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Month: May 2012

Breathtaking Views of the Outdoors at Riveredge RV Park in the Smoky Mountains

May 31, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Breathtaking Views of the Outdoors at Riveredge RV Park in the Smoky Mountains

Spending Summer in the Smoky Mountains (the Smokies), near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee,  is jam packed with fun. The whole family can tube down the Pigeon River and go to a dinner show at night. Visit famous Dollywood where you can ride fun rides, visit the bald Eagle exhibit, eat delicious Southern-style home cooked meals, watch entertaining shows featuring fantastic music, and shop. There is also Dollywood Splash Country where you can lounge on a chair by the wave pool, float down the lazy river, or go down the slides, both with and without floats. You can also visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, where you can see over 350 species of animals, and visit various exhibits including, the Tropical Rainforest, Touch-A-Ray Bay, Shark Lagoon, Coral Reef and much more. Riveredge RV Park and Campground is a premier campground in Pigeon Forge, TN. The campground has 175 beautifully landscaped campsites, all with 50 & 30 amp service. Riveredge is Pigeon Forge’s most beautiful RV... [Read more...]

Doors Open Ontario

May 31, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Doors Open Ontario

Last year, out of the blue, we have decided to participate to the Doors Open Ottawa during the first week-end of June.   That year, we have discovered a wonderful way to learn more about the facilities in our city as we visited the Traffic Control, the Supreme Court, the parliament, the paramedic’s headquarters as well as the Ottawa Citizen on a two days adventure. This year, we will miss Doors Open Ottawa since we are away from home.   But I discovered that this event is not limited to Ottawa only.   Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to participate to Doors Open Toronto and discovered interesting things. Here’s the places we went to learn more about these iconic places in Toronto. Union Station Since the opening in 1927, Union Station has been one of the most significant hubs in Canada’s transportation network. In the last 35 years, the station has taken on added importance in the Toronto area as the terminal for commuter rail services and as a vital link in the Toronto... [Read more...]

Get Back to Nature in Custer State Park

May 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Get Back to Nature in Custer State Park

Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota has unimaginable scenery, rustic lodges, cabins, and RV and tent campsites that are open year-round.  You’ll find a variety of offerings, including camping cabins, horse camps, primitive campsites, modern campsites and group camping facilities. Camping fees are collected daily and are based on the number of camping units in your party.  Each campsite at Custer State Park has a gravel or paved camping pad, a fire grate and picnic table. Electric hookups are available in most campgrounds and all but a few offer flush toilets and showers.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, park staff give evening presentations at several campground amphitheaters.  These talks often give campers insight into the park’s history, wildlife and natural surroundings. Custer State Park’s free roaming buffalo have been known to occasionally wander into the campgrounds. These majestic—but wild—animals should be treated with respect and visitors should... [Read more...]

Tips From A Therapist Making a Major Life Change After 50

May 30, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Tips From A Therapist Making a Major Life Change After 50

My husband and I have both been therapists for years and are making a cross country move from our home of 23 years in Wisconsin to Taos, NM. So what terrific coping skills have I developed in my work as a therapist that will make this, or any other major life change (ie. Retirement, RVing fulltime and giving up a brick and mortar home, caring full time for grandchildren, etc.) easier? There are a few ideas I can share with you: 1.  First of all, just like climbing a mountain, I need to take one step at a time. Whether you are trying to come to terms with a partner retiring, or taking to the road full-time or moving to a new location, you will adjust better and more quickly if you can break the process down into steps and take one to them at a time. The first thing we needed to do was obtain a mailing address; in our town, this is via a PO Box. The first weekday of our trip out this spring, we made a trip to the post office to reserve our box. Three days later we could pick up our keys... [Read more...]

Campfire Safety Guidelines

May 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Campfire Safety Guidelines

All it takes is one spark for things to go wrong. Campfire Safety. Never leave a campfire unattended! Forest fires often start from campfires that were not put out completely. A carelessly abandoned campfire or a campfire built without safe clearance can turn a small fire into a dangerous and fast-moving blaze. Be sure to build your campfire in a way that does not endanger anyone or the surrounding forest. Check with local authorities on open-air burning restrictions and follow local burning regulations. Keep current on fire bans in the area. Enjoy a safe campfire by following these campfire safety tips: NEVER build a campfire on a windy day—sparks or embers from the fire could travel quite a distance setting an unintentional fire Watch the wind direction to ensure sparks aren’t approaching any flammable materials Build the campfire where it will not spread; well away from tents, trailers, dry grass, leaves, overhanging tree branches, or any other combustible Build campfires in... [Read more...]

