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An RVer’s Dream Golf Vacation

June 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

An RVer’s Dream Golf Vacation

Planning a golf trip this year? Here is a real twist for choosing your next destination – the Niagara Region in Ontario, Canada. Yes, the Niagara Region. Also known as Canada’s wine capital, besides tasting some of the best wines in the world, you can also play some of the most beautiful and challenging golf course you will ever play. Regardless of your mode of travel, car, SUV or RV, accommodations are in abundance – for every taste and style. Don’t forget, the Niagara Region is also one of Canada’s top tourist destinations, with the broadest offering of accommodations from downtown Niagara Falls and the Fallsview Casino to the historic Prince of Wales hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and finally to over 50 campgrounds and water parks in the Greater Niagara Region. We motor along in a 30-foot RV and, a favourite of ours, Bissell’s Hideway (www.bissellshideaway.com), recently installed pull-through, fully equipped sites with nice concrete pads/patios, to make your RV feel like... [Read more...]

HOW TO ATTRACT BLACK BEARS (…and get a picture, too.)

June 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

HOW TO ATTRACT BLACK BEARS (…and get a picture, too.)

Even with the population of black bear increasing in Virginia, the possibility of seeing one is still an uncommon and exciting experience.  These creatures can range from 90 to 500 pounds in weight and stand as tall as 7 feet when erect.  Male black bears are naturally larger than females. Black bears are somewhat nocturnal, or crepuscular (active at dusk and dawn).  Seeing one during the daylight hours is less likely as they are naturally afraid of humans and somewhat solitary animals. Black bears in Virginia are mostly vegetarian eating a variety of roots, nuts, seeds, berries, grasses, insects, and fruits.  But, when given a chance to eat meats they will not hesitate. On our recent outing to Big Meadows campground in the Shenandoah National Park, the Rangers (now called Park Police) warned us to be careful, as there had been numerous sightings of black bears in the campground. This was exciting news to me – in over twenty years of visiting the park and campground, I had only seen... [Read more...]

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

June 9, 2012 by · 1 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...]

Reaching the Top of Devisadero Peak

June 9, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Reaching the Top of Devisadero Peak

You may recall in my last post Terry, Meghan and I had decided to hike to the top of Devisadero Peak near Taos, NM. At the end of the last post, we had rounded a corner and  encountered a very steep incline. Meghan intially refused to go on. We hiked on a few steps further, with me taking the lead for a bit, and were relieved to find that the trail curved around the peak, via switchbacks, so it did not, in fact, negotiate the steep climb. Nonetheless, we were working hard and sweating a bit as we navigated the trail. At this point, the trail became confusing. Signs pointed in two directions, forward and to the right. We chose the forward option and were rewarded with a dead end. However, as we were near the top  we milled about and took pictures of the scenery for awhile. We later learned that the trail to the right was the closest, and steepest, route to Devisadero Peak, while the forward route was the longer version. We found we were able to see the entire  greater Taos area from our... [Read more...]

The Frakenfish: An Invasive Species Not Welcome in Canada

June 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The Frakenfish: An Invasive Species Not Welcome in Canada

Canada prides itself on welcoming newcomers, but one Asian immigrant is getting a chilly reception. Frakenfish (Source: newsnet14.com) A predatory northern snakehead fish, which eats almost anything and can even jump out of the water and slither across land to attack small animals, has reportedly been discovered swimming in a small pond in a suburban Vancouver (British Columbia) park. A visitor to Central Park in Burnaby videotaped what he said looked like a snakehead lolling in the pond, which is home to carp, koi, and turtles, on Mother’s Day. Burnaby officials are investigating this reported sighting, reports the Vancouver Sun. “We haven’t actually witnessed it ourselves,” Don Hunter, assistant director of Burnaby parks, told the Sun. The spread of snakeheads has the potential to disrupt aquatic systems almost everywhere in Canada. In their native waters, some snakehead species are fished for food or used for aquaculture. Many are exported to other countries where... [Read more...]

