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Month: March 2011

Refreshing drinks with Soda Stream

March 22, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Refreshing drinks with Soda Stream

One January day, I contacted Soda Stream to see if I could review their cool machine that makes sparkling water and soda.   I could see lots of potential for this machine both at home or in the RV.    So I emailed them and waited for an answer…   Seeing no answer coming my way, I moved along and continued to review the books/products I already had.   Not every company answers my requests so I thought this was one of them.    One cold February morning, while I was homeschooling the kids, the door bell rang and when I got to the door a box was waiting for me.   So I picked up the box and put it on the ground in the entrance while I went back to whatever lesson we were doing at the time.    Lunch came and went.   Later that afternoon, I realized that the box was still there.   So I decided to open it and I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what was in it.    A Soda Stream box was staring back at me!  Okay – not really staring but still.   The beautiful... [Read more...]

Solitude, Birds & an RV Park

March 22, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Solitude, Birds & an RV Park

Just an hour’s drive east of Tucson, and five miles south of Benson on the route to Tombstone and Bisbee is the agricultural community of St. David. Shrine of the Holy Cross can be seen from Highway 80 as you drive south of St. David to Tombstone. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Like much of southeastern Arizona, this peaceful little village was booming when nearby mines were open. Today, you can enjoy browsing in antique shops or visit the Benedictine Holy Trinity Monastery. Due to its height (70 feet), the Shrine of the True Cross is likely the first thing you will see when approaching the monastery along Highway 80. The second is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. This beautiful little church is located across the road from the shrine but is hidden somewhat by vegetation. Located on 132 lush acres curving along the wooded banks of the San Pedro River, the monastery features Trinity Library, meditation garden, Monastery book store and gift shop, Gallery Grinitas (art gallery and museum),... [Read more...]

Sleepless in Salt Lake

March 20, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Sleepless in Salt Lake

A few years ago we realized our annual summer road trip would take us right through Utah and we would literally drive right past the Great Salt Lake. Never having been there and always on the lookout for unique aspects of our country that we have not seen, we decided that would be a great place to spend our first night out. Upon researching the matter further, we discovered that the best place to camp closest to this marvel was the campground on Antelope Island, so named for obvious reasons, part of the Utah State Park System. We reserved our site and headed off to swim in the salt water. Our first view of the Great Salt Lake Our first sign of trouble came upon reaching Utah and attempting to get to the Island. The largest of the Salt Lake’s nine islands, it is accessible by boat or by automobile via a causeway that heads west from the Layton area. Traffic moved slowly, however, as we reached the area during rush hour and we were impatient to end our travels and go for a swim. The kids... [Read more...]

RV and Camping Posts About St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

RV and Camping Posts About St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the RVers and Campers out there! To celebrate, Woodall’s has compiled a few of our favorite articles about RVing, camping and St. Paddy’s day… The Examiner shares the Top 5 Places to Visit for St. Patrick’s Day. Lakeshore RV shares some craft ideas at Campground Crafts on St. Patrick’s Day. Lake George RV Park shares some St. Paddy’s day videos from all over the world Lake George St. Patrick’s Day Festivities. Enjoy some holiday recipes that can be cooked in your RV at Razzle Dazzle St. Patrick’s Day Recipes. Have some more fun St. Patrick’s Day posts or articles to share? Tell us in the comments below!

Tex-Mex

March 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Tex-Mex

Tex-Mex is the product of both Spanish and Mexican recipes coming together with American foods. Tex-Mex is the name given to food that is heavily influenced by Mexico and the cooking of Mexican-Americans, and blends available foods in the United States with traditional Mexican food. Tex-Mex has its roots in Texas—hence, the name. When you’re in the Kemah/Seabrook area south of Houston and have a craving for excellent Tex-Mex food and great margaritas, try La Brisa. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The phrase Tex-Mex first appeared in print in 1945, but food historians will relate that this cuisine is hundreds of years old, and that the term first entered the English language in 1875 when the Texas-Mexican Railway was nicknamed Tex-Mex. The term refers to the railroad and describes Mexicans that were born in Texas. Others claim it got its name by the Tejanos, Texans of Mexican descent. It has also been claimed that Tex-Mex is a combination of Mexican peasant food and Texas farm and... [Read more...]

