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Month: May 2011

Rent An RV!

May 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are thinking of making the leap in the RV lifestyle or if you want the comfort of an RV for an upcoming road trip but you don’t want the hassle of owning one, then I suggest you rent an RV.  Admittedly, we own our travel trailer so we haven’t had to rent an RV very often in the past.  However, about four years ago  my husband ventured back to Alaska with our son and on that trip they rented an RV. To cut the costs considerably and to have more manly fun, they teamed up with some good friends who were game for the adventure as well.  They rented their RV from Great Alaskan Holidays in Anchorage  because the company  offered transportation from the airport directly to the rental facility.  The company’s comprehensive website also made it easy to plan in advance and ask lots of questions in preparation for the trip.  The RV, pictured here, was relatively compact but it served them well. The four of them stayed in it while visiting Anchorage and then cruised... [Read more...]

Geocaching fun during the summer

May 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Geocaching fun during the summer

Well it is official, our camping season has started.  This past weekend many campsites have opened in Ontario including where our RV is parked.   So we packed and drove to Logos Land to open up our “cottage” (which is what my mother-in-law calls it).   And once there, we realized we forgot some things…   But we were able to open it, spend two days there and enjoy the nature.   The Ontario provincial flower, the trilliums were in full bloom and we even found a loon’s nest! So as the camping season opens in our area, we pondered on what we could do while we are at the RV (and not on the road) this summer.   What are the summer success secrets that our family could suggest to the Woodall’s readers.   We are blessed to have a variety of things we could do around Cobden, Ontario.   To get the most out of your summer in the Ottawa Valley, you need to be open to trying new things. You could rent a pontoon on White Lake and go fishing with your family.   It is a wonderful... [Read more...]

THE POOR MAN’S AIR CONDITIONER – It is easy to make this one!

May 24, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

THE POOR MAN’S AIR CONDITIONER – It is easy to make this one!

It has been a hot day.  The temperature has hovered near 100 since mid morning.  An early afternoon thunderstorm has added to the already stifling humidity.  Clouds have moved out of the sky and there is no breeze.  Welcome to a typical summer day in Central Virginia. Our camper is sitting on a site in one of Virginia’s State parks – Lake Anna.  We have no hookups and generators are not allowed after 8:00 p.m…  The Ranger made his rounds about an hour ago and reminded us to silence the machines.  The night air retains the heat and humidity of the day. When we decide to go to sleep for the night I lay on the bed as the sweat pours out of my body, soaking the sheet below.  I cannot sleep.  It is too darn hot and the fan next to me doesn’t move enough air to evaporate the moisture on my skin. Does this sound familiar?  It doesn’t have to be this way – you can be cool and comfortable with a simple to make “Poor Man’s Air Conditioner” sitting at the foot of your... [Read more...]

Summer Destination–Florida!

May 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer Destination–Florida!

PUT FLORIDA’S CAREFREE RV RESORTS FIRST ON YOUR BUCKET LIST It’s time to get your RV in gear and head to Florida to enjoy the year round sunshine, exciting things to do, beautiful beaches, gorgeous golf courses, cultural opportunities and endless attractions. Get ready for the dream trip of a lifetime! Before you head out for the open road, be sure to check out Carefree RV Resorts at www.carefreeRVresorts.com.  Plan your trip so you can visit Carefree locations all along the way. Pack your sunglasses, swimsuit and sunscreen and be ready to roll. You can even bring your favorite furry friend along because Carefree’s resorts are pet friendly. Many of the resorts are perfect for the kids, especially during the summer months when they offer their Carefree Kids Program, a summer activities program for the whole family. Head down I-95 to Daytona and the “World’s Most Famous Beach.” Daytona has been the motorcycle and automobile mecca for avid race fans for years. But Daytona offers... [Read more...]

Are You Ready for the Road?

May 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Are You Ready for the Road?

Memorial Day weekend kicks off those lazy, hazy days of summer. State and national parks are great spots for family camping. Pictured above is campground at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The long weekend is perfect for a camping getaway to enjoy biking, boating, fishing, golfing, hiking, paddling, photography, or bird watching. More than 30 million people nationwide will travel more than 50 miles during Memorial Day weekend, defined as the period from Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30 says AAA, an increase of 0.2 percent. “In 2010, Memorial Day travel experienced a gain of more than 14 percent,” AAA-Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai told the Washington Post. “Many travelers have told us they’ll compensate for higher fuel costs by cutting back in other areas of spending.” They’ll pay more too, with gas running just a bit less than $4.00 per gallon, compared to $2.85 this time last year reports TulsaWorld. But while... [Read more...]

