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WINEGARD Carryout Automatic Satellite Review

March 12, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

WINEGARD Carryout Automatic Satellite Review

In case you didn’t already know, Winegard Satellites is making big moves this year. What kind of moves you ask? Well…big ones! I mean it seems like I can’t go anywhere this year without seeing a noticeable difference in the amount of Winegard Satellite promotions being displayed throughout RV-related stores. And considering Winegard may just be the  (arguably) best option for a RV owner when it comes to finding a mobile TV solution, this is good news for us die-hard travelers. This increase in promotions can mean only one thing…some of the engineering gurus with the company have been busy conjuring up new ideas to and ways to make the lives of all of us RVers easier, at least when it comes to RV satellite options. Winegard prides itself on delivering high quality, user-friendly products which make tailgating, camping, or recreational TV entertainment fast and easy. They feature top of the line antennas like the Winegard Trav’ler series (the ONLY antennas capable viewing all... [Read more...]

SAS Shoe Factory tour, San Antonio, TX…

March 12, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

SAS Shoe Factory tour, San Antonio, TX…

One source of fun (and educational!) opportunities that is often overlooked when traveling, is that of factory tours! We have done several tours this winter while visiting the sunny south; the latest was a visit to the SAS shoe factory in San Antonio, TX. SAS stands for San Antonio Shoemakers, and their quality products have been 100% American made since it’s beginning in 1976. Planning our visit, we weren’t really sure what to expect – the website made a stop look like it would be fun – but you know how websites can be – they can make a destination look like an interesting place to visit only to arrive and find that the attraction is a dud. Not so with SAS! We found it to be much more interesting than we had hoped! Pulling into the parking lot we found the grounds to be spacious, with adequate room for RV and bus parking. The parking lot was neat and clean, and full of interesting displays of classic cars and machinery. The buildings are designed to look... [Read more...]

Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail

March 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail

It’s been over a year now that the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail has been in existence. Not to say the mom & pop shops along the Boudin Trail didn’t exist until a year ago–in fact, several of the stops along the Boudin Trail have been family owned for generations. What’s great about the trail is that it winds through Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes, so you can see all of Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana along the way, even down to our Gulf beaches! First off, you might wonder what a “Boudin” is. Well, “Boudin” is a tasty finger food that on the service looks like sausage. It is Louisiana’s spiced-up hybrid of pork or beef sausage. It’s a tender, savory mix of pork, rice, liver, parsley and onions, variously seasoned with salt, red pepper, black pepper and garlic powder. Everything’s stirred together, stuffed into casings and sold hot by the pound. There’s mild Boudin and hot Boudin. There’s smoked Boudin, with a crispy... [Read more...]

A Great Family Vacation–Silver Dollar City!

March 11, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

A Great Family Vacation–Silver Dollar City!

The recent bad weather experienced in Branson, MO reminded me of some of our favorite family vacation memories. Silver Dollar City in the Branson area is one of the best values for your vacation dollar in this country. As I stated in a previous post, when our children were in school, we developed the habit of traveling over the spring or Easter break each year (hence our experience of celebrating sunrise Easter services all over the country!). On several occasions, Branson, MO and Silver Dollar City was our destination! This was true for several reasons. First of all, our home is in Wisconsin. Over Easter, we are all ready to move to warmer climes. Missouri is a mere 12 hour drive from our home and lots warmer, by spring standards, than Wisconsin, in which spring is often gray, damp and, on worst occasions, white with new-fallen snow! Missouri tends to be sunny and 20-40 degrees warmer than our home turf—in other words, a very appealing destination. In terms of amusement parks, Silver... [Read more...]

Farmers Market in Downtown McAllen

March 10, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Farmers Market in Downtown McAllen

Tucked away in McAllen’s downtown entertainment district, The Market at Alhambra is a new concept in farmers markets. On a recent Saturday, we decided to check it out. Tucked away in McAllen's downtown entertainment district, The Market at Alhambra is a new concept in farmers markets. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved It happens from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday with Alhambra, the Mediterranean restaurant and hookah lounge at 519 S. 17th Street as host. A group known as the Texas Food Revolution takes over this popular Downtown McAllen Mediterranean fusion restaurant and salsa dancing hot spot. Their mission is to promote small, pesticide-free farming—or farms that show a willingness to reduce pesticides—anywhere that they can. Texas Food Revolution volunteers have executed food demonstrations in Laredo, Brownsville, McAllen, and Weslaco. The market features farmers, as well as artisans and ranchers. The Rio Grande Valley is blessed with an amazing growing season yet... [Read more...]

IMAGINE YOURSELF HERE – Relaxing along Florida’s “Forgotten Coast.”

March 9, 2012 by · 5 Comments 

IMAGINE YOURSELF HERE – Relaxing along Florida’s “Forgotten Coast.”

