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Month: June 2012

Heading North to Alaska?

June 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Are you driving north to Alaska this summer? If so, be sure to consult the amazing North To Alaska resource. I used this resource when we drove the Alaska Highway about six years ago. I contacted the organization before we left Anchorage that August and everything they told me and gave me, including the map and a guidebook, was priceless. The publication and the online version are designed to help facilitate your journey and ignite your enthusiasm for the trip. Indeed, it did for us! While we were driving with our travel trailer and our three children in tow, I kept the map on my lap and made notes and markings as we passed various towns and sites. I still have that tattered map and indeed I cherish it! While doing research and formulating story ideas, I often pull it out for inspiration. So, before you leave, I recommend that you consult the online resource and explore various routes and points of interest at home. While doing that, be sure to order a hard copy of the material so you... [Read more...]

Experiencing Taos Plaza Live!

June 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Experiencing Taos Plaza Live!

Every summer when we would come to visit and camp in the vicinity of Taos, NM we eagerly looked forward to Thursday evenings. On that night, local merchants and KTAO, the world’s largest solar powered radio station, come together to sponsor a live performance by a (typically) local act, presented free to the public from 6 pm to 8 pm. Townspeople and tourists alike come together to enjoy the music, camaraderie and atmosphere of the Taos Plaza. Shops stay open a bit later; sponsors give away or sell various items, such as T-shirts, newspapers, and the like. A great time is had by all. Over the years, we have seen a number of New Mexico favorites at the plaza, including Kim and the Caballeros (a personal favorite), Michael Hearne of South by Southwest and Jimmy Stadler. All great acts that you would normally have to pay a cover charge to hear. I attended my first Taos Plaza Live! of this summer on June 7th. A very popular local band, The Monkey Feeders, was playing. They were a big hit! Though... [Read more...]

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center – 150th anniversary must-see!

June 19, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center – 150th anniversary must-see!

One of the most interesting places that we visited this past winter was actually an unplanned day excursion to a National Park that we weren’t even planning on hitting! Being a bit of Civil War buffs, we knew that while we were heading through Tennessee we would HAVE to visit Shiloh. Shiloh was one of the bloodiest battles of, and is now one of the most well-known battles of, the Civil War; we made a detour and fit in a day at Shiloh while we were heading through TN. Shiloh was a beautiful park, and we were content to tour the grounds, watch the film on the battle, complete the Jr. Ranger program, and peruse the museum, with Shiloh as our only destination for the day. However, while we were at Shiloh, and the kids were getting set up for the Jr. Ranger program, we got to talking with the rangers there and they asked if we were going to make the short jaunt down to visit the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. We hadn’t been planning on it; we figured that it would be a... [Read more...]

Remembering My Dad on Father’s Day

June 16, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Remembering My Dad on Father’s Day

This is the week the “regular” writers for the Woodall’s Family Camping Blog were asked by our editor to write about Father’s Day activities and remembrances.   This is my contribution to the topic for the week: He was born November 25, 1920, in Lynchburg, Virginia, the second child, and the first boy, to his parents.  He was named Luther Thornhill Agee, Jr. – the junior, of course, after his dad. He disliked the name “Luther” and as he grew older became known to his family and peers simply by his initials, L.T.  Later in life, he would become A.G. – most people did not consider using his last name in initial form as being too military or formal.  In fact, my Mom even addressed him as A.G. – which always struck people unfamiliar with his history as odd. Most all of his boyhood years were spent in Lynchburg with the exception of some trips back to the old family home in Glenmore, a community just outside of Buckingham, VA, where many of my ancestors... [Read more...]

Cottonwood Cove Marina and RV Park: Explore the Lake Mead NRA, Vegas and Hoover Dam/Boulder City

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Cottonwood Cove Marina and RV Park: Explore the Lake Mead NRA, Vegas and Hoover Dam/Boulder City

Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on the Nevada shoreline of beautiful Lake Mohave features a terrific RV Park. You’ll find 75 RV sites, each with 50/30amp, and access to an on-site Laundromat and shower/restroom facilities. And, you’re thinking, “So what’s the big deal about that?” Well, here’s the big deal. Cottonwood Cove Marina offers phenomenal recreational access to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and serves as your pivot point for exploring many of cultural and tourist attractions in Arizona and Nevada. Lake Mohave in of itself is a world to be discovered. Guests at the Cottonwood RV Park can rent a day boat at the Cottonwood Cove Marina and go waterskiing, fishing, or sightseeing up or down the Lake to discover beautiful clear water, private beaches and out of way hiking trails. You can also make your way up north to Willow Beach and through the Black Canyon of the Colorado River to see Hoover Dam and the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge from the water. You won’t... [Read more...]

