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Camping with Kids Part I

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping with Kids Part I

Camping with Kids Part I (Tent, RV,Cabin, Teepee, Under the Stars, Etc) Whether you are venturing out for the first time with your own kids or you are bringing along the grand kids with you for a camp out,  this comprehensive guide should help you have a more successful camping trip.  Happy, content, and well-rested kids, helps provide a more restful, relaxing, and less hectic camping experience for the adults. Camp at kid-friendly campgrounds-you will want to have plenty of options to fill their daytime hours, whether you enjoy hiking, swimming, biking, petting zoos, water parks, playgrounds, horseback riding, etc. Pack a bed (cot, pack and play, etc) and/or sleeping bag for each kid- You may think that since they sleep in your bed with you at home, they will do best sleeping with you while camping.  While it may seem like a good idea at the time, sharing a sleeping bag with your little one–even the zip-together bigger sleeping bags– can make getting a good night’s... [Read more...]

Modding your RV – think outside the box…

January 22, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Modding your RV – think outside the box…

or in this case, Inside the Closet!!! While not everyone travels fulltime with 10 children, most of us with RVs would like to modify them in some little way to meet our needs better. For some, that means adding shelving, or pulling down valances and adding black out curtains, or changing out that plastic toilet for a ceramic one more like the house, or even painting some of your inside walls. In many instances, modding your RV is a lot like remodeling your house. There are certain, very glaring differences sometimes, like making sure of the width of outside walls so any screws you use on the inside don’t go through your gel coat on the outside. Some aren’t so glaring, like remembering that any weight that you add with your mod makes a permanent impact on your GVW. And some are handled just like they would be in a house, like hanging wire shelves or painting. For our tribe, it has taken some permanent, and sometime extensive mods to get our crew to comfortably fit in our... [Read more...]

OLD GAS PRESSURE LANTERNS – Restoring My Past

January 3, 2013 by · 10 Comments 

OLD GAS PRESSURE LANTERNS – Restoring My Past

The bright white glow of the lantern hanging on a tree limb would gradually dim to a yellow ball. My Dad would remove the lantern from the tree limb, set it on the ground and vigorously move the pump in and out to pressurize the fuel tank.  Like magic, the lantern would come alive again with a bright white light.  This ritual was often repeated multiple times after darkness fell. We would sit near our campfire and watch the moths and flying beetles swirl aimlessly around the light – sometimes hitting the globe and succumbing to the heat from the lantern. These memories go back 54 years.  I was 12 years old and we were camping near Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee.  There was no RV – only a canvas tent and down filled military surplus sleeping bags from the Korean War rolled out on the ground. I treasure those memories, as they were a significant part of my indoctrination into the fun, mystery, and excitement of camping in the great outdoors. Lantern as found with no globe My Dad passed... [Read more...]

Christmas Ideas for the Outdoors Lover in Your Life!

December 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Christmas Ideas for the Outdoors Lover in Your Life!

As a follow up to my Stocking Stuffers post a few weeks ago, each year I like to write a blog to share some Christmas gift ideas for those in your life who enjoy the outdoors…or maybe for yourself! I like to try to come up with ideas that may not occur to you, to stimulate your imagination and perhaps lead to that one gift that will be enjoyed year round. As with the St. Nick’s ideas, couple of traditional favorites include a new calendar to help plan trips in the New Year and the newest edition of Woodall’s Guide for the same reason. But every year I also like to add a few new ideas that may simply not have occurred to the typical Santa. Here are my ideas for this year: Terry’s New Butter Fleece Jacket…shhhh 1)     A new Butter Fleece to wear as a top layer on cooler spring or fall days and under an outer layer during winter. My family cannot get enough of this fleece; we each have several and wear them throughout the year. While many of them are the ¼ zip variety,... [Read more...]

Black Friday Camping with an RV

November 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Black Friday Camping with an RV

Many folks enjoy getting killer deals the day after Thanksgiving.  In fact, some will go to so much trouble as to camp outside of particular stores days in advance in order to get a good spot.  While some will sit in a chair, others will actually pop-up a tent and get themselves extra comfortable since they figure they will be spending lots of time waiting, including at least one night there.  They do this in order to get the first pick of all the amazing deals at a given store, and possibly even come up on a freebie or two. Some 34 percent of American consumers plan to shop on Black Friday, the beginning of the hectic Christmas shopping season, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.  Depending on their shopping list, people will camp outside of Walmart, Best Buy, Target, or any other store that offers the best deals on the items they desire.  More often than not, stores will offer special savings and free stuff for the first 25 (or more) people in line.  The... [Read more...]

