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Top 6 Birding Hotspots in Southeastern Arizona

January 27, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Top 6 Birding Hotspots in Southeastern Arizona

Southeastern Arizona is an ecological crossroads, where the Sierra Madre of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts all come together. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is home to 260 species of birds including the vermilion flycatcher. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The abrupt rise of mountains like the Huachucas from the surrounding arid grasslands creates “sky islands” harboring rare species and communities of plants and animals. If you are a birder, Southeastern Arizona is the place to go. Birding enthusiast are attracted to this unique region with many arriving in recreational vehicles. The following are our suggestions for where to find the best birding spots. Generally, they are located along streams and rivers or in forested mountain canyons. Some will have nearby RV parks or forestry campgrounds but will require a drive in your toad/tow vehicle. 6. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Between the majestic Santa Rita and beautiful red Patagonia... [Read more...]

A Holding Tank Primer

January 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The following is an excerpt of an article that appeared in CyberSam, the Good Sam Club’s e-newsletter. One of the most common mistakes new RVers make when visiting an RV park with full hook-ups is to connect the sewer hose, and then open the black and gray tanks. Bad idea–at least for the black tank. When you use the toilet, the liquids will drain away down the sewer hose, but solids and tissue will be left behind. In the short term, this creates odiferous build-up, but in the long term it can create deposits that can be difficult to remove, and may even require tank replacement. Instead, keep the black tank valve closed, and watch the monitor panel like you would when dry camping. When the tank is 1/2-3/4 full, go out and pull the handle—now there’s sufficient force to flush the tank clean. Since the gray tank primarily handles soapy water, you can leave it open without fear of problems. One of the most frequent letters or e-mails we receive are on the subject of tank monitors—more... [Read more...]

Pickleball…Does it have anything to do with pickles?

January 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The first question you may ask yourself if you’re unfamiliar with this sport might be: does it have anything to do with pickles? The short answer to that is no. Originated in 1965 by Joel Pritchard, a congressman from Washington, Pickleball got its namesake after the family dog, Pickles, who would run off with the ball whenever it would come his way. The ball was affectionately nicknamed Pickle’s ball, which eventually turned into the current name of Pickleball. This up and coming sport has been gaining popularity in recent years and is a fantastic activity for all ages. Pickleball is very similar to tennis, but everything is on a smaller scale. The court is about one-third the size of a tennis court and has a net mounted two inches lower. The equipment used to play this game includes a hard paddle a whiffle-like ball. Hidden Ridge RV Resort, MI Sun RV Resorts features several properties, such as Hidden Ridge RV Resort, an all ages resort in Hopkins, Mich., that offer multiple courts... [Read more...]

Shreveport, Louisiana – hold a gator!!!

January 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Shreveport, Louisiana – hold a gator!!!

For our last stop in Shreveport, Louisiana, we went to Gators & Friends.  G&F is a combo petting zoo and exotics park.  You purchase your admission in a cute gift shop that offers everything from stuffed alligators to dried alligator heads.  In the gift shop, you can also buy large cups of animal feed for $2. (the food is for hand feeding some of the domestic animals)  Immediately out the back door will be your first glimpse at gators.  Lots of gators.  The alligators are grouped based on size so they don’t eat each other! A little farther behind the gift shop, there is a big walking loop that is bordered by pens of animals.  Everything from ring tailed lemurs to kangaroos, camels to goats, chital deer to capibara.    The kids enjoyed feeding the geese, ponies, and goats (they had The Cutest new kids in there too!); personally, as a mom, I loved the container that the animal food came in! LOL!  The food came in large hot beverage containers, and the kids could just... [Read more...]

Feel Welcome at Carefree’s Southern Charm Resort

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Feel Welcome at Carefree’s Southern Charm Resort

As its name implies, Southern Charm Carefree RV resort offers the legendary hospitality that’s well known in the region below the Mason Dixon Line. Located in historic Zephyrhills, Florida, Southern Charm is surrounded by trees, and the 497 grassy full-hookup sites include concrete patios and private picnic tables. On the picturesque grounds, guests can leisurely stroll down the dock to enjoy the quaint gazebo, which is surrounded by water. Ready for a dip? Simply slip into the relaxing hot tub or jump into the resort’s heated swimming pool. Other on-site activities available include sand volleyball, horseshoes, billiards and shuffleboard. The community’s social calendar boasts group crafts, dance lessons, bingo, card games, ice cream socials and outdoor country star music shows several times a season. Southern Charm is also Rally Central‑groups will find lots of space for gatherings and facilities to handle events of all sizes. The grounds include a large recreation hall with... [Read more...]

