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Explore Texas

July 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Explore Texas

Scarcely four percent of the land in Texas is publicly owned, but because the state is so big, that leaves plenty of places to go for unforgettable Texas RV trips. There are plenty of big chunks of public land to explore. Along the Rio Grande River in the Chihuahuan Desert, for instance, Big Bend National Park is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island and Padre Island on the Gulf Coast. With 100 miles of undeveloped sand that you can pull your RV right onto, it is the nation’s largest barrier island. Texas RVers can explore Texas and settle into any natural environment they desire. If it isn’t the beach sand or the desert, there are the Piney Woods of East Texas where the Big Thicket became the first national preserve in the United States National Park Service. Across the state, more than 100 artificial reservoirs have been created for recreation, so you are never too far (nothing is really “close” in Texas) from a waterside camp site. The Lone Star State... [Read more...]

Scenic Drives Through Canada

July 1, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Scenic Drives Through Canada

With its vast natural landscape, Canada offers a wide-range of scenic drives. Beginning in the west of Canada and working east, following are three of Canada’s best scenic drives. Sea-to-Sky Highway (British Columbia) Considered one of the world’s most beautiful drives, the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99) offers awe-inspiring scenery. A legendary route from Vancouver through Stanley Park and over the Lions Gate Bridge to Whistler and beyond, it’s a drive with scenic ocean vistas, soaring mountains, dramatic waterfalls, bustling communities, parks, and outdoor activities. It’s also filled with fun stops, including outdoor destinations, cultural points of interest, and historic sites. Discover. Beginning at sea level and tracing a route along the shore of Howe Sound, the route weaves deep into the Coast Mountains and then climbs through old-growth rainforests before reaching Whistler 2,200 feet (670 metres) above sea level. Icefields Parkway (Alberta) Glacier Skywalk... [Read more...]

RVing Vancouver Island

May 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVing Vancouver Island

RVing on Vancouver Island, the Pacific Jewel of British Columbia, Canada can offer something for everyone.  Heavily forested mountains, rugged sea coasts and quaint villages await.  It can be accessed with your RV only by ferries that operate from Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver), Tsawwassen (South of Vancouver),Anacortes , Washington or Port Angeles, Washington.  While it is not a cheap fare, the island offers less travelled land to explore. If you prefer a lot of activity, Westbay Marine Village RV Park is where you may want to be.  Located on the shores of the city of Victoria Harbour, this downtown park provides front row seats to watch floatplanes landing and taking off while ships and boats sail by.  All of this with the beautiful backdrop of Victoria, the capital city of B.C., with its illuminated iconic Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel and skyline. Perhaps you like RVing Vancouver Island a bit more laid back.  There are several oceanfront RV parks located in the Campbell... [Read more...]

The Five Best National Parks

May 7, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The Five Best National Parks

For many years, our country’s beautiful national parks have been a favorite destination for camping trips. Below is a list of a few well-known national parks for RVing, based on scenery and activities, which we hope will aid in the decision of your next RVing trip. 1)     Glacier Hiking Logan Pass, Glacier National Park Located in northeastern Montana, Glacier National Park is one destination worth a couple visits. The North American RV Park & Yurt Village is a great place to stay and it’s not far from Sun Road, the most scenic road in America. There are activities abound as well, such as hiking Logan Pass, and Grinnell Glacier. 2)     Yellowstone Old Faithful alone would be enough to make this a top national park, but there are many other geysers, mudpots and natural features. All will be amazed at the natural elements in this park. Conveniently located just outside the park, Sierra Meadows RV Park is a great home base for exploring this region. 3)     Rocky... [Read more...]

Camping and RVing in Yellowstone

May 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Camping and RVing in Yellowstone

Traffic often stopped by wandering wildlife in Yellowstone If camping or RVing in Yellowstone National Park is not on your Bucket List, you need a new bucket master. Yellowstone, the nations’ first national park, which Congress established into law on March 1, 1872, is one of the country’s most visited natural attractions, even with its isolated location in the northwestern corner of Wyoming. Yellowstone (as the cliché goes) has it all, except urban congestion and smog. The Rocky Mountain scenery is some of the most spectacular in the entire world, from lofty mountain peaks to thundering rivers roaring through deep mountain canyons. Vast forests of Engelmann Spruce, Lodgepole, Whitebark pine and Douglas Fir cover 80% of the park, with geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots are scattered about. Yellowstone excels in geothermal activity In fact, half of the earth’s geothermal features lie within Yellowstone, whose volcanic and seismic processes are not only a huge fan... [Read more...]

