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Welcome the New Year with a New Tradition

December 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Welcome the New Year with a New Tradition

For most of us, New Year’s traditions revolve around indoor activities—eating and watching football. Catalina State Park near Tucson, Arizona, offers three First Day Hikes of varying length and difficulty. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved However, an outdoor activity could make your holiday rituals even more fun and an invigorating way to kick off the New Year. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature, and welcome the New Year with friends and family. State parks nationwide have added First Day Hikes to their January 1 program schedule. All 50 states are participating in the third annual event that invites families and friends to celebrate the New Year amid the sights, sounds, and wonder of our natural world with fun, guided hikes. “Last year, First Day Hikes hosted 22,000 people, who covered... [Read more...]

Looking forward to a year of change

December 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Today is the last day of the year.  By the time you read this more than likely we will already have jumped into the new year of 2014. As I reflect of our year and think of what the future holds, I can’t help to be somewhat emotional as we have made the decision of leaving the campground where we parked our RV for the past 10+ years or so and move on to new adventures. We started out with a tent and quickly purchased a used pop-out trailer that my oldest son experience as a toddler.  A few years later we got a travel trailer which our family of six still enjoys to this day.   We love to discover new places and travel with it.   But deep down, I think I will always have a soft spot from the place where we made friends through the years.   The closest ones have also moved to NB this year.  The years go by and changes happen. As 2013 is slowly moving on and the New Year is just around the corner, I reflected on our time at Logo Land and how it was part of our family life for so many... [Read more...]

2014 Camping Goals

December 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 Camping Goals

As some of you know, my family and I have a tradition that we engage in each New Years Eve in which each family member lists her/his accomplishments over the past year (a taking stock as it were) and then sets a number of goals for the New Year. For the past few years, I have also set specific camping and travel related goals which I have traditionally shared with our readers in my final post of the year. My husband and I initially developed this process as a way of helping ourselves to look at the progress we have made over the past year when it seemed as if there was none (i.e. transitioning from two children in diapers to only one, for example!); then involved the children in the process as they became old enough, initially writing their goals as they dictated them to us. In 2012, we made a major move from our home state of Wisconsin to our new home in New Mexico. As a result of this major transition, our camper has been parked for the second summer. Ryan celebrating atop Mt. Shavano The... [Read more...]

Fires Destroy 5 RVs, Pickup & Fatality

December 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Fires Destroy 5 RVs, Pickup & Fatality

Whether camping or just relaxing in your recreational vehicle, fire safety is essential. A build-up of propane inside a motorhome sparked an explosion at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. (Courtesy: WLOX-TV) It is critical that every member of your party know what to do in a fire or other emergency. If you are one of the millions of RV enthusiasts who love to take to the road and explore the country, ensure your family’s safety while travelling in your RV. Recent media reports detail seven separate fires involving recreational vehicles. California: Unattended Cooking Fire Destroys RV & Pickup Santacruzsentinel.com reports that a cooking fire in an RV destroyed the RV and a Chevy pickup. A man was cooking in the RV but was outside the vehicle when the fire started said Zayante Fire Chief John Stipes. The man tried to extinguish it and was burned on his hand, firefighters said. He was not transported to a hospital. The fire spread to the Chevy and briefly threatened trees and a... [Read more...]

Top Holiday RV Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory

December 23, 2013 by · 1 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: Arizona Palm Creek Golf... [Read more...]

The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

December 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival–Not to be Missed

Another event to put on your calendar for next year is the 40th Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival. An annual ten day event, the festival is widely anticipated by artists and art enthusiasts alike. Art lovers have a chance to buy work from a talented array of 250 artists, some of whom may not yet be “discovered.” The event is put on each year by an all volunteer board who do it part time just for the satisfaction of putting on a great show. The festival divided into two exhibits: Taos Select in Rio Grande Hall and Taos Open in Bataan Hall. My favorite painting: a wall of woods Taos Select is a juried exhibit of artists who have resided in Taos County for a minimum of 3 years. During the past summer, three independent jurors reviewed hundreds of images of submitted artwork and selected 145 artists for inclusion in the Taos Select exhibit. The jurors change annually and in 2013 included an art curator in Santa Fe and a Taos Art Museum Director. Two beautiful wallhangings at the festival Taos... [Read more...]

