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Month: July 2010

Warm Springs, Georgia – FDR’s Retreat

July 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Warm Springs, Georgia – FDR’s Retreat

FDR's Little White House In my last blog I mentioned our visit to Pine Mountain, Georgia.  If you choose to visit that area and have an extra day, you owe it to yourself to visit the town of Warm Springs, Georgia.  It is about 30 minutes from Pine Mountain, and the road we took winds through F.D. Roosevelt State Park.  It is a beautiful path to Warm Springs that includes several over look areas with breathtaking views.  As you go through the park, be sure to stop at Dowdell’s Knob.  It served as a picnic spot for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he visited Warm Springs.  He traveled to Warm Springs hoping the warm water of the springs would cure the Polio he suffered from.   While we were in Warm Springs, we visited the pools where President Roosevelt received treatment. There is an interesting display that explains the history of the pools and highlights FDR’s time there.  The pools remain empty most of the year now, so you can stand in them and feel the temperature... [Read more...]

Not Just for Seniors

July 31, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Not Just for Seniors

I wanted to share what I consider an excellent precaution that everyone should take when traveling or camping in their RV and have a medical condition or take medications.  While this project is designed for Seniors, it would be beneficial for any family member.  When traveling, anything can happen, so you should take precautions and be prepared.  [Read more...]

Camping With a Group

July 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Camping With a Group

I am not an expert by any means and I know what works for some doesn’t always work for other, but I thought I’d share my philosophy on group camping, since it seems to work out well for us. The group decided to all go peach picking Try to camp with like minded individuals, if you’re a laid back type of person and you’re camping with another camper who feels the need to plan out every minute of their trip, then someone is going to get stressed real quick. Most campgrounds will try to accommodate your group.  Just give them a call and let them know your plans. Some even have a pavilion you can use if your group is too large to eat at one campsite. Set a basic schedule of things you’ll be doing for the day, then let those who want, go on the planned event and those who’d rather, can stay back at the camper or catch up with the group later. The group eating dinner at MFAE's camper What and when to eat can be tricky some times. My personal preference is to mix it up, some... [Read more...]

Video: Chris’ Camp, Spearfish, South Dakota

July 30, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Video: Chris’ Camp, Spearfish, South Dakota

Chris’ Camp is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Spearfish, SD. It is an Easy On/Off from I-90 (Exit 14) — ½ mi. SE of Spearfish. This family-owned and operated campground is a perfect central destination for all the Black Hills attractions. Visit Spearfish Canyon with its scenic beauty & the famous Motorcycle Rally town of Sturgis. Also very near to Chris’ Camp is Historic Deadwood, today home to 80 gambling establishments. Deadwood’s Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Boot Hill) is the final resting place for old West characters like Wild Bill Hickok & Calamity Jane. But to keep from giving away one of the most valued features offered by Chris’ Camp — their FREE TOUR PLANNING ASSISTANCE — no more details for now. You must ask for more info from the friendly folks at Chris’ Camp. When you’re back at “home” from your day’s outing everyone will enjoy Chris’ Camp large heated pool, recreation room, playground,... [Read more...]

The Rally 2010 – and the Winner is………

July 29, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The Rally 2010 – and the Winner is………

Splendede donated a RV washer/dryer combo as a prize for a drawing held at the Woodall’s booth Saturday at 2:00 p.m.   This was, of course, part of The Great RV Rally in Louisville, KY this past week. Anxiety was high for the folks gathered at the drawing as Donna Brown reached into the box and pulled out the winning name.  Linda and Karl Deardoff from Camp Hill, PA were the lucky winners of the washer/dryer combo.  Karl was present at the drawing — he was extremely excited, noting that their RV was prepped for a washer and dryer but they did not currently have one. LEFT - Donna Drawing Winning Entry CENTER - Donna With Winner Karl RIGHT - Woodall's Staff Greeting Everyone I commented in an earlier posting that Nancy and I have a WD combo in our fifth wheel.  It is a welcome appliance when we are camped on an extended stay and have a full hook-up.  While RV WD combos are much smaller than the washer you may have at home, they will handle all of your traveling... [Read more...]

