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SHINGLES, CHRISTMAS 2011 and HAPPY 2012 CAMPING

January 8, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

SHINGLES, CHRISTMAS 2011 and HAPPY 2012 CAMPING

WOW – Christmas came and went so fast it is hard to realize it was ever here!  It’s not like it was when I was a kid and the days, hours and minutes crept by slower than molasses dripping out of a jar on a cold day.  Now, time just flies by – you know, ZAP!  One day you are 20 and before you know it 40 is here.  Then, blink your eyes and 65 appears.  Don’t believe me?  Just wait and see (which I hope you will ). A lot of gifts were given and received.  I gave Nancy a new Kindle Fire to replace the old (but still neat) B&W plain Kindle along with a big Amazon gift card so she can download plenty of new books.  She is having a ball learning about the new features and of course, playing Angry Birds. Me?  Well, I got everybody to stop giving me ties, shirts and socks years ago.  Now, they know to give me tools, electronic gadgets, or gift cards to Camping World or Tractor Supply.  I love them all!  Oh, BTW – if you are a member of the Good Sam Club you are now... [Read more...]

The History of Old Military Road…

January 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The History of Old Military Road…

In many previous posts I have espoused the picturesque beauty of the northwoods of Wisconsin and extolled the virtues of its plethora of rustic but peaceful camping areas. Anvil, Franklin and Carpenter Lakes have some of the most beautiful unspoiled campgrounds we have ever seen. But the northwoods also has a bit of interesting history attached to it as well: Old Military Road. Originally the Old Superior Trail, a horse path created and used by the Native Americans who first inhabited the area, the road was used by these peoples for hundreds of years before being officially constructed as road between 1864 and 1870. Running from Fort Howard on Green Bay to Fort Wilkens in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, the road provided a route for rapid reinforcement of Fort Wilkins during the Civil War. A sign details the route and history of the Road Though created by the Native Americans, early trappers, travelers and drovers (livestock dealers) used Military Road as well, providing supplies... [Read more...]

Discovering Kazoos

January 6, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Discovering Kazoos

While travelling with the kids, we always try to visit “educational” places like museums and factories where we can tour the place.   Our family loves to discover how things are made either via the internet or while visiting places. While being in the area of Niagara Falls, we also crossed the border to visit Buffalo as well as drive to a place called Eden in New York State.   In this particular town, you can find the Kazoo Factory, Museum and Gift Shop.    As the name suggests you can learn more about the fabrication of Kazoos. To go in the museum and have a tour, you need to go through the gift shop.   The visit is worth it as you learn quite a bit about Kazoo.  The tour is completely free but it you feel like making you won kazoo – actually putting together parts already prepared for you – you will have to pay a small fee. While you learn more about making Kazoos you discover an item that is still the same after more than 100 years.   Kazoos are still made the same... [Read more...]

Heritage Motor Coach Resort Saw Tremendous Growth in 2011

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Heritage Motor Coach Resort Saw 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...]

Winter Savings in Charleston

January 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter Savings in Charleston

A new year is upon us, so treat yourself to a getaway to the milder climate of beautiful Charleston, South Carolina! Here in the “Lowcountry,” stately moss-covered oaks grow right next to tropical palmetto trees, and guests are welcomed at every corner with historic homes and Southern hospitality. Winter is a great time to discover this Southern jewel. Each year, Charleston is rated amongst the country’s top travel destinations. Best of all, everything is just minutes away from the popular RV campground and cottages of James Island County Park. This winter, the campground and cottages of James Island County Park are offering some can’t-miss discounts. Stays during the months of January or February receive a 40% discount at the park campground (minimum 7-night stay), or a 30% discount at the park cottages (minimum 2-night stay)!  These savings are up to $132 per week for the campground or up to $333 per week at the cottages. The discounted rates will be snatched up quickly, so spread... [Read more...]

Back to Nature at the Homosassa River RV Resort

January 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Back to Nature at the Homosassa River RV Resort

If you’re considering Florida as a vacation destination, chances are you’re picturing places like Orlando, Epcot Center, Disney World, Tampa, Busch Gardens or the tropical beaches in the Florida Keys. But the Sunshine State has a wealth of natural attractions off the beaten path for visitors to explore – including caves, natural springs and the Everglades. Escape the hustle and bustle of Florida’s many tourist destinations and experience all the natural beauty the state offers with a stay at the Homosassa River RV Resort. We are situated near Citrus County’s three picturesque state parks – the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps National Park and the Crystal River Preserve State Park. Bring your binoculars for some spectacular bird watching – our grounds are just steps away from the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. Cameras come in handy when you explore the natural hiking trails as you’re sure to see bobcats, cougars, flamingos,... [Read more...]

From Dealer Joe or John Doe? Where will you get your Next RV?

January 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

From Dealer Joe or John Doe? Where will you get your Next RV?

Courtesy of NADAguides If you’re in the market to buy a recreation vehicle but aren’t sure if buying from a dealer or a private party is right for you, the experts at NADAguides.com – the nation’s leading RV pricing and information website – offer the following advice. New or Used – That is the Question. “When it comes to buying an RV, you need to do your homework,” said Lenny Sims, Vice President of Operations at NADAguides.com.  “And a big part of that homework is determining whether a new or pre-owned recreation vehicle is right for you.” According to Sims, there are certain advantages for buying BOTH, but the biggest and most important question is what ARE those advantages and how do you make a decision that’s right for you over the ‘long haul?’ “A new RV is just that – it’s new,” said Sims, “and there’s a certain peace of mind that comes with buying new.  It’s never been driven, it’s never been ‘lived-in’, none of the optional equipment... [Read more...]

This Is The Year! Happy 2012!

January 1, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

This Is The Year! Happy 2012!

Some of you may recall a post that ran at the end of last year in which I discussed our family New Year’s tradition of listing accomplishments of the past year and goals for the new. We traditionally spend the week between Christmas and New Years vacationing at our little cabin in the northwoods of Wisconsin. In the days preceding the holiday, each family member makes a list of each and after eating a delicious dinner, we take turns reading, first accomplishments, then goals. Our little cabin in the northwoods We do not read our own lists, however. Each family member reads those of the next oldest member of the family. Our theory in structuring it this way was that the accomplishments of older siblings might provide motivation for the younger ones. We have been doing this for more than a dozen years and I think it has worked well. Accomplishments of the children might involve such things as being named captain of the Dance Team or making the “A” Honor Roll. Terry’s and mine often... [Read more...]

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