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Month: May 2010

A Walk to the Clouds at Lake Louise

May 16, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

A Walk to the Clouds at Lake Louise

Several years ago, my family and I spent a lovely week camping near Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. During the course of our trip, we drove over to the lake, as our campsite was not near enough to see it. We spent some time admiring the beautiful lake and relaxing on its shores while soaking in the summer sun. We also took the time to walk through the Chateau Lake Louise, which anchors one end of the beautiful blue-green lake. It is opposed on the other end by beautiful mountains and the Victoria Glacier. As we ambled about the grounds after our walking tour of the luxurious but pricey accommodations, we noticed a number of hiking trails around and along the lakeshore. Intrigued by its name, we decided to hike the Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail. For quite awhile, we find ourselves following the shoreline of the beautiful lake, but eventually begin to climb. It is a beautiful day, but the kids are not thrilled about the climb. The appeal of this trail, other than its beauty, is that six... [Read more...]

Kitchen mods make life easier!

May 14, 2010 by · 24 Comments 

Kitchen mods make life easier!

To date, we have owned 2 different rvs – the first was a 30′ bunkhouse travel trailer that we used and enjoyed for 5 years, and currently we have a 40′ Wide Open toy hauler.  I have loved both of our rvs, but there were a few things about them that frustrated me.  My main complaint was that while both of them came with an ample amount of cupboards, none of those cupboards came with shelves in them. In the kitchen, this made for an organizational nightmare!  In an attempt to utilize the space as best I could (with minimal amount of effort), I used stackable wire shelves to help organize the kitchen cupboards.  While this was much better than nothing, these standing shelves would sometimes shift while driving and the contents stacked on them would then fall out when the cupboard was first opened.  Plus, the modulars didn’t fit the cupboards very well which resulted in wasted space.  With cupboard space limited as it is, every inch counts; I needed a better... [Read more...]

Go Camping! Why to Make Your Next Vacation a Camping Trip

May 13, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Go Camping! Why to Make Your Next Vacation a Camping Trip

Besides being an inexpensive way to enjoy a week-long vacation, camping offers vacationers the unique pleasure of enjoying the outdoors and getting away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day city living. There is a wide gamut of camping enthusiasts out there – from backpackers who rely on dried fruit and their water purifier, to class A RVers whose home on wheels has more amenities than many apartments!  The long-standing rivalry which many believe exists between these two extreme groups can be easily broken down by the natural beauty of the outdoors; the commonality that bonds all who love to go camping!  We at Woodall’s would like to ask, what kind of camping enthusiast are you? Backpacking and Tent Camping Off the Beaten Path For those who enjoy “roughing it” and carrying their house on their backs, backpacking is an idyllic activity. There are places you can hike into as a backpacker to go camping that many people will not enjoy their entire lives. There is something... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2007 Keystone Outback

May 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2007 Keystone Outback

2007 Keystone Outback Previously $19,900 – Now $17,495 This 31 ft. family-friendly travel trailer has 4 bunks and sleeps 8! Features hide-a-bed, cd player, ducted A/C, oven, microwave, outside cook station, 3-burner stove, enclosed corner shower, and more! Offered from Quality RV – Missouri in Linn Creek, MO. Email seller for details on this 2007 Keystone Outback! Find more great RVs on

East Coast HDT Rally in VA Beach

May 12, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

East Coast HDT Rally in VA Beach

Unless you have a motor home, some sort of tow vehicle is needed to pull your RV.  The size and type of the tow vehicle is dependent upon the weight and, to some extent, the length of your trailer. The maximum safe towing weight for most half ton pick-up trucks ranges from 6,500 to around 10,000 pounds.   As trailer weights increase, 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are needed to safely carry the load. There is a growing number of RV’ers that feel even more muscle and mass are needed to safely tow the larger fifth wheel trailers that can tip the scales at 16,000 pounds or more.  Rather than move from a big pick-up to a medium duty class 5 or 6 truck, they elect to jump directly into a class 7 or 8 heavy duty truck.  Heavy duty trucks, or HDT’s, are the tractors commonly called Semis that carry heavy trailers and freight coast to coast. These trucks are built to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  They are designed to provide reliable service for a million miles or more – and the majority... [Read more...]

