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Month: April 2010

How Campers Can Help Camping & RV Parks Rebound from the Tough Year Behind

April 21, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

How Campers Can Help Camping & RV Parks Rebound from the Tough Year Behind

The impact of the recession on campgrounds has been bitter-sweet.  On one hand some folks that once stayed in hotels for family vacations are saving money by camping, while other occasional campers are staying at home due to rising fuel prices, being out of work or just deciding the recreational cost is too much in the current economy. We have watched as some really big names in RV manufacturing have closed their doors while others laid off workers and slowed production.  Gone are RV marques like Fleetwood, Alfa Leisure,  Bigfoot, Chinook, Dolphin, King of the Road, Pilgrim International, Sunline Coach and Teton Homes.  Some brand names are coming back, but not necessarily from the original company. Many private campgrounds have been forced to close due to rising cost. Campgrounds have struggled to survive as well.  Sadly, several have closed their gates to campers or changed their policies to accommodate only seasonal or membership campers.  Others have simply sold their land to... [Read more...]

Guest Blog Post: RV Mexico, Puerto Penasco Sonora Mexico

April 20, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Guest Blog Post: RV Mexico, Puerto Penasco Sonora Mexico

There are many reasons why you should plan an RV trip to Puerto Penasco Sonora Mexico. The weather is wonderful. The people are gentile. There is an abundance of things to occupy your time. The picture that is attached to this entry is my wife and son in a kayak just offshore playing with a pod of dolphins. But we also have desert tours and fantastic food and miles of unpopulated beaches to search for shells on. Written By Guest Blogger, Russ Black, Puerto Penasco Sonora Mexico About Russ: Long time resident of Mexico but born in Indiana USA. Enjoying the weather and the people of Mexico and sharing my experiences with others. We live 5 minutes to the sea of Cortes’ in a typical Mexican neighborhood where you can still walk to the corner store to get what you need for the day.

Guest Blogger Recommendation: Oscoda Michigan Camping

April 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Guest Blogger Recommendation: Oscoda Michigan Camping

I encourage you to visit the Oscoda, Michigan area. Discover beautiful scenes and a healthy feeling due to good fresh air and lots of choices of things to do for family visits. Years ago it was known for the logging industry and it has a beautiful national forest there with fishing, golfing,sight seeing, and good clean experiences. They have a riverboat ride, a setting displaying logging experience, and very enjoyable outdoor setting.  Located at mouth of Ausable River and Lake Huron on scenic route 23 in Michigan. Fish to be caught are Coho salmon, steelhead trout, perch, walleye, perch, and smelt netting nearby at Singing bridge. Canoe races finish line on Labor day. There are lots of campgrounds and motels in area. And it’s only approx 4 to 5 hours north of Toledo, Ohio. By Guest Blogger, Howard Wainer (P.S. There’s a ton of great campgrounds there in the Oscoda, Michigan area. Visit Woodall’s Oscoda, Michigan Campgrounds for more information.)

Montana, the Place I Long To Be

April 18, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

Montana, the Place I Long To Be

Over the last five years we’ve made four trips to Montana. The first, in 2005, was to Yellowstone National Park and the little village of Gardner, Montana. It was just like being in the “old west” as we paid $3 for a shower, something we didn’t have in Yellowstone. In Gardner, we found a quaint bookstore, coffee shop and Wi-Fi all in one. We decided the next year that we really had to see more of Montana. We were headed to Alberta and on I-90; we knew we wanted to stop at Little Big Horn Battlefield. There was a thirty minute live presentation of Custer’s Last Stand. We were then free to roam over the land viewing the memorials. There is a nice campground next to the Battlefield at Gary Owen, Montana. Seventh Ranch RV and Horse Camp had cabins, hook-ups and corrals. The very first KOA in the United States is in Billings, right on the Yellowstone River. It is a beautiful, shaded campground with all the amenities you would expect. Further West on I-90 is Big Timber, Montana.... [Read more...]

Hiking to the Big River

April 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiking to the Big River

On a recent vacation to New Mexico, in the mood for a bit of a hike, Terry and I headed out to the Wild Rivers Recreation area north of Taos. With rain and even snow predicted for the remainder of our trip, we were especially thrilled to be able to get out hiking on this beautiful day when the March temperature hovered around the 70 degree mark. Simply known as the “Wild and Scenic” area to the locals, this area is wonderful collection of trails, most heading down to the Rio Grande, with beautiful vistas on the way. There are also 26 campsites in the various areas of Wild Rivers, available for a nominal fee, as well as a number of back country sites available in the Rio Grande Gorge, but no RV hookups. We plan to stop back with our tent when we have more time. Still, we are left with a beautiful day,  a beautiful trail and the endless sunshine that is New Mexico! At the trailhead Under a bit of time pressure as we were to meet friends at 4 pm that afternoon, we were dismayed to learn... [Read more...]

