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Silver Dollar City–the Roller-Coasters!

March 28, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Silver Dollar City–the Roller-Coasters!

As far as my children were concerned, this was the main attraction at Silver Dollar City near Branson, MO; everything else was secondary. The rides, specifically the roller-coasters, were, after all, the main reason we made the decision to visit Silver Dollar City on an Easter break in the first place. They did not let us, or our dare-devil children, down. Our family favorite was BuzzSaw Falls. This was the world’s first liquid rollercoaster, combining a rapid water ride with the thrills of a dry coaster. Buzz Saw Falls twists and turns through the timber, following a cute and catchy story riders read from signs posted along the way, then plummets headfirst down a 9-story plunge. The story helps to distract those of us a bit nervous about that up-coming 9-story drop. When riding, be aware there is a camera posted and pointed at your faces as you drop down those nine stories that provides some hilarious photos once you arrive (drenched) at the bottom. On every visit we have purchased at... [Read more...]

Carnivore Heaven…

March 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Carnivore Heaven…

While we were near Houston recently, we abandon our trailer park kids (let the kids stay home and watch movies) while we went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary and my hubby passing a course he took in Houston. We had heard from the campground manager that the little BBQ joint just a few miles down the road was a great place to eat, so we decided to venture out for their Friday Night All You Can Eat Shrimp, Catfish, FROG LEGS, and BBQ. 2 buffets for $17 sounded like a good deal, so we left the kids to their ramen noodles (their preferred meal when we are gone since I won’t let them eat it when I’m home ;)), and wondered what we were in for at this little back country eatery. Pulling up, we glanced at each other – Peter’s isn’t the fanciest of joints – but apparently it’s because they are too busy smoking the most fabulous brisket and ribs!  We probably would not have chosen to stop and eat here if it were not for the rave reviews by our... [Read more...]

Custer State Park: A Wildlife Haven

March 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Custer State Park: A Wildlife Haven

The 71,000 acres of Custer State Park, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, are a wildlife haven— home to bighorn sheep, elk, deer, prairie dogs and wild burros. But the heart of Custer State Park is the American Bison. The buffalo, as it is commonly called, are most often encountered along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road.  Visitors are likely to experience an occasional traffic jam as the animals move through the park. Because buffalo are unpredictable, visitors should not leave the safety of their vehicles. Pronghorn Antelope, Bighorn sheep and prairie dogs are also easily spotted along the Wildlife Loop, but the loop favorites are the begging burros. These animals are descendants of the donkeys used to haul early visitors to the top of Harney Peak. They are now famous for getting up close and personal with visitors. When the seasons change, thousands come to the park to experience the annual buffalo roundup and arts festival.  Held the last weekend in September, the art festival has... [Read more...]

Cottonwood Cove RV Park is a Fisherman’s Paradise

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Cottonwood Cove RV Park is a Fisherman’s Paradise

The fish are biting in Lake Mohave so if you love spending time out on the water and eating Rainbow Trout that you’ve caught yourself, then you’ll want to plan a stay at Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina, just 14 miles east of Searchlight NV. If you go south of Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave— towards Katherine’s Landing and Laughlin—you’ll likely catch Largemouth or Striped Bass. Maybe you’d rather sunbathe to your heart’s content. Travel north of the Marina to the cold waters of the Colorado River, near and above Willow Beach toward Hoover Dam. There are literally hundreds of beaches to explore along the Lake Mohave shoreline—but most of them can only be reached by boat. Needless to say, the fishing is excellent. And, that’s where staying at Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina comes in handy. Forever Resorts, the concessioner for the National Park Service at this location in the Lake Mead National Recreation area, rents boats! All sorts of boats. So if fishing... [Read more...]

Silver Dollar City–the Food!

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Silver Dollar City–the Food!

We have been discussing our family’s favorite theme park, Silver Dollar City, in Branson, MO, in my last several posts. Today I want to focus on the sustenance available in the park. While most of the dining venues are casual and cater to families with children, the food is plentiful and satisfying. I want to highlight just a few of these establishments in this post to give you an idea of what is available. Aunt Polly’s provides a good old southern mix of golden fried chicken, catfish fillets, red beans and rice, corn bread and chicken with noodles. This was one of our children’s favorite places to eat, for obvious reasons. Buckshot Annie’s wins the award for most colorful name. Annie’s offers grilled barbequed half chickens, giant turkey legs, corn grilled in the husk and two five-foot skillets of hearty succotash and harvest potatoes. This was my husband’s favorite. He just couldn’t get enough of those giant skillets! Another kids’ favorite is the Lumber Camp, providing... [Read more...]

