Camping at Crooked Creek Resort in Hill City, SD

June 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Video: Camping at Crooked Creek Resort in Hill City, SD

Crooked Creek Resort RV Park and Campground is located 2 miles S. of Hill City in the Heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills. It’s the perfect spot to base camp while touring through spectacular Black Hills scenery. Crooked Creek Resort extends an old-fashioned Western hospitality greeting and directs the campers to an immaculately groomed park that meets all expectations for a great vacation stay. They have free cable TV, wireless internet access, very clean restrooms, and a new heated swimming pool. RV Sites are level and shaded. Modern cabins and an on-site motel are especially convenient for reunions and large groups. The tenting folks can pitch a tent right close to the babbling creek that runs through this very pretty camping resort. Nestled in a quiet shaded valley, Crooked Creek Resort RV Park and Campground is only minutes to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Custer State Park (where the buffalo roam) and Needles Highway (incredible scenic spires and lots of tunnels... [Read more...]

Camping in the Big Horn

June 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping in the Big Horn

We had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Big Horn National Park almost by accident. On one of our summer road trips, we were en route from Harney Peak, the high point of South Dakota, to Yellowstone National Park and needed a place to spend the night. Online I happened upon the South Fork Campground in the Big Horn, in the area of Buffalo, Wyoming, which was just about where we wanted to spend the night. Seeing it as a means to an end, we reserved a site near the river and the bathrooms, not realizing it would mean a bit more to us than a place to sleep. It was after a stressful travel day that we pulled into the campground. The traffic was heavy, kids were crabby, snacks were getting sparse and clouds were rolling in. All in all, not our best day on the road. We pulled in and were immediately greeted by the campground hosts, who showed us quickly to our site as the rain clouds were getting thicker. We were still tent camping back in those days, so all four of us jumped out... [Read more...]

Visit Holiday Travel Park in Virginia Beach

June 27, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Visit Holiday Travel Park in Virginia Beach

We’ve been to almost all the other areas of Virginia (which is a great state to visit no matter where you’re at) so we decided we’d head to Virginia Beach this summer. I looked up Woodall’s and decided on Holiday Travel Park. The girl taking the reservation was very polite and was a good indicator of how well we’d like our stay. We checked in Saturday night and even though they were busy, our check in was quick and easy. The site I had chosen was on the Eden Drive circle. This area is tucked away, but still convenient to get to all the needs of the campground. The sites were a good size and the one we had even had a nice deck to it. Little Man at one of the many playgrounds In a word, this is one clean campground! Holiday Travel has a wonderful group of people working for them who all seem to take pride in their jobs. No matter where were went in the park the staff was friendly and helpful. There are many comfort stations (restrooms) through out the campground... [Read more...]

Boone Hall Plantation, South Carolina

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Boone Hall Plantation, South Carolina

While we were on the east coast this spring, one of the most enjoyable stops that we made was to Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, SC.  I had never been to a plantation, and that was one of the things that I really wanted to do while we were in the southeast.    Boone Hall was magnificent!  Upon entering the grounds, you drive down an oak lined lane who’s trees were planted in 1736!.  Parking was close to all the attractions, and there was so much to do at Boone Hall.  We toured the beautiful main house – the period-attired guide took us through the main floor of the home, which is occupied by the current owners when they are in town.  Next to the plantation house is a beautiful flower garden that the girls and I really enjoyed walking through (and photographing).  We also rode through the grounds in a covered ‘trolley’ while the guide told of the current and past crops and ventures of the plantation.     The plantation originally had 27... [Read more...]

Video: Camping at Billings KOA, Billings, Mt

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Video: Camping at Billings KOA, Billings, Mt

Stay at the World’s First KOA Campground — in Billings, Montana! Does that mean OLD & RUNDOWN?! Far from it! Since 1962 this family-owned park has not only kept up with advancing times, but has kept well ahead of it. Their facilities and service are consistently honored and recognized by the camping industry. In 2009 they received KOA’s President’s Award and the prestigious Founders Award for excellence in facilities and customer service. Situated along the mighty Yellowstone River, there is the natural beauty of Montana to enjoy plus an added ambiance of flowering pots & hanging baskets, nicely trimmed hedges, privacy bushes and plantings to add a colorful backdrop at every turn. There’s a site to meet everyone’s needs in this very large RV Park. Features like deluxe over-sized patio RV sites, family style restrooms, and modern KOA log style Kamping Kabins® are available. Don’t feel like cooking while you’re on... [Read more...]

Camping at the Beach

June 24, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Camping at the Beach

Summer is in full swing now, so whether you’re headed for the brisk waters of Maine, the boardwalk along the Jersey, DelMar shore, or out to the Outer Banks of NC I thought I’d share some useful tips for those who are going for the first time (and for those who have been there I might even have a useful tip for you too!) Ocean City Maryland Be prepared, I can’t stress this one enough, nothing like finding your way to the perfect spot only to discover you’ve left something important back at the camper. You’re going to need sunscreen, and plenty of it. I like to use the spray for the body and the stick (looks like a giant Chapstick) for the face.  If you’ve got an especially fair skin child like Little Man, bring an old t-shirt for them to wear while he’s at the beach.  Big floppy hats that can be secured under the chin are good for the little ones. The sun feels so good when you’re at the beach, but the sunburn won’t feel so good later... [Read more...]

Medical Emergencies – Are You Prepared to Deal With Them?

June 24, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Medical Emergencies – Are You Prepared to Deal With Them?

I think I will let this, and my next few Blogs focus on first responder emergency medial procedures and first aid supplies for camping. You know, it is not a question of if someone in your camping party will experience a sudden illness or accident; it is a question of when. Being prepared for such an occasion is extremely important to the long term well being of your family and fellow campers.  One of the absolute worst situations you can get into is to have someone sick or injured and not only being unsure of what to do but having a group of people around you that don’t know what to do either. People start guessing, or telling you to do something that they think might be correct – but they are not sure.  The thought of doing more harm to an injured person comes to mind and a mild panic sets in.  You pray, My God what should I do? Of course, calling for help is important.  But where is that help coming from and how long will it take to arrive?  After all, campgrounds are not usually... [Read more...]

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