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Month: January 2011

Padre Island National Seashore

January 31, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Padre Island National Seashore

We are currently enjoying being parked near the ocean on Padre Island National Seashore.  If there is one thing that our family loves, it is being on the beach!  We love everything about the ocean, from the warm sand between our toes to the roar of the waves! The entrance to Padre Island is through Corpus Christi, TX, and the visitor’s center to the National Seashore is located about 15 miles down the island, over nicely paved roads that are accessible to any size rv. The Padre Island visitor’s center offers many activities throughout the week, and everyone is welcome whether you choose to stay on the island or in one of the many private rv parks located in Corpus Christi.    Right now, Jan. through about April, is one of the best times to visit Padre Island!  Be sure to stop at the visitor’s center, where they daily offer a beach walk starting at 11am, and a deck talk at 1pm.  They also offer many other activities throughout the week – everything from... [Read more...]

The Scoop On Regional Ice Creams

January 30, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

The Scoop On Regional Ice Creams

Let’s talk about ice cream today. Are you a fan? I don’t seem to be eating as much ice cream as I used to, but on Friday I used my vintage secondhand White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer to crank out a sublime batch of homemade all natural vanilla ice cream. While admiring my “million dollar” concoction, I began to ponder those small mom and pop regional  ice cream shops that we’ve visited  around the country.  When we go to visit my family in  Maryland, we always go to the Annapolis Ice Cream Shop, which is located right there on Main Street. It’s a small  place with lots of character. And, best of all, they make all of the ice cream themselves. Last summer, when we were driving back to Seattle from Yellowstone National Park, we stopped in Deer Lodge,  Montana.  While strolling around,  I was drawn to a charming little ice cream shop called Model-T. Inside the tiny shop, we found a wonderful selection of ice cream made by Montana’s Wilcoxson’s... [Read more...]

The Stowe Experience–Part 4

January 30, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The Stowe Experience–Part 4

Stowe Mountain Resort is another must-see stop in this northern Vermont town. The Resort is a place to see no matter what season you visit Stowe as there are activities taking place at all times of the year. Coming down the Alpine Slide Of course the busiest season is the winter downhill ski season when skiers and snowboarders and their families populate the hills, shops and restaurants with their frenetic athletic pursuits. But for the RVing family or couple, a visit in the summer or fall is worth considering. The Resort has invested a significant amount of money and effort into developing activities for summer and fall visitors, all of which our family thoroughly enjoyed! Our first stop had to be the Alpine Slide. Once parked, a quick walk into the main chalet allowed us to purchase tickets for this and several other rides and activities. It is definitely worth buying the package deals as no one will want to stop at just one ride! The Alpine Slide was definitely the highlight of our trip... [Read more...]

Arizona, Rich In History & Beautiful Beyond Description

January 29, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Arizona, Rich In History & Beautiful Beyond Description

Arizona made the list of possible places to visit for my daughter’s graduation camping trip. We just started the last semester of her senior year of High School. And I am searching for the perfect affordable vacation to celebrate her graduation. There is so much to do and see in Arizona. My daughter loves history, and Arizona is full of history. Since we would be entering Arizona from California I believe our first stop should be Lake Havasu. This would be a great place to stop for a few days. We can play at the beach and visit the famed London Bridge. The famous London Bridge was dedicated in 1971 when reconstruction was finished at its new home. Arizona campgrounds near the lake offer the perfect vacation for families that enjoy water sports both on and under the water. Scuba is very popular at Lake Havasu. I think we would stop Flagstaff. No Arizona camping trip would be complete without spending some time around Flagstaff. On historic Route 66 it is a great base point for visits to... [Read more...]

IS SWEATING A GOOD THING?

January 28, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

IS SWEATING A GOOD THING?

I was visiting one of our local RV dealerships when I ran into a friend of mine.  He and his wife were looking at a new fifth wheel trailer to replace their 8-year-old Montana. As we were talking, he mentioned that he wanted the thermal pane windows on their new RV.  He was tired of having to take a towel and wipe the condensation off his single pane windows that accumulated when they were camping in cool or cold weather. He seemed determined to order a trailer with this window option, so I decided, “Not to go there” and withheld my opinion on double pane insulated glass windows in a RV. You see, I don’t believe they are the solution for eliminating condensation.  In fact, I believe the single pane window that “sweats” in cool weather to be a good thing. Single pane windows are the least insulated part of an RV.  It is where the most heat loss occurs and will be the coldest surface when outside temperatures drop and we turn the heat in our RV on. As occupants living in an... [Read more...]

