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Month: July 2011

Grand Strand RV Park Offers EV Plug-Ins

July 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Grand Strand RV Park Offers EV Plug-Ins

Several months ago I reported that a handful of RV parks along the East and West Coast offer their 50-amp, 240-volt electric pedestals to electric vehicle (EV) owners in need of a refueling stop. 893 campsites at Ocean Lakes Family Campground feature pull-through sites, concrete pads, 20-30-50 amp electric service, water, and sewer. (Credit : Ocean Lakes Campground) The first EV charging station along the Grand Strand and the coastal Carolinas recently opened (June 22) at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a subsidiary of The Jackson Companies, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Ocean Lakes set up two Level 2 charging stations for EVs near the entrance of the mega oceanfront complex in Horry County, aiming to serve guests who tow their EVs to the beach and even non-guests in need of a charge, the Myrtle Beach Sun News reported. There is no charge for RV park guests, while others will pay $5 to enter the campground and can use the snack bar, store, and other amenities while they wait the four... [Read more...]

A Quiet Paddle…

July 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

A Quiet Paddle…

While many of the activities we enjoy while camping involve the entire family, Terry and I do share a favorite pastime in which the rest of our family does not typically engage, due largely to the time of day at which we do it: paddling. A common vacation destination for a long weekend is the northern part of our home state of Wisconsin and we have taken to exploring as many of the wild lakes in northern Wisconsin as we can manage to visit. Anvil Lake, Vilas County, WI We had been avid paddlers for many years, spending many happy hours during our now-teenaged children’s toddler and early school years in our Oldtowne canoe. Since they have been old enough to stay on their own, however, we’ve graduated to a tandem kayak that we enjoy paddling. We like to get out as early as we can rouse ourselves, often on Sunday mornings of a camping week or weekend, ideally hitting our chosen waters by 6:00 or 6:30 am, which explains why we do this sans children. One particular area of the northwoods... [Read more...]

An Angel in Cowboy Boots

July 11, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

On our next-to-the-last stage in driving across Texas, we left San Antonio the day before and drove to Fort Stockton, where we spent the night. Making sure that we had a full tank the next morning, we headed northwest out of Fort Stockton on Route 285. We knew that it would be 49 miles to Pecos and then another 100 to the New Mexico border and Carlsbad. 150 miles of desert driving. At over 100 degrees. Let’s see, I thought: 150 miles total for the day; at 10 miles-per-gallon on average; with a pitiful 15 gallon tank; we should have been able to just make it from Fort Stockton to Carlsbad on one tank. Should have… At this point in our trip I should have learned not to try to get too many miles out of a tank of gas. There were too many variables that could make even 10-miles-per-gallon a pipe dream. And this was going to be one of those days…  [Read more...]

Camping On Alaska’s Resurrection Bay in Seward!

July 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I had the wonderful opportunity to return to Alaska last week. I traveled to the remote and isolated Bristol Bay region with my husband and three children. After renting a wonderful log cabin in Dillingham for four nights, we headed to Anchorage and toured around for two days. I didn’t camp in Alaska on this trip because it simply wasn’t feasible to bring our travel trailer up there. (Bristol Bay is inaccessible by road, so it wasn’t an option to bring  our travel trailer up there!) While we were in Anchorage, we had fabulous clear blue skies so we decided to take a road trip out to Seward. I love Seward and we have camped there many times. On this trip. we only had a few hours so I had to content myself with touring around, taking photos, and checking out the  town’s waterfront campground. Known as the Resurrection Campground, the sites sit right there on the water and offer fabulous views of the scenery at hand. When we were there last Thursday, the campground... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Whitefish, Montana: Come Now!

July 11, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Whitefish, Montana: Come Now!

Whitefish, Montana.  Even Hollywood stars love it, “discovering” it in the early ‘90’s, with most eventually  moving on to wilder pastures. Tom Cruise came to our front door at the family’s Whitefish lake house,  looking for Emilio Estevez’ place near by. Ask me how thrilled we were and how very cool we acted, like we didn’t know who he was or anything. I was the Queen of Casual.  Oh…that grin…I’m sure Tom was equally impressed with us. Whitefish, where Julia Roberts dumped Kiefer Sutherland three days before they were to marry, while Sutherland was building their home-to-be  in Whitefish. We sat next to Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick more than once at a local Whitefish café. Again, we exhausted ourselves projecting disdainful cool. Tons more famous people called Whitefish their second (or third, for fourth, or fifth) home back then, but I can’t remember the names…oh yea, something about Steve McQueen getting kicked out of town on his motorcycle a long,... [Read more...]

