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Preparing for a Camping Trip

April 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Preparing for a Camping Trip

My previous post about getting organized when preparing for a camping trip comes in handy for all campers, not just those with small kids. As part of your preparation, read this great checklist. Still, you might figure out you need a few more supplies. When planning for big purchases, it always pays to shop around and do all your research so that you buy exactly what you need and pay as little as possible for each item. I am a huge fan of couponing and buying secondhand myself, but more importantly, I like to feel confident when making a purchase and not feel like I’m getting ripped off. This comes into play when planning to purchase new camping supplies, whether it is for a large item or relatively small one. Check out the deals at Camping World for your next shopping trip. The list shown above will help you make sure you have everything you’re going to need while camping. It’s also a great resource to use as a buying guide for things you still need to purchase. It’s... [Read more...]

Get Organized NOW for Summer Family Camping

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We are getting organized now for our summer family camping trip in May for Memorial Day. Why now, a month and a half early?  Well, we have kids, for one, and we have things that we need to buy, so getting organized ahead of time is the best way to save some money on all the expenditures that inevitably come along with summer family camping. We plan to kick off the summer by camping with friends at the lake this year.  I have already started making a mental checklist as to what I plan to bring. It’s a good idea when summer family camping with kids to start thinking about what you will need, ahead of time, for many reasons. For instance, water shoes are a must for kids to wear at the lake. Now, if I waited until the last minute, I would have to pay full price for a pair of water shoes that they will only use a handful of times this summer. By thinking ahead, I can start looking for water shoes (or other camping necessities) at online sales (like Camping World), thrift stores, garage... [Read more...]

Georgia Gems: Downtown Augusta & Thurman Lake

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Georgia Gems: Downtown Augusta & Thurman Lake

While camping in Georgia last month, we spent a day discovering the downtown Augusta area. Located in a small radius are many great stops. We started with a visit to the Augusta Canal and Discovery Center. We also visited the Augusta Museum of History, which focuses on the area’s history, from first settlers to current trends. Because Augusta is home to one of golf’s major tournaments, The Masters, the museum features multiple golf pro statues and several rooms brimming with golfing exhibits. The museum has sections devoted to local transportation (and have a Peterson boat, a full size steam train, a trolley the kids can play in…), James Brown, the Civil War and a local hero.  The museum is also the location of the city’s Visitor’s Center (and a small gift shop), so it’s a great place to start your Augusta explorations. On Saturdays, a tour trolley originates from the museum that gives you a fun tour of the area.  Across the street is the historic... [Read more...]

So You Want to Buy an RV???

April 1, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

So You Want to Buy an RV???

Are you ready to make the investment for your next BIG toy? Considering buying a recreational vehicle? If so, you might want to consider first renting different styles/sizes of RVs, before making a choice on which one to ultimately purchase. There are many things to consider, including price, size (length), and type (fifth wheel, gooseneck, or ball hitch). Not to mention all of the extras, such as sliders, electronic add-ons, and such. To ensure you feel comfortable with the choice you will eventually make, why not take a couple practice runs and rent different RVs from Camping World RV Rentals? This way you will hopefully avoid having buyer’s remorse once the big purchase has been made and you are “stuck” with your choice. Spend a few weekends or even weeks over the summer when you can try different RVs to really zero in on what you would feel comfortable with owning long term. Some things to take into consideration when thinking in terms of size…many campsites have a maximum length... [Read more...]

Tanglewood RV Campground, Winston-Salem, NC…

March 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tanglewood RV Campground, Winston-Salem, NC…

Today find us pulling out of a wonderful park in North Carolina; the ‘RV Tanglewood’ Campground, located just west of Winston-Salem in Clemmons, NC.  This well manicured, 44 site RV park (no tents allowed), is conveniently located just off of I-40, but is blissfully lacking in road noise and traffic!  We had a lovely stay here, and there was so much to do without even leaving the park!      The campground is adjacent to a 1100 acre public park that boasts all sorts of fun amenities such as TWO award-winning golf courses, and a driving range, an inexpensive grill/restaurant in the clubhouse, horseback riding, pedal boats, fishing, and tennis courts!  Just looking to relax?  The park features extensive paved walking paths for leisurely walks, biking, or jogging on.   Be sure to check out the Manor House, which is a bed and breakfast; even if you aren’t interested in staying at the Manor House, they have an incredible Arboretum maintained by master gardeners.  ... [Read more...]

