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Tell About Your First RVing Experience, and You Could Win 100 Gallons of Gas!

May 27, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Tell About Your First RVing Experience, and You Could Win 100 Gallons of Gas!

We’ve all had our first RV experience. Some were good, some not so good, but in the end, they all led us down a path to future RV travel. Here’s your chance to tell fellow RVers about your “first time”. Where you went, who you traveled with, and what happened. You can even attach photos or images if you have them. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of manufactured recreational vehicles, we’re looking for the best story… and we’re giving the winner lots of recognition and 100 gallons of fuel or gas! Remember when, and share with us by clicking here!

Free is Good

May 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Free is Good

When Herr’s Snacks are involved it’s even better.  We’ve always been on the frugal side, and with the way the economy is, there seem to be more people who are looking to be frugal as well, so I thought I’d share one of our little secrets. We often look for factory tours when we are visiting places ( just Google the area you’re going to visit).  Many companies are happy to promote their products and it’s a fun way to spend a few hours learning about something new. For those who aren’t in the middle of the East Coast, Herr’s makes snack foods, chips, pretzels, popcorn, that type of thing. They offer a free tour of their plant during the week. You can go on-line or call to make reservations. During the school year they do have lots of school trips, so you’ll want to make sure they’ll be able to accommodate you. We went on a Tuesday and while there were 2 class trips, we were able to have a small group with just our little family... [Read more...]

Part II – The mouse war continues!

May 27, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

Part II – The mouse war continues!

The Professor’s Science Lesson on Mice. – or –  Everything You Probably Never Wanted to Know About Mice. From time-to-time I like to write about the aspects of owning a camper that, if ignored, can spoil a great destination experience.  The previous articles on water leaks, batteries 099 and the current one on preventing rodent infestations are examples of proactive procedures that can help avoid unpleasant surprises. Being a retired professor,  I can’t just say, “do this”.  It is in my genetic make-up to explain why we do it a specific way.  That is the teaching part of me still hanging on. ………………………………………………………………………………….. In the military, a commander will quickly tell you that if you want to win a war, you must know your enemy.  Where they sleep, what they eat, how they think, what they value and what weapons they have at their disposal. After a rather lengthy and grueling ordeal trying to get rid of mice... [Read more...]

What I Learned From Our Backyard Tent Camping Test Run- Part 1

May 25, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

After many delays, we finally got to do a camping test run in our backyard.  I don’t remember where I first read that a test run was a good idea, but I am so glad I read it.  We learned a lot from this experience, and this is part 1 of our newfound knowledge.  Always check the weather forecast.  A couple of days before the test run, I checked the weather forecast, and things looked great.  I never checked it again, and that was a mistake. On the intended day of the test run, we set everything up, cooked dinner on our new Coleman grill, and had a wonderful dinner outside on the patio.  I was keeping a list of things that would be convenient to have, but that I hadn’t thought of before we began “camping”.  After dinner, we all went back in the house to tie up some loose ends and get the lights cut off before bed, when my husband said, “What was that flash of light?”  As the words, “What light?” were coming out of my mouth, we heard thunder.  I did a quick check of... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2011 Palomino Yearling 4124

May 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2011 Palomino Yearling 4124

2011 Palomino Yearling 4124 Buy it now for $8,490 This 16 ft. family-friendly folding camper sleeps 6! Features Side Dinette- Shower/Toilet, Triple Burner Inside / Outside Convertible Stovetop, Kitchen Faucet w/ Water Pump, LP Gas Bottle & Cover Included, Patio Light, original manufacturer warranty, and more! Offered from Terry Frazer’s RV Center in Eldridge, IA. Email seller for details on this 2011 Palomino Yearling 4124! Find more great RVs on

Hill Top RV Park, Fort Stockton, Texas

May 24, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Hill Top RV Park, Fort Stockton, Texas

Yes, this RV Park is new, and it’s right on the top of a hill just outside of Fort Stockton, Texas along I-10. You’ll love the wide open views of the Texan Wild West, but you’ll especially like sitting around the gathering place and fire pit. You’ll get the benefit of a fantastic sunset (that is if you’re here at sunset time!) and probably an equally stunning sunrise. They say it has to do with the western dust in the air from the often windy days. Maybe it’s meant to be a nice reward for us if we have to drive through some West Texas wind. Stay in this park and you’ll feel like you are way out in the country, but you’ll be close to shopping and restaurants in Fort Stockton.  “Texas friendly” is standard here and you’ll want to stay awhile because there actually are some nice drives to take in the area. Sometimes it’s just nice to kick back and stay somewhere along your route for a few extra days and this area is really fun to... [Read more...]

