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Social Network

October 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Social Network

(Photo Caption: Early Social Network) I was just thinking about what a social network is—basically people sharing information (often too much information) between with things in common.  When I thought of it that way, I realized that campers have had social networks a long time.  Think about what camping was all about.  For many people camping was about getting together with others, away from the routine, and sharing—telling stories, playing games, pot lucks around the campfire, etc.  When you went to a campground, you automatically became a part of the community that had formed at that place and time. With this in mind, it makes sense that social network sites would be popular with campers.  This is just one more way for campers to interact and share.  It extends that community created by sitting around the campfire so that you can share with people even after you leave. Think of those people you met in campgrounds that you connected with, but have never seen again. Personally,... [Read more...]

Another 14,000 Foot Summit–Part 3

October 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Another 14,000 Foot Summit–Part 3

Known as one of Colorado’s easiest fourteeners, Mt. Bierstadt, the peak we have decided to summit on our summer trip this year, is a six mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 2,770 feet. Leaving the Guaneall Pass Trailhead, we descend gently southeast from the pass for approximately one mile. This is always disheartening on a climb because when you go down, you know you are just adding elevation to the climb you must complete. After the first mile, we are in the flats near Scott Gomer Creek at 11,400 feet. At this point we have hiked one mile downhill and now we encounter the famous Bierstadt Willows. This part of the hike was a true test for early hikers as they were required to cross a sea of waist high willows through a marshy area to proceed to the next section of the climb. The willows would grab on and become tangled in hiker’s legs, making a true nuisance of themselves. We were lucky, as now a trail winds through the north end of the willows and makes travel much easier. The... [Read more...]

SPOOKY CAMPFIRE STORIES

October 30, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

SPOOKY CAMPFIRE STORIES

The GPS had to be wrong.  The rutty little one lane dirt road I was on was not part of the route I selected the night before when planning the next leg of our trip. We were pulling our fifth wheel camper with “The Great White”, a big diesel tractor retired from hauling postal mail north to south.  It was now our preferred tow vehicle, but turning it around on this road was out of the question. It was getting dark and I knew we would have to find a place to camp for the night soon. Up ahead I spied a sign, Robinson’s Farm Family Campground WOW!  This was almost too much to ask for.  We made a right hand turn off the narrow road and pulled up in front of the campground office. Inside the dimly lit area, an ugly old woman greeted me.  She had a long pointy nose covered with warts.  Her voice crackled as she asked me to fill out the registration card.  I figured her nose must be part of a Halloween costume and reached out to touch one of the warts.  I was immediately presented... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2009 Holiday Rambler Neptune

October 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2009 Holiday Rambler Neptune

2009 Holiday Rambler Neptune Previously $ 165,188 – Now $159,900 37 ft. Class A family friendly 2009 Holiday Rambler Neptune that is capable of sleeping 6! Features include 3-camera rear vision system, full tile living room, home theater surround sound system and much more! Offered by Terry Labonte RV in Greensboro, NC. Email seller for details on this 2009 Holiday Rambler Neptune! Find more great RVs on

“This is the right place.”

October 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

“This is the right place.”

According to the history we’ve read, “this is the right place” is what Brigham Young said when he entered into the Salt Lake Valley.  I’m not sure what it was like back then, but today we agree with that emotion.  With the mountains and the Great Salt Lake as backdrops, Salt Lake City (SLC) is in a beautiful setting.  [Read more...]

HIT BY A TORNADO!!

October 28, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

HIT BY A TORNADO!!

It’s Scary – VERY SCARY! Most of us don’t think it can happen to us, but deep down inside we know how easily it can. Late Wednesday afternoon a band of severe thunderstorms along with at least three confirmed tornados came roaring through our community, one hitting my son’s home and destroying his camper. My son’s name is Randy, same as mine.  It is easy to get confused on who is who, so we always called him Randolph.  Of course, that name is too complex, so he shortened it to Randy many years ago. Less than an hour before the tornado hit, Randy, his wife and I were watching a middle school football game some 20 miles from home.  My grandson is on the team.  Chris had just made a tackle when the rain started pelting down.  The game was called and we all rushed to our cars for shelter. The plan was for me to drop Randy off at his house so that he could prepare for an out-of-town trip while Jen picked up Chris at the base school when he got off of the football team’s... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2011 Coachmen Freedom Express 290BHS

October 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2011 Coachmen Freedom Express 290BHS

2011 Coachmen Freedom Express 290BHS Previously $ 31,559 – Now $26,249 31 ft. 2011 Coachmen Freedom Express 290BHS family friendly travel trailer capable of sleeping 9! Features include one slide, tub/bath, exterior storage and much more! Offered by Travel Country RV Center- Lake City, FL in Lake City, FL. Email seller for details on this 2011 Coachmen Freedom Express 290BHS! Find more great RVs on

A look at snowbirds: 15 tips, Part 2

October 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A look at snowbirds: 15 tips, Part 2

The Iceman Cometh Whether you’re a snowbird heading south for the winter or preparing for a weekend jaunt, there’s always a concern that you forgot to pack all the essentials? How do you know that everything you’ll need is in the RV? The Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona is a popular Snowbird destination. Pictured above Organ Pipe National Monument south of Ajo. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved To read Part 1 detailing the first two tips for planning your next road trip and to help ensure your safety while on the road, click here. In this post we look at tips four to seven. 4. Pre-travel checklist ALWAYS use a vehicle inspection and safety pre-travel checklist before you head out on the road. You should make these checks every day before traveling. Our exterior checklist includes (the letter/s in the bracket indicates responsibility; with ‘R’ being Rex (that’s me), and ‘D’ being my co-pilot, Dania): Check fluid levels—oil, coolant, transmission (R) Check air-flow restriction... [Read more...]

It’s all about the food…

October 25, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

It’s all about the food…

OK, not really, but for us, a big part of the ‘camping’ experience is the eating!  We tend to take and fix foods different from our everyday home fare.  Even though we now fulltime RV, we have found this to still be true. My favorite foods in the RV are the easy ones that are quick and easy to prepare.  They don’t require a lot of ingredients, and you don’t have to remember to make them hours ahead of time.   I also like recipes that the kids can help with (quick cure for the boredom blues) – and if it is a recipe that they enjoy, it isn’t long before they have completely taken over making it whether in the sticks & bricks or in the RV.  The following are 2 of our favorite snacks whether we are parked, camping, or on the road…   Kettle Corn: ~I LOVE real kettle corn, what I don’t like is the price tag when buying it at a fair or festival!  This recipe is the closest I have found to the real thing… 1/2 c. oil 1... [Read more...]

Another 14,000 Foot Summit–Part 2

October 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Another 14,000 Foot Summit–Part 2

When checking out our planned Colorado hike the night before it was to take place, we had driven past another trail head, Guanella Pass, several miles from our campground. Once we had determined the hike we had planned was not possible due to the construction that would prevent us from making a timely start, we headed back to check out this option. The Guanella Pass Trail accessed a climb to another 14,000 foot peak: Mt. Bierstadt. While this is a less spectacular peak, barely a 14′er at a mere 14,060 feet, and a single summit, rather than a pair, we decided to shelve our plans for Gray’s and Torrey’s and settle for Bierstadt due to the circumstances beyond our control and that we could not have been aware of when planning our trip from the comfort of our home. Thankfully I had remembered to pack our guide to the fourteeners, Colorado’s Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs, by Gerry Roach, before leaving on our trip. We had downloaded much information about our intended hike from... [Read more...]

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