IS YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS?

March 24, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

IS YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS?

I slept in this morning. The past two days had been rough on my aging body while fixing a  problem with an ABS brake sensor on the Volvo HDT  and replacing the blown A/C compressor on the GMC pickup.  I was successful with both projects but they left me with sore muscles, painful hands and stiff joints that needed time to recover. Anyway, as I was sitting in the kitchen eating my Pop Tarts and drinking my morning coffee, the fourth hour of NBC’s Today show was on the TV.  It really caught my attention when I noticed that Kellie Pickler was the cohost with Hoda. Now, if you don’t know who Kellie Pickler is you might as well quit reading.   But, just in case you are interested,  Kellie is a popular Country Music singer and former “American Idol” contestant.  She is an extremely talented young woman that is apparently pretty doggone smart as well. OK – I’m getting a little off track so let me get back to my rant. Hoda and Kellie were introducing a segment on what may... [Read more...]

Tarzan Lord of the Louisiana Jungle Festival: April 12-14, 2012

March 23, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Tarzan Lord of the Louisiana Jungle Festival: April 12-14, 2012

The inaugural Tarzan Lord of the Louisiana Jungle Festival will be held April 14, 2012, in Morgan City, Louisiana at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium from 10 am to 9 pm. On April 12th a Tarzan Exhibit will be on display at the Louisiana State Museum in Patterson, and on April 13th Al Bohl’s documentary will be shown in the Municipal Auditorium’s Theatre. The Tarzan Fest 5K Fun/Run will kick off the festival at 8 am on April 14th, followed by a day of fun-filled activities including: kid’s activities, costume, look-a-like, and yell competitions, movies, a guest appearance by the last living studio Tarzan, musical entertainment, and much more!

Reduce the Risk of Fire in Your RV/Mobile Home

March 22, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Reduce the Risk of Fire in Your RV/Mobile Home

The BC Coroners Service and Office of the Fire Commissioner are urging owners of mobile homes and recreational vehicles and operators of mobile home and RV parks to take special care to prevent fires in the wake of a calamitous New Year’s weekend for fire deaths in British Columbia. Fire safety in a recreational vehicle and mobile home is important. (Credit: klinesrvwisdom.com) From December 29, 2011 to January 2, 2012, seven lost their lives in five separate fires. Three of those fires and five of the deaths occurred in mobile homes or travel trailers being used as living accommodation. The BC Coroners Service and the Office of the Fire Commissioner are continuing to investigate these fires. Studies show that fires in mobile homes and recreational vehicles, especially older units, tend to be more devastating than those in other forms of residence. Mobile home and RV fires claim the lives of 345 Americans each year and injure 765 more according to a fact sheet prepared by United States... [Read more...]

Sun Shines at Quinte’s Isle Campark

March 21, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Sun Shines at Quinte’s Isle Campark

The sun always shines at Quinte’s Isle Campark and this is not because they just have great weather. Quinte’s Isle Campark is located within 2km of the beautiful Sandbanks Provincial Park and beach. It is also one of the best places to go with or without family. You have the proximity of the sand beaches but the accommodations of home. The services at the park make even the first time camper feel comfortable. With 30 and 50amp hydro electricity, water, sewer, wifi, laundry, modern washrooms, propane, store and snack bar—you are set! You can cook over a fire, your camp stove or eat pizza or burgers at the snack bar—inside or outside under the pergola. During the day you can walk for miles, bikeride, horseback ride, play tennis, play baseball, play shuffle board, play horseshoes or lay by lake or poolside and read a book. You can walk, bike or drive to either the beach or the Sandbanks. The Rec Hall offers lots of games, crafts and planned activities, including hayrides to... [Read more...]

Exploration 101 at the Boston Museum of Science

March 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A couple of years ago, we were once again in the area of Boston and wanted to explore the museums out there. The first one we went to visit was the Boston Museum of Science  which we were able to access for almost free because of our membership at our local Science museum.   I say almost free because this particular museum charged us a child entrance ticket for our family.    I am not complaining because if we would have had to pay for everyone it would have cost us a fortune. Our experience there was fabulous.  There are many levels to explore and discover with the kids.   We even took a picture with a Naboo Starfighter from Star Wars while there! Two particular things were our highlights while visiting the museum of science in Boston.    The first one is the human body section where we stumbled (literally) on a live experiment to explain how our heart works with the heart of a lamb.   Apparently, both hearts works the same way so it was very instructive.    My oldest... [Read more...]

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