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Mobile, Alabama – 3 Incredible Destinations in one block…

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile is an incredible children’s science museum – but it isn’t just for kids!  We went on a week day in January; there were a few small school groups when we arrived, but they soon left, and after that we shared it with just a few families, and multiple adult couples of varying ages (who were enjoying it just as much as our tribe was!).  I would totally go here on a date with my hubby! LOL! The museum has it’s own IMax Dome museum (one of only 50 in the world); you sit in steep theater seating, and the screen wraps around you, from down to the floor in front, up and around both sides, and curves over the ceiling above you. We watched Flight of the Butterflies, but of course films rotate out; you can see what’s playing via their website (link at end)! While we were there, one of the staff, Bree, did some experiments for us; she was great!  For her first demo, she had 3 empty plastic cups (not see through), and she poured... [Read more...]

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

March 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

Rest and Relaxation await you at the gorgeous Outer Banks in exquisite North Carolina…pack up the RV, its time for a vacay like no other! Just off the Coast of North Carolina, lies a 200-mile stretch of picturesque barrier islands.  With its rich history and extraordinary lay out, the Outer Banks offer unique experiences for the adventurous and the relaxed, alike.   Set up camp at one of the award-winning RV resorts or stay over at a cozy bed and breakfast.  You will no doubt go from frolicking in the warm surf at pristine beaches to experiencing interesting museums and historic lighthouses.  The Outer Banks will take your breath away with its pristine beauty.  Like a small child in a candy store, you just won’t be able to get enough of each place you stop and see along the majestically scenic Outer Banks of North Carolina. From the First Flight and the Lost Colony, to the exquisite Elizabethan Gardens, there is much to discover, experience, and appreciate, including the “Graveyard... [Read more...]

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

March 19, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

Looking for a fun destination for a road trip this summer?  Want to experience a pristine environment plum full of fascinating history and natural beauty? The exquisite beauty of the Yukon wilderness is strikingly prominent in Dawson City, the heart of the famed 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.  With the Gold Rush, came a huge influx of newcomers, also known as “Cheechakos,” into Dawson City.  Gorgeous stately homes that were built in town at the turn of the twentieth century boasted the latest modern amenities, including electricity, running water, and telephones.  Henceforth, Dawson City became quite the refined city seemingly overnight, which is where the name “Queen City of the North” comes from. Newcomers will want to experience the thrilling, yet tedious task of panning for gold in this gorgeously rugged wilderness where so many have dug before you.  Venture out to the famous goldfields of Dawson City, where you can learn how to pan for your own gold.  Claim # 33 is located... [Read more...]

Luling: Texas Black Gold

March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Luling: Texas Black Gold

Barbecue sauce isn’t the only valuable liquid flowing in Luling. The town is dotted with oil pumps that still move the Texas black gold from the ground. The Central Texas Oil Patch Museum pays tribute to the area’s oil industry. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Once known as “the toughest town in Texas”, Luling was established in 1874 as the far western stop of the Sunset Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The developing importance of the town as a cattle-raising center, combined with the importance of the railroad as a shipping point, allowed the town to grow and prosper. Being the northern terminus of a freight road to Chihuahua, Mexico added to its stature. As the cattle drives to the railroad head decreased, Luling survived by turning to its rich soil and hardy folk. Luling came to be known throughout the region as an agriculture center with cotton, corn, and turkeys as its principal products. Cotton ruled the local economy until the momentous year of 1922. On... [Read more...]

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great game for kids at camp

March 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great game for kids at camp

I learned to play Tic-Tac-Toe when I was attending camp as a child. I played numerous times—at school, with friends, while camping with my parents. I always tried to get better at it so I could beat my adversary—usually my own parents. Back in those days, the game was simply played with paper and pencil. And it’s quite easy to learn, since it’s simply a 3×3 grid that you fill with Xs or Os. The goal of the game is to place three same marks in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row to win a game. But as we grow up, Tic-Tac-Toe loses its appeal for us adults—unless you have kids. I find the best way to learn the game of Tic-Tac-Toe is at camp. Nowadays, the game has developed into a lucrative product that many companies are trying to sell to everyone. There are some games that are magnetized—we have one with planes and boats at the trailer—some are made out of wood while others are simply played on a beach towels with plastic pieces. It is even possible to quickly make... [Read more...]

