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One Crazy Weekend…or a Labor of Love?

September 12, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

One Crazy Weekend…or a Labor of Love?

A few weeks back Terry and I were talking about how we wanted to spend the upcoming Labor Day Holiday weekend. Fresh out of ideas, I turned to him for a suggestion. “Well, we could hike Wheeler Peak the long way.” He was talking about the 16 mile round trip hike that took us over nine hours with the kids on our summer trip in 2005. There is now a “short” trail to summit New Mexico’s highest peak that runs a mere 8.4 miles round trip. We have completed that hike several times this summer already. Wondering if he was losing his mind, we ended the conversation for the time being. Our starting point: I look a bit sleepy… However, the more I thought about it, the more appealing the idea became. Sort of a do-over, if you will. We had gotten lost on the way down last time, leading to our extended hike. Reported to be an 8-9 hours hike, my goal even back then was to complete the hike in 8 hours. I wanted to wipe the nine hour trek from my personal record book. In thinking about... [Read more...]

Pine Mountain RV Resort to Host Rally Benefiting Our Fallen Soldier

September 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pine Mountain RV Resort to Host Rally Benefiting Our Fallen Soldier

Pine Mountain RV Resort, an RVC Outdoor Destination vacation property, will host its second annual motorcycle rally called “Rollin’ Rumble Motorcycle Rally” from September 14-16. The event is open to the public, and a portion of all proceeds will go to Our Fallen Soldiers, a charity that aids families of soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty, according to a news release. “We’re dedicated to helping the troops who have so bravely sacrificed for our country,” said Jim Anderson, general manager at Pine Mountain. “This fundraiser is very important to us because the money raised will help family members of those men and women who have given their lives for our country, and we encourage everyone to come out and support this worthwhile cause.” Currently the event has 30-50 vendors, including leather food accessories, soap, jewelry, and motorcycle accessories. Guests will also enjoy live music, great food, hot dogs, and drinks from local vendors, a raffle, poker run,... [Read more...]

The Rally – Daytona!

September 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Daytona Beach, site of November’s Good Sam Rally, may be located in the southeast corner of the United States, but it certainly is not isolated. In fact, it’s a great gateway to a number of Florida destinations and attractions, particularly for those interested in RVing in the Sunshine State. Practically everyone is familiar with Florida’s top travel destination – Disney World, located only a short drive from Daytona. And along with the happy atmosphere of the Magic Kingdom, there are a number of other popular amusement attractions in the Orlando area including Universal Studios, MGM and SeaWorld. Just north of Daytona is St. Augustine, this nation’s oldest city. Established 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, St. Augustine offers everything from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum to the legendary Fountain of Youth. And a couple of hours drive inland from the Rally site is the Ocala horse country area where... [Read more...]

Our Soothing Visit to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs

September 9, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Our Soothing Visit to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs

A week ago I wrote about a bit of the history of Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa in northern New Mexico. We paid a visit to the springs earlier this month to entertain our luxury-loving daughter before she headed back to college. Surprisingly, our visit to the spa was remarkably inexpensive. We wanted to be able to spend time in each of the pools, so opted for just the day rate of $18, which gave us access to all mineral pools, steam room, sauna and the mud pool. We did not even entertain the entire menu of specialized spa treatments available, all at reasonable prices. Our day rate also entitled us to a towel and the use of a locker. After changing, we started out at the Arsenic Pool, attracted by the idea of poison. Said to cure arthritis and digestive maladies, the pool was very warm. We immediately began to relax, but soon felt the need to cool off a bit. The historic hotel, built in 1916, is now the Artemisia Restaurant. We next entered one of the cliff side pools, a bit cooler... [Read more...]

