Friday, January 31, 2014

Wheeling It - Making “Firsts” At Quartzsite, AZ (& Announcing a Meet-Up On 23rd!)




From the site: Wheeling It - Making “Firsts” At Quartzsite, AZ (& Announcing a Meet-Up On 23rd!)

Well we’ve made it to Quartzsite, the biggest RV gathering on earth. Every year around the last two weeks of January hundreds of thousands of RVers come from all over and converge on a teeny little dusty town in the Arizona desert to gather, socialize, show-off and shop. Almost everyone boondocks and every type of rig is here from million dollar Prevosts to classic Bluebirds (just down the road from us) to vans & car-campers. It’s crazy, it’s busy & it is so….much…fun! In the “circle” at iRV2 gathering in Quartzsite AZ in La Posa South. Do you see us? We dropped by last year to enjoy the show and this year we decided to come back and do something we’ve never EVER done. We joined a gr ...Read more...




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Travel Bug - Around the RV Park - Tues., Jan. 21




From the site: Travel Bug - Around the RV Park - Tues., Jan. 21

Our current siteSince we moved sites at the end of December, I haven't posted a photo of our current site. We had to move because Winter Texans/Snowbirds who return in flocks to this park year after year have their sites locked up long-term. Being the newbies, we get to move sites even though we live here year-round. In our 1-3/4 years here, this is the sixth site we've been in. It's been fun getting to know the park and our neighbors.Our current site is between two park models which is fine with us. They shelter us a little from the winds. From our dining room window, where I sit to blog, there is a perfect view of the entrance to the park.The park office is the beige building behind the brown MH.Today, as I was typing my previous blog, ab ...Read more...




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Riveted - Waldport and Alsea Bay, Oregon




From the site: Riveted - Waldport and Alsea Bay, Oregon

Today we're in Waldport, camped out on the Alsea Bay. Not too much to report today, since mainly we're just working. We took some time mid-day to walk around town a bit though. We walked over the Alsea Bay Bridge and back, through the main part of town, along the beach, and then back to the Airstream. Our walk was just over 4 miles, and I think we've got a pretty good idea of the area. Here are some snaps from the walk: Lint Slough: Screaming monkey driftwood: The Alsea Bay Bridge: Bridge detail: Bramble: Pattern below the bridge: Okay... ...Read more...




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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Living The Dream... - Monday, January 20, 2014 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)




From the site: Living The Dream... - Monday, January 20, 2014 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

I slept in until 7:20 this morning...that doesn't happen often! And I don't even remember getting up at all through the night. I had one of those rare full night, deep sleeps...wish it would happen more often!It was going on 11:00 by the time we had gone through our usual morning routine...it was also exercise day. We hadn't had much luck with Skype calls lately but did manage one this morning with my brother and sister-in-law (Dennis and Suzanne) who are in Indio, CA. I guess all of the RVers around here were at the RV show...not home using their Verizon MiFi. We had a great chat and got caught up...another brother, Dwight, is flying down from Victoria, BC tomorrow. Sorry we're going to miss him...but we did just see him while home at Chri ...Read more...




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Gone With The Wynns - A Texas Winery that will Rock Your World




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After an evening with Monty I’m not sure which is more compelling: The man himself, or his statements…“Wine is the world’s only resurrected beverage” or “A 100% Texas grown, barreled, and bottled Pinot Noir that will knock your socks off”. To be perfectly honest when we saw Bar Z Winery on the Harvest Hosts website I thought “Looks like a decent place to park but the wines will likely be rocket fuel!”  I’m happy to say I was wrong on both accounts! When we arrived to the Winery in Canyon, TX Monty told us to park it right up by […] ...Read more...




