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Ingredients for a Great Campfire

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ingredients for a Great Campfire

There is nothing that makes a night of camping more ideal than the perfect campfire. But there are requirements to creating the perfect campfire and the ideal fire environment. First of all, you must have the appropriate area. In most campgrounds or RV parks, there are campfire rings in which you build your fire. If you are in a natural area, be sure you have a cleared area, ideally bare ground, on which to build your creation. The other essentials are simple: 1)     Firewood, preferably dry—It is possible to get wet or damp firewood to burn with the right combination of kindling, matches, newspaper and luck, but it can be difficult. A perfect campfire requires dry firewood. In much of the country, our best campfires were made from dry maple or oak. In the southwest, the best campfires are made with dry fir and ponderosa pine, with a fine bit of pinon pine to add the perfect campfire (or fireplace or woodstove) smell. Delicious! When building your fire, you will form a teepee with... [Read more...]

RVing to Mount Rushmore

August 14, 2014 by · 7 Comments 

RVing to Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore entrance Several years ago, we traveled to Mount Rushmore on one of our extended summer RV trips. It was a memorable experience for all, including our two teen-aged children, who were 13 and 14 at the time. Our ultimate destination was Yellowstone National Park, but we made a point to stop and spend a night in South Dakota on the way so that we could visit Mount Rushmore. As we neared our destination, we headed into Custer State Park and enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch at a picnic site along the Park road. While RVing to Mount Rushmore, we drove through the meandering roads in the park and encountered burros, bison and three elk! Now the kids were paying attention. We settled in for the night, eagerly anticipating our visit to the Mount Rushmore monument the next day. The next morning, bright and early, found us heading into the monument as soon as it opened. Immediately we were impressed by the grand entrance as we walked under the stone archway and down the aisle of flags... [Read more...]

Explore Virginia

August 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Explore Virginia

The Governor’s Palace at Williamsburg American history in Virginia goes back over 400 years, and when exploring the Old Dominion, the rich layers of that experience naturally seep into one another. So, when soaking in the majesty of the Shenandoah Mountains, you will bump into the Civil War legacies of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson for the Confederacy and Philip Sheridan for the Union Army. When exploring the Great Dismal Swamp National Refuge, you will learn that George Washington was there long before you, surveying on one his first jobs. The Natural Bridge that was one of early America’s “Seven Natural Wonders” is on land once owned by Thomas Jefferson. Another of Virginia’s natural marvels, the Great Falls of the Potomac and Mather Gorge, is accessed by the historic towpath of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal that was one of the country’s first great public works projects. When you want to meander through Virginia’s quaint small towns,... [Read more...]

Explore Colorado

August 4, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Explore Colorado

Red Rock Formations at the Garden of the Gods Most folks traveling from the east in the 1800s ended up at the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado – unless they were hunting gold or trying to make it to the West Coast.  Because of this, the range’s prominent craggy heights, Pikes Peak, became the most famous and most visited mountain in America. English professor Katharine Lee Bates was so moved upon visiting Pikes Peak in the 1890s that she wrote “America the Beautiful.” The Rocky Mountains are indeed a formidable travel obstacle; Pikes Peak is one of 53 mountains that stand taller than 14,000 feet. The lowest point in Colorado is higher than the highest point in 18 states. When Route 66 -the Mother Road- was being planned from Chicago to Los Angeles, it rolled due south away from Lake Michigan so motorists could avoid the Colorado highlands altogether. Today, RVers can explore Colorado and poke into all the corners of the Centennial State – founded... [Read more...]

RV Resorts in the Great Lakes Region

August 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Great Lakes region is as distinct as it is magical; a unique area that you have to experience to truly understand. Rich in nautical history and natural beauty, there is always something new to discover and enjoy along the vast coastlines of the Great Lakes – the perfect playground for any age. Spend a day at one of the countless beaches where the family can play in the golden sands or swim in the cool blue depths of these freshwater lakes. Cast your line out for some of the best freshwater fishing ever and hook native species like lake trout, salmon, walleye, perch, smallmouth bass and steelhead. Visit quaint coastal towns where you can enjoy gorgeous lake views, boutique shopping and fabulous fresh cuisine. Sun RV Resort Westard Ho, Glenbeulah, WI Stay at one of these RV resorts in the Great Lakes region. On the western shoreline of Wisconsin, right on Lake Michigan, is the city of Sheboygan, known as “the spirit of the lake.” Sheboygan offers fantastic beaches, fishing, shopping,... [Read more...]

Camping In August

August 1, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Camping In August

RV travel is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways to vacation and August is prime camping season. The timing could not be better. The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Valley of Fire State Park is located near Lake Mead RV Village on Echo Bay. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road. Each journey represents a passage, whether it’s an adventure to a new state, a new attraction, or an outing with friends. Natural beauty abounds when least expected, and surprises wait at every turn of the road. The distance doesn’t matter. It’s what you see out your window in the morning that counts. But finding the right spot to park your RV can be a headache for any owner—especially if you want a spectacular view. Check... [Read more...]

Top Family RV Parks

July 15, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RV Camping is a family affair atThe Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Family RV Parks for 2014. The RV parks on this list feature amenities, entertainment and education programs that serve family members of all ages. These parks cultivate an atmosphere that’s welcoming for families big and small. Whether showing G-rated movies or conducting educational nature programs, these parks enable families to enjoy long periods of quality time together. All in the Family Take your family on an adventure in learning, or simply escape on a fun-filled excursion. Here are some of the highlights of the list: + Some of the parks affiliated with family-friendly local attractions include Fort Wilderness Resort, which is built in a pine and cypress forest adjacent to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. + Many RV parks offer family-friendly water features, such as Cajun Palms RV Resort, which boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade and pool with inflatable toys. + Several... [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...]

Explore Texas

July 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Explore Texas

Scarcely four percent of the land in Texas is publicly owned, but because the state is so big, that leaves plenty of places to go for unforgettable Texas RV trips. There are plenty of big chunks of public land to explore. Along the Rio Grande River in the Chihuahuan Desert, for instance, Big Bend National Park is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island and Padre Island on the Gulf Coast. With 100 miles of undeveloped sand that you can pull your RV right onto, it is the nation’s largest barrier island. Texas RVers can explore Texas and settle into any natural environment they desire. If it isn’t the beach sand or the desert, there are the Piney Woods of East Texas where the Big Thicket became the first national preserve in the United States National Park Service. Across the state, more than 100 artificial reservoirs have been created for recreation, so you are never too far (nothing is really “close” in Texas) from a waterside camp site. The Lone Star State... [Read more...]

Camping Destinations for Amusement Parks and Summertime Fun!

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Click…click…click…the anticipation of that slow ascent upward as you await the drop off that will send you on an exhilarating journey of loops and turns while the wind whips through your hair. Amusement parks are a calling card of summer that beckons you with the thrill of adventure, great games and the warm summer sun. With so many possibilities to choose from, the hardest choice is which one to visit first. Saco/Old Orchard Beach KOA, Old Orchard Beach, ME The Old Orchard Beach area in Maine is a very popular tourist destination during the summer months, so of course there’s an amusement park nearby. Funtown Splashtown U.S.A., located in the neighboring town of Saco, is Northern New England’s largest family amusement and water park and home to Maine’s only wooden roller coaster, Excalibur, and New England’s longest and tallest log flume, Thunder Falls. Funtown Splashtown U.S.A. also offers a great variety of games, shops and family fun activities for hours of wholesome entertainment! Wagon... [Read more...]

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