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May you all have a Blessed Christmas, no matter where the season finds you…

December 24, 2012 by · 8 Comments 

May you all have a Blessed Christmas, no matter where the season finds you…

This year will be our fourth year celebrating Christmas in an RV; the 3rd in this particular 5er. And we couldn’t be happier about it. While we no longer have the 8′ tree, or the strings of lights outlining the rooftop, or the fancy Christmas dinner with a dozen sides like in the sticks n’ bricks, Christmas still holds the same wonder. Sure, we have had to make some changes in how we celebrate, due to our compact abode, but we are finding that we prefer many of our altered traditions. In the RV, we don’t go all out decorating, mostly because we don’t have room to haul decorations around with us (we still love to look at other RVer’s lights!), but we do have a small tree that the kids decorate, and we trim the slides with garland and small colorful balls. We don’t buy gifts based so much on money and number anymore as we do size, and we now prefer ‘experiences’ over physical stuff. We no longer cook on the same scale as we did in our... [Read more...]

Merry Christmas to All

December 22, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Merry Christmas to All

It’s Christmas weekend, the most wonderful time of the year. Season’s greetings fellow RVers, campers, snowbirds, wanna-bes, birders, photographers, hikers, and everyone who loves the great out-of-doors…and all Woodall’s blog readers! Thank you for reading our camping blogs this past year! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season. May the miracle of this wonderful season fill your heart with peace and happiness and bless your life throughout the year. As we approach Christmas Eve we’re on the Alabama Gulf Coast enjoying balmy Gulf breezes, discovering the beauty and diversity of the area, and indulging the palate in fresh from the Gulf shrimp, oysters, and native fish. For me, the ultimate experience of camping and RVing requires a camera. Without a camera I bring home memories. With a camera, I bring home a series of images of the memories that I can return to over and over and share with readers of my posts. Memories become more complete and... [Read more...]

Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Must-Read!

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Must-Read!

Are you feeling stressed out by the mad holiday rush and last minute Christmas gifts you still need to get?  It is usually around this time of year, with less than a week to go before Christmas, that I really start to feel the pressure.  I feel it all month long, really, but it’s especially bad in the last home stretch, with less than seven days to go, that I really feel the stress.  Really, I should just bite the bullet and go shopping for all of those last minute gifts, but this year money has been especially tight and I have way more last minute gifts to buy than normal.  So with that said, my goal now is to do my best with what I have and then pray that everyone gets taken care of, just in the nick of time. Read-on for Practical Tips that will Save You Time and Money!  My Goal is to do what I can to finish as early in the week as possible, so that by the weekend, all I have left to do is the wrapping (my favorite part!) Here is my Plan of Attack (that you are welcome to follow... [Read more...]

Tex-Mex New Year’s Eve Food

December 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

I know, I know…I’m pushing it.  Christmas isn’t even here and I’m going to talk to you about food on New Year’s Eve.  We live in Texas and we are loyal to our state with every fiber of our being.  That said; let me tell you where some of this loyalty comes from. When someone says, “Let’s go get some Tex-Mex,” I’m out the door.  Leading the pack…mouth watering.  I can’t get enough of it.  I long for it when we visit other states and people look at me like I’m speaking a foreign language when I ask them if they serve Tex-Mex. During New Year’s Eve at parties and homes across Texas you’ll find Texas Caviar, BBQ, desserts, varieties of Tex-Mex dishes and the traditional tamales being served. You don’t necessarily have to live in Texas to get this food but evidently, this is a well-kept secret in other states. So, I’ll just do my part by telling you the virtues of Tex-Mex.  Before long you’ll be yelling, “Que pasa, partner” while waving a margarita... [Read more...]

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Revised by…… well, ME!)

December 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Revised by…… well, ME!)

It was the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the camper, Not a creature was stirring, nary was there a scamper. The stockings were hung by the campfire with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of  iPads danced in their heads, With Mom in her Snuggie, and I in my Crews, We had just settled down for the Late Night News - When the camper started shaking, I sprang from my chair, I thought that the awning must have caught air. Away to the door I flew like a flash, Slipped on the floor, and scattered the trash. The Scare Light sparkled on new fallen snow, Gave the luster of mid-day to a gas grill below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a Winnebago Brave, packed full of gear. The engine sputtered as if it were dry, With the miles it had traveled, it was no wonder why. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. Faster than rising fuel prices,... [Read more...]

