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Arts and Crafts on a Summer Day

July 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Arts and Crafts on a Summer Day

If you are camping or visiting Taos, New Mexico the second weekend in June next spring, make plans to attend the Taos Annual Arts and Crafts Fair at Kit Carson Park, located in the middle of town. Vendors from all over the southwest exhibit and sell their wares for very reasonable prices. Having experienced this event for the first time this year, I was impressed with the wide variety of merchandise available. One booth carried exquisitely handmade clothing for women, both younger and more mature. Lovely dresses, skirts and blouses, hung near serviceable and attractive aprons. The workmanship was exceptional; the variety of colors and patterns, seemingly endless. Taos, being the artist’s community it is, several booths carried various types of artwork. Photographs of the spectacular terrain and the breathtaking Rocky Mountains were among the items for sale. Paintings of various Taos and mountain scenes were also available for purchase. Still another booth carried only drums, handmade... [Read more...]

On the Road with the Skype App

July 20, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Lake Aleknagik, Bristol Bay Region, Alaska Have any of you tried using the Skype App while traveling? I used the iPhone App for the first time last week when I was traveling in Bristol Bay, Alaska. I was not camping at the time…I was staying in a remote log cabin. However, I didn’t have any cell phone service when I was in the remote corner of Alaska. I could have used a calling card a land line in the cabin, but thankfully I planned ahead and downloaded the Skype app onto my iPhone before I left Seattle. Using wifi in the cabin, I was able to use Skype to call home.  This was a new venture for me, but I thought it might be worth telling you about in case you find yourself in a remote location with wifi but no cell service. If you think you will be in a region where cell service is spotty, then I suggest you download the App onto your phone before you leave home. Then, work with it, try it out,  and just familiarize yourself with it. Like me, you will probably be impressed... [Read more...]

Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska

July 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, Homer, Alaska Do you ever visit a destination and then wish that you had started your visit exactly where you ended up? That’s how I felt when I visited Homer, Alaska last week. After spending about a mere 36 hours in this seaside town, I decided to dash into the alluring Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. Unfortunately, I did this on my way to the airport! It was early Saturday morning, and I wanted to sneak a couple more sights in before we departed. Hence, I pulled into the nearly vacant parking lot of the visitor center and doubted that the place was open. Much to my delight, it was. Located on a bluff with walking trails down to the beach, the visitor center celebrates the local marine environment and acts as a window to educate visitors about the largest seabird refuge in the world. My daughter and I marveled at the massive Steller Sea Lion sculpture prominently placed inside the entrance, but without a doubt, what impressed... [Read more...]

Win a Week’s worth of free camping (a $250 Check!)

July 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Woodall’s is planning for 2013 and wants your opinion! Fill out our survey to win a week’s worth of free camping! That’s a $250 check for filling out a very quick survey! http://ow.ly/ckwcz   Why The Survey? Woodall’s is trying to figure out how best to position its brand in 2013. We will be combining a lot of our information into the new Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Camping Directory. We want to know what you think about that and give us any ideas you may have on how to make it better.  How to Win Fill out the survey and make sure you leave your name & address. The winner will be randomly drawn and be notified via email or phone. Once confirmed, you will be sent a check for $250 to use towards free camping anywhere you wish. The survey lasts for only a short period of time, so don’t miss this opportunity!

Taos’ Unique Farmer’s Market

July 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Taos’ Unique Farmer’s Market

When camping in the southwest, if you have occasion to find yourself in the vicinity of Taos, NM any Saturday morning during the summer months, give yourself the treat of attending the Taos Farmer’s Market. It takes place in the parking lot of the Taos Town Hall, just a block from the Plaza from 8 am until 1 pm. This occurs from mid May until the first Saturday in September. You will be treated to a plethora of special items. Vendors sell fresh and organically grown vegetables, including an incredible variety of lettuces and spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, leeks and the like. There are probably more vegetables available than you have ever seen in any one location. Organic eggs are also available (and delicious, I might add!) for a mere $4 a dozen. The grocery store nearby sells them for nearly $6 a dozen. Handmade cheeses are sold at several booths, everything from feta to the more traditional cheddar and mozzarella. Other vendors bring starter bedding plants, from tomatoes to the... [Read more...]

