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Month: October 2013

A Glimpse of the Past

October 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A Glimpse of the Past

If you’re anything like me and my family, when the weather cools, kids and teachers are back in school and football is again the sport of choice, your thoughts turn to settling in for winter and making plans for places you want to visit during the next camping season. My next few posts will give you some ideas of some terrific places to put on your agenda for next year. On September 29th, Terry and I attended the 26th Annual Old Taos Trade Fair. Typically held the last weekend in September each year, the Fair is held at the La Hacienda de los Martinez, a landmark in its own right. Worth a visit any time of the year, and soon the subject of its own post, the Hacienda plays host during the trade fair to many groups of interesting participants. There is a Mountain Men encampment, complete with tents, tools and authentic items that illustrate the difficult conditions these men endured. They stay in their encampment throughout the weekend, in nearly every way living the lives of the mountain... [Read more...]

Yacht-Inspired Caravisio—The RV of the Future

October 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Yacht-Inspired Caravisio—The RV of the Future

Citing declining registration numbers for caravans in Europe, German manufacturer Knaus Tabbert GmbH decided to rethink camper design by initiating the “Caravisio-The Caravan of the Future” project as an approach to the problem and to provoke thought. Yacht-Inspired Caravisio—The RV of the Future (image courtesy of Knaus Tabbert) The Caravisio reflects a collective vision of what may be technologically possible in the future. Based on both a futuristic and innovative vision of the manufacturer, an expert group of industry-established and external suppliers and designers was established with the objective to develop the caravan of the future. Development work lasted almost two years, from the first sketch to the completely designed and assembled caravan. More than just a single manufacturer’s idea, the Caravisio represents collaboration between more than 20 different companies and industry experts. Like the classic Bowlus Road Chief and Airstream Land Yacht, the Caravisio... [Read more...]

Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT…

October 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT…

A few weeks ago, our Tribe ventured in to Billings, MT to check out the Western Heritage Center.  Located in the old Billings Library, the building has some beautiful architecture.  The YWHC features local history, including the founding and subsequent boom of Billings. Since we were on a family outing, I was delighted to find the museum was geared towards children and adults alike.  The receptionist that met us was very cheerful and friendly.  She interacted with the kids and told them about all the different things there was for them to do. Ranching is ‘how the West was Won’, including right here in Billings.  A western theme prevails through much of the museum.  Just to the right of the entrance, there is a room dedicated to the history of weddings in the area.  There is a log cabin in this room that is full of fun things for kids to play with: old school desks complete with McGuffy Readers, tons of dress-up clothes, an old cook stove with tea kettle and other cooking... [Read more...]

A Golden Hike

October 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A Golden Hike

On a recent crisp fall Saturday Terry and I decided to hike up in Angel Fire, NM among the golden aspens. We were not disappointed. With a starting temperature of 37 degrees, the day remained cool, but the plentiful sunshine warmed and delighted us at the same time. Starting out at the Elliott Barker Trailhead, near Angel Fire, we followed the trail as it paralleled highway 64, then hiked up and into the forest of aspens surrounding us. Up and up we went, at each turn being treated to a view of the town of Angel Fire and the ski runs across the way. We followed a rocky, gravelly road for several miles, and then came upon a beautiful mountain meadow. The trail meandered through and around the meadow for a time, before entering the forest again. A sun-filled aspen meadow Once in the forest, we again began to climb. We ascended for about another mile until we eventually reached the top of the ridge and began to descend. We were hopeful of finding Apache Pass, a landmark that the signage had... [Read more...]

2014 Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show Dates Announced

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show Dates Announced

Every January something happens that is hard to believe, unless you have seen it! According to the Arizona Highway Department, as many as 750,000 to 1,000,000 people, mostly in recreational vehicles, converge on the sleepy little desert town of Quartzsite, located just 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10, for the rock, gem, and mineral shows, plus numerous flea markets and the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show. “If you’re looking for anything related to RVs, you’ll find it at the RV show in Quartzsite,” says Kenny King, show promoter. There will be several hundred new and used RVs on display in 2014 and over a dozen service bays will be offering immediate installation, repairs, and service on many of the items that will be exhibited at the show. This phenomenon started over 30 years ago and is now billed as “The Largest Gathering Of RVers in the World”. The inaugural Quartzsite RV Show opened January 28, 1984 at the corner of Highway 95 (now... [Read more...]

