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Month: April 2011

Remember the Alamo

April 17, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Remember the Alamo

Texas is big, beautiful, and diverse. San Antonio is best known for being the home of the Alamo, and the San Antonio River is the center point of many activities in the downtown area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved So much has been said about Texas—its sunny seacoast to mile-high mountains, dense forests to cactus-studded desert, great cities to small villages and towns, rich and diverse history, and the hallowed Shrine that represents her birthplace. The Alamo is sacred to every Texan, and the state’s number one tourist attraction. For 175 years, the words, “Remember the Alamo,” have inspired passions and politics. The 13-day siege resulting in a battle to the death for its defenders is truly the stuff of legend and untold movies. On a recent visit we watched the thousands as they entered the doors of this monumental artifact of Texas history, and couldn’t help but wonder how many truly know the saga that unfolded within the walls and under their feet? How many actually... [Read more...]

Grangeways RV Park and Family Campground

April 17, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Grangeways RV Park and Family Campground

We stayed at the Grangeways RV Park & Family Campground from Aug 26 to Sept 1st 2010. After registering, we were quickly directed to our RV spot and we were impressed with the space designed for each RV. The area is well organized and the RV spots are taken care off. Each area is somewhat private with trees located on both sides.  Where you park your RV is on gravel which makes it sturdier to set up the rig (as we found). The laundry facility is very clean and the owners took the time to decorate it with fun, older washing tools. When I brought our laundry there, I observed the decor and came back with ideas for my own laundry room. I only have to find some older tools so I can proceed to add some character back home! The park has a huge pool, but the water was quite cold when we were there in August. Brrr! Even the kids thought it was too cold at one point. So we didn’t venture often in the pool even though the days were quite warm in Toronto. On site,... [Read more...]

Where Only Ghosts Reside: Nevada City, MT

April 17, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Where Only Ghosts Reside: Nevada City, MT

Further along our drive through the Montana countryside a few years ago, after we visited the “living ghost town” of Virginia City, MT, we happened upon a true ghost town, Nevada City, MT. Similar to and at the same time as Virginia City, the settlement sprang up in response to the discovery of a large deposit of gold in Alder Gulch in the spring of 1863. Nevada City Emporium Nevada City is, in fact, an old placer mining camp approximately one and one half miles west of Virginia City. When the gold was discovered, numerous settlements established themselves along Alder Gulch, surrounding Virginia City. They were scattered up and down the gulch for some 14 miles and became known for a time as Fourteen-mile City. As the gold ran out, the population began to fall. By 1869, it had dwindled to about 100 people. By 1876, Nevada City had all but become a ghost town as miners moved on to more lucrative claims in other locations. The services that had cropped up to support the mining... [Read more...]

Incoming!

April 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Incoming!

I once wondered, well maybe it was more than once, whether squirrels were really the cute, bushy-tailed forest creatures that they make themselves out to be, or are they really something much more menacing. [Read more...]

So Long Rocky, It Was Good To Have Known You

April 15, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

So Long Rocky, It Was Good To Have Known You

Kingman, Arizona June, 2010 Our faithful little Australian Terrier, Rocky, was put to sleep this morning. I feel like my heart’s been ripped out. I know that those of us who love dogs will understand. We began our cross-country, 9-month RV adventure on December 31st, 2009. Rocky proved himself to be a true “Road Dog;” quickly settling in and seeming to enjoy every segment of our trip. As usual, he was always at his happiest when he was with us. Rocky had a “bad back event” in February, while we were still in Florida. The injury kept him in an animal hospital for 4 days and gained me a new scar on the back of my hand when I tried to pick him up while he was in terrific pain. The vet told us that Rocky had pinched nerves caused by several vertebras that were out of place. But, after a rest and a regimen of meds, he seemed like his old self again. The vet warned us, though, that although his displaced disks were back in place for the moment, we should ensure that... [Read more...]

