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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...]

Hey Dad…You Gotta See These RVs

June 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey Dad…You Gotta See These RVs

There’s never been a better time to take up the RV life. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a snowbird, or an RV full-timer, there’s an RV to suit any travel budget and taste. The Wothahellizat, a go-anywhere luxury 6X6 motorhome. (Source: gizmag.com) The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) recently reported that nearly 8 million American households have an RV—Class A motorhome, Class C motorhome, diesel pusher, travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, toy hauler, teardrop trailer, pop-up trailer, tent trailer, vintage trailer, truck camper, camper van, or bus conversion—and that there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts in the U.S. For assistance in your search for that perfect recreational vehicle for your family, here are five off-the-wall RVs to whet your appetite. Wothahellizat This off-road, knows-no-bounds, go anywhere, 6X6 luxury turbo diesel AWD motorhome with bite! The Wothahellizat is a vehicle that’s part condo and part off-roader with no compromises. Built... [Read more...]

Wisconsin Dells: Turns Out RVs and Waterparks Do Mix

June 5, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Wisconsin Dells: Turns Out RVs and Waterparks Do Mix

On the surface, they seem like odd bedfellows—RVs and water parks. Most people associate the former with laid-back, look-at-the-scenery, slow-down-for-a-while style of recreation, while the latter is the very essence of manmade, adrenaline-inducing, slide ’til you drop kind of fun. Hold up though, because there’s one spot in the U.S. where it’s not an oil-and-water scenario. We’re talking Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, aka, the world’s water park capital. The beauty of this resort community is that it’s equal parts natural grandeur and manufactured entertainment, carefully balanced so you don’t have to choose one over the other. If you’ve never visited, the defining scenery in Wisconsin Dells is the Wisconsin River, which literally bisects the community. And, oh, those sandstone bluffs that rise above the river are National GeographicTraveler-worthy. Lots of woods, state-designated rustic roads, and three state parks round out the picture. On the manmade front, the community... [Read more...]

GO TO A HAMFEST – A RV or Camper’s Goldmine Awaits.

February 10, 2012 by · 9 Comments 

GO TO A HAMFEST – A RV or Camper’s Goldmine Awaits.

Lot’s of campers and RV’ers, are HAMS!  No, I’m not talking about the ones that like acting as if they were in a play or movie.  I’m not making a derogatory reference to those that have a tendency to overeat, either.  I’m talking about a different kind of HAM.  This kind of HAM can actually be anyone of any size and their ages may range from middle school to the most senior of Senior Citizens. The thumbnail picture to the left is a joke to get your attention – these Hams have little to do with pigs unless it is enjoying sausage links at breakfast. The HAM I am referring to is formally known as a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator.  Hams must pass a test to show their knowledge of radio communications and operating rules, and as a result have been issued a license by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate radio transmitters and possibly communicate with other “Hams” all over the world. Rows of small parts boxes await buyer inspection. NO, IT IS NOT CITIZEN... [Read more...]

Making Strides in Arlington

November 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Making Strides in Arlington

While the Texas Rangers were breaking records and went all the way to the World Series this year, there will be another event coming up at the Ballpark in Arlington that will try to match the same level of excitement and success at the ballpark. The Making Strides walk to fight breast cancer is coming up Saturday November 12 at 9 a.m. right in the backyard of the Ballpark. This event is part of a national effort by the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness in the fight against this disease that affects so many loved ones. You don’t have to raise thousands of dollars or be a fast runner to participate, you just have to get involved and do your part to help this cause. If you plan on being in the area or participate in this event and others at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Treetops RV Village is a close, comfortable place to stay. They have plenty of RV sites with full hookups and other amenities for their guests, so make your reservation today, and sign up for the Making... [Read more...]