SUMMER TOMATOES AND GASOLINE

September 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

SUMMER TOMATOES AND GASOLINE

We’ve stuck pretty close to the brick and mortar dwelling this summer.  Now that both of us are retired, we are not locked into summer travels when it is often too hot, expensive, and crowded. Knowing we were going to be here during the summer months of July and August, I once again got out the old ’55 Ferguson tractor and rototiller to prepare a planting bed for tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and beans. We generally transplant our tomato plants outdoors sometime after the middle of April when the chance of frost is minimal.  If the weather is good, we can expect succulent, vine ripened tomatoes beginning in late June. A fresh tomato and mayonnaise sandwich is always a summer favorite. When the crop comes in, we have tomatoes running out the kazoo.  There are so many tomatoes we become wasteful, cutting sandwich size slices out of the center of the ripe fruit and throwing away the rest.  We give tomatoes to all our children, neighbors and friends that have none – they often... [Read more...]

Spectacular Fall Views at Riveredge RV Park in Pigeon Forge

September 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Spectacular Fall Views at Riveredge RV Park in Pigeon Forge

The beautiful trees during the fall is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Come visit Riveredge and breathe in the crisp mountain air, see the beautiful bright fall leaves, and visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which offers a myriad of activities for you to enjoy. The hardest part may be choosing which tour, trail, waterfall, overlook or historic area to explore. In the fall, you must vist the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. This county wide festival features craft shows, southern comfort food, and home made gifts and candies. Riveredge RV Park and Campground is a premier campground in Pigeon Forge, TN. The campground has 175 beautifully landscaped campsites, all with 50 & 30 amp service. Riveredge is Pigeon Forge’s most beautiful RV Park. The wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, and the county seat of Sevierville are all minutes away. Riveredge offers a 5 star bath house, large heated pool, playground, 1,800 square foot arcade,... [Read more...]

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Celebrates Anniversary

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park Celebrates Anniversary

This year commemorates the 40th anniversary of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, a desert mountain environment with more than half of its 86,000-plus acres designated as wilderness. El Capitan Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Photo credit: Dustin Nelson/NPS) Authorized on 1966 and established by Congress September 30, 1972, the national park lies along the northern limits of the state’s “boot heel” and shares a border with New Mexico. The park originated with a 1959 land gift from petroleum geologist Wallace Pratt, and was supplemented by the purchase of J.C. Hunter Jr.’s Guadalupe Mountain Ranch a decade later. Pratt loved the country’s rugged beauty enough to build a summer home on his McKittrick Canyon property, a riparian waterway in the northeast corner of the park where bigtooth maples attract hikers in the fall. Hunter’s ranch holdings comprise the lion’s share of the national park, forged from several smaller ranches in the surrounding sierras and foothills. Guadalupe... [Read more...]

Mississippi State Parks: They’re Always in Season

September 5, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Mississippi State Parks: They’re Always in Season

The slogan for Mississippi State Parks is they’re always in season. While camping, hiking, fishing and other park related activities might seem more toward warmer weather, the winter months are a great time to make a trip to a state park. No matter where you’re located, there is a state park not too far way. With an assortment of amenities at each park, they’re set up for family recreation that’s value priced. Whether it’s a day trip or a four-day weekend to get away for a while, you’ll be pleased with what you find at a state park. While you may know about the park in your area, there are plenty to choose from and each offer something different and unique. Below are five parks you should see if you have the opportunity and it is true, they’re always in season. Roosevelt State Park, Morton: Named Best Park by Mississippi Magazine, this is one of the most popular parks in the state. Quality accommodations and located just off I-55, Roosevelt has a variety of activities at the... [Read more...]

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

September 3, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

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

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...]

A Visit to Ojo Caliente to Soothe the Spirit

September 2, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

A Visit to Ojo Caliente to Soothe the Spirit

Looking for a way to entertain our city-loving daughter Meghan while she was home with us this summer, we decided to take a day to check out the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa in nearby Ojo Caliente, NM. Located about 45 minutes from Taos, NM, the springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for centuries. Steeped in myth and legend, the use of these ancient springs can be traced back to the earliest humans living in the region. The ancestors of the Taos Pueblo Tewa tribes built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the springs. Posi, or Poseoulnge, meaning “village at the place of the green bubbling hot springs” was home to thousands of people. Posi was a vibrant center of activity in the 15th century and surrounding the springs is substantial evidence of prehistoric civilization in the ruins of the cities populated before the birth of our country. In the 1500’s the Spaniards in their quest for gold and the Fountain of Youth also discovered the... [Read more...]

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