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Month: February 2012

GO TO A HAMFEST – A RV or Camper’s Goldmine Awaits.

February 10, 2012 by · 9 Comments 

GO TO A HAMFEST – A RV or Camper’s Goldmine Awaits.

Lot’s of campers and RV’ers, are HAMS!  No, I’m not talking about the ones that like acting as if they were in a play or movie.  I’m not making a derogatory reference to those that have a tendency to overeat, either.  I’m talking about a different kind of HAM.  This kind of HAM can actually be anyone of any size and their ages may range from middle school to the most senior of Senior Citizens. The thumbnail picture to the left is a joke to get your attention – these Hams have little to do with pigs unless it is enjoying sausage links at breakfast. The HAM I am referring to is formally known as a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator.  Hams must pass a test to show their knowledge of radio communications and operating rules, and as a result have been issued a license by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate radio transmitters and possibly communicate with other “Hams” all over the world. Rows of small parts boxes await buyer inspection. NO, IT IS NOT CITIZEN... [Read more...]

Explore the Black Canyon of the Colorado River from Willow Beach RV, Campground & Marina

February 9, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Explore the Black Canyon of the Colorado River from Willow Beach RV, Campground & Marina

Does exploring the Colorado River, excellent fishing, and off-the-grid comfort and relaxation sound enticing? Are you travelling around Las Vegas, Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon? You may just want to park your rig or make camp at Arizona’s Willow Beach RV Park and Campground. While this rather remote location has been well known to local fishermen for years, with the RV Park and Campground’s recent renovation (in 2011) it’s about to become a very popular year-round destination to hang out for a few days—for more than just the locals! Willow Beach RV Park is located on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, just 14 miles south of Hoover Dam, 30 minutes from Boulder City and about an hour from Las Vegas. You’ll see the turn off from Highway 93 and head down another 3.5 miles to the river’s edge. The beautiful Willow Beach compound features not only a camping location but a full-service Marina as well. To provide all the fun you want to have on the river there’s a launch ramp... [Read more...]

Patti Faustini: How you can benefit from the Eastern Montana/North Dakota Bakken Oil Boom, Part 3: housing and cost of living

February 9, 2012 by · 12 Comments 

<em>Patti Faustini: How you can benefit from the Eastern Montana/North Dakota Bakken Oil Boom, Part 3: housing and cost of living

In this, Part 3 of the series, I’ll be addressing the RV/housing situation and the cost of living in prairie oil boom towns: Lots of folks need housing in order to work in the Bakken oil fields of eastern Montana and western North Dakota: RV sites, rentals and other housing can be hard to come by. But, yes, the jobs are there. True, if you have an RV you have housing, but finding a spot for your RV can be a challenge. The Wal-Marts and RV parks are often full and many RV sites are reserved through the next several months. Lots of guys live in “man camps” and other barrack/dormitory style housing. It’s not paradise, but neither is unemployment. If you, or someone you know, will go where the jobs are, and are willing to embrace the challenges, read on: I just made a total of nine telephone calls to property rental places, RV parks, one police department, and employers with posted job openings in different small towns in these areas. This is what I learned (from talking with... [Read more...]

Wild Dogs in the Village!! Part 1

February 8, 2012 by · 20 Comments 

Wild Dogs in the Village!!  Part 1

Wild Dogs in the Village! (Part One) It seems that many RVers are also “dog people,” so I thought I would share my adventure.  Looking back on this ongoing adventure, I find it interesting at how people who seem to have such a strong common interest (RVers, to be specific) can view the same situation so differently. The puppy of the two The adventure started one morning when I took my dog (a 16-year-old Maltese mix) out for her morning walk (well, at her age, and in the morning, it is tough to call it a walk, it is more of a mosey).  Suddenly, out of nowhere, a young adult dog and a puppy came up for a visit.  They were obviously interested in meeting my dog.  Once I saw the body language of the two dogs, I gladly allowed them to visit with my dog.  I noticed right away, though, that these two were not going to allow me to touch them.  Soon they grew bored with such an inactive dog, and headed off to find another dog to play with. I continued my walk and it was not long... [Read more...]

Crooked Water: Tuzigoot National Monument

February 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Crooked Water: Tuzigoot National Monument

For thousands of years, Verde Valley has been a human melting pot. Hunters and gatherers came first, searching for wild game and grasses. Traders followed, digging salt and minerals, and then settlers farming the fertile bottomlands. Built by the Sinagua about the year 1000, Tuzigoot sits on a ridge high above the Verde Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Perched atop a ridge high above the Verde River two miles east of Clarkdale is Tuzigoot National Monument, one of the largest pueblos built by the Sinagua. Tuzigoot (pronounced ‘Two-z-goot’) is an Apache word meaning “crooked water.” The term applies to the nearby Peck’s Lake, which is a runoff from the Verde River. The pueblo grew slowly over the centuries. Like most modern cities, there appeared to be no master plan—it just sprawled across the hilltop, wherever there was space. At its peak in the late 1300s, about 225 people lived within the pueblo, which contained about 86 rooms on the ground floor and 15 or... [Read more...]