George and Rocky’s Late Night Adventure

April 14, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

George and Rocky’s Late Night Adventure

September 2009 Rocky decided that he had to go for a walk at 11:30 PM the night we arrived at the Sun ‘N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Florida. It was no big deal; I walk him all the time. He gets constipated from sitting in a car all day, just like me. The difference this time was the size of the park and the fact that I forgot to take my cell phone, flashlight and my BRAIN along with me when I set out on his walk. To makes matters worse, I gave Rocky the lead and he decided that he wanted to take a LONG walk. Rocky The Wonder Dog! Again, no problem, the streets were named and the sites were numbered, after all, but – remember – I forgot to take my brain along for the walk. 20 minutes after setting out I knew that I was lost. I knew that we were set up on site number 36 and I was standing in front of site 445, but I had no idea which way to go to get “home.” I was also worried about the fact that even though the resort had over 3,000 visitors during its busy season,... [Read more...]

How NOT to Sanatize Your Water System – More of Bob’s Bad Luck

April 14, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

How NOT to Sanatize Your Water System – More of Bob’s Bad Luck

You met Bob last September when he and Marge encountered a band of Raccoons on a recent camping trip.  http://blog.goodsamcamping.com/2010/09/bob-and-the-raccons-a-camping-humor-story/.  Bob has a heart of gold and will do anything in the world for you – but he is what some might call “Disaster Prone”. Things like his recent attempt to change the engine oil in Marge’s car serve as a typical example.  He successfully drained five quarts of dirty oil into a catch pan without spilling a drop on the driveway.  He even managed to replace the oil pan drain plug and screw it in tightly.  But, he somehow picked the wrong fill tube and poured five fresh quarts of motor oil into the automatic transmission.  Fortunately, the transmission would not shift gears and Marge’s engine was saved from destruction.  The bill for a wrecker and the auto shop to drain and flush the transmission plus add new oil to the engine was enough to pay for 15 oil changes at the local Jiffy Lube. But, I... [Read more...]

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

April 13, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

April 2011 “…If you go out in the woods today, You’d better not go alone. It’s lovely out in the woods today, But safer to stay at home. For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain, because Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.” It’s not just an old song! It’s true — this is serious stuff people! While relaxing outside of our Fun Finder trailer in yet another beautiful state park, my DW of 45 years and I reminisced about camping with our young children some 40 years ago… After visiting Washington DC, we drove up to Matthews Arm campground in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. We haven’t been back there for many years since our kids grew up and we retired to Florida , but we remember certain things about that particular trip like it happened yesterday (they say that traumatic memories are the strongest). The thing to know about Matthews Arm CG is that it was, and may still be, THE place to go –... [Read more...]

Calico Ghost Town Offers Mother’s Day Weekend Camping Special

April 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Calico Ghost Town Offers Mother’s Day Weekend Camping Special

Calico Ghost Town, located half way between Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV, is the ideal place to take mom camping for Mother’s Day weekend. The town is hosting its annual Bluegrass in the Spring Festival and offers a two-day camping special. Two days of camping May 6th and 7th is $100 for all types of camping — dry or with full hook-up. You will enjoy not only the beautiful surrounding views you’ll also get free admission into the town and the Bluegrass in the Spring Festival Event for up to six persons per unit. If you’ve never been to Calico, you’ll enjoy touring the Old West silver mining town, scene of the largest silver strike in California. On May 7th-8th, the town will be filled with around the clock live music performances from Bluegrass music’s finest artists. Featured performers will be Chris Stuart, Robert Richter, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds and many more. The fun will begin Saturday May 7th at 9 a.m. and will run until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 8th. Children... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Update on the Flying Faustini’s or, “ So That’s Why They Call Them “Snowbirds”

April 13, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Some of you  knew we were going to sell the whole enchilada (house, etc.), downsize to a postage stamp, live full time in an RV, and have asked me what happened to that plan. You may not be remotely surprised to learn we’ve changed our plans… because you do it, too. That’s us…the Flying Faustini’s. We change plans!I’ll skip the myriad permutations under which our RV plans have gone in the past few months;  I’m sure your own life is infinitely more fascinating to you. Instead, I’ll just tell you about today. For isn’t today all any of us really have?  We decided we love our home in Prescott, Arizona too much to let it go (can’t beat four seasons light) so we’re keeping it as a base.  Because we miss our friends and family in Whitefish, Montana  beyond measure ,  we’ve decided (like the zillions of pioneers before us) to become official birds of snow…Snowbirdius Americanus. I know, I know.  I recently wrote about how we sold and gave away a ton of stuff in... [Read more...]

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