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Month: March 2012

Postcards From The Road

March 31, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Snowbirds Migrating Back North Early – On this month’s trip from our new home in Tenessee to Florida and back, in order to satisfy our Spring Fever and visit friends and family members in Florida, we noticed many RVs heading north; more than we thought was normal for early March. During stopovers at RV parks in Georgia and Florida we met several RVers who confirmed the earlier-than-normal migrations back north by many RVers. “We been getting calls from friends and family back north, asking why we’re still paying peak rates down in Florida when the weather was the same in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, etc.” As many of the RV snowbirds were paying $1,000+ a month, or more, for their winter layovers in the Sunshine State, they were happy to pack up early and head home. Global warming? Who said that? Not me. And yet… Too Much of a Good Thing – We visited my youngest son’s new townhome just outside of Disneyworld. It’s a beautiful home in... [Read more...]

Postcards From The Road – The Black and Decker Powermate 400

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The Black and Decker Powermate 400 AC/DC Portable Power Station/Jump-Starter/Compressor  - Purchasing this multi-use device was a brilliant decision on my part, if I do say so myself. Just having it sitting in my storage area, fully charged and ready to go, gives me a peace of mind that a set of jumper cables can’t match. It can start my car if my battery is weak or dead and doesn’t require a good samaritan or AAA tow truck. Its multi-stage internal charger keeps it fully charged by leaving it plugged into an AC outlet overnight. But that’s not all its good for:  It’s like a multi-function swiss army knife. During our recent RV trip, it allowed me to: 1- Check the air pressure in my tow vehicle and trailer tires and top them off as needed. 2- Via one of its 2 12-volt receptacles, it ran my 12-volt air pump to firm up our Coleman air mattress. 3- And our 12-volt portable fan inside and outside of the trailer. 4- It has a built in system to check on the health... [Read more...]

Consider Vancouver Island!

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One of my favorite summer destinations in the Pacific Northwest is Vancouver Island. We first visited this large island about fourteen years ago when our daughter was very little. We were new to the region, and  I was spending a fair amount of time doing research and talking to tourism representatives in British Columbia. Back then, everyone told me that Vancouver was great, but many of my contacts gave me a wink and a nod and urged me to visit Vancouver Island, too.  They urged me to go in the summer and bring the kids. Those tips were true insider information. I am so glad that I listened! When we first visited Vancouver Island, I picked Parksville as our destination. The guidebooks touted the large safe sandy beaches and a quiet atmosphere…Hmmm. That sounded perfect for a family with a toddler. Initially, we stayed at a fabulous beachfront resort known as Beach Acres. Located right on the water and  next door to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, this family friendly low... [Read more...]

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN – IT IS GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS AROUND

March 30, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN – IT IS GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS AROUND

Somewhere between Little Rock, AR and Carrabelle, FL two cross members that support the frame rails on our fifth wheel broke. Initially, I could not tell there was something wrong because the plastic belly panels covered the problem area making it impossible to notice the broken welds. Our first indication that there was a problem occurred when we attempted to open the curbside living room slide and it would not extend.  My inspection of the problem resulted in a major shock – the axles under the camper had moved at least 3” toward the left side and the drive rod for the slide-out had been bent by the tire.  The tire was ruined and all six spring hangers had bent to approximately a 75 degree angle – they should be 90 degrees to the frame rails. In case you haven’t caught on yet, this is a MAJOR problem that could easily result in many thousands of dollars for repairs and the loss of use of the camper for “who knows how long”.  One thing for sure – we were not going to be... [Read more...]

Steep Cliffs and Towering Spires: Dead Horse Point State Park

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Steep Cliffs and Towering Spires: Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular state park. The park lies on the same broad mesa as The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. The meandering Colorado River 2,000 feet below Dead Horse Point. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Dead Horse Point is a peninsula of rock atop sheer sandstone cliffs about 6,000 feet above sea level. Two thousand feet below, the Colorado River winds its way from the continental divide in Colorado to the Gulf of California, a distance of 1,400 miles. The peninsula is connected to the mesa by a narrow strip of land called the neck. From the overlook, canyon erosion may be viewed on a grand scale. This erosion process has taken approximately 150 million years. Much of it is caused by the river slicing down into the earth’s crust as land is forced upward. These powerful forces are still sculpting the fantastic shapes of the precipitous bluffs and towering spires. Vegetation and wildlife in this desert environment... [Read more...]