Stop Bugging Me!

May 23, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Camping is a wonderful way to escape the endless challenges of everyday life–work, email, phone, chores, and many other things. Unfortunately, the  most amazing camping trips can quickly sour when mosquitoes take over and start to eat away at the party! I abhor bug bites, and my children are quite allergic to them. This isn’t a huge problem in the Seattle area because there aren’t many mosquitoes around here. However, when we travel to the East Coast or when we travel throughout Alaska in the summer, mosquitoes can be a huge  annoyance. Over the years, I tried various products,  but about eight or nine  years ago I discovered an all-natural bug repellant from one of my favorite stores in Seattle–The Herbalist. Located in a residential neighborhood, this privately-owned shop is simply wonderful and their own custom-blended bug spray–B.O.O.– is awesome. Consisting of a blend of essential and herbal oils, the spray is designed to simultaneously repel... [Read more...]

Bring your home with you this summer…on a budget

May 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Bring your home with you this summer…on a budget

“Get your motor runnin’ Head out on the highway Lookin’ for adventure And whatever comes our way Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen Take the world in a love embrace Fire all of your guns at once And explode into space.” Cruising Scenic Utah Highway 12 in a Diesel Pusher motorhome. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved It could be the theme song of every RVer, though it’s not likely what Steppenwolf had in mind when they recorded Born to be Wild in 1968. Recreational vehicles continue to grow in popularity. For the most part, seniors remain the driving force behind the market, although young families are showing increasing interest in having an RV for family vacations. The pull of the road and the freedom that comes with it is what attracts most recreational vehicle owners—and despite the cost of fuel, it’s a relatively cheap way to go. And when you look at the cost of RV ownership over time, it’s still one of the most reasonable vacation options there... [Read more...]

Summer Heat and RV Refrigerators

May 23, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Summer Heat and RV Refrigerators

(Photo Caption: Summer in the RGV) So far as full-timers, summer has meant that it was time for us to leave the lands of palm trees and endless sunshine to head North and find cooler weather (the last few years we have gotten our tans during the winter, and then lost them during the summer—the opposite of most people we know who are not full-time RVers or snowbirds).  The location on the Oregon coast where we spent last June and July only hit 70F a half-dozen times while we Summer Weather Forecast  were there.  However, for personal reasons we have stayed put longer than normal this year, so have been dealing with real summer weather (high 90s and low 100s with lows around 80—and I won’t even mention the humidity!).   So, this is our first experience with our refrigerator not being able to keep up with us (or, should I say, the heat). Fridge I learned a lot about RV refrigerators over the last few weeks, and feel that this is an appropriate “summer-themed” topic.  For instance,... [Read more...]

Oregon’s Pacific Coast Scenic Byway…

May 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If you visit Oregon this summer, be sure to explore the amazing and majestic Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. Without a doubt, this  drive along Highway 101 is one of my favorite drives on the west coast. The road basically hugs  the ocean and offers amazing views of the wild churning Pacific Ocean down below. We’ve driven this road as far south as Newport and on more than one occasion we’ve seen whales cavorting  right outside the car window. This, of course,  was a spontaneous thrill for all of us! While traveling along the scenic road, we’ve also taken time to visit and tour many of the historic and beautiful lighthouses. In April, my husband visited the Cape Meares Lighthouse, which is near Tillamook. Many years ago, we visited the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Yaquina Head is one of my personal favorites because it dates back to 1873 and stands 163 feet above sea level.  Located in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and managed by the Bureau of Land Management,... [Read more...]

Our Own Pilgrimage to Chimayo

May 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Our Own Pilgrimage to Chimayo

Upon learning of the remarkable tradition of making a pilgrimage to Chimayo during Holy Week each year to visit the Santuario de Chimayo, the site of a miracle in the 1800s, we made the decision on Holy Saturday to drive to Chimayo to check it out for ourselves. Motorists warned to "Watch for Walkers" We left Taos about 1 pm on this cloudy day. Temperatures hovered comfortably in the 50’s but there was a strong wind that caused it to feel quite a bit cooler when outside for any length of time. While traveling, we continued to listen to Taos Solar Radio and learned that State Patrol officers would be out in force to protect and assist the walkers. This journey is justifiably well supported by the community. Port-a-potties were available at several locations along the way and a flashing sign warned motorists to “Watch for walkers” along one particularly narrow stretch of road. Out of respect for their spiritual journey and quest for healing,we chose not to photograph any of... [Read more...]

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