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Month: April 2011

NASCAR Racing Comes to Town

April 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NASCAR Racing Comes to Town

The roar of 41 high performance engines is literally deafening.  Still, when combined with the aroma of 112 octane racing fuel and burning rubber it all comes together for an evening of excitement at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. Last night was the Bubba Burger 250, which is one of the races scheduled this year for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series of quick lap races. Living within 12 miles of the track (as the crow flies) I can hear the roar of the engines days before the race as the cars come to run practice laps.  It helps to build on the fever and excitement for what is to come. Gas Bar-B-Q grill designed like a Chevy 350 racing engine Several days before the race, literally hundreds upon hundred of RVs; travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, pop-up campers, motor homes, vans, buses – you name it – assemble in the Meadowbridge Camping section.  Pre-race activities include games, such as toss across, Bar-B-Q dinners, music, dancing and just hanging out with other campers... [Read more...]

Sailing For Salmon At The Anchorage Museum

April 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

If you are lucky enough to be traveling and camping throughout Alaska this summer, be sure to visit the Anchorage Museum located in the heart of downtown. When we lived in Anchorage about five years, I spent many afternoons at this museum with my children. During the cold dark days of winter, I often became restless and wanted to learn more about America’s Last Frontier and the fascinating history of this very young state. When those moments struck, I would often bundle up the children and  take them downtown.  We  spent many hours strolling  through the museum’s permanent galleries. These visits gave my children a wonderful historical foundation of knowledge. So, once the snow melted and we started to camp in our travel trailer, we were all well-versed in  the region’s history, culture, artwork, and lifestyle.  The Alaska History Gallery and The Art of the North were two of our favorite permanent exhibits. The museum recently underwent a major expansion... [Read more...]

Focus on YOUR Family while traveling…

April 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Focus on YOUR Family while traveling…

This past week we found a great take-a-break stop for those of you traveling I-25 through Colorado!     For us, it was a rainy day and we were looking for some inside entertainment, and remembered hearing that Focus on the Family has a Welcome Center that is open to the public (and free!)!  Located right off of the interstate in Colorado Springs, the FotF campus is a beautiful place to stop for a short break from driving.  We were welcomed by a friendly greeter, and then viewed a 15 minute film that explains the mission of FotF to encourage today’s families.  We then went through the many exhibits in the lobby, and our littles spent a little bit of time in the adorable kid’s theatre where they were showing a Veggie Tales movie that we hadn’t seen before - that was really nice as Vaughn and I could take the time to read the exhibits that interested us. Next we headed downstairs where we spent quite a bit of time just exploring to figure out just... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: What’s Your Plan for Living in the 21st Century?

April 27, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

We want to live smaller, cleaner, leaner, easier, and freer. Do you? Perhaps  you’re in a season of life where living like that seems appealing.  Or maybe you agree that 21st century America seems quite  different from the last decades of the 20th century…and that we’re coming to a time and place where less is more?  With those things in mind, maybe you’re considering downsizing to an RV or a much smaller home or condo. We are.   Here are three reasons reducing the weight of 21st century basic living appeals to us. Maybe you’ll be able to relate to one of them: 1)      Our home is starting to feel like an obstacle rather than a source of joy. My husband and I are not who we used to be: we’re freer, funnier, wilder, lazier, and goofier. Quite often, these traits don’t support the thrills of home ownership, if you get my my drift. For us, the pride of owning a home is melting away like dirty snow on a hot spring day. It’s kind of like we’re... [Read more...]

Good News from Texas State Parks: Bastrop and Buescher

April 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Good News from Texas State Parks: Bastrop and Buescher

State parks are a big part of what makes Texas a great state to tour in your recreational vehicle. From the wetlands and beaches of the Gulf Coast to hill country swimming holes to the breathtaking beauty of Big Bend, state parks are a vital part of Texas. State parks are great places to hike, bike, camp, fish, boat, canoe, bird watch, photograph, and swim. Bastrop State Park Camping in the "lost pines" at Bastrop State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved At Bastrop State Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has budgeted over $3.3 million dollars to replace deteriorating galvanized plumbing in six of the historic cabins, replacement of electrical systems in the recreation hall and general improvements at the golf pro shop, all structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) more than 60 years ago. Bastrop is one of 31 state parks in Texas that was constructed by the CCC and one of only five recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Bastrop State Park... [Read more...]

