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Mississippi State Parks – Perfect Family Vacations!

August 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Mississippi State Parks – Perfect Family Vacations!

Any of Mississippi’s 25 State Parks are perfect for a family vacation or a weekend getaway. While each park offers many of the same opportunities and amenities, they are also unique in their own way. Whether you’re an experienced traveler or pitching a tent for the first time, choosing the best park and determining what activities relate to your family’s interests will ensure a memorable getaway. Taking a family vacation can be stressful, even though the goal of any vacation is to relax. You want to be sure you have plenty of activities to suit the needs of everybody in the family. While each state park has a lake for fishing and other water related activities, spending a day on the lake isn’t for everybody. That’s why it’s important to find out what each park offers. “All of our parks are family friendly and we want everyone to have a good time when they visit one of our parks,” MDWFP Director of Parks Ramie Ford said. “When you pick a park there really isn’t a bad... [Read more...]

Camp at a Ghost Town!

August 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Camp at a Ghost Town!

Camping at Calico Ghost Town can be a fun family experience. With 265 sites running from dry camping to full hook-up, this place is more than camping – it’s history and adventure! Located off I-15 Calico is a great stop between visiting Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV If you like the desert and you own the “toys” you will definitely want to bring them here! There are camp sites at Calico that are right off the entry to the OHV trails where you can get on your quads and enjoy quite a ride! If history is more to your like it, there’s plenty of it here! Once the scene of the largest silver strike in California’s history, this kitschy mining town offers you a glimpse of what life was like during the late 1880′s. One third of Calico’s buildings are the originals. There’s the Lane House Museum with photos, news clippings, and artifacts of the people who settled the town. Maggie’s Mine gives one an up-close look at how miner’s... [Read more...]

There’s Nothing Dry About Dry Camping

August 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s Nothing Dry About Dry Camping

Trying to find the perfect campground is often a challenge. Finding ones with good ratings, open spots and the amenities you want (must have pool or playground) is often challenging. Many campgrounds often tell me that they’re full, but that they offer overflow camping or “dry camping spots.” It’s this “dry camping” that threw me off as a newbie. My first thought was that it was like what us former tent people call a dry spot. You know, finding a dry spot to put your tent so it doesn’t get wet. Everyone who’s ever camped in a tent knows that if it rains, you don’t want to be near a hole or in a ravine. So I figured that “dry camping” meant a spot that was pleasantly located for my RV. So it really started to make me wonder when the first dry camping spot offered to me by a campground wasn’t really dry at all. In fact, it was bumpy, dirty and subject to water runoff. They even told us if it rains, we need to get out that area pretty fast. We weren’t worried, though.... [Read more...]

Beware Red Velvet Ants (Actually a Wasp) – Not Desirable Bedfellows.

August 6, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Beware Red Velvet Ants (Actually a Wasp) – Not Desirable Bedfellows.

My Grandpa used to call them “Cow Killers”. According to his tale, these red velvet-like creatures of the insect kingdom could crawl up the legs of a grazing cow and inflict a sting so severe that the cow would run madly about before dropping dead. I don’t know that any of his cows actually succumbed to a Cow Killer, but it made a good story. In any event, these critters are not welcome guests in a camper’s bedroll. For years, I thought they were indeed “ants”.  But, I learned later in life that they were actually wasps.  The females do not have wings – the males do.  The females have a stinger like other wasps that can repeatedly inflict an extremely painful toxin that will make you wish you were going to die.  But, surprisingly, the males do not sting. One of the insects recently captured at our home. Note the size of the wasp – almost a full inch in length. We live in the eastern part of the United States (Virginia) and have an extremely sandy soil around our... [Read more...]

