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Hosting An Awesome Tailgate Party

October 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hosting An Awesome Tailgate Party

Hosting an Awesome Tailgate Party really comes down to just two things: Scrumptious Food and Delicious Drinks! Whether its after a big game, a close race, or a tight chase, tailgate parties bring fans together to celebrate their favorite sports team, race car driver, or professional athlete! When planning on hosting an awesome tailgate party, one must first consider the venue. If you have an RV, bring it! For one thing, it has your kitchen, bathrooms, and even a bed for those who party too hard, too fast and need a couch or bed to sleep it off on! Ideally you and your guests will have a nice warm meal and some refreshing drinks after your sporting event and BEFORE hitting the hay, but you just never know! As the delightful host of the tailgate party, you will want to think of everything ahead of time, so that you don’t have to leave the event for a run to the store and wind up stock in the inevitable traffic that comes along with any major sporting event. You should stock up on... [Read more...]

Top Destination RV Parks

March 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Top Destination RV Parks

Hang out with Mickey in Disney World or contemplate the sheer power of Niagara Falls. Stay at the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s  Top Destination Parks for great camping experiences near some of North America’s most popular travel spots. Check out popular destinations during the day and relax in comfort in the evening at RV parks that make it their business to take care of fun-seeking travelers. Many parks on this list specialize in serving visitors to nearby destinations. Memphis Graceland RV Park and Campground, for example, is situated just two minutes from Elvis Presley’s legendary home and is linked to the “official site of the King of rock ‘n’ roll.” Staff members are eager to help guests plan their visits to this legendary residence. Feel like racing? make a visit to Charlotte Motor Speedway, which offers camping in the infield of the South Carolina raceway. Some parks enhance the customer experience by facilitating visits to... [Read more...]

Alabama Gulf Coast Named Top Tourism Attraction

March 4, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Alabama Gulf Coast Named Top Tourism Attraction

Alabama’s Gulf beaches and Gulf State Park are the largest tourism attractions in the state, overwhelmingly so, according to the new attendance figures released last week by the Alabama Tourism Department. Sparkling turquoise Gulf waters and stunningly white sand await the RVer on the Alabama Gulf Coast. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The state’s largest stand-alone festival events, located about 20 miles apart, are also located in the Gulf Coast region. The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival (March 14-16, in 2014) and National Shrimp Festival (October 9-12, in 2014) in Gulf Shores come in at the top two spots among event promotions staged over a single weekend. The relatively new Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival (June 13-14, in 2014), which takes place in between the other two in Foley, is also rising up the state’s annual top 10 festival list. According to the 2013 annual report, Mobile’s three-week long Mardi Gras celebration draws the largest attendance... [Read more...]

Think You Know Mardi Gras? 5 Things You May Not Know

February 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Think You Know Mardi Gras? 5 Things You May Not Know

Do you know the meaning of krewe? Or the origin of Mardi Gras? Here you will find 10 things to know about Mardi Gras to make your Carnivale the best! Think you know Mardi Gras? Spectacular parades with beautiful and creative floats begin parading approximately two weekends prior to Mardi Gras Day. 1. Carnivale is a season; Mardi Gras is a day Sure, we all do it. “Yea, I’m going to Mardi Gras!” we say, when we’re actually going to see parades the week or two leading up to Mardi Gras. Technically, “Mardi Gras” is the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which ushers in Lent, a period for 40 days of fasting, and Carnivale is the season that begins on January 6, the Feast of Epiphany. Mardi is the French word for Tuesday. Gras means fat. Thus, Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday. The day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning confess. In the Middle Ages, the Catholic church indicated that during Lent no meat was to be consumed. Only fish was allowed. So, on... [Read more...]

Havasu Balloon Festival Partners With Good Sam

January 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Havasu Balloon Festival Partners With Good Sam

Join Good Sam Club for high-flying fun at the fourth annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, January 17-19, 2014. Good Sam members can join tens of thousands of spectators watching hot-air balloons soar high above London Bridge, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Havasu, and beautiful desert landscaping. Like Albuquerque’s renowned Balloon Fiesta, the Havasu Balloon Festival turns the Southwestern sky into an airborne parade with the world’s oldest flight technology dressed up in fanciful colors and contemporary shapes. Beyond experiencing the thrill of more than 60 thermal-powered aircraft aloft above Lake Havasu, members will get a lift knowing their camping fees support deserving charities. One of the biggest events in the region, the Havasu Balloon Festival was launched by the Lake Havasu City London Bridge Lions Club and the London Bridge Rotary Club as a way to fund local charitable groups. Four years later, that’s still the mission, with the 2014 festival operated by volunteers... [Read more...]

