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Month: August 2012

Are You a Mobile Reader?

August 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

  Consider the convenience of mobile readers when camping! I know. I know. On a site geared to camping, I should be talking about hiking to the highest peak or racing down a river in a kayak. However, truth be told, there are many days when I simply like to read on the beach or around the campfire! I love to read and when we are camping, I like to steal a few minutes to just catch up on books and magazines. In fact, I have a cubby in my travel trailer where I keep a collection of magazines and books that come in quite handy for this type of reading. I do some of my best thinking on camping trips! However, now that I have an iPad, I can read many things in many places. Of course, if we don’t have internet access, my reading can be impacted. However, I often download magazines and books onto my iPad before I leave home. Hence, if I want to read one of my favorite magazines, such as Donna Hay or BBC GoodFood, it’s at the ready for me regardless of where I happen to be. When... [Read more...]

Hiking the Wrong Way on the South Boundary Trail

August 19, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Hiking the Wrong Way on the South Boundary Trail

On a recent summer weekday morning, we had persuaded Meghan to accompany us on a hike, as long as it wasn’t too long or too difficult. We decided on the South Boundary Trail in Taos Canyon as it would be cooler than a hike further south and, while it was a 20 mile long trail, none of us were eager to hike the entire distance. We decided we would only hike as long as all of us were willing. As soon as the first of us wanted to turn around, we would head back. Meg at the Trailhead With the terms understood, we drove the ten minutes from Taos, NM it took us to reach the trailhead. On a recent stop to the Kit Carson Forest Services Office in Taos, we were able to obtain a copy of a map of the trail. The woman there also informed us that the trail was very popular with mountain bikers; in fact, she stated that people come from all over the country to bike the trail. We decided that if it could be biked, it could not be very difficult to hike, right? Well the beginning of the trail meandered... [Read more...]

Chill Out at Lake Mead RV Village!

August 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Chill Out at Lake Mead RV Village!

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada, was the first NRA created in the United States; it stretches from southern Nevada to northwestern Arizona, along the Colorado River. Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake in the United States, the result of building Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Lake Mead RV Village is in the NRA, just 6 miles from Hoover Dam. It’s ideal for those who would like to take the time to explore marvelous attractions, water sports, wildlife refuge areas and other recreational offerings within and surrounding the 1.5 million acres of NRA wilderness. Even in the hottest months of the year the lake is still cool and refreshing. Naturally Hoover Dam is the NRAs most popular tourist attraction. Tours are offered daily. In October 2010 the longest single-span concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere opened as an alternate to driving over Hoover Day. The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Colorado River Bridge) rests on the tallest pre-cast concrete... [Read more...]

GPS Week at Woodalls!

August 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we are celebrating all things GPS!  This means plenty of contests and awards! Go to our Facebook or Twitter Pages to see something new each and every day. There will be contests, articles about GPS devices, and more! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Woodalls And on Twitter http://twitter.com/woodallscamping Want to enter twice the contests? It’s also GPS Week for our sister site, Trailer Life Directory! Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrailerLifeDirectory

A Hike Not to Be Repeated–Part 2

August 15, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A Hike Not to Be Repeated–Part 2

In my last post, I began with a description of a less-than-pleasant (read seemingly endless!) hike up Long Canyon Trail in the Taos Ski Valley, NM. When we finally reached the beautiful meadow in which we would join the Gold Hill Trail, after two and a half hours of hiking, we had already decided that we would not be turning left, extending our hike, and heading up to the summit of Gold Hill, which would add an additional hour and a half to our hike. Rather, we would rather head right, taking Gold Hill Trail back down to connect with Bull of the Woods Trail. Interestingly, these trails are commonly used for horse travel and we recalled that on a trip to New Mexico during a prior year, we had ridden horses on Gold Hill Trail up into the beautiful mountain meadows. The trail, and accordingly my mood, improved considerably once we reached the Gold Hill Trail. We also met up with horseback riders who were picnicking in the beautiful mountain meadow and helped to point us in the right direction,... [Read more...]

Top 10 National Parks: Is Your List Better Than Mine?

August 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Top 10 National Parks: Is Your List Better Than Mine?

