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The Perfect Weekend RV Trip

November 7, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The Perfect Weekend RV Trip

When it comes to planning the Perfect Weekend RV trip, many things come into play. Driving distance, location, food and drinks, and activities, to name a few of the factors that can make or break the perfect weekend RV trip. Since the plan is for a weekend, so 2-3 nights max, I like to stay closer to home. The ideal distance is under 60 miles to drive for a short weekend trip. From where I am located, that leaves a lot of options for ideal locations. From lakes to beaches, mountains, or desert; I can choose from any of these and be there in under 60 miles. Depending on the weather and the season, each has its pluses and minuses. For example, if you are looking for nice, sunny days in the early fall, you are likely to find the beach around here will be hot and gorgeous (not to mention amazing sunsets at this time of year).  Whereas if you are looking for some fall foliage and slightly cooler weather, head for the mountains. Another factor to consider when thinking of location, is the activities... [Read more...]

Top Family RV Parks

July 15, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RV Camping is a family affair atThe Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Family RV Parks for 2014. The RV parks on this list feature amenities, entertainment and education programs that serve family members of all ages. These parks cultivate an atmosphere that’s welcoming for families big and small. Whether showing G-rated movies or conducting educational nature programs, these parks enable families to enjoy long periods of quality time together. All in the Family Take your family on an adventure in learning, or simply escape on a fun-filled excursion. Here are some of the highlights of the list: + Some of the parks affiliated with family-friendly local attractions include Fort Wilderness Resort, which is built in a pine and cypress forest adjacent to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. + Many RV parks offer family-friendly water features, such as Cajun Palms RV Resort, which boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade and pool with inflatable toys. + Several... [Read more...]

Firework Safety Tips

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Firework Safety Tips

The traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season and are synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day. Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured or killed while using fireworks. Although legal consumer fireworks can be relatively safe when used responsibly, all fireworks, by their nature, are hazardous and can cause injuries. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) reports that in the month around the July 4th holiday, an average of 200 people per day visit the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries . CPSC reports eight nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths occurring in six incidents during 2013. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the 2013 calendar year. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for approximately... [Read more...]

The RV Road Trip Planner

May 1, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

The RV Road Trip Planner

An RV road trip isn’t about getting from Point A to Point B. It’s about the people, places, and things you meet and experience along the way. Good Sam’s Trip Planner features tools and information designed to help you have the best road trip. If you are going on a family road trip, planning is essential. With some simple preparation, the road trip can be one you will remember for a long time. When you think of what you’ll need for a road trip, a common list unfolds. Food, beverages, (healthy) snacks, paper products, lawn chairs and recliners, maps, and Good Sam GPS are all items you might bring along. Using a checklist is an excellent way to ensure you have everything you need. Checking off items as you pack your RV will ensure you don’t find yourself in the middle of nowhere brushing your teeth with your finger. There are some items you CANNOT do without while RVing and these should be at the top of your list. It’s important to take sufficient drinking water, a well-stocked... [Read more...]

Bighorn Sheep of the Rocky Mountains

April 26, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Bighorn Sheep of the Rocky Mountains

Driving back down Hondo Canyon from the Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico after an exhilarating snowy mountain hike one Saturday in April, we encountered a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, standing in the middle of the road, nibbling something off the roadway. We slowed to a stop and while waiting, enjoyed the opportunity to see the sheep up close and snap a few pictures. When a van came around the corner, he lept gracefully up onto the hillside, looking down to see what we would do. Seeing this majestic animal in the road and on the hillside prompted me to do some research to learn more about bighorn sheep. Native to the United States, they numbered nearly two million at the beginning of the 19th century but less than 70,000 remain today. Hunting in the late 1800s, as well as competition from grazing livestock and diseases introduced to the area took a heavy toll on the bighorn population. Male bighorn sheep, or “rams” as they are known, are easily identified by their large spiral horns which... [Read more...]

