Month: March 2010
The first stop on our summer RV trip last year was the Black Mesa Nature Preserve near Kenton, OK. The reason for our destination was climbing yet another state highpoint, Black Mesa. Our guide book had indicated that camping was available at or near the preserve, not far from the highpoint trail. Camping at Black Mesa, OK In winter when preparing for our trip, I emailed the folks in charge of the camping facilities to reserve a spot. We like to have all of those little details taken care of before we leave home when we plan to stop in several locations and time is a factor. The response I received was polite but a bit disconcerting. The gentleman in charge informed me that Black Mesa did not accept reservations; however, he assured me they would have a spot for us. Not one to leave things hanging, I followed up by asking whether, if they were full when we arrived, he would have room for us in his backyard as we were counting on staying in that area that particular evening in July. Needless... [Read more...]
I’ve always thought Santa Barbara, California was a tourists’ dream with its art galleries, museums, theaters, shopping and warm sunny beaches. I see Santa Barbara in the movies, read about it in books and I’m sure I’m not alone in the fact that I secretly hope to run into a movie star while at the local grocery store. But over the years, after numerous visits to Santa Barbara, I learned that this city has more to offer just up the hill, including rock art by the Chumash Native Americans. If you are in for a short scenic drive on a winding mountain highway you can enter the Los Padres National Forest from Santa Barbara easily. (Note: that there is an abundance of RV camping and tent camping available if you want to make more than a day trip out of it!) We took the 101 Freeway to Santa Barbara than took highway 154 toward Lake Cachuma. The highway is slow and steep in the first stretch, but there are lots of passing lanes so just be patient if you are following a slow truck or... [Read more...]
When planning a trip to somewhere new, we always try to get a copy of the state’s travel guide for ideas on what activities are available during the time we will be there. While we always do a little internet research on attractions in an area that we’re headed to, we have also found it helpful to be flexible in our plans. When we arrive in an area, we start asking the locals (at the fuel station, laundry mat, park owners…) what are the best things to see, what local ‘experiences’ are must dos. This has helped us find some fun family outings that we may have missed otherwise. One of the things that we like best about traveling, is being able to try new activities that may not be available at home. Before our month on the Oregon coast, we had never even heard of sandboarding! Now, it is one of my kids fav. sports, and they are excited whenever we are camping near sand dunes. We first came across sandboarding while we were checking... [Read more...]
These two resorts are the crown jewels of RV resorts in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Bentsen Palm Village is the newest RV resort in the area. Retama Village, also new, offers the discerning RVer ownership of a lot with a Coach House or a beautiful RV Coach Port Home. If you are wanting to get away from the harsh winter clime, you will want to consider settling in for the season at Bentsen palm Village, or forever at Retama Village where the fragrance of orange blossoms is in the air and the palm trees sway in the breeze. These two resorts border the World Birding Headquarters and a state park, and they are adjacent to bike trails and hiking trails boasting some of the most gorgeous tropical landscape anywhere. If you get the chance to RV travel south, don’t miss the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Search for an RV park for your visit, at Woodall’s.
One of the great things about having a travel trailer is you can just pack up and go some where for no other reason, then you just feel like it. So when my parents suggest taking the older two to Florida for a couple weeks, we all thought it was a great idea. At then end of their stay, my parents would meet us in Santee, S.C. which is midway between their house in Florida and our house here in Pennsylvania. Yes, they were old enough they could have flown back by themselves, but where would be the family adventure in that? So we looked at our Woodalls book and picked a campground in Santee. Once we picked up the twins from my parents, we figured we’d spend a few days kicking around the area, spending some family time and hearing all about how the twins spent their days being spoiled by their grandparents in FL. This bright green little guy caught our attention One of our days we ventured over to Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner, SC a beautiful little get away with all sorts of nature... [Read more...]
Our family really enjoys combining our penchant for history with our love of r.v.ing! Physically being at a location of historical significance helps to make that event come alive! Being on the road last week, we were excited when we had the opportunity to visit one of the best preserved historical Army forts in the western United States – Fort Davis National Monument. Fort Davis is located in the aptly named town of Fort Davis, Tx. It is located in a beautiful box canyon, and with 24 restored buildings (5 of which furnished) and over 100 ruins and foundations, it was really easy to imagine what the fort may have looked like while it was garrisoned. We started out in the visitor’s center, where we met 2 kid-friendly rangers, picked up Jr. Ranger books, watched an informative film, toured the museum, and checked out their great bookstore (the bookstore had some wonderful old-fashioned kids toys/craft kits.) Then it was off on the self-guided tour... [Read more...]
When we inspected the 2005 Salem travel trailer my son purchased a few weeks ago we were aware that there had been a water leak around a skylight over the shower-tub. There was some visible damage to the wall paneling and ceiling. The previous owner shared that he believed the leak had been stopped – he had added sealant around the skylight. From what we could see and feel, we all agreed that the damage was minor and nothing to be overly concerned about. Boy, were we wrong! As it turned out the leak had not been corrected and water had been dripping, unseen, into the wall every time it rained. Over a period of several years of rain and leakage, all of the wood behind the wall paneling had rotted away. A section of the roof decking between the skylight and the wall was completely gone (black area in photo). Wall and ceiling paneling removed to expose interior water damage. Fortunately, I have carpentry experience that has been passed down to my son. I also have the needed repair... [Read more...]
What was I thinking? In elementary school we learned that the basic necessities for survival are food, clothing, and shelter. In my last post I listed the categories for my camping planning. As I was making my lists, I realized that I forgot clothing! I don’t know how I forgot this essential category, but let me share my ideas with you about what we will need in the way of clothing while camping. I do my best when we go on a trip of any kind to prepare for most any situation that could arise. Obviously, when I’m deciding what kind of clothing we will need for a camping trip, I will check the weather forecast. Even if the meteorologist doesn’t expect rain, I’ll pack rain gear for all of us anyway – especially in the summer when sudden showers are hard to predict. Other than rain gear, here are my initial ideas of what to pack for each person: t-shirts – one long-sleeved and one short-sleeved for each day pants- one pair of short pants (in warm weather)... [Read more...]
Hi, my name is Annie. I’m an English Cocker Spaniel and I am a member of the Berry family. Last summer, my people took me and my two “kids”, Jack and Molly, on a long vacation in our camper. It was a lot of fun! So many sights and sounds and smells! We were in heaven! Jack and Molly had to sleep in their kennel, but I got to sleep with my people because I’m older. I took turns sleeping with mom and dad, then the kids, often in the same night. It was great fun! One of our favorite parts of the trip was a day trip we took into a city called Boston. We all got up early so we could get to the city by 7a.m. so we could get a spot in the downtown parking garage. It was right near one of the most magical places on earth: a giant green space called Boston Common. Right in the middle of the city, it was filled with trees, grass, benches, and yummy things to eat. All around the outside of this big park people were selling food! There were hot dogs, pretzels all kinds of foods and snacks.... [Read more...]
If you are heading to the Big Bend, Texas area, don’t miss the Lost Alaskan RV Park in Alpine, Texas. This is Woodall’s highest rated park in West Texas. Allow yourself extra days as there is so much to see and do in the area. The park offers all tile sparkling clean bathrooms and a handy laundry facility. The swimming pool has a fun splash pad for the kids. You’ll find a nice place for your pet to run complete with a fire hydrant, and a really nice gift shop. There are tons of rack cards for area attractions so you can see all the Big Bend, Texas area has to offer. Don’t forget to go see the mysterious Marfa Lights. See this and other featured locations at the best RV camping web site, woodalls.com.