RVers Die of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in 2 Separate Incidents

November 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers Die of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in 2 Separate Incidents

A 75-year-old Pennsylvania man and a Colorado high school student died of carbon monoxide gas poisoning in two separate incidents. 75-year-old Pennsylvania Man Dies from Carbon Monoxide A 75-year-old Windber, Pennsylvania, man died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning while at the Allegany County Fairgrounds and his 76-year-old-wife was taken to a hospital in Cumberland reportedly in critical condition. The couple started a gas generator only several feet from the rear of their 1989 Coachman recreational vehicle shortly before going to sleep, according to an Associated Press report. The generator’s exhaust was pointed toward the vehicle and fumes entered, causing the carbon monoxide exposure. The next morning a passerby entered the vehicle and discovered the couple. Members of the Cumberland Fire Department administered first aid and William Miller was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was taken to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department... [Read more...]

Great RVer Spectator Event: the Salomon Freeride Championships!

March 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Great RVer Spectator Event: the Salomon Freeride Championships!

I have published many posts about the wide variety of activities there are for campers and RVers in northern New Mexico during the summer and fall months. Little did I know, in winter this area can be as entertaining as it is during warmer weather. I have written about cross country skiing at Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski are in Red River and  hiking in winter, but this weekend, I discovered an event that brings new meaning to the word “excitement:” The Salomon Freeride Championships. Now, you must understand, I am not really a downhill skier. I have only gone downhill skiing once, at Sipapu, a nearby resort and stuck with the bunny hill and the “Magic Carpet Ride”, the baby chairlift, the entire day. The Salomon event takes place up in the Taos Ski Valley, also known as the “Taos Steeps” as the mountain peaks resemble those in the Austrian Alps, perfect terrain for serious downhill competition. They are not for the faint of heart, intimidating even to look at. I will... [Read more...]

…and speaking of wine

March 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

…and speaking of wine

We just purchased our tickets for the 17th Finger Lakes Wine Festival held at the Watkins Glen Race Track in Watkins Glen, NY. This festival has wineries from all over New York and Pennsylvania and a guaranteed good time. A group of us went to this festival a few years ago and we had a blast. We didn’t make it in time to get one of the coveted RV sites on the racetrack, but we stayed at a really nice RV park just a few miles away. So we parked the camper and then went up the hill about a half a mile to the racetrack. They race NASCAR at this track (just in case you’ve never heard of it). As we got there, John, my husband, noticed that he could take a ride in a pace car for only ten dollars. He acted like a little kid asking, “Honey, do you mind? It’s only $10″ He was pretty funny, so yes we went for a ride in the pace car. Had a pretty good time sliding around the racetrack at about 110 mph! After we were through with our racecar experience it was time to do... [Read more...]

Snowbird Destinations: WHERE to ROOST?

January 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Snowbird Destinations: WHERE to ROOST?

Snowbirds are typically retired seniors who have the desire and financial ability to be away from home for extended periods of time. As our population ages the number of people considering this lifestyle increases. The majority of Snowbirds who make Southern California their winter home, head for the Coachella Valley with its 10 desert resort cities—Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs (pictured above), Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Thousand Palms, Indio, and Bermuda Dunes. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Every winter, more than 1 million RV snowbirds wing south to the U.S. Sunbelt to escape the winter cold. RVers who enjoy the snowbird lifestyle range from retired seniors, who have the wherewithal to journey far from home for extended periods of time, to Baby Boomers dipping their toes in the water. The available options are unlimited enabling snowbirds to design their own lifestyle to suit their financial ability and social preferences. The basic... [Read more...]

2013 Quartzsite RV Show Dates Announced

October 13, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

2013 Quartzsite RV Show Dates Announced

Every January something happens that is hard to believe, unless you have seen it! Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year. Numerous food choices ensure you’ll never go hungry! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved According to the Arizona Highway Department, as many as 750,000 to 1,000,000 people, mostly in recreational vehicles, converge on the sleepy little desert town of Quartzsite, located just 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10, for the rock, gem, and mineral shows, plus numerous flea markets and the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show. “If you’re looking for anything related to RVs, you’ll find it at the RV show in Quartzsite,” says Kenny King, show promoter. There will be several hundred new and used RVs on display in 2013 and over a dozen service bays will be offering immediate... [Read more...]

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