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KATY’S KITCHEN – A Piece of the Story about our Country’s WWII era “Secret City”

August 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

KATY’S KITCHEN – A Piece of the Story about our Country’s WWII era “Secret City”

If you read the July 2011 issue of Highway’s, the official publication of the Good Sam Club, you most likely noted a short article near the back of the magazine about “The Secret City”, now incorporated as Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Current history books used in most of our public schools now tell some of the story about this secret city built almost 60 years ago.  There is an increased awareness and interest about the role Oak Ridge played in bringing World War II to an end and how it propelled our nation into the “Atomic Age”.. If you can imagine for a moment our government building a city complete with houses, roads and services that no one outside of a circle of selected officials knew anything about or even where it was –  a city to initially house 13,000 families and 30,000 permanent residents – a city costing millions and millions of government dollars –   and citizens outside of this selected circle knew absolutely nothing about what the project was... [Read more...]

Breathless In Breckenridge

June 2, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

We were on our way out of southern Utah; having spent several days exploring Arches National Park and all of its wonders. If you haven’t heard me say it before, now you will: if you want to view one of the effects of God’s hand on earth, here it is. But more on that some other time; because now I want to tell you about beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado and the danger that waited for me there… The plan was to stash the RV somewhere and stay in our friend’s timeshare near downtown Breckenridge. We were promised beautiful scenery and great shopping and restaurants. The plan didn’t work out because, number 1: We couldn’t find a safe place to leave the trailer, without the SUV, which we would need while we were in town, and number 2: It was dropping below freezing every night and we were concerned about frozen pipes. Instead, we rented a nice site at the Tiger Run Resort, a 5-Woodall RV park just north of the village of Breckenridge. The resort is mostly very pricey chalets,... [Read more...]

Trail of the Ancients: A Journey worth Taking

May 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Trail of the Ancients: A Journey worth Taking

Spring is here. No really, it is (don’t pay attention to the weather on this one). And that means that thoughts of a spring road trip are probably popping into the forefront of your mind. Some of the most striking and recognizable landscapes of sandstone buttes, mesas, and spires in the entire Southwest are found in Monument Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Far too often we see the roads we traverse purely as a means to get from point A to point B. Most spend far more hours in their cars commuting and running errands than truly enjoying what lies beyond the edge of the asphalt or concrete. But once you hit the road in your recreational vehicle, why not get off the roads most traveled and take in the breath-taking splendor of America’s system of scenic byways? The National Scenic Byways Program recognizes over 100 outstanding byways that celebrate the pride and diversity of our communities as well as the stunning landscapes that have shaped our lives. Trail of the... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Update on the Flying Faustini’s or, “ So That’s Why They Call Them “Snowbirds”

April 13, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Some of you  knew we were going to sell the whole enchilada (house, etc.), downsize to a postage stamp, live full time in an RV, and have asked me what happened to that plan. You may not be remotely surprised to learn we’ve changed our plans… because you do it, too. That’s us…the Flying Faustini’s. We change plans!I’ll skip the myriad permutations under which our RV plans have gone in the past few months;  I’m sure your own life is infinitely more fascinating to you. Instead, I’ll just tell you about today. For isn’t today all any of us really have?  We decided we love our home in Prescott, Arizona too much to let it go (can’t beat four seasons light) so we’re keeping it as a base.  Because we miss our friends and family in Whitefish, Montana  beyond measure ,  we’ve decided (like the zillions of pioneers before us) to become official birds of snow…Snowbirdius Americanus. I know, I know.  I recently wrote about how we sold and gave away a ton of stuff in... [Read more...]

Where the Heck is TOAD SUCK ARKANSAS?

February 3, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Where the Heck is TOAD SUCK ARKANSAS?

Shucks, everybody should know that Toad Suck is on the opposite side of town from Pickles Gap . That’s where I found Nancy – Conway Arkansas, not Toad Suck.  Both Toad Suck and Pickles Gap surround Conway. When I hear the name Toad Suck, it conjures up visions of people sucking toads, which brings a big smile to my face.  Actually, the name is supposedly derived from a local tavern where boatmen “sucked up whiskey like toads.” We now live in Mechanicsville Virginia.  Even that name strikes many as odd.  I am often asked if it is a good place to have your car or RV worked on. Actually, we do have our fair share of quality repair shops, but the name is said to have come from a blacksmith shop that was here back in the 1800’s.  Farmers stopped with their wagons full of produce on the way to Richmond markets  for repairs to their wagons. Living where we do often takes us into neighboring states with our RV.  Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina... [Read more...]