A Visit to Gettysburg’s New Museum and Visitor Center

May 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A Visit to Gettysburg’s New Museum and Visitor Center

On the Friday before Mother’s Day the older two took dear old mom to Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, now I know that might not seem like much of a gift to some women, but to me, it was the perfect gift. I had been at the old building many times through out the years, the musty smell, the artillery sitting in the center of the building, the electric map, all burned such vivid memories in my mind, I had wondered if the new building would do this historic town justice, or would it be something new and flashy without much substance? I had nothing to fear, the new building fits right in with the area. Built to look like a barn, this building welcomes history buffs, casual on lookers and students, to learn about those three fateful days in early July when the fate of our country hung in the balance, as those in the blue and the gray fought for their version of freedom. The photo realy doesn't do justice to this painting (no flash was used) We walked in and got... [Read more...]

Guest Blog Post: RV Travel to Oklahoma City

May 11, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Guest Blog Post: RV Travel to Oklahoma City

Our friends and guest bloggers, Tom & Georgie, kept a blog of their RV travels this past year. You can enjoy their blog at Georgiesgoingwest.blogspot.com. Here is an excerpt about traveling to Oklahoma City. We arrived in Oklahoma City about 4 today after a relatively easy drive from Amirillo. The driving was all on Interstate 40 and not much in the way of hills or curves and in fact, not much of anything.  Tomorrow we will do some exploring here in Oklahoma City and plan to visit Stockyard City, the world’s largest stocker/feeder livestock market. Besides the livestock there are all sorts of shops to provide products for the “real” cowboy.  There is also a restaurant there that as been in operation for 80 years called the Cattleman’s. It open at 6AM! At a quick glance it appears there is a lot to explore in Oklahoma City.  Where to next??  I am not sure other than it will be in a continued easterly direction. Below are a few pictures from our drive... [Read more...]

Explore Louisville at The Rally 2010

May 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Explore Louisville at The Rally 2010

The Rally is excited to be back in Louisville, KY, “The Gateway to the South.”  Guests can explore this beautiful, historic city with one or more of the many tours being offered or help to give back to the local community during The Rally’s Annual Volunteer Day. Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville KY Make the best out of your Rally experience in Louisville, KY.  The Rally is offering optional tours that showcase some of the best attractions of the region, including Churchill Downs, the Belle of Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Bourbon Heritage Center, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, and much more!  Tours are assigned on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!  For more information, visit Rally Events – Optional Tours. In an ongoing effort to thank our host community, Rally guests are invited to participate in our second annual volunteer day on July 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year, The Rally has adopted Brightside Louisville’s “Keep... [Read more...]

You Want Me To Go Where? Camping With Teens

May 11, 2010 by · 9 Comments 

You Want Me To Go Where?  Camping With Teens

We have been blessed with four beautiful children – a teenager, two preteens and a toddler.  And while they all have their moments at times, I have to admit, camping with older kids is by far the most challenging. As a whole, they’re a pretty tough bunch to please.  Friends, sports and trips to the mall are all hard to compete with.  And all those hormones can make for some serious attitude problems. But have no fear.  It is possible to go on a family camping trip with your teenager — without making everyone involved miserable in the process.  It’s all a matter of striking the right balance between your child’s new-found desires and those of the rest of the family. At least at this point, we’ve made it very clear to our kids that we are a camping family — plain and simple.  They will come with us and we will spend time together.  Staying home alone is not an option.  That said, we’ve been around the block a few times and understand fully that if our teen... [Read more...]

Family Fun in Northern New Mexico

May 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Fun in Northern New Mexico

For the last post (for the time being) in my series on one of our favorite places to vacation, northern New Mexico, I want to tell you about some fun ways to spend your time here. First on any tourist’s list should be visiting the Taos Pueblo. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark, the pueblo has been continuously inhabited for 1000 years or more, making it the oldest continuously occupied community in the country. Currently 150 residents live within the Pueblo village from which running water and electricity are prohibited. In total, 1900 Native Americans live on Pueblo lands. As a visitor it is a wonderful experience to observe ceremonial dances, pow wows, and trade fairs. Even when there is nothing special happening, shopping is plentiful in the village buildings. In many cases you are buying right from the artist and the prices are much lower than at the shops in town so it is worth the trip! San Geronimo Catholic Church, Taos Pueblo It is a profound... [Read more...]

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