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RV Around Texas

March 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

RV Around Texas

With 267,000 square miles of amazing opportunities and unforgettable destinations, an RV visit to Texas is always exciting. Our Texas RV Travel Bucket List continues. San Antonio River Walk The River Walk has grown to a stunning eight miles and will stretch to 15 miles by 2013. Each part offers a unique look and feel. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The famed San Antonio River Walk is 2½ miles of beautifully landscaped waterfront with hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping and is one of the main tourist attractions in the state of Texas. Historically, the waterway was used by Spanish explorers to provide water to their missions. In 1929, Robert H.H. Hugman submitted his design plans to turn the area into a beautiful urban park with apartments, dining, shopping, and boat rides. Since 1938 the River Walk has been a hub of culture for San Antonio. You can learn about San Antonio’s history aboard a river cruise, people watch as you enjoy delicious food on many of the restaurant’s... [Read more...]

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

March 9, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

The only thing better than ‘right now’ will someday be the memories of right now! Digital is not difficult to shoot and good results are achievable, but one must know the basics of photography as the fundamentals remain the same, irrespective of the recording medium. Pictured above is Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved You’ve probably an RVer because you love to travel, you want to see the natural and manmade wonders of North America, or you just don’t like being tied down to one place. Whatever the reason, are you keeping a visual record of your RV travels? Do you take photos of your RV memories? If not, why not? Traveling in an RV allows us to move at a slower pace, which gives us a chance to see things that often times go unnoticed. RVing gives us an opportunity to get closer to and experience the beauty of nature. In addition to hiking, biking, boating, nature study, and birding; photography is a natural activity to... [Read more...]

Alabama Mardi Gras Comes to Kentucky

January 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

To escape winter in north-central Kentucky, we decided to head south to the Gulf Coast and chose an RV park near Gulf Shores, Alabama, for the month of January. As we toured the area, we noticed that slowly the Christmas decorations were being replaced by Mardi Gras colors. Rex, the King of Carnival, selected the Mardi Gras colors in 1892. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Wreaths, banners, tinsel swags and signs started appearing in shop windows and on homes. Trees were redecorated with new ornaments and garlands in those special hues. Stores displayed hats, beads and party supplies. Bakeries hung signs encouraging hostesses to “Order Your King Cake Now!” King cake is a brioche-type pastry, rolled or braided into a circle. It is flavored with cinnamon and sugar-frosted in Mardi Gras colors. A token — a coin, a bean, or a tiny plastic baby — is hidden inside. Whoever gets the token is the king or queen of the party. Nowadays most bakeries won’t put... [Read more...]

There’s Still More to Love about Texas Food

January 7, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

There’s Still More to Love about Texas Food

Texans take their food as seriously as they do their football. Many Winter Texans and other visitors to the Lone Star State have the good sense to agree with them—that Texan food is that of the gods. 1. Po Po Family Restaurant Bright neon letters spell “CHICKEN, STEAKS, SEAFOOD” across the rock exterior of Po Po Family Restaurant. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Bright neon letters spell “CHICKEN, STEAKS, SEAFOOD” across the rock exterior of Po Po Family Restaurant, just off I-10, 37 miles north of San Antonio at the Welfare exit #533. The neon and the notice tell you what to expect at Po Po’s: a menu that requires no translation, featuring traditional American and Southern fare, cooked to order. Po Po is not just your ordinary restaurant. This eatery has a unique history with a cast of unique characters and circumstances, a matchless plate collection, as well as some of the best food in the Texas Hill County. The warmth and hospitality are hard to beat. If you have ever... [Read more...]

May you all have a Blessed Christmas, no matter where the season finds you…

December 24, 2012 by · 8 Comments 

May you all have a Blessed Christmas, no matter where the season finds you…

This year will be our fourth year celebrating Christmas in an RV; the 3rd in this particular 5er. And we couldn’t be happier about it. While we no longer have the 8′ tree, or the strings of lights outlining the rooftop, or the fancy Christmas dinner with a dozen sides like in the sticks n’ bricks, Christmas still holds the same wonder. Sure, we have had to make some changes in how we celebrate, due to our compact abode, but we are finding that we prefer many of our altered traditions. In the RV, we don’t go all out decorating, mostly because we don’t have room to haul decorations around with us (we still love to look at other RVer’s lights!), but we do have a small tree that the kids decorate, and we trim the slides with garland and small colorful balls. We don’t buy gifts based so much on money and number anymore as we do size, and we now prefer ‘experiences’ over physical stuff. We no longer cook on the same scale as we did in our... [Read more...]

