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Prepare for Stormy Weather with Quick Exit Plan

August 6, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Prepare for Stormy Weather with Quick Exit Plan

Given the rash of severe weather that’s been striking the United States and Canada this spring and summer, it would be prudent for all campers and RVers to have a quick exit plan in place regardless of where you travel. Following heavy rains in the mountains a wash separating the campground from the entrance road at Catalina State Park near Tucson flooded stranding campers for several days. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Water is a major feature at numerous campgrounds and RV parks. Many state and provincial parks and other public recreation areas are in low-lying areas that are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy precipitation. Access to current weather reports and related information—weather radio, mobile wireless phone, satellite radio—will enable campers to be on top of the weather and to take proactive measures in the event of high waters, flood, thunderstorms, or other severe weather conditions. Be Prepared  Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Make sure... [Read more...]

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

August 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas—often dubbed the Silent Killer— that is toxic and the number one cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. Carbon monoxide can kill quickly if inhaled in high concentrations and can be particularly dangerous in recreational vehicles. It is produced by the incomplete combustion of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels. Appliances fueled with gas, oil, kerosene, or wood may produce CO. If such appliances are not installed, maintained, and used properly, carbon monoxide may accumulate to dangerous and even deadly levels in recreational vehicles, cars, homes, or poorly ventilated areas. The symptoms of poisoning are similar to flu or food poisoning and include headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Although not always experienced, the initial symptoms of carbon monoxide are similar to an upset stomach or the flu (but without the fever). The symptoms include: Dizziness Fatigue Headache Nausea Irregular breathing It is critical... [Read more...]

Summer Weekend Backpacking…With Kids

July 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer Weekend Backpacking…With Kids

What better thing to do on a hot summer’s day than take a hike with the family?  Not just a short hike, but a weekend-long backpacking-type hike.  Backpacking again (for our fourth time), almost a year after our first time, feels like a piece of cake (for the most part).  We have gotten smart with how much weight we are carrying (or NOT carrying, for that matter) and have adequately adjusted our expectations of the kids (5 and 2). We realize the kids can only hike so fast, with lots and lots of breaks, and of course, can only go so far without completely melting down in the middle of the hot, sunny trail.  Our (forty-pound) two year-old is an enthusiastic hiker who loves to “walk” and rarely wants us to “hold him.”  On the other hand, our over-50-pound, five year-old daughter would much rather “nap in our pack” than hike the whole way.  In the end, she regrettably doesn’t get carried, but does require frequent “rests,” while our son mostly hikes (albeit very... [Read more...]

Top 10 National Parks for Camping

July 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Top 10 National Parks for Camping

Arches is renown for an awe-inspiring combination of arches, cliffs, stone spires, and other dramatic rock formations. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved National parks provide the opportunity to explore nature at its best. From the diversity of beautiful wildlife to the endless possibilities in their miles of trails these parks have much to offer in new experiences, sights, and sounds. Camping in America’s national parks allows a visitor to more fully appreciate the beauty of America’s natural treasures. There are many opportunities for camping at national parks with several different types of camping from which to choose. This ranges from camping at full-facility campgrounds, to backcountry camping with limited facilities, to wilderness camping where you might find no facilities at all. From a planning standpoint, campgrounds can generally be divided into two categories: Campgrounds that accept reservations Campgrounds that operate on a first-come, first-served basis If... [Read more...]

RV Parks & NIMBY

July 17, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

RV Parks & NIMBY

With an aging population and more retirees, an increasing number of snowbirds and full-timers, and a booming Recreational Vehicle industry, additional campgrounds and RV parks are required. While RV parks offer numerous benefits, public opposition to any proposal for a new development often follows. Local residents become concerned about rumors such as rising crime in the area, decreasing property values, increasing traffic flow, and general urban sprawl and growth. Numerous residents oppose any planned construction simply because it is too close to their own home or neighborhood, often with the connotation that such residents believe that the development is needed but should be further away. In other words, Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY). Quite often, the NIMBY arguments are based on some emotional issue without regard for logic. NIMBYs cause a lot of things to NOT get done including the approval for building a RV park. Other forms of NIMBY include the NOPE (Not On Planet Earth), the BANANA... [Read more...]

