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Month: September 2011

HOW TO BECOME A MILLIONAIRE

September 29, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

HOW TO BECOME A MILLIONAIRE

The air smells magnificently crisp and clean.  There is no trace of the usual smog or exhaust fumes.  When I take a deep breath and fill my lungs full, I feel refreshed and stronger. The sky is dark blue.  Only a few cumulus clouds move across the horizon.  The temperature is a perfect 78 degrees and the sun gently warms my exposed skin. There is no noise – no cars, no trucks, no boom boxes, or sirens.  The only sounds I hear are the ocean waves breaking onto the sand in front of me.  No, wait – that was a seagull calling out as it flew overhead. Moments ago, I was kicking the light brown sand with my toes as I walked to my reclining chair next to a small tidal pool. I brought a cold drink with me.  It sits at my right so a smooth movement brings the cool amber liquid to my lips. My doggie, Oscar, is digging in the sand to my left – his leash in my lap. Nancy is further to my right enjoying a book downloaded to her Kindle. The book I have in front of me is thrilling. ... [Read more...]

2012 Quartzsite Show Dates Announced

September 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

2012 Quartzsite Show Dates Announced

What is Quartzsite? Quartzsite is located in western Arizona, 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10. Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year. Numerous food choices ensure you'll never go hungry! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved In 1856, settler Charles Tyson built a fort at the present site of Quartzsite to protect his water supply. Fort Tyson soon became a stopover on the Ehrenburg-to-Prescott stagecoach route. It had become known as Tyson’s Wells by the time the stage stopped running and the town was abandoned. Quartzsite has been a rockhounders’ paradise since the 1960s. Today, it is also attracts over a million visitors each winter who converge on this small town of 1900 people in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February when 2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and everything... [Read more...]

Trailer Mod — Dinette Becomes Couch — Shazam!

September 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Our Cabin On Wheels - The Fun Finder X 189FBR Some folks asked me to describe a modification that I made to our trailer. After a few trips, it became clear (to me) that our floorplan wasn’t optimal for our use. The pictures below, from another Fun Finder 189 FBR, with the “endless red” color plan, illustrate the standard setup. Although DW accused me of wanting to “tear our new trailer apart,” my goal was more constructive. The floorplan for the 189 FBR included a dinette with benches facing each other across a foldable table that can be dropped into a lower position to create a 30″ wide bed. When set up as a dinette, very little space was left between the edge of the table and the front of the kitchen sink; our “hallway.” It was a squeeze for the two of us to pass by. The other problem with the factory setup is that there is nowhere to relax and watch the TV that is mounted above the rear end closet. You have to either lie on the bed or sit... [Read more...]

Unforgettable Trips — Franconia Notch, NH

September 28, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Dateline October, 1979 One of our favorite destinations in New England is the Franconia Notch State Park area of New Hampshire; the White Mountains. There are lots everything we enjoy: mountains, deep dark woods, pure, ice cold streams racing over rock strewn, water-carved flumes and small New England villages.  It was easy to visualize the ghosts of courageous 17th and 18th century fur trappers and Native American hunting parties prowling through the woods. My children and I would create stories about “The Last of the Mohicans.” We imagined the last chief of the mighty Mohicans, Chingachgook, along with his BFF, Natty Bumppo, called “Hawkeye” by his native friends, creeping silently along the forest game trails on moccasined feet, tracking a regal 15-point elk with flintlock and bow, while their renegade Huron arch-enemy, “The Wily Fox,” Magua, creeps up behind them, ready to add their scalps to his already hirsute belt… What? Yes, yes, I know that Fenimore’s... [Read more...]

Akin to lawyers…

September 27, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Shopping for a new RV should be a very fun experience, shouldn’t it???  Not if the salesmen have anything to do with it… I don’t know if it is because we fulltime, because we just experienced frame failure and are nervous about buying another 5er, or maybe it’s because we travel with 10 of our children… what ever the reason, RV shopping this time has not been fun.    Because we fulltime, we need an RV that will withstand the rigors of 20k+ miles a year.  Because we just had a 5th wheel totalled out (well, we are still working on paper work), we want an RV with some structural integrity.  Because we travel with 10 kids, only a few floor plans will work for us, narrowing down our choices excessively, so we are searching the entire country for just 4 models, 2 of which are discontinued!  All that makes it not so fun – besides the fact that we won’t even be able to see our final choice in person due to where we are currently at (traveling with... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: West Glacier, Montana’s KOA; it’s not Glacier Park, but it’s cool!

