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Out West to Texas!

Out West to Texas!

When I was a child I was always planning on going way out west to Texas. I was raised in California, but in my mind out west was Texas. When I thought of Texas I thought of rattle snakes, cowboys, long horned cattle, the Alamo and the Gulf of Mexico. Texas is as diverse as it is large. Whether you are looking for museums, wide open spaces or amusement parks, Texas has them and hospitable Texas campgrounds... [Read more]

Arizona, Rich In History & Beautiful Beyond Description

Arizona, Rich In History & Beautiful Beyond Description

Arizona made the list of possible places to visit for my daughter’s graduation camping trip. We just started the last semester of her senior year of High School. And I am searching for the perfect affordable vacation to celebrate her graduation. There is so much to do and see in Arizona. My daughter loves history, and Arizona is full of history. Since we would be entering Arizona from California... [Read more]

In Search of the Once in a Life Time Vacation for 2011

In Search of the Once in a Life Time Vacation for 2011

As I sit here reflecting on this past year, and planning for the next, I can’t help but wonder what marvelous memories my family will talk about a few decades from now. I truly want 2011 to be the best year yet for my girls and I. As I look back at our vacations both short and long there are a few that stand out. I remember the trip to Disneyland in California. At the time we all thought it was a... [Read more]

Kid Friendly Food, With Little to No Cleanup

Let’s go camping! I asked my kids what they looked forward to the most when we went camping, the answer was simple. As a matter of fact we could do this at home in the backyard. It turns out that their favorite part of camping is the campfire, the hot-dogs and the marshmallows! Well, I like the marshmallows too. But, even kids get tired of hot-dogs for dinner. Kid friendly food is a must when camping.... [Read more]

Buying Fresh Food on the Road

Buying Fresh Food on the Road

Buying fresh food on the road can be challenging. Most of us want to buy the best and most nutritious food for our families, at a price we can afford. Fresh produce from the local farmers market, fresh seafood from the local fish market and good restaurants are everywhere, but how do we find them when in a strange place? Local farmers markets are fairly easy to find. And, nothing beats a farmers market... [Read more]

Tips for Tent Camping In the Rain

Tips for Tent Camping In the Rain

It’s raining!  And, we are camping! IN A TENT! I love the rain! And I try not to every let it slow us down. We knew it might rain before we went to bed so we took a few precautions to ensure our comfort. First tip for camping in the rain, we made a good big doorstep in front our tent from a tarp. This was to help keep the mud down and give the kids plenty of room to take off their muddy shoes. Second... [Read more]

Spring Hill RV Park to Host Benefit for the Alberta Children’s Hospital

Spring Hill RV Park to Host Benefit for the Alberta Children’s Hospital

I love a good car show! (And, I love good BBQ!) Mix that with camping at a great resort and what more could you ask for? Maybe the added pleasure of helping a sick child at the same time! On August 20, 2011 the Spring Hill RV Park (just north of Cochrane, Alberta) will host the 5th Annual Spring Hill Charity Show & Shine. All proceeds from this event will go to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Registration... [Read more]

Transporting Firewood, Not Worth the Price Our Forests Pay

Transporting Firewood, Not Worth the Price Our Forests Pay

How many times have I taken my firewood with me on camping trips? Sometimes I would save the unused to burn at home or take on the next trip.  So many through the years, I feel terrible about it now.  I recently learned that my old habit of stocking up on cheap fire wood and taking it with me on my camping trips is an extremely bad habit! I love the great outdoors, I cherish our National Forests.... [Read more]

Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, Make Your New Year Sweeter With Camping!

Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, Make Your New Year Sweeter With Camping!

Happy New Year, to all our Jewish brothers and sisters! As we look forward to the New Year with joy and expectation of a sweet year, we also start to plan ways to keep our families strong and well grounded. Some of the best memories I have of growing up were made while camping with my family and friends. Our families would camp together on most of the major holidays. (But then, I grew up in Southern... [Read more]

The Muir Woods, The Biggest Trees I Ever Saw!

The Muir Woods, The Biggest Trees I Ever Saw!

I always wanted my girls to see the beautiful Giant Redwoods of Northern California, San Francisco and the famous Gold Country. But time and distance can really interfere with what we want to do. When I started off on our vacation I had no plans to get far enough north to see the Giant Redwood Trees. However, I learned while hanging out in the laundry room at our campground just outside of San Francisco... [Read more]

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