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We are always on the lookout for a unique day-trip destination that is fun and interesting, and this winter, while we were spending some time in Florida, we found such a treat of a day-trip in Orlando!
We spent a morning at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando, checking out their Discover Center. Wycliffe is a non-profit organization that translates the Bible into languages that do not currently have the Bible available to them in their ‘heart language’ (your heart language is the language that you think, dream, and naturally speak in) . Named after John Wycliffe, the first man to translate the Bible into English, the Wycliffe Discover Center focuses on informing people of the need for Bible translations and the works that are in progress. The Discovery Center is a very engaging, interesting, and informative place; you can either self-tour the facilities, or the center offers 20 minute guided tours on the hour, every hour, from 9 to 3. They also have a special talk... [Read more...]
February 17, 2014 by Rex Vogel · Leave a Comment
It’s Mardi Gras time!
Mardi Gras. Two little words with an infinitely large explanation. For different people it’s different things—an event, an idea, a day, a way of life, piece of history, state holiday, or a million parades and countless memories. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Are you ready?
There are a few terms you will hear throughout Mardi Gras. Familiarize these terms before you embark upon the revelry and you will understand everything going on around you and know how to converse like a true resident during Mardi Gras.
Laissez les bon temps rouler — Let The Good Times Roll
Carnivale — The carnivale season officially begins each year on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, ‘King’s Day’, with traditional balls occurring in the weeks that lead up to the big event.
Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday
Lundi Gras — Fat Monday which is the day before the Mardi Gras holiday.
Mardi Gras Colors — The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold.... [Read more...]
February 16, 2014 by Diane Berry · 1 Comment
The time has come to being planning for our 2014 travels. Actually, the time came about three months ago, but I have managed to put it off until just now with the convenient excuse of being too busy. As a therapist, I can rationalize just about anything, but the time is now to plan our travels for the year.
With that as my task, I sit down to look over our camping goals for the New Year, set at the end of December. I note that Terry and I decided we want to focus on several areas: getting our camper out for at least one trip, traveling together as a family, hiking a few more 14ers, getting out hiking near our home and traveling to Des Moines for Ryan’s college graduation in May. I am hoping to be able to accomplish three of the five with this trip.
My first step is to sit with my Road Atlas and page through it, conceptualizing our potential travel areas. When mapping out our destination and the time it will take to get there, I turn to online tools such as MapQuest, but when just beginning... [Read more...]
Take your pets with you for snowbird adventures when you travel to these RV parks in the southwest United States.
At Good Life RV Resort, a Cal Am Resort in Mesa, Arizona, pets can run loose in a new, fenced-in dog park equipped with ramps, hoops and other dexterity equipment designed for exercise and fun. Two other Cal Am Resorts—Sun Life RV Resort in Mesa Sunflower RV Resort in Surprise—also welcome pets.
To the east, American RV Park in Albuquerque features a dog park located conveniently near the center of the park, making it easy for guests to give their pooches some much-needed exercise.
February 15, 2014 by Good Sam Team · 1 Comment
Southern hospitality extends to dogs, too, at these pet-friendly parks located below the Mason Dixon line. In Sunseeker’s RV Park, Fort Myers, a 1,600-square-foot dog run features benches for dogs’ owners as well as obstacles to keep Fido in shape.
Head to west to Texas, where leashed, well-behaved canines are welcome throughout the Northlake Village RV Park in Roanoke. San Antonio’s Travelers World RV Resort, a Carefree Resort, hosts a Planned Pethood Adoption and Charity Drive to raise money for local animal shelters. The event is a hit among the pet-owning guests, who are welcome to the amenity-rich RV park.
February 15, 2014 by Good Sam Team · 1 Comment
Experience the five-star resort lifestyle at Indian Creek RV Resort in Fort Myers Beach—the finest RV resort in southwestern Florida! Indian Creek is an age restricted resort catering to an active 55 plus crowd and offers guests an extraordinary vacation destination with exemplary customer service. The amenity package at Indian Creek RV Resort is as extensive as it is impressive. Cool off in one of the three beautiful heated swimming pools or take a relaxing soak in the hot tub. Staying active is never a problem with five tennis courts, catch and release fishing, sixteen shuffleboard courts, beach volleyball, three regulation pickleball courts, seven horseshoe pits, bocce ball and a golf net to practice your swing.
This resort also has a great selection of books, puzzles and other reading material at its on-site library—a great place for some quiet down time. Relax and catch up with some friends with an afternoon or evening game of pool on one of the eight handsome billiards tables... [Read more...]
February 15, 2014 by Good Sam Team · 1 Comment
Camp with the best. Stay at the RV parks that landed on our 2014 list of Top Rated Parks, an elite group of RV parks that has each earned a rating of 29 or higher from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory.
This exclusive list of is taken from the guide’s database of more than 8,000 privately owned RV parks, all of which are included in the 2014 edition of the annual print directory and can be found online at GoodSamCamping.com.
Some of these parks are situated in destination areas and can accommodate travelers seeking long-term stays. Others can be found along popular travel corridors for long-term, cross-country trips. Regardless of their locations, these parks have one thing in common: They’ve achieved excellent marks in the areas of amenities, cleanliness and environment.
You can count on the quality at these parks. Each park has been reviewed in person by one of the Good Sam RV Park Review Teams, who use the Good Sam Rating System to grade campgrounds on a 1 to... [Read more...]
When you think of fishing year round, Florida always seems to come to mind, and rightly so. Warmer temperatures throughout the year along with the perfect location featuring salt and freshwater make this state a hot spot for many fishermen.
