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Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Montana’s Whitefish RV Park: “Keep it secret! ”

July 16, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Watch video of Whitefish RV Park http://blog.goodsamcamping.com “Keep it secret!” I had just told our awesome neighbors at the Whitefish RV Park I was writing a blog for Woodall’s about Whitefish RV…they begged me not to. And I confess that selfishly…I’m torn. Whitefish RV Park is one of those jewels that once discovered, everyone fears the next guy will discover it, too…and the next guy, and the next guy, until the mine is empty. Lucky for you, ethics prevailed over selfishness, so I now present to you, Whitefish RV Park, Whitefish, Montana. Ta dah! Not only is it idyllic, but it’s our very first home as we begin our full time RVing life, so we’re especially thrilled. Wow. What a place. Jeff and Susie Jensen, the owners, don’t do “adequate.” They do great. Being an an RV rookie (hence, the title of my blog), I don’t have many RV parks with which to compare, but I have read billions of RV park reviews and talked with as many experienced RVers. I’ve learned... [Read more...]

Mountain Monograms

July 6, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

While driving eastward on I-70 through southern Utah, we noticed something interesting. Giant letters. One letter at a time, on one mountain at a time, all along the interstate. Why? Who? What? When? Alien guideposts, left behind by ancient navigators? Could they be easily seen markers for little green tourists to follow: “Turn left at mountain ‘M,’ proceed 1.7 glicks SSE to mountain ‘U,’ bear right for .04 glicks to Wooly Mammoth Intergalactic Amusement Park entrance, follow entrance ramp past visitors’ center. You have arrived at your destination: Starbucks.” Hmmm, maybe… But maybe the monograms were left by Paleolithic frat boys… Actually and, more realistically, we’re getting close. It seems that the giant letters began being constructed in the early 1900s by college and high school students as a way to bring fame to their schools and sidetrack any testosterone-fed interschool rivalries that had led to violence in the past. See the “Deuce of Clubs” website’s... [Read more...]

Three Things at Every RV Park

June 26, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Three Things at Every RV Park

In the years we’ve been full-timing we’ve stayed at almost every kind of park imaginable.  The parks range from the no-frills, along the highway, overnight stops, to the middle-of-nowhere camping and fishing locations with national park hiking trails staring right in the park, to the top-end luxury resorts for Class-A MHs only.  Amazingly, there are 3 things that we’ve found at every place we have stayed. Now, before I go on, I want to clarify that these 3 things are not isolated to RV parks; I’ve run across them in every community area that I’ve been in.  It seems that it is human nature to engage in these 3 activities; and that no matter where you go, you will find these 3 things.  So, if it seems to happen everywhere, why am I surprised that it happens in RV parks?  Well, I guess I was just overly optimistic about the nature of the camping community, and thought that campgrounds, that are filled with friendly people sharing a common love of RVing/camping, might be the... [Read more...]

Arachnophobia in New Orleans; Now Who’s Afraid of a Little Spider?

June 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Arachnophobia in New Orleans; Now Who’s Afraid of a Little Spider?

Our Australian Terrier, Rocky (RIP) took me on some memorable walks: “George and Rocky’s Late Night Adventure,” “When Things Go Bump in the Night,” and “So Long Rocky, It Was Good To Have Known You.” And then there are the as-yet-unpublished walks involving coyotes, alligators, snakes, and this one. It takes place, as many of our more memorable walks did, late at night and, this time, a few short blocks from author Ann Rice’s ancient and infamous New Orleans French Quarter and its blood thirsty vampire residents (run tape of rusty hinges, thunder, moans and blood-curdling screams). [Read more...]

Making Ugly Faces at Dogs is Not Permitted

June 22, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Minnesota! Now, who wouldn’t want to live there? Where men are men and women are good looking and all the children are above average… (Thanks to Garrison Keilor and his Lake Wobegon for that). Natural beauty, support for culture and education, good jobs that let hard-working people hold their heads up high, and friendly laws that protect the innocent and scare the dickens out of miscreants… These, I think, are good measures for judging where we might want to live… As are its laws, which I believe are an important measure as to how well they protect the innocent, the trustworthy, the loyal and the brave — our pets. Did you know that in Oklahoma it is against the law to make ugly faces at a dog? And in Normal, Ohio “It is against the law to make any faces at dogs, ugly or not.” [Read more...]

