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Conquering a Demon–Part 1

Conquering a Demon–Part 1

January 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

On a snowy day in early December I decided to face my demons, well, one of them anyway. Since we moved to a downhill skiing Mecca nearly two years ago, I have been terrified of the sport. I begrudgingly went skiing with my husband and two of my children the Friday after Thanksgiving the past […]

It’s Time for Snow…Birds, That Is

It’s Time for Snow…Birds, That Is

December 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We have chosen to be reasonably warm year-round, so we are snowbirds. Every year when I hear the honks of the Canada geese overhead at our home in Alberta, something in my genes starts pulling my inner-compass to the South. And an inner voice whispers: “Surely you’re as smart as a goose.” Feeling that I […]

RVing ’round Texas

RVing ’round Texas

December 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Even those of us who visit Texas frequently and spend a big chunk of our time traversing it leave most of the Lone Star State untouched. Our Texas RV Travel Bucket List continues. Goliad Goliad is one of the few places in North America where you can visit both an 18th-century Spanish-Colonial mission and presidio […]

Snowbird Destinations—Escaping to the Sunbelt

November 19, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Check out the following snowbird tips and info from our Snowbird Destinations newsletter, delivered every month to your inbox. Get advice on everything from social activities to side trips, and use this information to get a great start for that long-term trip to the Sunbelt. Keep an eye on your inbox for future editions of […]

Joys of a Texas Bucket List

Joys of a Texas Bucket List

June 6, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Texas is big and brawny in every way, a state brimming with natural assets. Whether visiting rugged mountains, sandy beaches, wild canyons, or the piney woods, the “Lone Star State” pleases travelers in a million wonderful ways. Our Texas RV Travel Bucket List continues. Balmorhea State Park Balmorhea State Park is located on less than […]

Survey to Determine Why Winter Texan Numbers Have Declined

Survey to Determine Why Winter Texan Numbers Have Declined

February 18, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The number of Winter Texans coming to the Rio Grande Valley has fallen, and folks at the University of Texas-Pan American want to know why. They’re asking Winter Texans to fill out a survey on its website. Penny Simpson, director of the Valley Markets and Tourism Research Center, said it will take about 15-20 minutes. […]

Are You Ready for a Snowbird Tax?

Are You Ready for a Snowbird Tax?

February 13, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

The governor of a northern state is proposing a snowbird tax on residents who live 60 days to just under six months in the state. Spend most of the year in Florida, Texas, Arizona, or another Sunbelt state, and a snowbird smack down could be your new reality. Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota is proposing […]

Snowbird Destinations: WHERE to ROOST?

Snowbird Destinations: WHERE to ROOST?

January 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Snowbirds are typically retired seniors who have the desire and financial ability to be away from home for extended periods of time. As our population ages the number of people considering this lifestyle increases. Every winter, more than 1 million RV snowbirds wing south to the U.S. Sunbelt to escape the winter cold. RVers who […]

Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas to All

December 22, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

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 […]

6 Reasons to Love Texas Food

6 Reasons to Love Texas Food

April 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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. Texas Oysters Texas may be best known for beef, but its bay oysters rank second to none. […]

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