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Nature at Its Finest at Bay Bayou RV Resort – Tampa, FL

April 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Nature at Its Finest at Bay Bayou RV Resort – Tampa, FL

Relax and leave your worries behind as you kayak through Florida’s peaceful back waters. Double Branch Creek offers eleven miles of waterways with five segments, and its mouth is in Old Tampa Bay. Red and white mangroves line the banks of Double Branch Creek. Experience the rich diversity of wildlife and vegetation that has made it a popular attraction, particularly for fishing and kayaking. A variety of wildlife live in and near the creek, including ospreys, eagles, red-tailed hawks, palliated woodpeckers, redfish, trout, mullet, clams, mussels, white herons, egrets, blue herons, sandhill cranes, manatees, alligators and leather back snapping turtles. You can even view flamingos once a year as they migrate through the area. Bay Bayou RV Resort is Tampa’s premier RV resort located among beautiful, natural surroundings on Double Branch Creek. Our fishing dock and easy water access for small fishing boats allows guests to enjoy all of the diverse wildlife that the area has to offer. Kayak... [Read more...]

Visit the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Florida!

April 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Visit the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Florida!

National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum If you find yourself visiting Florida’s Treasure Coast this spring or summer, be sure to stop by the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum located in Fort Pierce. Home of the Navy Frogman, this wonderful museum highlights the history and achievements of our Navy SEAL program. We have visited this museum for many years now and my children really enjoy it. Located right on the ocean and featuring exhibits indoors and outdoors, it’s a fabulous learning experience for visitors of all ages. For additional information on current exhibits and hours, check out their official  website. –Melissa A. Trainer

Hiking–What to Wear?

April 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiking–What to Wear?

It’s pretty easy to select what you will wear if you are hiking during the summer months. In spring and fall, however, it can be a bit tricky to be dressed for every, or even most, weather conditions. We love to hike and over the years we have developed  clothing selections for our hikes that compensate and keep you warm and cool in most any weather. Here are my thoughts about what to wear on that spring (or fall) hike. Bootcut Sporthill Pants I always start out with my Sporthill Pants. I have been wearing them for skiing for about 15 years, but for that cool spring hike, they can’t be beat. Initially they were only available in the tight to the ankle style that is flattering on almost no one, but about three years ago they came out with this boot cut version that I adore. I have no problem running into town or a grocery store with these on; I had some reservations about being seen by the non-hiking public when wearing the ankle binding version. Guaranteed to be warm to about 20 degrees,... [Read more...]

Niagara Parks Offers Great Dining in Spectacular Settings

April 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Niagara Parks Offers Great Dining in Spectacular Settings

During your Niagara Falls trip, look no further than Niagara Parks for unique dining experiences that offer unsurpassed views of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner or a fun family night out among the sights and sounds of Niagara, you’ll find great choices along the Niagara Parkway for casual or elegant dining. Elements on the Falls Restaurant Dine as close as you can get to the Falls! This culinary experience offers an incredible view and delightful flavours with an artisan twist. Dine in casual elegance featuring open-flame cooking and Niagara cuisine featuring fresh local produce. Open year-round, Elements on the Falls and the Grand Hall are located on the upper level of Table Rock, right next to the Horseshoe Falls. Queenston Heights Restaurant Indulge your senses in an elegant setting. Our talented culinary team has created an exquisite menu using fresh and delicious Niagara farm fare, featuring VQA wines from our award-winning Best... [Read more...]

Free Admission to All National Parks This Week!

April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Free Admission to All National Parks This Week!

  Denali National Park, Alaska If you are lucky enough to have a little time for travel this week, then be sure to visit one of our fabulous national parks. It’s National Park Week! From April 21-29, ALL of our 397 parks will be offering FREE admission! Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation,  this wonderful gift is a fabulous way for visitors and travelers to save some money and celebrate our country. Believe it or not, there’s a whopping 84 million acres of spectacular scenery, historic sites, and cultural treasures free for adventure and exploring! Over the years, I have visited countless national parks…Denali, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Yellowstone, Kenai Fjords, and Acadia being just a few. Here’s a full list of national parks for your reference.  So, if you have the time this week, take a detour and just go!  And, while you are there be sure to take some time to talk to the rangers and peruse the visitor centers!  You... [Read more...]

