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Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

April 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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 poison oak 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 me... [Read more...]

Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks

February 14, 2014 by · 2 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...]

It’s a Dog’s Life at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park

September 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a Dog’s Life at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park

Set in the mountain community of Williams, Arizona—Gateway to the Grand Canyon—the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park an ideal place to unwind and relax. The Observation Dome is an unforgettable experience, thanks to a glass-enclosed streamliner that offers panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. (Source: thetrain.com) Adjacent to the historic train depot, the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is just two blocks from Route 66 and downtown Williams. Canyon Railway RV Park offers three types of RV spaces: pull-through sites, buddy spaces, and back-ins. All 124 sites have full service utilities with 50-amp electric service, cable TV, wireless Internet, access to the indoor swimming pool and hot tub at the adjacent Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. The property has coin-operated laundry machines and a common picnic area with gas grills and a fire pit. Daily rates are $39. Grand Canyon Railway Pet Resort While pet parents enjoy a trip to the Canyon, their furry friends have something to wag about at... [Read more...]

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

August 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

Recent media reports detail numerous human encounters with black bears. This black bear wants his food and he is waiting patiently. DO NOT FEED BEARS! (Source: Thomas J/travelooce.com) In most instances the bears became food-conditioned, lost their natural fear of humans, and become a threat as they roamed in search of an easy meal. These bear was either relocated or euthanized by rangers because they posed an obvious human safety risk to campers. Several samples of these reports follow. Black Bear Killed at Yellowstone Campground The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that a black bear that refused to leave a Yellowstone National Park campground after getting a taste of human food there was killed by park staff. The 142-pound adult male black bear entered the Canyon Campground and came within six feet of a man and woman eating. The campers backed off, and the bear ate some of the food off their table. It then went through their garbage and pawed at their tent. As the bear left their campsite,... [Read more...]

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 2

August 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 2

In my last post (August 4th) I sharing a hike Terry and I had taken up Italianos Canyon in the Taos Ski Valley, NM. After the first mile, we reached a lovely aspen grove. Shortly thereafter, at about the two mile point, we encountered a series of four beautiful meadows that would also make delightful places to camp if one was in the mood to pack in camping equipment a bit higher up. For those not interested in packing in camping gear any distance, the Ski Valley Road is literally riddled with wonderfully scenic rustic forest service campgrounds and sites. The closest of those to the Italianos Trailhead is the Cuchilla Campground, less than half mile away from the start of our hike. The first of the steeper trail sections occurred just after our stop, but soon leveled out, making the trail gentle and quite delightful once again. Italianos Canyon is home to more than 200 species of plants, including some that are toxic to humans and animals, such as Monkshood and several species of mushrooms.... [Read more...]

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