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Month: August 2010

The Muir Woods, The Biggest Trees I Ever Saw!

August 31, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

The Muir Woods, The Biggest Trees I Ever Saw!

I always wanted my girls to see the beautiful Giant Redwoods of Northern California, San Francisco and the famous Gold Country. But time and distance can really interfere with what we want to do. When I started off on our vacation I had no plans to get far enough north to see the Giant Redwood Trees. However, I learned while hanging out in the laundry room at our campground just outside of San Francisco that the Muir Woods National Monument is only 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge! This discovery made my day! We jumped in the truck with no idea what to expect or if we would even find the Muir Woods. (In hindsight I probably should have hopped on my lap top and googled it first) But not to worry, the instructions were simple and much to our delight we found the Muir Woods. This park was amazing! We parked and went into the little gift shop and paid our admission (which was very reasonable) picked up some literature and progressed into the forest. We left the car and headed into... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Forest River Wildcat

August 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Forest River Wildcat

2010 Forest River Wildcat Previously $33,900 – Now $31,900 This family-friendly 33 ft fifth wheel by Forest River sleeps 8. Something for everyone in the family with Residential Style Armstrong “Toughguard Linoleum”, 10,000 Gal. Complete Water Filter System, 22″ Stainless Steel oven Door and 3-Burner Range, and much more! Offered from The Great Outdoors RV Company in Evans, CO. Email seller for details on this 2010 Forest River Wildcat! Find more great RVs on

That Could Never Happen to Me

August 29, 2010 by · 17 Comments 

That Could Never Happen to Me

We keep our grey water valve shut.  It is important that you know this in order for the rest of the story to make sense. We were in Salem, Oregon and the weather forecasted a high of 95 degrees.  Since we had just spent time on the coast, we knew it would be cooler there, so we filled a cooler and decided to take a trip for the day.  As predicted, the coast was only 68 degrees.  Upon arriving back to the motor home, the first thing I noticed was some water dripping from underneath.  A quick look let me know that it was not coming out of any drain, so I immediately turned off the water at our Y connection.  A quick look inside let me know what had happened—water was left running in a sink and the grey water tank over-flowed.  As we used to say on submarines, “we got water in the people tank.” (Photo Caption: Rug Doctor) So, we now have several gallons of water that we need to remove from the inside of the motor home.  Not to mention, we need to dry off everything that was on... [Read more...]

Camping in the Rockies

August 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Camping in the Rockies

During our visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, we were lucky enough to camp in one of the five drive-in campgrounds in the park thanks to the reservation we had made several months prior to our trip. Three of the campgrounds, Moraine Park, Glacier Basin and Aspenglen operate on the reservation system. Longs Peak and Timber Creek campgrounds do not accept reservations but operate on a first-come, first served basis. In addition, backpackers may choose from more than 200 backcountry campsites by applying for a backcountry camping permit. Our camper at site #D124 We had reserved a site in Glacier Basin Campground as it seemed to be centrally located. We were a bit disappointed, however, upon arriving at our site. While it was listed as either or a tent or camper site, and had a beautiful tent pad that would have thrilled us when we were tent camping, the spot for our camper amounted to a bit of gravel just alongside the road. We were prevented from driving further into the site by large... [Read more...]

Did You Miss Going to the Beach this Summer?

August 26, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Did You Miss Going to the Beach this Summer?

If you missed the beach this summer, there is still time to go.  Actually, September and October are excellent times to visit the coastal campgrounds of Virginia and North Carolina.  The nights are cool, but the days are still bright, sunny and warm.  The crowds are gone and there is less traffic to contend with.  Campground rates usually drop after Labor Day and there is a better selection of preferred sites. Of course, if the kids are in school, camping is going to be restricted to weekends and if you are more than a couple of hundred miles from the coast making the trip becomes problematic – unless you take them out of school for a few days. Knowing that many readers did not make it to the beach this summer and probably will not be able to do so this fall, I have included two videos.  One is nothing but the ocean waves, blue sky and sand. The second video was made around 9 o’clock one morning as beach-goers and children began their day of  “fun in the sun”.  The tide... [Read more...]

