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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.

Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s Top Rated RV Parks

February 15, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s Top Rated RV Parks

Camp with the best. Stay at the RV parks that landed on our 2014 list of Top Rated Parks, an elite group of RV parks that has each earned a rating of 29 or higher from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. This exclusive list of is taken from the guide’s database of more than 8,000 privately owned RV parks, all of which are included in the 2014 edition of the annual print directory and can be found online at GoodSamCamping.com. Some of these parks are situated in destination areas and can accommodate travelers seeking long-term stays. Others can be found along popular travel corridors for long-term, cross-country trips. Regardless of their locations, these parks have one thing in common: They’ve achieved excellent marks in the areas of amenities, cleanliness and environment. You can count on the quality at these parks. Each park has been reviewed in person by one of the Good Sam RV Park Review Teams, who use the Good Sam Rating System to grade campgrounds on a 1 to... [Read more...]

Canine Care—Lifestyle Tech Tips

February 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Canine Care—Lifestyle Tech Tips

I keep a well-stocked first-aid kit for my dog in a carrier that is kept in a closet in the bathroom of my RV. This kit includes all supplies needed for temporary care in the event of an emergency, and will help stabilize the situation until I can get the dog to a vet. I include my vet’s phone number as well as the number for poison control (800-222- 1222), my dog’s up-to-date medical and rabies shot records and a quick-reference booklet on canine first aid. Arlene Chiarolanzio, Florham Park, New Jersey

As the Boudin Turns

February 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

As the Boudin Turns

Philadelphia might have the cheese-steak sandwich. New York may boast of its pizza, and Texas has BBQ—but Southwest Louisiana has boudin, and eating it guarantees a tingling palate and a full stomach. Boudin is one of most unique, tasty, and distinctly uncorrupted regional specialties in America. (Source: seriouseats.com) In many homes, boudin is more revered than crawfish, with recipes passed along for generations. Chances are, if you don’t live in or around Louisiana you haven’t heard of boudin. Boudin, a sausage made with pork, rice, and seasonings is generally considered the signature food of Acadiana and other rural parts of southwestern Louisiana. The pronunciation is a bit awkward. Visitors often say “boo-DIN” or “bow-DIN”. The locals say “boo-DAN”. If you’re having trouble with the pronunciation, just ask for a link. Most locals use that colloquial term, anyway. I had my first taste of boudin last winter and I am seriously hooked. History of Boudin Boudin is... [Read more...]

Top 6 Birding Hotspots in Southeastern Arizona

January 27, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Top 6 Birding Hotspots in Southeastern Arizona

Southeastern Arizona is an ecological crossroads, where the Sierra Madre of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts all come together. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is home to 260 species of birds including the vermilion flycatcher. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The abrupt rise of mountains like the Huachucas from the surrounding arid grasslands creates “sky islands” harboring rare species and communities of plants and animals. If you are a birder, Southeastern Arizona is the place to go. Birding enthusiast are attracted to this unique region with many arriving in recreational vehicles. The following are our suggestions for where to find the best birding spots. Generally, they are located along streams and rivers or in forested mountain canyons. Some will have nearby RV parks or forestry campgrounds but will require a drive in your toad/tow vehicle. 6. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Between the majestic Santa Rita and beautiful red Patagonia... [Read more...]

Eat My Words: Top BBQ Joints

January 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Eat My Words: Top BBQ Joints

Each of the four iconic barbecue regions—Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, and North Carolina—serve a different style of barbecue. Lockhart, the official Barbecue Capital of Texas, is home to four major barbecue restaurants including award-winning Black’s Barbecue, which has been owned by the same family since 1932. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Typically, Memphis, St. Louis, and Kansas City are all about the ribs. In North Carolina, pulled pork dominates the menu, and Texans love brisket. Of course, you’ll also find chicken, turkey, and sausage along the way. Some of the biggest differences in cooking methods involves the type of wood such as oak or hickory, and direct or indirect heat. Then, there is the wet versus dry debate because some pit masters baste their meat while it is cooking and others use a dry rib. And of course, an entire book could be written on barbecue sausages alone. Vinegar-based sauce is preferred in the Southeast, while the Midwest and Western regions like... [Read more...]

Planning family travel with Pinterest

January 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The other day, I stumbled on a post about using Pinterest as a tool to plan family travels. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I have started “pinning” things on a board titled Homeschooling on the Road, which contains a ton of fun activities for our kids to enjoy while we travel. Some of you might be wondering what Pinterest is about. Well, it’s essentially a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.  You will find many “pins” out there, but the beauty of Pinterest is that your own board can be personalized with your own interests. Today, I will talk about using Pinterest to incorporate geography activities while driving with the kids. While traveling, you can interest the kids in a destination if you plan carefully and strategically. With Pinterest, you can excite their interest by downloading maps, coloring pages and gathering information on where you are going. Here are some links that I find particularly interesting when... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips – Chamois Rocks

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The countertop around the kitchen faucet in our trailer constantly gets wet, and the water would run down the surface and affect other things (paper bags, trinkets, etc.). I was tired of the mess, so I bought a cloth chamois. I made a template out of paper, traced the template on the underside of the chamois and then cut it to fit around the faucet. Now, the chamois absorbs most of the moisture, so I don’t have to constantly wipe it up. The chamois can easily be removed when it needs to be cleaned. Linda Hollingsworth, Ronkonkoma, New York  

Top Snowbird Parks Selected by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide

January 16, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Top Snowbird Parks Selected by the <I>Good Sam RV Travel Guide</I>

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has released its list of Top Snowbird Parks for 2014. These select Sun Belt RV parks stand out for their amenities and accommodations for winter travelers seeking fun in the sun. Located across the warm-weather band that stretches from California to the southeast, each of the Top Snowbird Parks offers activities, services and comforts tailored to travelers who have trekked across a continent—sometimes as far as 3,000 miles—and often stay in their snowbird roosts for months at a time. Some of the list’s highlights:  • RV parks on the list accommodate snowbird travelers with luxuries that include pools, spas, fitness centers or golf courses. • Snowbird parks generally cultivate vibrant winter communities that offer social events, classes and tours to surrounding attractions. • The snowbird parks on the list represent a wide variety of ecosystems and cultures, from the lowland coastal areas of Florida to the high deserts... [Read more...]

The World’s Largest Parking Lot

January 8, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The World’s Largest Parking Lot

Every winter, hundreds of thousands of snowbirds with RVs descend on the tiny desert town of Quartzsite, Arizona. Walking the displays at The Main Event. If you can’t find it at Quartzsite, then you don’t need it. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved For a few months, this dusty little place on I-10 morphs into what National Geographic calls The World’s Largest Parking Lot. Quartzsite is famous for its seasonal swap meets, huge flea market, rock and gem shows, the Big Tent RV show, and numerous other gatherings. When you come over the hills into the valley, it’s like a sea of white out there from the RVs parked all over the desert. Many times I’ve tried to describe Quartzsite to people who haven’t been there, but it’s impossible for them to imagine. As you descend the last pass into the valley, at first glance, it appears you’ve come across an unmapped city in the desert—there are thousands of small buildings spread out everywhere. But then you realize that these are not... [Read more...]

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