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Month: June 2011

3 Days Left To Grab a FREE Atlas!

June 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey folks! Don’t miss the chance to grab your FREE Atlas with the purchase of Woodall’s North American Directory. There are only 3 days left to take advantage of this great sale! Plus, we’ll even discount the North American Directory to only $14.95 -that’s way below the cover price of $25.95, to make the deal really sweet! Visit Woodall’s Website to Order Now! 2011 marks Woodall’s 75th year in print! Order the commemorative edition for Dad today – packed with over 310,003 updates from the 2010 edition. Plus… with the purchase of the 2011 North American Campground Directory you can find out how to enter to win a 7-day Hawaiian Cruise in our 75th Anniversary Sweepstakes. Plus, dad will feel safe on the road with Woodall’s North American Atlas. With extensive coverage of the United States plus Mexico & Canada including highway types, exit numbers, U.S. National Parks Guide, drive times & distances and so much more. It will become... [Read more...]

Exploring Syracuse

June 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Exploring Syracuse

Destination Syracuse, NY Last weekend, we went down to the US for a little shopping trip. Some items that my husband wanted for the RV were on sale at Camping World. So we brought the RV with us and decided to make a little vacation out of it. Besides, when you go shopping it is wise to go down for a few days when you live in Canada. That way you can bring back more with you! The trip started with a bang. LITERALLY! We ended up having a flat tire on the RV while being on the highway on our way to Syracuse. After an hour or so, we were back on the road. In the midst of our shopping, as well as finding a place to replace the tire, we wanted to visit the MOST museum as well. We were even able to squeeze a visit to the Salt Museum. MOST The Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse is interesting. You will find lots of things to do there. The Science Playhouse itself is an absolute must for your kids. Based on the idea of a maze, this giant playhouse will provide... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Freewheeling Part 1 (Why We Sold Our House and Live on Wheels)

June 15, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

 I’m a “Baby Boomer.”  I have long teeth and even longer memories of a simpler, freer,  United States of America. It’s these memories, and a desire for a deeper connection with loved ones,  that motivated us to simplify our lives; that is, to sell our home, possessions, and hunker down to a 24 foot motor home. In essence, we have declared our independence.  Our Declaration of Independence, 2011: Given that we want to decrease the ways we’re impacted by governmental direction, and decrease the time and resources required to maintain a house, and given that we want to increase our freedom, and increase the time we spend with loved ones around the country… We have sold most (virtually all) of our possessions, including our home, and purchased the motor home we think works best for us. Thus, we declare ourselves official members of the full time RVing community. We’re delighted and quite pleased with ourselves. However, my beautiful grown-up girl frets, ”... [Read more...]

Taste Without Calories!

June 15, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Taste Without Calories!

Okay, now that I have your attention, let’s get real. In life, there truly is little that has taste with NO calories, but if you are interested in limiting your calorie intake, there are several simple things you can do, whether you are at home or traveling on the road, to minimize your calorie intake without losing any of the flavor that we love about food. You may recall that about six months ago I posted a blog about two traditional recipes that could be easily modified to reduce fat and calorie content. This post is a continuation of that, in the sense that it includes some similar ideas. You see, being someone who loves to eat and also being of a body type (never svelte without concerted effort or an accompanying life crisis) and an age where I need to watch my fat intake, for about the past ten years, ever since we started “getting beyond a certain age,” my husband and I have been focusing on reducing fat and calories in our diet without losing flavor. Isn’t that the best... [Read more...]

A CHICKEN IN EVERY POT

June 15, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

A CHICKEN IN EVERY POT

Nope.  It is not another Republican promise like the one back in the 1928 depression era.  It refers to a concoction I brewed up over the Memorial Day weekend at Big Meadows. I always liked chemistry as a youth.  I would take all of these chemicals from my chemistry set and mix them together to see what I could make.  None of it was eatable, but the results were always interesting and often odiferous. As I got older, I graduated to kitchen chemistry.  Unfortunately, my Mother put that endeavor to an end when I poured a bottle of vinegar into a bowl full of baking soda.  I remember how cool it was watching the foaming mess expand across the kitchen counter and onto the floor.  Mom was not amused. Finally, as an adult, I was allowed to reenter the field of kitchen chemistry by my bride – but only when we were outdoors or camping where any unanticipated mess could either be washed down with the garden hose or shoveled up and buried. After a considerable amount of experimentation... [Read more...]

What is the Opposite of Winterizing?