My Mom always said I was part fish. You see, I love the water.  It can be a lake, pond, or ocean – it really doesn’t make any difference as long as I can get out on or in it. After aimlessly wandering around Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, we found ourselves skirting the Gulf Coast of Florida on Highway 98.  Our destination was a small “hole-in-the-wall” RV Park just outside of Carrabelle.  Appropriately, the park’s name is Ho-Hum.   Now, if that doesn’t imply a laid back and restful don’t-give-a-care attitude I don’t know what does? There are maybe 50 sites here.  All of them are made up of broken shells, gravel, and sand.  Grass is scarce, much to Oscar’s dismay, but beautiful views and magnificent barrier islands are aplenty.  If you are looking for shopping, movies and amusement park rides this is definitely not where you want to go.  But, if you want to lay back and forget about the hectic pace of more populated and busy locations, this is the place... [Read more...]

The RV Lifestyle….Our Little Piece of Paradise

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Lifestyle….Our Little Piece of Paradise

By Cathy Miles In the early part of 2001, we decided to upgrade from our Class C Leprechaun to a Horizon diesel pusher. Of course, being extremely excited, we couldn’t wait to spend our first night in our new rig. We grabbed our Woodall’s Campground Directory and found Cross Creek Camping Resort in the Columbus, Ohio area.  This would be an ideal destination, as it would provide us with some road time from the dealership, yet it was only 150 miles from our home.  We spent the night, and thus our lives were forever changed. While I was still teaching, our visits in the spring were limited to weekends. We would slip away to Cross Creek whenever we could. As the summer arrived, our stays became more regular and longer.  With the onset of fall, our attention was focused on Ohio State football as we had season tickets. Cross Creek Camping Resort was just the answer. We would arrive on Friday evening; take the unit to the “SHOE” on Saturday morning to tailgate; and after the game,... [Read more...]

NASCAR Partners With Good Sam Enterprises to Launch Roadside Assistance Program

March 7, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

NASCAR Partners With Good Sam Enterprises to Launch Roadside Assistance Program

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL — Good Sam Enterprises (GSE) is pleased to announce a new partnership with NASCAR® to offer a comprehensive Roadside Assistance Program to those traveling by auto, truck, or SUV. Leveraging GSE’s existing proprietary network of service providers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the new NASCAR® Roadside Assistance will provide unlimited-distance towing to the nearest network service facility. “Sign & drive” coverage will also be available in Mexico. Coverage will be available for virtually any type of truck, auto, or van and extends to spouse and dependent children at no additional charge. Other services will include mobile mechanic dispatch for minor roadside repairs, tire changes, jump starts, delivery of up to five gallons of fuel if the customer runs out, lockout service, lost key return and much more. Help will be available within the coming months via a downloadable app on the customer’s smart phone.... [Read more...]

LVM Resort: Celebrating the Las Vegas Lifestyle

March 7, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

LVM Resort: Celebrating the Las Vegas Lifestyle

LVM Resort is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, just minutes from The Strip. The resort’s premium location provides guests with world-class shopping, dining, major sporting events and local outdoor attractions. The 41-acre award winning resort features a tropical setting accented with palm trees and flowering shrubs. LVM Resort, designed for the convenience and enjoyment of “Class A” Motorcoaches only, offers ownership opportunities and benefits. It provides owners and guests with the finest in facilities and services. Amenities at LVM Resort include: Welcome Center with concierge services, Gatehouse staffed with 24-hour security, 10,000 square foot Clubhouse equipped with concert hall, flat screen TV and outdoor kitchen, Owner’s Lounge with billiards room, library, and theatre, 4 Resort-style swimming pools including whirlpools and The Diner Restaurant, an onsite 50s style diner open 6 days a week. Also included in the resort’s amenities is a Spa and Fitness Centerwith state-of-the-art... [Read more...]

A Resource for Traveling Washington’s Scenic Byways

March 5, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

If you plan to travel around or visit Washington state this summer, then I suggest you check out the Scenic Byways and Road Trips resource. Published by Washington The State, the resource is a fabulous tool to use when traveling hither and yon around this massive coastal state. The guide is broken up into three sections: All-American Roads, National Scenic Byways, and State Scenic Byways. Indeed, I’ve traveled many of these over the years, but I wasn’t aware of this resource until this weekend when I was visiting Whibey Island for the Penn Cove Musselfest. I stopped by the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce while meandering around the historic area of Coupeville. This hefty magazine caught my eye so I grabbed one. The book gives info on historical sights, natural attractions, local resources, and driving distance. I’ve spent hours upon hours traveling throughout Washington and now I wish that this book had been in my hands throughout the journey. The information is priceless.... [Read more...]

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