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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...]

Planning Our 2014 Travels With the Good Sam App!

April 6, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Planning Our 2014 Travels With the Good Sam App!

To continue with my post from February 16, 2014 on planning our major camping trip for 2014, I write today to discuss a new tool in my planning: my Good Sam Camping iPhone app. I downloaded it a few days ago to locate a campground for our trip. You may recall that our plan is to “bag” four fourteeners (Colorado Peaks rising 14,000+ feet above sea level) on our trip this summer. Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross can be climbed, one after the other, in one day.  While it takes some strength and determination to do it, the journey is only about eight miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2,200 feet. To begin, I simply searched for, then downloaded the Good Sam app, at no charge, from the App Store on my iPhone. This app is also available for Android users for your Android phone. It took only a minute to download and proved simple to use. Knowing the names of the mountains but not where they were located in Colorado, I googled the first mountain we would climb, Mt. Democrat,... [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...]

A Fascinating Canal Tour & Museum in Augusta, Georgia

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A Fascinating Canal Tour & Museum in Augusta, Georgia

On your way through Georgia? Consider stopping for a few days to check out Augusta!  Our family spent a few weeks camping there last month while helping with disaster relief cleanup efforts after ice storms crippled the area. While we were there, we found so much new to see and do!   Augusta has an incredibly diverse downtown area, with lots of family friendly destinations within a few blocks. One of our favorites, was the Augusta Canal Petersburg Boat Tour and Discovery Center. Originally built in 1854 to provide hydro power for the textile mills that were a vital part of the economic growth of Augusta, the canal still provides hydro power; the Enterprise Mill building, which now houses the canal museum (Discovery Center) as well as numerous other offices, produces all of it’s own power and sells surplus to the electric company thanks to harnessing the canal water force. Our day there started with a 45 minute guided tour of the Augusta Canal in a Petersburg boat.  On the tour,... [Read more...]

Birthday Freebies Galore!

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birthday Freebies Galore!

How do you usually celebrate your birthday?  How does a free steak dinner on your birthday sound?  Many places offer freebies on your birthday—the steak dinner is free at Black Angus for new prime members, plus you get a free dessert when signing up here.  With my birthday right around the corner, I like to start thinking about what special things I want to do that day and especially what free stuff I can get, just for it being my birthday!  For one thing, you can get quite a few free food items on your birthday, but even more importantly, you can get free trips to fun places like Catalina Island or a free lift ticket at Big Bear Mountain Resort.  Just by showing your CA ID or Driving license on your birthday, you can obtain these items for free (normally costing upwards of $50). Join Birthday Clubs online for restaurants and stores, and they usually offer a free entrée, dessert, or other item for free on your birthday. In fact, Chick-fil-A just emailed me about a free yummy Chocolate... [Read more...]

Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

April 2, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

More Home-Remedies for the Insufferable Poison Oak Rash: Can you tell I have now been suffering for almost a week from a poison oak rash that my husband brought home to me as a gift? It happens once a year, it seems, when my husband comes home from work with the dreaded statement: “I got into a little poison oak today.”  And, every year my response is the same: “I’m sorry to hear that,” (thinking, “sucks for you, glad it isn’t me”). But lo and behold, a few days after his incessant scratching and once I have done multiple loads of his dirty laundry, I come down with an equally bad case of it. Which leads me to here: Hopelessly COVERED  in the insufferably ITCHY poison oak rash. SO I write this in hopes that you will heed my warning about this plant and steer clear of it and its brutal effects on your normally beautifully-soft skin. There’s nothing like the hugely grotesque blisters, leaking their pus everywhere, and hot burning itchy pain associated with them, to remind... [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...]

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