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Month: February 2011

Cave Creek Regional Park, AZ

February 15, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Cave Creek Regional Park, AZ

Cave Creek Regional Park , one of Maricopa County’s parks, is a 2,922 acre preserve of lush desert foothills located north of Phoenix, just off the Carefree Highway. It’s a beautiful preserve with hills to climb for valley views, a new visitor’s center, and easy flatlander trails for equestrians, hikers, and bikers alike. Ranger-led educational tours and events are also available. Camping at Cave Creek Regional Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The steep and very rocky slopes offer excellent habitat for a variety of desert plants. The sparse soil is very well drained, retaining little moisture. Yet the steep slopes provide profuse runoff when it does rain. The result is exceptionally beautiful desert scenery, including spectacular spring wildflower displays following rainy winters like this year. The saguaro is the largest cactus of the Sonoran Desert and its best known feature. It is actually a rather finicky plant and thrives only in particular conditions such as those... [Read more...]

Camping at Smuggler’s Notch

February 13, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Camping at Smuggler’s Notch

When searching for a camping spot near Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield, Smuggler’s Notch State Park quickly became the obvious choice. It is conveniently located only a mile or two from the trailhead for those who choose to hike the entire distance, rather than make use of the Auto Toll Road as we did. Further, the Mt. Mansfield summit is visible from the campground. Camping at Smuggler's Notch Twenty spacious tree-covered tent or trailer sites provide ample room and privacy even when the campground is full. While no hookups are available, the restrooms were large and clean and even contained a small serenity fountain for a bit of atmosphere. Fourteen “lean-tos” are also available for nightly or weekly rental. These are small three-sided structures, popular in the east, in which you can pitch a tent for added protection or sleep under the stars. Smuggler’s Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains that started as a narrow boot and horse path. With 1,000-foot cliffs... [Read more...]

The Seattle RV Show is On Now!

February 12, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The Seattle RV Show is On Now!

The Seattle RV Show is currently taking place at Qwest Field. Celebrating its 48th year, this mega event was quite helpful when we chose our  Aerolite travel trailer  many years ago. We wanted to upgrade from our Coleman pop up trailer and decided that the best way to make our decision was to visit the show. Indeed, it was time well spent.  We were able to walk in and around countless models of travel trailers. While doing so, we got a great feel for what would work for our growing family. My husband was leaning towards a different model than I was.  I really wanted  the  Aerolite for a variety of reasons. First of all, it was lighter and easier to tow. Secondly, it was fairly compact to store, but the expandable beds on the end gave us more room when we were actually camping. I also loved the tentlike beds on the end, which give the feeling of being in a tent but offered the comfort of a camper.  When it came to sell my husband on that model, we sat in the camper and I pointed... [Read more...]

Ebenezer RV campground in Rock Hill, SC…Fabulous Find!

February 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ebenezer RV campground in Rock Hill, SC…Fabulous Find!

We stayed overnight one night at Ebenezer Campground in Rockhill, SC. We arrived late with virtually NO forewarning and discovered not only that we had a site, but also that it was well provided and all for under twenty dollars. Also the employees were very considerate and friendly. As senior citizens who had been trying since Christmas to get out of the weather that West Virginia was supplying, we were thrilled to find how quickly the staff reacted to bring us to a site, and how inexpensive…to say nothing of how kind everyone was to us…this lovely stop-over in our trip was a surprising relief to weary travelers. I want to convey both my husband’s and my own heartfelt thanks to the employees and to say that if there are travelers out there seaking lodging in their RV, Yes!!!! we would definitely stay there again! Vicki and Bill Noel Morgantown, West Virginia

Haunting for a Boo-tiful Place to Visit? Try Camp Calico Ghost Town!

February 11, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Haunting for a Boo-tiful Place to Visit? Try Camp Calico Ghost Town!

150 years ago in Ft. Sumter, SC Confederate forces attacked a federal military installation and the War Between the States began. California was in its infancy as a state when the Civil War broke out, however the lines were drawn its residents’ sympathies. Southern Californians were not happy with the way things were going in the young state and wanted to secede from it; Northern Californians were pro-Union and formed Volunteer Regiments that moved into Southern California to quash any attempts of ceding from the state. Nevertheless, 17,000 troops from Southern California found their way back east to fight with the Confederates in the Civil War. Calico will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with a re-enactment taking place over Presidents Day weekend, February 19-21. Living history will occur across the scenic hills of town complete with troop inspections, drills, canon firings, sharpshooting, and battles. Life during this time period will also be presented... [Read more...]