Christmas 2013

December 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Christmas time…. Yesterday as I was thinking at what I should write for my post this close to Christmas I was wondering what to write about.   I had no clue what I could write. The snow was falling like crazy outside, my oldest son went three (or was it four?) times to shovel during the dayVing is not on our mind much when snow is surrounding us.  Though we do dream of place we would like to go. So as I was thinking of Christmas, decorated trees and making the almond bars that my family loves so much, I was pondering of my options.    And then it dawned on me.   How do RVers celebrate Christmas?   Do they have a Christmas tree? Can you find a nativity  scene in their RV?   Do they decorate with Christmas lights?   And finally, if I was on the road with my family how will I make the Christmas time special? Last week, the kids decorated some gingerbread buildings and a tree.  Last year, I stumbled on some interesting Gingerbread creations.  While my kids were icing,... [Read more...]

Top 5 Christmas Gifts For the RVer in Your Life

December 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Top 5 Christmas Gifts For the RVer in Your Life

It’s the time of year when Christmas carols fill the air, the smell of fir trees (or cactus or palm trees, depending on your location) waft through the RV, jolly thoughts of eggnog and food—and gifts are exchanged. Following are 5 gift ideas on what to give the RVer in your life or even add them to your own Christmas wish list. 1. Good Sam Club 1.5 million RV owners are members of the Good Sam Club. Membership benefits include 10 percent discount on the regular night camping rate at 2,100+ Good Sam RV parks and campgrounds, up to 30 percent discount at Camping World; discount on fuel purchases at Pilot Flying J Travel Centers, and four free issues of MotorHome or Trailer Life magazine. Also, you may join a local chapter, attend Samborees, and enjoy RV caravan tours to a variety of destinations such as the Rose Bowl Parade and Alaska. A Good Sam Club membership is $25.00 per year. Two and three years memberships are also available for $45.00 and $59.00 respectively. For additional information... [Read more...]

North Dakota Indoor RV Park Keeps Oilfield Workers Out of the Cold

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

North Dakota Indoor RV Park Keeps Oilfield Workers Out of the Cold

About seven months ago I reported that a group of Minnesota partners were planning an indoor RV park to house North Dakota oilfield workers five miles south of Watford City, North Dakota. North Dakota Indoor RV Park Keeps Oilfield Workers Out of the Cold When initially proposed, the idea prompted mixed reactions. “So many people thought we were crazy,” Louis Bonneville of Carlton, Minnesota, one of the park’s owners, told the Forum News Service. But for workers like John Coffer, who spent North Dakota winter months in his RV and once got stuck inside when the door froze, the option to move his camper indoors was a pleasant change. “It’s nice to step out of your RV and not step into a pile of snow,” said Coffer, a natural gas plant operator. The North Dakota Indoor RV Park recently expanded and the owners have turned down offers to replicate the concept elsewhere, said Bonneville, the park’s managing partner. The park consists of 10 insulated and climate-controlled buildings... [Read more...]

Nada! – a game review

December 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

You are camping with your RV and it’s raining.   Television or electronic games could be some options but you would prefer spending time doing something different, something challenging and make memories at the same time.   I’ve got the perfect game for you.  Nada! Is a fun little game that will bring some fun during the not so pleasant days in camping. Two colors – orange and white –, thirty-six cute little dice and a travel bag. That’s all it takes to play a game of NADA!.  Mostly geared for ages 7 to adult, you can play with 2 to 4 players for about 10 minutes each times.    The game will allow the players to develop skills of focusing, fine motor, visual perception as well as speech/language.  Quick thinking and rapidity are the terms that come to mind when I think of this game.  Why?  Well you will need both abilities in order to win.   You need to be very observant and be able to shout rapidly before your opponents spot the same thing as you. To play you need... [Read more...]

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