Merry Christmas to All

December 22, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Merry Christmas to All

It’s Christmas weekend, the most wonderful time of the year. Season’s greetings fellow RVers, campers, snowbirds, wanna-bes, birders, photographers, hikers, and everyone who loves the great out-of-doors…and all Woodall’s blog readers! Thank you for reading our camping blogs this past year! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season. May the miracle of this wonderful season fill your heart with peace and happiness and bless your life throughout the year. As we approach Christmas Eve we’re on the Alabama Gulf Coast enjoying balmy Gulf breezes, discovering the beauty and diversity of the area, and indulging the palate in fresh from the Gulf shrimp, oysters, and native fish. For me, the ultimate experience of camping and RVing requires a camera. Without a camera I bring home memories. With a camera, I bring home a series of images of the memories that I can return to over and over and share with readers of my posts. Memories become more complete and... [Read more...]

Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Must-Read!

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Must-Read!

Are you feeling stressed out by the mad holiday rush and last minute Christmas gifts you still need to get?  It is usually around this time of year, with less than a week to go before Christmas, that I really start to feel the pressure.  I feel it all month long, really, but it’s especially bad in the last home stretch, with less than seven days to go, that I really feel the stress.  Really, I should just bite the bullet and go shopping for all of those last minute gifts, but this year money has been especially tight and I have way more last minute gifts to buy than normal.  So with that said, my goal now is to do my best with what I have and then pray that everyone gets taken care of, just in the nick of time. Read-on for Practical Tips that will Save You Time and Money!  My Goal is to do what I can to finish as early in the week as possible, so that by the weekend, all I have left to do is the wrapping (my favorite part!) Here is my Plan of Attack (that you are welcome to follow... [Read more...]

Tex-Mex New Year’s Eve Food

December 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

I know, I know…I’m pushing it.  Christmas isn’t even here and I’m going to talk to you about food on New Year’s Eve.  We live in Texas and we are loyal to our state with every fiber of our being.  That said; let me tell you where some of this loyalty comes from. When someone says, “Let’s go get some Tex-Mex,” I’m out the door.  Leading the pack…mouth watering.  I can’t get enough of it.  I long for it when we visit other states and people look at me like I’m speaking a foreign language when I ask them if they serve Tex-Mex. During New Year’s Eve at parties and homes across Texas you’ll find Texas Caviar, BBQ, desserts, varieties of Tex-Mex dishes and the traditional tamales being served. You don’t necessarily have to live in Texas to get this food but evidently, this is a well-kept secret in other states. So, I’ll just do my part by telling you the virtues of Tex-Mex.  Before long you’ll be yelling, “Que pasa, partner” while waving a margarita... [Read more...]

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Revised by…… well, ME!)

December 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Revised by…… well, ME!)

It was the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the camper, Not a creature was stirring, nary was there a scamper. The stockings were hung by the campfire with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of  iPads danced in their heads, With Mom in her Snuggie, and I in my Crews, We had just settled down for the Late Night News - When the camper started shaking, I sprang from my chair, I thought that the awning must have caught air. Away to the door I flew like a flash, Slipped on the floor, and scattered the trash. The Scare Light sparkled on new fallen snow, Gave the luster of mid-day to a gas grill below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a Winnebago Brave, packed full of gear. The engine sputtered as if it were dry, With the miles it had traveled, it was no wonder why. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. Faster than rising fuel prices,... [Read more...]

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Deck the Wheels with Bells of Holly! Whether you are traveling somewhere in your RV for Christmas or are a full-timer, there are many ways that you can decorate your RV for Christmas: like you would a house just on a smaller scale. While walking through a campground in Southern California over Thanksgiving weekend, I already spotted a few RVs that were decked out with their Christmas décor.  These campers wasted no time in getting their Christmas décor out and up in their RVs.  To be honest, I thought it a bit early (being Thanksgiving weekend, I suppose that is not sooo early).  Then upon second look, I realized just how nice and homey it made the RV look from the outside.  You could see the dash board was covered in some kind of lit-up village and there were lights and garland all around.  A small Christmas tree was sitting in a pot in the front and the RV just emanated the warmth and cheer that Christmas seems to bring every year. Decking your RV out with Christmas Décor this... [Read more...]

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