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Month: July 2011

What is it with snarky campers???

July 22, 2011 by · 10 Comments 

I realize that my next post is supposed to follow suit of my previous few and be about traveling with school-age kids, but today I really need to vent.  It has to do with our new neighbors, injustice, inconsideration, and snarkiness (is snarkiness a word???).  Of course it also has to do with a campground…   We have put approx. 45 thousand miles on our trailer in the last 2 years.  We have met thousands of other people on the road, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.  But we hadn’t met snarky until yesterday.   I should probably explain that we are dry camping in a public campground on a lake; we pulled in on Monday, snagged the best spot in the campground (under the only tree), and moved our son’s camper in 2 sites down since the site next to us was occupied (by someone we knew no less).  We talked with the camp host, who said that when the gentleman in the next site moved in a couple of days, that we could move our sons camper over and the site change... [Read more...]

Camping and RV’ing Support American Jobs (Opinion-Editorial Submission)

July 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Camping and RV’ing Support American Jobs (Opinion-Editorial Submission)

Jobs, jobs and more jobs. That is what this Country needs right now to get us out of the economic slump.  Any time unemployment rises, our economy suffers. While all of our politicians keep trumping ideas and probable solutions for putting Americans back to work, none has addressed the positive impact the ownership and use of recreational vehicles has on our economy. RV’ers contribute to the employment of hundreds of thousands of American workers.  It is estimated that for every RV built, sold and used by families in the USA, two full-time jobs are created or sustained. There are at least 8 million (8,000,000) American households that own at least one RV.  We also annually visit many of the 13,000 privately owned RV parks and 1,600 public facilities that cater to RV’s – many more can be counted if we include tent campers. It all begins with the manufacture of RV and camping components from raw materials.  We need steel, aluminum, fiberglass, lumber, plastics and rubber... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Amphibious Aircraft Video, Canada and Montana’s Flathead Valley

July 21, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The Canadian Flag So you’re headed up to Northwest Montana’s Flathead Valley with your tent or RV. Hooray! Let’s assume you’ll explore Glacier National Park. Seeing as how West Glacier is only 25 miles (about 35 minutes) from Whitefish in the north Flathead Valley, how could you not? Let’s assume you’ll ‘do’ Whitefish for a few days. You’ll find Whitefish, Montana at the north end of Flathead Valley with several world class, as well as casual, restaurants, 36 hole golf course, and Whitefish Mountain Ski and Summer Resort. And that’s not all (hint-you may run into certain people. Most visitors to Montana’s Flathead Valley run around Bigfork for a couple of days. Bigfork is all about its incredible arts and water activity communities ( I mean, the whole town is on the north end of Flathead Lake, so yeah, there’s water rentals) . Try to catch a show at the Big Fork Theater, right in the heart of Bigfork’s incredibly cool walkable downtown. Actually,... [Read more...]

RVng, A Great Way To Make New BFFs

July 20, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

I just finished reading a book about time travel. The lead character finds himself in the early 1900s in New York City. He finds a more optimistic and open society. People were less suspicious of each other; worrying less about someone else’s ulterior motives and hidden agendas than just being hospitable. It made me think about how nice it would be if the world were more like that. My story this week is about our RV trip out West and the seven days we spent with a family we had never met before who opened their home and lives to us. They live on a picturesque hobby farm in the beautiful state of Washington, with a picture postcard view of Mount Rainer. But first, we had to get there. By the first of the year, 2010, all of our belongings were in storage. We spent the first several months RVng around Florida, our home state for the past 15 years. We visited a lot of the places we had always wanted to see and said our goodbyes to family and friends. By May, we had reached Florida’s... [Read more...]

Heritage Motor Coach Resort Sees Tremendous Growth in 2011

July 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Heritage Motor Coach Resort Sees Tremendous Growth in 2011

With economic recovery still slow, unemployment at 9.1 percent and last year marking the lowest total of property home sales since before 1963, Heritage Motor Coach Resort and Marina has managed to beat the odds. Despite the economic challenges facing our nation as well as the devastating Gulf oil spill, which affected Alabama beaches, the luxury waterfront Class A resort has seen continued sales and rental growth in 2011. The resort, opened in late 2009, features 79 units, each with its own customizable Coach House, as well as 42 boat slips. In the last 18 months, nearly 60 percent of its available property has sold – 46 units and 24 boat slips have been sold. The average price point per unit is $225,000 with boat slips sold separately. The resort founder attributes the success to the resort’s unique location and its focus on providing owners and visitors with special events and opportunities. “Events are the key to success, especially with RVers being such a social crowd,” said... [Read more...]