Lunch on the Mesa

April 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lunch on the Mesa

Most often when we camp, we cook simple meals either over an open fire or in the kitchen of our camper quite comfortably. However, there are times when we do not feel like cooking or simply want to treat ourselves to a meal someone else has prepared. When camping in northern New Mexico, especially in the vicinity of the Monte Bello RV Park and Convenience Store (see post entitled “Camping on the Mesa” published April 26, 2014) look no further than the Taos Mesa Brewery for a delicious lunch or dinner. Outside venue and amphitheater Situated a mile west of the Monte Bello RV Park on State Highway 68, TMB as it is affectionately known to locals, has something for everyone. It is a restaurant, microbrewery and an entertainment venue located on the beautiful Taos Mesa. Situated in a Quonset hut built and finished by its owners in 2012, the brewery features hand-crafted beers on draught, wine, terrific homemade food, premier live music and the best mountain-view sunsets in Taos. The menu... [Read more...]

History comes to life at Old Salem!

April 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Welcome center gift shop that included great kids’ historical gifts!w visiting the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area of North Carolina! Our tribe recently camped near Winston-Salem, in North Carolina, and loved the family friendly atmosphere of the area!  One of our favorite destinations in the area was the Old Salem Museum & Gardens.  Old Salem is a living history village, where original 1700s buildings, staffed with reenactors, are opened up to ticket holders. Tavern Kitchen tour and talk from a living history re-enactor. The visitor’s center offers 2 gift shops, a treat shop, and some exhibits.  The staff gave us maps, and were careful to point out stops that it might be easy to miss on the walking tour.  After we checked out the v.c., we walked through the covered wooden bridge that spanned the main roadway separating the visitor’s center and the authentic 17 and 1800s buildings that are featured in the tour.  Once across the bridge we came to the Frank L Horton... [Read more...]

An Exhilarating Spring Hike

April 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An Exhilarating Spring Hike

In the mood for a spring hike, Terry and I headed up to the Taos Ski Valley, NM today.  We love to hike in the mountains there and also wanted to see if we could observe the progress being made on the installation of a brand new chair lift that will ferry skiers up to Kachina Peak, the highest point in the ski valley. Ever since the Ski Valley opened in the 1950s as a downhill ski resort, those brave enough to ski the steepest terrain had been forced to take the highest lift as far as it would go toward the top of the mountain, then hike an additional 45 minutes to reach the peak terrain. This year marks the year that a lift will be installed to reach Kachina Peak. Once it is completed, this will be the third highest ski lift in the country. The only two higher are located in Colorado. Construction started about two weeks ago. Entering the Construction Zone The Ski Valley has been posting pictures of the progress of this momentous accomplishment for the past two weeks. Two bull wheels,... [Read more...]

Roadschooling Field Trip: Exploring the transportation challenges of Bible translating…

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We discovered a very unique stop in southern North Carolina, just south of Charlotte; the Jaars headquarters, which is a part of Wycliffe Bible Translators.  Jaars is an acronym for Jungle Aviation and Radio Service, and is the transportation part of the ministry, transporting missionaries and supplies to remote areas of the world. This was a fabulous visit for us, and built on our interactive stop at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando earlier in the year; Jaars is the transportation arm of Wycliffe. We loved to visit the Jaars campus!  The campus offers free, 2 hour long, guided tours (daily at 9:30am) of the main visitor’s center, tech aviation hangar, and 2 different museums. Our tour started with an engaging and informational talk about other language groups then covered the IT center, where we learned about the role that tecnology has in Bible translation. Next was a short walk to the airplane hangar, where we were given a tour and told about the difficulties of reaching... [Read more...]

Making Civil Rights History in downtown Greensboro…

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Making Civil Rights History in downtown Greensboro…

One of the most unique places that we’ve visited is found in Greensboro, North Carolina. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, located downtown, is in the same building that housed the now famous Woolworth’s sit-in, where in 1960, four young black college students decided to protest the segregation that they faced every time they visited Woolworth’s (and any other business for that matter).  While anyone could purchase items from the Woolworth’s department store, when it came to their diner, there were different rules depending on the color of your skin.  White?  Have a seat, order what you like, take your time enjoying it.  Black?  Stand at the register to order, wait for your food; when it was done, you were handed it in a to-go bag and you took it elsewhere to eat—you were not allowed to sit at the diner’s counter. Initiating a peaceful protest, the young men quietly sat up to the counter and waited to be helped.  They were not, and... [Read more...]

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