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Month: October 2012

A Lovely Fall Campground

October 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One lovely October weekend, we happened upon the Columbine Canyon near Red River, NM. To access the trailhead for our hike, we had to hike through the Columbine Canyon Campground, one of the loveliest, natural forest campgrounds we have ever seen. Regular readers of this blog will know I am a fan of the simple, rustic natural forest campgrounds as a rule, but this was one of the best I’ve seen. Located between Questa, NM and the “wild west” town of Red River, NM, the Columbine Canyon campground is located in the heart of the Kit Carson National Forest, providing all of the peace and tranquility anyone can imagine. All sites are paved and spacious. Made up of a total of 27 sites, the entrance to the campground contains a small circle of 8 large, perfectly flat open sites easily accessible to big rigs, but with limited shade and privacy.  No hookups are available and the facilities are rustic. But the ambiance cannot be duplicated. Columbine Canyon Campground Entrance The remainder... [Read more...]

Your Right To Vote

October 29, 2012 by · 8 Comments 

Your Right To Vote

Do you vote by mail?  Do you vote early?  Do you wait until the last minute to vote?  None of those questions matter as long as you vote! When we made the decision to RV fulltime we chose to get our mail and have our permanent residence be our daughter’s address.  When we are in town, we camp close to where they live so it’s not a problem going out to vote in that district.     Have you chosen a legal domicile that isn’t convenient to go vote in while on the road?  No problem.  You can use an absentee ballot.  Most states have them on their state websites.  You can download them and send them to the designated address without ever having to interrupt your dream vacation.  Check the state you have chosen for your legal residence for instructions. We chose to vote early so that if something unforeseen came up we wouldn’t have to worry about not be able to vote.  When we got to the voting precinct we were surprised to see so many people with the same idea.  It made... [Read more...]

How Taxes May Hurt RV Ownership and Family Camping Opportunities

October 28, 2012 by · 8 Comments 

How Taxes May Hurt RV Ownership and Family Camping Opportunities

Rob and Sue have two children, a 10 year old girl, and a 12 year old boy.  Sue is an elementary school teacher.  Rob is a real estate agent.  They built their home on a 1 acre lot in 2004 in a rural suburban area of Central Virginia. Rob and Sue bought a 28’ camper and a Chevy 2500 extended cab pick-up truck to pull the trailer shortly after building their home.  They wanted to give their children the same opportunities that they had with their camping parents when they were growing up.  Over the past six years, they have enjoyed dozens of camping trips with their two children – many more than they would ever have been able to make without the camper.  They have traveled north to Maine and even spent two weeks in Orlando at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Rob’s parents owned a Chevrolet class C motor home.  He and his brother spent many memorable days camping at the seashore, down by the lake and in the mountains.  Camping gave them the opportunity to be together and build a family... [Read more...]

5 Ways to Save Fuel and Money

October 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

5 Ways to Save Fuel and Money

During the 2011-2012 Snowbird Season Arizona RV parks reported their winter residents appeared to be staying longer than in previous years, partially due to high fuel prices. The annual O’Odham Tash Celebration, a gathering of tribes, is held in mid-February and features Native American arts and crafts, ceremonial dances, rodeos, powwows, and parades. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved With thousands of snowbirds planning to hit the road during the coming weeks and months, two things will be on their minds—arriving at their destination safely and the price of fuel. Nationally, average retail gas prices are approximately 50 cents higher than a year ago and one dollar higher than two years ago, according to gasbuddy.com. With gas prices reaching record levels, it’s more important than ever to keep tabs on your fuel spending. While we have no control over the price of fuel, we can do a few things to help save money. Most motorists share one common goal—to get the best mileage possible.... [Read more...]

What To Do On A Beautiful Saturday in Fall?

October 28, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

What To Do On A Beautiful Saturday in Fall?

One beautiful Saturday in early October we were looking for a way to spend some time outdoors.  We were headed up to the small “wild-west” community of Red River, NM, later that day as they were holding their Oktoberfest Celebration but we wanted to find a hike to enjoy the beautiful color and mild weather before reaching Red River. On our way north, we passed by a lovely wooded area called Columbine Canyon. Noting there was a trailhead sign, we stopped and checked it out. We walked through a lovely campground to find the trailhead. Listed as a five mile trail (actually 5.3 miles in length), we began following the path as it wound through the forest and crossed the same creek (Columbine Creek) a number of times. The first four crossings were covered by lovely wooden bridges but we were warned that for later crossings, we would be on our own. However, as we came to these sections, for each some kind thoughtful soul had strategically placed rocks or logs so every transition, even that... [Read more...]