Southern Hospitality at Its Best!

June 8, 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...]

Hiking the Devisadero Trail

June 8, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Hiking the Devisadero Trail

On our recent spring break trip to Taos, NM, we were in the mood for one last hike on our last day in town before heading home. We had heard the Taos Ski Valley hike to Williams Lake was impassable due to the several feet of snow still on the ground there, as Ryan and his friends had attempted to hike that trail the day before and had to settle for lunch at the Austrian –styled ski chalet, the Bavarian, instead. Not a bad compromise. But that did not solve our dilemma of getting in some hiking before heading back home. So we decided to head out to Taos Canyon, knowing the snow was likely to be nonexistent there and that there were a number of hiking trails available. We stopped shortly out of town at the trailheads for the South Boundary and the Devisadero Trails. The South Boundary Trail headed off to the right and Devisadero crossed the road and headed up left. We chose the latter due simply to the intriguing name and because I had seen the sign for the trailhead many times when traveling... [Read more...]

WE ARE CHEATERS!

June 7, 2012 by · 7 Comments 

WE ARE CHEATERS!

Yes, I admit it.  We are CHEATERS! No, we don’t cheat on our income taxes or in a card game.  Like thousands of other RV owners, we cheat on what is perceived as conventional camping. For the past week, we have been camping at Big Meadows off of the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  We have a beautiful pull thru site about 100’ long – more than enough space to accommodate our “big rig”.  There is only one problem with our site – we have no hook-ups for electricity, water, or sewage.  This, of course, translates to using our own on-board resources of water, battery power, and wastewater holding.  It is easy to get by with no hook-up for a night or two, but if you have a conventional RV with a refrigerator, water pump, and lights, you will quickly learn that the small battery packs that come with your RV will not sustain your needs.  The amount of water you can store and the capacity of your waste holding tanks will determine just how often you flush the... [Read more...]

Desert Oasis in Nevada!

June 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Nestled in the mountains of Nevada, Winnemucca has an old town feel coupled with amazing history. Gold mining is the heart of Winnemucca. The area is referred to as the “Gold Strip”. Many different types of mining are used to extract the precious metal from the earth. Underground, strip and leach mining are just a few of the processes. Winnemucca has many events as well as being at the cultural crossroads to the west. Interstate 80 and Highway 95 meet in Winnemucca. Town events such as Run-a-Mucca, a motorcycle rally, Fifties Fever Car Show, Basque Festival and wine walks are commonplace in this thriving little community. Many grocery stores, shops, casinos, hotels, motels and rv parks located in Winnemucca. When traveling through Winnemucca Nevada, there is one clear choice. Hi Desert RV. We can help you plan your stay in Winnemucca, NV. From Dinner to casinos to golf to museums to shopping, our staff is the best and most knowledgeable to help make your stay a memorable one. We are... [Read more...]

Nesting an RV: The Unexpected Expenses of Buying an RV

June 5, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Nesting an RV: The Unexpected Expenses of Buying an RV

One of the benefits of working for Good Sam is the wonderful discounts we receive. Somehow, I used this as a strange justification to purchase a used RV. It stretched the limits of my savings, but I figured after the initial investment it wouldn’t cost much more. You can tell by that line that despite working for an RV company, I’m an RV Newbie. What happened next can only be described as “Nesting.” Yes, nesting. Most men can relate to this when you buy a house. Sure, it needed a little paint. But I didn’t anticipate the whole house being painted, the carpets replaced, new curtains, etc. etc. The whole experience reminds me of those dreams where you see the dollar signs floating by with the sounds of cash registers ringing over and over again. Any man who has been through this realizes that home ownership comes with your spouse making it “hers.” Somehow, I missed the note that the same thing applies to RVs. Soon after we drove the RV up into the driveway for the... [Read more...]

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