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Family Friendly RV: 2010 Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pack

September 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pack

2010 Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pack Previously $50,800 – Now $44,900 40 ft. 2010 Forest River Cherokee Wolf family friendly RV capable of sleeping 10! Features include 10,000 gallon water filter, 15k Air Conditioner, a full bathroom, and much more. Offered by The Great Outdoor RV Company in Evans, CO Email seller for details on this 2010 Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pack! Find more great RVs on

Zion National Park, Inspiring and Worth the Visit to Utah

September 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Zion National Park, Inspiring and Worth the Visit to Utah

Zion National Park, located in southwest Utah, is one of the most awe inspiring places that we have ever been to.  We spent several days going through the park last November; fall was definitely the best time to drive through the park as the changing leaf colors were fabulous! Zion has a great Jr. Ranger program (though you do have to buy the booklets at $1 ea.).  The kids learned a lot about the park through the program; things that they (we all) would have not otherwise known.  The museum in the park has a great movie about the area and it’s history that is also a great educational opportunity. If you want to really experience Zion, you have to park the car, or get out of the bus, and put those hiking boots to work!  Zion has so many beautiful hikes – everything from short, easy walks that even the littlest of kids can go on to very extensive treks.  You can pick up a map of trails from the information desk near the entrance to the park.  All of our kids (from... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2002 R-Vision Trail Lite

September 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2002 R-Vision Trail Lite

2002 R-Vision Trail Lite Previously $10,995 – Now $5,792 26 ft. 2002 R-Vision Trail Lite family friendly travel trailer capable of sleeping 6! Features include full kitchen, full bath, slide out dining area, awning and more. Offered by Wasatch Front Winnebago in Ogden, UT Email seller for details on this 2002 R-Vision Trail Lite! Find more great RVs on

“Bob and the Raccoons” – A Camping Humor Story

September 23, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

“Bob and the Raccoons” – A Camping Humor Story

Marge and Bob had recently been given an older, but extremely well cared for, pop-up from their neighbor and friend Steve.  Steve’s company had closed their Richmond office and he had accepted a relocation offer in Oregon.  The distance and cost were just too much to take the pop-up, so he simply gave it to Bob. Marge and Bob had only been camping once before, but that was in a tent beside a mosquito populated lake.    Now with two children, Katie – 7, and Andrew – 12, not to mention Skeeter – a 4 year old Jack Russell, camping seemed like a good thing to get into for family type stuff. Bob was really getting into the idea of a relaxing camping trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was a few weeks before the kids went back to school and he had a full week of vacation left.  The idea was to enter the Parkway at Waynesboro, Virginia, and drive all the way into North Carolina, stopping at various campgrounds along the route. Bob had pretty much cleaned out the gear and accessories... [Read more...]

To Summit Mt. Ida–Part 2

September 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

To Summit Mt. Ida–Part 2

Continuing on our quest to summit Mt. Ida during our visit to Rocky Mountain National Park we leave the parking area and begin our climb. Terry and I have a few breathless moments. I wondered if that was a sign of things to come. We had not been at elevation a great length of time and altitude sickness can occur quickly. The trail skirts around Cache la Poudre Lake, a small beaver pond along the left side of the parking area, then begins to ascend via a series of switchbacks and rocky steps. Upon glancing back over our progress, I realize that my breathlessness is just that—a result of the fact the first mile and a half of the trail ascends rather quickly and it is the climb, not the altitude, that is taking my breath away. Cache la Poudre Lake, RMNP Early on we pass by a spectacular formation of rocky spires. The switchbacks continue and the trail traverses a rocky ridge. We can still hear road noise from Trail Ridge Road, but soon leave the parking lot crowds behind as we continue... [Read more...]