California Camping–Del Valle Park and Campground

June 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On a recent trip to visit my daughter near San Francisco, CA, I had the opportunity to spend some time at Del Valle Regional Park located in Oakland, CA. A beautiful park, Del Valle boasts many features for campers and outdoors-lovers to enjoy. Watershed Map in Del Valle Visitors may camp at any of the 150 campsites available year-round with provisions for everyone from tent campers to those with large motor homes. There are 21 sites with hookups for water, sewage and 50/30/120 amp electrical services. The campground has restrooms, hot showers, picnic tables and plenty of room to play. In addition to the family camping area, Del Valle also has extensive areas and opportunities for group and wilderness camping. Also, Regional Parks naturalists present campfire programs in the Family Campground Amphitheater on weekend evenings during summer. Bait and snack shop Additional recreational opportunities abound in the park as well. Miles of scenic hiking and riding trails can be found on the east... [Read more...]

7 Tips for Planning a Successful Camping Trip

May 20, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

7 Tips for Planning a Successful Camping Trip

If you are going on a camping trip planning is essential. Camping at Arches National Park, Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Whether you are a retired senior planning the trip of a lifetime, a snowbird, family looking for an economical way to vacation, or a couple looking to get away from the stresses of the work week, camping provides the perfect alternative to the conventional holiday. It also allows you to experience the fresh air that camping in the countryside offers and to meet new friends. But like any getaway, whether it’s for a weekend, a month, or an extended period, camping requires careful preparation to ensure all goes smoothly. When you think of what you’ll need for a road trip, a common list unfolds. Food, beverages, snacks, paper products, lawn chairs, maps, and GPS are all normal items you might bring along. Packing List The night before leaving on the camping trip will be less hectic if you plan ahead what to pack. Be careful not to over pack, take only... [Read more...]

Beach Camping Must-Haves!

May 17, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Beach Camping Must-Haves!

Growing up mostly beach camping with my immediate and extended family, I can honestly say the beach is my all-time favorite destination for camping.  Two of the top reasons I prefer beach camping are the relaxing rhythmic sounds of the waves crashing on the shore that lull you to sleep each night and the countless recreational opportunities, in and out of the ocean, that fill your glorious days while camping at the beach. When camping on the west coast, you also have the added benefit of watching the sunset dip into the ocean, which is always the ideal way to end a fun day at the beach.  Many beach camping sites are right on the sand, which is preferable in my opinion (especially if you are tent camping).  Other beach camp sites can be on a rocky cliff, with paved spots overlooking the beach below.  Either way, you will want the exquisite ocean view from your camp and (hopefully) an easy walk to the shore. Wildlife viewing along the coast is also a fun pastime.  From the daily and... [Read more...]

Problems Swirl Around Morgan RV Resorts & Ideal Private Resorts

May 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Problems Swirl Around Morgan RV Resorts & Ideal Private Resorts

In recent posts I reported on the financial and legal problems encircling Morgan RV Resorts and that the state Supreme Court had assigned a new company to manage Cold Brook Campsites, a recreational vehicle campground in Ganesvoort, New York, managed by Morgan RV Resorts. A second campground operated by Saratoga Springs, New York-based Morgan RV Resorts has been reassigned new management by the state Supreme Court as foreclosure proceedings get under way. The campground, American Camping Resort, more commonly known as the NASCAR RV Resort at Adirondack Gateway, is in Gansevoort and is home to 150 seasonal recreational vehicle sites, reports The Saratogian. It is one of seven Morgan RV Resorts-managed campgrounds put up as collateral toward a $36 million loan that was defaulted, according to court documents. People at the site are worried about their investment. Bill Carter and Karen Bailie-Carter were sitting outside their camper at the American Camping Resort Tuesday afternoon, trying... [Read more...]

Victoria Day Week-end in Ontario

April 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Victoria Day Week-end in Ontario

If you are wondering what to do in May and you are near the border of Ontario, why not come and visit us on the Victoria Day long week-end? Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday before the official birthday of Queen Victoria.    The holiday has been observes since before Canada was formed and originally on the sovereign’s actual birthday.    This year, the holiday is on May 20th which means that May 18-20 is our long week-end. But who is Queen Victoria? Queen Victoria – born Alexandrina Victoria on May 24th, 1819, was the monarch of the United Kingdom from June 20th, 1837 until her death on January 22nd, 1901.   Her reign lasted 63 years and seven month which is the long of any other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history.    The first official legislation passed in the parliament of the Province of Canada was to officially recognize May 24 as the Queen’s birthday.   Following her death in 1901,... [Read more...]

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