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Month: February 2012

Earn Money From Your RV–Teach College!

February 15, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Earn Money From Your RV–Teach College!

There have been a number of articles posted in recent months on various ways to earn money by working from your RV. My esteemed colleague, Patti, has written several posts on this topic and shared specific details about tutoring students right from her RV. I submitted a post later last year about writing books from your RV and publishing them via Amazon.com’s Create Space division. I want to share another money-making tip today—teaching online college classes right from the comfort of your trailer or camper. There are a number of colleges and universities that offer online classes. If you have any type of connection with a brick and mortar school, you may be able to teach an online class or two for them, giving you the opportunity to travel year round. If you do not currently have such a connection, I would encourage you to explore the numerous schools offering primarily online courses. A few of the most popular include: Capella, Phoenix, Kaplan and Keller, but there are a number of... [Read more...]

Rand McNally to Provide Woodall’s Campground Data in GPS Devices

February 14, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Rand McNally to Provide Woodall’s Campground Data in GPS Devices

Rand McNally, a leader in specialty travel and navigation, and Woodall’s, part of the Good Sam family of RV clubs, community and publications, are partnering to include Woodall’s campground data in Rand McNally’s TripMaker® RVND™ GPS units for RVers. The data will be pre-loaded in devices shipping mid-April, and also will be available to current owners of TripMaker® RVND™ devices – both the 5” and 7” models – via a simple and free download in early Q2. Rand McNally will be reaching out to existing owners to ensure that they are able to download the new content. “Woodall’s is North America’s leading source of campground information for RVers and campers. We are very pleased to offer this very valued content as part of our industry-leading RV GPS devices,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. Highlights of the Woodall’s Campground data include: Listings for more than 12,000 RV parks and campground locations, with amenities: Family-friendly campgrounds and... [Read more...]

The Most Romantic Disastrous Camping Trip Ever—Part 2

February 14, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

The Most Romantic Disastrous Camping Trip Ever—Part 2

Read Part 1 So, there we were—no fire…raw, uncooked food…and a tent that looked like it was constructed by a team of drunk squirrels. Undaunted, my new young wife and I decided to make proverbial lemonade from our lemons.  Since I had camped in the area many times previous, I knew of a backwoods café about 25 miles away, that usually stayed open as long as the owner stayed awake. Road Sign for the Restaurant--should have tipped us off! We piled back into the car and headed over, ravenous for a meal. Though I had camped in this spot before, I had never eaten at this particular café, as I had always been able cook my own food. Now, since we were prohibited from making a fire, and since we were too broke to buy our own camp stove, we had been forced to give this little backwoods restaurant a try. When we arrived at establishment, we realized that we were the only patrons in the café. As we ordered and awaited our dinner, out to the corner of our eyes we could see various people wandering... [Read more...]

Spring is coming…

February 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Spring is coming…

This week-end I caught my husband counting the weeks on his iPhone.    I was wondering what he was doing and then I realized he was counting the number of weeks before we can go up to our RV at the campground.   Total is fourteen weeks.   Fourteen weeks before we can drive to our RV and open it up for the season. Let me tell you that the weeks are not passing by fast enough according to the kids.   My four years old keep asking when we will go and remind us that we need to bring her pink blanket with us when we do.   She recently told us that we should not forget our plastic containers with the clothes when we go. Too funny!  You can sense her passion for camping and fishing as well. So slowly we are wrapping up our homeschool.   The kids still have about eleven weeks to complete their mathematics.   My oldest as finished his English writing curriculum.   English grammar is almost completed as well.   Bottom line we are doing good even though the French lessons won’t... [Read more...]

Cottonwood Cove RV Park on Lake Mohave just north of Laughlin, NV

February 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Cottonwood Cove RV Park on Lake Mohave just north of Laughlin, NV

Headed to Nevada? Consider visiting the RV Park at Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area; it offers great value and recreation options that are unique to the area. With plenty of breathing room and really helpful and friendly management Cottonwood Cove might just be your best find yet! Cottonwood is a very popular alternative to some of the busier boating locations around Laughlin, NV and Bullhead City, AZ. Folks towing their own boat will have no trouble launching at the marina, where the water is usually a lot calmer than it is further south. If you don’t have your own boat you can rent ski boats, fishing boats, deck cruisers, patio pontoons and PWCs from Forever Resorts, the concessioner, and enjoy phenomenal water adventures anyway. Friends of friends told us they stayed at Cottonwood Cove Motel last summer, rented a boat and traveled north on Lake Mohave—and ultimately up the Colorado River, past Willow Beach, toward Hoover Dam.... [Read more...]

