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Month: March 2010

Reasons why I love camping…

March 31, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Reasons why I love camping…

Our family has always camped.  Our oldest child was 8 months old when we took him camping for the first time.   We tent camped for several years, until we started having to take 2 rigs to haul all of us and our camping paraphernalia.  While some of the kids were big enough to help, it got to the point where Mom (me) didn’t want to camp because it just seemed like too much work.  But, because we had happily tent camped for years, we knew that we didn’t want to give up camping all together.   We were still hooked. It didn’t take us long to find a travel trailer for our family; we actually bought the first one we looked at (not that I would recommend it, but it worked out for us).  Our trailer (and now our 5th wheel) allow us to go to places that we would otherwise never be able to afford to go.  It also allows us to ‘get away’ from the busyness of home and it’s responsibilities.   Buying an r.v. changed the way that we camped, and we have... [Read more...]

Facebook on the Road

March 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Facebook on the Road

Social internet sites like Facebook are an awesome way to stay connected with friends and family while you are on a road trip in your RV. Facebook allows you to upload photos, videos and links with just a touch of the button! Your computer is a great tool for keeping in touch with loved ones while on the road trip in your RV.  Some of my friends that were not born in the “computer generation” were terribly intimidated by the idea of using these modern conveniences. But once they got started on facebook they felt as savvy as a Jr. High Schooler. It is all very simple. First you type www.facebook.com into your browser. The page that comes up has a login bar at the top and a sign up box below it. This is where you start. Simply enter your name as you wish it to appear on your facebook page, your email address, your password, male or female and your birthday. Then click sign up. Don’t get worried about the whole world being able to see your information. Facebook has privacy settings... [Read more...]

Potty Talk

March 29, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Potty Talk

      Even before I started working on the different categories from my list, the thing that has been on my mind most is needs in the bathroom.  There, I said it.  Southern ladies usually don’t talk about things like that in public, much less on the World Wide Web, but it has to be addressed.   Because we are new to camping, we will definitely be staying at campgrounds with bathhouses.  What keeps coming to the forefront of my mind is, “What am I going to do in the middle of the night?”  In the middle of the night I can count on at least one trip to the potty.  I am sure some of you out there can relate.  In my very first post I mentioned the Cub Scout outings  we participated in.  In the middle of the night I would wake up needing to visit the ladies’ room.  On one particular trip it was quite a hike to the bathhouse from where our site was, so about half way there I was sprinting to make it in time.       To help prevent a repeat of that nearly disastrous... [Read more...]

Campin’ and Trailer Safety Advice From an “Oldtimer”

March 29, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Campin’ and Trailer Safety Advice From an “Oldtimer”

This week’s blog is a collection of my thoughts and advice to all campers. I know from experience what can happen if you are not a conscientious and safe camper. Unfortunately, I have personally made some of these mistakes. I now take steps to be sure they do not happen again. If you are new to trailer towing and campers, read this blog over and over until it is committed to memory. You will thank me later for the advice. I shudder when I see someone dumping their sewer tanks bare handed. Too many times I have watched this being done. Perhaps they escape illness or bacterial infection by the graces of God. I have no way of tracking what happens to those who are so lackadaisical in their dumping techniques. I always wear disposable vinyl gloves when dumping. I am careful not to wipe my face or clothing with the gloves. I used to spray a bleach solution around after dumping to disinfect things, but after ruining some good shirts and pants with the bleach I switched to spraying... [Read more...]

Summer Swimming Safety

March 28, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Summer Swimming Safety

Children love water! Nothing is more tragic then the loss of a child. This feels even more true when the accident could have been avoided. Did you know, it only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown and only 60 seconds for an adult? Whether it is a puddle, bucket, pool, or beach children are drawn to water like bees to flowers. Many times accidents happen just because no one saw the impending danger. No one tells their child to play on the freeway so why do they ignore simple water safety? I like to believe it is just ignorance. When I worked as a lifeguard I was astonished at how many parents just dropped their children at the beach and drove away. (And some of those children could not swim!) When you are at a beach on a lake or in the ocean don’t depend on the lifeguard. Speaking as an ex-lifeguard I can not stress this enough. Lifeguards generally have a large area to watch and it is impossible for them to always be looking at your child! Pool Safety Diving, in the Deep End of the... [Read more...]

