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Our Camper Saved the Day!

December 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Our Camper Saved the Day!

As many of you know, during the past year we moved our home and family across the country from Wisconsin to New Mexico. For the most part the move went smoothly, but due to this major disruption in the stability of our lives, we did not have the time or energy to plan and take our typical two-three week camping vacation this summer, but reconciled ourselves to day trips. When Terry finally joined me in New Mexico in July, after hauling the last of our things across the country in the camper, we parked our Trail Lite in its new home near our house and, for the most part, forgot about it for the rest of the summer and fall. However, last weekend, it became a crucial part of our existence. When we bought our home in New Mexico, it was about six years old. Built in 2004, the home came with appliances, all Amana, which the previous owner had purchased as she was moving into her new abode, so all are still less than ten years old. Last Saturday evening Terry and I went to bed about 10 pm as usual,... [Read more...]

Some Days Are Diamond: Florida Man Finds 1.95 ct. Brown Diamond

December 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some Days Are Diamond: Florida Man Finds 1.95 ct. Brown Diamond

The second-largest diamond found so far this year at Crater of Diamonds State Park was certified on the afternoon of November 28. Doug Lay holds his newly found 1.95-carat dark brown diamond. (Credit: Crater of Diamonds State Park) The 1.95-carat dark brown gem is about the size of an English pea, with a round shape and a pitted surface. 40-year-old Doug Lay, a certified nursing assistant from Hernando, Florida, discovered the coffee-colored gem around 1:00 p.m. while wet sifting in the East Drain, a trench along the east side of the park’s 37 ½-acre diamond search area. Lay is no stranger to diamond finds; he has found more than 30 over the past four years, but this is his largest find yet! Lay first learned about Crater of Diamonds State Park from his father, one of the park’s longtime diamond miners. “Dad’s been coming to the Crater of Diamonds off and on for about 17 years. Whenever I’m on vacation, I like coming to Arkansas to spend time with him, and we enjoy searching... [Read more...]

National Parks – A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks

December 7, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

National Parks – A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks

National Parks – A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks By Erin McHugh Published at Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers About the book “During National Parks Week, we reaffirm our need to maintain connections to the natural world.” —President Barack Obama President Obama has shared his views that it’s important for all of our country’s citizens to acknowledge the value of the natural world around us. National Parks helps families explore that world—the diversity, beauty, and history found in our national park system. Arranged alphabetically by state, this fun-filled book tours more than 75 U.S. parks, monuments, and landmarks, from the rocky shores of Maine’s Acadia National Park to the ancient redwood groves of Northern California. Also included is a removable, fold-out collector map to house the 56 America the Beautiful commemorative quarters! Through fascinating text and hundreds of vintage-style illustrations and photographs, ranging from digitally... [Read more...]

Cyber Monday Shopping

December 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I have a confession.  I went shopping on Cyber Monday…for just us!  Oh, I did get some gifts for the grandkids but mainly got things for us. That Monday was spent reading all the emails that were advertising Cyber Monday. I am NOT a Black Friday shopper. Not even a Grey Thursday shopper. Quite frankly, I didn’t even know there was a Grey Thursday until last week! However, I’ve always done most of my shopping online so the Cyber Monday emails caught my eye. The other advantage of shopping online is that your purchases are delivered to your door or, in my case, my daughter’s door since we are fulltimers. Side Note: I’ve done all my shopping online for the past several years for many reasons. It doesn’t matter if the weather is bad, I can shop in my jammies and my schlep-around slippers. With online shopping I’m treated nicely. No rude people. No crabby, tired sales people and no carts slamming into the back of me. And, I don’t buy unless I know I’m getting... [Read more...]

Fall and Winter Warning about Blacklegged Ticks

December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fall and Winter Warning about Blacklegged Ticks

An earlier post, Top 10 things RVers Should Know about Ticks, stressed the fact that ticks can be active even in the winter. That’s right! Adult stage blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) become active every year after the first frost. They’re not killed by freezing temperatures, and while other ticks enter a feeding diapause as day-lengths get shorter, deer ticks will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen. This surprises people, especially during a January thaw or early spring day. Remember this fact and hopefully you’ll never be caught off-guard. Campers, hikers, and hunters should take special precautions in the woods during fall and winter to avoid this winter-resilient tick that transmits Lyme disease, according the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “We are trying to make the hunters aware that there are ticks in some of these areas and asking them to check their deer,” said Lindsay Rist, wildlife communication... [Read more...]

Top Holiday Campgrounds & RV Parks

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top Holiday  RV Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory For some RV parks, the Holidays mean more than just stringing up decorative lights and hanging ornaments on trees. A few special parks go the extra mile for guests, throwing fun-filled Holiday parties, organizing festive pageants and conducting gift exchanges to herald the season. To help recreational vehicle enthusiasts find the jolliest places to see in the season, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the Top Holiday RV Parks. With RV parks from across North America, the list is tailored for travelers seeking campgrounds that provide a festive holiday setting for campers seeking seasonal cheer. The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s top Holiday RV Parks are: Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort,... [Read more...]

Top Extended Stay Campgrounds & RV Parks

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top Extended Stay RV Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory The RV lifestyle comes with the flexibility to pick up and go on a whim. The other side of the coin is the freedom to stay put for weeks or even months at a time in a favorite RV park. Some of these long-term guests are snowbirds sitting out the winter in a Sunbelt park. Others stay for long periods because they like the park’s amenities or surrounding area. To help recreational vehicle enthusiasts find parks that welcome guests for long stays, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the top Extended Stay RV Parks. With RV parks from across North America, the list is tailored for travelers seeking campgrounds that provide the amenities and social activities that keep guests comfortable... [Read more...]

Top Green Campgrounds & RV Parks

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top Green RV Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Despite the stereotype of RVs as gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing behemoths, RVing is actually an environmentally friendly way to travel. RV trips require drastically less fuel than air travel, and RV parks use far fewer resources than hotels or resorts. Some RV parks have upped the green ante by adopting earth-friendly practices ranging from recycling policies to solar panels, energy-efficient lighting and environmentally sound landscaping. To help recreational vehicle enthusiasts find RV parks that follow environmentally friendly practices, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the top Green RV Parks. Boasting RV parks from across North America, the list is tailored for RV travelers seeking... [Read more...]

Top Campgrounds & RV Parks for Fishing Enthusiasts

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top RV Parks for Fishing Enthusiasts Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory From angling in a secluded stream to dropping a line from a boat on a well-stocked lake, fishing is a big part of the RV experience. Indeed, almost half of RVers cast lines when they go on their RV travels, according to a recent study by PKF Consulting. These sporting enthusiasts range from seasoned anglers with fully loaded tackle boxes to folks who rent their rods for a day. To help recreational vehicle enthusiasts find the best fishing spots, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the top RV Parks for anglers. Boasting parks from across North America, the list is tailored for RV travelers seeking campgrounds with fishing on the property or located within a short distance... [Read more...]

Top RV Parks for Golfers

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top RV Parks for Golfers Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory More and more RVers are adding golf clubs to their list of “must bring” items. Since 1980, the number of golfers in the United States has grown by 50 percent, with more than 30 million enthusiasts hitting the links. Many of these golfers travel the country in RVs, often mapping out their vacations around prime golf destinations. To help recreational vehicle enthusiasts find the best fairways and greens, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the top RV Parks for golfers. Boasting RV parks from across North America, the list is tailored for RV travelers seeking campgrounds that feature golf courses on their property or are located near world-class golf courses. The Good Sam RV... [Read more...]

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