The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

March 29, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

In February, our family hauled our 40′ toy hauler from sunny Floriday, to freezing New Jersey.  Obviously, we had to have a really imploring reason for traveling up north during the winter, and we did!  Our oldest son was deploying overseas, and we had the chance to spend some time with him before he left. We had left our home state of Montana last November, and we had not seen him since.  We could text and call him anytime, but it’s not the same as getting to see him, as you snowbirds who leave your families up north, well know.  We knew before we left this winter that he would be deploying, and it would be from New Jersey, so even tho we ‘did’ the east coast last year, and did not intend to go there again so soon, we found ourselves heading that way again this year.  We spent Christmas in TX, 3 weeks in Louisiana ( <3 ), then went over to FL for a few more weeks.  Our son let us know the tentative dates for a 3 day pass his unit had been told they would... [Read more...]

Summer Vacation in Paradise aka Montana

March 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer Vacation in Paradise aka Montana

Crave more out of your summer vacation than the norm: beaches, beaches, and more beaches?  Want to see the biggest skies you’ve ever laid eyes on??  If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then head to a little town with BIG views: Anaconda, Montana! Nestled in the beautiful mountainous southwestern region of Montana, Anaconda is eight miles north of the Continental Divide.  Once a thriving industrial community, Anaconda is now visited mostly for its natural beauty, characterized by its crystal-clear lakes, towering snow-capped mountains, densely timbered forests, and immense outdoor recreational opportunities. Set up camp at the lovely Hunters RV Park (see picture above) and bask in the most gorgeous views you have ever seen!  Then head downtown and visit the historic Washoe Theater for a taste of the old Anaconda.  Arrange the dates for your stay for July so that you can take a stroll through Art in Washoe Park.  This fabulous arts and crafts show features delicious... [Read more...]

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

March 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

Visiting Vegas and looking for more to do than the usual Vegas hot spots?  Want to experience some spectacular desert sunsets outside the city? Hop off the Las Vegas strip for a respite from the crowds, lights, and craziness, for some fun outdoor adventure in this immaculate desert landscape. An hour outside of Las Vegas and only six miles from the beautiful Lake Mead, The Valley of Fire State Park is the very oldest and largest state park in Nevada.  With 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs, ancient trees, and petrified wood, the Valley of Fire is a great place for photography, picnics, hiking, camping, and more.  The red sandstone formations that make up the present landscape are what remain from a time when dinosaurs roamed the region.  The scenic great sand dunes have shifted, followed by the uplifting and faulting, and then extensive erosion, over the centuries.   There really is no other place quite like it and it draws those people seeking refuge from the glam and glitter of... [Read more...]

While in Las Vegas– Don’t Forget Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and More!

March 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

While in Las Vegas– Don’t Forget Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and More!

Not big on gambling, but want to go to an exciting and lively place with lots to do?  Brought the kids or grand kids along with you?  Not to worry, there is much to do that doesn’t include stepping a foot inside a casino in Vegas. Taking the kids with you and still want to make the most of your time in Vegas?  No problem–Head over to the 5-acre, indoor Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus.  Offering 25 exhilarating rides and attractions, this is just one of the many places along the strip that is kid-friendly.  There is also the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, housing North America’s largest and only predator-based aquarium. Enjoy  some world class golf in one of the many championship golf courses nearby.   Just over a half hour away from the strip, Lake Mead National Recreational Area also offers recreational opportunities year-round to boaters, fishermen, swimmers, water skiers, and more. On land, try out some hiking and biking trails or take the family... [Read more...]

Eye Candy in Dawson City

March 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Eye Candy in Dawson City

Driving and sightseeing near Dawson City is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. Pack up and get ready for a bit more history and lots more eye candy! For a truly picturesque drive, take Dempster Highway to the “Patagonia of the Northern Hemisphere,” where a wide range of flora and fauna are known to grow like no other place in North America. This new phenomenal park, formerly called Tombstone Territorial Park, protects 2,000 square kilometers of subarctic wilderness in the southern part of the Ogilvie Mountains. Many come from all around the world, including sight-seers, bird-watchers, hikers, photographers, wildlife viewers and anyone else who enjoys being surrounded by a stunningly natural setting filled with wondrous landforms, stellar views, and mountainous peaks. A great thing to know about this unique park is that it can be viewed and appreciated right from the luxury of your car/RV; all you have to do to witness its beauty is to literally drive... [Read more...]

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