RVing 101: Wild and wacky places to camp

July 29, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

RVing 101: Wild and wacky places to camp

For 1.2 million dollars you can take to the high seas in your amphibious motorhome. Photo courtesy Excel Distributors For many, the annual RV vacation includes flat campgrounds with blue, buzzing mosquito zappers and long days driving from national park to national park. But Excel Distributors, a leading purveyor in aftermarket RV mattresses, knows that sometimes just finding a place to sleep is where the adventure lies. In 31 Strangest Places to Sleep, Excel highlights the most creative rest stops, sleep spots, and out-there hotels the world has to offer. It’s the one-stop guide for anyone who wants to embark on a different kind of adventure—extreme sleeping. In 31 Strangest Places to Sleep, Excel highlights the most creative rest stops, sleep spots, and out-there hotels the world has to offer. “For some RVers, the goal is the destination: getting to that monument, seeing that landmark. For others, RVing is all about the adventure along the way. 31 Strangest Places to Sleep... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Coachmen Mirada 34BH

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Coachmen Mirada 34BH

2010 Coachmen Mirada 34BH Previously $79,995 – Now $71,995 34 ft family friendly class A sleep 8. Everyone will find so much to love about this RV with Double Slide Class A Mirada w/Bunk Beds, Rear Queen Bed w/Nightstands, Wardrobes w/LCD TV Above & Bunk Bed Slideout, Angle Shower, LCD TV in Living Area, Booth Dinette & Sofa Slide, Euro Chair, Dbl. Kitchen Sink, 3 Burner Range, Refrigerator, Pantry and More! Offered from Collier RV Super Center in Rockford, IL. Email seller for details on this 2010 Coachmen Mirada 34BH! Find more great RVs on

Heaven on Earth in Pine Mountain, Georgia

July 28, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Heaven on Earth in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Pineapple Growing at Callaway Gardens Our family found a little piece of heaven on earth in Pine Mountain, Georgia, and I hope you will make time to see it for yourselves.  I am speaking specifically of Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, but the whole town with its shops and restaurants is just delightful.  There is so much to do on Callaway’s 13,000 acres, that you could easily spend two or more days exploring all that the gardens have to offer.  There are acres and acres of beautiful woodland gardens and trails.  There are walking trails and trails specifically for biking (our family’s favorite). One of our favorite outdoor areas was at the Virginia Callaway Discovery Center.  We had lunch overlooking the man-made lake, fed turtles and fish off of the pier, and took in the Birds of Prey show. If we had visited in the spring, I believe that the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl or the Overlook Garden might have been named our favorite.  The Bowl has 3,400 Azaleas!  Even though they... [Read more...]

Video: Laguna Shore Village, Corpus Christi, Texas

July 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Video: Laguna Shore Village, Corpus Christi, Texas

Fishing anyone? Here’s the perfect spot to be. You will be close to shopping and restaurants, but with the Laguna views, you won’t realize it. Star gazing is a must here, too. Laguna Shore Village is a terrific RV park and also has boat storage available. The staff can talk fishing and secret spots with you or they will lend an ear for your favorite fish tale. The park will make you feel like you are in the tropics and are among friends. There are get togethers for your enjoyment or you can just sit and enjoy the seagulls and Gulf breezes. Friendly spoken here. Click here to see more details -Laguna Shore Village

Calico Ghost Town Sends Summer Away With a Bang – and a Flicker

July 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Calico Ghost Town Sends Summer Away With a Bang – and a Flicker

Planning on a get-away over Labor Day weekend?  You might want to consider a stop-over at Calico Ghost Town in California.  Located on I-15 Calico is an ideal place to put down if you’re on your way to or from Las Vegas, Los Angeles or headed up toward the Arizona border along Lake Havasu. Calico is notorious for its old West mining history and kitschy appeal enhanced by Walter Knott when he purchased the town and surrounding property in the early 1950’s.  Come up to the town and explore Maggie’s Mine – a replica of what things looked like during the real mining days of the 1880’s.  Bring the kids to the Mystery Shack and let them experience a crooked house where water runs uphill and items suspend in mid-air.  Pan for a little gold while you’re at it!  Visit the Lane House Museum and get a real sense of the history that was made during the largest silver strike in California.  You’ll enjoy a ride around the perimeter on the Calico and Odessa Railway and... [Read more...]

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