Good Sam Camping Blog
TEST Header
Month: April 2012

Spring Break with Six College Students! Part 1–The Plan

April 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring Break with Six College Students! Part 1–The Plan

Through a series of rather curious coincidences, we ended up spending Spring Break, traditionally our annual Easter trip, with six college students. Six terrific college students., four of whom we were meeting for the first time. Both our son and daughter attend college at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, seven hours away from our home in Manitowoc, WI. For the past year now, our son has been a member of the Outdoor Club (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!) which has as its mission to assist its members in engaging in as many outdoor activities as possible. For fall break in October, the group took a camping, hiking and kayaking trip to the Ozarks. The Group: Ryan, Ashley, Danny, Krista and Jake Ryan has been camping with us over every summer and has visited, camped, hiked, and rafted Taos, NM nearly every time we did. He was the first of our children to visit the home we purchased and eagerly embraced our move to the area. Over the years, as I would listen to the local radio... [Read more...]

LANDSCAPING THE CAMPGROUND

April 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

LANDSCAPING THE CAMPGROUND

“The flowers are absolutely beautiful” is a comment our office staff receives almost daily from our camping guests. Cross Creek Camping Resort in Delaware, Ohio is an award-winning camping resort. In addition to it being a very clean and friendly place, the landscaping and flowers throughout the grounds are just “beautiful.” At least that is the comment from most of the campers who come through our gate. It all started a few years ago with the support of Steve Cross, the owner; our maintenance staff; “Water Can Dave” and yours truly, “Flower Girl Rita.” Steve wanted to go “green” with the addition of more trees and shrubs and the expansion and addition of more flowerbeds both at the main entrance and throughout the park. Rita missed her home gardening and was eager and willing to help with the project. Of course, as the project started to expand, “Water Can Dave” was much in demand. Around the end of January each year, Steve usually finds some good bargains on large... [Read more...]

AN ELEPHANT ON ROLLER SKATES – Taking care of E-Z Lube Wheel Bearings on Your Towable.

April 7, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

AN ELEPHANT ON ROLLER SKATES – Taking care of E-Z Lube Wheel Bearings on Your Towable.

Can you imagine an Elephant on Roller Skates? Besides being able to actually stand-up and skate, the sheer weight of an elephant on the small axles, bearings, and wheels of roller skates brings images of frequently broken parts to my mind (Elephant on Roller Skates sketch by James Suhr) . Realistically, a large towable riding on a conventional spindle and bearing system isn’t much different than putting an elephant on roller skates.  That is a lot of weight for such small parts to handle. Specially designed parts to handle the weight and suspension abuse our fast deteriorating highways inflict on our RV towables is a must.  But, without proper maintenance, those parts will fail.  Wheel bearings are constantly being exposed to water, dirt and heat – all enemies of even the best engineering designs. A ritual that is performed at least on an annual basis with our towable is inspecting and repacking the wheel bearings.  Thankfully, two newer wheel-bearing styles used in the RV industry... [Read more...]

Summer Special at The Great Outdoors Resort!

April 5, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Summer Special at The Great Outdoors Resort!

Are you ready for summer? If  you ready to plan your summer trip, be sure to check out The Great Outdoors RV, Golf, and Nature Resort’s Summer Special – Stay 2 Nights, Get 1 Free! The resort is in a great location to take advantage of the myriad Central Florida attractions  – or plan a cruise from nearby Port Canaveral, the second busiest port in the world! There’s no lack of activities right in the resort – from our championship 18-hole course to a great nature related opportunities. TGO is conveniently located at Exit 215 along I-95 on Florida’s Space Coast, making the resort the ideal “hub” for your summer vacation! For reservations, give them a call at 800-621-2267. Find The Great Outdoors RV, Golf and Nature Resort on Woodalls.com!

Cook Some Naan On Those Cast-Iron Skillets!

April 5, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

A couple years ago, we took a family camping trip to Yellowstone National Park. While camping in the Madison Campground, we decided to do most of our cooking over the campfire. We didn’t have any hookups for our camper, so my little galley kitchen wasn’t working at full capacity. This didn’t bother me, because it was quite warm and sunny while we were there. Naturally, I wanted to be outside with everyone else. In order to crank out family-friendly meals after touring through the park each day, we relied on the campsite picnic table, the fire ring, and our wonderful cast-iron skillets.  The picnic table was dressed with a basic plastic tablecloth and acted as a makeshift kitchen counter for slicing and prepping vegetables. The skillets were priceless for cranking out dinner. The pans are tough and can handle the heat of the open flame! During our stay at Madison, I decided to live on the edge by serving campfire-cooked naan. (Naan is an authentic Indian flatbread.)... [Read more...]

Too Good to be True?

April 4, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Too Good to be True?