Canadian Museum of Nature

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Canadian Museum of Nature

Back on July 1st, we decided to take advantage of the fact that museums in our former hometown were open for free.   To celebrate Canada Day we decided to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature which has been revamped in recent years. I hadn’t set foot in that museum for over 15 years – not even it got reopened after the major renovations a couple of years ago.  Knowing that we would be moving in a near future, we thought it would be a great time to discover the new and improved Canadian Museum of Nature. Though the entrance brought back memories of when I was younger, you can see that many things have changed.   I was disappointed to learn that the famous bee hive was gone but quickly got over it when I discovered that the museum has done a great work with the presentation of its animal collection.   We decided to start at the top of the museum and slowly go down as we explored the levels. The first exposition we went to was the birds.   Via interaction and observation, we discovered... [Read more...]

Plan Your Next Stay With Us

August 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Plan Your Next Stay With Us

When traveling through Winnemucca Nevada, there is one clear choice – Hi Desert RV. We at Hi Desert RV pride ourselves in offering you the most amenities around. Water Wars is a balloon catapult game that is sure to keep the kids cool and well occupied. Fun for all ages, Water Wars is good clean fun. Depth Charge adds a new level of excitement to the game. Just hit the bulls eye and soak your opponent (See our website for video of Water Wars). We have a playground, 9 hole mini golf course, 2 dog runs (one even has a doggie wash!), 16 showers on site located in 2 different bathhouses, a pool table, chess board, TV lounge, library exchange, and coming soon in 2012- SLOT MACHINES! We can help you plan your stay in Winnemucca, Nevada. 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 the traveler friendly RV place to stay! Nestled in the mountains of Nevada, Winnemucca has an old town feel... [Read more...]

Family Fun in the Sun!

August 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Fun in the Sun!

An event worth planning an entire summer camping trip around, the Taos Solar Music Festival is not to be missed. The final weekend in June every summer, the small town of Taos, NM (population just over 7,000) puts together an amazing combination of talent and the cutting edge information on solar power and makes a celebration out of it. Whether you come for the music or the technology, you will not be disappointed. This year’s festival, celebrating its 14th anniversary, was held June 30 and July 1. Highlights were the incredible talent and a Solar Forest that blended art and renewable energy. Three solar energy companies gathered forces to power the five trees; four of which represented the elements and directions: Earth, wind, fire and water. As we are in Taos, the fifth tree was a chile tree. Groups such as the New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA) are offered space to demonstrate solar panels, solar ovens and other innovative products designed to heat or power your home, camper... [Read more...]

SAY GOODBYE TO THE COLD & HELLO TO THE SUNSHINE!

August 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE COLD & HELLO TO THE SUNSHINE!

Winter is fast approaching – don’t get caught in the snow drifts again this year! Life is too short to spend shuttered away when you could be swimming, playing golf or soaking up the Florida sun! Let us entertain you! Head over to The Great Outdoors RV, Golf, and Nature Resort, located in sunny and warm Titusville, Florida. From gospel concert series featuring top-named performers to our Owners Talent Show, you can be as active as you want to be! Win big at Tuesday night Bingo, or Prime Rib night at the restaurant, work out to Zumba, or be one of the lucky ones to view the Painted Bunting in its natural habitat! Spend winter enjoying each new day – you won’t regret it! For information, call 1-800-621-2267. Find The Great Outdoors RV, Golf, and Nature Resort on Woodalls.com!

ENJOY THE WONDER OF A SMALL TOWN VILLAGE CALLED CLEWISTON, FLORIDA

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Within our small village town of Clewiston, Florida, 2 miles by 2 miles, you can find plenty of things to do. There are things for everyone’s interest, from fishing, hiking, biking, to bird watching. Visit the Clewiston Museum or the Historical Clewiston Inn, which is known for its historical oil painting that covers the entire Everglades Lounge. There is even a Historical Movie Theatre and a Clewiston Historical Library, with many other things of interest. If you want to really find out what our townspeople do for a living, taking the Sugarland Farm Tour is highly recommend. There is a B.P.O.E. Lodge, Mason Lodge, and VFW Post. Clewiston is the host town to many Champion Fishing Tournaments, FLW, Bass Masters and many local angler clubs. When you want to get away for the day, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, & Sebring, is about an hour to an hour and a half drive. You could go to the malls, big movie theatres, flea markets or go to the beach for the day. Fort Lauderdale and Miami... [Read more...]

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