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“Leaves of three, beware of me!” (Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac)

June 22, 2012 by · 9 Comments 

“Leaves of three, beware of me!” (Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac)

There are probably more stories, home remedies, and mistaken beliefs about Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac than any other plant found in the forest and surrounding countryside.  I want to take a few paragraphs and explore some of the myths and facts related to these plants and their common allergen – urushiol oil.  I hope you don’t mind if I tell a story along the way to get my point across. Jerry, Irene, there two children Kelly and Kenny along with their dog, Peaches, were camping near a wooded area.  Jerry, the 2 kids and the dog decided to go on an exploratory hike through the woodlands.  Irene stayed back at camp.  Upon returning, they stripped off the kids clothes, did a through examination for ticks on everyone that was in the party and each took a hot shower in the bathhouse – washing well with Dial soap and then rubbing dry with a clean towel. Later that night Kenny, the oldest child, began scratching a red spot on his left leg.  Before long, the itch and... [Read more...]

Top 10 things Campers Should Know about Ticks

May 20, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Top 10 things Campers Should Know about Ticks

There ARE more ticks in more places than ever before. Blacklegged ticks or Deer ticks Tick encounter rates are soaring, and experts are predicting 2012 to be one of the worst years for Lyme disease transmission due to higher than normal deer tick infection rates. Deer ticks also are known as blacklegged ticks in the U.S., sheep ticks in Europe, or Taiga ticks in Asia. Do you know THE BEST ways to keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe? Back in the day, we had ticks. Big, yucky American dog ticks. They usually crawled to the top of your head, you felt a lump, pulled the tick out, flushed them—or found some other form of revenge—and that was that. Usually no one got sick. Ticks were mostly just an annoyance, and that’s what people knew about ticks. American dog ticks are still around but these days, there’s another tick, a tiny blacklegged tick, smaller than a freckle. It’s also known as the deer tick, and it crawls up under clothes, latches on without much fanfare,... [Read more...]

BIG WHEELS KEEP ON ROLLING -Friends, Family and Funerals

February 18, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

BIG WHEELS KEEP ON ROLLING -Friends, Family and Funerals

After a long and difficult illness, Nancy’s Mom died peacefully Sunday night.  While it is always sad to lose a loved one, especially a parent, it is also a relief to know her human suffering was over.  Born in 1920, she would have been 92 next week. We had been planning on joining a group of our friends in Florida on the Gulf Coast beginning March 1st for a couple of weeks – then suddenly, plans changed.  The funeral was to take place in Bryant, Arkansas, some 1,200 miles away, on Saturday.  We could fly, drive a four-wheeler or take the RV.  We decided to take the RV to Arkansas and then to slowly work our way down to Florida after the Funeral. We found ourselves in a real frenzy preparing for a memorial service in our hometown on Wednesday and de-winterizing the RV for the trip.  Somehow, we got it all together and pulled out Thursday morning a little before 5 a.m.  It was raining.  As most of you know, it is no fun driving in the rain – especially with a big RV.  It rained... [Read more...]

Wild Dogs in the Village!! Part 1

February 8, 2012 by · 20 Comments 

Wild Dogs in the Village!!  Part 1

Wild Dogs in the Village! (Part One) It seems that many RVers are also “dog people,” so I thought I would share my adventure.  Looking back on this ongoing adventure, I find it interesting at how people who seem to have such a strong common interest (RVers, to be specific) can view the same situation so differently. The puppy of the two The adventure started one morning when I took my dog (a 16-year-old Maltese mix) out for her morning walk (well, at her age, and in the morning, it is tough to call it a walk, it is more of a mosey).  Suddenly, out of nowhere, a young adult dog and a puppy came up for a visit.  They were obviously interested in meeting my dog.  Once I saw the body language of the two dogs, I gladly allowed them to visit with my dog.  I noticed right away, though, that these two were not going to allow me to touch them.  Soon they grew bored with such an inactive dog, and headed off to find another dog to play with. I continued my walk and it was not long... [Read more...]

Valdez is for Campers, RVers, and Adventurers!

November 30, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Photo by Michael De Young/ATIA Are you planning a road trip to Alaska? Are you thinking of traveling to and camping in America’s Last Frontier next summer? If so, then I would like to suggest adding Valdez to the itinerary. I must admit that I haven’t been there myself, but it was on my “to do” list when we lived in Anchorage about five years ago.  Unfortunately, we got sidetracked with other destinations that summer, but when I was at the Alaska Media Road Show in Santa Barbara about a month ago, I was fortunate to meet with Colleen Stephens while I was there. Colleen is from the Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau. She seemed to know exactly what I was interested in! Colleen explained that Valdez caters to campers! I was really happy to hear this because camping in Alaska can take a fair amount of initiative and organization. I know this because I’ve done it many times myself! Colleen explained that Valdez has many RV sites around town and that many... [Read more...]

