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An Alpine Village in the Southwest?

October 19, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

An Alpine Village in the Southwest?

Located in northern New Mexico at a base elevation of 9,200 feet above sea level, the tiny village of Taos Ski Valley, NM is surrounded by green forests and high mountains. First incorporated in 1996, it is New Mexico’s 100th municipality, yet it boasts the world class Taos Ski Valley Resort. The Rocky Mountains surrounding the village provide fabulous skiing during the winter months as well as beautiful hiking and horseback riding terrain in warmer weather. In fact, New Mexico’s highest peak, Wheeler Peak, overlooks the town, standing at a majestic 13,161 feet. We visited Taos Ski Valley this summer, as we had to pass through the village while en route to our Williams Lake hike, and were again struck by the resemblance to a village one might find in the Austrian Alps. Ski run during summer Architecture in the valley is reminiscent of an alpine community and appears as if it was plucked out of the “Sound of Music” set. While we have yet to personally experience the Ski Valley... [Read more...]

CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE – Home of one of North Carolina’s Historic Lighthouses

July 28, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE – Home of one of North Carolina’s Historic Lighthouses

Monday was not a good beach day. The wind was blowing between 20 and 25 knots.  Umbrellas were flying like kites and the fine, dry sand unaffected by the ocean’s waters cut into your body like thousands of little razors. We decided to hang around inside the camper.  I finished my book by James Patterson, 4th of July, and started a second by Glenn Beck, The Overton Window. The first was an excellent paperback thriller with a surprise ending.  The Overton Window is getting interesting but is more political than mysterious – both are great beach books. Tuesday was not much better weather wise.  The wind had died down but the sky’s were overcast and numerous thunderboomers rolled overhead.  We decided to hit an afternoon movie at the local cinema. We have not watched the first part of the current Harry Potter movie, so felt we should wait on viewing the second.  The entire series has become way too complicated as it is.  Zookeeper seemed like a good alternative.  Boy was I ever... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Why We Just Adopted!

April 25, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

 We just adopted a 23 foot 2006  Winnebago View Class C Motor home and we’re thrilled! www.generalrv.com/inventory/112001/Used-2006-Winnebago-View  I use the term “adopted” because we love this thing so much it feels like we adopted it! And  I know what I’m talking about.  I adopted my own darlings when they were five and six. OK. Maybe getting the View isn’t as thrilling as the day I brought my two wunderkinds home, but you’re getting the idea.  My 23 year old daughter and 21 year old son are fine with my comparing their adoption with that of our new motor home, by the way. They know mama loves them most of all! The Winnebago View Adoption Saga:  1)      While we certainly liked our lovely Jayco Travel Trailer, the first day we brought it home dear husband said “ We should have got a Class C.” while he was unhitching the thing sweating like a pig.  Most folks are more than fine with towing and hitching. For whatever reasons (no doubt,  laziness) it just isn’t... [Read more...]

A Visit to a Living Ghost Town…

April 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A Visit to a Living Ghost Town…

On one of our days visiting Montana, we were looking about for something to do while we were waiting for Yellowstone’s West Entrance to open and decided to take a drive around the countryside. Little did we know the unexpected adventure that awaited us. Our first indication that something was out of the ordinary was a drive past a large old log structure with a sign out front stating “Robber’s Roost.” Upon further exploration, we confirmed that the place had, indeed, been a hideout for outlaws in the distant past. Robber's Roost, Virginia City, MT We continued our drive after stopping to snap a photo of the structure and entered Virginia City, MT, home of one of the most colorful pioneer mining camps that ever existed. After a bit of research we learn that dramatic tales of the early days in this vicinity are common. The town bills itself as a living ghost town as a remarkable gold deposit was discovered in nearby Alder Gulch in the spring of 1863 leading to a stampede of gold... [Read more...]

Where the Heck is TOAD SUCK ARKANSAS?

February 3, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Where the Heck is TOAD SUCK ARKANSAS?

