Have you Visited Inks Lake State Park?

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…

 

Do You Have A Carry-Out Medicine Bag?

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.

 

Have You Ever Had Sopapilla Cheescake?

When we go camping with the family, my son-in-law loves to cook in his Dutch ovens over the open fire and I have to admit, he has come up with some great meals. We tried a recipe I had found a few weeks ago in the Houston Chronicle and it was delicious…Sopapilla Cheesecake. The only thing we would change about this recipe would be to reduce the sugar just a little. It was great and would have been even more delicious with a small scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream. Surprisingly, the next morning, the cold cheesecake was a great mid morning snack. And, no I do not count the calories on a camping trip (lucky, most of my camping trips aren’t long ones or I’d be huge)

SOPAPILLA CHEESECAKE

From Peggy Koonce Box

2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls

2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)

2 cups sugar (we would cut this down by 1/2 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 stick butter

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Place 1 can crescent rolls in bottom of a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan sprayed with oil. Mix softened cream cheese with 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Spread cream cheese mixture over rolls. Lay second can of rolls over top of cream cheese layer. Melt butter and pour over rolls. Mix 1 cup of sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over butter. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Note: We doubled the recipe to fill a 5-quart Dutch oven.

Awning Locks Can be Lifesavers

Many believe that there are two classifactions of RVers…those that have had their awnings blown off and those that will!”  Pretty funny quote, but unfortunately somewhat true. It’s not a great feeling when you’re traveling down the highway, only to then have your awning catch some wind and then fly off. Some have even had the awing flip over to the other side and break windows. Don’t let this happen to you. You may be an expert RVer, or just beginning, but my advice is purchase an awning lock now if you haven’t already.

 

This will be a money/time saving investment,it will save you the headache of having to repair or replace your awning.  There are several places to find them online, simply google it and it will come up.
In addition to saving you an awing, it could also save a life. There have been reports of bad accidents caused by awning coming loose and injuring and killing other drivers on the road.  So make sure you awning is secure and stay safe. Check your local RV dealer to see if they carry them as well. Safe travel RV friends!