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Trials & Tribulations

Posted by on 7:43 pm in Musings, Travel | 14 comments

Trials & Tribulations

There are plenty of blogs and specialty websites devoted to what you should or shouldn’t do as an RV owner. I have read blogs that list the negatives. positives, recommended practices, essential needs, newbie mistakes to avoid, the lists go on. My perspective is that you and only you can determine much of what is really important and that which is not. You learn from your own mistakes and experiences. Everyone has their own skill sets and capabilities. There are multitudes of types of RVs and they can be old, new or in between. Each has it’s...

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Texas is a Really Big State

Posted by on 9:59 pm in General Interest, Musings, Travel | 4 comments

Texas is a Really Big State

When I think of Texas, I’ve always associated it with huge. We’ve all heard of Texas sized whatever: food products, meals, ranches and more. In my retail store, my spice vendor from Houston sold Texas sized versions of their most popular rubs. Texas is huge, the state covers 267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation’s total area. If Texas were its own country, it would have the 12th-highest GDP in the World and it would be the world’s 7th largest oil producer. After a wonderful couple of weeks at Betty’s RV Park, I left on...

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My Weather Obsession

Posted by on 3:40 pm in General Interest, Pictures, Travel | 6 comments

My Weather Obsession

Being from Buffalo, I should be used to all kinds of weather. Some sayings about the weather back home: “There are two seasons in Buffalo, July & Winter or “If you don’t like the weather now, just wait 15 minutes.” The term “snow birds” takes on new meaning when traveling in an RV during the winter. I continue to manage a BBQ Competition and Festival, Oinktoberfest, which is held annually in late September. Weather is always a factor when running an outdoor event at that time of year in WNY. Over the years I’ve obsessed over...

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Betty’s Web

Posted by on 6:44 pm in Campgrounds, Travel | 15 comments

Betty’s Web

Unique, eclectic, character, hospitality, diverse, friendly, active, crowded, basic, fun: what do all these words have in common? These are all words that describe the experience of staying at Betty’s RV Park in Abbeville, LA. Notice I used the word experience since that is what camping at Betty’s RV Park is all about. Even the weather can be an event, changing from a sunny 70+ one day to a below freezing 23 for two nights in a row, so cold that we disconnected from the water so Betty could wrap the faucets. When arriving at Betty’s, fellow...

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On the Road Again

Posted by on 6:11 pm in Pictures, Travel | 5 comments

On the Road Again

I finally did it. I’m on the road for the winter seeking out better places to be than upstate NY. Although the trip down south did have it’s cold moments. First night in a closed campground, the winds were gusting at 40+ and temps were in the lower 20s. The owner sent an employee to turn on the electric for the night. Second night was just as cold but no wind. I’m glad I got the water lines drained & blown out. Proving that some of people that you meet while rving become friends, I met up with Kevin who I had met with...

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Home Alone

Posted by on 6:31 pm in General Interest, Musings | 3 comments

Home Alone

There are worse things than coming home. Weather in this part of upstate NY is great in the Summer. My brother, my friends, my favorite chair, my home bed, familiar restaurants and stores are all here. You get the idea. We all have our comfort zones and for most people, that includes their home base. I’m not always a list maker, but this summer I’ve made plenty. In part to keep myself focused but to also recap all the things I need for another trek on the road in the new RV. If you have been following the blog, you will know I...

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Campgrounds, campgrounds, campgrounds…

Posted by on 2:36 pm in Campgrounds, Musings, Pictures, Travel | 5 comments

Campgrounds, campgrounds, campgrounds…

There are campgrounds and then there are CAMPGROUNDS. There are an unending variety and types of campgrounds available to the RV travelers. From federal free BLM land with no amenities or services to high end resorts with all the amenities you can imagine including pools, hot tubs, garbage pickup every day, laundry, meeting rooms, library, etc. Some have character others do not. Reading most of the review sites would leave one with the impression that if the restrooms and showers weren’t perfectly clean the park was not that good or if...

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Part 3: Events

Posted by on 7:58 pm in Musings, Travel | 4 comments

Part 3: Events

Events to me are usually a confluence of people & places. Events occur at places usually with other people, but not always. For example, the solitude and serenity of Gilbert Ray Campground was made by the place but still was an event to me. Listed in no particular order are more events from the last few weeks of my time in the motorhome. The Shindig in Ajo. That actually was what it was called. As I referred to in a previous post, this was what I call a “slice of Americana”. The annual event is part of the small town’s...

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Places

Posted by on 8:50 pm in General Interest, Travel | 5 comments

Places

Part 2: Places   I’ve previously highlighted the people. Now is time to do the same with places. Much of the experience beyond the people you meet are the places you visit. I’ve mentioned in a previous post my fondness for what I call the “slices of Americana” where I discussed the iconic motor hotel the Coronado in Yuma, AZ. Well, I’ve been to many more of these slices and thoroughly enjoyed my time. Of course much of that are the people you meet there but the places themselves have special meaning to me....

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RV People, Places, Events

Posted by on 7:17 pm in General Interest, Travel | 7 comments

RV People, Places, Events

Part One: People Probably the best part of RV camping are the people you meet. From the long termers to the overnighters, they come from all over the US and Canada. The sense of community is strong since we all have similar problems, stories to tell and a love for getting away. Some live in their RVs year around, many drive down from the North to escape the winter, then go back home for the better weather of summer and fall and some just are roaming like I am. Curiously my favorite Rvers were a couple I met at my store years ago, George and...

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