Shucks, everybody should know that Toad Suck is on the opposite side of town from Pickles Gap . That’s where I found Nancy – Conway Arkansas, not Toad Suck.  Both Toad Suck and Pickles Gap surround Conway. When I hear the name Toad Suck, it conjures up visions of people sucking toads, which brings a big smile to my face.  Actually, the name is supposedly derived from a local tavern where boatmen “sucked up whiskey like toads.” We now live in Mechanicsville Virginia.  Even that name strikes many as odd.  I am often asked if it is a good place to have your car or RV worked on. Actually, we do have our fair share of quality repair shops, but the name is said to have come from a blacksmith shop that was here back in the 1800’s.  Farmers stopped with their wagons full of produce on the way to Richmond markets  for repairs to their wagons. Living where we do often takes us into neighboring states with our RV.  Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Utah Camping

November 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

One Tank Trip for Utah Camping

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. One thing that’s absolutely undeniable about America is that our nation has the widest range of topography and geological diversity to be found anywhere on the planet. One state that’s a shining example of this mixture is Utah; a state situated more than 4,000 feet above sea level, so you get majestic buttes, dramatic plunges into deep canyons, and stately forests. You’ll also experience the full spectrum of color when you come to Utah, from red rocky peaks to the deep green of the forests, the yellow and gold of falling leaves, the purple sky in the morning, turning to orange and gold, then finally to the richest blue – only to repeat the process in reverse at the end of the day. This land is truly a masterpiece from nature’s paintbrush. An excellent place to experience this wonderwork first hand is the fast-growing city of St. George. You’ll be dazzled by the rich, red hues ... [Read more...]

Black Friday Sale! 99 Cent Shipping All Weekend Long on Everything

November 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Here’s the scoop on a great Black Friday sale that RVers will be happy to shop! Visit www.woodalls.com any time this upcoming weekend to take advantage of 99 cent shipping on anything! That means you can get the 2011 Woodall’s North American Directory for only $14.95, plus $0.99 shipping and handling! (The Directory retails in stores for $25.95. ) Plus, this great offer is good on every single book, directory or guide in the Woodalls.com bookstore, and we wanted you to be the first to know! START SHOPPING!

One Tank Trip for West Virginia Camping

November 23, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

One Tank Trip for West Virginia Camping

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. They don’t call it the Mountain State for nothing. In addition to other ranges in West Virginia, The Appalachians and the Allegheny Mountains run through this state, providing vacationers with a treasure trove of camping and opportunities for outdoor fun. Visitors can expect to be greeted with that famous Southern hospitality, so kick your shoes off, and make yourselves at home, because that’s where you are – at your home away from home. Your first one tank trip stop of Peterstown is a perfect place to set up camp and breathe some fresh air free from the rat race of city life. This is farm territory, so expect to be treated to some spectacular views of wide-open spaces consisting of farmland, grazing fields, and some quaint farmhouses. Keep your eyes peeled for the area’s covered bridges, some of which date back to before the turn of the 20th century. This area has remained largely undiscovered,... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Oregon Camping

November 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One Tank Trip for Oregon Camping

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. The hills are covered with vibrant green grass, and the trees grow lush and full. The rivers, lakes and streams are plentiful and full of fish. While it’s true that it rains quite a bit here in Oregon, throw on your rain slicker and enjoy the rich natural beauty of this great vacation getaway. One trip through here, and you’ll see why more and more people are choosing Oregon as a place not only for vacations, but also as their permanent residences. It’s an escape from the metropolitan lifestyle, without sacrificing any of the modern amenities we desire. Your one tank trip introduction to Oregon begins in Eugene, which is a perfect example of why this area receives so much attention. No doubt, you’ll want to pull over and set up camp somewhere in the wide woods, and let Mother Nature take you into her arms. Like most of Oregon, this is a haven for the lover of the outdoor lifestyle. But on those... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Ontario Camping (Southeast Ontario)

November 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One Tank Trip for Ontario Camping (Southeast Ontario)

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. The province of Ontario provides visitors with adventures both rural and metropolitan. Some of the most captivating terrain is on display here in the southeastern portion, as is a wealth of cultural and entertainment opportunities that only the big city can provide. Amherstburg is positioned right near the Detroit River, as well as the mouth of Lake Erie. This is the beginning of your one tank trip. Campsites here are plentiful, and placed right in the heart of some majestic outdoor life. Visitors who frequent this area comment on how tranquil this area is. Walk along the waterside shopping area, or take a tour of this historic town with buildings that are more than a century old. Enjoy the vibrant colors and fragrances to be found in the botanical garden, or take part in any of the festivals that are always going on in town. It’s easy to see why this area is growing in popularity as... [Read more...]

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