7 Feathers RV Resort

August 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

7 Feathers RV Resort

One of the advantages of being a full-time RVer is the flexible schedule.  Except for the busy camping holidays, we are able to change our plans easily.  One of these changes in plans resulted in us visiting the 7 Feathers RV resort in Canyonville, Oregon.  As we talked with one camper after another who told us just how nice this resort is, we decided that we would modify our “planned” route, and take a detour.  We are happy that we did.  The resort was excellent.  We exited I-5 and Canyonville, and immediately saw the 7 Feathers casino and hotel, truck and travel plaza, and the sign for the RV Resort.  We followed the short entry road (noticing the construction on either side) to the office.  The line of RVs waiting to check-in let us know just how popular this resort is.  The check-in process was smooth and efficient.  The people who were escorting the RVs to their sites even jotted down our tag numbers and handed it to us as we walked into the office—since he knew they... [Read more...]

A Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park

August 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park

As many of you are aware, my family and I try to visit as many of our beautiful national parks as we are able on our summer road trips. For the first time this summer, we had the pleasure of touring Rocky Mountain National Park. Ranging in elevation from 8,000 feet in the grassy valleys to a high of 14,259 at the summit of treacherous Long’s Peak the park is quite a tribute to the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains! As we were on our summer road trip, of course we camped in the park. However, aside from camping there are a multitude of ways to spend your time at Rocky Mountain. The Park contains 359 miles of trails on which to hike, backpack and ride horseback. Fishing, bird watching and photography are also popular park pastimes. In addition, any of these activities is only enhanced by the spectacular views and vistas that abound in the park. In the winter, park visitors can enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing to tour even some of the most remote areas. Elk grazing in the meadow Wildlife... [Read more...]

Lagoons RV Resort, Rockport Texas

August 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Lagoons RV Resort, Rockport Texas

Lagoons is a true RV resort in the fun coastal town of Rockport, Texas. The facilities here are amazing as are the fun activities throughout the winter.  You’ll love the shopping and area restaurants (including one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Texas) and you won’t believe the fishing opportunities from this port town. Lagoons RV Resort has all paved streets and sites and has Woodall’s top rating, too. Let Lagoons RV Resort in Rockport, Texas spoil you with the pleasant year round climate and atmosphere of this unexpected coastal gem. See more information about LagoonsRV Resort here.

Umpqua River Oregon Scenic Byway

August 17, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Umpqua River Oregon Scenic Byway

(Photo Caption: Entering the Umpqua River Scenic Byway) While in Oregon, we took the opportunity to drive the Umpqua River Oregon Scenic Byway.  This is a 66-mile drive from Reedsport, Oregon along Highway 38 and the Umpqua River to Elkton, Oregon and then on Highway 138 to Oakland, Oregon.  The trip provided us opportunities to see the river change from calm to rapids, and we saw a large variety of animals—the expected cattle and horses, but also donkeys, sheep, and buffalo; not to mention the Roosevelt Elk and deer.  Our trip started in Reedsport as we headed out of town and East on Highway 38 (which warrants a mention of the Sugar Shack to take care of that sweet tooth).   It is not far outside of Reedsport (about 3 miles) until we arrived at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area.  Every time we have driven past the viewing area, there have been a number of elk visible from the many pull-offs.  This part of the Umpqua river winds its way through the trees.  The Umpqua River The trip... [Read more...]

SUMMER WIND in Dawson, WV – A Beautiful Gem in the Rough.

August 17, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

SUMMER WIND in Dawson, WV – A Beautiful Gem in the Rough.

We had pulled out from Richmond, VA, late in the afternoon heading for Louisville, KY.  I had no idea how far we would drive or where we would stop for the night.  I simply figured that we would find a place to land when we were ready to stop. The only problem with this plan is that I-64 across the West Virginia Mountains is not overly populated with campgrounds, especially those capable of handling a big rig.  If you look in the Eastern Section of the 2010 directory you will find a scant five pages of campground listings for WV – those on I-64 are far and few between. Using the Woodall’s Campground Directory, we located two facilities that were not too far from us.  One was at exit 161 in Alderson and the other at exit 150 at Dawson.  I decided to take the exit off of I-64 for the first facility listing. Whoa Nellie…  there was a tunnel smack dab in front of us with a 9’ 10” maximum height clearance!  With a rig standing 13’ tall there was NO way we were going to... [Read more...]

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