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Aluminarium - Sunrise and Spaghetti




From the site: Aluminarium - Sunrise and Spaghetti

The past two mornings we’ve been getting up at 4:45am PST so we could try and book Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key Florida. Campsites are available for reservation at 8am EST, 11 months prior to the day of arrival. Last year I learned there’s some fierce competition to get a spot. I asked my parents to try and help us make a reservation from their 2 computers while we did the same on our 3. A couple of us tried hitting submit a second before, and while the other two tried hitting precisely at 8am EST/ 5am PST. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. At 8:00:01 all previously available spots were booked. We tried again today, but again no luck. I guess I’m going to have to check back daily for cancellations. Dinn ...Read more...




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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Every Miles A Memory - The Low-Key Hideaway Video




From the site: Every Miles A Memory - The Low-Key Hideaway Video

A few months ago Cindy and I flew a film crew (Roam Media) down from New York City to have them put together some video footage for us. Tom and Ana setting up the slider for one of the Time Lapse segments you see in the video We wanted them to be able to get aerial footage of the motel and it’s grounds so we could host it on our Low-Key Hideaway website. Probably half the phone calls we get from guests making reservations are asking things like “Are we water front, bay front, ocean front?” “Are the RV Spaces right on the water?” “Do you have a dock?” “Is the motel elevated to look over the water?” “Is Pat really as good looking as he is in all the photos” …..etc Tom ...Read more...




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The Roadrunner Chronicles - With Friends in Quartzsite




From the site: The Roadrunner Chronicles - With Friends in Quartzsite

We love to meet up with friends along the way and while here in Quartzsite, we have been able to do just that.In fact, the day before we left for Quartzsite, we were able to hook up with Ron and Marta, who are friends from our Albuquerque days (1986-1988). Ron and I played on the church softball team a couple of years.We had been in contact with Paul and Bobbi since our time together at the Santa Fe Habitat build a few years ago.  Paul organized a group for some Disaster Relief work in Henryville, IN about a year ago and we last saw them there. They have a place in Tehachapi, CA and are doing some traveling so we planned on meeting them here in Quartzsite.  They arrived a few hours after we did and found to an open area where thei ...Read more...




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Monty's Musings - Planning an RV Vacation so All Goes Smoothly




From the site: Monty's Musings - Planning an RV Vacation so All Goes Smoothly

You want your RV vacation to be the best that it can be for everyone.  After all, a vacation is supposed to relieve all the stress built up from living day-to-day in your workaday world.  But if you are not fully prepared, you will be adding stress to your vacation days.  Let’s see how we can prepare you for your RV vacation and have a worry-free getaway. Florida Keys, First, you need to know your destination and how you’ll get there.  You will find El Monte RV Rentals all over the United States where you can obtain the ideal motor home for your trip.  We offer free  ”RV Camping Itineraries” that provide  mapped-out courses and destinations for your convenience.  These are ...Read more...




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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TRAVEL WITH THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:)) - STARTED THE DAY WITH A ROCK SCRAMBLE & FINISHED IT WITH A CAMPFIRE




From the site: TRAVEL WITH THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:)) - STARTED THE DAY WITH A ROCK SCRAMBLE & FINISHED IT WITH A CAMPFIRE

KELLY LOOKS TOWARDS THE RIDGE PEAK WE ARE CONTEMPLATING CLIMBING   HMMMM, IS THIS SOMETHING I REALLY WANT TO DO THE CLIMB UP OFF THE DESERT FLOOR BEGINS…PETER & KELLY ARE VISIBLE ON THE TRAIL It’s not every night I get to sleep bathed in Moonlight but the last few nights that is exactly what has been happening.  Our rig faces West which means the big back window at the head of the bed faces East.  Leaving the sunshade & blind up allows the Moonbeams to flood across my bed.  And when the Moon has slipped into the western sky how nice it is to look up & see all the stars through the window twinkling high above.   PICKING OUR WAY THROUGH THE BOULDERS    STOPPING FOR A PHOT ...Read more...




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Our Awesome Travels - More rv show and more friends stop by, too much fun we are having here.