Barbecue Central: Luling, TX

February 11, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Barbecue Central: Luling, TX

One of the great joys of RVing is visiting new places and making interesting discoveries. Another is just the opposite—revisiting those places that demand a closer look. Sometimes that second chance leads to a third—and a fourth. City Market in Luling, Texas, is just such a place. Barbecue fans head to downtown Luling to satisfy their craving for City Market’s succulent brisket, hot links, and pork ribs. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Long before there was a giant watermelon to point the way, barbecue fans were heading to downtown Luling to satisfy their craving for City Market’s succulent brisket, hot links, and pork ribs. The meat-market-turned-barbecue-restaurant started in 1958, and over the years has become a barbecue icon. From Monday through Saturday, the unpretentious red building on a corner of East Davis Street becomes the epicenter of activity in Luling. People drive for miles just to eat lunch there and consider it well worth the trip. Customers form two lines at... [Read more...]

The Birth of THE GREAT WHITE – Part 1

February 10, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

The Birth of THE GREAT WHITE – Part 1

It’s like this:  Winter is still making its frigid call on Central Virginia.  The camper is sitting in “dry-dock” and unlike my fellow blog writers that live the nomadic life skipping across the country and reporting on the places, sights and events that make RV’ing so great – I’m stuck here until the  daffodils and dogwoods bloom while trying to think of something to write for a Family RV Blog.  Frankly, after doing this every week for more than a year, I find myself running out of ideas. You see,  I am retired, but my younger and much more beautiful wife is still working.  She is a Librarian in a Middle School.  When you are a teacher, it is hard to take off just any time you want when school is in session.  So, she works to support all of my bad habits and projects while we wait for the day when she can kiss all of the children good-by and set out on a new adventure.  We are getting close to that day, but for now our RV adventures are limited to the 180 days... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: “The RV Lot: Do’s and Don’ts of Paradise Not”

February 8, 2011 by · 15 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie:   “The RV Lot: Do’s and Don’ts of Paradise Not”

Photo Caption: Usery Park, Arizona Last weekend we met with an RV sales rep who goaded me to the dark side.  I left there, harboring thoughts of someone’s imminent doom. You can bet it wasn’t mine.  If you’re an upfront, ethical RV sales rep who visits your grandmother every Sunday, this blog isn’t about you.  But, just as there are mediocre teachers and lazy lawyers, there are RV salespeople whose ancestors cavorted with masked bandits; ours qualified. Allow me to share. Why were we even on an RV lot? Why are we looking, yet again, at RV’s when we just bought a lovely Jayco travel trailer that we all love? Because it’s a travel trailer. We discovered Day 1 that while hitching, unhitching, and towing a trailer works for lots of folks, it’s not for us. Frankly, we lean to the lazy side. So, we’re checking out B+’s or C-‘s (short Class C’s): which puts us back on the lots.  Here’s some do’s and don’ts we’ve learned from hanging out on RV lots. And for... [Read more...]

Great hands-on family museum in TX…

February 8, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Great hands-on family museum in TX…

One stop that we recently enjoyed was a visit to the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.  We actually found out about this museum from our ‘neighbors’ while we camped out on Padre Island National Seashore.  The lovely retired couple in the site next to us suggested that we visit; they had enjoyed a morning spent there so much that they changed their day’s plans and returned again in the afternoon.  With such a great recommendation, we decided to check it out.  A definite plus was that a ‘free day’ was only days away!  With nothing to lose, we piled in the van to see what the CC Museum had to offer! The museum had something for everyone.  Our family enjoyed everything from the extensive shell and ocean fish exhibits to the hands-on knot tying and animal identifying activities.  There is a children’s play area in the museum, a History of Corpus Christi area, and everything from dinosaurs to Texas farm history to living reptiles. ... [Read more...]

Extra Virgin: Queen Creek Olive Mill, AZ

February 7, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Extra Virgin: Queen Creek Olive Mill, AZ

Located near the base of the San Tan Mountains in Queen Creek’s pastoral community, the Queen Creek Olive Mill is Arizona’s only working olive farm and mill. Here you’ll meet people who are passionate about the artistry of olives. When you buy local, you're buying fresh and healthy food © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved A stone’s throw from Schnepf Farms, the pistachio-colored structure could, at first glance, pass for a factory. But come closer and you’ll notice the tidy demonstration grove and the fountain courtyard for dining. The mill is the brainchild of Perry Rea, a Canadian-born former Detroit auto industry exec without former gastronomic or agricultural experience, who moved his family to Queen Creek over a decade ago. During a recent visit we toured the mill, tasted a few samples, strolled the olive grove, had lunch at del Piero, and perused the bottled Tuscan-style oils that line the mill’s gift shop walls. During the tour we learned about olive tree varieties,... [Read more...]

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