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On the Road with the Skype App

Lake Aleknagik, Bristol Bay Region, Alaska Have any of you tried using the Skype App while traveling? I used the iPhone App for the first time last week when I was traveling in Bristol Bay, Alaska. I was not camping at the time…I was staying in a remote log cabin. However, I didn’t have any cell phone service when I was in the remote corner of Alaska. I could have used a calling card a... [Read more]

Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska

Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, Homer, Alaska Do you ever visit a destination and then wish that you had started your visit exactly where you ended up? That’s how I felt when I visited Homer, Alaska last week. After spending about a mere 36 hours in this seaside town, I decided to dash into the alluring Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. Unfortunately, I did this on my way... [Read more]

Savoring a Local Sweet in Homer, Alaska

Mixed Berry Danish, Two Sisters Bakery, Homer Alaska While traveling throughout Alaska last week, I was fortunate to be able to visit Homer for a mere 36 hours. Located at the end of the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula, Homer abounds in seaside charm. Known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World, Homer boasts an abundance of camping and RV sites. The main drag sits along The Spit, which... [Read more]

Heading North to Alaska?

Are you driving north to Alaska this summer? If so, be sure to consult the amazing North To Alaska resource. I used this resource when we drove the Alaska Highway about six years ago. I contacted the organization before we left Anchorage that August and everything they told me and gave me, including the map and a guidebook, was priceless. The publication and the online version are designed to help... [Read more]

The Shrimp Shack in Anacortes

One of the joys of traveling is finding small local eateries that serve fabulous food. One such example is the Shrimp Shack located near Deception Pass State Park in Washington. Located on the main road towards the State Park, it’s easy to find and has a steady following of loyal customers. Many of those customers are locals. Others hail from far and wide. Opened in 1973 by Dieter and Laurel... [Read more]

Visit The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Do you enjoy visiting local display gardens when you are traveling hither and yon? Indeed, they can be a great way to see local flora and fauna. They are also fabulous locations in which to gather some regional knowledge and history and to gain a better understanding of the local climate. If you are visiting Vancouver Island, British Columbia this summer, then you might consider a visit to The Butchart... [Read more]

Delicious Picnic Venues!

So, have you had any fabulous picnics while traveling the highways and byways of our country? We have dished up some fun meals while cavorting around with our kids. When we lived in  Alaska, we spent a lot of time daytripping and camping during the summer. I soon learned that I always had to travel with picnic fare—many remote areas of Alaska lack amenities so I became the “fast food”... [Read more]

Visit the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Florida!

Visit the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Florida!

National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum If you find yourself visiting Florida’s Treasure Coast this spring or summer, be sure to stop by the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum located in Fort Pierce. Home of the Navy Frogman, this wonderful museum highlights the history and achievements of our Navy SEAL program. We have visited this museum for many years now and my children really enjoy it. Located right on... [Read more]

Free Admission to All National Parks This Week!

Free Admission to All National Parks This Week!

  Denali National Park, Alaska If you are lucky enough to have a little time for travel this week, then be sure to visit one of our fabulous national parks. It’s National Park Week! From April 21-29, ALL of our 397 parks will be offering FREE admission! Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation,  this wonderful gift is a fabulous way for visitors and travelers to... [Read more]

Make Ahead Meals for the Camper

Make Ahead Meals for the Camper

When you camp or travel in your RV or with your travel trailer, do you ever prepare foods in advance at home and then cart them along with you? I have done this many many times. Of course, this involves extra work at home but the dividends pay off when you are traveling and visiting a new destination. I have found it to be deliciously helpful to have my travel trailer freezer stocked with twice-baked... [Read more]

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