From the site: Our Awesome Travels - More rv show and more friends stop by, too much fun we are having here.

Where are we today ? La Posa West Quartzsite Arizona         What another wonderful we having today. Yep its cold overnight about 40f (great for sleeping) but as the sun comes up just awesome temps. Tha'ts what the desert does for us, and we love it.how is that for an awesome SUNRISE !         We finding lotsa traffic today, more than on the weekend. What gives ?I-95 traffic back up about a mile heading into the show         Had friends Jay and Joanne drop by for a visit this morning. Have not seen them for a couple years. Actually saw Jay yesterday but not Joanne. So nice to get together again.       Our friends Rick and Suzie stopped by for a visit, fu ...Read more...




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RV Days with Jessica and Harry - Best Kind of Traveling Day




From the site: RV Days with Jessica and Harry - Best Kind of Traveling Day

Location: Scott, LA (High 70, Low 49) Today was the greatest kind of traveling day…sunny skies, warm temperatures, and not crazy with traffic.                 We did have a little delay on our way out of New Orleans when we encountered a five car accident. There was one lane closed so we slowly made our way through the couple of miles until we were past the accident.   We drove over a lot of bridges – over  lakes, rivers, bayous.                                                           Around 1:30 we arrived at our next s ...Read more...




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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Lowe's RV adventures - Meeting some real snowbirds- Sebring, FL




From the site: The Lowe's RV adventures - Meeting some real snowbirds- Sebring, FL

With our cruise vacation over, we’re back to our “normal” travel life.  This winter will be spent here in Florida, enjoying the sunshine and warmth – or so we were led to believe.… Read More → ...Read more...




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Love Your RV! - Our Second Visit to Joshua Tree National Park – Part Two




From the site: Love Your RV! - Our Second Visit to Joshua Tree National Park â€" Part Two

The Cholla Cactus GardenOne of the neatest and most accessible exhibits in the Joshua Tree National Park is the Cholla Cactus Garden. It is located on the Pinto Basin Road with a spectacular view of the Pinto Basin as a backdrop. Being that this road is a major park road and smoothly paved makes this spot easily accessible to all. In fact there is a nice parking area right in the middle of the garden. Once out of your car there is a level gravel loop walking path to get you right inside among the cholla. It’s a nature walk so pick up the little pamphlet at the entrance to read about what is marked along the way. It’s quite interesting how all the plants and animals eek out a living in this harsh high desert environment. &nb ...Read more...




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RV Voyageur - Back To The Land of Desert Sun, Sand and Heat....




From the site: RV Voyageur - Back To The Land of Desert Sun, Sand and Heat....

Yes, we are back in the US southwest.  We arrived yesterday from home (Langley, BC) to Moabi Regional Park, San Bernardino County, CA.Our RV spot last night - along the Colorado River.Before leaving home yesterday, we offered to look after Easton so that Trevor and Ginette could join some friends to celebrate a birthday.  It was our last opportunity to spend time with Easton, at his home, before our return to the desert.  Fun it was!Jeanette preparing a pasta dishEaston enjoys looking at the Beautiful BC Magazines......Before we put Easton to bed for the night, Deni, Courtney, Barb and Owen 'Face Timed' us.  We got to spend some quality time watching Owen, his folks, and his maternal grandmother spoil him.Early the next ...Read more...




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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Along the Way with J&K.... - Quartzsite Update




From the site: Along the Way with J&K.... - Quartzsite Update

Shopping…shopping…and then more shopping!  No major purchases just things that we can’t find anywhere else…like Emu Oil. Yes, you read that correctly…Emu Oil.  It really sucks to get old and for the past week or so my knee is making me feel so very old.  It hurts like no other pain I have felt before.  I didn’t do anything to it but I even had to buy a cane so I could walk which it is still ...Read more...




