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The Perfect Pampered Camping, Toutle River RV Resort

June 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Perfect Pampered Camping, Toutle River RV Resort

I have been planning again. This time I am planning a trip to northern Oregon and Washington to visit relatives. While looking over what to see and do on this vacation, I discovered that there is a RV resort in Castle Rock, Washington that is just incredible. The Toutle River RV Resort is amazing. The resort can accommodate over 800 RV’s and is in one of the most popular fishing areas of the state. Fishing holes are plentiful near the resort if you wish to just bike down to the river and fish from the shore. The Toutle River RV Resort will even set you up with a guided river fishing excursions by boat. I am not much of a fisherman but I love swimming and at Toutle River RV Resort I have my choice of the large pool or the river. The pool and spa both are ADA accessible. “The pool and separate spa both feature lift devises for swimmers and soakers with mobility issues and situated next to private restrooms and showers.” I love sitting in a sauna for a spell too. And, believe it or... [Read more...]

48-Hour Facebook Father’s Day Frenzy!

June 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

48-Hour Facebook Father’s Day Frenzy!

Woodall’s is celebrating our Fathers and our Facebook Fans by offering a crazy deal, only through Facebook! Visit facebook.com/woodalls to find out how you can buy a Woodall’s Eastern or Western Campground Directory for only $6 (or choose both for $10). We’ve never offered such a great sale price on this product, so don’t miss a chance to take advantage of our 48-Hour Facebook Father’s Day Frenzy this weekend only!

Time Out at the Minuteman

June 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Time Out at the Minuteman

Several months back I submitted a post about our trip touring the Boston,MA area with three English Cocker Spaniels. To do this trip justice, I must tell you more about the campground that was our home for nearly a week while enjoyed the area. In our search for a campground/RV park, we perused the Woodall’s guide for camping locations in the Boston area and stumbled upon the Minuteman Campground and RV Park in Littleton, MA, just 30 miles northwest of Boston. Our site at the Minuteman Boasting quality family camping and pets welcome, the Minuteman has 93 spacious sites, snuggled among large trees and full hookups. They also have comfort cabins available, as well as a pool and a recreation hall, both of which delighted and occupied our children. During a short bout of rainy weather they were well occupied and prevented from whining by a fierce ping-pong competition in the game hall. But the most exceptional quality of the Minuteman is its friendly, helpful staff. This was apparent as... [Read more...]

Campsite Gourmet Cooking — Continued:

June 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Campsite Gourmet Cooking — Continued:

Food cooked away from home, especially over a campfire, seems to always taste better.  I guess it is the atmosphere and the crackling of a fire?  Or perhaps it is our genetic makeup that makes us want to return to the primeval days of our cave dwelling ancestors?  Or, it could be as my grandma believed, electricity ruins the taste of food – one should at least cook with gas rather than electricity! Whatever it is that makes camp-cooked food taste better, it is no myth that the flavor of even hot dogs and hamburgers is far superior when in the great outdoors. Our fifth wheel trailer has just about everything in its kitchen we have at home.  Microwave, drip coffee maker, waffle iron, stove, oven and toaster.  Yet, I do not like cooking inside the camper when we are away from home.  I find it much more “fun” to break out the Baby-Q, gas fry pan or just plain old charcoal to prepare all of our meals.  The smell of freshly brewed coffee from an enameled percolator resting over a... [Read more...]

Maybell, Colorado –Has it gone to the dogs?

June 14, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Maybell, Colorado –Has it gone to the dogs?

Aren’t small towns the greatest? As we drove into this tiny town in the pouring rain, a couple of boys, maybe 10 or 11, were waiting by a puddle to be splashed as cars went by. I could see their excitement ahead of us when they saw the motor home coming, and sure enough, the puddle flew up all over them when we passed and they screamed and jumped with delight. The little town is Maybell, Colorado. Not much to see in Maybell, but there is a nice little café and a little City Park with a few hookups and a dump station. This trip across Highway 40 in northern Colorado is one every RVer should make. The scenery is the best anywhere. Just when you think the world has gone to the dogs, you go to Maybell, Colorado and find out that it has! At the center of town, the green grass in the City Park was loaded with an agility course for dogs. What a fun thing to watch! The weather cleared up and the dogs came out to play. These dogs seem so happy to do this and they are very attentive to their... [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Old Glory! Display the American Flag With Pride

June 14, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Happy Birthday Old Glory! Display the American Flag With Pride

