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Waiting for Spring

February 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Waiting for Spring

Those of us in the Northeast are honestly getting a little tired of the howling winds, the ice on the windshield and the snow that greets us nearly every morning. Last week my Husband and I decided to do our best to embrace the winter and went for a ride in search of a place to camp once the weather was warm enough to “de-winterize” the camper. We picked up our daughter and went for a ride. We stumbled upon a state park that we had no idea even had a camp ground let alone a camp ground for RV’s. We found Trough Creek State Park, located in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Trough Creek is known to the locals as the place with the balanced rock. Yes there is this giant boulder perched on top of a gorge. Kids for decades have climbed upon that rock and peered into the valley below (assuming their parents allowed them to do so.) There is a lovely swinging bridge that leads to the rock and some say Daniel Boone himself visited the area in search of Indians. I suspect that one... [Read more...]

Woodall’s Guide to Good Sam Ratings

February 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Woodall’s Guide to Good Sam Ratings

With spring time just around the corner and numerous campsites re-opening for a new seasons in 2013, RVers in the northern part of the US and Canada are probably feeling that it’s about time after the cold months leave our area.   I know that my own kids keep talking about when we go back to the trailer.   My five year old daughter wants to bring her new Maplelea doll and the clothes she has in order to have her experience camping.   I can’t help but smile at her enthusiasm.   Still we have a couple of more months to wait and the snow needs to disappear from the ground before we can venture to our RV which is parked in Cobden, ON. When you are looking at campsites to visit during your trips, how do you search for them?   How do you compare them?   In the past, we usually went through the Woodall’s Campground Directory to find a campground that would fit our needs.   But back in December, we received a new directory titled Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory.   ... [Read more...]

Are You Ready for a Snowbird Tax?

February 13, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Are You Ready for a Snowbird Tax?

The governor of a northern state is proposing a snowbird tax on residents who live 60 days to just under six months in the state. Minnesota in winter (Source: minnesota.publicradio.org) Spend most of the year in Florida, Texas, Arizona, or another Sunbelt state, and a snowbird smack down could be your new reality. Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota is proposing a snowbird tax as part of a larger tax grab by proposing to increase Minnesota’s personal income tax rate to 9.85% from 7.85% on income above $150,000 for singles and $250,000 for joint filers. Minnesota’s income tax rate would be the country’s sixth highest. Dayton tells snowbirds that since you’re rich, you can pay more. It’s time snowbirds paid their fair share! Dayton, a Democrat, proposed the idea last month when announcing key parts of his proposed $37.9 billion budget. He made a similar proposal last year that was defeated by the then-Republican-controlled legislature. The plan would purportedly raise... [Read more...]

De Soto National Memorial, Florida…

February 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

De Soto National Memorial, Florida…

Just yesterday, the kids and I took a little drive and spent the day at a wonderful National Park! Located just south of Tampa, FL, the De Soto National Memorial is a beautiful location to spend an afternoon! While the park does not cover a large acreage, the grounds are beautiful, and offer a lovely walking path (which is wheel-chair and stroller friendly). De Soto National Memorial is a park dedicated to educating the public about, and preserving the details of, Hernado De Soto’s 4 year, 4 thousand mile trek on a quest for fame and fortune.   Because De Soto NM’s peak tourist time is snowbird season, right now is the perfect time to visit! The park offers 10 different ranger-led talks, featuring a different topic each hour, on the hour. While we were at the park for 5 hours, we were only able to attend 2 talks, and wish that we would have had time to listen to more! The first ranger program that we attended was on diseases, and why the Indians were decimated by European... [Read more...]

Another Winter Family Adventure

February 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Another Winter Family Adventure

In my last post, I wrote about an opportunity for winter family fun, cross country skiing at the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area near Red River, NM. Another ideal outdoor family fun opportunity takes place in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado each year over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. This year, the  40th Annual Chama Chili Ski Classic and Winter Fiesta was held from January 19th-21st . My husband and son spend early winter preparing for the 52K American Birkebeiner Ski Race in Hayward, Wisconsin held the last Saturday of February. Ryan will be completing his 2nd Birkie and Terry, his 32nd  in 2013. The support crew and food wagon As part of their training schedule every year, they like to combine regular weekend ski workouts with at least one additional ski race to achieve the optimum training effect. Therefore, it was with great delight that we learned of the Chama Chili Ski Races happening just north of Chama, NM in southern Colorado. However, it was not just a... [Read more...]

