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How To Plan A Weekend Getaway

December 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With so much to choose from this time of the year, you may be hard pressed to decide which type of vacation to take. If you don’t have too much time, but still want to have fun, plan a weekend getaway. Here are some tips to get you there: First, determine a fun activity, which can be the focus of your trip.  A good source of ideas might be found in your local newspaper.  A “Weekend Planner” section can usually be found on a Wednesday or Thursday with upcoming local events within a short drive. Another source for ideas is the Internet.  We recently found a show we wanted to see put on by a comedian only a two hour drive away from our home and built an RV trip around going to see the show.  The first thing we did is reserve our tickets for the show to be certain we had seats. Next, find an RV park.  This is half the fun as you review the potential parks in the Good Sam RV and Campground Directory online.  We love perusing the details on parks near our destination to find the... [Read more...]

The Perfect Weekend RV Trip

November 7, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The Perfect Weekend RV Trip

When it comes to planning the Perfect Weekend RV trip, many things come into play. Driving distance, location, food and drinks, and activities, to name a few of the factors that can make or break the perfect weekend RV trip. Since the plan is for a weekend, so 2-3 nights max, I like to stay closer to home. The ideal distance is under 60 miles to drive for a short weekend trip. From where I am located, that leaves a lot of options for ideal locations. From lakes to beaches, mountains, or desert; I can choose from any of these and be there in under 60 miles. Depending on the weather and the season, each has its pluses and minuses. For example, if you are looking for nice, sunny days in the early fall, you are likely to find the beach around here will be hot and gorgeous (not to mention amazing sunsets at this time of year).  Whereas if you are looking for some fall foliage and slightly cooler weather, head for the mountains. Another factor to consider when thinking of location, is the activities... [Read more...]

Mouth of the South (Largemouth, that is!)

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mouth of the South (Largemouth, that is!)

Surrounded by saltwater and an abundance of freshwater inland lakes, the state of Florida is well known for its fantastic fishing, luring thousands of fishing fanatics to its many shores each year. Inland lakes are particularly popular because they have some of the best bass fishing in the world, with largemouth bass being the most popular freshwater game fish in Florida. Largemouth bass are not only one of the most sought after freshwater fish in Florida, it’s also the official state freshwater fish. This popular species is in season all year, so they’re always a sure bet for the snowbirds and visitors that Florida reels in year after year. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and Lake Okeechobee are always popular choices for bass fishing – both ranking in the top 25 of Bassmaster’s top 100 bass lakes of 2014. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes consists of eight lakes with Lake Tohopealiga, Lake Cypress and Lake Kissimmee standing apart as the cream of the crop of this chain. Boasting a... [Read more...]

Halloween at the Campground

October 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Halloween at the Campground

Host a Haunted Halloween Party, Harvest Party, or Trick or Treat your way through the RV Park; there are countless spooky ways to spend a freakishly fun Halloween at the Campground! Host a Frightfully Spooky Halloween Party (dress-up, of course!), have a Pumpkin-Carving (and/or painting) Party, or just call it a Harvest Party (with some fun games included, of course).  All are fun ways to celebrate with your friends and family the night of Halloween at the Campground! Activities can include Face-Painting, Bobbing for Apples, Mummy Wrap (Teams race to wrap their mummy up the best with toilet paper or crepe paper), What’s under the Box? (Jell-O guts! Spaghetti brains! Grape eye balls!), Pumpkin Bowling, and Pin the Wart on the Witch! These are all easy-prep, easy clean-up games that can be fun for all ages, but obviously more so for kids.  You can also hold a Costume Contest with categories such as Best Homemade Costume, Scariest Costume, Best Group Costumes, Funniest Costume.... [Read more...]

Why Fall Camping Is So Great.

October 2, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Why Fall Camping Is So Great.

It’s that time of year again and fall means pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hay rides. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons especially along the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway, North Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Of course, one of the most compelling reasons to camp in fall is the burst of color on the trees as the leaves change to their autumn hues. Depending on the latitude and elevation, fall foliage is usually most stunning from September through October, but can linger into November. The reds, yellows, and oranges of the fall foliage will amaze you. With the hot muggy days of summer behind us, camping takes on a new life. Chilly mornings, perfect hiking weather, and warm comfort food all come together to make fall camping a must-do for all camping enthusiasts. The autumn season has always been a great time for camping. Few to no mosquitoes, cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and quieter campgrounds all make it ideal. Winter will be calling before you know... [Read more...]

