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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 · Leave a 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...]

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...]

Three Key Tips for Comfortable Spring Camping

April 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Three Key Tips for Comfortable Spring Camping

If you are anything like me, you are eager to get out camping for that first trip of the year. In most parts of the country, that means camping when the weather is decidedly cooler than when camping in summer. It can also be some of the best camping of the year as the crowds are smaller and you may very well have the campground or RV park to yourself.  So, don’t be afraid to venture out in less desirable weather. And there are some simple things you can do to ensure your comfort during these times: Your moisture wicking base layer will keep you warm and dry 1)     Layers—Dressing in layers is your best hedge against cold. If you start with a base layer of some moisture-wicking fabric, then top that with a mid weight layer, you should be warm in most places with a light jacket. The moisture-wicking component is important in the event you become too warm. This type of fabric is designed to wick moisture away from your body. Cotton, on the other hand, formerly my first choice for... [Read more...]

Roadschooling Field Trip: Exploring the transportation challenges of Bible translating…

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We discovered a very unique stop in southern North Carolina, just south of Charlotte; the Jaars headquarters, which is a part of Wycliffe Bible Translators.  Jaars is an acronym for Jungle Aviation and Radio Service, and is the transportation part of the ministry, transporting missionaries and supplies to remote areas of the world. This was a fabulous visit for us, and built on our interactive stop at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando earlier in the year; Jaars is the transportation arm of Wycliffe. We loved to visit the Jaars campus!  The campus offers free, 2 hour long, guided tours (daily at 9:30am) of the main visitor’s center, tech aviation hangar, and 2 different museums. Our tour started with an engaging and informational talk about other language groups then covered the IT center, where we learned about the role that tecnology has in Bible translation. Next was a short walk to the airplane hangar, where we were given a tour and told about the difficulties of reaching... [Read more...]

Making Civil Rights History in downtown Greensboro…

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Making Civil Rights History in downtown Greensboro…

One of the most unique places that we’ve visited is found in Greensboro, North Carolina. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, located downtown, is in the same building that housed the now famous Woolworth’s sit-in, where in 1960, four young black college students decided to protest the segregation that they faced every time they visited Woolworth’s (and any other business for that matter).  While anyone could purchase items from the Woolworth’s department store, when it came to their diner, there were different rules depending on the color of your skin.  White?  Have a seat, order what you like, take your time enjoying it.  Black?  Stand at the register to order, wait for your food; when it was done, you were handed it in a to-go bag and you took it elsewhere to eat—you were not allowed to sit at the diner’s counter. Initiating a peaceful protest, the young men quietly sat up to the counter and waited to be helped.  They were not, and... [Read more...]

Food Lover Trips of a Lifetime

April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Food Lover Trips of a Lifetime

Make your next RV journey a moveable feast. The following RV Trips of a Lifetime for Food Lovers will truly make you appreciate the culinary diversity of North America. From succulent Maine lobster to great steaks on Oklahoma’s Chisholm Trail, the dishes found on these trips will make you want to turn around and go back for seconds. For more Trips of a Lifetime, check out our Explore Tab. Arkansas What’s better than good, down-home barbecue cooking in the Natural State? Take a trip to the best barbecue in the region. Read more… Florida Kick your heels up on the Florida panhandle and enjoy shellfish under azure skies. Read more…                                        Illinois Deep-dish pizza, Polish hot dogs, apple pie, Italian beef sandwiches and more are served with gusto in the Prairie State. Read more… Iowa The Hawkeye State serves up hearty, filling Midwestern food influenced by the German and French cultures that settled here. Read... [Read more...]

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