Happy Birthday Old Glory! Today, June 14th is Flag Day in the United States of America. On this day in 1777 the Continental Congress officially declared the “Stars and Stripes” the National symbol of the United States of America. On June 14, 1885 a young teacher, Bernard John Cigrand, announced to his class that it was our flags birthday and asked them to write an essay on what the flag meant to them. The small one room school house in Waubeka, Wisconsin earned its place in history that day. In the years that followed Bernard John Cigrand dedicated himself to inspire not just his students but the nation to honor and ponder the true meaning and majesty of our flag. Today is one of the holidays Americans display Old Glory with pride. But, do you know the proper flag etiquette? It is not just a matter of pride that causes us to follow flag etiquette; there are laws in place that address when and how to display the American Flag. Here are some of the basics: The American Flag when... [Read more...]

Greetings From Moab!

June 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Yesterday we headed out for a week on the road.  After a six hour drive we rolled into Moab, Utah last night.  Here for just two short days while en route to the Grand Canyon, our only regret is that we don’t have more time to explore the area. The ride here was a nice one, but for some unseasonable rain in Colorado mountains.  It basically poured all day long, making driving a little tough in spots.  Other than that, it was a clear shot across Colorado and into Utah. Once we hit the western slope of the Rockies, the terrain makes a definite change.  Much more desert-like in appearance, red bluffs dot the vast expanse and scrub brush is everywhere. Very barren and desolate, we saw virtually no signs of life until, like an oasis in the desert, Moab appeared. Our main reason to visit Moab was to see Arches National Park.  We spent the day there today, and it was a huge hit with everyone, especially our teen – who happened to get a new camera and eagerly snapped a ton of shots throughout... [Read more...]

A Bear in the Woods

June 13, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

A Bear in the Woods

Several years ago our summer road trip took us to several California campgrounds and Sequoia National Park. Terry had been there in an earlier life but the kids and I had never seen the giant sequoias and he was excited to show them to us. We reserved our campsite in Lodgepole Campground in the park months ahead of time and upon the appointed day, headed out. Tent camping at Sequoia National Park When we finally arrived, we were disappointed with the campground and our site. We were still tent camping at that time so we didn’t need a lot of room but all of the sites are very close together. Our tent site was very rocky, full of large boulders, and we had a giant motor home situated right next to us, looming over our poor tent with its generator running it seemed every minute we were at our site. That constant hum began to infect my psyche. I was hearing it even when we were away from camp. As we had traveled from another campground and left early in the morning we were looking forward... [Read more...]

The Economics of Camping

June 12, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

The Economics of Camping

     I almost didn’t write this blog entry, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew I needed to do it.  After my last entry about our backyard test run, there were some comments from experienced campers about the quality of our tents.  I have read similar comments on various forums and blogs.  Some experienced campers like to lecture new campers about the “quality” (read this as expensive) equipment they should own.  Through the experience of preparing to tent camp, I have learned to keep the main thing the main thing.  Enjoying time as a family, not owning expensive equipment, is the main thing.      Just before the Woodall’s blog launched this year, my husband, the sole wage earner in our family, found out that he would be losing his job.  Before getting this news, our intention was to purchase a pop-up camper or lightweight travel trailer and hit the road every chance we got.  Yes, we want to see God’s great outdoors, and yes, we want to enjoy the amenities... [Read more...]

RANDY’S RAMBLINS – Dutch Oven, Woodall’s Books, Combo W/D, Electrical Connections

June 12, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

RANDY’S RAMBLINS – Dutch Oven, Woodall’s Books, Combo W/D, Electrical Connections

My last blog, Campsite Style Gourmet Cookin’, brought more e-mail and comments than any I have recently written.  Without a doubt, the Dutch oven is one of the favorite campsite cooking utensils of all campers.  Nancy and I are growing to love it more and more and are finding that it is also useful over a gas grill or on a gas stovetop – of course you can’t stack coals on the lid with a gas grill but it does provide all-around cooking if you put the grill on low and close the lid over the Dutch oven. Speaking of e-mail and comments — I have duly noted a hesitancy of readers for all of the blogs to post comments on this site.  Instead – at least for my postings — they elect to click on the forum button at the top of the page and write to me via my “Private Mail” on the Woodall’s or RV.net forum.  I realize this is more personal and private but many of the e-mails would be nice to have posted for all to ponder or enjoy. Did you know that Woodall’s has books? ... [Read more...]

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