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Exploring North Carolina

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Exploring North Carolina

In North Carolina, there is a foot path called the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that meanders 1,000 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the ideal way to discover the Tarheel State but you don’t need to strap on a backpack to roam in the footsteps of famous North Carolina travelers such as Blackbeard and Daniel Boone. There are plenty of roads that trace the trail and generous camping opportunities from the Crystal Coast to the Carolina Blue Ridge. The notorious pirate Blackbeard, better known in local telephone directories of the day as Edward Teach, did his Crystal Coast camping in the early 1700s. He was hanged by the British Royal Navy offshore on Ocracoke Island in 1718, so he didn’t get a chance to build his retirement home or enjoy the region’s famous seafood or crystalline surf that washes up on the south-facing beaches. So many ships wrecked on the North Carolina shoals off the seemingly placid waters of the Crystal Coast... [Read more...]

The Good Sam Camping App

June 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The Good Sam Camping App

In a recent post, I highlighted the Good Sam Camping smartphone app and discussed using it to plan our next camping adventure (see “Planning our 2014 Travels with the Good Sam App”). Loaded with a multitude of handy features, this app has become the only way I plan our camping trips, but it has another use. There have been times (refer to my June 4th post on “The Joys of Tent Camping” for example) when it would have been smart to stop for the night earlier than planned. One of the reasons that didn’t happen is that the thought of driving around a strange town in search of a campsite didn’t appeal to us. With the Good Sam Camping App, however, we can all easily find a Good Sam Campground and a site for the night, even while on the road. Say you’re headed to your reserved site, but are still six hours away and the sun is beginning to set. You know you should stop for the night and want to find an campground, but don’t know the area. Once, we... [Read more...]

Park Model Homes vs. Traditional Homes

June 18, 2014 by · 13 Comments 

Park Model Homes vs. Traditional Homes

Moving from a traditional brick-and-mortar home to a park model home has enhanced the quality of life for thousands of people. Benefits of park home living include security, peace of mind, a pleasant living environment of friendly like-minded people with organized activities, clubs, and other social opportunities. It’s all about lifestyle. Many Sunbelt parks combine RV sites with park models. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Park model homes differ from conventional houses in several ways. A major difference is in the method of construction. Park models are constructed in a manufacturing plant before being transported to the mobile home park. Here they are sited on a base and connected to electric, water, and sewer services. Since park model homes are designed for easy maintenance, owners are unlikely to be faced with sudden major repair bills. Another key difference between a traditional house and a park model home is size. While park models come in different sizes, in most cases,... [Read more...]

Exploring Seattle and the Surrounding Area

June 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Exploring Seattle and the Surrounding Area

In the 19th century no one was betting on Seattle to become the great metropolis of the Northwest. The Washington capital was placed in Olympia and the railroads all built towards Tacoma. Then in the 1890s gold was discovered in the Yukon in the far north and tiny Seattle on the Puget Sound was the nearest port to ship supplies into the wilderness. Because of that, exploring Seattle has now become very popular. The 605-foot high Space Needle, a souvenir of the 1962 World’s Fair, became a symbol of the city and the rejuvenated Pike Place Market a favorite destination. Dropping a few shekels in Rachel, the 550-pound bronze piggy bank that acts as an unofficial mascot, helps keep the century-old stalls humming. Pike Place Market is one of the country’s oldest farmers’ markets and all Seattle RV parks will have maps leading to Pike Place and Pike Street.  The original Starbucks. Starbucks opened in the Pike Place Market in 1971, taking its name from the chief mate to the... [Read more...]

Top July Fourth RV Parks

June 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Top July Fourth RV Parks

Fire up the grill and enjoy the fireworks when you stay at one of The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Fourth of July RV Parks for 2014. Rest assured that the RV parks on this list, compiled by the travel guide’s editors and consultants, go out of their way to celebrate the nation’s birthday with pyrotechnics, colorful parades or excursions to nearby celebrations. Whether featuring patriotic musical performances or serving up barbecued hot dogs, the parks on this list help guests appreciate the the biggest day of the summer travel season in the United States. Celebrate Uncle Sam’s Big Day Come prepared for a party when you book your July stay with these parks. Here are just a few of the highlights: + Local Fourth of July parades are a big part of the guest experience at places like Tiger Run RV Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, where guests can attend the city’s big patriotic celebration on Main Street less than a mile away. + At some... [Read more...]

RVing Northern California

June 14, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

RVing Northern California

When most people come to Yosemite National Park they head for the Yosemite Valley and marvel at the granite cliffs that loom over the merced Valley and have taken the familiar names of El Capitan and Half Dome. They attempt to fit America’s highest waterfalls pouring off the surrounding cliffs into a single frame of their cameras. This is sufficient for most travelers, however RVing Northern California has so much more to offer. Fortunately for RVers, whether you are setting up base camp in an RV park or hopscotching from campground to campground, there are more than two dozen Good Sam RV parks sprinkled across the region to plan your adventures in Yosemite. The Map View on Good Sam Camping makes it a snap to plan your trip and call an audible or two once you arrive. One of the best parts about RVing Northern California is the east High Country. It rises to elevations over 13,000 feet. RV parks along Route 395 in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport serve up easy access to these... [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...]

RV Resort Requirements

June 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Resort Requirements

When planning a trip to a new destination, there is no better tool than the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory to have at your fingertips. Things like resort amenities and local attractions are but a few key benefits from trip planning with the Campground Directory. If you do not have a campground in mind, but are looking for a new adventure, head over to www.goodsamcamping.com and click on the “Explore” tab. This will take you to a page to select the state you wish to visit. For example, on a recent excursion to the site, I selected Alaska, a place I have always wanted to visit. Immediately I was taken to a page containing several helpful links and information about Alaska. In addition, a number of Good Sam rated campgrounds was included. I selected one of these to view, the Golden Nugget appealed to my sense of Alaska adventure. Once on the Golden Nugget RV Park page, I was able to view a complete list of campground amenities, including site dimensions and features,... [Read more...]

Working While Traveling in an RV

June 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Working While Traveling in an RV

As RVers seek ways to enjoy their lifestyle many have turned to working while traveling as a way to support their lifestyle and as a means to supplement their pensions. Being a work-camper is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle, one that is actively pursued by more than 80,000 RVers throughout the U.S. and Canada. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved There are many ways for RVers to use their skills and talents to earn an income while living in an RV. Working while traveling in an RV can offset the cost of the RV lifestyle by exchanging their knowledge, skills, and labor for a free camping site and occasional minimum wage pay. Work-campers are typically employed by RV parks and destination resorts. Opportunities for work-camping are also available at amusement and theme parks, museums and art galleries, and other outdoor recreation facilities and attractions. Many RVers working while traveling are on the road full-time, moving from place to place. Others stay long-term in one location or... [Read more...]

The Joys of Tent Camping

June 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Joys of Tent Camping

Though we have graduated to our 18’ camper, complete with actual mattresses and a stove, my husband and I spent many years tent camping with our three children. We cherish many fond memories of those times, from our son’s first camping experience at six months along side a quiet lake in northern Wisconsin, to the many wonderful times we had visiting beautiful national parks. With only a stretch of canvas between us and the great outdoors, we made many wonderful memories tent camping together. There is something special about tent camping. Just the idea of erecting your abode in a matter of minutes to create a substantial and comfortable home for a week or more is amazing. You can travel almost anywhere with a tent and the world is yours to explore. I will always remember one of our last tent camping adventures. We headed from Wisconsin to Yellowstone, then moved on to Grand Teton National Park and ended up at Glacier. We had been on the road for nearly a week and a half as we raced... [Read more...]

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