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Video: Camping at Mt Rushmore – Rafter J Bar Ranch in Hill City, SD

June 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Video: Camping at Mt Rushmore – Rafter J Bar Ranch in Hill City, SD

Rafter J Bar Ranch, located at the west entrance to Mt Rushmore, Junction 16/385 & SD 244, is the perfect headquarters for a wonderful Black Hills SD vacation. It’s a few minutes away from Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, 1880′s Train in Hill City, Custer State Park where the road takes you past herds of buffalo, and so many more attractions to keep you busy. The awesome beauty and peaceful setting of Rafter J Bar Ranch is sure to build a scrapbook of memories for years to come. It is comprised of 5 camping areas separated by alpine meadows and shaded by large Ponderosa Pines. One can choose a remote treed site or clearings for big rigs nearer to the resort’s activity center. Modern cabins and tent sites are also available. The huge swimming pool area features an impressive hot tub; the kids will love the new playground & the Arcade Room. Enjoy a leisurely horse or tractor-drawn wagon ride around the ranch where General George Custer’s... [Read more...]

The Camper is Home!

June 24, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

The Camper is Home!

We live in the city. When we look out our dining room window, we look into our neighbor’s back door. We have a standard 2.5 car garage that can sometimes hold two cars but surely could never house our camper. In the off-season, our camper lives up on the property we own in the northern part of our state, 3 1/2  hours from our home. Each year, two to four weeks before our first planned excursion of the year, the camper comes home to get ready for the trip. This is an exciting time because it means the open road is closer than ever! Last weekend, our camper came home and is now patiently waiting our time and attention in our driveway. Every time I look out the window and see it there, I smile, recalling fond memories and anticipating the good times yet to come. We will be going up north for the July 4th weekend and our first planned trip this year is later than usual, not until July 14th-24th. When I mentioned that I’d like to bring the camper back last weekend, my husband asked, “Why... [Read more...]

Video: Hart Ranch Resort Campground, Rapid City, SD

June 23, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Video: Hart Ranch Resort Campground, Rapid City, SD

Hart Ranch Resort, located at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, is on the direct route to Mount Rushmore. This resort is a 195-acre property nestled in the 13,000-acre working Hart Ranch. It is one of western South Dakota’s premier recreational resorts. While Hart Ranch RV Resort is loaded with amenities, including an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, children’s pool, 4 tennis courts, putt putt golf, basketball & volleyball courts, playgrounds & bike rentals, their greatest amenity is the simple western lifestyle Hart Ranch has represented for over a century. There is a full service restaurant and even delivery service to your campsite. Game rooms, TV and exercise rooms are available in the lodge. Relax in front of a fireplace with a hot cup of coffee and the morning newspaper. But! It may be difficult to do that because eyes wander outside to the awesome views that surround this beautifully manicured RV Resort. The Hart Mart is handy... [Read more...]

Video: Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort – Spearfish South Dakota

June 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Video: Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort – Spearfish South Dakota

This NEW upscale, full service RV Resort & campground is located just off I-90 near Spearfish, SD (Exit 17). It is a great base for touring the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Deadwood and Rapid City attractions. There are 186 paved full hookup RV sites, 36 cabin sites, 3 shower houses, laundries, large outdoor heated pool, kiddy pools, lighted tennis and basketball courts, playground, horseshoes and volleyball. The Main Lodge building has a Gift Shop and General Store with fully stocked liquor selections and a snack bar. Be sure to try their ready-to-bake pies. They’re to die for! The life-sized bronze statues scattered throughout the park causes one to wonder if you’re at an art museum or in an RV Resort.The answer is yes to both. It is perfect for the individual traveler, family reunions, wedding receptions and other gatherings. The Elkhorn Ridge PGA Golf Club is close by. For more info go to: woodalls.com, elkhornridgervresort.com, or call:1-877-722-1800.

