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Month: May 2012

Homeschooling away from home

May 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Homeschooling away from home

As I am writing this, we have arrived in Toronto for an extended period of time while my husband works on a contract in the area.    We were fortunate to find a campsite close to the workplace where he would be (about 10 minutes of drive) and that was open before the long week-end in Ontario.  It isn’t our first time rving and homeschooling while my husband is working on a contract as we did it two years ago while being in Northern Ontario for a couple of days.   However, this time it is for a longer period of time and I am unsure about how the homeschool will go. When packing for such events – i.e. homeschooling/contracting – we had to be wise for the quantities of things to bring.   I am pleased to say that the math and English curriculum were finished before our departure.  The only books I needed to bring were French as well as science. I had two plastic containers of things to bring for our school time.   This got reduced to one container strategically placed so it... [Read more...]

USA RV Park, Gallup New Mexico

May 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

USA RV Park, Gallup New Mexico

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.

Hiking in the Orilla Verde–Part 2

May 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiking in the Orilla Verde–Part 2

On a recent spring trip to the Taos, NM area, we discovered the Orilla Verde (or Green Rim) Recreation Area, along the Rio Grande Gorge. In the mood for a hike, we selected the La Vista Verde Trail for our venture as it promised a beautiful view of the Rio Grande Gorge. It did not disappoint. The trail was well-marked and easy to follow. From time to time, we were able to glimpse the big river running well beneath us now. The view was impressive. The dramatic cliffs are lava flows exposed by the rift in the earth created by the North American continent pulling apart, literally below our feet. Most people assume that the Rio Grande cut the gorge, but actually there is wide rift in the earth created by the continental plate pulling apart and the river is cutting a channel through that existing rift. Regarding wildlife, on Vista Verde Trail, there are big horn sheep on the Taos Pueblo land on the opposite rim of the canyon, which you can see if you sit there long enough. We did not sit and... [Read more...]

DANCING WITH THE STARS

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

DANCING WITH THE STARS

Mary and Alan live just outside the city of Richmond, VA,  in a nicely manicured suburban neighborhood.  Alan works for the State Government and Mary works in Medical Records for a local hospital.  They have two children, a boy and a girl ages 9 and 11.  Both children, Bobby and Suzie, attend a local elementary school and stay at an after school daycare until their parents get home from their jobs. It was the typical busy Monday morning at the hospital for Mary as she entered a rising pile of patient information forms into her computer. Her closest friend at work, Karen Karnes, was babbling about how excited she was for the coming long weekend and their family plans to go camping at Big Meadows in the Shenandoah National Park. Camping?  Mary shook her head in wonderment as to why anyone in their right mind would want to go off into the woods and sleep on the hard, cold ground.  Thoughts of a camping trip she had made with her big sister some twenty years back when they ended up sleeping,... [Read more...]

Southern Hospitality at Its Best!

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Southern Hospitality at Its Best!

Here at EZ Daze RV Park, located in Southhaven, Mississippi, you will find yourself welcomed with southern hospitality at its best!  From the moment you arrive, you will find everything you need.  Our sites are spacious with plenty of room for your big rig so that you can spread out and be comfortable.  Take advantage of our refreshing pool and relaxing hot tub.  EZ Daze’s luxurious marble showers are such a change from the common camping experience.  Make an appointment with our massage therapist, so you can melt away the anxiety and stresses of the road.  We have a 24 hour laundry room, or you can arrange for your laundry to be done while you are here.  Our roads are paved, and each site is concrete with full hookup of utilities, cable television, wireless internet and a picnic table. EZ Daze RV Park is centrally located between the Tunica casinos, Snowden Grove ball fields and all Memphis attractions.  While the more well-known attraction of Memphis, TN may be Elvis Presley’s... [Read more...]

Visit The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you enjoy visiting local display gardens when you are traveling hither and yon? Indeed, they can be a great way to see local flora and fauna. They are also fabulous locations in which to gather some regional knowledge and history and to gain a better understanding of the local climate. If you are visiting Vancouver Island, British Columbia this summer, then you might consider a visit to The Butchart Gardens, which is located about 14 miles north of Victoria. Once a bleak limestone quarry pit, the 55-acre garden was started by Jennie Butchart in 1904. Jennie’s husband, Robert Pim Butchart, was a pioneer in the cement industry. After the limestone was depleted from the land near their house, Jennie decided to convert the useless pit into beautiful productive gardens. Those gardens are  now known as The Butchart Gardens and to this day remain a family owned private garden open to the public. If you are visiting with children, rest assured that the children will be entertained... [Read more...]

Land of the Standing-up Rocks: Chiricahua National Monument

May 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Land of the Standing-up Rocks: Chiricahua National Monument

Filled with extraordinary rock formations, the Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern Arizona is a wonder to behold. The standing stones: The Chiricahua terrain is marked by striking rock formations © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The word “Chiricahua” may be derived from the Opata Indian word for turkey—wild turkeys are common in the area. Chiricahua Mountains is designated by the American Bird Conservancy as a Globally Important Bird Area. With 12,000 acres of shapely hoodoos and weird rock formations, Chiricahua National Monument boasts fantastic hikes, scenic lookouts, and the historic Faraway Ranch. The visitor center is loaded with information on the wildlife, birds, geology, and history of the area. A favorite Chiricahua experience is driving to the top of the winding, eight-mile-long main road, Bonita Canyon Drive, which is flanked with overgrown trees and beautiful scenery. Twenty seven million years ago a massive volcanic eruption shook this land. One thousand times... [Read more...]

Hiking in the Orilla Verde–Part 1

May 13, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Hiking in the Orilla Verde–Part 1

On a recent spring trip to Taos, NM, we discovered the Orilla Verde Recreation area, just north of the town of Taos, for the first time. Named for the vegetation which forms a “Green Rim” (i.e. Orilla Verde) along the Rio Grande Gorge, we checked out the trails as we were in the mood for a spring hike. After looking over our options, then chose the La Vista Verde Hike which promised a beautiful view of the Rio Grande Gorge. After taking the road into the Orilla Verde Recreation Area, we by-passed the first trailhead for the Petaca Point hike and headed about half mile further down the road to the La vista Verde Trailhead. Beware that the road gets a bit more difficult to travel, beginning to wind down the mountainside, once you pass the first trailhead. Meghan leading the way We started our hike at 1:22 pm and took our time, stopping to take a multitude of pictures on the way. Meghan was with us, having decided the week before break that she “really miss[ed] hiking,” though... [Read more...]

It’s An Easy Drive to Mount Rushmore From Beaver Lake Campground

May 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s An Easy Drive to Mount Rushmore From Beaver Lake Campground

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 – planned to be convenient for the old team-drawn freight wagons that lumbered into town in the 1800′s. Nature’s... [Read more...]

Delicious Picnic Venues!

May 11, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

So, have you had any fabulous picnics while traveling the highways and byways of our country? We have dished up some fun meals while cavorting around with our kids. When we lived in  Alaska, we spent a lot of time daytripping and camping during the summer. I soon learned that I always had to travel with picnic fare—many remote areas of Alaska lack amenities so I became the “fast food” resource at hand. I always packed a cooler with sandwiches, yogurts, fruits, chips, cold water etc. These “cooler picnics” were simply family-friendly fare–nothing super luxurious or outrageous. Over the years, we have also learned how to source local foods, such as berries, salmon, apples and oysters, and then enjoy those local foods at a beautiful venue in the area. This does, admittedly, take some planning and scouting around, but it so worth it! This morning, however, I was writing a blog post for Amazon’s Al Dente blog and while doing research on the Hog Island... [Read more...]

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