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Country Superstar Vince Gill to Headline The Good Sam Rally

March 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Country Superstar Vince Gill to Headline The Good Sam Rally

The Rally, presented by DISH Network Country Music Hall of Famer set to perform in Redmond, Oregon July 15 To thrill rally attendees this year, The Good Sam Rally, presented by DISH Network, announced today that they have booked award winning County Music artist Vince Gill to perform Friday evening July 15th at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, much to the delight of registered rally guests. When it comes to Country Music achievement, Vince Gill outshines them all. Not only has he received 19 Grammy Awards, 18 CMA Awards, Entertainer of the year twice and 5 CMA Male Vocalist titles, he has sold more than 26 million albums including songs such as “What the Cowgirls Do,” “Whenever You Come Around,” “You Better Think Twice” and many more. In addition to being a prolific and beloved artist, Gill is well known for his humanitarian and charity event activities as well. “I am thrilled to have Vince Gill headlining The Good Sam Rally this year,... [Read more...]

Arizona State Park Saved: Homolovi Reopens

March 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona State Park Saved: Homolovi Reopens

In an earlier post (Homolovi, AZ: What’s in a Name?), I reported that cooperation between the Hopi Tribe and Arizona State Parks would soon result in the reopening of Homolovi Ruins State Park. The Hopi entered into a one-year agreement with Arizona State Parks, contributing $175,000 for the operation of Homolovi Ruins State Park near Winslow. The state will pay the remaining $48,000 to operate the park for a year. The park will retain fees collected from visitors. Hopi female dancer. Photo courtesy Todd Roth/Navajo Hopi Observer The city of Winslow and Navajo County were also involved in efforts to reopen the park. The agreement with the Hopi Tribe allows for two one-year extensions. If the park isn’t profitable, it could close again. The park, originally home to the Hisat’sinom (the “long-ago people,” better known as the Anasazi), which encompasses seven ancestral Hopi pueblos that were occupied from about 1260 to 1400, officially reopened March 18. State Park System Homolovi... [Read more...]

Avoiding septic problems at your site

March 28, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Avoiding septic problems at your site

http://hosebuddy.com/index.php Last year, we traveled a few times with our RV.   At one of the campsites we stayed in back in September, we experienced some issues with the septic line.   Because the lines had not been installed underground yet (they were in the process of doing it – slowly), we had to use the good ole’ duct tape to get our hose to fit and stay in place.  It wasn’t fun whatsoever.  But we were staying there for a week.   Ours wasn’t so bad while others had a more problems than we did….  One of our neighbours couldn’t believe how high his septic line was! Nevertheless we were not impressed. So when we got back in town and I saw the Hose Buddy being featured in one of the RV magazines we receive, I thought this would be a wonderful product to review. So I contacted the creator behind the hose buddy to see if I could review one.  He quickly agreed and send me one. Presenting the hose buddy!  It is a simple device that I highly recommend... [Read more...]

A Thermal Adventure–Part 2–The Big One!

March 27, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

A Thermal Adventure–Part 2–The Big One!

On April 15th, the first day we could return to Yellowstone on which the West entrance would be open, the first thing the kids wanted to see was Old Faithful. We had about an hour drive from where we were staying and wanted to get an early start to make the most of our day. We arrive at Yellowstone at 9:24 am and all are excited! Old Faithful did not disappoint us, erupting a mere 15 minutes after our arrival. Of course that was only the first of our observations of her eruptions that day. To distinguish between the Mammouth Hot Springs we had seen a few days earlier, which are beautiful if a bit less ostentatious than their thermal cousins, a geyser is a hot spring with the unique habit of tossing underground water into the air. To begin the process, water, falling as rain or snow seeps through porous layers of rock and eventually comes into contact with the extremely hot rocks below the surface that have been heated by the large body of molten material, called magma, that exists below... [Read more...]

A Great Hot Dog in Florida

March 26, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Last summer, I spent some time down on the East Coast of Florida. I wasn’t camping on that trip. I was just poking around and exploring with my children and my sister.  My highly energetic “big” sister has this fabulous knack for finding neat quirky little joints, so she was generous in tipping me off to fabulous road side places that offered excellent food for a good value. One day when my children and I were driving along US Highway 1 in Fort Pierce, I decided to try a quirky little ice cream and hot dog shop called Di-Z’s.  We had been exploring the beautiful  Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and my children were hankering for a little snack afterwards.  My sister had told me that Di-Z’s  makes great meatballs, but I wasn’t in the market for “Mama’s Meatballs” that hot July afternoon, so I started to ask about their Hot Dog Menu while the children waited for their ice cream cones.  The chatty congenial owner, who is originally from New York, told... [Read more...]