Spooky Hikes in Washington State

October 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If you live in Washington State and are interested in doing some spooky hikes, check out this informative list from the Washington Trails Association. The list features ten haunted hikes and highlights some of the regional history with each trail. If you aren’t interested in haunted hikes, then check out the Association’s other offerings, which feature everything from hiking basics and hiking with kids to ranger station information and tips from fellow resources. And, if haunted hikes are far too creepy for your soul, check out their more peaceful list which highlights Foliage Hikes! Photo from Mount Rainier National Park –Melissa A. Trainer

Bittersweet Moment

October 26, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

Bittersweet Moment

This past week-end, my six year old son Jérémy came to me while I was working in my office to ask me a question… Mommy, when are we going to go to the RV? I lift my eyes on what I was doing and saw him standing near the entrance of my office at home, looking at me with his big hazel eyes.   I couldn’t believe my ears. You’ve got to be kidding me right? No he was very serious with his question even if he knew that the RV was closed for the rest of the year. Of all the questions he could have asked me, I didn’t expect that one.  You see my husband and my two oldest boys went to winterize the RV the week before Canadian Thanksgiving in early October.   It is a time of the year when it is bittersweet because we have so many memories with our children when going to the RV or travelling with it.   We usually go altogether to winterize it but this year we had to do it this way because of too many things to bring back at the trailer. Besides after numerous weeks camping in... [Read more...]

Woodall’s Announces the New 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

October 24, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

New for 2013, the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory combines two of the RV industry’s most popular and respected brands—the Trailer Life Directory and Woodall’s Campground Directory—into one comprehensive volume. It’s the best of both worlds backed by the power of Good Sam. As an exclusive benefit, Good Sam Club members can buy the directory at Camping World stores, at CampingWorld.com and by phone for only $9.95—more than 60% off the non-member price of $25.95. Travel Guide Features The publishers of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide have taken all of the insight and savvy that have gone into both popular directories and created an indispensable guide chock full of lifestyle features, regional trip guides and essential travel facts. Get vital tech tips to use in your travels and learn about must-see points of interest in all of North America’s states and provinces. The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s meal and fitness planner helps you take care of your body as... [Read more...]

Beam Me Up…Anyone!

October 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I recently wrote about Man Camps, the changing landscape of the RV world.  RVers now share RV parks with the crews of oil well drilling, natural gas drilling and construction of new buildings.   These crews consist mainly of men.  Hence, the name Man Camps. We also share our parks with people in transition and a younger generation who now work from their RVs while traveling. I heard back from a reader who said that she hoped the RV parks that were now at 100% capacity would use that extra profit to improve their parks. That got me to thinking of a wish list.  One particular area we’d like to see improved is the ability to stay connected to the outside world.  We have experienced our share of faulty Wi-Fi connections.  Some parks are fine and some just don’t have any connections at all.  And, heaven forbid that someone in the park is downloading movies.  Then, most times, you’re dead in the water. It’s imperative to us to be connected to the Internet since we run a business... [Read more...]

50 Things We Love About Texas

October 23, 2012 by · 11 Comments 

50 Things We Love About Texas

1. Texas Hospitality 2. Paso Del Rio, or River Walk, the Jewel of the City (San Antonio) 3. Fresh from the Gulf shrimp and oysters When in the Clear Lake/Galveston area we head for Rose’s in Seabrook for a supply of shrimp. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved 4. Exploring the pine and hardwood forests of the Piney Woods of East Texas 5. Saying howdy 6. The Alamo 7. Texas’ wide open spaces 8. Hiking Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, north of Fredericksburg 9. Tex-Mex, especially in far South Texas 10. The way small-town drivers wave to everyone they pass 11. The timeless beauty of Presidio La Bahía near Goliad, and its rural setting 12. Stopping for lunch at almost any small-town BBQ joint and sitting elbow-to-elbow with folks you have little in common with except that you all love good ‘cue 13. Blue Bell Ice Cream. Wow! 14. The wind-swept, dynamic rippling sandscapes in Monahans Sandhills State Park is one-of-a-kind 15. Stopping for kolaches at a small-town bakery 16. Driving... [Read more...]

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