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Choosing Rest Stops

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing Rest Stops

While on any road trip, there comes a time when you need to pull over and choose a rest stop.  Whether it is to relieve yourself, give your achy muscles a break, or just witness a beautiful view for more than just a passing glance; the necessity to pull off the highway inevitably presents itself. If you are traveling with kids, this necessity becomes alarmingly more frequent than traveling sans kids.  For this reason, rest stops with kids should be made at different types of places, such as those with play structures, parks and big wide open places where they can exert some energy to help wear out some of their seemingly endless supply.  For example, when traveling on I-10 in California, there are some dinosaurs (that are extremely large and look very real, at least to a kids’ eyes) that are a must-see.  We stopped at them whenever passing, on our way to Texas or Palm Springs, as a kid. I just recently took my kids there this spring on our way home from Palm Springs and they loved... [Read more...]

GPS Navigation In RVs

June 10, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

GPS Navigation In RVs

GPS Nav. System Is a GPS nav. system a worthwhile option?  To answer this question, I think we need to look at what possible benefits it may provide. First of all, basic point “A” to point “B” geographical guidance.  This is the primary use for most passenger automobiles, but what about the uses in a recreational vehicle application?  Here, they are somewhat broader and appear to derive more benefits from the features they offer.     Now we have to remember that most GPS navigation systems are configured to normal automobile travel, not recreational vehicles that may have height clearance issues.  So, in large Class C’s, tall 5th wheel trailers, and with Class A motor homes, these may be less than ideal. There are, however, user configurable units available today. One of these programmable systems is the Rand McNally GPS.  It can be user configured to exactly the specifications of your RV type and size. This feature is not only extremely convenient, but also... [Read more...]

Tips for Family Camping

May 5, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Tips for Family Camping

You’ve completed the planning and preparation for your family camping vacation and are ready to embark on the road trip―one you will remember for a long time.  Cajun Palms RV Resort in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade, and pool with inflatable toys, and a recently added Prehistoric Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Family campground amenities vary greatly, as do the prices campers pay to use them. Remember, the most visited places tend to be more comfortable, more sought after, and more expensive. Whether you plan to stay one night, a weekend, or longer, there are many family campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada to meet your needs. All are unique. No two parks are exactly the same. There are numerous ways to locate and research the best family campgrounds. A good place to begin is the online Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. The easiest way to choose a destination is to reference our Top Family RV Parks for 2014. This... [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...]

Family Camping Destination – the Adventure District in OKC!

April 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We have spent the last 2 weeks in Oklahoma City.  Even though we spent 3 weeks here last spring, we were volunteering with tornado cleanup efforts, and didn’t have a chance to explore the city much.  This year we have scoped out the best in family friendly stops here, and have found that OKC is a great place for a family camping destination! OKC has an area in town called the Adventure District, which is full of fun stops, all within a few blocks of each other. We had a great time visiting the OKC Zoo, where we spent 4 hours discovering the extensive grounds that house nearly 1900 animals.  In addition to large animal exhibits, the zoo offers several aviaries, butterfly and botanical gardens, and has great play areas as well as offering train rides and a carousel. The kids really enjoyed participating in a simple scavenger hunt which netted them some fun treats! Right next to the OKC Zoo, is Science Museum Oklahoma.  This incredible science museum is fun for all ages, and has... [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...]

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...]

Another Snowbird Season Ends as the Northern Migration Begins

April 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Another Snowbird Season Ends as the Northern Migration Begins

As refugees from the frozen north, snowbirds escape winter at home by migrating southward each fall. Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona is renowned for its stunning rock formations such as Cathedral Rock. Sedona is also a popular stop over snowbirds on their northern flight. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved These snowbirds are mostly seniors that live part time in the Sunbelt and spend summers in the Northern states and Canada. They are gilded nomads, prosperous enough to own a recreational vehicle, a temporary second home, or condo unit. Snowbirds desire some place warm and relatively free from crime, and an active lifestyle that may involve boating, fishing, swimming, dancing, hiking, biking, 4X4ing, golf, shuffle-board, or pickle ball. Some prefer the Pacific or Atlantic coast or Gulf of Mexico with their sunny beaches, while the preference of other is the arid desert of the Southwest. Warm weather hubs such as Arizona, Texas, Florida, and California are tops for their... [Read more...]

Get Organized NOW for Summer Family Camping

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We are getting organized now for our summer family camping trip in May for Memorial Day. Why now, a month and a half early?  Well, we have kids, for one, and we have things that we need to buy, so getting organized ahead of time is the best way to save some money on all the expenditures that inevitably come along with summer family camping. We plan to kick off the summer by camping with friends at the lake this year.  I have already started making a mental checklist as to what I plan to bring. It’s a good idea when summer family camping with kids to start thinking about what you will need, ahead of time, for many reasons. For instance, water shoes are a must for kids to wear at the lake. Now, if I waited until the last minute, I would have to pay full price for a pair of water shoes that they will only use a handful of times this summer. By thinking ahead, I can start looking for water shoes (or other camping necessities) at online sales (like Camping World), thrift stores, garage... [Read more...]

Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

This is our daughter’s first ride on the WeeRide in 2012–she LOVED it! While camping with kids, having wheels of some kind is a must. Biking with kids while camping really is one of the funnest activities you can do when camping with kids. We love taking the kids on bike rides since you can go a lot further on bikes than you can walking. Before you set out on the bikes though, it’s best to make sure the route you plan to take is kid-friendly and that you have a helmet for each child. Ideally, you would take a trail that is made for hikers, bikers, and runners (separated from cars). Otherwise you have to constantly pay close attention to the car traffic and stay right with your child, unless of course they are small enough to be in a bike trailer or attached bike seat. With our two, we have our youngest (3) on the seat behind me on my bike and our daughter (6) is either on the WeeRide Co-Pilot Child Trainer bike behind her Dad or on her own 20-inch purple bike. Either way,... [Read more...]

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