Magellan Offering a $20 Discount of RoadMate GPS

November 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Magellan Offering a $20 Discount of RoadMate GPS

Magellan contacted us yesterday and asked us to share with you a wonderful Black Friday discount coupon. This week, you can purchase the Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM for $20 off the list price. That’s on top of the $110 off sale that Camping World is advertising for Black Friday. Just use the code: 2488. You can buy yours at CampingWorld.com. Offer good from 11/22 – 11/25.

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

November 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

Sitting around a campfire with a group of old friends or new acquaintances inevitably brings out personal stories that speak of the trials, tribulations and adventures we all encounter during our RV travels.  Such was the case last week as a group gathered on a cool November night.   That’s when Allan shared the unfortunate but somewhat humorous adventure he, his dog and wife endured as they crossed the Frances Scott Key Bridge in Washington, D.C.:   We are finally underway to meet our fellow Cedar Creek RV Owners Club friends for our End of Year Rally at   Willow Tree Resort in South Carolina.  Our Terrier, Duffy, and I really needed this getaway.  We had planned getaways earlier this fall but had to cancel them for my hernia operation and my son’s spinal surgery.  Then, we were forced to delay our departure for this trip when Hurricane Sandy caused a blackout at our home. The ride from our home in PA to Willow Tree normally takes about 10 hours.  I was so looking... [Read more...]

FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET

November 4, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET

Free High Speed Wireless Internet. As Nancy and I have recently gathered around community campfires at a number of RV parks, this is often brought up as a highly desired feature sought after by RV’ers visiting destination RV parks and campgrounds. In our continually expanding connectivity market Internet service is, in many cases, relatively easy for campground owners to install and offer as yet another amenity. But the question remaining is; just how much are all of us willing to pay for this free high speed internet? “What”, you might ask, “is this guy talking about – he just said free high speed Internet? Yea – it is free, just like a campground swimming pool, clean and modern bath houses, playgrounds, concrete patios, cable TV and on and on……. Sorry guys – it isn’t really free.  ALL of us pay for those swimming pools and ceramic tile bath houses whether we use them or not.  We have stayed at more RV parks than I can remember – and NONE has ever offered us... [Read more...]

“THROWED ROLLS”

October 22, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

“THROWED ROLLS”

Have you ever been in a restaurant where the servers throw huge 5-inch in diameter, hot, yeast raised rolls across the room with hopes that you will catch them? If you answered yes, you have most likely visited one of the three locations where Lambert’s has one of their original “Throwed Rolls” cafes. We stopped at Hinton RV Park just off I-55 in Sikeston, MO.  When we checked in, the park attendant handed us a packet of information on local points of interest.  The one that caught our eye was for Lambert’s Café.  We were told that Lamberts would send a driver to the RV Park to pick us up for dinner and then bring us back to our RV.  With an offer like that, how can you refuse? When we arrived at the restaurant our chauffer took us to our table, gave us some preliminary warnings and left us to our server.  At that point, a young man in jeans and red suspenders came down the center isle of the restaurant shouting “Throwed Rolls” and then pitching them to anyone that held... [Read more...]

An Easy Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

October 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

An Easy Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

Back about the time the Woodall’s blog first began early in 2010, a colleague of mine posted an absolutely inspired post about the wisdom of camping with your crock pot. An easy way to make great meals to feed hungry campers, she said her family never traveled without one in the camper. Since I read her post, neither has mine. I am writing to share with you today a terrific twist on a family favorite that is sure to satisfy hungry hikers, bikers, campers and outdoors people of all ages: Slow-Cooked Beef Sandwiches with a Southwestern Flair. The ingredients are easy to acquire: 1 beef chuck roast, 2-3 lbs. (I buy whatever is on sale and have never been disappointed) 1 onion, coarsely chopped 1 can petite diced tomatoes 1 can chicken broth Fresh green chilies or 3 cans diced green chilies (the original recipe I modified called for 3 cans chipotle chilies in adobo, but we about burned our tongues off when eating it, so if you are a purist, consider yourself warned!) 2 Tbsps chili powder 2... [Read more...]

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