Relax at Carefree’s Rainbow Village in Largo

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Relax at Carefree’s Rainbow Village in Largo

Rainbow Village in Largo, Florida, covers the full spectrum of RV relaxation. RVers who enter won’t want to leave this tranquil resort, situated in one of Sunshine State’s  most compelling regions. Located in vibrant Largo—the fourth largest city in the Tampa Bay area—Rainbow Village RV Resort provides a peaceful retreat for the resort’s 55-plus community. The 307 well-manicured, grassy sites are spacious enough to accommodate the big rigs, and many also include private picnic tables and concrete pads. Carefree’s Rainbow Village nurtures a close-knit community by maintaining a busy activities schedule that includes crafts, dancing, bingo, church services, power walking and all sort of card games. Friends old and new come together playing billiards, shuffleboard, Pétanque, bocce ball, horseshoes and swimming in the heated pool. Amenities include Wi-Fi access, barbecues, laundry facilities, 30/50-amp power, a pet area and a library. Musical events will keep guests... [Read more...]

Top Snowbird Parks Selected by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide

January 16, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Top Snowbird Parks Selected by the <I>Good Sam RV Travel Guide</I>

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has released its list of Top Snowbird Parks for 2014. These select Sun Belt RV parks stand out for their amenities and accommodations for winter travelers seeking fun in the sun. Located across the warm-weather band that stretches from California to the southeast, each of the Top Snowbird Parks offers activities, services and comforts tailored to travelers who have trekked across a continent—sometimes as far as 3,000 miles—and often stay in their snowbird roosts for months at a time. Some of the list’s highlights:  • RV parks on the list accommodate snowbird travelers with luxuries that include pools, spas, fitness centers or golf courses. • Snowbird parks generally cultivate vibrant winter communities that offer social events, classes and tours to surrounding attractions. • The snowbird parks on the list represent a wide variety of ecosystems and cultures, from the lowland coastal areas of Florida to the high deserts... [Read more...]

Carefree’s Red Oaks Lets the Good Times Roll

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Carefree’s Red Oaks Lets the Good Times Roll

A great time can be found throughout the 130 tree-filled acres that encompass Carefree’s Red Oaks RV Resort in Bushnell, Florida. In addition to ample sites, Red Oaks boasts line dances, karaoke nights and square dances along with jam sessions. Get to know your Red Oaks neighbors during our quilting bees, bingo games, ice cream socials, water aerobics and more. Visitors are welcomed by more than 1,000 full-hookup sites that are spacious enough to accommodate RVs of any size, plus additional spaces that allow for tent camping. Guests can also have fun at the shuffleboard courts, at the horseshoe pits, in each of the three heated pools and the resort’s  hot tub. Anglers can cast a line at on-site fishing at four retention ponds, and pet owners can turn their furry friends loose at a spacious dog park with separate areas for large and small breeds. Rallies are the park’s specialty. The grounds are well-equipped to accommodate large groups, boasting five laundry facilities,... [Read more...]

Shreveport, LA – full of good clean fun!

January 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Shreveport, LA – full of good clean fun!

We just finished up a visit to Shreveport, Louisiana.  While we have been through Louisiana several times, we have always taken I-10 and never really stopped and explored.  This is the first time that we have ventured north, and we sure are glad we did! During our 3 days in Shreveport, we found all sorts of fun things to do, so whether you are a snowbird, or a family on vacation, here are a couple of our favorite local picks… One of our very favorite destinations was Holiday Lanes – a fun, clean, smoke-free bowling alley in Bossier City (NE Shreveport)!  Not your typical RV destination to be sure, but definitely added a fun and memorable aspect to our Shreveport visit!  We loved Holiday Lanes! The lanes were very well maintained, and even the settee area was classy and comfy with leather couches!  The alley has an enclosed adult lounge complete with large screen tv and pool table, and a pro shop.  The alley is both adult, and family friendly! We were impressed by how... [Read more...]

2014 Top Parks Announced by Good Sam RV Travel Guide

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 Top Parks Announced by <I>Good Sam RV Travel Guide</I>

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its monthly Top Parks lists for 2014. Every month, the guide will release an article and press release that focuses on RV parks that stand out in a particular category, ranging from RV parks with great golf facilities to parks with great scenery. Top Park categories: January Top Snowbird RV Parks This roundup recognizing RV parks in America’s sunbelt that cater to RVers who travel south during the winter. Parks on this list offer amenities and services designed for long-term snowbird visitors. Click here for the full article and list of parks. February Top Pet Friendly RV Parks These parks allow pets and offer animal-friendly amenities and services, including dog runs, treats and other perks tailored for pet owners. Click here for the full article and list of parks. March Top Destination RV Parks These parks are located in or within close proximity to popular travel spots, such as Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, and... [Read more...]

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