Imagine a spot with gorgeous blue skies, colorful wildflowers, and breathtaking desert vistas surrounding a park with the amenities and luxury of a five-star resort. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Superstition Sunrise RV Resort in Apache Junction, Arizona is one of those perfect vacation spots. If you stay at Superstition Sunrise RV Resort prepare to be pampered. Relax in the sun by the large, sparkling heated pool or spa. Then head over to the hair salon, followed by the masseuse room and the nail tech center on site. The Resort also offers fun and exciting classes, ranging from ceramics to Yoga, so you are bound to stay active. The year-round recreation Directors will make sure their guests never run out of amazing activities. The community of Superstition Sunrise RV Resort is fun and inviting as well. The 45,000 square foot Recreation complex is always hosting dances, dinners, or other social gatherings. This is where you make life-long friends. Superstition Sunrise RV Resort... [Read more...]

Natural Stone Architecture: Natural Bridges National Monument

April 3, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Natural Stone Architecture: Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument covers a relatively small area in southeastern Utah. It is rather remote and not close to other parks, and as a result is not heavily visited. A trail into the canyon underneath Owachomu Natural Bridge is a short distance from the overlook. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Since natural bridges are formed by running water, they are much rarer than arches, which result from a variety of other erosion forces. Natural bridges tend to be found within canyons, sometimes quite hidden, whereas arches are usually high and exposed, as they are often the last remnants of rock cliffs and ridges. Unlike Arches National Park, with over 2,000 classified arches, there are only three bridges here. The area also has some scattered Indian cliff dwellings, pictographs, and scenic white sandstone canyons. The pinyon and juniper covered mesa is bisected by deep canyons, exposing the Permian Age Cedar Mesa Sandstone. Where meandering streams cut through sandstone walls, three... [Read more...]

From Outlaws to Crooked Trees and Prairie Lighthouses

April 3, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

From Outlaws to Crooked Trees and Prairie Lighthouses

Spend a half-day or day touring the grave of a notorious outlaw, negotiating a twisted forest or visiting a prairie lighthouse. These are just some of the things to do in and around the City of North Battleford and Town of Battleford in Saskatchewan. •  Battle River Settlement Foundation Walking Tour In the old town of Battleford, a scenic walking tour takes in Fort Battleford National Historic Site, Indian mass grave (1885), Battle Springs, Colonel Otter Park (1885), Telegraph Flats, Government Ridge and a number of other buildings and structures dating back to 1885 and earlier. (6 hours) • Historic Homes/Buildings Walking Tour The City of North Battleford walking tour has 92 homes, public and private buildings portraying the city’s railway beginnings in the 1900′s. Visit the tombstone of one of the most notorious outlaws in the West. Sam Kelly was the leader of the Nelson Jones gang, known for rustling livestock, bank and train robberies. (4.5 hours) • Finlayson Island Finlayson... [Read more...]

The Villages at Turning Stone

April 2, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

The Villages at Turning Stone

Visit a destination where you feel like you got away from it all while right in the middle of everything – The Villages at Turning Stone accommodates both sides of your personality. With all the recreational amenities you deserve, RVing just got a whole lot more fun. Plus, when you feel the need to take your excitement indoors, the rest of Turning Stone Resort is merely a free short shuttle ride away. With 175 Paved Sites – including 50 pull through sites, the ability to accommodate any size RV, full utility hookup, water, sewer, cable TV, 20-30-50 AMPS, telephones, on-site laundromat and full service convenience store, it’s everything you expect along with some extras. Enjoy some family time at The Villages where you are a part of nature with two and a half miles of trails which are home to more than 40 varieties of wildlife. Play in our heated swimming pool, relax in our jacuzzi, enjoy paddle boating or cast a line in the fishing pond. Relax in the gazebo and contemplate... [Read more...]

Come and Be Welcomed!! Part II

April 1, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Come and Be Welcomed!! Part II

By Lake-In-Wood Camping Resort’s Resident Gnome Thanks for joining me for Part II of my blog on Lake In Wood Camping Resort.  As I mentioned in Part I, Lake-In-Wood Camping Resort is “home to the gnomes” because it is a friendly place, built to suit the lifestyles of today’s campers (even the knee-high ones). From a weekend in your tent to a season in their deluxe park models, this resort becomes a treasured “Home Away from Home!”.  We gnomes are experienced “full-time” campers. After living under mushrooms, in hollow trees and the like for many years, it’s nice to finally enjoy resort-quality facilities.  Lake in Wood Camping Resort has been honored as a 2011 Top 300+ Rated Trailer Life Directory Park. The resort features a magnificent entertainment hall with a beautifully restored pipe organ for hosting grand parties and resort gatherings. Other pavilions are available for smaller groups (the Gnome Bridge Club are regulars). You... [Read more...]

« Previous PageNext Page »