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Guest Blog Post: Rustic Camping at Willamette National Forest in central Oregon

April 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Guest Blog Post: Rustic Camping at Willamette National Forest in central Oregon

If you enjoy rustic camping, no electric, pumping your own water, and using pit toilets you will enjoy the Willamette National Forest in central Oregon, east of Sweet Home, OR on Hwy 20. Photo: Icy water runs through Opal Creek in Willamette National Forest. The campground we chose was Yukwah. It has 20 sites, all suitable for RV’s or tents. We enjoyed site # 13, a pull through. Each site has a table and a fire ring. It is near both a bathroom and a water pump. We chose this campground because it has a barrier free observation deck jutting out over the banks of the South Santiam River. We enjoyed the barrier free trail surrounding the campground. It has a 14 day limit. We stayed for ten days. Provisions are easy to obtain in the town of Sweet Home, 19 miles away. Find out more about Willamette National Forest Camping in central Oregon. Guest Blog Post submitted by: William Crowell of Sweet Home, Oregon About the author: My wife and I are in our 60′s and retired.... [Read more...]

Fire Safety In Your RV

April 30, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Fire Safety In Your RV

There isn’t anything that can ruin your vacation faster then a fire. The devastation a fire can be catastrophic. In addition to causing an out of control wildfire, there is the potential for loss of life and property. Smoke and CO Detectors Most people make sure they have working smoke detectors in their home. Do you have smoke detectors in your RV? Do you check the batteries each time you take it out? This is your first line of defense! There has been a lot of talk the last few years about putting carbon monoxide detectors in your home in addition to the traditional smoke detector. This is extremely important in an RV. The RV is considerably smaller than the average home; there is less clean air to mix with the deadly gas. To avoid asphyxiation have a working carbon monoxide detector in your RV and always make sure you have plenty of fresh air circulation. Open overhead vents and turn on exhaust fan when you are cooking. Fire Extinguishers You should make sure that you have a five-pound... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Forest River Cedar Creek

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Family Friendly RV: 2010 Forest River Cedar Creek

2010 Forest River Cedar Creek Previously $41,500 – Now $38,900 35 ft. fifth wheel sleeps 8 so there’s room for the whole gang! Features three slide-outs, king size bed, bunk room, flat-screen TV, 50 Amp Service w/ Washer & Dryer Prep, dining table w/ 4 chairs, and more! Offered from The Great Outdoors RV Company in Evans, CO. Learn more about this 2010 Forest River Cedar Creek! Find more great RVs on

Camping With Friends — Joining a Club or Attending a Rally

April 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Camping With Friends — Joining a Club or Attending a Rally

All of my fellow Woodall’s Blog writers have spent a considerable amount of time writing about the pleasures of camping with family – our children or grandchildren in particular.  Another pleasure often associated with camping is spending time with friends. For the past several days we have been parked at Rockahock RV Resort, a beautiful waterfront campground in Lexana, VA, with fourteen other Cedar Creek RVs and their owners enjoying great food, friendship and stories around the nightly campfire.  We are all part of what is commonly called a “Rally”. A RV rally is simply a group of folks with similar interest, in this case the owners of a certain brand of RV, gathering together for anything from a few days to a week or longer for no other reason than to spend time together and have fun.  Truthfully, the particular brand of RV that has brought us together for this gathering has nothing to do with the friendships we develop at these gatherings. The Waterfront at Rockahock RV... [Read more...]

A Place to Call Home in Taos, NM

April 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A Place to Call Home in Taos, NM

Taos, NM is a place we have come to love. In our summer RV travels, we venture out there nearly every year at either the beginning or the end of our roadtrip. Last summer, we discovered our new “home” in Taos, the Taos Valley RV Park and Campground. Located a block off the main street in town, Paseo del Pueblo, the Park is close to nearly everything one could want to see and do in Taos. But more important than its proximity, is the attitude and helpful friendliness that abounds in the park. The site we chose When we arrived, we discovered that we had been placed in a site that had the RV hookups on the wrong side of the site for our camper. Given that it was the middle of July, prime tourist season, we figured we were in for a problem. Revisiting the registration building/general store, we were greeted with a friendly, “No worries.” The attendant promptly provided us with a map, highlighting of all of the available sites with the correct hookups for us. He then suggested that we... [Read more...]

