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America’s Best Idea Just Got Better

January 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

America’s Best Idea Just Got Better

From sea to shining sea, the United States has some of the most breath taking national parks and scenic wonderlands. Every single national park has very important significance embedded into the landscape and has been passed down for generations now and ones to come. Canyon de Chelly National Park, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved America’s Best Idea—the national parks—gets even better with 17 fee-free days in 2011 at the national parks that usually charge entrance fees. About 147 of the 394 parks and historic sites operated by the National Park Service charge admission fees ranging from $3 to $25. Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011: January 15-17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend (new in 2011) April 16-24: National Park Week June 21: First day of summer (new in 2011) September 24: Public Lands Day November 11-13: Veterans Day weekend The Park Service has held several fee-free days in the past two years as a way of providing cost-friendly vacation... [Read more...]

Billy the Kid and Laura Bush

January 14, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Billy the Kid and Laura Bush

As we travel from Albuquerque to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, we have some favorite places that we like to stop.  One of those is the Hacienda RV Resort in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  We always try to ensure we are there for the Friday evening margaritas (okay, our real goal is to ensure we go through El Paso on a Sunday, but that seems to always ensure we are there for margaritas). (Photo Caption: Hacienda RV Resort)   We were pleasantly surprised that they had a “sale” going on so that our site was less expensive than last time through.  While we always enjoy a lower price, we did miss the morning breakfast and paper that we had experienced in the past at this park.  They shared their reasoning for the changes and since only 20% of their guests took advantage of the breakfast and paper, it made sense to eliminate them and offer lower prices to all.  I always appreciate hearing the information used for decisions, and even remember filling out the survey on our last trip. ... [Read more...]

LOSE WEIGHT FAST BY CAMPING

January 12, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

LOSE WEIGHT FAST BY CAMPING

Yes, it is true! You can drop 6 to 8 pounds or more in just one month by camping. Here is how: Camping is the perfect venue for hiking, biking, and sightseeing.  All are activities that provide calorie-burning exercise. These activities also build muscle, which is essential for good health.  When camping the outdoors is all yours.  Statistically, you are safer from predators in a camping area than on city streets.  You will also encounter much less traffic on hiking trails than you will on busy streets. Many campgrounds offer swimming pools, an excellent way to firm up some muscle and drop a few pounds while having fun. Camping is a perfect opportunity to change your diet! Getting away from fast food restaurants and french fries is always healthy.  Rather than stocking your camping cooler or RV refrigerator with hot dogs, hamburgers and sausage links consider  switching to lean proteins such as fish, pork or chicken.  When prepared over a campfire or grill the taste is exquisite. ... [Read more...]

The Stowe Experience–Part 1

January 10, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The Stowe Experience–Part 1

Nestled deeply in the Green Mountains lies the sleepy little town of Stowe, VT. Another stop on our RV journey east a couple of years back, Stowe was a delightful and unexpected surprise reminiscent of a European mountain village. While camped nearby, we were pleased to find that it is simply teeming with both indoor and outdoor activities. Interesting and unique eating places abound in Stowe. And the food is excellent! We enjoyed everything from specialty pizzas to gourmet burgers to freshly caught salmon during our short visit here. A special favorite was pizza restaurant Piecasso’s Pizzeria and Lounge , which we discovered our first night in town. After a long day on the road and a stressful time setting up camp during which we broke a thermometer and spilled olive oil all other the place (don’t ask–it’s not a pleasant memory!) there is nothing better than a chicken pizza made by someone other than me! Of course our teens opted instead for their standard pepperoni, but... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: How to Quit Your Job and Work from Your RV!

January 8, 2011 by · 22 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: How to Quit Your Job and Work from Your RV!

OK.  Don’t quit your job. Having said that, I gotta tell ya : Working online from your RV is the bomb! For those of you who’ve not raised teenagers in a decade, that means it’s really great. Sedona Skies I know there are other ways of earning income while RVing. You read about campground hosts, seasonal park workers, etc. For normal people, these may be great jobs. But for those among us whose aim in life is to own bra-less wardrobes consisting of daytime pajamas and evening pajamas (with minor excursions into sweats for dress up), working online from the RV is heaven. Note:  my husband is currently designing an RV toga to meet the alpha male’s need for fashionable comfort. Sedona Hike Anyway, now that you know you’ll not be seeing us strolling on any red carpets, let me defend our honor by stating we are moderately intelligent and are able to earn our livings on line.  My husband is an architectural designer, photographer and artist. I blog for three companies and am... [Read more...]

