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Colorado Rafting – the Ideal Colorado Camping Day Trip

December 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Colorado Rafting – the Ideal Colorado Camping Day Trip

Cool Times on the Colorado River – Colorado Camping Day Trips to Enjoy Colorado Rafting Prove Fun, Safe and Memorable By Jamie Reger-Vukelich, Article Courtesy of Woodall’s Directory Even with a length of 1,450 miles, the Colorado River is not the longest river in the United States (that title belongs to the Missouri), nor does it conjure up romantic images like the Mississippi. None the less, if you ask someone to name the river for the ultimate boating experience, more than likely the first name they will come up with is the Colorado and the second thing they may tell you is that it is only for expert river runners. The first statement is certainly true, but the second one is false. The Colorado River offers stunning beauty and a wild water adventure for every age and experience. If you’re Colorado camping, the Colorado is truly an amazing waterway and a must-do of all camping activities. Called “Rio Colorado” (Red River) by the Spanish, it was named for the... [Read more...]

Life on the Road [Full Time] with Pets and Kids

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Life on the Road [Full Time] with Pets and Kids

Written by By Julee Meltzer, Article Courtesy Woodall’s Email Newsletter When we first decided to become full-time RVers, we never imagined that we would find ourselves playing defense for a way of life that we love so much. Needless to say, full-time RVing isn’t for everyone. Space is tight. Fuel is expensive. And even though you’re living out in the margins of society – there are still deadlines to meet, bills to pay, things to fix, and lessons to learn. However, when we first started writing about RVing with pets, we ran into an unexpected form of resistance from other pet owners that disapproved of the treatment of our traveling companions. The criticism, it seems, stems from the assertion that cats and dogs were not meant to spend their lives moving from place to place. At first glance, I found their comments (usually delivered by e-mail) a little odd – given the fact that cats and dogs have accompanied travelers since time began. Explorers routinely... [Read more...]

RV Vacations Strengthen Family Relationships

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RV Vacations Strengthen Family Relationships

Today’s fast-paced life often leaves busy parents searching for opportunities to spend quality time together as a family. Increasingly, families are discovering that vacationing in an RV is the best way to cement family relationships while having a great time. “Bringing the family closer together was the top answer for parents when asked what are the most important benefits of family RV camping in “Campfire Canvass,” a semi-annual nationwide survey of a random sample of RV owners by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Other highly ranked responses were “providing a learning experience,” “teaching kids to respect nature,” “broadening their horizons,” and “developing wholesome values.” In a recent research study conducted by Louis Harris and Associates, nine out of 10 current RV owners said RVs are the best way to travel with the family. Perhaps even more significant, 62 percent of survey respondents who have... [Read more...]

10 Quick, Easy Weekends

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10 Quick, Easy Weekends

Winter break is gone and the kids are back in school. Your vacation time has all been used up. You are getting that head-down, slumped-shoulders sort of posture that clearly indicates you’re in serious outdoor-recreation withdrawal. But what can you do? Between parents’ job commitments and the kids’ renewed academic and sports demands, there’s little time left for camping trips. However, there are some great places to go camping that are closer to home than you might have thought. We’ve highlighted more than 25 fun places within a couple hours’ drive of 10 major metropolitan areas across the United States. Any of these can make the perfect, quick and easy weekend getaway! Weekend Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota Camping The “Twin Cities,” as this Minnesota metro area is referred to, lies in the heart of one of the great outdoor-recreation states. Within minutes of downtown St. Paul, you can be at Lake Elmo Park Reserve Campground, a 105-site (80 drive-in, 20 equestrian, 5... [Read more...]

Camping Activities in Athens County, Ohio

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Camping Activities in Athens County, Ohio

You don’t have to go to Greece to experience history, culture and the arts By Lisa Halvorsen, Article Courtesy of Woodall’s Directory Athens County brings a world of camping activities. Here’s some of our favorites. On the last Friday of every month except December, you can celebrate Final Friday on the square. Many businesses stay open late, with artists opening their studios to the public. The event features special activities such as new art exhibit openings, art chats, and sidewalk entertainment, including street musicians. The annual Nelsonville Art and Music Festival celebrates the arts with live music, art vendors and regional foods. Or plan your trip around the Parade of the Hills, a celebration held every summer for almost 60 years, with art walks, an old–time fiddlers’ competition, three parades and numerous other events. The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, also in Nelsonville, promotes the arts, crafts and culture of southeastern Ohio. Its 6500 square feet... [Read more...]

All-Aboard in Maryland!

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All-Aboard in Maryland!

A glimpse into the railroad industry of yesteryear and its large links to Maryland. By Lisa Halvorsen, Woodall’s Campground Directory It’s “all aboard” for train buffs visiting Maryland, as this small state has a large number of interesting museums and historic sites with a strong railroad connection. You also can enjoy a scenic rail excursion and visit some former railroad depots that have been given a second life as restaurants or museums. So hop on board to explore the state’s rich railroad heritage. [Read more...]

Navigating America’s Roads

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Navigating America’s Roads

How  our modern highway system came to be and how to make sense out of its  identification and numbering scheme Post by By Millie Evans, Courtesy Woodall’s Email Newsletter A foot  and light-hearted I take to the open road.  Healthy, free, the world before me, The  long brown path before me leading wherever I choose… - Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road” Some  road trips live on as legends, but others are best forgotten.  Some journeys  merit retelling and remain impossible to forget…like the road with no name or  number.  When  you’re RVing down the highway at a good clip, enjoying the freedom of the path  ahead, singing Willie Nelson’s classic “On the Road Again,” it’s nice to know  where you are and where the pavement ends. Sure, it’s fun to be free and easy  traveling America’s vast highways, but at some point you’ll have to make  decisions. [Read more...]

A Great Place for Birding: RVing Alabama’s Gulf Coast

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A Great Place for Birding: RVing Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Post Written by Kathryn Lemmon, Reprinted from Woodall’s Regional Publications My appreciation for birds really began with a trip to Costa Rica some years ago, where our tour group tallied 102 bird sightings in 10 days. That qualifies as a success. We trekked through mud and rain. We got up especially early and went out late, to see what Mother Nature had to show us. Who needs an alarm clock when the howler monkeys wake you daily at 5 a.m.? The highlight, at least among the birds, was seeing a quetzal, whose iridescent green feathers were coveted by the ancient Mayans. They did not harm this rare jungle creature, oh no – harming a quetzal was considered a capital crime, and his tail plumage was more precious than gold. I think they had the right idea. By all accounts, interest in birding is on the rise. However, you need not travel as far as Costa Rica to see birds, although the quetzal does remain a magnet for serious birders. [Read more...]