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Month: November 2010

POWER at your Campsite – Chapter 1

November 17, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

POWER at your Campsite – Chapter 1

For those of us that camp, there is always a need for portable power. The needs range from the back-country backpacker with a hand held GPS, cell phone, flashlight and maybe a MP3 player to the couple with a big motor home or fifth wheel trailer sporting twin air conditioners. (Photo Caption:  45 Watt Portable Solar Panel) These power needs may range from a few flashlight batteries to a large generator. Over the next few weeks I intend to explore some of the available power sources, what problems they may impose and how we as campers can be a little greener and more considerate of others that have differing visions of what camping should be all about. Let’s start here: Imagine a typical travel trailer spending a long weekend “off grid” in a campground without sewer, water or electrical hook-ups.  While the lack of these conveniences may not appeal to some campers, Nancy and I have found that many of the most scenic and beautiful camping locations only offer “dry” sites for RV’s. Campers... [Read more...]

Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains–Part 1

November 17, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains–Part 1

On our hikes this summer, we covered much ground in the alpine and sub-alpine areas. We needed to be careful to avoid stepping on the fragile vegetation growing there as, at such elevations, growth is extremely slow. One source informed us that it can take as long as 100 years for a plant to achieve one inch of growth given the extreme climate in which they exist. While taking great care to avoid causing a century of harm to these precious beauties, we took the opportunity for a photo safari, collecting many examples of different varieties that we could enjoy, along with other mementos for our trip, long after our journey had ended. We have spent some time perusing sources of wildflower information and believe we have located the names of a number of our favorite flowers. A few, however, were sufficiently difficult to categorize that we are open to suggestion and interpretation if you have any expertise in the area. We determined that this bright yellow beauty is most likely an Alpine sunflower... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Ontario Camping (Southeast Ontario)

November 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One Tank Trip for Ontario Camping (Southeast Ontario)

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. The province of Ontario provides visitors with adventures both rural and metropolitan. Some of the most captivating terrain is on display here in the southeastern portion, as is a wealth of cultural and entertainment opportunities that only the big city can provide. Amherstburg is positioned right near the Detroit River, as well as the mouth of Lake Erie. This is the beginning of your one tank trip. Campsites here are plentiful, and placed right in the heart of some majestic outdoor life. Visitors who frequent this area comment on how tranquil this area is. Walk along the waterside shopping area, or take a tour of this historic town with buildings that are more than a century old. Enjoy the vibrant colors and fragrances to be found in the botanical garden, or take part in any of the festivals that are always going on in town. It’s easy to see why this area is growing in popularity as... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Keystone Fuzion FZ362

November 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Keystone Fuzion FZ362

2008 Keystone Fuzion FZ362 Previously $ 49,995 – Now $38,981 38 ft. family friendly 2008 Keystone Fuzion FZ362 fifth wheel that is capable of sleeping 8! Features include slide-out sofa, shower, washer/dryer and much more! Offered by Nielson RV in Hurricane, UT. Email seller for details on this 2008 Keystone Fuzion FZ362! Find more great RVs on

Calico Ghost Town Shines during Holiday Fest Weekend November 26-28th

November 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Calico Ghost Town Shines during Holiday Fest Weekend November 26-28th

Calico Ghost Town Shines during Holiday Fest Weekend November 26-28th Calico Ghost Town shines during the holidays. The town will be decorated in sprays of evergreen, red and gold bows, and beautiful lights that twinkle on the Calico mountain at night. All one has to do is look up to see a vision of beauty in the night sky. Travelers looking for a place to spend the Thanksgiving weekend, or a place to stop over on the way to or from “grandma’s house” should consider camping at Calico Ghost Town. There are 265 sites to choose from and a variety of camping – dry camping, partial hook up, full hook up, tent camping. There are even cabins and a mini-bunkhouse at Calico. The town will host a series of events during Holiday Fest, November 26-28th, that are sure to please. Gunfight demonstrations, live musical performances and games for children will take place throughout the weekend. A yodeling contest will be held on Saturday, November 27th and that evening there will be a... [Read more...]

Patti’s “Saga of an RV Rookie, or “Am I Gonna Hit the Green Board?”

November 15, 2010 by · 11 Comments 

Patti’s “Saga of an RV Rookie, or “Am I Gonna Hit the Green Board?”