When Things Go Bump in the Night

June 7, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

When Things Go Bump in the Night

Late Fall 2010 This is a story for the pet lovers out there. The kind who can be seen out in the pouring rain, holding an umbrella over their canine child, murmurring encouragements in baby talk, ready to swoop down and retreive the smelly remains of the day’s kibble while chanting, “Good puppy wuppy! That’s a good girl, GOOOD GIRRRLL!” It’s no wonder that non-doggy people think that we’re nuts… It’s also a story for those of you who enjoy scary stories that can be told to the grandkids around a dark night’s campfire.  Stories that could begin with: “With Mom in her kerchief and me in my cap, we had just settled down for a long winter’s nap, when all of a sudden, there came such a clatter…” I just love that introduction. It often provides a nice segue into many of my stories, since a lot of them occur late at night. Like last night… Maureen and I were invited to have dinner with friends at their sticks-’n-stones... [Read more...]

Incoming!

April 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Incoming!

I once wondered, well maybe it was more than once, whether squirrels were really the cute, bushy-tailed forest creatures that they make themselves out to be, or are they really something much more menacing. [Read more...]

So Long Rocky, It Was Good To Have Known You

April 15, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

So Long Rocky, It Was Good To Have Known You

Kingman, Arizona June, 2010 Our faithful little Australian Terrier, Rocky, was put to sleep this morning. I feel like my heart’s been ripped out. I know that those of us who love dogs will understand. We began our cross-country, 9-month RV adventure on December 31st, 2009. Rocky proved himself to be a true “Road Dog;” quickly settling in and seeming to enjoy every segment of our trip. As usual, he was always at his happiest when he was with us. Rocky had a “bad back event” in February, while we were still in Florida. The injury kept him in an animal hospital for 4 days and gained me a new scar on the back of my hand when I tried to pick him up while he was in terrific pain. The vet told us that Rocky had pinched nerves caused by several vertebras that were out of place. But, after a rest and a regimen of meds, he seemed like his old self again. The vet warned us, though, that although his displaced disks were back in place for the moment, we should ensure that... [Read more...]

George and Rocky’s Late Night Adventure

April 14, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

George and Rocky’s Late Night Adventure

September 2009 Rocky decided that he had to go for a walk at 11:30 PM the night we arrived at the Sun ‘N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Florida. It was no big deal; I walk him all the time. He gets constipated from sitting in a car all day, just like me. The difference this time was the size of the park and the fact that I forgot to take my cell phone, flashlight and my BRAIN along with me when I set out on his walk. To makes matters worse, I gave Rocky the lead and he decided that he wanted to take a LONG walk. Rocky The Wonder Dog! Again, no problem, the streets were named and the sites were numbered, after all, but – remember – I forgot to take my brain along for the walk. 20 minutes after setting out I knew that I was lost. I knew that we were set up on site number 36 and I was standing in front of site 445, but I had no idea which way to go to get “home.” I was also worried about the fact that even though the resort had over 3,000 visitors during its busy season,... [Read more...]

A Night on Lum’s Pond

January 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A Night on Lum’s Pond

Our journey east two years back led us to spend a night in Delaware. We really enjoy intermixing full service RV parks with a few more sparsely equipped state and national park campgrounds just to mix things up a bit. In searching for a place to camp over our Delaware night, the perfect destination appeared to be Lum’s Pond Campground. It was perfectly situated to allow us to cover a fair amount of ground the day before our stay, as well as being located quite near the Delaware high point which we were planning to “climb” the following day. The climb would be anticlimactic as it is a drive up high point so once the car is parked, we were pretty much done! "Summiting" the High Point of Delaware We arrive at the State Park Campground with vaccination certificates for our three dogs in hand, (who accompanied us at no extra charge I might add) only to find that the park office had just closed. We managed to track down a ranger just leaving for the day who told us just to go... [Read more...]

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