Untamed, Unforgettable: Canyonlands National Park, UT

January 8, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Untamed, Unforgettable: Canyonlands National Park, UT

Canyonlands National Park covers a vast area of wilderness, centered round the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. The park preserves an immense wilder­ness of rock, in which water and gravity have carved hundreds of canyons, mesas, buttes, spires, arches, and other spectacular rock formations. The Island in the Sky region is a wide high plateau with commanding views across many miles of deep canyons in all directions. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The Green and Colorado rivers have carved two large canyons that serve as the centerpieces for the colorful but smaller canyons that sur­round the area. Over millions of years, the rivers and their small tributaries have carved the flat sandstone rock layers into many amazing forms with an immense variety of colors. There is so much to see and do at Canyonlands that one could spend a lifetime here and never know it fully. Although there are some paved roads, much of Canyonlands is still largely inaccessible. The best way to see... [Read more...]

VIDEO–Is Your Air Conditioner Running?

January 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

VIDEO–Is Your Air Conditioner Running?

Take a low clearance bridge, add one air conditioner atop an RV, sprinkle with a pinch of absent-mindedness, and you get a funny RV video!

RANDY’S RANTS – What is a RV?

January 6, 2011 by · 15 Comments 

RANDY’S RANTS – What is a RV?

Sometimes I feel like letting it all out and ranting about one (or more) of my pet peeves. One of these is the perception that only motor homes are RVs.  Maybe Robin Williams in the movie RV worked to cement this view? We were at a New Years Eve celebration with a group of friends.  Seating at the tables in the main ballroom of the hotel was assigned according to when we made our reservations.  With 12 seats situated around a large round table, there were several strangers situated with our group. The woman sitting to my left was at least my age, maybe a little bit older.  It was hard for me to tell since the make-up on her face was at least a 1/4” thick and filled in any wrinkles like Bondo does on a wrecked car.  She was “dressed to kill” with long black gloves and enough jewelry to require an armed guard.  Her companion wore a tuxedo.  Shucks, I only had on my Sunday-Go-To-Meeting Suit! Somehow or other in an effort to create a conversation I mentioned to her that Nancy... [Read more...]

A Night on Lum’s Pond

January 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A Night on Lum’s Pond

Our journey east two years back led us to spend a night in Delaware. We really enjoy intermixing full service RV parks with a few more sparsely equipped state and national park campgrounds just to mix things up a bit. In searching for a place to camp over our Delaware night, the perfect destination appeared to be Lum’s Pond Campground. It was perfectly situated to allow us to cover a fair amount of ground the day before our stay, as well as being located quite near the Delaware high point which we were planning to “climb” the following day. The climb would be anticlimactic as it is a drive up high point so once the car is parked, we were pretty much done! "Summiting" the High Point of Delaware We arrive at the State Park Campground with vaccination certificates for our three dogs in hand, (who accompanied us at no extra charge I might add) only to find that the park office had just closed. We managed to track down a ranger just leaving for the day who told us just to go... [Read more...]

Campers Choose Their Favorite Campground for December!

January 3, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Campers Choose Their Favorite Campground for December!

Woodall’s is searching for North America’s Favorite Campground, and is asking RVers and campers to help us. Throughout this year, campers have multiple opportunities to nominate their favorite campground by going to www.woodalls.com/myfavoritecampground and casting their vote. At the close of the year, a grand prize winner will be named North America’s Favorite Campground, but Woodall’s will be counting the votes throughout the year, and announcing the monthly winners of the sweepstakes as well. The campground that received the most votes in the month of December was Candy Hill Campground, in Winchester, Virginia! Located in the historic Shenandoah Valley, between the Blue Ridge and the Appalacian Mountains, Candy Hill Campground offers year-round camping with beautiful tent sites, RV slips, and wonderful cabins. There is even a nice campground store that offers everything a camper might need. The staff is warm and friendly, and make guests feel very welcome.Congratulations... [Read more...]

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