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Month: July 2012

Tips for Dealing with Tsunami Debris

July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If, like me, you love to walk the  shores of the Pacific Ocean in order to hunt for treasures such as shells, seaweed and driftwood, then you might read this information regarding the wave of tsunami debris that is heading our way and landing on our beaches. Recently, our coastal beaches have experienced an increase in marine debris resulting from the devastating March 11, 2011 Japanese tsunami. I haven’t stumbled upon any myself this summer, but if you plan to head to West Coast beaches, then you should probably be aware of this resource, offering tips, hotlines, and instructions. While researching this blog post, I discovered that a Japanese boat washed up at Cape Disappointment State Park in June. I wasn’t aware of this,  but  I found it interesting. Here is the official information on how the boat was handled by state and federal agencies. Officials apparently found the boat owner in Japan, but he isn’t interested in gettting the boat back and is okay with it... [Read more...]

Where are the Seat Belts in My RV?

July 30, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Where are the Seat Belts in My RV?

We all know that one of the neat things about an RV is the freedom of movement while driving. Your passengers can switch rooms or more ambitiously, raid the cupboards for food. I somehow neglected to realize that my children wouldn’t absolutely love this feature, too. With laws for children the way they are, kids are locked down in safety seats for the first 5 to 8 years of their life. Each time we drive we check each connection like a safety engineer checks an astronaut before lift off. A motorhome has the complete opposite effect. It’s like a gigantic moving jungle gym. There are chairs, tables and beds to climb on. There are cupboards to dangerously explore. Then there is that over the cab bed. You have to climb up just to reach it. My kids love this freedom, which scares me to death. I’m just waiting for one of them to fly out of the emergency exit window or open the side door while we are on the freeway. We lectured them on the last trip to stay on the back bed. That worked until... [Read more...]

Summer 2012 – A New Life For Our Family

July 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer 2012 – A New Life For Our Family

Okay I will admit it – I am a bit quiet this year.  But when I tell you why this is the case, I think that you will understand that I have quite a bit on my shoulders since May. The situation In May my husband had a contract with a company in the area of Whitchurch-Stouffville in Ontario.  Being homeschoolers, we packed the RV and drove as a family for a full month in that area.   What we didn’t know then – though we knew it was a possibility – it that my husband would get a full time employment offer. It happened! At the end of the contract, we knew that with a couple of weeks he would get an offer.   Within two weeks of being back home, we got it and seeing that the contracting world hasn’t been quite the same in the past three years we decided to take a step of faith and follow this opening. The results So back in June, we did some painting/repairs in our home and packed like crazy.   I had a trip schedule in early July to attend a Leadership Training for a ministry... [Read more...]

The Magic of Ledoux Street

July 29, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The Magic of Ledoux Street

Tucked away in a tiny corner of Taos, NM is Ledoux Street.  This quaint and beautiful street, named after Paul Ledoux, one of the first French trappers to settle in Taos in the 1800’s, contains magic that is difficult to find in this day and age. Reminiscent of days gone by, the shops and galleries lining Ledoux Street are contained in some of the oldest buildings in the town; adobe structures that housed some of the earliest residents of Taos. These buildings are lovingly preserved and meticulously cared for. Landscaping is some of the best and most attractive around, replete with roses of all hues and brilliant black-eyed susans and Taos’ characteristic Russian sage. The town of Taos is centered around a plaza in typical Spanish tradition. However, the Taos  Plaza has moved three times in the past. Ledoux Street was the second location of the Taos Plaza and is located just one block off the current plaza.  It is a very charming street that boasts high quality museums, galleries... [Read more...]

Lewis & Clark Caverns, Three Forks, MT…

July 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lewis & Clark Caverns, Three Forks, MT…

So often I find that my family takes our home state for granted. While we love to explore new places all across the country, we still have so much to discover right here in Montana. We’ve decided that, while we are ‘back home’ for the summer, we need to keep up our exploring; just here close to home. One thing that we have discovered tho, is that if we don’t set a specific time or date aside, the time goes by and we never get around to exploring around here. So, our family decided to set each Monday aside and visit someplace that is either new to us or that we haven’t visited in years. The Lewis and Clark Caverns Montana State Park was a destination that we haven’t visited in years – in fact, none of our kids, who are ages 22 and under, and ever been there. My husband and I had each been there, but not since grade school (and a lot had changed since then!). The Lewis and Clark Caverns are located approximately 20 miles west of Three Forks, MT, and... [Read more...]

