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What I Learned from Our Backyard Tent Camping Test Run – part 2

May 31, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

What I Learned from Our Backyard Tent Camping Test Run – part 2

In case your just joining me, here is a review of part 1 of the things I learned from our test run: Always check the weather forecast.  This one is self-explanatory.  A “surprise” thunderstorm caused us to postpone our test run by one day because I didn’t do a last minute check of the weather. Even tents that are zipped up can leak. I had no idea this could happen, and our son ended up sleeping in a puddle of water. Our tent is too small.  We found this out pretty quickly when we got the air mattresses blown up.  The day after I posted this we bought an 8- person tent, so this problem is hopefully solved.  Now that you are up to speed, here is part 2. Cheap air mattresses don’t last very long. I remembered Dennis telling me the day after the thunderstorm that he had to top off one of the air mattresses with more air.  I didn’t think much of it until I woke up two hours after going to bed flat on the ground. We never could locate the leak in the mattress, so it is now... [Read more...]

Memories on Memorial Day

May 30, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Memories on Memorial Day

Many of us have a certain feeling about Memorial Day because of pride, loss, worry, or many other emotions the day evokes. This weekend I’m remembering a true American hero who just happened to be my dad. In WWII he was a fighter pilot flying the B26 and was shot down in action. He stayed with the plane until all crew were out then he parachuted out before the crash while flames were engulfing the aircraft. He was in a prison camp in Germany for thirteen months until the Russians liberated the camp at the close of the war. Interestingly, this isn’t what made him a hero. He returned home to Trinidad, Colorado and immediately connected with the girl of his dreams whom he had met while in pilot training in Texas. They were married and had my three siblings; then saving the best for last, I came along. This isn’t the hero part, either. He was an engineer then a plant manager, then a Vice President for the Monsanto Company during his career. He was a well respected professional... [Read more...]

RVing destinations: Quilt Gardens, Elkhart County, IN

May 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Nothing says Amish Country of Northern Indiana like an exquisitely handcrafted quilt. Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ECCVB) has combined both to create the 2010 Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, a tour of 17 quilt-patterned gardens bursting with colorful annuals and 17 outdoor quilt art murals—a colorful patchwork “sewn” across seven welcoming communities—Nappanee, Middlebury, Elkhart, Bristol, Goshen, Wakarusa, and Shipshewana, all communities where RVs are manufactured. RV to Nappanee, in the heart of Amish Country, and home to Newmar Corp. and Gulf Stream Coach © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The tour, inspired by quilt designs, celebrates the heritage and artistry of Northern Indiana Amish Country. Planned activities will include specialty hands-on programs, gardening seminars, quilt exhibits, quilt shop hops, and Master Gardener step-on guides. The Quilt Gardens Tour begins this Memorial Day weekend and continues to October 1. All sites are viewable... [Read more...]

Video: Wylie Park Campground in Aberdeen South Dakota

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Video: Wylie Park Campground in Aberdeen South Dakota

Wylie Park Campground and Storybook Land of Aberdeen, SD is a beautiful place spread out over 200 acres with recreational facilities and special attractions that provide hours of family fun. The Campground offers 99 campsites that feature asphalt pads, water & electric; 44 are equipped with sewer hookups. Reservations are recommended during the summer months as this is a very popular park for young and old alike. The Land of Oz will take you back to a fantasy land of favorite nursery rhymes. There’s a zoo, mini golf, paddle boat and canoe rentals. Pets are welcome. This awesome park is a must on your vacation trip. Contact 605-626-7015 or Aberdeen.sd.us. To find out more the Woodall’s listing details page for Wylie Park Campground.

Set Up in the Dark

May 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Set Up in the Dark

Several years ago, on one of our summer adventures for which we normally schedule ourselves to be away from home for at least 10-14 days, we raced across the country from one destination to the next, lighting no more than a couple of days at any one spot. This is one of my most grievous sins: that of planning too many stops and destinations in one summer trip. Back in the day, we would leave home at 4 am on the first morning of our trip and head in whatever direction we had planned for whatever distance was scheduled as taking us approximately 14 hours. Our (my) goal was to get as many miles under our belt in that first day as possible, so we could theoretically slow down a bit from that point on. It just didn’t always work that way. Camping at Glacier National Park Road trips being what they are, we often ended up traveling in excess of our planned 14 hours due to unforeseen circumstances, or for more hours than whatever our mileage for the given mid-trip day was to take. These were... [Read more...]

