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Mouth of the South (Largemouth, that is!)

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Surrounded by saltwater and an abundance of freshwater inland lakes, the state of Florida is well known for its fantastic fishing, luring thousands of fishing fanatics to its many shores each year. Inland lakes are particularly popular because they have some of the best bass fishing in the world, with largemouth bass being the most popular freshwater game fish in Florida. Largemouth bass are not only one of the most sought after freshwater fish in Florida, it’s also the official state freshwater fish. This popular species is in season all year, so they’re always a sure bet for the snowbirds and visitors that Florida reels in year after year. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and Lake Okeechobee are always popular choices for bass fishing – both ranking in the top 25 of Bassmaster’s top 100 bass lakes of 2014. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes consists of eight lakes with Lake Tohopealiga, Lake Cypress and Lake Kissimmee standing apart as the cream of the crop of this chain. Boasting a... [Read more...]

5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

July 18, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

Hiking with Kids is a fun activity families can do together.  My kids love to hike and are always ready to don their hiking shoes and hats! Here are five must-have items to bring along when hiking with kids:   1. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks! You never want to run out of snacks while hiking with the kids.  When kids get tired AND HUNGRY, beware, you are in tantrum territory!         2. Lots of Water ( and a huge plus if you have Propel, Gatorade or another electrolyte replenishing drink) While the kids love hiking, you want to ensure they are drinking plenty of H2O along the trail or they might get dehydrated, which increases risk of heat stroke.         3. Sun Hat with UPF for optimum sun protection Make sure you buy one that has a strap so that it won’t come off easily. Also breathability is a must so their little heads don’t get too hot and sweaty.         4. Sunblock (sweat proof and waterproof a... [Read more...]

RV Parks with Golf

July 10, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RV Parks with Golf

Water feature at 18th hole at sunset at the Pheasant Run Golf Club If you enjoy visiting RV parks with golf,  The Lakes RV Park & Golf Resort is a great destination for you.  Located in Chowchilla, CA, The Lakes is a “perfect RV resort” rated 10/10*/10 by Good Sam. The resort offers complimentary golf for two during each day of your stay on an award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course. A short walk from your campsite will bring you to Pheasant Run Golf Course, which has a reputation for being one of the best-maintained golf courses in the San Joaquin Valley.  The course is situated around the many lakes inspiring the name of this RV park with golf and offers rewarding challenges for every golfer. The quick greens and manicured fairways remain lush the entire year because of a unique blend of grass created just for this San Joaquin Valley golf resort.  The fairways are shaped and contoured for a rich golf experience before reaching the course’s smooth,... [Read more...]

Firework Safety Tips

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Firework Safety Tips

The traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season and are synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day. Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured or killed while using fireworks. Although legal consumer fireworks can be relatively safe when used responsibly, all fireworks, by their nature, are hazardous and can cause injuries. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) reports that in the month around the July 4th holiday, an average of 200 people per day visit the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries . CPSC reports eight nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths occurring in six incidents during 2013. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the 2013 calendar year. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for approximately... [Read more...]

Hiking While RVing

June 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiking While RVing

Hiking while RVing is a wonderful way to make the most of a camping trip. Two of my favorite activities, camping and hiking complement each other beautifully. Most RV parks are set in lovely natural areas surrounded by trees and wild settings that beg to be explored. Get out, stretch your legs and go for that walk. On most camping trips, my family and I plan a hike in the area we are visiting to get the best view of the beautiful scenery. Some of our favorites include the hikes to summit 14ers, the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. There is nothing better than relaxing around a campfire, waiting for dinner, resting after a vigorous day of hiking. It just doesn’t get any better than hiking while RVing. This summer we are planning an RV trip in Colorado to summit four 14ers: Mount Lincoln, Democrat, Cameron and Bross. Located in close proximity to each other, the hike we are planning will hopefully allow us to “bag” four additional 14ers in one day. If you are new to hiking, I encourage... [Read more...]

