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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

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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...]

Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

This is our daughter’s first ride on the WeeRide in 2012–she LOVED it! While camping with kids, having wheels of some kind is a must. Biking with kids while camping really is one of the funnest activities you can do when camping with kids. We love taking the kids on bike rides since you can go a lot further on bikes than you can walking. Before you set out on the bikes though, it’s best to make sure the route you plan to take is kid-friendly and that you have a helmet for each child. Ideally, you would take a trail that is made for hikers, bikers, and runners (separated from cars). Otherwise you have to constantly pay close attention to the car traffic and stay right with your child, unless of course they are small enough to be in a bike trailer or attached bike seat. With our two, we have our youngest (3) on the seat behind me on my bike and our daughter (6) is either on the WeeRide Co-Pilot Child Trainer bike behind her Dad or on her own 20-inch purple bike. Either way,... [Read more...]

Triassic Park: Petrified Forest

April 5, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Triassic Park: Petrified Forest

We recently toured Petrified Forest National Park, one of the world’s largest and most vibrantly colored assemblies of petrified wood, historic structures, and archeological sites. We entered a mysterious world of ancient trees turned to stone along the 0.75-mile Crystal Forest trail. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The experience exceeded our expectations. The park is actually composed of two sections: the north section is a colorful badlands called the Painted Desert, and the southern section contains most of the petrified wood. The park consists of a 28-mile road that offers numerous overlooks and winds through the mesas and wilderness. Visitors can also choose to hike a variety of trails ranging from easy to difficult. The land below is awash in burnt sienna, deep maroon, dusty purple and sprinkled here and there with vibrant green plants. While touring Petrified Forest National Park, we used OK RV Park at nearby Holbrook as our home base. Located 26 miles west of the park along... [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...]

Big Sky Country Beckons the Outdoorsy

March 30, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Big Sky Country Beckons the Outdoorsy

Once you have experienced Montana, a mountainous, scenic land with the biggest skies you have ever seen; only then will you fully appreciate all that it has to offer and understand why they call it “The Big Sky Country.” With relaxing hot springs, golf courses, and ample outdoor recreational activities, visitors will be amazed by this wondrous, stunning paradise. There is abundant wildlife and big game to be found on the large areas of Deer Lodge National Forest near Georgetown Lake and other public lands nearby.  Hunting is available to the public in many areas and many local establishments provide hunting licenses for visitors and locals alike.  While a permit may be necessary for some of these, visitors may hunt any of the following: bear, fowl, mountain lion, moose, deer, and elk. With countless streams, rivers, creeks, and mountain lakes, there are numerous other activities to choose from as well.  Kayaking, white water rafting, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and... [Read more...]

Sedona Named Top Destinations

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Sedona Named Top Destinations

Sedona, Arizona has been ranked as one of the Travelers’ Choice 2013 Top 25 Destinations in the United States. Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon, another scenic destination, Sedona is renowned for its stunning rock formations such as Cathedral Rock. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Coming in at lucky 13, Sedona is pleased with the abundance of positive feedback and awe-inspiring reaction of both long time visitors and newcomers, according to Chamber news release. “Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Here, you’ll find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations,” said TripAdvisor. “Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself. When the sun dips down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona: the night sky.” “On behalf of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism... [Read more...]

Good Grub, Trophy-Sized Fish, and Microbrew–only in Montana!

March 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Good Grub, Trophy-Sized Fish, and Microbrew–only in Montana!

Ready for some excellent fishing, delicious sandwiches, baked delicacies, and the best microbrew you ever tasted?  Head to Georgetown Lake, just a few miles outside of Anaconda, Montana and enjoy the locally-inspired specialties. Eat like the locals at one of the delicious restaurants and enjoy one of their famous pork chop sandwiches and delicious local delicacies of baked buttterhorns (donuts) and sweetie pies (pastries).  Then top it off with a yummy Montana microbrew (beer produced in a small local brewery).  After dinner, you might also want to check out the Copper Village Museum and Arts Center, which features interesting exhibits with local art and history.  Just 14 miles west of Anaconda, the picturesque Georgetown Lake offers a vast selection of countless activities year round.  Nestled in the middle of three enormous mountain ranges, Georgetown Lake is located 6,425 feet above sea level and extends for over 3,700 acres.  The three scenic mountain ranges surrounding it are... [Read more...]

It’s Crawfish Season, Come Twist Some Tails with Us

March 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s Crawfish Season, Come Twist Some Tails with Us

If you tour Cajun Country you’re bound to encounter crawfish. It’s as inevitable as BBQ in Texas, lobster in Maine, beans in Boston, or potatoes in Idaho. Between every row in a flooded rice field is a long line of traps with bright orange tops that poke out of the water every few feet. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Crawfish, mudbugs, crawdads, or crayfish—call them what you will—are woven into Cajun culture. They raise them, catch them, eat them, and sing about them. They even adopt them as the official state crustacean (July 1983). And for a critter that impacts the state economy to the tune of $120,000 million annually, the adulation seems about right. Crawfish are native to the Louisiana coast, where open water provides a perfect habitat for the crustaceans to burrow and grow. Rice has been a mainstay of Louisiana agriculture since the 18th century. It is one of the few crops the wet and silty soil is able to support. For years, crayfish was a wild product, harvested... [Read more...]

The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

March 29, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

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...]

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