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Month: November 2013

Keeping the life in your battery

November 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Keeping the life in your battery

If you are an RV owner and live in the northern part of North America, you know that you need to remove your battery from your RV when you are shutting it down for the winter. If you didn’t know – well you know now… Since we had the RV we usually brought the battery home and stored it in our basement. But during the past summer, my husband got some marvelous tips from a support employee for the genius chargers. We had chargers before but we never really got some “education” on how to deal with RV batteries and such during the winter time. So after we purchased a G7200 NOCO charger during the summer (after the previous two chargers failed us in a short period of time), my husband called to ask a question and got great information from the person on the other side of the line. The G7200 is a fully automatic switch-mode battery charger and maintainer. It restores batteries to their original capacity, recovers slightly sulfated batteries, charges batteries in cold climates, rescues... [Read more...]

Our favorite Travel-Friendly gift ideas…

November 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Our favorite Travel-Friendly gift ideas…

Being a travel savvy family, we wanted to share our favorite travel-friendly finds that fit in with our on-the-move lifestyle.  Here we’re sharing some of our favorite travel-friendly products that would make great gifts, whether you live in a stationary house or one that moves about… FOR KIDS: Magformers: These fun, educational, colorful building toys are super for all ages!  These construction toys are unique; they are very powerful magnets that are encased in brightly colored, durable plastic.  Magformers come in 14 geometric shapes in 9 bright colors.  There are 65 different components available, which range from simple shapes to remote controlled wheel sets.  Magformers have won several awards for their ingenuity and are great for free play. Magformers are super for both in the house, and on the road; the pieces stick together so they don’t take up much space and don’t get lost under the seat.  They are durable, and you can use them anywhwhere;... [Read more...]

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks for Our RV Lifestyle

November 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks for Our RV Lifestyle

Many will be on the road traveling today and throughout this Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving is the biggest travel weekend in America, and RVers are out in force, back on the road, crossing the country in their RVs to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. And many Snowbirds are traveling south to their favorite Sunbelt roost to avoid the rigors of another northern winter. I have so much to be thankful for! I give thanks to my partner—my wife Dania, my co-pilot—and our family and friends. With a lifelong love of travel, a condo-on-wheels has always been our destiny. Yes, we’re living our dream! We’ve wintered in Southern California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Alabama. Our RV travels have taken us to over 40 states and four western provinces. I am thankful as Canadian Snowbirds that we have the opportunity of celebrating Thanksgiving in October (Canadian Thanksgiving) and again in November. Thanksgiving offers the opportunity to reflect on life, liberty, and the pursuit... [Read more...]

On Giving Thanks…

November 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On Giving Thanks…

As is typical for me, and I assume most people this time of year, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I started thinking about all of the things I have to be thankful for. Research has shown that if we regularly become aware of and express our gratitude for all that we have, we tend to be happier and more contented people. Thus this is a good practice to engage in more than just once a year. Also, while my list changes slightly every year, there are some staples that I remain thankful for every time they are in my thoughts. Kate and Meghan, with my grandpuppy Maddie in the background The most obvious of these are my children. Each a wonderful human being in their own right, I am humbled that I have had but a small part of bringing these beautiful people into this world. Kate is extremely bright, but also a warm human being who can make me laugh in an instant. Ryan, also incredibly bright, is our adventurer; always game for a new hike, camping trip or mountain climb. He pushes us... [Read more...]

Put Your Passion on Your Plate

November 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Put Your Passion on Your Plate

When Hank Williams wrote Jambalaya in 1952, he captured the essence of the Cajun self-proclaimed passion for good food and good friends. Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinsville explores the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples along the famed Bayou Teche. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The Acadians who settled in the bayous and swamps of Southern Louisiana developed a unique and authentic cooking style. Louisiana has an appetite for food, music, and fun that is best summed up in the Cajun phrase laissez les bons temps rouler—let the good times roll. Based on a survey of 1.3 million people across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Louisiana as the nation’s happiest state. Many reasons likely led to this distinction, but I’m certain that the Bayou State’s incredible cuisine played a major role. Bite into boudin and see if a smile doesn’t break out. Here, you don’t just eat. You dine with gusto. Cajun Country Cajun... [Read more...]

