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Did You Attend The Rally 2010? Woodall’s Was There!

July 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Did You Attend The Rally 2010? Woodall’s Was There!

Well, the busy Rally has drawn to a close and we Woodall’s gals and guys have (mostly) returned to the office here in Ventura, California from Louisville, Kentucky.  This is not my first time visiting Louisville, and I always find it hospitable and fun!  Here are some highlights of Woodall’s trip to The Rally 2010, and a few Louisville hot spots that you should be sure to visit on your next trip to the Bluegrass State. RVers showed their wild side with airbrush tatoos at Publications Day The Rally (formerly known as The Great North American Rally) is a fantastic event for budding and experienced RVers alike. With thousands of brand-new RVs to browse and hundreds of RV accessory vendors to visit, plus seminars, entertainment and great food, RVers are busy for the entire four-day event. RVers tried their luck, spinning the wheel to win a year subscription to Motorhome Magazine, a Woodall's cookbook, or lots more! We started off our time at the Rally with “Publications Day” –... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Keystone Big Sky

July 26, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Keystone Big Sky

2010 Keystone Big Sky Previously $74,969 – Now $72,969 37 ft new fifth wheel is perfect for your next family vacation. It includes many features such as Big Sky premium package, 40” LCD TV, Neo-angle shower with glass enclosure leather sofa and recliners, and much more! Offered from Curtis Trailers Inc. in Portland, OR. Email seller for details on this 2010 Keystone Big Sky! Find more great RVs on

Touring the Columbia Icefield

July 25, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Touring the Columbia Icefield

While camped at the Lake Louise Tent Campground,  Alberta, Canada described in my last post, we had the pleasure of touring the Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Glacier. Located about an hour north of Lake Louise, the glacier and icefield are located in Jasper National Park. The tours are accomplished via large vehicles with massive tires specially designed to ascend and descend icy slopes at precarious angles with no trouble. Called Snocoaches, these vehicles are created specially for this purpose and are found no where else on earth. They ferry visitors out onto the glacier so that we were able to get out and actually walk around on the icy surface. The Athabasca Glacier covers an area of 6 kilometers, being 3.75 miles long with a depth of between 270 and 1000 feet depending on the location.  The glacier is fed by the Columbia Icefield, the largest body of ice in the Rocky Mountains, with its greatest depth estimated to be 1200 feet. The icefield drains into the Pacific, Arctic... [Read more...]

A Summer Friday Night in a Small Town

July 24, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

A Summer Friday Night in a Small Town

As we travel across the country in our Motor home (we are full-timers), we find ourselves staying in a variety of locations.  We spent Friday evening in a small town, where they have a number of activities during the summer.  We are in Winchester Bay, Oregon, which is about 4 miles from Reedsport and both are on the Umpqua River (with a total population of less than 5,000). [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for North Dakota Camping

July 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One Tank Trip for North Dakota Camping

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. Visitors to North Dakota have a diverse range of expectations when it comes to their vacation, but one thing everyone agrees on is that there are fewer places on the map where you’ll receive a warmer, friendlier welcome. It’s fitting, then, that “Dakota” is the Sioux word for “friend.” Starting this one tank trip in Medora, you’ll discover a few interesting tidbits about this area. Founded by a French nobleman in the late 1800s, Medora was a thriving boomtown for many years. A few years later, Theodore Roosevelt arrived on the scene, originally to hunt buffalo. He fell in love with the area and built two cattle ranches within easy range of Medora. As a result, Medora serves as the entrance to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Among the many spectacular features to be found here is the Coal Vein Trail, which takes you through an area where a fire burned for nearly 30 years, thereby... [Read more...]

Head out to the local fair

July 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the great things about going somewhere new is checking out the local culture. Whether it’s going to a new restaurant to try a new food (got hooked on NC BBQ that way) or visiting a local park, we love to experience new things. Another great way to experience an area is visit their local fair. Just use the County Fairs web site to see if there’s a fair where you’ll be camping. Dairy show at a local fair Of course not all fairs are created equal, some are just small 4-H fairs that have exhibits and some local organizations running a food booth or two. Those are a fun way to relax. Take in a cattle show, see if you can pick which cow will come out on top. Talk to an older4-Her about their project, they’ve worked hard on it, chances are they’d love to inform you about their animal they’ve chosen to show. Then there are the big fairs, with rides, lots of things to do and see, but at their heart they’re still the same. The kids still take care of their animals and talk to... [Read more...]

Creating useable bathroom space (part 2)…

July 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Creating useable bathroom space (part 2)…

Having a large family, I am, by necessity, a stockpiler.  I tend to (and like to) have on hand multiples of anything that I may want.  This mindset extends to all areas of supplying my home, including the bathroom.  It is a mindset that I am having a difficult time aligning with my rv addiction.    Though I think that our toy hauler’s bathroom is quite large for an rv, it is still very small in comparison to the same in a sticks & bricks.  I thought that I would share a couple of the ways that we have utilized the available space in this room.   This post is actually inspired by a set of shelves that I found last week at Target.        Since most rv sinks are set in an open cupboard, with the plumbing making a mess of the upper available space, I was tickled when I saw this tension shelf!  It is made up of 2 tension rods and 5 snap-in shelf platforms.  After setting the 2 tension rods at the height that you would like your shelf, you then set... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Saskatchewan Camping

July 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One Tank Trip for Saskatchewan Camping

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. Rough and ready, that’s Saskatchewan. Boasting a mix of prairie life coupled with mountains and lakes, rivers and streams, as well as a bustling metropolitan scene, the “Land of Living Skies” is filled with enough adventure and excitement to satisfy even the most jaded traveler. From museums that depict the area’s prehistoric development, to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre, Saskatchewan provides something to suit every taste and style. Kicking this one tank trip off in Moose Jaw, you’ll see a wealth of art galleries and museums just waiting for your investigation, along with more outdoor-oriented activities. The surrounding area exists in a river valley, so see the sights from a boat deck as you cruise down the river. The town has a thriving spa culture, so after you’ve hiked along the many trails in the Saskatchewan camping area, give your muscles a reward with a refreshing... [Read more...]

Video: Casa Del Sol Mobile Home & RV Resort, Donna Texas

July 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Video: Casa Del Sol Mobile Home & RV Resort, Donna Texas

Sun, fun and the good life are what you’ll find at this resort winter getaway destination in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The activity list is endless and the helpful staff can direct you to what you’re looking for, inside or outside of the park. The Rio Grande Valley of Texas has that tropical feel and citrus fruit around every corner. Don’t miss the nearby golf courses and all around fun of this beautiful and central to everything resort. Search for an RV park for your visit at Woodall’s.

Camping at Lake Louise

July 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Camping at Lake Louise

Several weeks ago I posted a blog about our tour of the Lake Louise Hotel in Alberta, Canada, and the surrounding area, including our hike to the Plain of the Seven Glaciers Tea House. We were camped during that stay at the Lake Louise Tent Campground operated by the Canadian version of the National Forest Service. We had found the campground online and reserved our site when planning our trip months earlier, but our first actual sight of the campground was a bit daunting. Due to the prevalence of bear traffic in the area, the entire campground is surrounded by an electrified chain link fence topped with barbed wire. Campers must get out of their cars and open a cleverly closed gate that has proven bear resistant in order to enter the campground. When making our reservation, I was asked whether I wanted to include a fire permit with my purchase for $6.00. Knowing we would definitely want a campfire, I chose to do so. Upon arrival, we learned that not only would we be allowed to have a fire,... [Read more...]

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