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Month: March 2012

A Road Less Traveled Can Only Be Found Near Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort In Northern Michigan

March 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

A Road Less Traveled Can Only Be Found Near Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort In Northern Michigan

The day trip begins at Hearthside Grove Luxury Motorcoach Resort where brother’s Kirk & Craig Rose have developed a resort where people gather with the simple desire to connect with the land and each other. The property consists of 140-acre’s purchased five years ago and from an existing palette of mature trees has developed into a premier motorcoach destination. In an organic environment filled with twists, turns and trees, no two lots have the same size or dimension. From Hearthside Grove to the wildlife centers of Curtis and Manistique in the Upper Peninsula takes you over the Mighty Mac and points you west on US 2 along the northern shore of Lake Michigan, where sprawling sand dunes rise up against the sky and then drop down to provide glimpses of the sun-gilt water and lonely pines. Here you’ll find a highway that showcases the natural beauty surrounding Lake Michigan, the second largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third largest by surface area. In the town of Curtis,... [Read more...]

Discover San Antonio’s Mission Trail

March 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Discover San Antonio’s Mission Trail

The chain of five missions that were established along the San Antonio River during the 18th century stands as a reminder of Spain’s most successful attempt to extend its New World influence and control. Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Representing both church and state, these missions were charged with converting the local Native Americans, collectively called Coahuiltecans, into devout Catholics and productive members of Spanish society. More than just churches on the Spanish Colonial frontier, the missions also served as vocational and educational centers, economic enterprises involved in agricultural and ranching endeavors and regional trade. Missionaries taught the Coahuiltecans farming skills and gave them religious instruction. Before the Spanish came, there were no horses in Texas and no gunfire, except for the raiding Apache. A vast frontier had never been touched by a wheel or felt the blade of an iron ax. Among... [Read more...]

Silver Dollar City–the Music!

March 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Silver Dollar City–the Music!

Branson, MO being the music destination that it is, it is not surprising that Silver Dollar City would boast some of the most entertaining music and shows any one family could hope for—all for one inexpensive entry fee. Quite an excellent bargain! In a previous post, I mentioned that we most often visited the City during our children’s Easter break from school. Every year Silver Dollar City celebrates World-Fest from early April to early May, a month long festival showcasing entertainment from around the world. Other times of the year, they produce festivals honoring other groups: from the Great American Music Festival in May to the Children’s Festival from early June to mid-August to the Festival of America in the Fall to the “Old Time Christmas Celebration” in November and December. There is always something going on at Silver Dollar City. On a recent trip out, the World-Fest included several dance troups, Stavropolye Cossacks from Russia, Dance Academy from Uganda and Rhythm... [Read more...]

Adventure Awaits at Bay Bayou RV Resort – Tampa, FL

March 17, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Adventure Awaits at Bay Bayou RV Resort – Tampa, FL

Seeking adventure? Look no further than the exciting opportunities in the Tampa, Florida area. Explore the rich history of the Cuban cigar factories in Ybor City and dine at the landmark Columbia Restaurant serving authentic Spanish cuisine since 1905. Learn about the sponge diving industry on a boat tour offered at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. Stay to dine at one of the many fantastic Greek restaurants and shop at the various boutiques and stores. Don’t forget to visit the Downtown Historic Antique and Art District in Tarpon Springs on East Tarpon Avenue. Thrills abound at Bush Gardens Tampa Bay as you ride the newly opened Cheetah Hunt Roller Coaster for a screaming good time or board the Serengeti Express Railway or Serengeti Safari to observe hundreds of exotic animals in just one of the many animal exhibits located within the park. Meet our home town sweetheart, Winter, the rescued dolphin and star of Warner Brothers’ “Dolphins Tale”, at the Clearwater Aquarium or... [Read more...]

