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The Pros and Cons of Traveling With A Pet

January 12, 2015 by · 7 Comments 

The Pros and Cons of Traveling With A Pet

Whether you have a pet already or are thinking of getting one, you will want to know the Pros and Cons of Traveling with a Pet before embarking on an adventure together. First are the pros, since coincidentally, there are more cons than pros when it comes to traveling with a pet. This is mostly due to the simple fact that having another living being traveling with you, whether human or animal, requires more to prepare for, worry about, and bring with you, than if you were on your own. Pros: Ensure you get exercise– someone’s got to walk the furry beast wherever you go with them. Security/Safety– they will likely bark when someone is lurking, lingering, or otherwise making them/you uncomfortable. Part of the family– you won’t feel as though someone is missing and will likely have a feeling of completion. First time for them to experience new things– some examples include snow, wildlife, lakes, wilderness, etc. Companionship– you have a built-in... [Read more...]

Making a New Year’s Camping Resolution

December 23, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Making a New Year’s Camping Resolution

Sitting at home by the fire as this year is ushered out to welcome 2015, one can’t help thinking of the past.  As the New Year will bring changes, Paul pondered how he, too, could alter to enhance his life.  Perhaps in the form of a resolution, a promise to one self for the coming year.   His eyes then drifted to a framed photo on the mantle.  It was of him many years ago, camping with his parents in the wilds of Idaho.  Beside it was a picture of his son, at about a similar age, laying on the bunk in their trailer fully involved with a handheld video game. It was then that the idea for a unique New Year’s camping resolution struck him: to make camping what it used to be, a fun filled outdoor family adventure full of exciting activities, such as fishing, hiking, swimming and much more. Looking back at the past camping season was certainly not what one might term as an outdoor adventure.  His son, Sheldon, spent the days either texting his friends or deeply engaged in an electronic... [Read more...]

RVing With Pets

August 5, 2014 by · 9 Comments 

RVing With Pets

Pets on the road by Harry Gephart. In just a short time, Americans traveling and RVing with pets has become as accepted as traveling with kids. That does not mean pets in campgrounds should be considered a right and not a privilege, even though many Good Sam campgrounds display that little terrier symbol for “Pets Welcome.” When traveling with a pet, it is imperative to remember that you are an ambassador for all pet owners and your pet’s good behavior will help ensure continued access to campgrounds in the future. So take the campground rules seriously. As hard as it is for pet lovers to believe, not everyone loves dogs, and dog owners are still fewer in number than non-dog owners in America. A well-behaved pet is one that feels safe and secure. Never leave a pet alone in a campground, even if it is one you have visited many times before and she knows the territory. Before leaving home, pack familiar bedding and blankets, a supply of your dog’s regular food, and... [Read more...]

Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

April 2, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

More Home-Remedies for the Insufferable Poison Oak Rash: Can you tell I have now been suffering for almost a week from a poison oak rash that my husband brought home to me as a gift? It happens once a year, it seems, when my husband comes home from work with the dreaded statement: “I got into a little poison oak today.”  And, every year my response is the same: “I’m sorry to hear that,” (thinking, “sucks for you, glad it isn’t me”). But lo and behold, a few days after his incessant scratching and once I have done multiple loads of his dirty laundry, I come down with an equally bad case of it. Which leads me to here: Hopelessly COVERED  in the insufferably ITCHY poison oak rash. SO I write this in hopes that you will heed my warning about this plant and steer clear of it and its brutal effects on your normally beautifully-soft skin. There’s nothing like the hugely grotesque blisters, leaking their pus everywhere, and hot burning itchy pain associated with them, to remind... [Read more...]

Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks

February 14, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks

Don’t leave your four-legged friends behind when you hit the road. Stay at the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks for a hassle-free RV camping trip for you and your pets. These RV parks stand out for amenities and special services tailored to RVing owners of animals. This select group of parks caters to pet owners who want to their animals to have as much fun on the road as their owners. A number RV parks on the list have fenced-in dog runs on their property, while others have a pet trails for walking. Some of the parks even offer free treats and toys to pets traveling in RVs. You’ll even find fenced in dog-wash stations in some parks. Facts about RV Pet Owners If you travel with your dog, you’re not alone. According the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, more than 50 percent of RV travelers bring pets on their travels. Among pet owners who take their animals on the road, 78 percent bring dogs, 15 percent travel with cats and the... [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...]