Big Memories and Big Savings in the City of Many Wonders – Niagara Falls, Canada & Campark Resorts Outdoor Camping Destination

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Big Memories and Big Savings in the City of Many Wonders – Niagara Falls, Canada & Campark Resorts Outdoor Camping Destination

The thundering waters of Niagara Falls are not the only wonder in the city.  Within a few miles in each direction is historic Niagara-on-the-Lake home to the world’s best wineries, the gorgeous Upper Rapids in Chippewa home to director James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar and the Niagara Escarpment and Fruit Belt with it’s natural splendor preserved along Bruce Trail In the center of it all is gorgeous Campark Resorts.  Family run and operated to make your stay memorable and a true pleasure.  Bring the whole family along and two children are always free.  Campark is family affordable fun literally that doesn’t believe in hidden costs in the camping industry.  With tougher economic times Campark leads the way offering the best service and best rates anywhere. Full service sites that go the extra mile literally with up to 90 feet in space for any sized RV.  Campark wants you to feel at home wherever you travel from, with a free WiFi connection across its grounds that offer great... [Read more...]

A Journey for a Wine Connoisseur

May 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A Journey for a Wine Connoisseur

My husband and I love wine – from California, Italy, France, Australia – you name it. Our budget couldn’t afford an out-of-country trip, so living just outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we had to find a local substitute. After doing some research, first at the liquor store (to find out where most of the Canadian wines are located) we realized some absolutely shocking statistics.  The Canadian Niagara Region offers over 80 wineries available for touring and wine tasting. In addition to many famous wineries that have one gold medals in wine tasting worldwide, some are even owned by a few famous names like Mike Weir, Dan Aykroyd and Wayne Gretzky. Accommodation options proved to be endless – there was something for everyone. Visit Niagara Falls tourism at www.niagarafallstourism.com to find options for campgrounds. For additional camping options, you can visit the Ontario Private Campgrounds Association website at (campgrounds.org ) for more camping options. Since we preferred to... [Read more...]

Making a Major Life Change After 50, Continued…

May 27, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Making a Major Life Change After 50, Continued…

Yes, we are finally about to embark on our cross country move from Wisconsin to Taos, NM. We recently accepted an offer on our Manitowoc home and hopefully it will close without a hitch in May 30th. But moving after 50 seems more complicated and difficult than it was at 20. Our home in Manitowoc Is it that I miss the memories of my children growing up here? Yes and no. I love all the memories of raising our children in that home, but realize they are precious memories, not the reality of what I am living now. I am ready to live in a location that gives me more of what I want to do. That place is Taos. It has a multitude of hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. Terry and I will be able to find a new hike to do every day of the week if we so desire. And we will be able to find a new singer, band or lecture to listen to or restaurant that appeals to us as often as we will be able to afford looking for them. And for those times we must stay home, we will always enjoy the KTAO Solar... [Read more...]

The Shrimp Shack in Anacortes

May 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the joys of traveling is finding small local eateries that serve fabulous food. One such example is the Shrimp Shack located near Deception Pass State Park in Washington. Located on the main road towards the State Park, it’s easy to find and has a steady following of loyal customers. Many of those customers are locals. Others hail from far and wide. Opened in 1973 by Dieter and Laurel Drews, the Shrimp Shack  is a small white building with two windows where you can order a variety of local seafood specialties such as whole cooked shrimp, oysters, and clam. The American flag flutters in the sea breeze, and a huge shrimp painted on the side of the building clearly indicates the specialty of the house.   There is no indoor dining, but it is easy to snag a spot at one of the picnic tables.  The owners strive to serve local products and the oysters in their enomously popular Oyster Burgers hail from a local grower.  The Shrimp Shack also offers top quality burgers made from... [Read more...]

Enjoy Platinum Golf at Niagara Parks

May 25, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Enjoy Platinum Golf at Niagara Parks

Three 18-hole championship courses, two 9-hole courses, a 45-acre 360-degree practice facility, a Teaching Academy and Ontario’s first accessible golf offering -  the Niagara Parks Golf Trail is situated along a the scenic Niagara Parkway, just minutes south of the mighty Niagara Falls. Avid golfers should plan to return in the shoulder seasons – spring and fall – when Niagara Parks offers special seasonal rates. Flexible discount Play & Stay Packages are available combining golf, lessons, cart rental, meals and accommodations. Book your round at www.niagaraparksgolf.com Legends on the Niagara – This breathtaking natural setting that was carved out of historic terrain is a one-of-a-kind golf complex. Part of Legends’ 1,000 acres is home to the preserved 1814 Chippawa Battlefield, located adjacent to its two unrivaled 18-hole championship courses – Ussher’s Creek and Battlefield – that have been ranked in the top 20 courses in Canada by The Globe & Mail.... [Read more...]

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