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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...]

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 1

August 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Italianos Canyon: A Delightful Hike, Part 1

Last weekend, in the mood for a trail we had not hiked before, Terry and I chose one of the many trails off of Highway 150, better known as The Ski Valley Road, for our weekly hike, the Italianos Canyon Trail. We had toyed with the idea of hiking this trail before, but some of the canyon trails tend to be dark and shady, with no views to speak of, so you find yourself hiking through trees, only to see more trees at the top. The week before, our waitress at a local restaurant had mentioned the trail and shared that it was her favorite hike in the area. Then, the Friday before our adventure, the Taos Chapter of the New Mexico Native Plant Society held a garden tour at which this same hike was mentioned favorably. We took that as a sign that it was time for us to experience this trail. While we have often hiked in the Taos Ski Valley, and really enjoy the William’s Lake and Wheeler Peak Trails, Italianos Canyon is easily one of the most scenic, and perhaps, one of the most easy-going trails... [Read more...]

Camping with Pets

January 25, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Camping with Pets

With more and more campgrounds accepting pets and offering on-site pet amenities, more pets than ever are being included on camping trips. Camping with Pets Camping with pets can be a very enjoyable experience for both owners and their animals with a little preparation and planning. While camping can be a very affordable vacation option, being able to bring pets eliminates the need for a boarding facility. Owners and pets can enjoy their vacation together, an experience that isn’t always available on other types of vacations, according to a New Hampshire Campground Owners Association news release. Sylvia Leggett, owner of Roberts Knoll Campground in Alton, New Hampshire, and member of the New Hampshire Campground Owners’ Association Board of Directors, has been camping with her three golden retrievers for many years. Leggett has noticed an increase in the number of campgrounds that allow pets, with many adding pet-friendly services. “That’s why many people camp, so they can be outdoors... [Read more...]

Propane Space Heater Fire Destroys 4 Dogs & RV

January 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Propane Space Heater Fire Destroys 4 Dogs & RV

Studies show that fires in recreational vehicles, especially older units, tend to be more devastating than those in other forms of residence. A portable space heater started the fire that consumed this RV. (Credit: The Spokesman-Review) Heating and electrical system malfunctions are the leading causes of fire in RVs. Together, they account for one-third of the fires. Four small dogs died and an RV was recently (January 15, 2013) destroyed in a fire blamed on a propane space heater in Spokane, Washington, The Spokesman-Review reported. A man had been staying in an RV parked in a driveway and was inside the house watching television with the homeowner when they heard a noise, said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. They found the RV in flames. “He was trying to get the dogs out and was unable to,” Clifford said. The man was treated for smoke inhalation. Clifford said the dogs may have knocked the space heater over or knocked something flammable into it. A propane heater also shouldn’t... [Read more...]

Fall and Winter Warning about Blacklegged Ticks

December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fall and Winter Warning about Blacklegged Ticks

An earlier post, Top 10 things RVers Should Know about Ticks, stressed the fact that ticks can be active even in the winter. That’s right! Adult stage blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) become active every year after the first frost. They’re not killed by freezing temperatures, and while other ticks enter a feeding diapause as day-lengths get shorter, deer ticks will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen. This surprises people, especially during a January thaw or early spring day. Remember this fact and hopefully you’ll never be caught off-guard. Campers, hikers, and hunters should take special precautions in the woods during fall and winter to avoid this winter-resilient tick that transmits Lyme disease, according the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “We are trying to make the hunters aware that there are ticks in some of these areas and asking them to check their deer,” said Lindsay Rist, wildlife communication... [Read more...]

Stairs: The Hidden Danger In RVs

November 30, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Stairs: The Hidden Danger In RVs

The day after Thanksgiving, the full day of eating whatever we want; we set out for a fun weekend of camping at the beach. The beach camp spot my aunt reserved this year was at Leo Carrillo State Beach, a scenic stretch of canyon leading to gorgeous coastline, where the Santa Monica Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean.  You access it from the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of where we live.  My dear aunt was only one day late in reserving our typical spot at Carpinteria State Beach and, lo and behold, there were no spots left!  So we settled for second best: Leo Carrillo, where I grew up camping and loving every second of it. Leo Carrillo is just off a narrow, windy stretch of highway along the coast with no bike lane, so bicycling with our kids in tow to the campsite was out of the question (although we did enjoy riding around the campground and over to the beach side)! We packed up our bikes and set off with the RV and a handful of tents for two nights at Leo Carrillo State Beach... [Read more...]

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

October 15, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

While I love to write, our recent adventures have left little time for sitting down at the computer and keying up a blog.  I have more ideas than hair on my head (BTW – I am not bald) but by the time the opportunity to write gets here I am too doggone tired from all of the day’s exciting activities and end up going to bed! Just to give readers an idea of what is going on, we left the zip code address in Virginia right after Labor Day.  Since then we have traversed across North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and into Kansas.  Our plans are to leave our current spot in Hutchinson and head south to Branson, MO, for a few days taking in many of the shows, exhibits, tours and having some just plain old fun.  From there we may swing north again to Elkhart, IN, to see Amish Country and the birthplace of our RV.  Since we are expected in North Myrtle Beach, SC, by November 1st for a two week stay with friends in  our Cedar Creek RV Owners... [Read more...]

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

September 12, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

Finding the “Y” shaped Willow Tree branch jammed up under the front steering gear of our RV didn’t come as a surprise. The Willow branch confirmed what I had always suspected – somehow the RV had a diving rod attached that steered us toward saltwater. For a number of years, our RV has predictably wandered toward an ocean beach – just like a dog tugging at a leash.  It didn’t really matter where we were or where we actually planned on going – the beach would eventually end up as one of our destinations. So, here we are again – relaxing on the sand of a North Carolina oceanfront RV resort soaking up the still pleasantly warm September rays of sunshine.  The sky is billowing with puffy white clouds surrounded by robin-egg blue and the ocean waters beneath are striped with hues of dark green and vivid blue. The Little Red Sun Shelter – Oscar & his ball – Summer Cottages high up on the dunes As I sit here under our little red pop-up sun shelter, I alternate... [Read more...]

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