Month: February 2012
Patti Faustini: How you can benefit from the Eastern Montana/North Dakota Bakken Oil Boom: Part 2 (Two Sides to Every Coin).
It’s true, there are terrific employment opportunities in the Bakken oil boom towns of eastern Montana and western North Dakota; however, there are additional considerations. Let’s take a look: In case you missed Part 1 of How You can Benefit from the Eastern Montana/North Dakota Bakken Oil Boom, here’s a quick summary of the situation: • Over 458,00 barrels of oil a day are being extracted from 200,000 square miles of shale throughout eastern Montana, western North Dakota and Saskatchewan. • Where there’s oil, there’s work. • North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation (Montana is just a coat tail rider of this economic boom, but that’s another story…something to do with politics.) • Workers, skilled and unskilled, are needed in Williston, North Dakota and Sidney, Montana, as well as the surrounding towns. Check out maps of Montana and North Dakota. ONE SIDE OF THE COIN: • Pizza Hut and similar places have openings and are paying $10.00-$14.00... [Read more...]
Why endure the crowds and costs of the Napa/Sonoma Wine Country when you explore the historic Shenandoah Valley Wine area of Amador County where most wineries are small, family-owned and the person conducting your wine tasting experience may well be the owner or wine maker. From Jackson Rancheria RV Park you are an easy drive to this wonderful wine area. Some three dozen wineries are nestled along scenic back roads in some of California’s most picturesque rural settings and offer gracious, unpretentious hospitality. You can sip Amador’s award-winning wines, including the famed old-vine zinfandels, while gazing at the beautiful, snow-capped Sierras or picnicking under grand old oak trees surrounded by vines. Complimentary wine tasting is available year around, but if you’re looking for something extra, plan to attend one of the two big events produced each year by the Amador Vintners Association. You can take a peek “Behind the Cellar Door” for a weekend of wine, food and fun,... [Read more...]
So, what is your favorite way to crank out a hot cup of coffee while traveling, camping or RVing? I have used various methods and tools over the years. Yes, simply poking the button on my electric coffee maker in the kitchen of my travel trailer is my favorite way to brew when we are camping. It’s simple and convenient. And, I can do it without having to start a fire in the campsite fire ring! When we have camped at more remote locations or at sites that didn’t have full hookup, I often boil water on my gas stove and then use my insulated French press coffee pot purchased at REI. This method was really useful when we camped at Madison Campground at Yellowstone National Park. I am considering another option now that I have discovered the collapsible coffee filter cone. Made by Classic Kitchen Basics, the silicone filter is compact and holds a paper filter. You simply place the cone over a cup, add the filter and the coffee and the pour boiling water over the coffee. The... [Read more...]
Next to a roll of duct (or duck) tape, a package containing an assortment of zip-ties is one of the most important “fix-it” items you can put in your RV toolbox. First introduced under the name of Ty-Rap in 1958 by Thomas & Betts for assembling airplane-wiring harnesses, the zip-tie has evolved to include every conceivable function – including handcuffs often used by law enforcement. Today they may also be called zap-ties or cable-ties, About the only thing you cannot fix with either duct tape and zip-ties are hot exhaust or tail pipes. Zip-ties usd by law enforcement as hand cuffs (Don't try this at home!) Good quality zip-ties are made of nylon. The black ties are UV protected and suitable for outdoor use over an extended period. White and other colors generally do not have the UV protection chemical added and are designed for indoor use. Unfortunately, many companies have made cheap copies of nylon zip-ties using plastic. These are subject to easy breakage and... [Read more...]
Submitted by Lake-In-Wood Camping Resort’s Resident Gnome “Allow me to be your guide to the wonderful accommodations, activities and attractions of our resort in the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Country! Lake-In-Wood Camping Resort is “Home to the Gnomes” because it is a friendly place, built to suit the lifestyles of today’s campers (even the knee-high ones). From a weekend in your tent to a season in our deluxe park models, our resort becomes a treasured “Home Away from Home!”. We gnomes are experienced “full-time” campers. After living under mushrooms, in hollow trees and the like for many years, it’s nice to finally enjoy resort-quality facilities. Our goal is to be the best park that we can be so it pleases me to tell you that we have a 10/10 /10 Trailer Life rating. AND, Woodalls classifies us a 5 star campground! Finally, Lake in Wood Camping Resort has been honored as a 2011 Top 300+ Rated Trailer Life Directory Park. Lake-In-Wood... [Read more...]