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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...]

SafetyTat will give you peace of mind!

March 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

SafetyTat will give you peace of mind!

Have you ever lost your child – even a short period of time – and wondered how you can protect them when visiting an attraction park of theme park?   SafetyTat is here for the rescue! SafetyTat is a cool temporary tattoo where you can write your contact information in case your child gets lost in the crowd. I discovered SafetyTat more than a year ago and had the privilege to review their product twice so far.   I love the idea of being able to put a temporary tattoo on a child when visiting a place where it could be easy to lose them.   Don’t take me wrong.   I usually don’t lose my kids but just in case one of them would wander and we don’t realize it, it is great to know that somehow, our phone number is marked on him/her and somebody will call us. Back in September 2010, we visited the Toronto Zoo and we were able to put our SafetyTat to good use.    We rapidly applied some SafetyTat tattoos on the two youngest who would have trouble to give a phone number if... [Read more...]

Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, Kerrville, TX

January 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, Kerrville, TX

Earlier this month, our family had the opportunity to spend the day together at the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center near Kerrville, Texas.  With a great range in the heart of beautiful hill country, this center was an incredible family outing for our family!  The experiences that we were able to enjoy there have topped all of our previous range excursions, and it was due to the customer service that we received!  We were able to meet the director; he spent the day with us (the attention that traveling with 10 kids brings is not always bad!), and blessed us with a very special experience (which I’ll share in a minute)!   The Hill Country Shooting Sports Center is located on 140 acres just a few miles out of Kerrville, Texas, and is a full service range that hosts many national and international competition shoots and is a Olympic training site.  They also promote youth sport shooting including involvement with local 4-H groups.  They have a clubhouse/pro shop, and... [Read more...]

CAMPSITE POWER – Chapter 6, Synchronous Generators

December 29, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

CAMPSITE POWER – Chapter 6, Synchronous Generators

In chapter five I wrote about the essential functions of inverter generators.  One of the benefits of an inverter generator is the ability for the engine to run at lower speed with a light load and still maintain 120 volts at 60 hertz.  This of course saves fuel and lowers noise. There is another class of generator often used by campers.  It is known as a synchronous generator.  This class of generator drives an alternator directly from the engine crankshaft.  In order to produce the standard 120 volts of alternating current at the correct frequency of 60 hertz, the generator engine MUST run at 3,600 revolutions per minute ALL THE TIME. Synchronous generators are much simpler than inverter generators since they have fewer expensive parts.  Thus, they cost a lot less than their inverter cousins for the same or more wattage output. The downside is they are not as fuel-efficient and can make a whole lot more noise than inverter generators. Powermate Genrator uses a Chinese built 196cc... [Read more...]

CAMPSITE POWER – Chapter 5, Inverter Generators

December 16, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

CAMPSITE POWER – Chapter 5, Inverter Generators

Up until today, we have been exploring methods for providing campsite electrical power primarily from the sun and storage batteries.  If you haven’t been reading the previous chapters on Campsite Power I encourage you go back and review them before immersing yourself in this chapter.  Without a basic understanding of storage batteries, solid state power inverters and the relationship between power and voltage you might find this chapter confusing. They can be noisy, noxious, loved, and hated.  I am referring to portable AC  gasoline engine powered generators often carried and used by campers in areas where no electrical power is available. For the moment, I am excluding installed RV generators such as the Cummins-Onan models often factory installed in motor homes.  These are not “portable” in respect to this chapter. The China Built Kipor kge2000i inverter generator There are two types of portable generators commonly available. One is the synchronous generator that directly... [Read more...]

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

October 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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 for the car Show & Shine will be from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and cost to register is only $10.00! (Proceeds are to be donated to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.) The Charity BBQ benefiting the Alberta Children’s Hospital will run concurrently with live music and the car Show & Shine from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  Plus, it keeps getting better! Door prizes will be awarded throughout the car show. Trophies will be awarded at 3:30 PM. A 50/50 Drawing will be held at 4:00 PM. The Big Finale! As a special fifth anniversary treat, the Spring Hill RV Park is... [Read more...]

Tailgating: RV style

September 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tailgating: RV style

Part 1: RV tailgate city Another college football season is almost here. Get out the grill, stock up the cooler, and let the party begin! The Ultimate Tailgate Machine—complete with four flat-screen TVs, 2 full-size kitchens, and an exterior grill—to parking lots around the country finding good food and fun people. Photo courtesy: Gator Tailgating It is tailgating season and Welcome to Tailgate City, as much a part of college football as the Heisman Trophy and grumbling about the bowl system. And just in time for the fall football frenzy, Vogel Talks RVing offers up tips for successful RV tailgating. From Mississippi—where women in formal dresses and men wearing ties congregate at the “Grove”—to Washington—where fans can party on boats docked near the stadium—this has become the country’s giant backyard. Friendships are renewed. Stories are swapped. And gargantuan amounts of food and drink are consumed. The game, it seems, has almost become a sidelight, nothing more than... [Read more...]

RVing to the Bristol Nascar Race

June 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

RVing to the Bristol Nascar Race

We have returned from our week in Bristol for the Nascar Race… and what a week! Weather was perfect, except Sunday was a little cool and damp. But it did Not dampen our spirits. We couldn’t believe how fast the time went and we were on our way home already. RVing is Definitely the way to go to Nascar. You can come and go as you please, bus tours are just so limited and too confining. We stayed at Raceday Center which is right across the street from the Bristol track. They had bathroom/ shower facilities which were cleaned several times a day, plus laundry facilities which was a real plus after being there for several days. We partied with other campers near us and met so many neat people. We drove a Class C without a tow car, and still did not feel confined. There was no reason for us to need one during the week. But you want to be prepared with all the supplies you might need. This was our First trip in our motor home, and we did not have all the necessary... [Read more...]

Explore Louisville at The Rally 2010

May 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Explore Louisville at The Rally 2010

The Rally is excited to be back in Louisville, KY, “The Gateway to the South.”  Guests can explore this beautiful, historic city with one or more of the many tours being offered or help to give back to the local community during The Rally’s Annual Volunteer Day. Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville KY Make the best out of your Rally experience in Louisville, KY.  The Rally is offering optional tours that showcase some of the best attractions of the region, including Churchill Downs, the Belle of Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Bourbon Heritage Center, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, and much more!  Tours are assigned on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!  For more information, visit Rally Events – Optional Tours. In an ongoing effort to thank our host community, Rally guests are invited to participate in our second annual volunteer day on July 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year, The Rally has adopted Brightside Louisville’s “Keep... [Read more...]

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