Petroglyphs of Chaco Canyon

November 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Petroglyphs of Chaco Canyon

My two previous posts have discussed our August, 2013 visit to Chaco Canyon, a World Heritage Site in northern New Mexico. This post will discuss some of the images these ancient ancestors of modern Pueblo, Navajo and Hope peoples left behind on the walls and rocks of this ancient village in an attempt to communicate with each other. The spiral, a common petroglyph drawing A self guided trail from Pueblo Bonito to Chetro Ketl, two previously discussed Great Houses in the Chaco Canyon settlement, takes visitors past some of the more unique and impressive petroglyphs. Most likely intended as visual communications to symbolize clans, record important events during migrations and act as memory aids for recalling stories and ceremonies, petroglyphs  memorialize clan migrations for descendants of the canyon peoples. Rock images can give us great insight into the lives and culture of ancient peoples and tell us about their homes, tools, foods and other tangible possessions. Even though the meanings... [Read more...]

Top Parks for November 2013

November 23, 2013 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 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has just released its list of the Top Extended Stay RV Parks in North America. Compiled by the guide’s editors and consultants, the list is tailored for travelers seeking RV resorts that provide amenities and social activities for vacations stays in some of North America’ most popular regions. The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s top Extended Stay RV parks are: Mesa Regal RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona Sun Vista RV Resort, Yuma, Arizona Val Vista Village RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona Valle Del Oro RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona Indian Wells Carefree RV Resorts, Indio, California La Pacifica RV Resort, San Diego, California Mad River Rapids RV Park, Arcata, California Palms River Resort, Needles, California Santa... [Read more...]

DK Eyewitness Travel Florida

November 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

DK Eyewitness Travel Florida

Florida – a destination for numerous snow birds (i.e. Canadians) during the winter time. For us the name represent a dream – bringing our kids for an extended field trip experience in Orlando. But Florida is much more than just Orlando and Theme Parks. It’s a state to discover and to experience. I wish we could stay for six months when we are there because there is so much I would like to do. But we have to be realistic and one month is more in our budget. But what can you visit while in Florida. Well to get a better idea of the things to do, the places to stay, and the restaurants to visit, I decided to check out the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florida. This book will highlight all the fun places to visit and much more. The book is divided in four sections – each of them dedicated to a specific aspect of Florida. Introducing Florida: Discovering Florida, Putting Florida on the Map, A Portrait of Florida, Florida through the year, The History of Florida. Miami Area by Area: Downtown... [Read more...]

Snowbird Destinations—Escaping to the Sunbelt

November 19, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Check out the following snowbird tips and info from our Snowbird Destinations newsletter, delivered every month to your inbox. Get advice on everything from social activities to side trips, and use this information to get a great start for that long-term trip to the Sunbelt. Keep an eye on your inbox for future editions of Snowbird Destinations. Get to know Your Roost Don’t settle into a snowbird destination without exploring the area’s history, attractions and recreation opportunities. Check out national, state, county and regional parks, national wildlife refuges, national and state forests, scenic byways, fisheries and fish hatcheries, nature parks and centers, aquariums, wildlife and zoological parks, and game reserves. Many offer guided tours and hikes, educational seminars and talks, and opportunities to observe and photograph birds and other wildlife. Take up bird watching. Many of the colorful birds found in Sunbelt regions are tropical species, reaching their northern range... [Read more...]

Pine Mountain RV Resort – far from your typical RV resort, park or campground

November 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Pine Mountain RV Resort is far from your typical RV resort, park or campground. In fact, it’s recreating outdoor recreation and relaxation. Take your ideal natural environment and mix it with your favorite hotel experience, and you have Pine Mountain RV Resort – an RVC Outdoor Destination.  See why this property has better value and start redefining your vacation experience. Pine Mountain RV Resort offers a wide range of amenities and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  119 total RV sites that are big-rig friendly, with full-hookups, 30/50 amps, free Wi-fi and cable TV.  New modern cabins with loft, furnished with G.E. appliances, pillow top mattresses, flat screen TV, full kitchen, porch, grill and amazing views.  Don’t forget about our trendy and furnished yurts with climate controls, fresh linens, skylights, and picnic table.  At Pine Mountain RV Resort, guests can enjoy a large state of the art saline swimming pool, hot tub and kiddie pool.  Many activities available... [Read more...]

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