DO I REALLY NEED TO TAKE THAT? Must have tools and parts for RV Camping

March 17, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

DO I REALLY NEED TO TAKE THAT?  Must have tools and parts for RV Camping

Packing or stocking your RV for an extended camping trip can sometimes be more like a game of chance than a science.  The problem is that when you are 90 miles from nowhere at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night and the need for a specific tool or part arises you are up that proverbial creek without a paddle – that is, unless you stock for every imaginable need. Well, let me share with you one of my most inner, deep, dark secrets – this is one of those secrets that only my closest friends and family know.  I have an extremely vivid imagination.  Couple that with a guy who is an admitted tool junkie and president of his local Tools Anonymous help group along with my passion to fix anything and everything that “might” go wrong and you end up with a big, big box of tools and RV parts that could serve as initial inventory for a new Camping World Store. Anyway, to get to the point, these are the items packed away in that big, dark warehouse of parts, tools and accessories that DID prove... [Read more...]

St. Paddy’s Day Sale

March 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

St. Paddy’s Day Sale

We are celebrating the luck of the Irish this weekend! Starting this Friday at midnight,  save an extra 17% off ALL directories, ALL RV books, and ALL DVD’s at Woodall’s Online Store this weekend. Don’t worry–you won’t have to kiss the Blarney Stone to save on all our RV & camping products. Just enter promo code “PATRICK” at checkout to save 17% off your order! So throw the corned beef and cabbage in the crockpot, then go to Woodall’s Online Store and start planning and saving on your next camping trips!

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

March 15, 2012 by · Leave a 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 South Dakota 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 that will keep you busy. The awesome beauty and peaceful setting of Rafter J Bar Ranch is sure to help 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. You can choose a remote tree site, or wide, clear space 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... [Read more...]

A Day Trip to Whidbey Island…

March 15, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

A couple weeks ago my husband and I decided to take a day trip to Washington’s Whidbey Island. I hadn’t been there for a few years and we wanted to partake in their annual Penn Cove Musselfest! Located only a short ferry ride from Mukilteo, Whidbey Island is a fabulous rural destination. We arrived in Clinton on the south end of the island and then drove north about twenty miles towards Coupeville, which is where the mussel festival was taking place. Coupeville is a historic seaside village that abounds with mussels and lots of charm. The indigenous mussels are grown right there in Penn Cove and indeed these bivalves are the signature seafood of this rural region! The annual mussel festival clearly reflects this because just about all of the restaurants feature the local mussels on their menus!! (Even the local bowling alley features a signature mussel dish!) When we arrived around 11:30 that day, the Musselfest was in full swing. We purchased chowder sampling cards and then... [Read more...]

The Unique Craftsmen of Silver Dollar City

March 14, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

The Unique Craftsmen of Silver Dollar City

Following up on my previous post about Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO I would like to take time to profile the fabulous craftsmen and women who populate the park. Their workmanship is excellent, the materials, of first quality, and the products, unequaled in quality and craftsmanship. On every visit, we plan to purchase birthday, Mother and Father’s Day gifts and a number of special treats for ourselves. Upon entrance to the park, our first visit is always to the bladesmith, who is making first quality knives for purchase in the park. It was always our first stop due to our son’s fascination with knives, and to his location in the park. During our visits, Ray Johnson was the craftsman in charge of the knives and we loved to stop as we were wandering down the beautifully landscaped tree-lined pathways of the park. It was fascinating to watch him forge his knives over an open flame with sufficient heat to turn the metal into an excellent serviceable knife. We have also seen the most... [Read more...]

Hi Desert RV, A Great Place to Getaway From It All

March 13, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Hi Desert RV, A Great Place to Getaway From It All

Hi Desert RV is conveniently located at the 180 off ramp from interstate 80 in Winnemucca NV. East bound and West bound traffic have easy access as there are both exit and entrance ramps to the interstate .7 miles west to Hi Desert RV. From the entrance with the American Flag flying high, old town façade and water wheel, putting green, koi pond and shuffleboard courts to our recreation hall, heated pool, and out west hospitality, Hi Desert RV has many amenities that set them apart. The beautifully landscaped sites offer the modern RV’er with all the comforts they have come to expect. Clearly delineated sites bordered by lodge poles, clean gravel, picnic table, 30 and 50 amp service, water, sewer, pull through sites (some 70ft.) and the most modern WI-FI service available. Tent camping too! In the main building, they stock and maintain the most complete RV supply store around. Fresh water, Sewer, Electrical, Hardware supplies are all in stock. They even stock several hard to find items... [Read more...]

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