Savoring a Local Sweet in Homer, Alaska

July 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Mixed Berry Danish, Two Sisters Bakery, Homer Alaska While traveling throughout Alaska last week, I was fortunate to be able to visit Homer for a mere 36 hours. Located at the end of the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula, Homer abounds in seaside charm. Known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World, Homer boasts an abundance of camping and RV sites. The main drag sits along The Spit, which juts out 4.5 miles into Kachemak Bay.  All of the campsites along The Spit feature seaside views and fabulous breezes. When I was in Homer, I must admit that I did not camp.  This was my first trip to there, and we stayed at The Driftwood Inn, an old-town style inn that is located in the historic section of town. The Driftwood also has a waterfront RV park and very basic amenities. Our room was clean and simple. The bathroom was down the hall. Our beds were bunk beds! Before I checked in, I was told to check out Two Sisters Bakery, which was just a short walk down the road. Only complimentary... [Read more...]

RV Dumping: The Unfortunate Learning Curve

July 17, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Even as an RV newbie, I was well aware of the fact that dumping was one of those things you don’t get wrong. The unfortunate consequences of such failure could (and did end up being…well lets just say we can’t use that term). This task was delegated to me by my wife. She has handled most of the RV maintenance, but somehow, this task was mine to do. I thought about complaining about getting all the dirty jobs, but I figured it might be smart of me just to keep my mouth shut (and probably my nose). I noticed that there was all sorts of different types of dump hoses around the campground. Some people had hoses with stilts that looked like caterpillars snaking across the ground. Others had glass openings in them. Why anyone would WANT to see that stuff was beyond me. Then there was that rock. An RV friend told me in passing that it was extremely important to have a rock. I had no idea why. All I knew was that every dump station I had seen had a nice big rock next to it. RV Dumping Education So... [Read more...]

Utah: The Ultimate Road Trip

July 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Utah: The Ultimate Road Trip

Utah is a place of unfathomable natural beauty—with its unique natural formations, colorful history, and culture, and exciting recreation opportunities—it is a state that contains the best elements of the great Mountain West and the Desert Southwest, from red rock splendor to mountain peaks with The Greatest Snow on Earth®, Utah is a four-season world-class travel destination. Hiking and photography are two favorite activities at Zion National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Home to five national parks, Utah is the perfect place for your next family road trip. Utah’s five spectacular national parks stretch across the southern half of the state. Each park offers the traveler unique, world-class scenic vistas, and geological phenomena. In fact, Utah’s National Parks feature some of the most astonishing landscapes in the world. Each park shows off a completely different scenic view of the state’s natural beauty. These national parks are perfect for camping, mountain... [Read more...]

Attending An Enjarre!

July 15, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Attending An Enjarre!

After hearing about it for several years, I had the opportunity to attend the Enjarre of St. Francis de Asis  Mission Church First dirt, straw and water are mixed to the correct consistency. in Ranchos de Taos, NM this year. There were a number of visitors present, watching quietly as the beautiful old church was being restored. It was a humbling and spiritual experience. On a hot sunny June Friday afternoon, I stopped by the church to view this amazing process first-hand. I noted at once that there were enjarradores and enjarradoras of all ages, from about four to sixty four. One entire crew was made up of women, working on one of the lower areas of the church, chatting and visiting together as they worked. They certainly seemed to have done this before. Another crew seemed to be a family; there was a father figure, several teen aged boys and two very young children, running around and squirting each other with the hose. They were clearly having a good time and even dad got a bit wet! Next,... [Read more...]

Hitting the Road With Microsoft Streets & Trips

July 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Hitting the Road With Microsoft Streets & Trips

A summer road trip is about a lot more than “just getting there.” You can get the most out of your travels by using Microsoft Streets & Trips. One of the things I like best about Streets & Trips is it helps you plan just about every aspect of your trip—directions, multiple stops, fuel costs, start and stop times and more. It’s easy to use and easy to customize, so if your plans change you can update your itinerary at the drop of a hat—no Internet connection needed. Use Streets & Trips to generate maps and directions throughout North America and find interesting stops along the way. Plan your travel by start and stop times, driving speeds or road types to avoid highways or choose a more scenic route. Personalize your maps with notes about planned stops, reservation details, phone numbers and more. Plus, you can share your travel plans with your Garmin device or use Streets & Trips with GPS Locator for on-the-go spoken directions and automatic rerouting. Streest... [Read more...]

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