Black Friday Sale! 99 Cent Shipping All Weekend Long on Everything

November 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Here’s the scoop on a great Black Friday sale that RVers will be happy to shop! Visit www.woodalls.com any time this upcoming weekend to take advantage of 99 cent shipping on anything! That means you can get the 2011 Woodall’s North American Directory for only $14.95, plus $0.99 shipping and handling! (The Directory retails in stores for $25.95. ) Plus, this great offer is good on every single book, directory or guide in the Woodalls.com bookstore, and we wanted you to be the first to know! START SHOPPING!

Hoover Dam Bypass Project: An Update

September 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hoover Dam Bypass Project: An Update

Hoover Dam Construction began in 1931 and Hoover Dam was completed in 1936. It still stands tall as an engineering marvel high above the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada. Photo courtesy Arizona-leisure Named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, Hoover Dam attracts over 7 million visitors from around the world every year. A National Historic Landmark, Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at 725 feet in height and 1,244 feet in length. At its base, Hoover Dam is 660 feet thick which is 60 feet longer than two football fields laid end-to-end. Combined with its top thickness of 45 feet, there is enough concrete (4.5 million cubic yards) in Hoover Dam to build a two-lane highway from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida. Or imagine a four-foot wide sidewalk around Earth at its equator. With 17 generators producing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity a year, it also is one of the country’s largest hydroelectric... [Read more...]

SUMMER WIND in Dawson, WV – A Beautiful Gem in the Rough.

August 17, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

SUMMER WIND in Dawson, WV – A Beautiful Gem in the Rough.

We had pulled out from Richmond, VA, late in the afternoon heading for Louisville, KY.  I had no idea how far we would drive or where we would stop for the night.  I simply figured that we would find a place to land when we were ready to stop. The only problem with this plan is that I-64 across the West Virginia Mountains is not overly populated with campgrounds, especially those capable of handling a big rig.  If you look in the Eastern Section of the 2010 directory you will find a scant five pages of campground listings for WV – those on I-64 are far and few between. Using the Woodall’s Campground Directory, we located two facilities that were not too far from us.  One was at exit 161 in Alderson and the other at exit 150 at Dawson.  I decided to take the exit off of I-64 for the first facility listing. Whoa Nellie…  there was a tunnel smack dab in front of us with a 9’ 10” maximum height clearance!  With a rig standing 13’ tall there was NO way we were going to... [Read more...]

The Rally 2010 – and the Winner is………

July 29, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The Rally 2010 – and the Winner is………

Splendede donated a RV washer/dryer combo as a prize for a drawing held at the Woodall’s booth Saturday at 2:00 p.m.   This was, of course, part of The Great RV Rally in Louisville, KY this past week. Anxiety was high for the folks gathered at the drawing as Donna Brown reached into the box and pulled out the winning name.  Linda and Karl Deardoff from Camp Hill, PA were the lucky winners of the washer/dryer combo.  Karl was present at the drawing — he was extremely excited, noting that their RV was prepped for a washer and dryer but they did not currently have one. LEFT - Donna Drawing Winning Entry CENTER - Donna With Winner Karl RIGHT - Woodall's Staff Greeting Everyone I commented in an earlier posting that Nancy and I have a WD combo in our fifth wheel.  It is a welcome appliance when we are camped on an extended stay and have a full hook-up.  While RV WD combos are much smaller than the washer you may have at home, they will handle all of your traveling... [Read more...]

Guest Blog Post: RV Travel to Oklahoma City

May 11, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Guest Blog Post: RV Travel to Oklahoma City

Our friends and guest bloggers, Tom & Georgie, kept a blog of their RV travels this past year. You can enjoy their blog at Georgiesgoingwest.blogspot.com. Here is an excerpt about traveling to Oklahoma City. We arrived in Oklahoma City about 4 today after a relatively easy drive from Amirillo. The driving was all on Interstate 40 and not much in the way of hills or curves and in fact, not much of anything.  Tomorrow we will do some exploring here in Oklahoma City and plan to visit Stockyard City, the world’s largest stocker/feeder livestock market. Besides the livestock there are all sorts of shops to provide products for the “real” cowboy.  There is also a restaurant there that as been in operation for 80 years called the Cattleman’s. It open at 6AM! At a quick glance it appears there is a lot to explore in Oklahoma City.  Where to next??  I am not sure other than it will be in a continued easterly direction. Below are a few pictures from our drive... [Read more...]

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