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Deck the Wheels with Bells of Holly! Whether you are traveling somewhere in your RV for Christmas or are a full-timer, there are many ways that you can decorate your RV for Christmas: like you would a house just on a smaller scale. While walking through a campground in Southern California over Thanksgiving weekend, I already spotted a few RVs that were decked out with their Christmas décor.  These campers wasted no time in getting their Christmas décor out and up in their RVs.  To be honest, I thought it a bit early (being Thanksgiving weekend, I suppose that is not sooo early).  Then upon second look, I realized just how nice and homey it made the RV look from the outside.  You could see the dash board was covered in some kind of lit-up village and there were lights and garland all around.  A small Christmas tree was sitting in a pot in the front and the RV just emanated the warmth and cheer that Christmas seems to bring every year. Decking your RV out with Christmas Décor this... [Read more...]

Some Days Are Diamond: Florida Man Finds 1.95 ct. Brown Diamond

December 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some Days Are Diamond: Florida Man Finds 1.95 ct. Brown Diamond

The second-largest diamond found so far this year at Crater of Diamonds State Park was certified on the afternoon of November 28. Doug Lay holds his newly found 1.95-carat dark brown diamond. (Credit: Crater of Diamonds State Park) The 1.95-carat dark brown gem is about the size of an English pea, with a round shape and a pitted surface. 40-year-old Doug Lay, a certified nursing assistant from Hernando, Florida, discovered the coffee-colored gem around 1:00 p.m. while wet sifting in the East Drain, a trench along the east side of the park’s 37 ½-acre diamond search area. Lay is no stranger to diamond finds; he has found more than 30 over the past four years, but this is his largest find yet! Lay first learned about Crater of Diamonds State Park from his father, one of the park’s longtime diamond miners. “Dad’s been coming to the Crater of Diamonds off and on for about 17 years. Whenever I’m on vacation, I like coming to Arkansas to spend time with him, and we enjoy searching... [Read more...]

Black Friday Camping with an RV

November 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Black Friday Camping with an RV

Many folks enjoy getting killer deals the day after Thanksgiving.  In fact, some will go to so much trouble as to camp outside of particular stores days in advance in order to get a good spot.  While some will sit in a chair, others will actually pop-up a tent and get themselves extra comfortable since they figure they will be spending lots of time waiting, including at least one night there.  They do this in order to get the first pick of all the amazing deals at a given store, and possibly even come up on a freebie or two. Some 34 percent of American consumers plan to shop on Black Friday, the beginning of the hectic Christmas shopping season, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.  Depending on their shopping list, people will camp outside of Walmart, Best Buy, Target, or any other store that offers the best deals on the items they desire.  More often than not, stores will offer special savings and free stuff for the first 25 (or more) people in line.  The... [Read more...]

Giving Thanks On the Road

November 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Giving Thanks On the Road

Fall can be the most beautiful time of the year to camp. The seasons are changing and campgrounds and RV parks are not as packed with vacationers as they may be during summer months. If you are fortunate enough to have the time for travel in late November, you could have the unique experience of celebrating Thanksgiving on the road. However, preparing an entire Thanksgiving feast in a camper or RV can be a daunting task and rife with unique complications. If you travel in a large vehicle with a full size oven, your solution may be obvious and your problems, minimal. However, if you are a tent camper or have a smaller travel trailer, as we do, you could experience multiple issues in attempting to achieve your usual spread. Our small 18’ camper certainly contains an adequate kitchen area to meet our usual camping needs: a two burner stove, a small sink and a refrigerator. Indeed, it feels luxurious after many years of tent camping. However, we have no oven in which to cook the turkey. If... [Read more...]

Plowing for Diamonds in Arkansas

November 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Plowing for Diamonds in Arkansas

Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public. On average, two diamonds are found each day at the park. The state park’s policy is finder-keepers. What park visitors find is theirs to keep. Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow. The colors found at the Crater of Diamonds are white, brown, and yellow, in that order. The search area at the Crater of Diamonds State Park is a 37 ½-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of the eighth largest diamond-bearing deposit in the world in surface area. Why plow the search field at the diamond mine? The practice of plowing the diamond field goes back to the earliest days of commercial diamond mining, according to Park Interpreter Margi Jenks. In the early 1900s miners used a mule team and farming plow to dig trenches. After tourism began in the 1950s, Millar’s Crater of Diamonds used a road grader to turn over the dirt on what is now the north end of the present diamond search area. Today’s... [Read more...]

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