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Month: February 2011

Kloesel’s Steak House & Bar: Moulton, TX

February 21, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Kloesel’s Steak House & Bar: Moulton, TX

Blink and you’ll miss Moulton—but that would be a mistake. Kloesel’s Steak House in Moulton makes a great lunch stop on the way to the “little brewery in Shiner”.© Rex Vogel, all rights reserved On a recommendation we received while in Luling we made a lunch stop at this sidetrack town 10 miles north of Shiner on Texas 95. Incidentally we were on our way to tour the “little brewery in Shiner”. Turn west off Texas 95 onto Moore Avenue, and see what I mean. Moulton (pronounced MOLE-ton) prospered in the 1880s as the railroad and Czech and German immigrants came to town. Today, the town of some 1,000 people quaintly blends Old World style and Old West flavor. Kloesel’s Steak House During the past 40 years, Harvey and Diana Kloesel have turned a former grocery-café into a popular eatery. The Kloesels charbroil choice steaks. Other fare ranges from fettuccine to blue-plate specials, plus luscious pies and cheesecakes. Harvey and Diana started their restaurant business in July... [Read more...]

The Birth of THE GREAT WHITE – Part 2 (Am I Insane for doing this?)

February 20, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The Birth of THE GREAT WHITE – Part 2 (Am I Insane for doing this?)

Purchasing a second-hand 17,000 pound, ten wheel ex-mail hauling semi-tractor trailer truck and driving it over 200 miles to get it home so that it could be parked in our driveway for conversion into an RV was my first exercise in insanity. The second insane exercise would be actually making all of the required modifications to turn it into a recreational vehicle, or as the Federal DOT calls it, a “House Car”, with nothing but your own ideas, tools and hands.   The conversion was required so that I could  legally register it, insure it, and drive it as something other than a commercial vehicle. Normal folks wanting to move into a heavier and more powerful tow vehicle for their fifth-wheel trailer usually just buy a medium-duty Freightliner M2 or have one of several companies specializing in truck conversion build a body, install the new hitch, paint, everything, and then bring it home. But I don’t do things the “normal” or easy way.  Shucks, I’m not even sure what normal... [Read more...]

A Change of Life–Part 1

February 20, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

A Change of Life–Part 1

I must admit, I am a bit verclempt. I am in a bit of a quandary. Usually by now I am in full “summer-trip-planning” mode. This year, however, I am perched on the horns of a dilemma. Ryan, Meghan and Kate at a campfire Always in the past, I have been planning trips to include our children, at least the two or three that were currently living at home. These trips were taken for about two weeks in the height of summer, generally the third and fourth weeks in July. Our oldest daughter, Katie, has not accompanied us on these trips for some time (about 6 years) as she “fell in love” in her junior year of high school and could not bear to be separated for an entire two weeks from her beau, (that was three suitors ago), much less to go camping! Our trip out east: Meg's last trip with us! So rather than travel with us to traverse this beautiful country and see all that it has to offer, she elected to spend her two weeks with grandma—so she could see the boy.  It was an adjustment,... [Read more...]

A Golden Opportunity…Customer Service

February 19, 2011 by · 11 Comments 

A Golden Opportunity…Customer Service

(Photo Caption: The Golden Egg) As we have traveled the country the last 4 years we have noticed that Customer Service does not seem to be one of the top priorities when it comes to RVs…this ranges from the campgrounds/resorts, to the service centers, to the restaurants, and (most of all) fuel stations.  Rather than post a long list of the horrible (yes, that really is the correct word) experiences that we’ve had along the way, I wanted to point out that the news that customer service is not a priority is a Golden Opportunity for many RV related businesses out there. Why do I say it is a golden opportunity?  Well, the more we in the RV community are connected, the more we will share our stories (good and bad).  Already you can find web sites where people blog about their favorite locations and experiences, where customers can leave reviews, where RVers can exchange stories, and where we can form groups that will make decisions on where to go based on what we’ve heard.  Think about... [Read more...]

Remembering President’s Day

February 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Remembering President’s Day

You can save over 60% this weekend on Woodall’s special 75th edition of the North American Campground Directory. Get a copy at the unbelievably low, low price of just $10 (plus shipping and handling). Sale begins today and runs through midnight, February 21,  so don’t miss this presidential opportunity to save BIG and start planning your next RVing adventure. Buy Your Copy Here! And in the spirit of President’s Day, here are some sites you can plan your vacation around, using Woodall’s Campground Directory Herbert Hoover Dam (Pg 299 Western) Named one of the Top 10 Construction achievements of the 20th Century, Hoover Dam continues to draw crowds more than 70 years after its creation.  In 1930, construction began on the Hoover Dam, the largest of its kind at the time. Despite the remote location and harsh working conditions, it was completed in less than five years — two years ahead of schedule — and well under budget (how often does that happen!).... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: “Ode to a Salesrep: Here’s to the Good Ones.”

