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Fun Campground Activities

May 12, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Fun Campground Activities

It can be simple to entertain kids at camp with the many games and toys available today, but when left to their own devices, you may not have much contact with them. There also comes a time in every family camping trip when the kids are bored and toys or games no longer appeal. Below are a few fun ideas for those times. They require minimal equipment, most of which is already found in a campground or RV park and they actually involve learning. Playing these games, your kids will absorb new information without realizing it! Set Up a Scavenger Hunt. This will require preparation ahead of time, but mostly involves making lists of items easily found in and around a campground. Campers should be divided into teams that will compete to see how many of the list items each can find. Some suggested list items include: a flashlight, a maple leaf on the ground (if there are maple trees in the vicinity), a marshmallow, an acorn (if there are oak trees about), 1 sheet of toilet paper, and the like.... [Read more...]

The Teton Range

May 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Teton Range

The Teton Mountains are frequently referred to as America’s Alps due to their immense profile, glacial snow fields, and towering jagged peaks. Mt. Moran Reflection at Oxbow Bend (Source: wyomingtourism.org) The crown jewel of the Teton Range is Grand Teton, a 13,770-foot peak that challenges mountain climbers, engages hikers, and thrills photographers. Twelve other peaks reach above 12,000 feet elevation and adds to the impressive sky-high horizon. Framed by the massive Teton Range, Jackson Hole is a valley seven miles wide that stretches for almost 50 miles. There may be higher mountains than these in North America, but none more dramatic for sheer ruggedness. This is as a result of the Teton Fault at the base of the range on its eastern side. When the earth’s crust cracked along this fault eons ago, the Tetons rose into the sky. The exposed rocks give these mountains their dramatic appearance. The east slope of the Teton range rises sharply, from 5,000 to 7,000 feet above the... [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...]

Camping and RVing in Yellowstone

May 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Camping and RVing in Yellowstone

Traffic often stopped by wandering wildlife in Yellowstone If camping or RVing in Yellowstone National Park is not on your Bucket List, you need a new bucket master. Yellowstone, the nations’ first national park, which Congress established into law on March 1, 1872, is one of the country’s most visited natural attractions, even with its isolated location in the northwestern corner of Wyoming. Yellowstone (as the cliché goes) has it all, except urban congestion and smog. The Rocky Mountain scenery is some of the most spectacular in the entire world, from lofty mountain peaks to thundering rivers roaring through deep mountain canyons. Vast forests of Engelmann Spruce, Lodgepole, Whitebark pine and Douglas Fir cover 80% of the park, with geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots are scattered about. Yellowstone excels in geothermal activity In fact, half of the earth’s geothermal features lie within Yellowstone, whose volcanic and seismic processes are not only a huge fan... [Read more...]

Tips for Family Camping

May 5, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Tips for Family Camping

You’ve completed the planning and preparation for your family camping vacation and are ready to embark on the road trip―one you will remember for a long time.  Cajun Palms RV Resort in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade, and pool with inflatable toys, and a recently added Prehistoric Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Family campground amenities vary greatly, as do the prices campers pay to use them. Remember, the most visited places tend to be more comfortable, more sought after, and more expensive. Whether you plan to stay one night, a weekend, or longer, there are many family campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada to meet your needs. All are unique. No two parks are exactly the same. There are numerous ways to locate and research the best family campgrounds. A good place to begin is the online Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. The easiest way to choose a destination is to reference our Top Family RV Parks for 2014. This... [Read more...]

Adrenaline Rush: Take on the Wild Acres Aerial Adventure Park!

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Adrenaline Rush: Take on the Wild Acres Aerial Adventure Park!

Adrenaline Rush: What it Feels Like to Take on the Wild Acres Aerial Adventure Park! Get a bird’s-eye view of this gorgeous Maine forest, located in the picturesque Old Orchard Beach area, and get in touch with nature in a whole new way as you wind your way through this awesome obstacle course that will test your balance, endurance and courage. Wild Acres Aerial Adventure Park is ideal for group outings such as team building, school field trips and other social gatherings. This experience is sure to create comradery among your group as well as lasting memories you can all share. This is one adventure you won’t want to miss. There are several courses with varying skill levels to choose from, so there is something suitable for all ages. Try out one of our two rope courses, take an exhilarating zip line through the towering trees, or partake in in all three courses for the ultimate challenge – test your mettle! This fantastic aerial adventure is conveniently located at Wild Acres RV... [Read more...]

Family Camping Destination – the Adventure District in OKC!

April 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We have spent the last 2 weeks in Oklahoma City.  Even though we spent 3 weeks here last spring, we were volunteering with tornado cleanup efforts, and didn’t have a chance to explore the city much.  This year we have scoped out the best in family friendly stops here, and have found that OKC is a great place for a family camping destination! OKC has an area in town called the Adventure District, which is full of fun stops, all within a few blocks of each other. We had a great time visiting the OKC Zoo, where we spent 4 hours discovering the extensive grounds that house nearly 1900 animals.  In addition to large animal exhibits, the zoo offers several aviaries, butterfly and botanical gardens, and has great play areas as well as offering train rides and a carousel. The kids really enjoyed participating in a simple scavenger hunt which netted them some fun treats! Right next to the OKC Zoo, is Science Museum Oklahoma.  This incredible science museum is fun for all ages, and has... [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...]

Lunch on the Mesa

April 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lunch on the Mesa

Most often when we camp, we cook simple meals either over an open fire or in the kitchen of our camper quite comfortably. However, there are times when we do not feel like cooking or simply want to treat ourselves to a meal someone else has prepared. When camping in northern New Mexico, especially in the vicinity of the Monte Bello RV Park and Convenience Store (see post entitled “Camping on the Mesa” published April 26, 2014) look no further than the Taos Mesa Brewery for a delicious lunch or dinner. Outside venue and amphitheater Situated a mile west of the Monte Bello RV Park on State Highway 68, TMB as it is affectionately known to locals, has something for everyone. It is a restaurant, microbrewery and an entertainment venue located on the beautiful Taos Mesa. Situated in a Quonset hut built and finished by its owners in 2012, the brewery features hand-crafted beers on draught, wine, terrific homemade food, premier live music and the best mountain-view sunsets in Taos. The menu... [Read more...]

History comes to life at Old Salem!

April 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Welcome center gift shop that included great kids’ historical gifts!w visiting the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area of North Carolina! Our tribe recently camped near Winston-Salem, in North Carolina, and loved the family friendly atmosphere of the area!  One of our favorite destinations in the area was the Old Salem Museum & Gardens.  Old Salem is a living history village, where original 1700s buildings, staffed with reenactors, are opened up to ticket holders. Tavern Kitchen tour and talk from a living history re-enactor. The visitor’s center offers 2 gift shops, a treat shop, and some exhibits.  The staff gave us maps, and were careful to point out stops that it might be easy to miss on the walking tour.  After we checked out the v.c., we walked through the covered wooden bridge that spanned the main roadway separating the visitor’s center and the authentic 17 and 1800s buildings that are featured in the tour.  Once across the bridge we came to the Frank L Horton... [Read more...]

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