CiCi … The Mascot at Cross Creek Camping Resort

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CiCi … The Mascot at Cross Creek Camping Resort

I started life as a normal raccoon … you know, cute bandit face, pointed nose and a beautiful bushy ringed tail in shades of black, gray and white. My day began at sunset and I was content to eat fruits, nuts, birds’ eggs and crawfish. Ah, as I expanded my territory, I discovered something called a neighborhood and within the ‘hood’ there were lines of cans certain days of the week. Oh the goodies that came out of those cans when they were tipped over. It was something to look forward to. In this neighborhood I made a remarkable discovery … an award-winning campground called Cross Creek Camping Resort, in Delaware, Ohio. It was here that my new life began … gone were the days of fruit, nuts, eggs and fish in the wild. Here to stay were trash bags to tear into and people to entertain with my antics. Everyone was taking notice and I became a mascot! One year, the owner held a contest to give me a real name and I became CiCi. Now I’m really important! I have a real job to do. While... [Read more...]

Woodall’s FEATURED article–Top Travel Destinations for Easter

March 29, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Woodall’s FEATURED article–Top Travel Destinations for Easter

Wondering where to travel this Easter? Let us help by pointing out the best spots for an Easter Parade, Egg Hunt, or to see where Easter treats come from. Hershey, Pennsylvania Where do those chocolate bunnies come from? More than likely, those delicious Easter treats come from the sweetest place in America — Hershey, Pennsylvania! This spring why not bask in chocolately goodness with a complimentary tour of Hershey’s Chocolate World, the source of the all things delectable? The sweet-smelling factory qualifies as the biggest chocolate-making operation on the face of the earth. After the factory tour and a 3-D show, you’ll be on your way with a tasty candy sample in hand. After ruining your appetite, explore the non-stop amusements at Hersheypark, where ten thrilling roller coasters, refreshing water rides, live entertainment, and appetizing food options await you. Date: April 6th-8th 10 am – 9 pm   Washington, District Columbia This year, take the kids on an Easter Egg Hunt... [Read more...]

Awesome April in Nashville – Music, Film, Sports and More

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Awesome April in Nashville – Music, Film, Sports and More

Music City celebrates the month of April with Awesome April, a musical tribute to the city that promises a major event each weekend. Be in the audience of a nationally televised awards show, listen to songwriters perform their Grammy-winning songs, enjoy the tradition of the Country Music Hall of Fame, or listen to the “next big star” at the honky-tonks downtown. The month of April offers something for every taste with art exhibits, sports, music, family entertainment and much more. Here’s how it works: throughout the month of April, Nashville hosts the big name concerts acts they’re known for, and they also throw on a heaping plateful of comedy, performance art, film and more. All of the events are offered individually. Some of the highlights include the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, which is America’s largest music festival dedicated to songs and songwriters, the Nashville Film Festival, which is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and one of the most... [Read more...]

Land of the Sleeping Rainbow: Capitol Reef National Park

March 28, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Land of the Sleeping Rainbow: Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is filled with geological wonders that stagger the imagination. The huge, rounded domes of red Wingate sandstone, capped with pale ivory Navajo sand­. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Somewhat remote, and not as well known as the other parks, Capitol Reef is located on the northern edge of the Grand Circle Tour. Capitol Reef encompasses a 100-mile natural upheaval in the earth’s crust known as the Waterpocket Fold. We’ve traveled Utah’s red-rock country from Bryce to Arches and Zion to Monument Valley, but none is more impres­sive than Capitol Reef. Hundreds of millions of years of geological history are contained within this long, narrow park that stretches about 100 miles from its northern to south­ern boundary. Time moves very slowly in the ageless world of colorful spires, pinnacles, and domes that form Capitol Reef. Formed by cataclysmic events of eons past, these rock formations have been defined and redefined over past ages as ancient sea waters... [Read more...]

NEWPORT DUNES ANNOUNCES EASTER WEEKEND LINE-UP APRIL 7 & 8

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NEWPORT DUNES ANNOUNCES EASTER WEEKEND LINE-UP APRIL 7 & 8

An “egg-citing” Easter is in store for those living in or around Newport Beach as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort hosts its 20th annual Easter weekend celebration. The fun begins on Saturday, April 7 with an Easter Egg hunt at 9 a.m. followed by a pancake breakfast. More than 6,000 eggs will be hidden with some containing cash and one containing a magic ticket for a free bike. The public is invited at no cost to participate in the hunt, which will be officiated by the Easter Bunny, who will be available for photos. The pancake breakfast that includes a buffet of pancakes, juice and coffee. Also featured that weekend will be bounce houses, craft sessions, and other activities. Easter Sunday, April 8, will kick off with a non-denominational sunrise service beginning at 7 a.m. followed by Champagne brunch at the Back Bay Bistro. The extravagant brunch buffet will include endless Champagne and Mimosas as well as Eggs Benedict, make-your-own omelet station, French toast, a carving station... [Read more...]

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