THE CIRCLE OF LOVE – Final Chapter

March 17, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

THE CIRCLE OF LOVE – Final Chapter

In part one of the story we found Frank and Karen stranded just outside of Nashville, TN, waiting to find out if the blown head gasket on their aging motor home engine could be temporarily repaired – at least well enough to get them to Lake City, FL, where new jobs and hopefully a new life were waiting. Frank opened his toolbox that night to retrieve a flashlight. Instead, he found the $100 bill that Marge had secretively slipped inside.  A big smile spread across Frank’s face, “Darn that Marge, we told her we would not take any money for helping her!” But deep down inside Frank was thankful for her generosity – the $100 would pay the mechanic working on the Brave. The next morning Frank was pleased to learn from the mechanic that the water glass sealant had stopped the head gasket leak. But, he warned Frank that it could last 3,000 miles or only 3 miles. Frank gave the mechanic the $100 bill Marge had dropped into his toolbox and headed back to the motel... [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Can Make You Happier This Year

March 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring Cleaning Can Make You Happier This Year

It’s time to throw open the windows, spruce up your home, and get rid of clutter—the emotionally gratifying way: donate things you no longer need to causes in your neighborhood or around the country. The Giving Effect (www.thegivingeffect.com) is a new website that makes it easy to discover who needs your stuff. Donors browse the site by needs, location, or categories to find a cause, then complete a simple form to arrange a pickup, drop off, or shipment. Participating organizations include Operation Kid Equip, a nonprofit in Royal Oak, Michigan that provides school supplies, toiletries, and food to tens-of-thousands of kids in need, The American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity locations across the country. Hundreds of animal shelters have also listed their needs with The Giving Effect. These organizations can use almost anything you can spare, from clothes, food, and books to cleaning supplies and lumber. Following your donation, the site generates an easily shareable web... [Read more...]

Moraine Lake–Jewel of the Rockies

March 16, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Moraine Lake–Jewel of the Rockies

There are a multitude of hikes in the Lake Louise area of Alberta Canada. Hiking is the best and most popular summer activity in the area due to the spectacular scenery and panoramic vistas. Some of the most popular ones depart right from the Chateau Lake Louise and range from a quick hike to a half- or slow full-day event. On the Rock Pile Trail Still hungry for more trail time after our 11 kilometer out and back hike to the Plain of the Six Glaciers, we left our campsite the following day in search of another hike. As the weather was questionable (misty and in the 50’s on July 30th!) we were not looking for anything too lengthy. Also, we had wanted to get a look at Moraine Lake, the second most popular lake in the area and, according to some, even more beautiful than Lake Louise. It was going to take something pretty special to beat that! Moraine Lake Located about 15 kilometers southwest of Lake Louise, the views at Moraine Lake are as stunning and unique as any in the Rockies. Situated... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: How to Live Abundantly

March 15, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Sedona Hike  Lately, have you considered how how good  people can be, and how beautiful is our imperfect world?  Some seemingly unrelated events have prompted these thoughts: people we meet RVing, the earthquake in Japan, and camping last week surrounded by the red rock beauty of Sedona, Arizona.  Take RV reps: even with my occasional (ok, multiple) cracks about the RV buying experience, there are truly great folks in the RV business.  Last week I wrote about Genia at  Van and RV Sales in Rocky Mount, NC. www.vanandrvsales .  She qualifies as “great.” Then there’s  Wendy at International RV in Bay City, MI.  www.internationalrvworldmi.com . Woodall’s reader, Ronald K., wrote to tell me this about Wendy:  “We purchased our 5th wheel from Wendy at International RV in Bay City, MI.  She answered our questions with all honesty.  She worked between us and her sales manager to get us a great deal.  After purchase she took time away from her office to go over several key... [Read more...]

Campers Choose Their Favorite Campgrounds For February

March 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Campers Choose Their Favorite Campgrounds For February

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 February was Pismo Coast Village RV Resort! Pismo Beach Situated midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in the California Central Coast, Pismo Coast Village RV Resort is located right on the scenic Pismo Beach. This award winning resort is conveniently located within walking distance from downtown Pismo Beach shopping, restaurants, and the famous Pismo Pier. Pismo Coast Village RV Resort features 400 full hookup sites, each... [Read more...]

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