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Yuma Named Sunniest Place in America

January 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Yuma Named Sunniest Place in America

The sun is out and the weather is great, just like any other day in Yuma, Arizona. The Territorial Prison, also known as "Hell Hole" and "Devil's Island" opened in the Arizona desert on July 1, 1876 when the first 7 inmates entered the prison and they were locked into the new cells they built themselves. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved It should not surprise anyone that US News and World Report again named Yuma as the number one “sunniest place” in America to spend their golden years. Yuma’s wonderfully temperate winter climate also makes this southeastern Arizona city a popular destination for snowbirds escaping their cold winter homes. Arizona’s warmest winter city and the sunniest year-round spot in the U.S., Yuma has an annual average of 4,133 hours of sunshine. Yuma has a classic low desert climate with extremely low relative humidity and very high summer temperatures. Located at the confluence of the Gila and Colorado rivers, Yuma began as a... [Read more...]

Welcome to Quinte’s Isle Campark

January 14, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Welcome to Quinte’s Isle Campark

I am Steve Ward and am sitting here with my brother Tim, both owners of this park and about to embark on our 30th season. As we sit here, we are reflecting on how the park has changed over the last few years and how we can continue to improve. Recently we have had a dramatic increase in the number of RVs dry camping along the mile and quarter waterfront versus tent camping. With this in mind, we are considering building a new comfort station, laundromat, snack bar, septic disposal and fresh water filling station adjacent to this camping area. We are looking for input and ideas on the design from experienced RVers. We want to incorporate these ideas into our plan so we can make dry camping more pleasant for all our campers at the waterfront. Please forward your top 3 “Must Haves” for this camping style to info@qicampart.com

DRIVE YOUR RV LIKE A TRUCKER!

January 13, 2012 by · 33 Comments 

DRIVE YOUR RV LIKE A TRUCKER!

I would like to ask you a question. It is a tough question – not only to answer honestly, but for me to ask because I KNOW it could be interpreted (wrongly) as an insult to your inner ego. Are you really qualified to safely drive your RV? And if you answered yes (or even no :)), the next question is: Do you always adhere to the rules and regulations that outline safe driving practices for RVs? If you are still with me and not totally insulted by my suggesting that you just might not be fully qualified (from a safety viewpoint) to drive your RV – take some time to consider the following discussion and then process the content with an open mind. Once a driver moves from a family type automobile to a motor home or even a 26-foot travel trailer pulled by a 1/2 ton pick-up, everything changes.  Your stopping distance, passing range, acceleration time, and visibility are only the beginning of what is different.  There is a reason statistics show that the percentage of rear-end collisions... [Read more...]

Harvest Salmon Chowder for Chilly Winter Days

January 13, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

If you travel and camp throughout the chillier months of the year, then you might find yourself craving foods such as chili, stew, soups and chowder. Last fall, I created a round of recipes for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. Their consumer website, Bristol Bay Sockeye, features numerous salmon recipes. One of the recipes I tested, tweaked, and photographed was Harvest Salmon Chowder. The recipe comes from Rose Fisher who is married to a Bristol Bay fisherman and lives in Dillingham, Alaska. When Rose gave me the recipe she quietly told me that the secret to the recipe was…canned salmon and all the juices!!  She told me that she had made it with cooked salmon, but it just wasn’t the same. Aha! I am not afraid to use canned salmon, so I was pleased to try the recipe. Indeed, it is a simple awesome recipe that is satisfying and warming. I think this recipe is particularly relevant for our Woodall’s readers because it uses many basic pantry items,... [Read more...]

Winterfest in Pigeon Forge with Riveredge RV Park!

January 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Winterfest in Pigeon Forge with Riveredge RV Park!

Wintertime in the Smokies is one of the best times to visit. From November through February come experience the thousands of lights that decorate Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Soak up the Spirit of the Season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. Visit beautiful Ober Gatlinburg where you can ski down the snowy mountain, ride down the Alpine Slide, ice skate in the giant indoor skating rink, or shop and eat some delicious Southern food. Riveredge RV Park and Campground is a premier campground in Pigeon Forge, TN. The campground has 175 beautifully landscaped campsites, all with 50 & 30 amp service. Riveredge is Pigeon Forge’s most beautiful RV Park. The wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, and the county seat of Sevierville are all minutes away. Riveredge offers a 5 star bath house, large heated pool, playground, 1,800 square foot arcade, high speed internet and WIFI, and, of course,... [Read more...]