February 17, 2011 by · 12 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: “Ode to a Salesrep: Here’s to the Good Ones.”

Super Hero RV Salesman! No. This is not a joke. It really is an ode. Last week I wrote about RV salesreps who drag you to the dark side using aggression and deception as their snares.  Note :  Hey, it’s the 21st century. Most buyers know the “What would it take to get you in this coach today?” line. It doesn’t work on those of us with a little gray matter still intact. But, now it’s time to acknowledge the good ones: the ones we buy from more than once; the ones we send our friends to; the ones to whom we send an occasional campsite post card . Yes, the ones who understand that steering us toward the right RV (as in one we can truly afford and meets our needs)  also provides them with good income and great referrals. I’d like to demonstrate that truth in action:  Reinita from Michigan said I can quote her: “We had a really good experience at a Camping World in northern Michigan last summer. The salesman listened to us and pointed out some options that met our needs. He... [Read more...]

Out West to Texas!

February 17, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Out West to Texas!

When I was a child I was always planning on going way out west to Texas. I was raised in California, but in my mind out west was Texas. When I thought of Texas I thought of rattle snakes, cowboys, long horned cattle, the Alamo and the Gulf of Mexico. Texas is as diverse as it is large. Whether you are looking for museums, wide open spaces or amusement parks, Texas has them and hospitable Texas campgrounds are always close by. Texas has over 300 miles of Gulf Coast. This area has numerous fine beaches, small towns and large cities for you to visit as you RV along the coast. My parents lived in Corpus Christi, Texas when they met and got married. And, according to my mother everything really is bigger in Texas. I want to see that for myself. I have heard the stories and I can’t help but think that it is the stories that are bigger in Texas not the rabbits. Corpus Christi is a major deep water sea port in the Gulf of Mexico. It is also home to the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington... [Read more...]

COMING SOON! WOODALL’S IPHONE APP

February 17, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

COMING SOON! WOODALL’S IPHONE APP

We are excited to announce that we will be launching our new iPhone application in the next couple of months. Sign up to receive a text alert when it’s available! Woodall’s new iPhone App is almost here! Now you can enjoy all of the features of Woodall’s North American Campground Directory – the most complete and reliable source of campground, RV service center and attraction information –on your iPhone.  This is the perfect companion whether you are on the road or at home. Our iPhone app will contain everything you need to select your next destination – facility and recreation info, driving directions, seasonality, full campground contact information, pet restrictions, site RV capacity, internet access at sites, and much more. Be the first to know when it becomes available and receive special offers and alerts on your mobile phone by signing up here

USS Lexington…

February 17, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

USS Lexington…

If you happen to find yourself in southern Texas, one stop that is not to be missed is the USS Lexington!  Located in Corpus Christi Bay, this WWII aircraft carrier was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003, and has been turned into a first-rate museum of all things WWII.     While seeing action in WWII, the Lexington served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theatre.  This Lexington (CV-16, Lexington #5) is nicknamed The Blue Ghost. Her nickname came from the fact that she was painted a solid, dark blue, instead of in a camouflaging pattern. This was demoralizing to the Japanese – since she was so heavily armored, she didn’t need to hide; they couldn’t sink her anyways. The Japanese said that they would sink her in the evening, and she would be right back in the morning, hence the name the Blue Ghost. Inside there are some commercialized areas like a food court and the gift shop. You could peek in on a F-18 Blue Angels restoration project, or take a turn... [Read more...]

Camping in Blue Grass

February 16, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Camping in Blue Grass

On the final leg of our journey to the eastern part of our country, the homeward leg, we needed a place to spend one night that was approximately half way between the Stowe, VT area and our home near Green Bay, Wisconsin. When planning the trip online, we stumbled upon the Swanton, Ohio area as our approximate midway destination and set about finding an RV park near there. As the name of our small publishing company is Blue Waters Publications, the name of Blue Grass Campground and RV Park just sort of jumped out at us. When faced with a choice of locations, we have often based our decision on that kind of intuitive, instinctual coincidence or connection and have rarely been disappointed. We pack up and leave Smuggler’s Notch Campground by 7:13 am, heading southwest. Along the way, we make two stops at Dunkin’ Donuts, a unique dining choice available in the eastern part of our country that no longer exists in the Midwest. As they have recently added bagels, wraps and sandwiches, they... [Read more...]

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