Month: April 2012
Texans take their food as seriously as they do their football. Black's Barbecue is Texas' oldest and best major barbecue restaurant continuously owned and operated by the same family. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved If you slander their vittles, they’re apt to defend their deep-fried passion as though you personally launched another attack on the Alamo. Necessity has frequently mothered our creations, and early Texans had to make do with meager supplies, which is how they wound up with frugal favorites like chicken-fried steak and fried pies. Such resourcefulness produced foods that bring us endless gratification today. Many Winter Texans and other visitors to the Lone Star State have the good sense to agree with them—that Texan food is that of the gods. Little Known & Great Places to Eat Sure, there are thousands of great places to eat scattered throughout cities and towns all across Texas, and a Main Street Cafe on just about every corner of every berg from Wink to... [Read more...]
Painter’s sunsets and starry nights right from your big rig pull thru site at Santa Fe Skies RV park in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.
If you are traveling to Montana this summer, you might consider a visit to the Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site. A working cattle ranch, Grant-Kohrs celebrates the life and legacy of the American cowboy and cattlemen. We visited this fabulous informative historic ranch about two years ago when we were driving home from Yellowstone National Park. We stopped en route and spent a couple hours touring the grounds, visiting the blacksmith shop, and talking to various docents and demonstrators on hand. We took some fabulous photos, but unfortunately we didn’t participate in the Junior Rancher program. My children have participated in many Junior Ranger programs but they’ve never participated in a Junior Rancher program. The Junior Rancher program at Grant-Kohrs is admittedly unique because it teaches children all about life on a ranch as the cowboys, the cattlemen, and their families knew it. For additional information on Grant-Kohrs and the Junior Rancher program, see their website. Photo... [Read more...]
Through a series of unusual circumstances, we invited four college students (plus our own two) to spend Spring Break in our partially furnished home in Taos, NM. Despite my concern, it all worked out well. We brought along every extra sheet and pillow we had at home and had plenty of sleeping space for all students. Three slept in the largest bedroom that will become my office, two on the sleeper sofa and Meg in her “own room.” Relaxing at the house We left Manitowoc at 5 am on a Friday morning and headed to Des Moines to pick up Meghan and some of the Outdoor Club’s skis, boots and bags. They would not leave until the following morning and all five would be traveling in a Honda Hybrid! We then drove on to North Platte, NE to spend the night in a Motel 6 with our three cocker spaniels. We headed out early the next morning and arrived at our house in Taos at 3 pm the next day. After quickly unloading, we ran to the grocery store to pick up supplies for the week, as well as a large... [Read more...]
With fuel prices surpassing the $4.00 a gallon mark, to say that there is “pain at the pump” is an understatement. Dropping 200 gallons of Road Diesel into the tanks on the Volvo while in Florida required handing the girl at the fuel desk $831.00. I couldn’t help but think of a time when diesel was considered “junk fuel” and was typically priced well below gasoline. While I could have completely filled both 150-gallon tanks on the Volvo in my younger days for less than $100, I know those days now exist only in memories held by our over 50 generation. The soaring cost of fuel (gasoline and diesel) has hit the RV travel market hard. With typical fuel mileage figures for towing a 8,000# trailer behind a gas engine 1/2 ton pick-up ranging from 7 to 12 mpg – even short trips can rack up a significant bill. For example, a 200 mile round trip will consume $80 of fuel, up $20 from last year. The Paradox is that by some estimates the sales of RV towables has risen... [Read more...]
This top rated Woodall’s Park is so beautiful and clean. USA RV Park honors America’s veterans and also the rich traditions of Route 66. This is a “Must Stay” park in Gallup, New Mexico.
Anglers. Pay attention. A 60-lb. Striper was caught just 8 miles from Willow Beach, Arizona in the deep waters of the Colorado River to earn a world record. It’s not uncommon to land 20 to 30 pounders! So if you’re around Hoover Dam and you’re itching to spend some quality time fishing in the rugged outdoors of the Black Canyon, plan a stay over at Willow Beach RV Park and Campground. There’s a fish hatchery close to the Park so there’s plenty of trout to be had. You can also find Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, and Bluegill in these clear, cold crystalline waters. The Marina complex has a fully-stocked convenience store so you don’t have to go far to get geared up for fishing. You can buy lures, bait and even a license right here. You can also find a large selection of groceries, toiletries, sundries, ice, cold drinks, gifts, and clothing. The RV Park and concessions facilities were renovated in 2011, making this off-the-beaten-path RV Park even more enticing.... [Read more...]
Beaver Lake Campground, in the heart of the Black Hills of SD, is just 3 miles West of Custer on Hwy 16. There are spacious, shaded camping sites that will accommodate the largest RV down to any sized tent. Located on 20 acres of Pine-covered hills, they have a variety of modern cabins and tipi’s. They have cable, free DSL & Wi-Fi, a 360′ Waterslide ($) and heated pool, C-Store and immaculate restrooms. Even the drudgery of laundry becomes a much more pleasant experience with a choice of two spotlessly clean laundry rooms on site. A new Recreation Hall is perfect for reunions or other large groups. They cater to families and pet owners. Nearby is Custer, the oldest town in the Black Hills, with its picturesque downtown area of arts and crafts galleries and a variety of excellent eateries. You’ll never find a wider Main Street in the USA than in Custer…planned for the convenience of team-drawn freight wagons that rumbled into town in the 1800′s. Nature’s... [Read more...]
Just in time for the spring RVing season, Rand McNally has added the Woodall’s campground directory into its top-selling TripMaker® RVND™ GPS devices. Woodall’s, part of the Good Sam family of RV clubs, community and publications, is North America’s leading source of campground information for RVers and campers. With the addition of thousands of Woodall’s reviewed campgrounds and amenities, the TripMaker® RVND™ devices now feature more than 250,000 RV-focused locations, such as campgrounds and RV service centers, as well as millions of additional general points of interest. “A year ago, Rand McNally introduced the first GPS device developed specifically for RVers and campers, and the response has been exceptionally strong,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. “The addition of the Woodall’s information provides RVers with a leading source of vetted campground data that no one else provides in a GPS device.” Two weeks ago at The Rally in Phoenix, Rand McNally... [Read more...]
Looking for a place to unwind for a week or a weekend? Make Moabi Regional Park your place to hook up! Located right on the Colorado River, this park offers families a quiet place to camp; or if you’re with a group and you prefer camping close to the water, Moabi offers you the best of both worlds. Inland camping has 33 RV sites with full or partial hook-ups and unlimited tent camping. On the peninsula there are 24 group sites with 112 full hook-ups and full riverfront views. Bring your boat, SeaDoo, water-skis and fishing poles! Moabi has a 7-lane boat launch, a beach area along the channel, a zero depth water play park for the kids, picnic areas and all the water sport options you could dream of! Located 4 miles from the scenic Topock George and 26 miles from Lake Havasu, AZ, and a short 40 minute ride to the casinos and entertainment in Laughlin, NV you will find plenty of activities to make your stay a pleasant one. The Pirate Cove Resort and Marina operates a full-service convenience... [Read more...]