Top 5 Christmas Gifts For the RVer in Your Life

December 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Top 5 Christmas Gifts For the RVer in Your Life

It’s the time of year when Christmas carols fill the air, the smell of fir trees (or cactus or palm trees, depending on your location) waft through the RV, jolly thoughts of eggnog and food—and gifts are exchanged. Following are 5 gift ideas on what to give the RVer in your life or even add them to your own Christmas wish list. 1. Good Sam Club 1.5 million RV owners are members of the Good Sam Club. Membership benefits include 10 percent discount on the regular night camping rate at 2,100+ Good Sam RV parks and campgrounds, up to 30 percent discount at Camping World; discount on fuel purchases at Pilot Flying J Travel Centers, and four free issues of MotorHome or Trailer Life magazine. Also, you may join a local chapter, attend Samborees, and enjoy RV caravan tours to a variety of destinations such as the Rose Bowl Parade and Alaska. A Good Sam Club membership is $25.00 per year. Two and three years memberships are also available for $45.00 and $59.00 respectively. For additional information... [Read more...]

Climbing in Colorado–Part 3: The Descent and a Surprise!

October 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Climbing in Colorado–Part 3: The Descent and a Surprise!

Terry and Ryan enjoyed a cold beverage at the summit. In my last two posts (9/29 and 10/6) I have been describing our summer climb up one of Colorado’s intrepid “14ers”, peaks in excess of 14,000 feet above sea level. We had climbed Mt. Shavano at 14,229 feet and finally reached the summit, then headed down due to storms threatening to move in. The descent felt as endless as the ascent. Ryan again took the lead and was soon out of sight. We encountered a young couple from the flatlands of Texas who had only arrived in Colorado the day before. They inquired about the weather at the top. We filled them in, then suggested they wait for another day. Aside from the potential storm, climbing with less than a day to acclimate to the altitude is asking for altitude sickness. They decided to camp for the night and attempt their ascent the next day. As a mother, I was very relieved! The views from the summit were amazing We retraced our steps, down the boulder pile, which was as... [Read more...]

Climbing in Colorado–Part 2: The Summit

October 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Climbing in Colorado–Part 2: The Summit

My last post (see 9/29/13) left my husband and me part way up our ascent of one of Colorado’s intrepid 14ers, Mt. Shavano, 14, 229 feet. The climb, only four miles, seemed to last forever! Our son, Ryan, was already awaiting us at the top. As we rounded the last corner of the mountain, we saw ahead of us what looked like a massive pile of rocks. We noted the trail crossed over to it and climbed up, much to our chagrin. This was beginning to feel like the hike that would not end. At that point, we got a phone call from Ryan (yes, we actually had cell service atop the mountain!) from the peak. The wind had picked up so I was unable to hear him well so we ended the call. The temperature was also dropping precipitously. The endless path ahead On we hiked. Very soon, climbing this massive boulder pile became an effort that required both arms and legs. The dogs had no trouble, being four-legged creatures to start with, but Terry and I struggled. It seemed like we climbed those boulders... [Read more...]

Climbing in Colorado–Part 1: The Ascent

September 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Climbing in Colorado–Part 1: The Ascent

We were blessed to be able to spend ten days this August with our son Ryan. Not only were we delighted to see and spend the time with him, but he is full of great ideas for how to best spend our time together and most of our adventures take place out of doors. “I want to hike at least four times a week,” he started when he arrived. We had expected this and had several hikes planned. We discussed those, then he moved onto, “We could drive up into Colorado and hike a 14er!” The three of us had hiked three 14ers (Colorado peaks in excess of 14,000 feet above sea level) during past summers, but had not hiked one in 2012 due to our cross country move. It was time. To maximize the amount of time we would have, we decided this time to focus on a peak that was within driving distance of our home in Taos, NM. There were several 14ers nearby, but we chose Mt. Shavano, 14,229 feet, as it was a mere three hours driving time from our home. There is also a traverse which crosses from Shavano... [Read more...]

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