Lightning: What You Need to Know

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lightning: What You Need to Know

Before heading out in your recreational vehicle, ensure you have a plan and know what to do if you encounter severe weather. Know what actions to take to protect yourself, family, pets, and property against severe weather. (Source: NOAA) Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena— lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning can strike year round. Lightning is fascinating to watch but also extremely dangerous. Understanding the dangers of lightning is important so that you can get to a safe place when thunderstorms threaten. If you hear thunder—even a distant rumble or a crackling aloft—you are already in danger of becoming a lightning victim. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), 1,800 thunderstorms occur at any moment around the world. That’s 16 million each year! In the United States, there are about 25 million lightning flashes every year. Each of those 25 million flashes is a potential killer. While lightning fatalities... [Read more...]

Lewis and Clark Historical Trail Interpretive Center, Great Falls, MT…

July 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lewis and Clark Historical Trail Interpretive Center, Great Falls, MT…

One of the really great things about summering in our hometown of Helena, MT, is the fabulous nearby destinations. Helena is centrally located between the cities of Great Falls, Missoula, Butte, and Bozeman, MT. We are enjoying spending our summer as camp hosts on a lake in the Helena valley (be nice to your camp hosts – you would NOT believe some of the stuff they have to deal with!), yet we quickly found out that if we don’t leave the park on our days off, we end up working those days. So, for the past couple of weeks we have been taking our Mondays and going on field trips to nearby tourist destinations that we haven’t been to in years! This past Monday, we took a little road trip to Great Falls, which is 90 miles north of Helena. Great Falls has some really great places to stop and visit, and this trip we decided to tour one of our favorite museums – the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. The LCIC is unique in that it is managed by the... [Read more...]

Put Tab A Into Slot B…

July 25, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Do you know how, after doing something thousands of time, it becomes second nature and you can do it without really thinking about it? Well, that’s kind of what this story is about, except in reverse. Let me explain: After a 300 mile drive, my tired wife and I pulled into a service station for another all-too often refill of our gas tank. My wife usually does this, since she uses the stop as an opportunity to visit the station’s restroom. As she walked around the back of our SUV, I pulled up on the gas tank door release lever. I watched in my rear view mirror as she swiped the credit card and lifted the nozzle from the pump, while turning toward the car and inserting the nozzle in the tank. As I watched, she then pulled the nozzle out of the tank, looked at it for a moment, and then reinserted it again. After another moment, she removed the nozzle and turned back toward the pump. She seemed to be staring at it as if something was wrong. “What’s wrong?” I called... [Read more...]

How to Survive a Dust Storm

July 22, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

How to Survive a Dust Storm

Dust storms that turn day into night are a hazard to drivers. A massive dust storm descended on the Phoenix area on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, drastically reducing visibility and delaying flights as strong winds toppled trees and caused power outages for thousands of residents in the city. (Source: disastersurvivaltools.com) Dust storms can occur with little warning reducing visibility to near zero in seconds. Dust Storms are among nature’s most violent and unpredictable phenomena. High winds lift dirt particles or, in the case of sandstorms, sand, into the air, unleashing a turbulent, suffocating cloud of particulates and reducing visibility to almost nothing in a matter of seconds. Nearly all dust storms are capable of causing property damage, injuries, and deaths, and they can occur in any arid or semi-arid climate. No matter where you live, it’s a good idea to know what to do if you see a wall of sand racing toward you. Heed Dust Storm Warnings Dust storms are most likely to... [Read more...]

Rent a Tent in Homer, Alaska!

July 22, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

  Rent a Tent in Homer, Alaska I spontaneously rented a car in Homer, Alaska last week. I hadn’t initially planned on renting a Forest Green Subaru while there, but when my plans abruptly shifted, I did, too. Hence, my husband called Adventure Alaska Car Rentals, a small family-owned and operated car rental company. Within an hour, Tammy was delivering a car to me at The Driftwood Inn. When I went to the car rental office to sign off on paperwork, I noticed some really cool Tepui tents in front of their shop. Army green and available for rent , these tents are far from ordinary because they attach to the roof of the car and elevate the camper off the damp bumpy ground! They are apparently quite popular and are easy to set up. You can rent them to attach to your car or you can rent a car and a tent together. Personally, I think they make a much more affordable alternative to renting a car and paying for a hotel. (Car rentals in remote parts of Alaska run about $95 a day and... [Read more...]

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