Florida Theme Parks App

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Florida Theme Parks App

As I mentioned a couple of post ago, my husband and I are slowly planning a possible trip to Florida in 2014.  If things continue to go as they are going right now, our dream to bring the kids to Florida will become a reality. So during the winter season – since our RV is hibernating – I will try to write about planning a trip with kids, how to be organized, apps that could be useful and so on.  To be honest, I am very excited about this possibility and look forward to see if we can bring the kids to Disney and other theme parks.   A week ago, I have downloaded the Florida Theme Parks app to check it out.   The app was presented as though it contained numerous theme parks maps.  However, on iTunes I quickly saw that it a note dated June 5th, 2012 was mentioning that some maps were outdated and a new release would come out.    This note should be removed because if you check out the What’s New in Version 1.5 which was uploaded on June 25th, 2012, you will see that all maps... [Read more...]

Top Green RV Parks Press Release

October 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Top Green RV Parks Press Release

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...]

Y’all Come! To The Big Barn Dance!

October 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Y’all Come! To The Big Barn Dance!

Getting ready for the dancers… Every year, the first September weekend after Labor Day means something special to  fans of country music: The Big Barn Dance! For the past 11 years, Michael Hearne, musician and recording artist, organizes a musical extravaganza in northern New Mexico with fifty or so of his closest friends. This past weekend, September 5, 6 and 7th, was no exception. The event started off on Thursday with a lineup of eleven groups or musicians, including Thom Shepherd, Susan Gibson, Taos’ own favorite son and rising star, Max Gomez and Hearne’s South by Southwest. Performances started at 2 pm and continued until midnight. Day Two brought a series of 14 different entertainers, including Bob Livingston who wrote many songs for Jerry Jeff Walker over the years in addition to playing guitar on his albums, Chuck Cannon and the Zane Williams Band. I’m told performances continued until well past midnight. Terry and I attended the Barn Dance for the first time on September... [Read more...]

Working Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Lives

October 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Working Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Lives

In an earlier post I reported that five people died in their sleep from carbon monoxide poisoning inside a rented camper at a bike rally in Clarksville, Tennessee. Investigators said the victims appeared to have been overcome by carbon monoxide fumes that leaked into the camper from a generator. The RV’s carbon monoxide detector, which could have prevented the deaths, was found to have no batteries. I further reported on a bill that required working carbon monoxide detectors in leased recreational vehicles in Tennessee. The bill also holds RV rental companies responsible if they fail to document and test the CO detectors in their leased vehicles. It is important to note that this law only applies to rentals. It is still imperative that personal RV owners stay diligent in testing and changing the batteries of the carbon monoxide detectors in their own recreational vehicles. Carbon monoxide (CO), often called “the silent killer,” is an odorless, colorless gas that is toxic and the... [Read more...]

A new twist to board games

October 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A new twist to board games

Board games is a fabulous way to occupy down times and rainy days.  But we find that when you are traveling you need to think about what you pack in order to have place for all that you need.  And with six people in the family it’s sometimes a tricky thing to do.   Back in the day when I was younger and go camping with my parents, a board game or two would be brought as well as books to read. Fast Forward thirty-five years or so and you suddenly have a tablets that can contains numerous games and eBooks for your travels.    Now please keep in mind that in this blog post I will not be talking about electronic games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope or Fruit Ninja.  No I am seriously talking about board games like the ones I used to grow up with – Monopoly, Scrabbles, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Risk, Battleship, Boggle as well as more recent ones like Pandemic and Wits & Wagers. For the purpose of this blog post, I am concentrating on board game apps that can be found on iTunes... [Read more...]

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