Kingman, AZ to Las Vegas

November 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Kingman, AZ to Las Vegas

We left Kingman, Arizona, on the 21st of July, after having to put down our beautiful, loyal Australian Terrier, Rocky, the day before after he put out is back for the second time in 5 months. We were very depressed and really not in the mood to go on at that point. But we did. We planned to visit the Dam and the Lake Mead NRA. When we got to the dam, traffic was all backed up due to construction and anti-terrorist inspections of all vehicles. The large construction project included the creation of a separate bridge to carry non-dam-compatible (or will it be all?) traffic between Nevada and Arizona. Our RV was stopped and searched inside and out by a friendly officer. The dam seemed a lot smaller than we remembered, based on the many movies we’ve seen it featured in. It was crowded with tourists. We remain amazed by how many European tourists are over here; on the other hand, everything in the States is on sale due to the continued weakness of the American dollar, so it shouldn’t... [Read more...]

It Doesn’t Get Much Better than This

November 14, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

It Doesn’t Get Much Better than This

This has been an absolutely fabulous camping week! We left Virginia last Sunday (November 6th) and meandered down I-95 and 301 into North Carolina, crossed the border into South Carolina just outside of Tabor City, and parked the RV at Willow Tree RV Resort in Longs, SC.  Longs is relatively close to Myrtle Beach – by close I mean you can drive there in 20 minutes or so but it is still far enough away that you can enjoy a low traffic, relaxed atmosphere. The off-season rates at Willow Tree are extremely reasonable and the beauty of the turning trees, reflections on the 40 acre lake, Swans and Canada Geese swimming gracefully across the water, warm daytime temperatures and the fellowship of friends belonging to the Cedar Creek RV Owner’s Club all come together to make everything feel perfect. We were part of about 30 Cedar Creek RV owners assembled at Willow Tree for our end-of-season annual rally.  This is a great group of folks with Christian values and fellowship dedicated... [Read more...]

Hairy, Crazy Ants Are On the Move

November 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Hairy, Crazy Ants Are On the Move

Do you hate fire ants? Well, the good news is that fire ants have practically been wiped out in parts of America. A male Nylanderia pubens (hairy, crazy ant) specimen is seen in Starkville, Mississippi, November 6, 2009. (Credit: AP/Mississippi State Entomological Museum, Joe MacGown) The bad news is they were wiped out by something much, much worse: the crazy, hairy ants—and they’re on the move and no one’s really sure what to do about it. The flea-sized critters are called crazy because each forager scrambles randomly at a speed that your average ant, marching one by one, reaches only in video fast-forward. They’re called hairy because of fuzz that, to the naked eye, makes their abdomens look less glossy than those of their slower, bigger cousins, reports the Associated Press. They’re on the move in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. In Texas, they’ve invaded homes and industrial complexes, urban and rural areas. They travel in cargo containers, hay... [Read more...]

Further Along the Golden Trail

October 30, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Further Along the Golden Trail

We took a detour from our recent hike on the Anvil Trail System near Eagle River in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Enjoying the peak color weekend, we had decided to spend the afternoon hiking along the trail system that we have come to enjoy during all seasons. On our way back from the excursion to the little cabin, however, we deviated from the Nine-Mile Trail on the Anvil System and headed onto the adjoining Northwoods Trail System. While the Anvil Trails are maintained by the National Forest Service, the Northwoods Trails are maintained by the Hidden Lakes Bicycle Club during warmer months and groomed for skiing by a private interest during the winter. A bit less traveled than the Anvil System, we took the opportunity to hike for miles, alone with our dogs and our thoughts. We were not disappointed. The Northwoods System is known in part as the Hidden Lakes Trail System as it winds around Butternut and Franklin Lakes that are all but hidden from public view.  Similar to Anvil, this... [Read more...]

A Climb in the Rain…Again?

September 18, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

A Climb in the Rain…Again?

In a previous post I shared the first leg of our hike to Williams Lake in the beautiful Enchanted Circle, New Mexico, the trip remainder of the journey was eventful, and wet, as well. As we had been leaving the parking lot, a young woman hiking alone with a dog approached us. She informed us she planned to hike, but had a hole in her car tire and asked if we thought she would be able to find someone around when she finished her hike to help her out if she needed it. She must have been as anxious to get out hiking as we were. We assured her that no doubt someone in the nearly full parking lot would be available to help when she finished. I also told her we would certainly help if we finished about the same time she did.  With that reassurance, we all set off. Williams Lake The young woman with the dog stuck fairly close to us, especially when the thunder struck, but we all moved amiably in the direction of the lake—looking like drowned rats! We reached the lake en masse, having encountered... [Read more...]

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