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The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

March 29, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

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...]

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

March 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

Visiting Vegas and looking for more to do than the usual Vegas hot spots?  Want to experience some spectacular desert sunsets outside the city? Hop off the Las Vegas strip for a respite from the crowds, lights, and craziness, for some fun outdoor adventure in this immaculate desert landscape. An hour outside of Las Vegas and only six miles from the beautiful Lake Mead, The Valley of Fire State Park is the very oldest and largest state park in Nevada.  With 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs, ancient trees, and petrified wood, the Valley of Fire is a great place for photography, picnics, hiking, camping, and more.  The red sandstone formations that make up the present landscape are what remain from a time when dinosaurs roamed the region.  The scenic great sand dunes have shifted, followed by the uplifting and faulting, and then extensive erosion, over the centuries.   There really is no other place quite like it and it draws those people seeking refuge from the glam and glitter of... [Read more...]

While in Las Vegas– Don’t Forget Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and More!

March 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

While in Las Vegas– Don’t Forget Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and More!

Not big on gambling, but want to go to an exciting and lively place with lots to do?  Brought the kids or grand kids along with you?  Not to worry, there is much to do that doesn’t include stepping a foot inside a casino in Vegas. Taking the kids with you and still want to make the most of your time in Vegas?  No problem–Head over to the 5-acre, indoor Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus.  Offering 25 exhilarating rides and attractions, this is just one of the many places along the strip that is kid-friendly.  There is also the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, housing North America’s largest and only predator-based aquarium. Enjoy  some world class golf in one of the many championship golf courses nearby.   Just over a half hour away from the strip, Lake Mead National Recreational Area also offers recreational opportunities year-round to boaters, fishermen, swimmers, water skiers, and more. On land, try out some hiking and biking trails or take the family... [Read more...]

More on Dawson City

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

More on Dawson City

Dawson City–a historic time capsule from days gone by when countless folks caught a bad case of gold fever and impetuously set out to strike it rich quick.  Learn all about them and their lifestyle during a quick trip north of the border, in nostalgic Dawson City. While Jack London didn’t strike gold here, the adventures from his time in the legendary Klondike gained him unbelievable fame and incredible wealth.  His adventures were uniquely portrayed in his exciting short stories and books, which quickly made him famous.  A replica of his cabin was built out of the logs from his original cabin, where he transcribed many of his books.  The replicated cabin (shown above) is now conveniently located at an interpretive site right in Dawson City.  Take a walk through time, in the nearby Jack London Museum, where you’ll glean some amazing facts about the author’s fascinating life and the stories surrounding the eventual discovery of his cabin. While you are in town, you won’t... [Read more...]

Mobile, Alabama – 3 Incredible Destinations in one block…

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile is an incredible children’s science museum – but it isn’t just for kids!  We went on a week day in January; there were a few small school groups when we arrived, but they soon left, and after that we shared it with just a few families, and multiple adult couples of varying ages (who were enjoying it just as much as our tribe was!).  I would totally go here on a date with my hubby! LOL! The museum has it’s own IMax Dome museum (one of only 50 in the world); you sit in steep theater seating, and the screen wraps around you, from down to the floor in front, up and around both sides, and curves over the ceiling above you. We watched Flight of the Butterflies, but of course films rotate out; you can see what’s playing via their website (link at end)! While we were there, one of the staff, Bree, did some experiments for us; she was great!  For her first demo, she had 3 empty plastic cups (not see through), and she poured... [Read more...]

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

March 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

Rest and Relaxation await you at the gorgeous Outer Banks in exquisite North Carolina…pack up the RV, its time for a vacay like no other! Just off the Coast of North Carolina, lies a 200-mile stretch of picturesque barrier islands.  With its rich history and extraordinary lay out, the Outer Banks offer unique experiences for the adventurous and the relaxed, alike.   Set up camp at one of the award-winning RV resorts or stay over at a cozy bed and breakfast.  You will no doubt go from frolicking in the warm surf at pristine beaches to experiencing interesting museums and historic lighthouses.  The Outer Banks will take your breath away with its pristine beauty.  Like a small child in a candy store, you just won’t be able to get enough of each place you stop and see along the majestically scenic Outer Banks of North Carolina. From the First Flight and the Lost Colony, to the exquisite Elizabethan Gardens, there is much to discover, experience, and appreciate, including the “Graveyard... [Read more...]

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

March 19, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

Looking for a fun destination for a road trip this summer?  Want to experience a pristine environment plum full of fascinating history and natural beauty? The exquisite beauty of the Yukon wilderness is strikingly prominent in Dawson City, the heart of the famed 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.  With the Gold Rush, came a huge influx of newcomers, also known as “Cheechakos,” into Dawson City.  Gorgeous stately homes that were built in town at the turn of the twentieth century boasted the latest modern amenities, including electricity, running water, and telephones.  Henceforth, Dawson City became quite the refined city seemingly overnight, which is where the name “Queen City of the North” comes from. Newcomers will want to experience the thrilling, yet tedious task of panning for gold in this gorgeously rugged wilderness where so many have dug before you.  Venture out to the famous goldfields of Dawson City, where you can learn how to pan for your own gold.  Claim # 33 is located... [Read more...]

Luling: Texas Black Gold

March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Luling: Texas Black Gold

Barbecue sauce isn’t the only valuable liquid flowing in Luling. The town is dotted with oil pumps that still move the Texas black gold from the ground. The Central Texas Oil Patch Museum pays tribute to the area’s oil industry. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Once known as “the toughest town in Texas”, Luling was established in 1874 as the far western stop of the Sunset Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The developing importance of the town as a cattle-raising center, combined with the importance of the railroad as a shipping point, allowed the town to grow and prosper. Being the northern terminus of a freight road to Chihuahua, Mexico added to its stature. As the cattle drives to the railroad head decreased, Luling survived by turning to its rich soil and hardy folk. Luling came to be known throughout the region as an agriculture center with cotton, corn, and turkeys as its principal products. Cotton ruled the local economy until the momentous year of 1922. On... [Read more...]

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great game for kids at camp

March 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great game for kids at camp

I learned to play Tic-Tac-Toe when I was attending camp as a child. I played numerous times—at school, with friends, while camping with my parents. I always tried to get better at it so I could beat my adversary—usually my own parents. Back in those days, the game was simply played with paper and pencil. And it’s quite easy to learn, since it’s simply a 3×3 grid that you fill with Xs or Os. The goal of the game is to place three same marks in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row to win a game. But as we grow up, Tic-Tac-Toe loses its appeal for us adults—unless you have kids. I find the best way to learn the game of Tic-Tac-Toe is at camp. Nowadays, the game has developed into a lucrative product that many companies are trying to sell to everyone. There are some games that are magnetized—we have one with planes and boats at the trailer—some are made out of wood while others are simply played on a beach towels with plastic pieces. It is even possible to quickly make... [Read more...]

Click and Explore North America

March 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Click and Explore North America

Use Good Sam Camping’s Explore tool for travel itineraries, tourism info and great destinations in every state and province in North America. Select your destination on our handy interactive map and start planning your adventure today! From the Explore Tab home page, find your desired state or province on the interactive map and click (you can also choose a state from the list on the right-hand side). Each state/province page gives you three ways to learn about your destination: • The Welcome section provides an overview of the state you’re visiting. Learn about each state’s regions and get a sense of your destination’s climate and character. The Arizona Welcome section, for example, covers the state’s northern region, popular snowbird roosts and Native American heritage. • The RV Trip of a Lifetime section suggests itineraries to some of the most compelling attractions in each state and province. Check out great steaks along the Oklahoma leg of the Chisholm... [Read more...]

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