Cooking While Tent Camping

April 23, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Cooking While Tent Camping

There is a reason I am addressing cooking last on my preparation list.  It scares me! I have to keep reminding myself that I don’t have to be a gourmet chef when we camp out, but I do have to provide something for us to eat or I will have a mutiny on my hands. Seriously, any pressure I feel about preparing well-balanced meals when camping is pressure I have put on myself.  My husband and son are self-proclaimed “meatitarians”, so they would be happy eating hamburgers and hot dogs every day!  I have researched this topic extensively, and I read so much about cooking over a campfire, that I jumped the gun and bought a four-quart dutch oven with a camping lid from Lodge Logic. The more I thought about it, I realized that I need to start with a two-burner propane stove. I love cooking with gas, so this will be more familiar to me than cooking over an open fire.  With all of the new things I am learning, I need something that is familiar. We will probably cook over the campfire a... [Read more...]

AIG’s Creation Museum creates a great destination

April 23, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

AIG’s Creation Museum creates a great destination

Last week, we stopped by the new Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY(just a few minutes out of Cincinnati).  Opened in 2007, the $27 million museum is a family-friendly work of art. Designed to appeal to both children and adults, the museum has a little bit of everything from hands-on children’s exhibits to a walk-thru history (literally).   Our family enjoyed a stroll over their landscaped grounds, taking a stop in the on site petting zoo which features animals like a wallaby, and our favorite, a miniature donkey.  The botanical gardens are blanketed in beautiful blossoms, flowering shrubs, and tranquil ponds.  The kids enjoyed feeding the decorative goldfish and the eager sunfish (don’t forget your quarters).  As the weather warms, the grounds will be home to thousands of butterflies returning from their winter in the south.   Inside the 70,000 foot museum, you will find yourself whisked back to Bible times and dragon days.  There is the Dinosaur Den which gives... [Read more...]

RVing is Freedom

April 22, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

RVing is Freedom

Freedom and Dives There is so much freedom associated with going RVing. I remember asking a friend what it was really like being a full time RVer.  He said he felt like a weight was lifted off of him when he sold everything and moved into his motor home and that he never felt like going back to a house. There was an urgency he felt to begin this way of life well before retirement age. What great advice because who knows how long we’ll be here to get to enjoy all this. Don’t count on getting these experiences some day, but do whatever you can to get them now. What a fantastic feeling it is to know that within 20 minutes you can pick up and be headed to a new destination.  I just love the “out of the way” places and restaurants that aren’t part of a chain. Like that guy on TV with the spiked blonde hair who eats at the Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and has so much fun doing it! We visited a terrific little pizza place in Sante Fe where they roll the dough in corn meal. It really... [Read more...]

Easy Modifications for Your Camper

April 22, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Easy Modifications for Your Camper

Lucky for me I’ve got a pretty handy hubby, so he’s been able to make some small modifications to out travel trailer to make life a little easier. We have a spilt bathroom (I guess that’s what they call it) where the tub and potty are on one side of the camper and the mirror and sink are on the other. The only drawback is, there’s no place to put extra toilet paper, washcloths, clothes, etc. Good place to put clean clothes when in the shower So Hubby took a shelf that sits over the toilet in a stick house and modified it to fit over the toilet in the trailer. The poles that hold the shelf are spring loaded, so this was an easy install. He also installed one of these soap dispensers in the shower. Now we don’t have shampoo and soap bottles bouncing around in the tub when we go down the road. This isn’t really a modification, just a nifty way to use the space under the dinette seat. Hubby measured the space and then found an under the bed tote to fit. This way I can store all... [Read more...]

Grand Canyon, Here We Come!

April 22, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Sorry I have not been posting over the last couple of months.   Our lives have been extremely busy, and it seems winter finds us keeping to ourselves more. Mohave Point, Grand Canyon — courtesy of the National Park Service But spring is now upon us.  The windows are open, the grass is turning green.  And now’s the time to prepare for those summer camping trips. Every year, we try to plan at least one bigger camping trip.  We’ll usually take a week-long road trip to a place we’ve never seen before. This year, we’ve opted for a trip to the Grand Canyon.  We’ve wanted to do this for a while, but it wasn’t until this year that our youngest (age four) is finally displaying enough maturity to not bolt off the nearest cliff. Our trip is planned for the second week in June.  We figured it would still be somewhat cool at that time.  And yes, I know cool is a relative term when traveling to Arizona. We’ve mapped out our itinerary and it looks like this: We’ll... [Read more...]

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