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Boyinks4Adventure.com - Our Travels - More Storage & Organization




From the site: Boyinks4Adventure.com - Our Travels - More Storage & Organization

Written by Boyink in RV ModificationsWith our time here at the farm starting to come to a close (and the weather finally getting nice) I’ve been scrambling to get some of the trailer projects on my to-do list done. They included better bunkhouse organization, storage for our new (& bigger keyboard), and an outdoor office. Internet Gear While I spent time on the outside & roof of the trailer getting the new internet gear installed and cleaned up the inside portion was still a mess. I added a network backup drive, and found that I still needed our older Cradlepoint router for times when the new WifiRanger couldn’t seem to connect via our aircard. It was all laying up out of sight, but just a jumble of equipment on a tow ...Read more...




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Running Away with Doug and Nancy - Tombstone AZ to Bisbee AZ (20 Miles)




From the site: Running Away with Doug and Nancy - Tombstone AZ to Bisbee AZ (20 Miles)

I believe my words to Doug this morning, as we left Tombstone were and I quote...."I have seen enough of Arizona, we need to get the heck out of this state and get to New Mexico and somewhere new". Yessiree, that is indeed what I said alright. So, here we are a whopping 20 miles down the road in Bisbee Arizona and what a GREAT place this is!!We merely stopped in the town for a little look-see on our way into New Mexico. After about 1 hour, Doug was ready to buy a house here. I am not sure how I will actually get him out of this town!! This is an amazing little old mining town. The copper mine closed down in the mid 1970's and as one store keeper told us, once all the people left, they brought in the hippies and they never left and ...Read more...




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Saturday, January 25, 2014

TRAVEL WITH THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:)) - STROLLING THROUGH A COUPLE OLD PIONEER CEMETERIES THIS MORNING & SOME THOUGHTS ON QUARTZSITE…â




From the site: TRAVEL WITH THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:)) - STROLLING THROUGH A COUPLE OLD PIONEER CEMETERIES THIS MORNING & SOME THOUGHTS ON QUARTZSITE…â

THE OLD CONGRESS PIONEER CEMETERY AT THE END OF GHOST TOWN ROAD These gorgeous Arizona weather days just seem to keep going on forever this year.  What a pleasure to be in what I feel are perfect day time temperatures of low to mid 70’s.  Fingers doubly crossed that it will continue. Peter & Leslie expressed an interest in seeing the 2 old cemeteries at the end of our Ghost Town Road so it was off we went for the long drive of less than a mile.  The oldest of the 2 cemeteries dates back into the late 1800’s & is located where the mining town of Congress once stood right next to one of the largest Gold producing mines in Arizona.  CONGRESS GOLD MINE  The town is long gone now but the old mi ...Read more...




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Gone RVing! - A Move to Tropic Winds RV Resort




From the site: Gone RVing! - A Move to Tropic Winds RV Resort

We are at Tropic Winds RV Resort, Harlingen, Texas.On Saturday, 11th we moved to Tropic Winds RV Resort in north east Harlingen. It is an Encore/Thousand Trails park. We are here on the Thousand Trails sites for 2 weeks ($3.00 a night) and then we will move to an Encore site ($170/week) within the same park for our week "out", then back to Thousand Trails site for 2 weeks and so on, until we start the journey home.One thing we have found out about the Rio Grande Valley, is that the wind almost always blows. Since we have been here the days have been sunny and warm and last night we had a howling gale and rain. I don't mind the wind, as long as it doesn't rain during the day.I will be doing a bunch of photos here over the next few days, but ...Read more...




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Oh, the Places They Go! - Just Chillin’ in Ft. Myers




From the site: Oh, the Places They Go! - Just Chillin’ in Ft. Myers

Ft. Myers, FL It seems that it’s been a while since our last post, but we’ve just been sitting in Ft. Myers enjoying the weather.  OK, maybe we haven’t been enjoying the weather, as it has been mostly cloudy and cool (for southwest Florida) with a bit of rain and wind mixed in.  So our outdoor activities have been a bit limited during the past few weeks. We did manage some time with friends we have made in our travels.  We met Steve and Esther on our recent cruise.  They were staying at the family condo in Bonita Springs Beach so one afternoon we drove down for a nice lunch and visit.  They are now headed to Southeast Asia for a tour of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, and we are looking to m ...Read more...