Transporting Firewood, Not Worth the Price Our Forests Pay

September 20, 2010 by · 9 Comments 

Transporting Firewood, Not Worth the Price Our Forests Pay

How many times have I taken my firewood with me on camping trips? Sometimes I would save the unused to burn at home or take on the next trip.  So many through the years, I feel terrible about it now.  I recently learned that my old habit of stocking up on cheap fire wood and taking it with me on my camping trips is an extremely bad habit! I love the great outdoors, I cherish our National Forests. I am a true “Tree Hugger” at heart. Yet, I was clueless to the damage I could be causing by transporting firewood from one area to another. The transporting of firewood has become a major concern for our forest in the last few years. So much so, that many places have started implementing quarantines and tough restrictions on importation of wood, including firewood. The United States now has very strict regulations about all hardwood coming from Canada. And Canada has recently expanded their import regulations on firewood to include the United States. Even transporting firewood from one... [Read more...]

To Summit Mt. Ida–Part 1

September 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

To Summit Mt. Ida–Part 1

As stated in a previous post, we decided to climb to the summit of Mt. Ida, at 12, 888 feet above sea level, during our summer visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. As is our custom before any challenging hike, we headed out the night before to check out the trailhead. Setting out from our campsite at Glacier Basin Campground, we endured the lengthy journey through the park, and all of the road construction that entailed, to the Milner Creek Trailhead of the Continental Divide Trail from which we would depart as soon as we could arrive in the morning. Again it was important to get an early start to avoid the lightening storms that are prevalent in the mountains any time after noon. Road construction and flagmen ensured that the approximately 20 mile journey took over an hour so we knew we were in for an early start the next morning. Milner Pass Trailhead, RMNP We familiarized ourselves with the trailhead and, thankfully, were quickly able to determine the direction we would take the next... [Read more...]

Mt. St. Helens — It Has Been 30 Years!

September 17, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Mt. St. Helens — It Has Been 30 Years!

Image of Spirit Lake Memorial Highway I could not believe it when I went to the visitor center outside of Castle Rock (on SR 504) and realized it was the 30 year anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.  My wife lived in Idaho at the time, so she remembers the ash in the sky.  It was interesting visiting the area.  We found a good launching place for our visit at the Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock, Washington.  The park was 3 miles north of the SR 504 exit. On SR 504 (the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway), you head East from Castle Rock.  After 5 miles you arrive at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument visitor center (Silver Lake Visitor Center) where you can see an excellent 13-minute video about the eruption as well as a number of informative displays about the volcano and surrounding area.  I highly recommend taking the time to explore the visitor center and take in the video (when we were there they played the video every 30 minutes). Statue of Bigfoot As you... [Read more...]

Hoover Dam Bypass Project: An Update

September 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hoover Dam Bypass Project: An Update

Hoover Dam Construction began in 1931 and Hoover Dam was completed in 1936. It still stands tall as an engineering marvel high above the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada. Photo courtesy Arizona-leisure Named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, Hoover Dam attracts over 7 million visitors from around the world every year. A National Historic Landmark, Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at 725 feet in height and 1,244 feet in length. At its base, Hoover Dam is 660 feet thick which is 60 feet longer than two football fields laid end-to-end. Combined with its top thickness of 45 feet, there is enough concrete (4.5 million cubic yards) in Hoover Dam to build a two-lane highway from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida. Or imagine a four-foot wide sidewalk around Earth at its equator. With 17 generators producing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity a year, it also is one of the country’s largest hydroelectric... [Read more...]

Fort Fredrica National Monument, Brunswick, Georgia

September 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Fort Fredrica National Monument, Brunswick, Georgia

When we travel, we love to stop at State and National Parks, and to participate in their Jr. Ranger programs.  Last winter we completed over 3 dozen park programs, and one of our very favorites was the Jr. Ranger program at the Fort Fredrica National Monument in southeast Georgia.  When we arrived at this park, we watched their introductory film, and then the wonderful volunteers and ranger in the visitor’s center gave the kids their Jr. Ranger booklets; you can actually get 2 separate Jr. Ranger booklets here – one for the fort, and one called Cultures of the Coast about native coastal tribes, colonists, and the coastal habitats (you can find info. on both programs at the Fort Fredrica site under ‘for kids’ then ‘be a jr ranger’).  Both are fantastic booklets, but the Fort program is exceptional!!!  Subsidized by a grant from the Fort Fredrica Association, this park’s booklets are in color and are interactive, including many 3 dimensional... [Read more...]

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