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Month: November 2012

Thanksgiving Traditions

November 9, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Thanksgiving Traditions

How do you spend your Thanksgiving weekend?  Camping in your RV, at the beach, in the mountains, or elsewhere?  Do you spend it with extended family or close friends? My family has some fantastic Thanksgiving traditions, including a 33-mile bike ride, a camp-out on the beach in the RV, basketball and chess tournaments, followed by a competitive race on the bike ride home (for another 33 miles). The weekend of fun begins on Thanksgiving Day when we meet up for a delicious turkey dinner, complete with tons of mouth-watering homemade side dishes.  My younger sister famously bakes these “Out-Of-This-World” Pecan and Pumpkin pies and we finish off the last hours of daylight with a basketball game at a nearby park, while the annual Chess Tournament takes us into the wee hours of the night.  The following morning, we get up early and take a brisk 33-mile bike ride, along the scenic Southern California coastline, to Carpinteria State Beach.  Those who choose not to ride,... [Read more...]

RVing and Higher Gas Prices

November 8, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

RVing and Higher Gas Prices

Do you dread filling up your RV?  How have the higher gas prices affected your RVing lifestyle? With gas prices on the constant rise across the country, RVers are faced with huge gas bills when it comes to going camping and  traveling in their RVs.  Especially affected are those who want to travel further distances, rather than just go to the more local RV parks. Every year my own grandparents look forward to coming from Washington State to Southern California to visit with their grand kids and now great grand kids.  In previous years, when gas prices weren’t so outrageous, they would come down in their RV and enjoy having their own private living space while here, hence extending their stay for an even longer period of time.  Now, with gas prices as they are, they are looking at paying a couple grand if they want to make that same trip.  Unfortunately, they can’t afford this more expensive travel, and therefore leave their RV at home and either fly or drive here in their... [Read more...]

Technology while RVing – iPad edition

November 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Technology while RVing – iPad edition

Since my husband gave me an iPad about two years ago, I have seen changes in how I pack for a trip. How so? Let’s just say that the iPad has saved us from arguing on what to bring with us (you know the never ending dilemma of being careful with the weight when you have a travel trailer…). Books The main issue before was the number of books I would bring with me. I will admit that I am a bookworm. I love reading and for me having a variety of books is essential when travelling. So I always brought a certain number of them. Well like it or not, books take some space and it adds up when you bring a certain number of them. So having an iPad has resolved this problem because now I can have large quantities of options to read without having to find a place for them in the RV or worrying about the weight. I have found some websites that announce the free books on a regular basis and I take advantage of these when they are available. My favorite places to check are Inspired Reads and Gospel... [Read more...]

Lose Now, Eat Later!

November 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lose Now, Eat Later!

Do your clothes fit too snugly lately?  Does it feel like you put on 5 pounds by the end of each and every year?  If so, it is time to start losing some of those extra pounds before this year’s “Holiday Eating” even begins. Pondering my schedule for the holidays this year, I couldn’t help but think of all the eating I am inevitably going to be doing.  Because I, like so many Americans, LOVE to eat!  Given the opportunity and availability of delicious food being set out before me (think holiday parties), I tend to overeat.  So by the time I am ringing in the New Year, I am a good 5-10 pounds heavier than I was when wearing my Halloween costume. If you, like me, are not looking forward to the inevitable holiday weight gain, join me in my new found personal weight-loss challenge.  My goal this year is to do what I can to curb my appetite and exercise in the few weeks I have left before Thanksgiving.  Since we all know, there is no dieting during Thanksgiving dinner. ... [Read more...]

I Have an App for That!

November 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I Have an App for That!

Technology has morphed our lives in such powerful ways, it is impossible to ignore.  There are those who try, like my Grandma, who refuses to learn how to use a computer.  But more than likely, we have all become more dependent, in one way or another, on the various types of technology that has made its way into our daily lives.  It is easy to see why, with the entourage of handy devices available, like cell phones, that help us keep in contact with each other at all times and GPS for getting us to our destination without too many wrong turns. There are also the various apps that we can put on our handy mobile devices that just make life so much easier at times.  My personal favorites are the free ones that make my life easier in so many different ways.  For example, when planning a camping trip, I use the Woodall’s app that makes searching for an RV park that works for me, a piece of cake.  It has awesome features, such as searching through the long lists of RV Parks for just those... [Read more...]

