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Tried and True Remedies for Poison Oak

March 31, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Tried and True Remedies for Poison Oak

Best Ways of Surviving Poison Oak—most recently tried and found to be true. With summer right around the corner and more outdoor time being scheduled—here is a little warning for those who want to avoid a red, swollen, itchy, uncomfortable, pus-filled, raised and blistery rash that lasts about a week (and oftentimes longer).  Pay close attention since these plants (poison sumac, ivy, and oak) grow everywhere in the United States (with the exception of Hawaii, Alaska, and some desert areas of the southwestern United States) and look different depending on the region. First off, Avoidance Is Key! Look out for these three-pronged leaves that tend to grow near creeks, streams and riverbeds.  They sometimes have little white flowers and often grow in shaded areas of trails.  Also, the leaves tend to change color in the fall, from yellow to red.   If you know you will be in an area where it grows, wear protective clothing that covers skin where you could come in contact with plant. First... [Read more...]

Sedona Named Top Destinations

March 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sedona Named Top Destinations

Sedona, Arizona has been ranked as one of the Travelers’ Choice 2013 Top 25 Destinations in the United States. Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon, another scenic destination, Sedona is renowned for its stunning rock formations such as Cathedral Rock. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Coming in at lucky 13, Sedona is pleased with the abundance of positive feedback and awe-inspiring reaction of both long time visitors and newcomers, according to Chamber news release. “Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Here, you’ll find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations,” said TripAdvisor. “Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself. When the sun dips down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona: the night sky.” “On behalf of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism... [Read more...]

A New Take on an Old Favorite: the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

March 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

A New Take on an Old Favorite: the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For a delicious hot meal for hungry campers, try a new twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. Each family member can personalize the ingredients as they desire and they can be made either on a stove top in a sauté pan, or in a counter top griddle, such as the George Foreman Grill, which can be a wonderful appliance to bring camping for quick and easy meals. I have used both the brand name grill and a generic model with equal success. Either the grill or the sauté pan on stove top will do the trick.   Butter the bread, then add mayo, spinach, onion as desired Ingredients: Two slices of bread per sandwich (we like to use whole wheat) Butter, mayonnaise, mustard as desired (I like to add a mayo with a bit of horseradish thrown in for a bit of a bite but Terry is not crazy about that) Spinach or lettuce for a bit of greenery Thin sliced meat: turkey, beef, salami, etc. (we like to combine beef and turkey) Sliced cheese (our favorite is provolone) Sliced tomatoes and pickles... [Read more...]

A GPS Solution—Lifestyle Tech Tips

March 15, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

A GPS Solution—Lifestyle Tech Tips

My idea for a less invasive way to attach the suction cup mount of my GPS was similar to Carroll Manning’s of Sonora, California (Quick Tips, July), except I purchased an 85-cent, 3-inch round of clear acrylic from TAP Plastics (www.tapplastics.com). The company sells several sizes for various uses. To attach the acrylic disk, I used a couple of UHU Tac adhesive removable putty squares, flattened them out as thin as possible to the bottom of the disk, then cleaned the vinyl spot on the dashboard with alcohol and pressed the disk to the vinyl. UHU is used for temporary posters, decorations, etc., and can be purchased at most art supply stores. Bill Wright, Santa Rosa, California

Space Heaters a Potential Cause of RV Fires

March 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Space Heaters a Potential Cause of RV Fires

Fire safety is essential when camping in your recreational vehicle. In earlier posts I reported on space heater fires that destroyed RVs and caused the death of its occupants—both human and canine. Following are recent reports on four RVs destroyed by fires that were caused by human carelessness. Ohio: Space Heater Cause of Camper Fire Mansfieldnewsjournal.com reports that a camper was destroyed in a fire caused by an electric space heater. A family of four was displaced after a fire consumed their Charles Mill Lake camper. Mark and Amy Snyder and their two children, Savannah, 10, and Taylor, 13, had been living in the camper for the past year. “We lost everything (in the fire),” Mark Snyder said. “But everybody made it out alive, and that’s all that matters.” The family’s two cats and a pet rabbit were killed in the fire, Mark said. The family dog survived. Ashland County’s Mifflin Township Fire Department responded to the camper fire just after midnight, chief JJ Bittinger... [Read more...]

A Delicious Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

March 9, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

A Delicious Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

One of the most important components of a successful camping or RV trip is food. If you are looking for a new idea for a delicious hot camping meal one filling suggestion is a breakfast burrito. Though the name implies this is a morning meal, our family has enjoyed them at all times of the day for all types of meals. Ingredients: Eggs (two per person) Meat (this can be ham, bacon, sausage, beef; our favorite is chicken) Potatoes (either whole potatoes, cut small, or hash browns) Onion, to taste Chiles or chile sauce Cheese (we like to use a shredded low fat Mexican cheese combination) Tortillas, either 8 or 10 inch, as desired (we prefer the whole wheat, low carb variety) Salt and Pepper to taste Sour cream if desired Directions: Put eggs in a bowl and scramble with a fork. Lightly scramble them on stove top. Cut up meat and sauté until cooked, adding seasonings as desired Sauté potatoes with onion until they are cooked and browned. We like to use refrigerated “Simply Natural” potatoes,... [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...]

Power of Preventative Maintenance: Tools and Resources for Your RV

February 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Power of Preventative Maintenance: Tools and Resources for Your RV

Your RV is your home, your vehicle, and a valuable investment; however, it can be very costly to repair if it is not properly maintained. Preventative maintenance can be the difference between arriving safely at your destination and a costly roadside problem. Pictured below is the beauty of Valley of Fire at Atatl Rock Campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved This is why preventive maintenance is so vital to the long-term health of your RV and to your overall ownership experience. There are two basic types of maintenance for your RV: preventive maintenance and scheduled maintenance. Often these two terms are used interchangeably. Preventive maintenance is maintenance you perform on your RV before a problem exists and consists of cleaning, inspecting, lubricating, adjusting, and servicing your RV. Preventive maintenance is really nothing more than common sense maintenance. It could be the difference between a safe and enjoyable trip and a costly disastrous one. Scheduled Maintenance or... [Read more...]

Planning Our 2014 Travels

February 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Planning Our 2014 Travels

The time has come to being planning for our 2014 travels. Actually, the time came about three months ago, but I have managed to put it off until just now with the convenient excuse of being too busy. As a therapist, I can rationalize just about anything, but the time is now to plan our travels for the year. With that as my task, I sit down to look over our camping goals for the New Year, set at the end of December. I note that Terry and I decided we want to focus on several areas: getting our camper out for at least one trip, traveling together as a family, hiking a few more 14ers, getting out hiking near our home and traveling to Des Moines for Ryan’s college graduation in May. I am hoping to be able to accomplish three of the five with this trip. My first step is to sit with my Road Atlas and page through it, conceptualizing our potential travel areas. When mapping out our destination and the time it will take to get there, I turn to online tools such as MapQuest, but when just beginning... [Read more...]

Top Pet Parks in the South

February 15, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Top Pet Parks in the South

Southern hospitality extends to dogs, too, at these pet-friendly parks located below the Mason Dixon line. In Sunseeker’s RV Park, Fort Myers, a 1,600-square-foot dog run features benches for dogs’ owners as well as obstacles to keep Fido in shape. Head to west to Texas, where leashed, well-behaved canines are welcome throughout the Northlake Village RV Park in Roanoke. San Antonio’s Travelers World RV Resort, a Carefree Resort, hosts a Planned Pethood Adoption and Charity Drive to raise money for local animal shelters. The event is a hit among the pet-owning guests, who are welcome to the amenity-rich RV park.

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