Where Cajun Began

April 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Where Cajun Began

As one of the oldest surviving towns in Louisiana, St. Martinville retains many buildings and homes reflecting the beautiful architecture of days gone by. Saint Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, founded 1765, Mother Church of the Acadians. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved St. Martinville has become symbolic of the Acadian legacy, holding sacred the history and legends of the Acadian people who settled in Louisiana. Bayou Teche, a waterway in south central Louisiana, meanders through St. Martinville, where birds wade among cattails, streets are shaded by century-old mossy oaks, and people enjoy fishing, picnics in the parks, and visits to historic museums. The St. Martinville people are descendants of Beausoleil Broussard, an Acadian hero from the 1700s, and Bienvenu and the Duchamp families of French royalty, who fled revolution. Descendants from Senegal also share life in St. Martinville, and many residents still speak French. These diverse ethnic groups host fun-loving Louisiana... [Read more...]

Preparing for a Camping Trip

April 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Preparing for a Camping Trip

My previous post about getting organized when preparing for a camping trip comes in handy for all campers, not just those with small kids. As part of your preparation, read this great checklist. Still, you might figure out you need a few more supplies. When planning for big purchases, it always pays to shop around and do all your research so that you buy exactly what you need and pay as little as possible for each item. I am a huge fan of couponing and buying secondhand myself, but more importantly, I like to feel confident when making a purchase and not feel like I’m getting ripped off. This comes into play when planning to purchase new camping supplies, whether it is for a large item or relatively small one. Check out the deals at Camping World for your next shopping trip. The list shown above will help you make sure you have everything you’re going to need while camping. It’s also a great resource to use as a buying guide for things you still need to purchase. It’s... [Read more...]

Get Organized NOW for Summer Family Camping

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We are getting organized now for our summer family camping trip in May for Memorial Day. Why now, a month and a half early?  Well, we have kids, for one, and we have things that we need to buy, so getting organized ahead of time is the best way to save some money on all the expenditures that inevitably come along with summer family camping. We plan to kick off the summer by camping with friends at the lake this year.  I have already started making a mental checklist as to what I plan to bring. It’s a good idea when summer family camping with kids to start thinking about what you will need, ahead of time, for many reasons. For instance, water shoes are a must for kids to wear at the lake. Now, if I waited until the last minute, I would have to pay full price for a pair of water shoes that they will only use a handful of times this summer. By thinking ahead, I can start looking for water shoes (or other camping necessities) at online sales (like Camping World), thrift stores, garage... [Read more...]

Georgia Gems: Downtown Augusta & Thurman Lake

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Georgia Gems: Downtown Augusta & Thurman Lake

While camping in Georgia last month, we spent a day discovering the downtown Augusta area. Located in a small radius are many great stops. We started with a visit to the Augusta Canal and Discovery Center. We also visited the Augusta Museum of History, which focuses on the area’s history, from first settlers to current trends. Because Augusta is home to one of golf’s major tournaments, The Masters, the museum features multiple golf pro statues and several rooms brimming with golfing exhibits. The museum has sections devoted to local transportation (and have a Peterson boat, a full size steam train, a trolley the kids can play in…), James Brown, the Civil War and a local hero.  The museum is also the location of the city’s Visitor’s Center (and a small gift shop), so it’s a great place to start your Augusta explorations. On Saturdays, a tour trolley originates from the museum that gives you a fun tour of the area.  Across the street is the historic... [Read more...]

So You Want to Buy an RV???

April 1, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

So You Want to Buy an RV???

Are you ready to make the investment for your next BIG toy? Considering buying a recreational vehicle? If so, you might want to consider first renting different styles/sizes of RVs, before making a choice on which one to ultimately purchase. There are many things to consider, including price, size (length), and type (fifth wheel, gooseneck, or ball hitch). Not to mention all of the extras, such as sliders, electronic add-ons, and such. To ensure you feel comfortable with the choice you will eventually make, why not take a couple practice runs and rent different RVs from Camping World RV Rentals? This way you will hopefully avoid having buyer’s remorse once the big purchase has been made and you are “stuck” with your choice. Spend a few weekends or even weeks over the summer when you can try different RVs to really zero in on what you would feel comfortable with owning long term. Some things to take into consideration when thinking in terms of size…many campsites have a maximum length... [Read more...]

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