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Randy and Nancy are veteran RV campers that travel with their little Dachshund, Oscar, to "where ever their hearts lead them." They have five grandchildren, at least one of them often accompany Randy & Nancy on their outings. Their camping rig is a 39' Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel pulled by a 2004 Volvo HDT retired from 18 wheeler service. Like the Volvo, Randy is a recently retired professor and Dean from a major technical college, has degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Education, is a Certified Electronic Technician, Master Electrician, Long time Ham Radio Operator (WB4BZX) and 30 year veteran of Virginia's Emergency Medical System as both an Advanced Life Support EMT and instructor.

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GECKO LIZARDS INVADE VIRGINIA’S REST STOPS

GECKO LIZARDS INVADE VIRGINIA’S REST STOPS

See how well you do on this quick quiz: Which iconic company character is the most recognizable by our US population? a. The Geico Gecko Lizard b. Progressive’s white-suit clad “Flo” c. The Aflac Insurance Duck If you guessed the Geico Gecko Lizard, you are correct! The little green walking, talking, Australian accent speaking Lizard is the most recognizable icon used in television advertising... [Read more]

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

Finding the “Y” shaped Willow Tree branch jammed up under the front steering gear of our RV didn’t come as a surprise. The Willow branch confirmed what I had always suspected – somehow the RV had a diving rod attached that steered us toward saltwater. For a number of years, our RV has predictably wandered toward an ocean beach – just like a dog tugging at a leash.  It didn’t really matter... [Read more]

SUMMER TOMATOES AND GASOLINE

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,... [Read more]

CAMPING WITH A CPAP

CAMPING WITH A CPAP

CPAP is an acronym for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a mode of respiratory ventilation commonly used in the treatment of sleep apnea. Ten years ago, very few individuals owned or used CPAP machines at home.  Now, the numbers of people using CPAP have risen quickly as sleep study technicians and doctors are prescribing them to their patients. It all started for me last winter. I... [Read more]

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

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... [Read more]

WHATS A TOAD? – A RV Newbie’s Vocablulary List

WHATS A TOAD? – A RV Newbie’s Vocablulary List

I couldn’t help but laugh at Dalin Brinkman’s July 5th blog sharing his dismay over the vocabulary folks new to RVs encounter. Later in the day, I began to think more seriously about Dalin’s dilemma. The part of me that is still a teacher kicked into high gear.  I remember all too well how overwhelmed my beginning students were when they were exposed to an entirely new vocabulary during my first... [Read more]

ARE YOU READY FOR TOLLS ON I-95? (Virginia thinks so…….)

ARE YOU READY FOR TOLLS ON I-95? (Virginia thinks so…….)

I-95 runs all the way from Maine to  Florida.  It represents the major north-south corridor along the right-hand coast of the United States.   It is also a major route for RV travel as anxious vacationers head to either cooler or warmer destinations, depending upon the season. If you are one of the millions of travelers that use this major highway, you just might want to put a few extra dollars... [Read more]

“Leaves of three, beware of me!” (Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac)

“Leaves of three, beware of me!” (Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac)

There are probably more stories, home remedies, and mistaken beliefs about Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac than any other plant found in the forest and surrounding countryside.  I want to take a few paragraphs and explore some of the myths and facts related to these plants and their common allergen – urushiol oil.  I hope you don’t mind if I tell a story along the way to get my point... [Read more]

Remembering My Dad on Father’s Day

Remembering My Dad on Father’s Day

This is the week the “regular” writers for the Woodall’s Family Camping Blog were asked by our editor to write about Father’s Day activities and remembrances.   This is my contribution to the topic for the week: He was born November 25, 1920, in Lynchburg, Virginia, the second child, and the first boy, to his parents.  He was named Luther Thornhill Agee, Jr. – the junior,... [Read more]

HOW TO ATTRACT BLACK BEARS (…and get a picture, too.)

HOW TO ATTRACT BLACK BEARS (…and get a picture, too.)

Even with the population of black bear increasing in Virginia, the possibility of seeing one is still an uncommon and exciting experience.  These creatures can range from 90 to 500 pounds in weight and stand as tall as 7 feet when erect.  Male black bears are naturally larger than females. Black bears are somewhat nocturnal, or crepuscular (active at dusk and dawn).  Seeing one during the daylight... [Read more]

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