Up, Up and Away: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

September 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Up, Up and Away: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Countdown to Liftoff: 14 days, 14 hours, 14 minutes Part of the reason for the success of the Fiesta are the cool Albuquerque morning temperatures in October and the Albuquerque box. (Credit: Raymond Watt, balloonfiesta.com) Each October, New Mexico skies are full of bold blues, imperial reds, and vibrant yellows. The event is the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot-air balloon event in the world. This extravaganza takes place from the first weekend through the second weekend in October—this year’s festival is from October 1-9—and attracts hundreds of hot-air balloonists from around the world. The balloons come in many colors and shapes with the special shapes category getting larger every year. There are balloons that look like cows, cartoon characters, automobiles, stagecoaches—and just about everything else. A century after the release of Jules Verne’s balloon adventure novel with Captain Phileas Fogg, Around the World in 80 Days, internationally-acclaimed... [Read more...]

NASCAR Racing Comes to Town

April 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NASCAR Racing Comes to Town

The roar of 41 high performance engines is literally deafening.  Still, when combined with the aroma of 112 octane racing fuel and burning rubber it all comes together for an evening of excitement at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. Last night was the Bubba Burger 250, which is one of the races scheduled this year for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series of quick lap races. Living within 12 miles of the track (as the crow flies) I can hear the roar of the engines days before the race as the cars come to run practice laps.  It helps to build on the fever and excitement for what is to come. Gas Bar-B-Q grill designed like a Chevy 350 racing engine Several days before the race, literally hundreds upon hundred of RVs; travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, pop-up campers, motor homes, vans, buses – you name it – assemble in the Meadowbridge Camping section.  Pre-race activities include games, such as toss across, Bar-B-Q dinners, music, dancing and just hanging out with other campers... [Read more...]

Best of America

April 22, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Best of America

The backbone of American greatness is the contribution of each individual. From innovative and heroic people to compelling ideas and stories, Reader’s Digest celebrates the best. Image courtesy Reader's Digest Where can you find the best hot dogs in America? What are the best town names? Where are the best natural vistas in the United States? What are the country’s best eccentric competitions? RVing and imagination—both take you anywhere you want to be. Reader’s Digest reveals the “Best of America” Reader’s Digest, known for simplifying and clarifying the topics that matter most to its readers, dedicates its May 2011 issue to the “Best of America.” As Reader’s Digest celebrates the “Best of America,” the second phase of its “We Hear You America” online contest at rd.com continues through May 16, with a total of $7.5 million in financial and promotional support for towns and cities across the U.S. In a recent news release, Peggy Northrop, Reader’s Digest’s... [Read more...]

1015 Onions and Dancing Horses?

April 20, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

1015 Onions and Dancing Horses?

(Photo Caption: Onionfest Shirt) Of the many events that we attended here in El Valle this winter, the one we found most interesting was Viva La Onion! – the Weslaco, Texas Onionfest.  The Weslaco Onionfest celebrates the “world famous” Texas sweet 1015 onion that was developed here in Weslaco by Texas A&M.  The name comes from the recommended planting date, and the onion has an incredible sweet flavor that goes well with the local cuisine.  This year (2011) was the 22nd year for the festival.  We noticed that they were selling 50-pound bags of the 1015 onions for $12! There were a number of things to do at the festival; the events included live music (including a mariachi band and also an Elvis impersonator), kids areas, an onion-eating contest, a car show, food vendors, arts and crafts, and (the highlight of the day) the Andalusian and Azteca dancing horses.  This was my favorite part of the festival.  The riders were adults and youth from the local area; the costumes... [Read more...]

Country Superstar Vince Gill to Headline The Good Sam Rally

March 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Country Superstar Vince Gill to Headline The Good Sam Rally

The Rally, presented by DISH Network Country Music Hall of Famer set to perform in Redmond, Oregon July 15 To thrill rally attendees this year, The Good Sam Rally, presented by DISH Network, announced today that they have booked award winning County Music artist Vince Gill to perform Friday evening July 15th at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, much to the delight of registered rally guests. When it comes to Country Music achievement, Vince Gill outshines them all. Not only has he received 19 Grammy Awards, 18 CMA Awards, Entertainer of the year twice and 5 CMA Male Vocalist titles, he has sold more than 26 million albums including songs such as “What the Cowgirls Do,” “Whenever You Come Around,” “You Better Think Twice” and many more. In addition to being a prolific and beloved artist, Gill is well known for his humanitarian and charity event activities as well. “I am thrilled to have Vince Gill headlining The Good Sam Rally this year,... [Read more...]

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