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Great Escapes: Miller Brewery Tour Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Did you know that two German entrepreneurs who came to America in the mid-19th century are responsible for the beverage company we know today as MillerCoors? Frederick Miller founded Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee in 1855 using yeast that he carried in his pocket from Europe. Adolph Coors opened the Golden Brewery (later Coors Brewing Company) in Colorado and tapped his first barrel in 1873. In 2008, a joint venture created MillerCoors LLC and combined nearly 300 years of brewing heritage. The best way to learn more about this story, and beer making in general, is to take a FREE one-hour indoor/outdoor guided Miller Brewery Tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Plenty of free ice-cold samples await visitors afterward.

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The Full-Timing Nomad: Full-Time RVers Don't Have To Give Up Christmas

If you're a full-time RVer, do you carry holiday decorations on board? Everywhere we've traveled during the season, it seems like the people who have always loved to celebrate the holidays in a big way continue to do it even when they transition into a house on wheels. I'm not one of these holiday elves, but I sure do enjoy the various ways that they manage to show their spirit in RV parks and campgrounds. Their decorations are also a timely reminder that no matter how far we run or how hard we try to escape civilization, the holidays are a milestone marker that the year is coming to a close and winter is truly upon us. 

If you're thinking of full-timing, take heart and know that you can keep on ringing those sleigh bells and decking the halls (or at least your awning). One of the best space-saving decorations to carry in a rig is décor that you can use year round, like twinkly lights that look dazzling whether they're on a Christmas tree or a swaying palm. If you want to decorate in a bigger way with traditional items like garland and even inflatable Santas, consider buying them dirt cheap at your nearest thrift shop, which I guarantee will have tons of recycled holiday décor waiting for a new temporary home. Later when the holidays are over, you can give them back to the thrift store, or maybe donate them to the RV park clubhouse. 

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The 19th Hole: 2015 Sunice Outerwear Collection

There’s still time to pick up that last-minute gift for the golfer in your family. Sunice, makers of fine golf and winter clothes, offers an outstanding line up in its 2015 collection. While keeping the company’s promise to provide a balance of style complimenting the technical aspects of the garments, Sunice 2015 is all about comfort and function. Here’s a quick overview of what’s available. 

Hurricane Collection 

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RV Travel Tales: The Christmas Bike

In any family, there are Christmases that stand out—for one reason or another. Often, due to a mishap, a sadness, or sometimes, even a tragedy. I am relating the story of my son’s Christmas bike in this post; certainly a Christmas that my two daughters will always remember. At age 37, our Tim died—an age that was way too young. But then, any age that a son dies is way too young for a mother. Tim loved Christmas; he loved lights and trees with crystal ornaments. Even as a young child, he delighted in a tacky set of outdoor lights that spelled out Merry Christmas. My daughters saved those lights and put them up for him in the last years that he lived. However, the one Christmas they likely remember is one I’m telling in Tim’s own voice: 

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The Healthy Traveler: Baking Soda - A Must Have for the RV!

Baking soda has been a go-to household product for generations; however, when multitudes of commercial products became available for cleaning, laundry, personal care and pet care, people seemed to forget just how convenient and inexpensive this simple, handy household product is. Advertisements lured us in and convinced us that we needed to spend significantly more money on the latest cleaning product to hit the market, even though our grandmothers could tell us that baking soda would do the trick for a fraction of the cost.  

 Of course, baking soda is not just good for the home; it is also something that you should always have on hand in your RV. Aside from the most common uses, such as keeping an open box in the refrigerator and having a box on hand to extinguish grease fires, there are hundreds of other uses for baking soda that can help you save money, steer clear of chemical-laden cleaners and avoid filling the limited storage space in your RV with several different products. 

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The Silver Gypsy: St. Joseph to the Rescue

As some of you may know, I have been trying to sell my park model/sun porch RV lot in AZ.  Century 21 has shown it five times in the past year and that contract was up a few days ago.  I am considering selling it on my own.  That was not my preference because I didn’t want to deal with all the paperwork.  However, I am assured by others who have sold their own houses that the county will make sure I do it up right.  To make sure it looked bright and attractive, I painted the front door a bright orange and put up my Christmas decorations sans a couple of red bows I haven’t found yet.

In the meantime, I have received some interesting advice over and over again about how to sell it quickly and without fail, so I went online to see if others might have used this method.  Much to my surprise, there it was “How to sell your house with the help of the St. Joseph Statue.”  Protestants and Catholics alike have advised me to do this.

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Adventures in RVing: What Would MacGyver Do?

By definition RVers that boondock are a bit more resourceful and self-reliant than those that camp in a campground with hookups. Boondockers spend a little extra effort to locate a campsite, learn to conserve water, batteries and holding tank space and be ready to deal with those unexpected curve balls life throws at us from time to time.

Like the late 1980's TV character MacGyver, boondockers must learn to solve problems that come their way with everyday materials carried with them or found at the campsite as there is no camp store in the boondocks.

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Great Escapes: Naval Undersea Museum

Known as “Torpedo Town USA,” Keyport, Washington is home to the Naval Undersea Museum that features interesting and educational exhibits about the ocean environment, undersea exploration, and warfare. Although this might be a lesser-known museum in a small town, don’t let that fool you because it contains the most comprehensive permanent display of torpedoes in the United States. If you have an interest in naval undersea artifacts, be sure to stop at this FREE museum the next time you travel along the Evergreen state’s Kitsap Peninsula.

b2ap3_thumbnail_divesuit.JPGWhen you arrive, start with the outdoor displays. The Trieste II, a deep submergence vehicle that descended to 20,000 feet, and Deep Quest, the Navy’s research submersible that explored the ocean to a depth of 8,000 feet, will capture your attention right in the parking lot. The sail of the USS Sturgeon, lead ship of a class of 37 nuclear, fast attack submarines built and operated between 1963 and present day, is another huge outdoor exhibit.

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The Full-Timing Nomad: A Few Of My Favorite Things

With the holiday season in full swing, the Sound of Music's “Favorite Things” song keeps worming its way into my thoughts: 

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
 

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The 19th Hole: Speedgolf Growing in Popularity

I like playing ready-golf. In other words, when you’re playing a round of golf, whoever is ready to hit, takes their respective shot when ready. Along that note, I try and avoid golfing on weekends because of the excruciatingly painful time it takes to play a round of golf, oftentimes upwards of five hours.

One of the goals I have for next year is to try out the sport of Speedgolf. As a runner, and golfer, I’m sure to find this an enjoyable outing. In researching the sport of Speedgolf, here are a few things I discovered.

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