People like lists. No, check that, they love them. Particularly when they disagree with them and think they have a better list. So, here’s my personal Top 10 list of national parks. How does it match up with yours? 10. Canyon de Chelly National Monument (Arizona) Spider Rock, the unofficial symbol of Canyon de Chelly, is a sandstone obelisk that rises more than 800 feet from the canyon floor at the junction of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Canyon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved A comparatively little-known canyon, Canyon de Chelly has sheer sandstone walls rising up to 1,000 feet, scenic overlooks, well-preserved Anasazi ruins, and an insight into the present day life of the Navajo, who still inhabit and cultivate the valley floor. The northernmost and southernmost edges are accessible from paved roads—the North and South Rim drives. The South Rim Drive offers the most dramatic vistas, ending at the most spectacular viewpoint, the overlook of Spider Rocks—twin 800 foot towers... [Read more...]

77th Annual Shrimp & Petroleum Festival: August 31-September 3, 2012

August 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

77th Annual Shrimp & Petroleum Festival: August 31-September 3, 2012

Tap your toes and tempt your taste buds at Louisiana’s oldest state-chartered harvest festival in Morgan City, Louisiana. This four-day extravaganza of family entertainment includes continuous live music by local and national acts, a huge arts and crafts show and sale, a Children’s Village, the Cajun Culinary Classic, the traditional Blessing of the Fleet and water parade…all with no gate fee!

A Hike Not to Be Repeated–Part 1

August 12, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A Hike Not to Be Repeated–Part 1

In the mood for a hike one hot summer day in the vicinity of Taos, NM, we decided to head up to the Taos Ski Valley to see what we could find. We had already done the hike to Williams Lake twice in the past two months, so were looking for something a bit different. In perusing a map we had picked up of the Ski Valley trails, we noted that if we headed out on Long Canyon Trail, we could hook up with the Gold Hill Trail for the trip back down and make it a loop. It was decided. The Ski Valley was our choice as it was in the 90’s down in Taos and the Ski Valley is typically 15-20 degrees cooler—much better hiking weather! And more pleasant weather to be active in. We drive to the Ski Valley, eager to get started. True to form it is a very pleasant 70 degrees up there. We are to start right from the Ski Valley by hiking on Bull of the Woods Trail, the start to the traditional long route up Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest peak. This was the trail on which we got lost a number of years... [Read more...]

Get Ready for the Ellensburg Rodeo and a County Fair!

August 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Historic Downtown of Ellensburg, Washington I visited Ellensburg, Washington yesterday. While touring their historic downtown and shopping at their lovely farmers market, I noticed signs advertising the upcoming Ellensburg Rodeo. Admittedly, I have never been to this rodeo but it is a huge deal and has some historical significance in our state because it first took place in 1920s. Ellensburg is rich with western history and this dry sunny city sits about halfway between Seattle and Spokane, just on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. Held from August 31 to September 3, the Ellensburg Rodeo will feature today’s best riders, ropers, and wrestlers competing in what many enthusiasts consider to be the best rodeo arena in the nation. Fueled by volunteers, the rodeo highlights everyone from local ranch hands and professionals to clowns and cooks. The Kittitas County Fair will also take place on that weekend. Touted as a “good old fashioned county fair,” the event was started... [Read more...]

Fall for a Black Hills Autumn, with Scenic Drives, a Leisurely Pace and Beautiful Weather

August 11, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Fall for a Black Hills Autumn, with Scenic Drives, a Leisurely Pace and Beautiful Weather

The Black Hills, South Dakota in the fall bring back the days of the Sunday drive. Whether the destination is one of the peaceful small Hills towns or memory lane, getting there is half the joy. Spearfish Canyon South Dakota in the fall is worth the splurge of renting a convertible. But wear a sweater. Gold and orange spill down the canyon, bleeding into the creek that lures fly fishermen from all over the country. Park the car for an easy hike to one of the waterfalls. Stop for lunch and some regional fare—great beef, wild game or fresh fish. Needles Highway is another must-drive in the early fall. The road is made for a small, sporty car (definitely not for a motorhome) or a motorcycle. With bridges, tunnels and breath-catching views of the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore, Needles Highway never fails to meet expectations. Just be sure to make this drive before mid-October. The road is closed yearly in November because it becomes impassable in the winter. In recent years it has also been... [Read more...]

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