REDUCING THE PAIN AT THE PUMP – Planning Ahead

March 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

REDUCING THE PAIN AT THE PUMP – Planning Ahead

Yep, they’re going up again.  But, we knew it was going to happen, we just didn’t know how much or when. I hate to do the old “I remember when” thing and start telling stories about other times fuel prices soared.  But, for those of us that have weathered previous storms and have become somewhat seasoned veterans of persistent price hikes, it really isn’t as bad as it may seem (on the surface).  We continued to pull our camper at 8 mpg with a gas engine (7.1L) 1-ton dually even when fuel hit $4.13 a gallon during the summer of 2008.  Looking back, I don’t remember the punch in the pocketbook, I remember the fun we had, and the great people we met.  As they say in the TV commercial – priceless. For Nancy and I, the issue isn’t so much that fuel prices are up almost a dollar from last year (current $3.79 for diesel)  as it is being prepared for the inevitable increase. Being ready for higher fuel prices is a lot like preparing for a power outage, snowstorm, or even... [Read more...]

What To Do When Fuel Prices Are High?

March 24, 2011 by · 13 Comments 

What To Do When Fuel Prices Are High?

By Karen Brucoli Anesi The Outdoor Recreation Association says there are now more campers than soccer players in the United States.  That comes as no surprise for us because camping is easy on the toddlers and the grandparents, too, as long as families are realistic in their planning and expectations. But as gas prices top $4/gallon many camping families are forced to become resourceful in their search for affordable, wholesome family entertainment. Where do smart families start when it comes to saving money while camping? 1.      Consider off- season, off-weekend pricing if your work schedule permits. Many campgrounds are deeply discounted if you camp between Sunday and Wednesdays. Families save upwards of 40% and they have wide open site selection, not to mention easy use of amenities. If you are not using the swimming pool, but like to fish, the weeks prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day can offer ideal pricing and recreation tailored to filling these less occupied weeks. 2.     ... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Yup, that’s a really big hole all right!

March 23, 2011 by · 14 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie:  Yup, that’s a really big hole all right!

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, the Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world.  I personally think my new iPad 2 also qualifies, but that’s another blog. There were three things that stood out to me at the Grand Canyon last weekend:  1. How dumb people can be 2. How big that hole really is 3. How great it is to have a terrific RV park right inside the Park.  First, I guess it isn’t nice to call people “dumb” and I’m trying to be nicer the older I get,  so let me think ….how about “careless?” Hmm…maybe “suicidal.” No wait, I got it, “reckless.” And maybe “reckless” would be OK if little kids don’t count on reckless people to raise them, but these people at the extreme edge of the Canyon had kids. And they were scared.  I’ll not post the photo I took of the blonde 30 something woman standing literally half an inch from the edge of a rock cropping that, if even stronger gusts were to blow, would have sent her over the edge into... [Read more...]

A Thermal Adventure–Part 1

March 23, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

A Thermal Adventure–Part 1

On a spring vacation several years ago, we ventured into Yellowstone National Park for the first time. It was like stepping back into another century, or another world, seeing for ourselves these geysers and springs that had captivated the country for more than 100 years. As we were touring the area early in the year, the only entrance open in the beginning of our trip was the Mammoth Hot Springs entrance on the Northern end of the park. The entrance nearest Old Faithful would not open for several days. Travertine Terraces As it was our first visit to any part of the park, we took advantage of this time to explore the Mammoth Hot Springs area and learn a great deal about the various thermal features in the park. While Yellowstone boasts an estimated 10,000 thermal features, they are broken down into four main types: geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and mudpots. All are related and created due to the large amount of volcanic activity occurring underneath the surface of the park and each... [Read more...]

RVs – they’re not just for vacation anymore…

March 22, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

RVs – they’re not just for vacation anymore…

Most of us relegate our RVs to our weekend get-a-ways or vacation trips, but I would like to challenge you to consider utilizing your RV for an even worthier use!   Volunteering!  Now, not a lot of people would naturally put Rving and volunteering to gether, but having a camper/rv opens the way for so many more volunteer opportunities!!! While everyone has heard of Habitat for Humanity, there are many other oganizations out there that are also worthy of your time, energy, and support!   The one that I would like to share with you is an organization called Homes for our Troops.  HFOT is an organization that builds homes for troops that have been severely disabled serving in Iraq and Afganistan.  These specially adapted homes are built solely through volunteer labor and through donations of both funds and material.  They are built at no cost to the soldier or their family.   (right: Joel carries water to builders) build site at 10am Friday  HFOT builds homes across the nation,... [Read more...]

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