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Friday, January 24, 2014

Rambling Vegans - Our turkey friend was gone for a few days but has been back...




From the site: Rambling Vegans - Our turkey friend was gone for a few days but has been back...

Our turkey friend was gone for a few days but has been back lately, chasing cars and perching on top of our neighbor’s motorhome.  We really wish he would stay off the road!   ...Read more...




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Love Your RV! - Our Second Visit to Joshua Tree National Park – Part One




From the site: Love Your RV! - Our Second Visit to Joshua Tree National Park â€" Part One

IntroductionThis was our second visit to Joshua Tree National Park in California. After having a spectacular time last year we knew we would return once again to enjoy the hiking, camping and photographic opportunities the park offers. Joshua Tree NP has many campgrounds to choose from. We find the one called Belle to be best suited for us. The others are either too far away from the main park attractions, too busy or the spots are more suited to tents than RVs. Belle is a little away from the heart of the park but not too far, maybe 15 minutes to ½ hour from the main attractions.   Our Favorite CampgroundWe planned it out to arrive on a Tuesday hoping the park would be less busy and we could score a nice camp spot. We were ...Read more...




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Geeky Explorers - Freezing in Florida




From the site: Geeky Explorers - Freezing in Florida

After complaining about the hot weather we’ve had in Tampa, it seems a little wrong to complain about the sub-arctic temperatures that happened when we made it to the Panhandle. I was looking forward to cooler weather. What we got was 20 degrees as a high- a little too cool! Of course, compared to most … Continue reading » ...Read more...




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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Travel with Kevin and Ruth - Some things are simply too strange to try and explain!




From the site: Travel with Kevin and Ruth - Some things are simply too strange to try and explain!

Very strange story to tell you today.Yesterday they were calling for an overcast day, although the temperature was a comfortable 23C (73F). We decided to drive to a beach parking area close to the town of Mossel Bay and walk into Mossel Bay from there.But I made a wrong turn.Click here to read more... ...Read more...




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Long Long Way To Tipperary - What Type of RV is Best?




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If I had a nickel for every time I heard this question, I would be able to buy a Starbucks mocha latte! No, seriously… this is a very common question, especially with those that are just starting down the road of considering a full time RVing lifestyle. Whether you’re retired, retiring, single or married, with […] ...Read more...




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Our Awesome Travels - Met fellow bloggers, more friends arrived, explore a bit more and just enjoying this awesome weather




From the site: Our Awesome Travels - Met fellow bloggers, more friends arrived, explore a bit more and just enjoying this awesome weather

Where are we today ? La Losa West BLM Quartzsite Arizona         Boy do we love this time here in Quartzsite. Up early before the sun, watching it rise over the mountains, the usual coffees and computing and off to the local grocery store before it gets busy. Quartzsite Market has a nice butcher there and sold me 12 oz on ground chuck for two home made burgers we wanted to make for supper.        Then to the Road Runner Market for some fresh produce and cheap beer. Back home before 9 am and Suzie and I headed out to Tyson Wells and check a few vendors. Not every one is set up yet but we will be back a few times in the next couple weeks.        New this year is the Quartzsite T ...Read more...




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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Scholl Bus - The Many Views of Mt Hood




From the site: The Scholl Bus - The Many Views of Mt Hood

Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, I have always been quick to tell anyone I meet that I am from “The Mountains”.  The mountains I grew up with were green in the summer, colorful in the fall, and brown/gray and bare in the winter.  Oregon’s mountains were a new experience for […] ...Read more...




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