Guest Blogger Recommendation: Aqua Caliente, CA, Offers Hiking and Hot Springs

April 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Guest Blogger Recommendation: Aqua Caliente, CA, Offers Hiking and Hot Springs

We spend most of our time traveling in our Neptune Motorhome with our two shelties. For the past three winters, we have spent time in the south western US. We spend our summers in Ontario, Canada (usually) but have spent summers in New Brunswick and BC. We love to hike and visit spectacular places. The mountains and the sea are more important to us than the city centres. Yesterday we visited Aqua Caliente hot springs on S2 in California (south west of Borego Springs) in the Anzeo Borrego desert preserve. The hiking in the county park ($5.00 daily admission) is spectacular and after the hike you can soak in one of the three hot springs pools (no charge). If you want to camp there the daily rates are very reasonable. In addition there are Native Indian ruins and petrographs within 15 miles that you can (almost) drive to. In addition you can hike the original California Stage Road and the even older Morman trail. Submitted by Guest Blogger, Vern Pich from Brantford, Ontario

Tips for camping on the cheap ;)

April 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Tips for camping on the cheap ;)

For many of us, our camping trips are, at least somewhat, shaped by our budget.  Whether it is the length of time that we are able to get away, or the destination that we choose, money has some impact on our trip.  No matter what kind(s) of camping that you prefer, there are always things that you can do to make your trip a little more affordable. If you prefer to resort camp, most of your expense will probably be in your camping site fees.  Many people don’t realize that there are a lot of campgrounds that offer: deals for things like staying a whole week (either a special week-long rate or sometimes deals like 7 nights for the price of 5), printable coupons for discounts like a percentage off or upgraded sites, and even special rates for park amenities if you purchase a package deal (this is not a deal though if you are not going to use those extras!).  If you don’t see anything mentioned online, call and ask if they have any current specials/deals.  We have found... [Read more...]

Camping Offers Quality Time With Your Family

April 13, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Camping Offers Quality Time With Your Family

When I was a kid growing up, family time was most every evening starting with everyone sitting down together for dinner.  After dinner we retired to the living room where my Dad would read his newspaper and Mom did some reading or sewing.  Occasionally, we would all watch a program on TV.  It was a black & white Philco model with a huge wood cabinet and a ridiculously small picture tube for the cabinet’s size.    The picture was fuzzy or snowy – but no one seemed to mind. Sundays were extra special family days.  We all gathered at my grandparent’s home along with brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and even cousins for a big after Church dinner out on the back screened-in porch during the warmer months and in the small dining room during the winter. By the time our children came along, things had begun to change.  We still had family dinners, but they were much less frequent and the kids usually retired to their bedrooms to do homework or talk to friends on the telephone... [Read more...]

What’s your reason?

April 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There are probably as many reasons why people camp, as there are campers and tents. Some want to commune with nature and get away from it all. Others want to set up camp and just relax at the campground, maybe they’ll choose a campground with all the amenities so there’s always something to do. Then you’ve got the people who use their camper as a hotel on wheels, they’ll get to the campground, set up camp and then explore the surrounding area all day long. Then you’ve got the really lucky ones (just my opinion) that live in their camper and travel from place to place, wherever the road may lead them. I love when we get a chance to have someone like that for a “neighbor”, they’ve always got an interesting story or two to share. We use our travel trailer for all types of travel. After staying in a hotel that we spent way too much money on, only to have black socks and a poor nights sleep, we really started to think about buying a camper. We lucked out when we found our Sunline... [Read more...]

Transporting A Firearm Across State Lines

April 12, 2010 by · 14 Comments 

Transporting A Firearm Across State Lines

So your family is crossing the country to see Aunt May and Uncle Joe. And,  they love to go target shooting and hunting with you. Do you know the rules for gun transporting across state lines? Transporting a firearm across state lines in the U.S. is normally not a problem as long as you follow the gun transport laws laid out by the Gun Control Act which is enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Federal gun transport laws provide that any individual (except convicted felons, persons under indictment for felonies, mental defectives or incompetents, illegal users of controlled drugs, illegal aliens, veterans dishonorably discharged, those who have renounced their U.S. citizenship, fugitives from justice, persons convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, and persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders) may transport a firearm from one location where the individual is lawfully allowed to posses and carry a firearm to another location the... [Read more...]

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