RVing to the Bristol Nascar Race

June 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

RVing to the Bristol Nascar Race

We have returned from our week in Bristol for the Nascar Race… and what a week! Weather was perfect, except Sunday was a little cool and damp. But it did Not dampen our spirits. We couldn’t believe how fast the time went and we were on our way home already. RVing is Definitely the way to go to Nascar. You can come and go as you please, bus tours are just so limited and too confining. We stayed at Raceday Center which is right across the street from the Bristol track. They had bathroom/ shower facilities which were cleaned several times a day, plus laundry facilities which was a real plus after being there for several days. We partied with other campers near us and met so many neat people. We drove a Class C without a tow car, and still did not feel confined. There was no reason for us to need one during the week. But you want to be prepared with all the supplies you might need. This was our First trip in our motor home, and we did not have all the necessary... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Northern Florida Camping

June 21, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

One Tank Trip for Northern Florida Camping

Planning a trip to the Gulf Coast this summer? Don’t let the BP oil spill cancel your vacation. Many areas of the coast are unaffected by the oil and remain open to the public. Contact local campgrounds for current conditions and any special promotions they might be running. If you still have hesitations, there are plenty of other lovely attractions in the area to keep you entertained. This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. Sponsored By: Camping on the Gulf www.campgulf.com camp@campgulf.com Just across Georgia’s southern border lies the aptly named Sunshine State, where winter-weary tourists come to escape the chilly northern weather. While it’s true that many of the more popular attractions are in the southern part of Florida, the northern end still has plenty to offer the traveler who’s looking for an escape. It’s been said that the only white stuff you’ll see on Florida’s ground is the sand on the miles upon miles of coast,... [Read more...]

Adventures at Yosemite

June 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Adventures at Yosemite

We arrive at the Wauwona Campground in Yosemite National Park, where we have a campsite reserved, after the staff has left for the day. We locate the slip indicating our site number at the check-in location and proceed to find our home for the next few days. When we arrive we are pleasantly surprised: it is a spacious site with a nice shade tree next to a large grassy area the size of a baseball field. Across the field are the restrooms. Who could ask for more? We quickly set up, then wash up and move on to preparing dinner. After we eat, we sit around a crackling fire and relax, but note that this is a very friendly campground and music is prevalent. A young man with an acoustic guitar is serenading the campground with lovely ballads that help us to relax after traveling all day. A short while later, we hear music of a livelier sort, that seemed to be heading in our direction, stopping at each campsite along the way. Finally, around the corner of the camper next to us ambles a large man... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Louisiana Camping

June 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One Tank Trip for Louisiana Camping

Planning a trip to the Gulf Coast this summer? Don’t let the BP oil spill cancel your vacation. Many areas of the coast are unaffected by the oil and remain open to the public. Contact local campgrounds for current conditions and any special promotions they might be running. If you still have hesitations, there are plenty of other lovely attractions in the area to keep you entertained. This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory We all know that Louisiana is world-famous for its spicy Cajun cuisine, rich Creole culture, antebellum mansions, and of course, the annual Mardi Gras celebration. For most people, that’s more than enough reason to keep coming back. But if you’re looking for something different, we may have some ideas that will pique your interest. If you are wanting to take a quick weekend getaway, you might want to stop along these locations on your one tank trips journey through Louisiana. Shreveport & Bossier Using the twin... [Read more...]

A Clean Trailer Makes for a Happy Camper

June 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A Clean Trailer Makes for a Happy Camper

Or at least  Hubby is a happy camper.In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, I’d like to talk about the guys who take such pride in their rigs. They shine them up before each camping trip, they wash, wax and even scrub if they have to. Hubby is one of those men, so I thought I’d talk about how he keeps the trailer so nice. Little Man helping Hubby clean the camper Black marks are a  scourge to the camping world, if you’ve got a camper, you’ve got black marks, (unless of course you’ve got a black camper, but I’m not really sure about that, because we’ve never owned one personally). So at least once a season Hubby gets his scrub sponge and his cleaner and takes away the black marks. The instructions say to not leave the cleaner on to dry, so while one person can do it, it goes a lot easier with two. (our motto seems to be many hands make light work) Also it’s best to do this in the shade, to allow yourself more time to work with the product before it dries. So after all... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Mississippi Camping

June 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One Tank Trip for Mississippi Camping

Planning a trip to the Gulf Coast this summer? Don’t let the BP oil spill cancel your vacation. Many areas of the coast are unaffected by the oil and remain open to the public. Contact local campgrounds for current conditions and any special promotions they might be running. If you still have hesitations, there are plenty of other lovely attractions in the area to keep you entertained. This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory Sponsored By: Cajun RV Park www.cajunrvpark.com cajunrvpark@gmail.com Mississippi has one of the richest histories in our nation, from hosting the most pitched battles of the Civil War to becoming a key player in the Civil Rights Movement. You’ll also find a wide range of activities in the Magnolia State. Looking to take a walk through history? The area is filled with museums and historic monuments that will take you on a trip back through time and give you a true sense of what life was like in periods past. If... [Read more...]

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