Stunning Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

January 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Stunning Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

During our recent stay in Las Vegas, we were looking for some family friendly places to visit.  While we had noticed Valley of Fire NV State Park in our atlases, we really didn’t have a great desire to visit it.  The surrounding landscape didn’t seem overly scenic when we had driven by the exit to the park off the Interstate, and we had not seen any overly inviting advertising of the park.  Our oldest son had flown out to spend his 2 week Christmas break from Basic Training with us, and the day that he had to fly back, we really needed something to keep our minds off of missing him.  Valley of Fire was about all we had left on our list of places that we would like to visit near Las Vegas.  We had already been to Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, and Hoover Dam (which is NOT ideal to visit during Christmas vacation!).    Needing to get out of the ‘house’, we packed a lunch and drove northeast of town, over an up and down, windy little road until we entered a shallow... [Read more...]

Something Smells Good in Flagler County!

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Something Smells Good in Flagler County!

Something smells good!  That’s something you hear frequently in Flagler County. With more than 180 dining options from which to choose, it’s easy to find flavors and dishes that appease even the pickiest of palates. The choice is yours. Hip local fare made with fresh seafood. Exotic tastes and ethnic treats from around the globe. Classic American cuisine with mouth-watering, choice cuts of beef. Your dining experience would not be complete without ambiance, and we’ve got that covered too. Looking for a relaxing meal? Kick off your flip flops and sit atop a deck overlooking the ocean at the Golden Lion Café or Finn’s Beachside Pub. Perhaps the romantic escape is more your style. Fine dining for two easily comes with a view. And if family dining is your preference, there are plenty of places ready and willing to feed the entire clan. No matter what your taste or budget, there is sure to be something to satisfy your appetite in Flagler County. Some of our visitors’ favorite places... [Read more...]

Quartzsite, Arizona: What’s the Attraction?

January 9, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Quartzsite, Arizona: What’s the Attraction?

Founded in 1856 as a fort by settler Charles Tyson, Quartzsite, Arizona earned its geological-sounding name during a short-lived mining boom in 1897. Walking the displays at The Main Event. If you can't find it at Quartzsite, then you don't need it. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Every January and February, a dusty Arizona town in the middle of nowhere becomes the largest gathering of recreational vehicles and RVers on the planet. If you’re an RVer who has heard of Quartzsite, but hasn’t attended January’s Sports, Vacation, and RV Show and the ongoing rock and gem shows and flea markets that run throughout the winter, you probably have difficulty grasping the sheer magnitude of the desert spectacle. What Happens in Quartzsite? If you pass through Quartzite in summer, the answer to this question is, “Absolutely nothing.” You will see flat desert, some roadside businesses, tumbleweeds, and that’s about it. But come winter, the answer is quite different. Each winter... [Read more...]

GPS Technology helps avoid Navigation Nightmares in winter!

January 9, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

GPS Technology helps avoid Navigation Nightmares in winter!

After visiting with family and friends for the holidays, many full-timers are back on the road again in January, moving to new locales to explore and enjoy. Driving through unfamiliar territory can bring the unexpected, especially during winter months.  A detour, a weather incident, or even an illness can cause a well-planned trip to turn into a navigation nightmare! Fortunately, GPS technology can assist with many of these challenges.  Although car GPS has been around for some time, GPS devices designed specifically for larger-sized vehicles is fairly new.  And an RV is a very unique “larger sized” vehicle with legal and physical restrictions different than cars and even commercial trucks.  For instance, commercial trucks don’t carry propane, travel on back roads, or need dump stations. Rand McNally, with its vast experience with car and truck navigation, most recently focused on RV-specific routing. The result?  The Rand McNally’s TripMaker® RVND™ GPS. The portable devices... [Read more...]

Rafter J Bar Ranch is Only 8 miles From Mount Rushmore!

January 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Rafter J Bar Ranch is Only 8 miles From Mount Rushmore!

Rafter J Bar Ranch, located at the west entrance to Mt Rushmore, Junction 16/385 & SD 244, is the perfect headquarters for a wonderful Black Hills SD vacation. It’s a few minutes away from Mt. Rushmore (only 8 miles!), Crazy Horse Memorial, 1880’s Train in Hill City, Custer State Park where the road takes you past herds of buffalo, and so many more attractions will keep you busy. The awesome beauty and peaceful setting of Rafter J Bar Ranch is sure to build a scrapbook of memories for years to come. It is comprised of 5 camping areas separated by alpine meadows and shaded by large Ponderosa Pines. One can choose a remote tree-site or a clearing for big rigs nearer to the resort’s activity center. Modern cabins and tent sites are also available. Keep your eyes open for wildlife – especially deer. This resort is maintained impeccably. The laundries and restrooms are spotlessly clean. Full-time camp security brings you peace of mind in this peaceful, picturesque setting. The huge... [Read more...]

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