Longhorn Caverns off Park Road 4 near Burnet, TX is a wonderful experience for the entire family. Although the caverns are part of the park systems, the concessions and tours are operated by a private company so your State Park pass does not work for the same discounts you get at most Texas State Parks. The tour takes about an hour and a half and is well worth the time and money. It’s hard to imagine that this beautiful part of nature was once a meeting place of Comanche Indians, the Confederate Army, a club during the prohibition era and even a bomb shelter and Presidential office during the 60’s. The rock formations are fascinating. A must see!
I was recently asked what type music I enjoy when we’re in the RV and the answer is “oldies”. Whether it’s old time rock & roll or old time country, it just seems to fit my relaxed mood. We picked up a wonderful station out of Marble Falls, Real Country KBAY radio. It had a mix of old country from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and todays hits. Clear reception at Inks Lake State Park.
LBJ National Park and Museum was a fun and educational part of our trip. It has changed so much since I was there 20 years ago.. But everything has changed in the last 20 years. The tour is now a driving tour, narated by a CD and you get to actually see the home and Presidential plane now. The National Parks Service has done a great job renovating the home to bring it back to it’s original glory. There is a wonderful Junior Ranger program here for the kids. They are given a booklet with questions about the tour and, upon complettion, were sworn in as official Junior Rangers complete with their own badges.
A fun way to learn.
Now for the real fun…visiting wineries in the Hill Country. Our first stop was a small winery on Park Road 4 near Inks Lake State Park, Perrisos Vineyard. We enterd this little piece of heaven and as we exited the truck we were greeted by Charlie, the family dog who apparently one main goal in life…to be charming and laid back! Seth and Laura Martin, the owners of this vineyard, both greeted us nd, before we knew it, we had been there a couple of hours having a great time and enjoying some wonderful wine. The grandkids made themselves at home running through the vineyard and playing with the dog while the four of us sampled and enjoyed the day. They have tastings every Friday and Saturday and our favorite was the 2008 Vintners Blend. It became the preferred beverage at the campfire this trip. http://www.perissosvineyards.com/wines.html
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Inks Lake State Park is beautiful and a very busy area. Hidden in the hills between Burnet and Marble Falls, this little piece of heaven is a must see for RVers. Whether your interest is water sports, fishing, hiking or sightseeing, this is a beautiful area. A great base camp for short day trips to nearby enchanted rock,caverns, wineries and even a little bit of history in Johnson city.
We have traveled throughout Texas and visited many of the state parks and I have to say that the staff at Inks Lake State Park is one of the friendliest groups I have ever seen at any park. From helpful hints to tourist info for the area they were all eager to help and smiles were abundant. Of course this was the first day of Spring break week. They might not be smiling in 10 days!
I’ve never been a big one for purchasing the gadgets that are only shown on TV, but the combination dog leash, flashlight, poop bag holder is a great idea for those of us who go camping with our dogs. It is the perfect size for my 20 pound beagle and has everything I need all in one light weight leash.
Now for the not so pretty side of this trip. Inks Lake State Park is wonderful, picturesque, spacious campsites and some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met, but they do not have full hook ups. This means that you really appreciate that Tote N Stor you purchased and never used. If only we had left it packed in the RV. We saw pick up trucks, driven by people much smarter than we were, driving to the dump station with their Tote N Stor, hooked on their hitch. Fortunately, we were only there 4 days and the showers were beautiful so full hookups were not necessary, but this is now one of those things we should never leave home without. Have you been? Tell me what you thought of it…
Walking in the rain…..In our case shopping in the rain was the way to go when looking for a used RV. It is the perfect time to see any leaks that may have appeared around the vents and side walls of the vehicle. I recommend that you take time to look inside every upper compartment for evidence of current or prior leaks and pay close attention around vents and windshields. Keep in mind that just because a vehicle leaked in the past, it does not mean it leaks now. An owner may have had a roof resealed and the stains are the only reminders of the leak. Roof leaks are a common problem. After all, an RV gets baked in the sun, frozen in the winter, damp in the rain and is then driven down the road over all the bumps. No wonder leaks happen. Maintenance is the key to keep your RV dry, but don’t forget that RV shopping in the rain can be rewarding.