Top 10 Things Every RVer Should Know about Full-Timing

February 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Top 10 Things Every RVer Should Know about Full-Timing

The large and well-equipped recreational vehicles now available to consumers can be quite luxurious. You may have been tempted by the idea of living like a nomad and taking to the road full-time. Traveling in an RV can save you money that would otherwise be spent on mortgages, home repairs, home owner’s association fees, and yard maintenance. Gas-Powered Luxury Class A RV with Island Kitchen, Bar, & Wine Rack 37 foot. to 38 foot Class A Motorhomes However, there are 10 key things to consider before purchasing a recreational vehicle and making the switch to full time living in an RV, according to a Pedata RV Center news release. 1. Fuel Costs The heavy chassis and construction materials require a powerful engine for recreational vehicles large enough for comfortable full-time living. This translates to fairly high fuel usage. Many full-time RVers only occasionally travel, spending most of their time at their favorite RV campgrounds. 2. Insurance If your RV is both your home and primary... [Read more...]

Time To Hang Up The Keys?

February 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The time has come.  You’ve reached the stage where you either have no choice or have decided to “hang up the keys”.  Now what?  I asked that question of several RVers and, not surprisingly, most haven’t thought of it.  Some have given it considerable thought and some just have a vague idea of what they’ll do.  Don’t let your future be the anthem of “Que Sera Sera…whatever will be will be.” The first answer I received was from David Violette who writes a blog that I follow called Travels with Dave & Elaine Violette.  “So far, our loose criterion has been “when health issues require it.” was Dave’s response when I asked if they had a plan.  He further elaborated that “As to what we’ll do when we no longer want to be mobile: we’ll probably buy a small place somewhere with amenities we enjoy. Phoenix is a candidate since we have lived there and like it, but there are other choices. We may keep an RV and travel some seasonally; depends... [Read more...]

A Winter Family Adventure!

February 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A Winter Family Adventure!

Outdoor family fun need not stop when the weather grows colder, or even when the snow flies. Over the holidays this year, we had the distinct pleasure of enjoying the company of all three of our grown children for an extended period of time.  In addition to enjoying all of our usual holiday activities, such as playing games, putting puzzles together, cooking, eating and shopping, we had the pleasure of engaging in another favorite pursuit in a new place: cross country skiing. Enchanted Forest Clubhouse/Warming Hut Loving the outdoors, we have long enjoyed the winter activities of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the colder months, near our cabin in northern Wisconsin. Far from there this winter, however, we sought out a new place to enjoy these activities and happened upon the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area in Red River, NM. We were not disappointed. The girls skied with me Located on NM Highway 38 just 3.5 miles east of Red River, NM, just below the summit of Bobcat Pass... [Read more...]

Magellan: An Ideal Travel Companion for Your RV

February 1, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, now offers Magellan® RoadMate® RV GPS navigators that are packed with safety, convenience and travel planning features to make RV road trips enjoyable and stress-free! Magellan® RoadMate® RV GPS The Magellan RoadMate family of RV GPS devices, available in 7-inch and 5-inch configurations, are pre-loaded with the Good Sam Campground Directory and Good Sam discount locations  to provide valuable RV travel resources featuring comprehensive North America campground information and amenities to facilitate locating available facilities, RV services, pet-friendly campgrounds and parks, tent spaces, Wi-Fi and more. For Class A RVs or consumers who are more comfortable with a larger screen size, the Magellan RoadMate 9165T-LM RV GPS features a 7-inch touch screen. Versatile, heavy-duty extension mounts designed for vehicles with deep dashboards are also included to provide fully-adjustable, personalized... [Read more...]

Rand McNally RVND 7720 LM, with Lifetime Maps

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

An RV adventure is more than an ordinary car trip. Which is why you need more than your car GPS. The RVND™ was designed to meet the unique challenges of driving an RV with award-winning routing and tools that help you plan, prepare, and enjoy the ride. RVND 7720 LM Choose your vehicle from 11 different RV types, including Class A, fifth wheel, and travel trailer. The RVND™ accounts for propane restrictions and even right- or left-hand turn preferences. Or switch to car mode for everyday use. Same RV routing, new features—The RVND™ 7720 features a new design, with a brighter screen and an upgraded speaker. Connect to a Wi-Fi® hotspot to receive live weather data, including current and forecasted conditions, along your route or at your destination. Choose from 10 different map overlays, such as wind speed and precipitation. Use the video input with your back-up or rear-view camera. Plan an RV trip—Plan ahead with predictive traffic, or route efficiently through a multi-stop trip.... [Read more...]

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