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Discover the Titanic like never before…

April 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Discover the Titanic like never before…

Last week we drove through Tennessee, and stopped by The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. This is not a cheesy touristy destination, but a classy, interesting, educational, incredibly well done museum that appeals to all ages! The outside of the Titanic Museum was built to replicate the huge ship; it was made to a 50% scale of the original HMS Titanic, and is still gigantic! They have a large, free parking lot, with plenty of room for big rigs (we went during the off season).      At the entrance to the museum, we were met by ‘the captain’, and another staffer, dressed in Titanic replica costumes. They gave each of us our ‘boarding passes’; the boarding passes were colorful half-sheets that told us the name of a real passenger (kids got kid passengers, adults got adults), the age of that person, where they were from, and what class accommodations they were. Since we have lots of kids, we got a lot of boarding passes! The kids swapped theirs around, and most... [Read more...]

Top-Rated RV Resort in Wine Country

February 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Top-Rated RV Resort in Wine Country

For those of you who enjoy wine tasting, large sparkling lakes, and touring historic mansions, pack up the RV pronto-like and head for the Wine Country RV Resort in the picturesque city of Paso Robles, in stunning Central California. The Wine Country RV Resort is a top-rated RV park with 166 spaces that specifically offers outstanding amenities, including: a heated pool, exercise and game rooms, and spa, among countless other necessities. They also boast Wi-Fi and internet at each site, DVD rentals, and an enclosed dog run. My all-time favorite thing about Paso Robles is the close proximity to so many fun day trips.  There is so much to choose from: with the gorgeous lakes just up the road, to the scenic coastline where you can tour the magnificent Hearst Castle, as well as the numerous wine tours and tastings seemingly offered at every turn. Most famous for its vast number of wineries, Paso Robles is home to over 200 wineries and is considered the fastest growing wine region in the nation.... [Read more...]

Snowbird Destinations: WHERE to ROOST?

January 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Snowbird Destinations: WHERE to ROOST?

Snowbirds are typically retired seniors who have the desire and financial ability to be away from home for extended periods of time. As our population ages the number of people considering this lifestyle increases. The majority of Snowbirds who make Southern California their winter home, head for the Coachella Valley with its 10 desert resort cities—Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs (pictured above), Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Thousand Palms, Indio, and Bermuda Dunes. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Every winter, more than 1 million RV snowbirds wing south to the U.S. Sunbelt to escape the winter cold. RVers who enjoy the snowbird lifestyle range from retired seniors, who have the wherewithal to journey far from home for extended periods of time, to Baby Boomers dipping their toes in the water. The available options are unlimited enabling snowbirds to design their own lifestyle to suit their financial ability and social preferences. The basic... [Read more...]

PassPorter’s Walt Disney World

December 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

PassPorter’s Walt Disney World

PassPorter’s Walt Disney World – The unique travel guide, planner, organizer, journal, and keepsake! One of our dream as parents is to bring our kids to Florida in vacation. Not for a week or two but more in the line of a whole month of fun visiting various theme parks including Walt Disney World. Last time my husband and I went it was our honeymoon and let me tell you that by what I am discovering these days via videos Science of Disney Imagineering and the book I am presenting you today, a lot have changed since then! So you want to plan a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. But you feel a bit overwhelmed with all the possibilities and fun things to do. No problem. Introducing the PassPorter’s Walt Disney World which is a travel guide that will help you plan and organize your discovery of this famous theme park. I know from experience that we enjoy our trips better when I plan in advance. Not everyone are like this but let me remind you that in the case of Walt Disney World, you... [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

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...]

2013 Quartzsite RV Show Dates Announced

October 13, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

2013 Quartzsite RV Show Dates Announced

Every January something happens that is hard to believe, unless you have seen it! Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year. Numerous food choices ensure you’ll never go hungry! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved According to the Arizona Highway Department, as many as 750,000 to 1,000,000 people, mostly in recreational vehicles, converge on the sleepy little desert town of Quartzsite, located just 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10, for the rock, gem, and mineral shows, plus numerous flea markets and the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show. “If you’re looking for anything related to RVs, you’ll find it at the RV show in Quartzsite,” says Kenny King, show promoter. There will be several hundred new and used RVs on display in 2013 and over a dozen service bays will be offering immediate... [Read more...]

Camp at a Ghost Town!

August 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Camp at a Ghost Town!

Camping at Calico Ghost Town can be a fun family experience. With 265 sites running from dry camping to full hook-up, this place is more than camping – it’s history and adventure! Located off I-15 Calico is a great stop between visiting Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV If you like the desert and you own the “toys” you will definitely want to bring them here! There are camp sites at Calico that are right off the entry to the OHV trails where you can get on your quads and enjoy quite a ride! If history is more to your like it, there’s plenty of it here! Once the scene of the largest silver strike in California’s history, this kitschy mining town offers you a glimpse of what life was like during the late 1880′s. One third of Calico’s buildings are the originals. There’s the Lane House Museum with photos, news clippings, and artifacts of the people who settled the town. Maggie’s Mine gives one an up-close look at how miner’s... [Read more...]

RCMP Musical Ride

July 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

RCMP Musical Ride

The image of the red-coated Mountie in broad-brimmed Stetson hat is associated with Canada round the world. But there is more to the Mounties than just a romantic image. RCMP Musical Ride performance at Edmonton, Alberta (Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre), July 23, 2010 © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved From the beginning of its history, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has served Canada and its people by establishing law and order in the frontier reaches of this vast nation. Representing a colorful tradition and ceremony through the horse and the scarlet uniform, the RCMP created a spectacle known around the world as the Musical Ride. The Origin The Musical Ride originated from the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) as they made the Great March West across Canada in 1874. Although the original NWMP were scattered in small groups over tens of thousands of miles of unsettled prairies, they routinely practiced both mounted and foot drills. In this time, Sergeant Major Robert Belcher... [Read more...]

Field Trip in the 11th Century and Experience the Middle Ages

June 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Field Trip in the 11th Century and Experience the Middle Ages

Medieval Times has been part of our lives the last few years. Back in 2009, my husband and I went to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in Toronto and attended their evening show. We had so much fun that we immediately thought that the kids would enjoy it. So the next year, when we were visiting Toronto with the family, my husband brought the boys as a surprise. Our daughter was too young back then and we knew that one day we would bring her too! In May, we had to go to Toronto since my husband had a contract there. A whole month rving and homeschooling outside. It was different and we had a good time (apart for one cold rainy week!). But while there, I decided to approach various attractions and offer them to review it in exchange of free entrance for my family. One of these attractions was Medieval Times in Toronto. Sending such an email was new to me and I was excited when I got positive answers – including from the Medieval Times.  The kids didn’t know I was doing this so... [Read more...]

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