June 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

What is the Opposite of Winterizing?

(Photo caption: Leaving El Valle, Retama Village) As full-timers for the last few years, we’ve grown accustomed to being able to move with very little effort—we get up on the day we’ve chosen to leave, have breakfast, and then 2-3 hours later we are on the road heading for a new destination.  After years of this behavior, imagine our surprise this year when we had to “summerize” our coach house before we could leave.  Is “summerize” even a word?  I’ve never heard of it, but do not know what else to call what we had to do.  Maybe you campers that have seasonal cabins, park models, Texas rooms, Arizona rooms, etc. have a word for it—at Retama Village they just call it “shutdown.”  Most RVers (although, not so much us full-timers) are familiar with the process you must go through before you store your RV for the winter.  Well, this year we stayed at our lot that we decided to purchase.  It allows us to remain full-time RVers, but gives us a “permanent” place... [Read more...]

Open Mike Night and “Mr. Harvard”

June 13, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Open Mike Night and “Mr. Harvard”

Winter 2010 Many RV resorts have social calendars full of group activities so that people can get to know each other and, perhaps, be distracted from obsessing over the crummy weather or the outrageous rental fees that they’re paying. Popular activities include shuffleboard, Texas-Hold-Em, Line dancing, BINGO, sewing, painting, and an “Open Mike Night” where residents are free to exhibit any talents that they might have. Maureen and I thought that the latter sounded like fun. She’s a great impromptu singer and I, well… Let me see… I can read and write. Now I know that reading and writing is a fairly common skill (except maybe in some of the RV parks that we’ve visited, you know; the ones with trailers that haven’t been on the road since Dewey ran for President and each site has a collection of discarded appliances and miscellaneous yard junk on display, along with the requisite pack of semi-feral cats or overweight dogs). I, on the other... [Read more...]

Selling Ice Cream to the Eskimos and Class Distinctions in the RV World

June 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Selling Ice Cream to the Eskimos and Class Distinctions in the RV World

February 2010 It used to be, and may still be, if you wished to compliment a salesman, to identify them as an expert in their field, you said that they could sell ice, or ice cream, to the Eskimos. Well, there must be several of those penultimate sales people working right here at this resort, because today we went to an ice cream social while the outside temperatures were in the breezy 50s (which is like below zero to a Floridian) and there where small icebergs drifting around in the resort’s swimming pool (Okay, I’ll admit it — that last part’s an exaggeration; the pool’s heated, but there were ice cubes in our drinks). As we queued up to pay our one buck for an ice cream soda or ice cream sundae (the sundaes seemed to be the top sellers), ordering with nuts or without, with whipped cream, caramel or fudge sauce, or cherry, or without, we kidded each other about whether there would be any ice cream or our favorite topping left by the time we got to the front of the... [Read more...]

Tips on traveling with baby…

June 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Having 11 kids, ages 1 to 21 (with another on the way), and having traveled over 40k miles in the last 2 years, AND having spent quite a bit of time doing short road trips before we became full-time RVers, we have a little bit of experience in the field of traveling with kids.  Over the years, we have picked up a few tips that make on the road more enjoyable, and hopefully easier, when traveling with children.  I am planning on doing a series of posts, focusing on traveling with kids, and will address each age separately.  We’ll start with the littlest, so here are my tips for traveling with an infant: Clothing – we always try to dress our babies for comfort when they will be spending any amount of time in their car seats, choosing clothing that will not bind and is loose. We are careful to not overdress – it is much easier to cover them up with a blanket than it is to pull over, take them out of their seats, and take clothes off (especially if they have fallen... [Read more...]

Safe and Sound RVing

June 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Safe and Sound RVing

The proper maintenance of your recreational vehicle is a key to keeping you on the road to safety. An RV that’s mechanically sound will be less apt to break down. Be meticulous about maintenance. Recreational vehicles are an excellent way to discover America. Pictured above Newmar Class A Diesel Pusher camped at an RV park in Luling, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved A proper maintenance program should include: Inspecting all belts and hoses for cracking and replacing where required Checking headlights, brake lights, and turn signals Making sure your tires have the recommended air pressure, sufficient tread depth, and have not aged out. (NOTE: RV tires typically should be replaced due to age after six to eight years) Having your recreational vehicle road-ready and smart planning often helps the RVer in avoiding a disaster as the following five incidents illustrate. Smoke alarm saves Oregon couple Charleston, Oregon: Charleston Fire District responded to a report of a structure... [Read more...]

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