San Antonio River Walk: Jewel of the City

February 12, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

San Antonio River Walk: Jewel of the City

San Antonio is best known for being the Home of the Alamo and the San Antonio River, the center points of numerous activities in the downtown area. The river actually has its headwaters in northern San Antonio and travels southward through the city. The River Walk has grown to a stunning eight miles and will stretch to 15 miles by 2013. Each part offers a unique look and feel. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The Alamo is part of a chain of five Spanish missions that still stand along the river and served as religious institutions and economic centers 200 years ago. The five missions are somewhat connected by their proximity to the river and signage linking them along a route called the Mission Trail. San Antonio’s Paseo del Río, or River Walk, ranks No. 1 or No. 2 each year as the most popular tourist attraction in Texas, with up to 3 million people visiting from throughout the world. The other No. 1 or No. 2 is The Alamo. It’s a moot issue really. If you travel here to take in the... [Read more...]

Earn Money From Your RV–the Kindle Effect!

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Earn Money From Your RV–the Kindle Effect!

As a follow-up, or perhaps an additional entry to complement my previous posts on publishing a book from your RV via Amazon.com’s Create Space division, I want to turn our attention to Kindle publishing. I have uploaded to Kindle two of the three books I have previously published, but not without a great deal of anxiety as I have little understanding of what I was doing and whether I was doing it properly. The end result was salable, but there were a few minor formatting glitches, some of which I corrected and some of which I left. The process and my angst over this process consumed a considerable amount of time. Kindle Reader As I was in the process of publishing my first book with Create Space, I noticed in a corner of the screen that they also offered the service of uploading your completed Create Space book to Kindle. Immediately this was appealing to me, but I was concerned about the price.  Upon inquiring, I learned that the cost for this service was a flat fee of $69. Given the... [Read more...]

Lake Mead RV Village, NV – From here enjoy Lake Mead National Recreation Area attractions and Vegas

February 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lake Mead RV Village, NV – From here enjoy Lake Mead National Recreation Area attractions and Vegas

Looking for a wonderful spot to take a seasonal snowbird vacation? Traveling through Southern Nevada on your way to or from the Grand Canyon? Wanting to “park it” and hang out in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area for while? Lake Mead RV Village is an ideal spot for you to set up camp and unwind. From here you can see the lake, tour Hoover Dam, drive or walk across the amazing new Hoover Dam By Pass Bridge, or take a scenic raft trip down the Colorado River to Willow Beach Marina. You can also just hang out around the Park, play down at the water’s edge and catch some sun while relaxing and reading a good book. You might try boating and fishing on Lake Mead too; Calleville Bay Marina is just a short drive from the Park and they rent all sorts of day boats, PWCs and water toys. Lake Mead RV Village is a full-service Park with enough to keep you entertained even if you never leave the premises. The Park offers Cable Television including Showtime® so you won’t miss any of your... [Read more...]

Celebrate Local With Regional Events…

February 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you hunt down local food festivals and events when you are camping, RVing,  and traveling? They are a great way to get a true taste of the region. Festivals are often annual events that celebrate a seasonal or local food. And, they often raise money for local causes, such as the chamber of commerce or a civic project. I have found that regional festivals and community dinners have given me some delicious fodder for writing as well as for munching!  The “experts” are always around and they are often more than happy to tell me about the specialty products at hand. Over the years, we have attended the Ballard Seafood Festival and the Fishermen’s Festival here in Seattle. Obviously, both of these events feature awesome regional seafood products. If I was down on the Oregon Coast today, I would attend the 27th Annual Charleston Crab Feed held in the Old Charleston School House. Each year more than 1000 people attend and indulge in a fabulous Dungeness Crab Dinner. ... [Read more...]

Snazzy Photos from Your Phone!

February 10, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

I have taken thousands of photos over the years while traveling. I treasure them all. Recently, however, I have been using my iPhone 4S to snap lots of photos. Truth be told, I am amazed at the quality of photos that are taken.  I love the compact nature of my wonderful camera. Unlike my larger Nikon, I love the way this little “camera” can fit in my purse and even in my pocket. On countless trips, I have pulled my phone out of my pocket and snapped a moment in traveling time. I’ve photographed hors d’oeuvres while overlooking the Puget Sound. I’ve snapped jellyfish at low tide on the beach. I’ve documented special sections at an art exhibit. And, I’ve archived fabulous photos of my children while they are cavorting through life.  With the help of an app or two, I am learning how to edit, crop, and caption these photos all within the palm of my hand. Yes, these phones are a huge investment, but for someone who loves to travel, document, communicate,... [Read more...]

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