All About Food–Cool Summer Salad

July 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

All About Food–Cool Summer Salad

The last entry in my unofficial series “All About Food” on my favorite summer meals is a favorite and incredibly flexible summer salad. In my recipe book at home, I simply call this a “Basic Bean and Grain Salad.” It is made with a few staples and whatever you happen to have on hand, so it can be a good choice for a last minute meal or when you have no idea what to make. The basis of the salad is simply 2 cups of any kind of canned beans (which is simply one 15-16 oz can) and 2 cups of any cooked grain. What you add to this are simply veggies and extras you have on hand, perhaps those that will spoil if not used soon or just something you happen to have available, and your dressing. The dressing can be either 1/3 cup of your favorite (homemade or store-bought) vinaigrette or the recipe that follows. Thus, the actual recipe looks like this: 2 cups canned beans, drained (white, black, pinto, chickpeas, kidney, black-eyed peas, northern, etc.) 2 cups cooked grain (white... [Read more...]

Bare Facts on Bears

July 9, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Bare Facts on Bears

Grizzly Bear Kills Hiker in Yellowstone National Park A grizzly bear is shown in this undated photo. A grizzly bear killed a man hiking in Yellowstone National Park on July 6, 2011. (Credit: Getty Images) A couple’s hike off South Rim Drive, south of Canyon Village and east of the park’s Grand Loop Road, Wednesday (July 6) morning, turned tragic when they surprised a grizzly bear sow and her cubs. Brian Matayoshi, 57, of Torrance, California, was hiking with his wife, Marylyn, on the Wapiti Lake Trail when they encountered the bears as the couple emerged from a forested area into an open meadow. The hikers first spotted a bear about 100 yards away and began walking in the other direction, but when they turned to look back they saw the female grizzly charging at them down the trail, according to an account issued by park officials. The couple began running, but the bear caught up to them and mauled the husband, then approached the wife, who had fallen to the ground nearby. “The... [Read more...]

Mountain Monograms

July 6, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

While driving eastward on I-70 through southern Utah, we noticed something interesting. Giant letters. One letter at a time, on one mountain at a time, all along the interstate. Why? Who? What? When? Alien guideposts, left behind by ancient navigators? Could they be easily seen markers for little green tourists to follow: “Turn left at mountain ‘M,’ proceed 1.7 glicks SSE to mountain ‘U,’ bear right for .04 glicks to Wooly Mammoth Intergalactic Amusement Park entrance, follow entrance ramp past visitors’ center. You have arrived at your destination: Starbucks.” Hmmm, maybe… But maybe the monograms were left by Paleolithic frat boys… Actually and, more realistically, we’re getting close. It seems that the giant letters began being constructed in the early 1900s by college and high school students as a way to bring fame to their schools and sidetrack any testosterone-fed interschool rivalries that had led to violence in the past. See the “Deuce of Clubs” website’s... [Read more...]

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN! ( The EASY way to Keep Your RV Carpet Clean)

July 6, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN! ( The EASY way to Keep Your RV Carpet Clean)

It easily picks up lint, crumbs, pet hair and tracked in dirt.  The handle lies flat so you can reach under furniture.  The most amazing thing is there is no cord, broom or dustpan to deal with and it does not require electricity – not even batteries! Yep – what is old is new again, and the darn thing works fantastically. What I am talking about is the Bissell Sweep Up carpet sweeper.  I just happened to stumble onto one of these little wonders at Big Lot’s one day for the partly sum of $12.00. Shucks, for twelve bucks I thought I would give it a try. Every RV we have owned had some carpet.  Our current fifth wheel has carpet in the living area and the bedroom.  Even with a front door mat, we continually track in stuff and Oscar, bless his little heart, sheds fine little black hairs all the time. The makers of our RV installed a Dirt Devil central vacuum.  It is a nice accessory but you still have to drag out a bulky 30-foot long hose, tubes and attachments to vacuum the carpets. ... [Read more...]

Woodall’s FREE App is Here! For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

July 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Woodall’s FREE App is Here! For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

Woodall’s, a Camping World company and the leading brand in campground directories, today announced the launch of RV & Camping Copilot, the most comprehensive campground mobile application available for iPhone and iPad. The free app provides RVers and outdoor enthusiasts instant and convenient access to more than 12,000 private and public campgrounds and RV parks in the United States and Canada, plus Mexico. Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and provides complete campground information, including amenities, services, types of campsites, on-site recreation and identifies many camping discounts offered at parks. Private campgrounds also include Woodall’s 5W/5W Rating System, which is the most trusted consumer campground rating. “Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot is a groundbreaking mobile application that provides RVers and family campers access to campground information from the comfort of home or their home on... [Read more...]

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