Prepare for Solitude: Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, AZ

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Prepare for Solitude: Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, AZ

Want to take advantage of your SUV or high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicle? Then Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is the place for you! This historic windmill makes a good lunch stop © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Boundless desert surrounds you in Cabeza Prieta, the third largest national wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states. Here, seven rugged mountain ranges cast shadows over barren valleys once swept by lava. Saguaros loom in stark profile above the baked earth. A 56-mile, shared border with Sonora, Mexico, might well be the loneliest international boundary on the continent. Imagine the state of Rhode Island without any people and only one wagon track of a road. Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is that big, that wild, and also incredibly hostile to those who need lots of water to live. Cabeza Prieta, is Spanish for “dark head” and refers to a lava-topped granite peak in a remote mountain range in the western corner of the Refuge. Temperatures may top 100... [Read more...]

The Missions Trail, San Antonio, TX

January 28, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The Missions Trail, San Antonio, TX

Last week we took the time to drive the Missions Trail in Texas.  A great addition to any visit to the Alamo, we enjoyed this part of our stay in San Antonio very much. We began our missions tour with a stop at the San Jose Mission, which is also the location of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park visitor’s center.  We are always on the lookout for National Parks, and love to do the Jr. Ranger program as a supplement to our roadschool history and science curriculums.  At San Jose, we picked up Jr. Ranger booklets about the San Antonio Missions, and the kids completed them while we toured the mission. Mission San Jose is one stop on the Missions Trail, which consists of the remaining 5 of 6 original missions in the area (the Alamo is one of the 6).  San Jose is a large mission that is very well preserved.  You can self tour the mission, or take a 45 min. guided tour.  We were surprised to find the entire exterior wall, surrounding the mission, is comprised... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of An RV Rookie: “How to Earn Money RVing: Chapter 2: “Doing it Off-Line.”

January 26, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of An RV Rookie:  “How to Earn Money RVing:  Chapter 2: “Doing it Off-Line.”

You know who you are. You hate the internet, or would, if you knew enough about it. You’ve always thought “online” referred to wet clothes in the backyard and that an “attachment” is a connection with another person (true, but it means something else in the techno world). It’s ok. You’re not alone. According to a recent Pew Foundation study, 21% of all American adults agree with you. http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/11/pew-fifth-adults-internet/ That’s right. One-fifth,  just like you, avoid the internet. You’re only reading this blog because your techno-geek spouse or friend printed it out for you… because you for sure the heck aren’t getting on the internet! So does having zero interest in the internet mean you can’t earn money from your RV? Or lessen your value as a human being? Or that you’re not quite right in the head? Of course not! Earning money from an RV without the internet may be more challenging, but the work exists. Consider: What skills do you have? ... [Read more...]

A Simple French Onion Soup

January 26, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

A Simple French Onion Soup

This morning on Amazon’s Al Dente,  I wrote a blog post entitled “The State of the Onion.” In that post, I covered various trends in onion consumption and linked to a Frequently Asked Questions page on the National Onion Association’s website. I also linked to assocation’s  recipe for Slow Cooker French Onion Soup. They promote the soup as “The Super Easy Way to Make A Classic.” Indeed, the recipe looked so simple that I decided to make it this morning. Wow! It’s a winner. Made in my All-Clad slow cooker, the recipe requires simple ingredients such as two pounds of yellow onions, canned beef broth, dried thyme, flour, sourdough bread, and parmesan cheese. You might wonder why I’m writing about this recipe on the Woodall’s Family Camping blog, but I think the  recipe is perfect  for those of you who like to use your slow cookers while traveling in your camper or RV.  Onions are easily stored and transported in a camper.... [Read more...]

Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, Kerrville, TX

January 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, Kerrville, TX

Earlier this month, our family had the opportunity to spend the day together at the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center near Kerrville, Texas.  With a great range in the heart of beautiful hill country, this center was an incredible family outing for our family!  The experiences that we were able to enjoy there have topped all of our previous range excursions, and it was due to the customer service that we received!  We were able to meet the director; he spent the day with us (the attention that traveling with 10 kids brings is not always bad!), and blessed us with a very special experience (which I’ll share in a minute)!   The Hill Country Shooting Sports Center is located on 140 acres just a few miles out of Kerrville, Texas, and is a full service range that hosts many national and international competition shoots and is a Olympic training site.  They also promote youth sport shooting including involvement with local 4-H groups.  They have a clubhouse/pro shop, and... [Read more...]

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