Hope Blossoms in a Black Hills Spring

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hope Blossoms in a Black Hills Spring

After a long, cold winter, nothing is more welcome than the first blossoms of spring. In the Black Hills, those are usually pasque flowers—South Dakota’s state flower–that suddenly appear under the pines. The fuzzy, purple flowers pave the way for an abundance of other blossoms that make us forget how hard Old Man Winter can bite. They promise sunny days, blue skies and wild fruit for man and beast. Unfortunately, the promises of spring are not always kept by fall. In South Dakota the weather is as changeable as…well, the weather. We have snow in June and in November it’s 75. Those aren’t the norms, of course, but they’re normal enough that the people who live here learn to not be surprised by much. Once we smell the springtime blossoms we hold our breaths against the next freeze, we pray for enough rain, enough sun, enough warm weather to get the fruit to the perfect ripeness. For Prairie Berry Winery those prayers, crossed fingers and held breaths are a major part of... [Read more...]

Make Ahead Meals for the Camper

April 18, 2012 by · 10 Comments 

Make Ahead Meals for the Camper

When you camp or travel in your RV or with your travel trailer, do you ever prepare foods in advance at home and then cart them along with you? I have done this many many times. Of course, this involves extra work at home but the dividends pay off when you are traveling and visiting a new destination. I have found it to be deliciously helpful to have my travel trailer freezer stocked with twice-baked potatoes, meatballs, previously grilled and sliced chicken breasts, butter chicken, chicken biryani, taco meat, and even homemade burritos! Without a doubt, that extra effort at home saves me time and brain cells when I am on vacation. Afterall, who really wants to be bothered planning a meal from scratch when you are visiting a fabulous national park or a beautiful beach? And, for that matter, who really wants to endure a mediocre meal at an overpriced tourist trap restaurant after a beautiful day of touring or hiking? (I’ve learned through experience that bad meals at overpriced touristy... [Read more...]

Spring Break with Six College Students–Part 3: Ashley’s Birthday

April 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring Break with Six College Students–Part 3: Ashley’s Birthday

While this post is not specifically concerned with RVing, like the other two I have posted about our recent spring trip, it does focus on enjoying the outdoors, traveling to new and different areas and spending quality time with loved ones and friends. Picking up on our trip with our spring breaking college students, after three days, their skiing plans and passes exhausted, our crew was in search of additional outdoor adventure. The weather had been cold and we had gotten snow during their skiing days, but now it warmed up and snow started to melt. They decided to head south, to the Santa Fe area, to the Tent Rocks Formation. We had attempted to hike this trail the past summer, but were unable access the area due to the wildfire near Santa Fe this past summer. They had no such trouble on this trip and spent a wonderful day hiking, then stopped for dinner in Santa Fe. Day five, they headed up toward the third ski hill in the area, Taos Ski Valley, but not to ski. Their plan that day was... [Read more...]

Boston Children’s Museum

April 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Boston Children’s Museum

Another great place to visit while camping around Boston, MA is definitively the Boston Children’s Museum and let your little ones go crazy around the three floors of this museum. I remember going on a trip to Boston with a friend while being in University. We had visited the Computer Museum, which is now closed, at that same place where now stand the Boston Children’s Museum. We visited this museum twice so far and each time we had a marvelous time with our kids. The Boston Children’s Museum will allow your kids to learn through experience and hands-on engagement. The exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. My younger kids enjoyed the activities in the construction zone and Arthur & Friends while my oldest kids the highlights preferred the 3-story climbing sculpture as well as the Kid Power area where you learn how it is important to stay active. However, all four of them enjoyed the Science Playground when you can... [Read more...]

Rose Valley Ranch, Silver City New Mexico

April 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rose Valley Ranch, Silver City New Mexico

You will enjoy the extra large sites and clean, quiet atmosphere in this beautiful RV Park in Silver City, NM.

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