Anyone would be surprised by some of the huge over the top 5th wheels,travel trailers and RVs
that are out there. Even though, for many people these rigs just aren’t realistic for daily use. Yet the giant class A motor homes are nicer than most homes (and the size of a small apartment) some folks would prefer something a bit smaller. Why? There are many reasons for the increased popularity of smaller RVs including, but not limited to:
Everyone does not have a huge truck to pull their camper along. Now, many travel trailers and pop-ups are out there which can even be pulled by cars and minivans. If you don’t have a vehicle capable of pulling a trailer over 7,000 pounds, and don’t want to buy a new vehicle just for this purpose, there are numerous choices of light and smaller campers on the market. RV manufactures now have the ability to build high quality rigs out of light material.
Smaller RVs or travel trailers usually equals better gas mileage. With the price of gas increasing, a flight to more efficient motor homes has become common.
Quality of class B and class C RVs have dramatically increased over the last few years. Yes, they don’t have all of the amenities or the space of a Class A RV
, but they are very nice.
Smaller means easier to move around in most cases. If your main goal is to have an easier time down the highway or to fit into any spot in the woods a smaller motorhome is the way to go.
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What a great idea. Travel across the country in a vehicle similar to a home? The American people have been doing just that since 1910 in recreation vehicles of all different sizes. The year 2010 marked a century of RVing, and the occasion didn’t go unnoticed. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) dubbed the year the “RV Centennial Celebration,” meant to commemorate the joy people get from RVing.
One of those people is now first-time author, Evada Cooper, who recently completed The RV Centennial Cookbook: Celebrating 100 Years of RVing. Cooper, who runs an online school called MobileRVacademy.com with her husband, Terry, who is a life-long RV enthusiast. Naturally, the centennial celebration was something she couldn’t let pass.
“It was late 2009,” Cooper said. “Knowing the RV Centennial was coming, I wanted to do something different to honor this event.”
It was difficult to come up with an idea that hadn’t been done before with more than 100 years of RVing, until a spark ignited a fire one night as Cooper was watching TV.
“I had watched a show about this woman reporter spending time with a large fire department wanting to write a feature story on the lives of those concerned,” Cooper said. “She decided to do a cookbook because of all the unique and wonderful recipes that were cooked, as these people were well taken care of in the culinary division.”
Cooper then developed the idea to commemorate the RV Centennial celebration by compiling a cookbook with 100 recipes. Not just any recipes, but ones submitted by fellow RV lovers from across the country. After a little research and finding out her idea was something unique, Cooper met with Publisher Mark Long of TSTC Publishing, and the two decided to turn Cooper’s idea into a reality.
Information provided in this article from RVD@ilyReport
Evada will be featured in the launch of her new Internet program “RV Kitchen with Evada Cooper.” The program will air on RVNN.TV, which is Internet TV for the world of recreational vehicles. Cooper is also the co-owner of Mobile RV Academy. You can also find her this weekend at PPL Motorhomes where she will be doing a book signing. So don’t waste any time and mark it on your calendar to go meet her!!
I was recently chatting with a friend of mine who also enjoys the RV lifestyle and we started thinking about all the “stuff” we store in our RVs. From canned goods to paper products to first aid supplies and everything in between, we have our RVs loaded for our adventures. Later that evening it dawned on me that we leave many items in the medicine cabinet of our RV all the time, even when the unit is being stored. This encouraged me to talk to my friend at the pharmacy who informed me that many of the basic over the counter medications should not be exposed to prolonged heat or cold and that lead me to creating this little check list.
I recommend you make a “carry out” bag that should include the following items:
- Basic liquid medications (antacids, cough syrup, decongestants, vitamins)
- Over the counter medications in pill form (check the expiration dates)
- All prescription medications
Simply make this carry out bag a part of your checklist when you get ready to leave for your trip and then take it out of the vehicle when you get home. This gives you an opportunity to check the expiration dates, keep the items fresh and update all prescriptions you may be currently taking.
It is also very important to keep a list of all your prescription medications, including the name, address and phone number of your doctor and pharmacy with you in this “carry out” bag. Keeping it all in this one bag may help a spouse or emergency medical technician in the event of an emergency. (a friend of mine read this and also suggested a spare pair of reading or prescription glasses, too) Just think about your lifestyle and needs and make your own RV checklist.