28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship At Fort Myers Beach

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship At Fort Myers Beach

Who says you have to be a kid to play in the sand? The highly anticipated 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship at Fort Myers Beach is almost upon us with participants and spectators alike preparing for a great time with an amazing display of sand art right on the beach! This event has gained international attention in recent years, attracting sculptors from the United States and abroad to compete. Now the largest sand sculpting event in the state of Florida, it’s been hailed as one of the 10 best sand sculpting competitions by USA Today and recognized as a top 20 event of the entire southeastern United States by the Southeastern Tourism Society. From November 21-30, 2014, master sand sculptors will put their skills to the test to create amazing sand sculptures for the chance to hold one of the coveted titles of the American solo champion and American doubles champion. Along with their title, winners also enjoy a year’s worth of bragging rights, which may be the biggest motivating... [Read more...]

Packing for an RV Weekend Getaway

September 15, 2014 by · 10 Comments 

Packing for an RV Weekend Getaway

Packing for an RV weekend getaway can be stressful. First, you have to find the time to pack during your normal weekly routine. Then, you might stress over lists, hauling your stuff back and forth, and forgetting things that you wish you hadn’t – or even worse, forgetting absolutely mandatory stuff, such as mom’s mystery novel when the perpetrator is about to reveal himself, or junior’s freestyle BMX bike – not to mention dad’s favorite Crankbait trout lure. You might think that duplicating everything from your home in your RV is a good idea, until you consider the cost, how to handle perishable foods, what to do with the pots and pans you didn’t get washed before leaving camp on the last trip, and all that dirty laundry that has to be washed. However, to get close to “duplicating everything” there are steps you can take to make packing for the weekend getaway relatively painless. If at all possible, park the RV in front of your house the night before your trip so it can... [Read more...]

RV Tech-Tip: Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel

September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Tech-Tip: Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel

The Rattles of RV travel Unlike a towable RV, a motorized unit involves travelling in the RV for the entire journey.  This also means listening to all the silverware, dishes and glasses that tend to rattle, sometimes nonstop. They still do this in a towable, you just don’t hear it. In addition to the annoying clatter, tinkling and cracking sounds that emerge from every cupboard and drawer, your pieces are slowly being destroyed.  Cracks, chips and abrasive marks on your dinnerware are going to become evident and finally be ruined, given time.  So, how can it be prevented?  How can you reduce the rattles of RV travel?  How can peace reign within the coach’s cabin? You may have tried towels, rags or napkins inserted between each, but that’s not the answer.  They still move about until they once again start the familiar clattering chorus. Non-Skid Shelf Liner Material So, how do you reduce the rattles of RV travel?  Well, here’s the answer you have been looking for, and it’s... [Read more...]

Top 4 Ways To Ensure a Clean RV and Campsite

August 22, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Top 4 Ways To Ensure a Clean RV and Campsite

Top 4 Ways to Ensure a Clean RV and Campsite 1. Bring a Broom/Dust Pan– This may seem like common sense, but its imperative to sweep out the dirt, dust, leaves, etc to maintain a clean RV, (or tent), during the camp out.  And it is even more important to remember to clean up after your camp out, before heading home. 2. Bring a Floor Covering and Mat for right outside your RV (or tent)–  Many places sell these and they come in a wide range of sizes.  You can get ones that are soft and squishy or have fake grass, either way you definitely need something to cover the ground for when you step down out of the RV.  It is even more important when you are heading into the RV.  It is nice to have a clean area (on the mat), where you can sit and take off your shoes before entering, which leads me to my next point… 3. Take your Shoes off before Entering the RV EVERY SINGLE TIME!– This can be tricky and seem tedious if your shoes are not the easy kind that slip on and... [Read more...]

Explore South Carolina

August 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Explore South Carolina

Raven Cliffs Falls tumbles off Upcountry escarpment For first-time vacationers to South Carolina, the state is bursting with surprises. Starting with its size – South Carolina is one of the ten smallest states and the entire Palmetto State isn’t beyond much of a three-hour drive. That means a day trip to the mountainous Upcountry from your favorite RV park in the Lowcountry is a comfortable possibility.  You can easily explore South Carolina by taking a trip to Folly Beach, Edisto Beach or Hunting Island from your best lakeside campsite in the Upcountry. South Carolina has its own bonafide national park – something most of its Southern neighbors can’t claim. Congaree National Park is a world of languid blackwater rivers and protects the largest contiguous old growth bottomland of loblolly pines, tupelo and bald cypress in the United States. Natural wonders extend beyond the swamps; Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. It’s... [Read more...]

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