Rafter J Bar Ranch is Only 8 miles From Mount Rushmore!

February 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rafter J Bar Ranch is Only 8 miles From Mount Rushmore!

Rafter J Bar Ranch, located at the west entrance to Mt. Rushmore, Junction 16/385 & SD 244, is the perfect headquarters for a wonderful Black Hills South Dakota vacation. It’s a few minutes away from Mt. Rushmore (only 8 miles!), Crazy Horse Memorial, 1880’s Train in Hill City, Custer State Park (where the road takes you past herds of buffalo), and so many more attractions that will keep you busy. The awesome beauty and peaceful setting of Rafter J Bar Ranch is sure to help build a scrapbook of memories for years to come. It is comprised of 5 camping areas separated by alpine meadows and shaded by large Ponderosa Pines. You can choose a remote tree site, or wide, clear space for big rigs nearer to the resort’s activity center. Modern cabins and tent sites are also available. Keep your eyes open for wildlife – especially deer. This resort is maintained impeccably. The laundries and restrooms are spotlessly clean. Full-time camp security brings you peace of mind in this peaceful,... [Read more...]

A Romantic, Disastrous Camping Trip

February 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A Romantic, Disastrous Camping Trip

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here is the story of the most romantic, disastrous camping trip I have ever had. When my wife and I were first married, we were poor. Dirt poor. The kind of poor where we thought how much does a kidney sell for on the black market? Yet, as broke as we were, we still managed to have fun and do nice things for each other once-in-awhile. For my birthday one year, my wife planned to surprise me with a weekend camping trip to one of my favorite spots on the west coast. Knowing how much I enjoyed camping and the outdoors (and plus camping is a inexpensive vacation), my wife secretly reserved a space in my favorite campground, shopped for my favorite camping foods, and packed our car for the weekend. Did I mention that we were poor? Previous to this trip, we had both thrown away our own tents and much of our camping gear. These were supplies that we had used throughout our childhood, and our tents had holes, our sleeping bags smelled of dead fish, and our camp... [Read more...]

Cathedral Rock; a quest for the ultimate view…

February 6, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Cathedral Rock; a quest for the ultimate view…

If you find yourself near Sedona, AZ, and you like to explore the Arizona desert terrain on foot, you must visit Cathedral Rock! Cathedral Rock is a short but steep ascent, approximately 1.5 miles round trip, with a gain of 600 feet.  It’s well worth the uphill climb when you get to enjoy the incredible views that are to be had from some of the saddles! The first part of the hike is an easy to moderate walk leading to an overlook area that boasts a great view of the valley.   This part of the climb is wonderful for everyone, and is a great, short hike if you just want an easy excursion. The next part of the hike is classified as a class 3 climb, which is basically scrambling up somewhat steep rock faces (it’s an easy climb for an experienced hiker). This is recommended for older children and up, but our 8 year old did it with no problems. For some, the difficult part of the climb is not the scrambling up, but the climbing (or skidding) back down the red sandstone. my... [Read more...]

ENJOY THE WONDER OF A SMALL TOWN VILLAGE CALLED CLEWISTON, FLORIDA

February 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

ENJOY THE WONDER OF A SMALL TOWN VILLAGE CALLED CLEWISTON, FLORIDA

Within our small village town of Clewiston, 2 miles by 2 miles, you can find plenty of things to do. There are things for everyone’s interest, from fishing, hiking, biking, to bird watching. Visit the Clewiston Museum or the Historical Clewiston Inn, which is known for its historical oil painting that covers the entire Everglades Lounge. There is even a Historical Movie Theatre and a Clewiston Historical Library, with many other things of interest. If you want to really find out what our townspeople do for a living, taking the Sugarland Farm Tour is highly recommend. There is a B.P.O.E. Lodge, Mason Lodge, and VFW Post. Clewiston is the host town to many Champion Fishing Tournaments, FLW, Bass Masters and many local angler clubs. When you want to get away for the day, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, & Sebring, is about an hour to an hour and a half drive. You could go to the malls, big movie theatres, flea markets or go to the beach for the day. Fort Lauderdale and Miami are about... [Read more...]

A Little Traveling Music, Please…

February 5, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A Little Traveling Music, Please…

Whenever we embark on one of our road trips, one of the most important considerations is the music that will accompany us on our journey. Over the years, we have come to recognize the true importance of this non-human companion, in terms of creating mood, anticipation and pleasure for our journey. Early on, we experimented with books on tape. While some swear by those, we found they were likely to lull our poor driver, most often my husband Terry, who is an awesome driver, but not such a terrific passenger, to sleep. Even the likes of a Grisham mystery, being read over the car speakers, will soon have heads nodding. So we stick with music for our on-the-road entertainment. We also developed several criteria for just the right accompaniment. It must be upbeat and lively (so as to avoid those nods), it must be something all of us enjoy (or can at least tolerate—my daughter said one thing that impressed her future husband was that she knew the words to all of the songs on the Eagles’ Greatest... [Read more...]

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