RVing and Fishing

June 11, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RVing and Fishing

It is always RVing and fishing season somewhere in the U.S. and Canada. There is no better time than now for an RV camping and fishing trip. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Lakes, rivers, and ocean waters are filled with fish just waiting to test your skills. Recreational or sport fishing has become a popular sport and outdoor recreation activity. Start checking your supplies, packing your tackle box, and preparing the RV. There is no better time than now for an RVing and fishing trip. Preparation is the key to any successful RV camping and fishing trip. To avoid that, “Oh no, I forgot…” scenario, get into the habit of making a checklist when you prepare for any RV camping trip. Your RVing and fishing checklist may include fishing supplies and tackle box, fishing vest, fishing license, sun protection (wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, etc.), coolers with ice, first aid kit, insect repellent, compass, portable GPS, small fixed blade knife, needle-nosed pliers, and a multi... [Read more...]

The Five Best National Parks

May 7, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The Five Best National Parks

For many years, our country’s beautiful national parks have been a favorite destination for camping trips. Below is a list of a few well-known national parks for RVing, based on scenery and activities, which we hope will aid in the decision of your next RVing trip. 1)     Glacier Hiking Logan Pass, Glacier National Park Located in northeastern Montana, Glacier National Park is one destination worth a couple visits. The North American RV Park & Yurt Village is a great place to stay and it’s not far from Sun Road, the most scenic road in America. There are activities abound as well, such as hiking Logan Pass, and Grinnell Glacier. 2)     Yellowstone Old Faithful alone would be enough to make this a top national park, but there are many other geysers, mudpots and natural features. All will be amazed at the natural elements in this park. Conveniently located just outside the park, Sierra Meadows RV Park is a great home base for exploring this region. 3)     Rocky... [Read more...]

Bighorn Sheep of the Rocky Mountains

April 26, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Bighorn Sheep of the Rocky Mountains

Driving back down Hondo Canyon from the Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico after an exhilarating snowy mountain hike one Saturday in April, we encountered a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, standing in the middle of the road, nibbling something off the roadway. We slowed to a stop and while waiting, enjoyed the opportunity to see the sheep up close and snap a few pictures. When a van came around the corner, he lept gracefully up onto the hillside, looking down to see what we would do. Seeing this majestic animal in the road and on the hillside prompted me to do some research to learn more about bighorn sheep. Native to the United States, they numbered nearly two million at the beginning of the 19th century but less than 70,000 remain today. Hunting in the late 1800s, as well as competition from grazing livestock and diseases introduced to the area took a heavy toll on the bighorn population. Male bighorn sheep, or “rams” as they are known, are easily identified by their large spiral horns which... [Read more...]

Where Cajun Began

April 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Where Cajun Began

As one of the oldest surviving towns in Louisiana, St. Martinville retains many buildings and homes reflecting the beautiful architecture of days gone by. Saint Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, founded 1765, Mother Church of the Acadians. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved St. Martinville has become symbolic of the Acadian legacy, holding sacred the history and legends of the Acadian people who settled in Louisiana. Bayou Teche, a waterway in south central Louisiana, meanders through St. Martinville, where birds wade among cattails, streets are shaded by century-old mossy oaks, and people enjoy fishing, picnics in the parks, and visits to historic museums. The St. Martinville people are descendants of Beausoleil Broussard, an Acadian hero from the 1700s, and Bienvenu and the Duchamp families of French royalty, who fled revolution. Descendants from Senegal also share life in St. Martinville, and many residents still speak French. These diverse ethnic groups host fun-loving Louisiana... [Read more...]

An Exhilarating Spring Hike

April 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An Exhilarating Spring Hike

In the mood for a spring hike, Terry and I headed up to the Taos Ski Valley, NM today.  We love to hike in the mountains there and also wanted to see if we could observe the progress being made on the installation of a brand new chair lift that will ferry skiers up to Kachina Peak, the highest point in the ski valley. Ever since the Ski Valley opened in the 1950s as a downhill ski resort, those brave enough to ski the steepest terrain had been forced to take the highest lift as far as it would go toward the top of the mountain, then hike an additional 45 minutes to reach the peak terrain. This year marks the year that a lift will be installed to reach Kachina Peak. Once it is completed, this will be the third highest ski lift in the country. The only two higher are located in Colorado. Construction started about two weeks ago. Entering the Construction Zone The Ski Valley has been posting pictures of the progress of this momentous accomplishment for the past two weeks. Two bull wheels,... [Read more...]

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