Hiking Logan’s Pass

May 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiking Logan’s Pass

I have a fall birthday. I love the fall and the leaves on the trees are turning beautiful colors as my birthday nears. The air turns crisp and cooler and the heat and humidity of summer pass by. Most of the time, I really enjoy having a fall birthday. Hidden Lake on Logan's Pass Trail, Glacier Park The one time I do not, however, is when we go to celebrate my day. The kids are back in school and we are back to the grindstone full time. There never seems to be enough time to get away, even for a few hours. This is when I wish I had a summer birthday like my husband Terry who was born July 26th. For two years in a row, we spent one of the best days of our marriage on his birthday. Both of those days were spent camping in Glacier National Park, which happens to be our favorite national park for obvious reasons—it is gorgeous! When I asked my husband what he wanted to do on “his day”, he came up with the idea of taking a hike on our favorite Glacier Park Trail, the trail to Logan’s... [Read more...]

Guest Blogger Recommendation: Take a Day Trip to Holland, Michigan

May 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Guest Blogger Recommendation:  Take a Day Trip to Holland, Michigan

Photo Caption: Dutch windmill in Holland, Michigan, during the Tulip Festival. On the weekend of 5/1/10, I decided to drive our motorhome up to Holland Michigan to see the Tulip Festival. We enjoyed it very much with a Dutch theme and saw thousands of beautiful tulips of every color. We watched them make wooden shoes and saw youngsters dance in the streets dressed in wooden shoes and Dutch attire. We rented car and drove through area sightseeing and saw folks scrubbing the streets and sidewalks preparing for the parade. And also attended a flea market with homemade items of every description from clothes to musical instruments and tasted cooking from old Dutch recipes. Tour buses came from about every direction. Everyone that we spoke with enjoyed the new experiences and we will go again next festival. By Guest Blogger, Howard Wainer Read Howard’s previous recommendation, Oscoda, Michigan!

Churchill Manitoba, the Ultimate Vacation!

May 18, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Churchill Manitoba, the Ultimate Vacation!

I am a dreamer, and one of my dreams is to RV Canada. As I research my future trip I find places that seem so beyond anything I ever imagined. One such place is Churchill, Manitoba. I love the great outdoors, the artic port of Churchill in the northern region of the province has some of the most beautiful and unspoiled northern wilderness available. Churchill offers year round entertainment for those searching for great outdoor adventure. (Not to mention the mighty polar bears!) Now if you know where Churchill, Manitoba is you are probably scratching your head and thinking, “But there aren’t any roads to Churchill, are there?” And, you would be right. I plan on visiting Thompson, Manitoba on my RV Canada vacation first. And, while I am there I plan on parking my RV for storage while I take the train to Churchill.  (I could fly to Churchill but that costs more and I like trains.) In mid-March the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) dance across the sky for one of the best light shows... [Read more...]

MOUSE ATTACK!! (part 1)

May 18, 2010 by · 14 Comments 

MOUSE ATTACK!!  (part 1)

Our home is in a rural setting.  We have an abundance of Oak trees and, as such, acorns.  Acorns are a favorite food for squirrels and mice – both of which we seem to have more of  than our fair share. Of course, we also have deer, raccoons, opossums, skunks, foxes, owls, hawks, snakes and even an occasional coyote.   The last five of these critters are suppose to eat mice.  Unfortunately, I think they missed a few. I believe it was the winter of 2006.  Our camper had been parked since late November.  All of the food had been removed from the cabinets so as to not attract any hungry invaders.  Sometime in early January I went out to check the camper just to be sure everything was OK.  Scattered across the counter tops were these little black rice sized droppings interspersed with acorn shells.  Further investigation revealed shredded rolls of toilet tissue that had been used to make these nice little cloud soft nests in the kitchen drawers and under the bathroom sink. We had... [Read more...]

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