September 25, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

We northwestern Montanans are privileged to claim Glacier National Park as our personal backyard. Read more about Montana campgrounds and things to do in Montana. And the more boorish among us are pretty quick to let the entire world in on that…hence, this blog from your resident Woodall’s boor. A couple of weeks ago the Brazil Nut (a/k/a “my husband”) and I were heading up to Glacier and decided to swing through the KOA just outside the Park .Search for a national park. We stopped on a whim: I mean, how could a KOA compare with anything in Glacier Park? What could a KOA have to offer that the many lovely campsites at Glacier don’t already have? Turns out, plenty…especially if you like a resort atmosphere, enough going on for young and older kids to keep whining at bay, and a good restaurant if you (or your family) are burned out on making dinner after traipsing around all day. We couldn’t stay overnight, but I can share how beautiful and clean everything was, and what... [Read more...]

Texas Coastal Bend Readies for Winter Texans

September 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Texas Coastal Bend Readies for Winter Texans

With most of the U.S. and Canada ending their summer vacations as families get ready to head back to school many snowbirds have started planning and gearing up for another winter in the U.S. Sunbelt. Rockport-Fulton is an increasingly popular snowbird roost for Winter Texans. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Warm weather hubs such as Ol’ Airy Zonie, Southern California, Florida, and Texas are top destinations for their predictable warm weather. Texas increases in popularity each winter as more snowbirds search for alternatives to the traffic congestion and high costs of the Sunshine State. People who travel to Texas for the winter months are known as Winter Texans. Most Winter Texans congregate in one of two areas—the Coastal Bend and the Rio Grande Valley, affectionately referred to as “The Valley”. Although the majority of snowbirds wintering in Texas settle into The Valley, the Coastal Bend is becoming an increasingly popular destination. It’s been referred to as one... [Read more...]

A Visit to the Archbishop

September 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A Visit to the Archbishop

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi About a block from the Santa Fe Plaza lies a famous Cathedral with quite a bit of history behind it. Well worth a visit during your trip to the city is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. While the current structure was erected in 1886, the first church was built in this site as early as 1610. The Catholic faith came to New Mexico in 1598 at the hands of the Franciscan Friars, who had accompanied the Spanish colonists when they migrated north from Mexico. However, it was only when Santa Fe was founded in 1610 that a church was erected at the site of the current Basilica. An Indian revolt in 1680 destroyed much of the first church; the only part still existing is the Chapel of Our Lady, La Conquistadora. This chapel was built to honor a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was brought to Santa Fe in 1626. When New Mexico was conquered by the United States in the Mexican American War in 1846, jurisdiction of the Santa Fe... [Read more...]

why we chose a toy hauler…

September 23, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

why we chose a toy hauler…

Toy haulers are popular with those rvers who enjoy getting out with their ‘toys’ – toys like quads, dirt bikes, and razors (even a golf cart here and there).  While we have a quad and a couple of dirt bikes, we store them while we are on the road, and they don’t come along with us.  But a toy hauler is still our first choice of rv – we are hauling cargo, but our cargo is sleeping quarters!  With 11 kids, 9 or 10 who currently travel with us, there is just not another rv that will comfortably sleep us.  Well, an entertainer coach would, but the ones we like are ever so slightly out of our price range (about $400k out of our price range!) When we started out on our fulltiming ventures, we began in the bunkhouse pull behind that we had been camping in for the previous 4 years.  While it was perfect for our camping excursions, once we decided that a life on the road was for us, we did desire a bit more room than our 30′ travel trailer afforded. ... [Read more...]

Why My RV of Choice is Not an RV

September 22, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

Why My RV of Choice is Not an RV

The Revelations & Denials of a Happy Tent Camper… With an entire week devoted to our bloggers’ “RVs of Choice” I felt the need to represent tent campers just like me across North America, who faithfully read the Woodall’s Camping Blog enjoying posts about camp-cooking, unique things to do, and tips for not killing your kids on road trips.  See, there is a misnomer amongst RVers that tent campers are in a deeply jealous state of their luxurious RV accommodations, while in fact that often isn’t the case at all. (The truth is, is tent campers are only a little jealous, and slightly more so during winter months.) Our littlest camper in 2011 RVers and tent campers are cut out of the same cloth. In fact, how many of you RVers enjoyed tent camping for years before finally deciding that even the air mattress on the ground isn’t going to provide your grown-up bones with enough comfort to continue on in a tent?  At Woodall’s we enjoy reading the annual reader survey... [Read more...]

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