On the road again. Just can’t wait to get on the road again.

July 17, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

On the road again.  Just can’t wait to get on the road again.

Ahaa…… It feels great! The girls volunteered to look in on Grandma so we could hook up and head out for a couple of weeks. For a while on Saturday, I wondered if we were going to get away this morning.  I was washing the Great White when I noticed something on the front tire.  On closer inspection, it turned out to be a cut about 3 inches long and a quarter of an inch deep.  Definitely not what you want a tire to look like when you are cruising down the Interstate. Finding a 22.5 inch truck steer tire on Saturday is not easy.  All of the normal big tire distributors were closed.  I ended up at a TA truck stop a few miles north of us and after about four hours and more money than I want to talk about, I was good to go with two brand new front steer tires. We pulled out this morning heading for the Outer Banks of North Carolina – our favorite destination being the Holiday Trav-L-Park Resort for Campers in Emerald Isle. Welcom Center at NC State line When we crossed the State... [Read more...]

A Recent Quiet Paddle…

July 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A Recent Quiet Paddle…

In my last post, I wrote about the peace we feel when kayaking on any of the wild, unspoiled lakes in northern Wisconsin. On a Sunday morning this past  September, while camping at the nearby campground, it is the lake with which we are most familiar that is our destination, Anvil Lake in eastern Vilas County. As we are feeling a bit lazy this morning, we do not hit the water until nearly 7:00 a.m., but still the lake is as smooth as glass.  As we paddle out, no other traffic, human or water-going, is evident. The sun is up, the temperature warm. There is no wind. As we pull away from the dock, we observe a loon twenty feet ahead and to the left of our course. We pull right a bit more so as not to frighten him. We like to paddle this lake as, it is not only near our cabin, but several pairs of nesting loons reside here and we like to observe them from a distance. We have seen them before eggs have hatched, with very young offspring and doing what appears to be teaching the young to fish. Loon,... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Montana’s Whitefish RV Park: “Keep it secret! ”

July 16, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Watch video of Whitefish RV Park “Keep it secret!” I had just told our awesome neighbors at the Whitefish RV Park I was writing a blog for Woodall’s about Whitefish RV…they begged me not to. And I confess that selfishly…I’m torn. Whitefish RV Park is one of those jewels that once discovered, everyone fears the next guy will discover it, too…and the next guy, and the next guy, until the mine is empty. Lucky for you, ethics prevailed over selfishness, so I now present to you, Whitefish RV Park, Whitefish, Montana. Ta dah! Not only is it idyllic, but it’s our very first home as we begin our full time RVing life, so we’re especially thrilled. Wow. What a place. Jeff and Susie Jensen, the owners, don’t do “adequate.” They do great. Being an an RV rookie (hence, the title of my blog), I don’t have many RV parks with which to compare, but I have read billions of RV park reviews and talked with as many experienced RVers. I’ve learned... [Read more...]

Fire pit at the campground

July 16, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Fire pit at the campground

We have been camping for quite some time with the kids. We started up with a tent before we were parents which didn’t last long because my husband is not too fond of tent camping. We purchased a tent trailer after we had kids and had a few years of enjoying it before we decide to upgrade to a travel trailer. But all these years of camping with children, we were constantly making sure that they would not run into the fire pit. Being young they would not think of this hazard in their way while running around. One day, my husband saw that someone has created an ingenious little cover to block the possible fall into the fire pit. All it took was the diameter of the fire pit, a piece of wood, a jigsaw and some paint. The week-end, when we got back home, he proceeded to create not one but two of these covers. – one for our yearly campground and one to bring with us while we are on the road. He added a little handle so we can lift it up easily when we use the fire pit. So now,... [Read more...]

Full-Timer’s Maintenance Blues

July 16, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Full-Timer’s Maintenance Blues

(Photo Caption: Home Sweet Home) I was thinking back the other day.  I remember calling someone to repair the water heater in my house.  The repair man did not respond by saying “Okay, move out of your house and we’ll get to it as soon as we can.”  Of course, all that has changed for us the last 4 years.  The last time I needed work done on the motorhome, the response I got was, “sure, drop it off and we’ll see when we can get to it.”  Well, that may be fine if you use your RV for camping trips and have time in between to get work done.  But, when you live in your RV full-time, that does not work very well.  We’ve had mixed responses when we say we are full-timers; some facilities say that they have hookups so we can stay in during the work; others agree to make an appointment so that we can minimize the amount of time the motorhome is being worked on; most, however, do not want to deal with us—we can work around their schedule or look elsewhere. So, what is the big... [Read more...]

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