Hey Dad…Can We Go Camping this Weekend?

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey Dad…Can We Go Camping this Weekend?

There’s something about camping, from tent, tent trailer, and pop-up camper to diesel pusher and luxury fifth wheel trailer that makes it more than the sum of its parts. Hey, Dad, let’s go camping…to Arches National Park, Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved You’re not just looking for a place to spend the night or weekend or to hide out from the rain—you’re buying into a lifestyle. It’s taking in the fresh air of the great outdoors. The RV lifestyle is about freedom, and it’s a complete 180-degree turn from the hectic pace of everyday life. When you arrive at your campsite it doesn’t matter if the Yankees lost a double header or the Cowboys were defeated in overtime. It’s is a relaxing pleasure to park in a beautiful location and go fishing, take a walk, or simply relax by the camp fire. Camping is a great way to get to know your family better and to meet new friends. Once you get away from all of those distractions at home, you have a great opportunity to really... [Read more...]

A Tribute to My Father

June 15, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

A Tribute to My Father

My father was a quiet man. He liked simple things that didn’t cost money—spending time in nature, looking at a sunset, walking in the woods in the evening. He had no schooling beyond high school and worked in a factory until he was 65, but it was from him I learned my connection and appreciation of all things wild. My father was not a camper. He grew up on a farm and worked hard all of his life. He had no desire to spend a night anywhere but his own bedroom. From him I learned of the peace and beauty of nature, and the sanctity and necessity of quiet times. He rarely spoke his mind; most often did not share his opinion, but when he did speak up, it was often with humor. On one occasion I recall, a boy I was dating in high school was attempting to impress my father with his knowledge of farming, in spite of the fact that he had lived in the city his entire life. He approached my dad and asked, “I’ve heard that when cows lay down in the fields, that means it is going to rain.” My... [Read more...]

Hey Dad…You Gotta See These RVs

June 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey Dad…You Gotta See These RVs

There’s never been a better time to take up the RV life. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a snowbird, or an RV full-timer, there’s an RV to suit any travel budget and taste. The Wothahellizat, a go-anywhere luxury 6X6 motorhome. (Source: gizmag.com) The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) recently reported that nearly 8 million American households have an RV—Class A motorhome, Class C motorhome, diesel pusher, travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, toy hauler, teardrop trailer, pop-up trailer, tent trailer, vintage trailer, truck camper, camper van, or bus conversion—and that there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts in the U.S. For assistance in your search for that perfect recreational vehicle for your family, here are five off-the-wall RVs to whet your appetite. Wothahellizat This off-road, knows-no-bounds, go anywhere, 6X6 luxury turbo diesel AWD motorhome with bite! The Wothahellizat is a vehicle that’s part condo and part off-roader with no compromises. Built... [Read more...]

RV Caravan Rallies in Niagara Falls, Canada – Campark Resorts Campground

June 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

RV Caravan Rallies in Niagara Falls, Canada – Campark Resorts Campground

Having the right amount of space for a large fleet of RVs for your yearly caravan meetings can be an issue.  Some campgrounds cannot offer enough full service sites or guarantee the sites in the same area.   There could be an issue with the extra large big rigs and getting them smoothly in the RV park and settled. Campark Resorts in Niagara Falls, Canada has been setting the stage to keep up with the growing industry with a new Big Rig section.  The 50 amp service area is dedicated to caravans’ meeting together in larger numbers for annual conventions or touring as a large group.  With more than 100 sites in the new Big Rig section almost 100 feet long you could fit two big rigs back to back in their pull throughs without a problem.  For added convenience there is a dedicated exit gate when checking out nearby that takes you back on your travels with plenty of space for turning. Many rigs can have issues with satellite service, trees in the way and even bad Wi-Fi signals.  Campark’s... [Read more...]

Field Trip in the 11th Century and Experience the Middle Ages

June 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Field Trip in the 11th Century and Experience the Middle Ages

Medieval Times has been part of our lives the last few years. Back in 2009, my husband and I went to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in Toronto and attended their evening show. We had so much fun that we immediately thought that the kids would enjoy it. So the next year, when we were visiting Toronto with the family, my husband brought the boys as a surprise. Our daughter was too young back then and we knew that one day we would bring her too! In May, we had to go to Toronto since my husband had a contract there. A whole month rving and homeschooling outside. It was different and we had a good time (apart for one cold rainy week!). But while there, I decided to approach various attractions and offer them to review it in exchange of free entrance for my family. One of these attractions was Medieval Times in Toronto. Sending such an email was new to me and I was excited when I got positive answers – including from the Medieval Times.  The kids didn’t know I was doing this so... [Read more...]

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