The central Florida region, in particular, is well known for its fantastic freshwater fishing and has some of the most coveted freshwater fishing lakes in the country. Both professional and recreational fishermen flock to the sunshine state each year for tournaments and other events, others visit simply to enjoy some leisure time on the water. March is prime fishing season for many species available in Florida.
Rainbow RV Resort, FL
Accommodations for trips or vacations in central Florida can fill up quickly during this time of year, but Sun RV Resorts has many locations that offer a luxury resort experience in prime fishing country! Situated next to Crooked Lake and just a short drive from Lake Kissimmee is Rainbow RV Resort, located in beautiful Frostproof,... [Read more...]
Bring your pets with you on your next trip to the West at these great Pacific state parks.
In Southern California, Chula Vista RV Resort And Marina near San Diego area features Pet Stop areas conveniently located throughout the park, allowing furry passengers to stretch their legs after a long journey. Also near San Diego is the Escondido RV Resort, a Sunland property that boast a new, one-third acre dog park. The park opened with a special Dog Day grand opening, with proceeds going to a local animal shelter.
Farther up the coast, Horn Rapids RV Resort in Richland, Washington, helps RVers attend to their canines with a fenced dog run that includes a grooming/washing area.
I keep a well-stocked first-aid kit for my dog in a carrier that is kept in a closet in the bathroom of my RV. This kit includes all supplies needed for temporary care in the event of an emergency, and will help stabilize the situation until I can get the dog to a vet. I include my vet’s phone number as well as the number for poison control (800-222- 1222), my dog’s up-to-date medical and rabies shot records and a quick-reference booklet on ca- nine first aid.
Arlene Chiarolanzio, Florham Park, New Jersey
February 14, 2014 by Good Sam Team · 2 Comments
Don’t leave your four-legged friends behind when you hit the road. Stay at the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks for a hassle-free RV camping trip for you and your pets. These RV parks stand out for amenities and special services tailored to RVing owners of animals.
This select group of parks caters to pet owners who want to their animals to have as much fun on the road as their owners. A number RV parks on the list have fenced-in dog runs on their property, while others have a pet trails for walking. Some of the parks even offer free treats and toys to pets traveling in RVs. You’ll even find fenced in dog-wash stations in some parks.
Facts about RV Pet Owners
If you travel with your dog, you’re not alone. According the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, more than 50 percent of RV travelers bring pets on their travels. Among pet owners who take their animals on the road, 78 percent bring dogs, 15 percent travel with cats and the... [Read more...]
I’ve got a real mixed bag for you this month! Keeping ants out of your RV, boondocking, and some tech Q and A. Hey, did you know you can email your RV questions to me? email@example.com. Selected questions will be published right here in the newsletter. Thanks for your continued support!
How do you keep ants from infesting an RV when left on a gravel drive in Texas for four days while visiting relatives? Thank you, Jean
I have found out painfully that the only way to deal with ants is to practice prevention. That means creating a barrier to stop the ants at every point where our RV’s wheels, jacks, hoses, and cords touch the ground. Use a commercial ant and roach spray to lightly spray hoses, cords, and stabilizer jack pads. Spray around the tires where they contact the ground as well. For towable RVs, I’ve found that spraying the hubs of... [Read more...]
February 12, 2014 by Rex Vogel · 1 Comment
The lights! The glitz! The shine!
Sculpted, chiseled, and twisted red rock formations more dramatic than most others we have seen dominate the park’s 42,000 acres. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
From the bizarre to the beautiful, Las Vegas has it all: New York, NY, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, and Paris—and the Bellagio water fountain show.
When the neon of Vegas becomes too much, head out to Valley of Fire, Nevada’s first state park, so designated in 1935. With its blood-red sandstone cliffs and weird rock formations, there’s an other-worldly feeling here.
Valley of Fire State Park is 55 miles—and a few light-years—northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.
Sculpted, chiseled, and twisted red rock formations more dramatic than most others we have seen dominate the park’s 42,000 acres. We felt as though we had been transported to the alien surface another planet.
The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great... [Read more...]
We recently spent a few days exploring Lafayette, Louisiana. We parked for four nights at Poche’s, just east of town. While this was not our first stop-over in Lafayette, it was our first time to find destinations to explore! These are some of our favorite discoveries:
Vermilionville Living History Park. Much like Williamsburg, with its period costumed re-enactors, Vermilionville is living history Cajun style! This 32-acre, fully handicap-accessible park features numerous homes that are restored, as well as a church, schoolhouse (where we were treated to an upbeat, fun accordion concert), trapper’s cabin and blacksmith forge. The park has a lovely gift shop featuring artisan creations. There is also a great cafe’ onsite that serves Cajun style meals.
There is the informative Watershed Exhibit which features the surrounding flora and fauna, and a cooking school, where the staff gives cajun cooking lessons (check the schedule online). My family’s favorite... [Read more...]
This blog post is presenting you with a different kind of coloring book for children—the kind that will challenge you and encourage your creativity to bloom as little ones use crayons, colored pencils or markers. Because coloring books are small and portable, they make excellent travel companions for kids seeking an activity while on the road. Published through Dorling Kindersley, these books are available online or at bookstores near you.
This was one of the first titles of the series we got. This fun book is packed with fun drawing/coloring challenges as well as information concerning different themes. Let your kids develop new skills as they create illustrations, color images, add finishing touches and design their own scenes about science, nature, people, technology, popular culture and more.
Doodlepedia Animal Antics
From toucans, macaws and other birds of the rainforest to zebras, elephants and lions across the grasslands of Africa, the animal kingdom runs wild in Doodlepedia... [Read more...]
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