Still More Reasons to Love Texas Food

November 5, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Still More Reasons to Love Texas Food

Texans take their food as seriously as they do their football. Many Winter Texans and other visitors to the Lone Star State have the good sense to agree with them—that Texan food is that of the gods. 1. City Market Barbecue fans head to downtown Luling to satisfy their craving for City Market’s succulent brisket, hot links, and pork ribs. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved One of the great joys of RVing is visiting new places and making interesting discoveries.  Another is just the opposite—revisiting those places that demand a closer look. Sometimes that second chance leads to a third—and a fourth. City Market in Luling, is such a place. The meat-market-turned-barbecue-restaurant started in 1958, and over the years has become a barbecue icon. This is the arguably the best barbeque in all of Texas which helps explain why Luling is perennially included on our Texas itinerary. 2. Lockhart: Barbecue Capital of Texas A short hop, skip, a jump from Luling is Lockhart, the Barbecue Capital... [Read more...]

Scuba-Certified in One Weekend?!

November 4, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Scuba-Certified in One Weekend?!

Have you ever felt the jaw-dropping sensation of fear and excitement at the same time?  Ever dream of what it would feel like to swim with sharks?  If you are one of those people who is always up for a new adventure, try getting your Scuba Diving Certification!  It is something that you can do over a period of time or you may opt to clump the classes and dive into one thrilling, action-packed weekend and just go for it!  I, of course, chose the latter option. For my husband’s birthday, I decided to surprise him with a weekend away for the two of us to get scuba-certified together (something we have both always talked about doing one day).  I found a great deal online (http://www.yelp.com/biz/badass-diving-rancho-cucamonga) and was able to get private lessons with a skilled PADI Scuba Dive Master for us.  Just a short, picturesque drive away from one the best dive spots in California is the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina, where you can park your RV at one of their premier... [Read more...]

FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET

November 4, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET

Free High Speed Wireless Internet. As Nancy and I have recently gathered around community campfires at a number of RV parks, this is often brought up as a highly desired feature sought after by RV’ers visiting destination RV parks and campgrounds. In our continually expanding connectivity market Internet service is, in many cases, relatively easy for campground owners to install and offer as yet another amenity. But the question remaining is; just how much are all of us willing to pay for this free high speed internet? “What”, you might ask, “is this guy talking about – he just said free high speed Internet? Yea – it is free, just like a campground swimming pool, clean and modern bath houses, playgrounds, concrete patios, cable TV and on and on……. Sorry guys – it isn’t really free.  ALL of us pay for those swimming pools and ceramic tile bath houses whether we use them or not.  We have stayed at more RV parks than I can remember – and NONE has ever offered us... [Read more...]

Fabulous Fall Camping Activities–Part 1

November 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fabulous Fall Camping Activities–Part 1

That time of year when the weather cools and the leaves start to change colors can provide some of the best camping of the year. Fall camping can be some of the most beautiful and comfortable due to these changes. Many communities have terrific activities planned for fall, due to a decline in tourist travel as the children head back to school. This can only add to the fun that is possible at this time of year. This fall, we took the opportunity to attend two small communities’ versions of Oktoberfest, one in September, the other in October. While both had polka bands, they were actually quite different, both in terms of the mood presented and the activities available for participants. We thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. The Taos Ski Valley in northern New Mexico was our first Oktoberfest experience of the year.  They had had the wisdom to combine their festivities with a 10K run up a ski hill (in which we did NOT participate) with the food and polka festivities of the typical German... [Read more...]

Voting: Easy as Pie?

November 3, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Voting: Easy as Pie?

Voting While on the Move Full-time RVers face unique challenges when it comes to voting, whether on the city, state, or national level.  While not being “homeless” in the “hopelessly broke” sense of the word, many are consistently on the move and indeed lack a permanent home address.  This causes unforeseen headaches for them that the typical homeowners and other residents with a permanent home address, do not face.  With the numerous issues, such as not being able to vote for certain officers, such as mayor in a given city; there are also perks, like not having to pay certain city taxes.  While the perks may or may not outweigh the detriments, some full-time RVers have found it worthwhile to use a mail forwarding company that provides them with a legal street address.  Since the laws vary from state to state, there are still others who have been told that using the address of a mail forwarding company will not work and is indeed not a legal address for their voter registration. Caught... [Read more...]

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