To Reserve or Not To Reserve

April 26, 2011 by · 12 Comments 

To Reserve or Not To Reserve

(Photo caption: Bumble-bee and Flowers) Now that we are well into Spring and moving toward Summer, it is time to begin the Summer travels.  For us, this involves a detailed planning process where we determine where we want to be when and then finding the appropriate RV parks, resorts, and campgrounds that will meet our criteria.  As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, we are full-timers so do not take a lot of trips to get away from it all; we look for other criteria (for example, since I work online, I always need to be connected). The big question, though, is whether we should spend our time making plans, identifying parks, and making reservations or just wing it and enjoy what comes.  When we mentioned that we had made our reservations at a get-together of people about to leave on their own travels, it seemed fairly split on whether reservations were a good idea.  For example, one couple mentioned that they were going to be at an RV park about the same time we were going to be there—just... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Why We Just Adopted!

April 25, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

 We just adopted a 23 foot 2006  Winnebago View Class C Motor home and we’re thrilled! www.generalrv.com/inventory/112001/Used-2006-Winnebago-View  I use the term “adopted” because we love this thing so much it feels like we adopted it! And  I know what I’m talking about.  I adopted my own darlings when they were five and six. OK. Maybe getting the View isn’t as thrilling as the day I brought my two wunderkinds home, but you’re getting the idea.  My 23 year old daughter and 21 year old son are fine with my comparing their adoption with that of our new motor home, by the way. They know mama loves them most of all! The Winnebago View Adoption Saga:  1)      While we certainly liked our lovely Jayco Travel Trailer, the first day we brought it home dear husband said “ We should have got a Class C.” while he was unhitching the thing sweating like a pig.  Most folks are more than fine with towing and hitching. For whatever reasons (no doubt,  laziness) it just isn’t... [Read more...]

Visit The Tillamook Cheese Factory…

April 24, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

If you are lucky enough to find yourself on or around the Oregon Coast this summer, be sure to visit the wonderful Tillamook Cheese Factory. Located in Tillamook, the factory is a cooperative dairy that produces a wide range of products–yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, butter and, of course, their well known cheeses! More than a million folks visit the facotry each year, so you can be sure it’s worthwhile.  And, if you are a fan of Monterey Jack cheese, you should note that their Monterey Jack was just voted the best in its class at the 2011 United States Championship Cheese Contest. I’ve never been to the factory myself, but my husband and two sons toured the factory while they were vacationing on the Oregon Coast last week.  They watched the cheese being made, sampled various cheeses, purchased some ice cream, and toured the gift shop. If you like cheese and need to stock up while traveling through the Coast, be sure to put the Tillamook tour on your list! Photo by Chris... [Read more...]

In the Footsteps of Lewis & Clark: the Headwaters of the Missouri River–Part 1

April 24, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

In the Footsteps of Lewis & Clark: the Headwaters of the Missouri River–Part 1

A few years back we took a road trip to Montana. Along the way we encountered hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, bison, elk, both living and true ghost towns and a great deal of history. Little did we know, even more adventure awaited. Further along our adventure in Montana, while awaiting the opening of the West Yellowstone entrance to Yellowstone Park, we chanced to travel to the small town of Three Forks, Montana to investigate what it had to offer. Expecting another sleepy little town, much to our surprise we experienced a lesson in history in the process. The town was so named as it is located at the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers which combine to form the Missouri River to create the longest river in the United States. The confluence was discovered by Lewis and Clark in July, 1805, who named the rivers after the President of the United States and the Secretaries of the Treasury and State, having previously named rivers after the Secretaries of War and the... [Read more...]

RV Checklist Before You Hit the Road

April 22, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

RV Checklist Before You Hit the Road

With the glory days of Spring now upon us, avid RV enthusiasts across the country are gearing up to hit the road. While you may be ready for your next journey, your RV might not be. If you’re a die-hard traveler looking to get the most out of your RV, there are a number of simple, routine tasks you can perform to help ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment. Low Tires are a No-No Every vehicle’s tires are different. Before heading out on your journey, take a moment to make sure your tire inflation is up to par. This includes everything from checking the sidewalls of each tire to ensure their inflation isn’t exceeding the maximum inflation of the tire, checking for bulges while traveling and also even covering them up when not in use to help protect them from the elements. Also, rotating your RV’s tires a few times a year is also recommended. Take a Break to Check Your Brakes Make sure your vehicle’s axles are in good shape. One of the easiest ways to do this is... [Read more...]

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