With eight state parks, The North Shore Drive of northeastern Minnesota, with its eight state parks, rocky backdrops, and vast inland coast, makes this destination unlike any other. The Lake Superior shoreline is a welcome place for snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the country due to its yearly snow covered countryside.
The crown jewel of northeastern Minnesota is the North Shore State Trail System. It extends all the way from Duluth to Grand Marias. A 153-mile system along Minnesota’s Sawtooth Mountains is full of various terrain. From ridgelines, hillsides or woodlands, it is a sledders dream. View staggering cliffs over the forested, rocky shoreline of the world’s largest freshwater lake or listen to ice sheets crack and grind their way along the waves crashing by the glacial shoreline.
The “Lake Superior Ice Train” is known as this since it seems like a crumbling building. But be cautious while observing, because ice storms are known to roll through the area. Make sure though that you stop along the cliffs edge and catch that amazing sunset.
If you need something quick and easy and yet tasty try this great treat. This is something the whole family will enjoy. If you have never tried it make it on your next trip and let us know how you liked it!!
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1/2 cup cheddar, shredded
- 1/2 jar pepper salsa
- 2 green onions, diced
- 1 pkg. flour tortillas
Mix all but flour tortillas together with hand mixer. Spread thinly on flour tortillas. Roll up the tortillas, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. After they are chilled, cut into 3/4 inch slices.
Do you already own a RV or are you looking to purchase one soon? Then you must be sure to buy RV insurance. There are a number of reasons that you must insure your RV with RV insurance. Why? RV insurance differs from your car insurance because while your RV is a vehicle, it is a home also. And while it is a home, it is also a vehicle. So your insurance must cover both.
A couple of other important reasons that you need insurance are; one of the many things that RV insurance can do for you is helping you out in the event of an accident. If you are involved in an accident and your RV is damaged you will have to have that damage fixed. Without insurance you will be left with the cost of the repairs coming out of your wallet. If you have proper insurance coverage you will get significant help, a couple hundred dollar deductible is much easier than several thousand dollars of damage repairs. And you will be covered for the other vehicle damages if you are found at fault for the accident. Your insurance will also come to your aid if occupants of the other vehicle were injured, your insurance company will help cover their medical expenses. Your savings will be considerable in the long run. If you are involved in an accident and you are at fault and sued without insurance you will have to pay for your attorney and the settlement out of your pocket. Having RV insurance can protect you and your wallet.
Besides all that, in most states it is illegal to operate your RV on the highway without insurance. Even if your state is one of a very few that do not require insurance, unless you intend to never leave your state you will need it to vacation almost everywhere else.
When deciding on the RV that suits your family you need to consider size, style, and it is important to make sure that you can afford the cost of adequately covering your RV with insurance, before buying one.
With a little research you will find a number of sources to cover your RV insurance needs. Using your phone book or even better searching on the internet will uncover those sources. Don’t forget to check with your current homeowner’s insurance company or your present vehicle insurance company if it’s different. You may save money on premiums for having multiple policies with your insurance company. In short, RV insurance is important. It really doesn’t matter if your state requires insurance or not. You probably cannot afford the expense of an accident coming straight out of your wallet. And if you can fix your vehicle, can you afford the other vehicle and their medical expenses? RV insurance can protect your RV and your wallet. Need to know where you can some? Check this one out!
Sometimes the simplest treats can be the best ones to eat. Using this recipe you can turn a everyday breakfast into camp-out tradition. These is a simple recipe that we know the whole family will love.
Prep/Cook Time: 30 minutes
Prep Method: Electric Skillet or Grill
- Salt and pepper
Slice potatoes; season with salt and pepper to your taste. Add onions, peppers, etc. Cook to desired consistency. Five minutes before done, add raw whipped eggs and cook until done. Top with cheese of choice; serve with dash of steak sauce and squirt of favorite mustard. Serve with biscuits, cornbread or bread of choice. For a kick, serve on top of a ham slice.
This is a great recipe when your short on time, limited on supplies or just want something yummy.