The Three Puppies Climb to the Top of Connecticut

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Three Puppies Climb to the Top of Connecticut

Hi it’s Annie, the English Cocker here again. I want to tell you about the trip our family took to Connecticut and the mountain we all got to climb.  Jack, Molly and I went on a long drive with our family and our camper to an RV campground in the northwestern corner of Connecticut. We pulled in and set up, then we all had a really good dinner. Everybody turned in early because we were planning on going for a hike the next day to someplace they called Mt. Frissell. My mom said it was the highest peak in the state. Watering the puppies before our hike When we got up the next morning, we went outside to play and have some breakfast. Then we all loaded into the car and drove for about a half hour. When we stopped and the car was parked, we got out in a really neat place: it was all woods and the road was made of dirt. Our family put our leashes on us and gave us a bowl of cool water before we started hiking. There was a path across the road and we saw some people walking down the path toward... [Read more...]

The Wild Ponies of Maryland

March 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Wild Ponies of Maryland

Just a short drive from the bustling town of  Ocean City, Maryland is Assateague Island National Seashore home to Maryland’s herd of wild ponies. Unlike the wild ponies of Chincateague, these ponies roam free among the islands visitors, so you’ll need to be careful while driving the island that you keep an eye out for the pony in the middle of the road. R takes the horseshoe crab out for a better look Assateague has a nice visitors center that houses exhibits explaining the ponies, and other wildlife that lives on the island. There are tanks with fish, horseshoe crabs and other sea creatures that are native to the area.  The tank with the crabs is a hands on exhibt. So the kids were able to get an up close look at the horseshoe crab (yeah, they’re pretty alien looking)The park rangers there were very knowledgeable and happy to answer any of our questions. There’s plenty to do besides just see the ponies on the island. There’s a nice beach with a guard station,... [Read more...]

Marinated Broiled Shrimp Video and Recipe

March 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Marinated Broiled Shrimp Video and Recipe

This recipe is great for company because all the hard stuff gets done ahead of time and the broiling part only takes a few minutes. There is a great place to get Gulf of Mexico Tiger Shrimp in Port Isabel, Texas and they are a nice size to use for this recipe because these will be split butterfly fashion. Port Isabel Park Center can hook you up with these delightful morsels. By the way, this is a great place to camp, too especially if you love to fish. Take a look at this park or search for an RV park for your visit, at Woodall’s.          Marinade ingredients for 1 lb of shrimp ¼ tsp each, paprika, thyme and turmeric                                                                               1 TBSP Extra Virgin olive oil 1 clove fresh garlic, minced ¼ cup white wine ¼ cup grapefruit juice Pour the marinade onto the butterfly shrimp reserving about ¼ cup for sauce. Let the shrimp marinade for... [Read more...]

USS TEXAS Battleship

March 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

USS TEXAS Battleship

When on a long road trip, finding interesting places to visit on the way to our goal can be a great morale booster.  One of the ways that we keep our kids happy while we are traveling is to make sure that we stop now and again, for a break, at somewhere fun.  Even if it takes us a little longer to get to our destination, it is worth the delay for us to all arrive in good spirits!  Before our trip, we often find a few interesting-looking sites that are on the way to our destination, and we have the kids investigate (on-line) either before the trip, or while we are driving.  When the kids are in charge of figuring out if it is a worth-while stop, they are more invested in it, both because they suggested taking the time to stop, and also because they know that we have limited camping funds.  When it is their decision on whether or not to spend money and time there, they are much less likely to blindly say, “Yeah, let’s go” to every little tourist trap. One of the... [Read more...]

Oscar Writes This Week’s Blog for Dad.

March 21, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Oscar Writes This Week’s Blog for Dad.

Hello.  My name is Oscar.  I am a 4 year old male Dachshund. Oscar guarding the boat My adoptive Mommy and Daddy are unable to write this week’s blog.  They asked me to do it for them. First and foremost, I love to go camping.  I get kinda tired of the same old smells in the yard at home.  When we set-up at a new campsite and go for a walk I get to check out hundreds of new smells.  It is an absolute delight! I started camping as a puppy.  If I remember correctly, I was about 3-1/2 months old when my Mom and Dad first took me to Virginia Beach.  We stayed at the Holiday-Trav-L-Park on one of their new “Supersites”.  Mom and Dad took their bicycles so they could ride them on the bike road fronting the ocean.  Dad made a carrier for me that sat on the back of his bicycle.  This allowed me to go with them. Since we visited Virginia Beach before Memorial Day, I was allowed on the beach.  That was when I discovered sand.  Sand is the most wonderful surface in the world to... [Read more...]

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