November 15, 2010 Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: or “Am I Gonna Hit the Green Board?”    “Am I gonna hit the green board?”  Try as I might, I couldn’t see a green board anywhere, let alone if my husband was going to hit one.   "Does this look like a green board to you?" “What green board? I don’t see a green board! “ I  knew I’d hate this backing up thing. Some of my earliest memories were of my Dad yelling out the car window back to mom,  “Irene, you gotta be kidding me! You call that a foot?”  I’ve turned into my mother. The hapless guider waving my hands wildly so it looked like I was doing something behind the trailer. Ray’s head swiveled out the driver’s window , fleeting visions of “The Exorcist.” “The green board!”  Unspoken aspersions on my intellect hung there like chads in a Florida voting booth. “I don’t wanna hit the green board!” “I’m serious, Ray. I don’t even see a green board. Where the heck is it?” He... [Read more...]

Do You Use A FoodSaver?

November 14, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Do You Use A FoodSaver?

I’m wondering if any of you use a FoodSaver when you are packing for an upcoming camping trip. I have a FoodSaver and have found it to be quite handy when I am packing provisions for a camping trip. I often cook meals in advance and then freeze them to simplify our family meals while we are traveling and camping. Deluxe macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, meatballs, cooked rice, and even twice-baked potatoes are some of my standbys. Last summer, when I was prepping for our long trip from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park, I grabbed my FoodSaver and decided to vacuum pack a few of the items that I would stash in the freezer.  I  experimented with  a batch of twice-baked potatoes. I baked the potatoes, mashed the flesh with butter and milk, and then returned the mash to the potato skin. I topped the potatoes with some grated cheddar and  froze the potatoes on a tray in the freezer. Then when the potaotes were solid, I took them out and vacuum packed them individually with my FoodSaver.... [Read more...]

Five Fun Things to Do on a Camping Trip

November 14, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Five Fun Things to Do on a Camping Trip

When we finally gather all of our family members together and whisk them off to the great outdoors for a camping adventure, we look for things we can all do together.  Several criteria naturally present themselves while we search for possible activities. It must help us spend time together as a family and take advantage of the natural setting we are enjoying. Ideally, it will also help us to learn or appreciate something about the area we are visiting. Here are five easy ideas that campers of all ages should be able to participate in and enjoy: Purchase or borrow a book that outlines the vegetation common to the area and take a nature hike together seeing how many elements of vegetation native to the area you can locate. Embark on a wild flower photo safari, snapping digital photos of as many different wildflowers you can each find. You could even divide up into teams and have a competition to see who “collects” the greatest number of different photos. Make... [Read more...]

Snowbird destinations: Florida

November 13, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Snowbird destinations: Florida

Florida has long been a haven for those seeking relief from the cold days of a northern winter. Most visitors are eager to trade in their snow shovels for waving palm trees and long walks on sun-kissed beaches. Another enjoyable and relaxing day along Lake Okeechobee. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Arriving Easter Week, the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, stepped ashore, liked what he saw and christened the place La Florida, the Land of Flowers. What a sight that would have been. This rich and diverse history can be explored in towns such as St. Augustine, the original site of Ponce de Leon’s landing and considered the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in America. The city was established 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Florida is more than 480 miles at its longest and 360 miles at its widest point with 1,200 miles of coastline, 7,700 lakes, and 11,000 miles of rivers and streams, plus the Everglades. As the poet Loren Eiseley said, “If there’s... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Michigan Camping

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One Tank Trip for Michigan Camping

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. When you pick Michigan for your next one tank trips vacation, you’ll get a lot of fascinating and historic sites to explore, not to mention some of the best fishing in the entire Great Lakes region. You’ll find no shortage of campsites that offer world class skiing in the winter and boating, fishing, hiking and canoeing in the more temperate months. And let’s not forget that this state is the birthplace of the Motown sound! So let’s get on the road for some unbelievable Michican camping fun. Let’s kick things off right by stopping in Detroit at the Motown Historical Museum. This museum features an awesome collection of artifacts and displays that tell the story of how Motown Records got its start, and grew into the world-famous icon it is today. You’ll see photos, original music, and costumes from some of the superstars that came from Motown, and see the results of one man’s... [Read more...]

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