Road Noise…

May 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Having logged over 23,000 miles this past winter (I know, I should have alerted you so that you could have invested in Exxon stock!), we spent some serious time behind the wheel!  Traveling with 11 children (1m. to 20y.o.), for extended amounts of time, can be downright challenging.  I would like to think that I have learned a few tricks along our travels that made the trip go more smoothly the farther down the road we got.  I thought I would share one of our favorite things to do while we are making a long haul, or traveling through not-so-scenic areas: Listening to new books on CD!  While this may not sound very groundbreaking, we found that it took some major effort to track down kid-friendly CDs while on the road! A book on CD (or MP3), can be either a book being read aloud, or (our preference) an ‘audio drama’.  While we always enjoy a good book, we find well done dramas, or ‘theatres’ especially entertaining.  These are like the old radio shows... [Read more...]

Video: American RV Park & Motel in Murdo, South Dakota

May 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Video: American RV Park & Motel in Murdo, South Dakota

Murdo, SD a little town with big attractions is located off I-90 (Exit 192) just east of the SD Badlands. American RV Park & Motel is a perfect overnight stay or destination hang-out while touring the sights. There is full & partial RV hookups, concrete pads for big rigs and a grassy area for smaller units and tenters. The motel offers 43 rooms and 4 cabins. The Pioneer Auto Museum is right next-door. The name alone understates the full scope of this 42-building indoor/outdoor museum. Among its nostalgic treasures are: the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard; Elvis Presleys motorcycle; plus many more muscle cars, antique tractors, gems & collectibles. Old West 1880 Town, a few miles west of Murdo (I-90 Exit 170), is another premier SD attraction. Step back in time as you pass through the entrance into a 14-sided barn stuffed full of antiques. Out on Main Street explore more than 30 original buildings authentically furnished with thousands of unique relics... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Keystone Fuzion FZ362

May 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Keystone Fuzion FZ362

2008 Keystone Fuzion FZ362 Previously $49,995 – Now $43,951 This 38 ft. toy hauler fifth wheel sleeps 8 so there’s room for family and friends, plus the 12-ft. garage can store your toys inside! Features 2 slideouts, 2 entry doors, sleeper sofa, booth dinette hide-a-bed, garage workspace w/ loft queen bed, and more! Offered from Nielson RV in Hurricane, UT. Email seller for details on this 2008 Keystone Fuzion FZ362! Find more great RVs on

Sea Breeze RV Resort, Portland, Texas

May 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Sea Breeze RV Resort, Portland, Texas

Sometimes we find that really special place…that RV Resort that lives up to the name “Resort”. In the South Texas town of Portland, across the bay from Corpus Christi, Texas you’ll find Sea Breeze RV Resort. What a beautiful setting. Some of the sites are directly on the water with incredible views of Corpus Christi, and the name says it all – Sea Breeze. The palm trees and tropical landscape along with a fishing pier or just a nice swing are waiting for you. Sea Breeze RV Resort also has a wonderful winter traveler meeting place for your RV group or for the individual who would just like to join in on the fun. We love to take a walk along the water and pick up shells or just sit and watch the water. The view is great from the pool and hot tub too, and there is a great little waterfall into the pool. This RV destination is not to missed.

Woodall’s 2010 Family Camping and Tent Camping Locations Across the US, Canada and Mexico

May 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Woodall’s 2010 Family Camping and Tent Camping Locations Across the US, Canada and Mexico

Read below to download a PDF of Woodall’s and Camping Life 2010 Tenting Directory for any states or provinces you choose, free. In an effort to educate and promote the wonderful lands that make up North America, Woodall’s and Camping Life have compiled and assembled the best of the best that the United States, Canada and Mexico have to offer in family camping and tent camping locations. It is our hope to match your interests with prime tent campgrounds for that activity. These select tent campgrounds are listed in the April edition of Woodall’s Camping Life magazine. For your convenience, we are also providing those listings for you as downloadable files, free, to selectively print out for your next camping trip. If you don’t have Adobe Reader, download a free copy here. Introduction – How to read our Tent Camping listings UNITED STATES Tent camping in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona Tent camping in Arkansas, California Tent camping in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware Tent... [Read more...]

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