Click and Explore North America

March 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Click and Explore North America

Use Good Sam Camping’s Explore tool for travel itineraries, tourism info and great destinations in every state and province in North America. Select your destination on our handy interactive map and start planning your adventure today! From the Explore Tab home page, find your desired state or province on the interactive map and click (you can also choose a state from the list on the right-hand side). Each state/province page gives you three ways to learn about your destination: • The Welcome section provides an overview of the state you’re visiting. Learn about each state’s regions and get a sense of your destination’s climate and character. The Arizona Welcome section, for example, covers the state’s northern region, popular snowbird roosts and Native American heritage. • The RV Trip of a Lifetime section suggests itineraries to some of the most compelling attractions in each state and province. Check out great steaks along the Oklahoma leg of the Chisholm... [Read more...]

Why You Should Visit Dauphin Island, Alabama

March 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Why You Should Visit Dauphin Island, Alabama

We recently took a day trip down to Dauphin Island, Alabama.  Located less than an hour from Mobile, and on the southwest edge of Mobile Bay, it is a 15 mile long barrier island that often goes undiscovered by I-10 travelers.  We were on a tight schedule with only a few days to spare until we needed to be in Orlando, and we have a big rig (40-foot toy hauler) and weren’t sure what the campgrounds down there would be like, so we left our fiver in Mobile while we drove down for the day. Once we got there, we were wishing like crazy that we had more time and would have brought our RV down.  (There are several campgrounds on Dauphin Island, so be sure to go to the Good Sam Campground Directory to check them out and see which one would best suit your needs/wants). Dauphin Island was charming. It has a distinct small-town feel, where kids are still free to ride their bikes around the neighborhood after school, where you can walk to the local snack shop for an afternoon treat, where the... [Read more...]

Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games and Activities to Turn Travel into Learning Time

March 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games and Activities to Turn Travel into Learning Time

As a homeschool mom, I believe that my kids can learn at any moment during a day. And fortunately—or unfortunately depending on your point of view—we also emphasize learning when we are traveling. To be honest, I think that our vacations are the best times to learn something outside of our regular environment. When we go to the U.S. or a different city in Canada, we always try to include visits to museums or historical sites. So you shouldn’t be surprised if today I present you a book that will help you stimulate the brain of your kids while you are driving to your destination. It’s called Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games and Activities to Turn Travel into Learning Time. I can’t help but find this book fascinating. It’s a well-known book among homeschoolers but all traveling families can also use it. This book might save you from the never-ending question, “Are we there yet?” by allowing you to incorporate learning activities while on the road. Whether you... [Read more...]

New Orleans—Visit the Audubon Zoo & Aquarium!

March 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

New Orleans—Visit the Audubon Zoo & Aquarium!

As we continued our much-too-short tour of Louisiana, our final stop was New Orleans (also known as NOLA).  We spent a couple of days in town visiting destinations that were new to us. Our first stop was the Audubon Zoo, where we spent a lovely day touring the well-laid-out grounds.  The Audubon Zoo is part of the Audubon Nature Institute, which has three separate locations in New Orleans; those include the Zoo (which also includes an IMAX theater) an Aquarium, and a newly opened Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.  While we were at the zoo, we enjoyed seeing the wide variety of animals that the zoo had on display.  We were able to see everything from engaging sea lions to an orangutan that was working the crowd in an attempt to acquire forbidden handouts. We especially enjoyed the Louisiana Swamp area of the park with it’s fun Cajun restaurant and baby gator tank with a viewing tube; of course there were big alligators here also. This zoo is great for adults and children alike.... [Read more...]

Alabama Gulf Coast Named Top Tourism Attraction

March 4, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Alabama Gulf Coast Named Top Tourism Attraction

Alabama’s Gulf beaches and Gulf State Park are the largest tourism attractions in the state, overwhelmingly so, according to the new attendance figures released last week by the Alabama Tourism Department. Sparkling turquoise Gulf waters and stunningly white sand await the RVer on the Alabama Gulf Coast. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The state’s largest stand-alone festival events, located about 20 miles apart, are also located in the Gulf Coast region. The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival (March 14-16, in 2014) and National Shrimp Festival (October 9-12, in 2014) in Gulf Shores come in at the top two spots among event promotions staged over a single weekend. The relatively new Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival (June 13-14, in 2014), which takes place in between the other two in Foley, is also rising up the state’s annual top 10 festival list. According to the 2013 annual report, Mobile’s three-week long Mardi Gras celebration draws the largest attendance... [Read more...]

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