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The Healthy Traveler: Eco-Friendly Healthy Cleaning Products for the RV

There is a lot of talk about going green these days and folks from all walks of life are becoming more focused on ways to lower their carbon footprint and save the planet. What many folks don’t necessarily realize is that going green has many health benefits to offer as well. For example, buying organic produce reduces the use of pesticides, while also reducing the amount of chemicals we put in our bodies. That’s a win-win situation for both the planet and our health.

 

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The Silver Gypsy: A National Treasure

This is a story that I wrote.  It was published in 1996.  As you head to the warm country for the winter, stop by this national treasure.  You won’t be disappointed.

Some say it is indescribable.  Others call it magnificent.  To many it is awesome.  Still others describe it as Mother Nature’s theater-in-the-round.  It is Crater Lake National Park, Oregon’s only national park, established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. 

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Adventures in RVing: We've Got Cows!

In the movie Twister there is a scene where cows are caught up in a tornado and the character Melissa played by Jami Gertz delivers the line, "we got cows". During a recent stay at Fort Church Hill State Park in Nevada, my wife and I had the same experience.  Not a tornado, but cows!  Upon awakening one morning and stepping out of the RV we were greeted by a bevy of bovines throughout the campground. Now cows are nothing new to us when boondocking on open range BLM land, but cows in a designated campground is a little unusual.

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Great Escapes: Banff Gondola

If you’re looking for a literal highlight the next time you visit Banff, Alberta, Canada, be sure to ride the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Restaurants, gift shops, numerous outdoor observation decks, and an historic weather observatory are all perched at 7,486 feet. In addition to endless vistas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, on a clear day you will be treated to a bird’s eye view of the Banff townsite, Bow River Valley, the Banff Springs Hotel, and numerous lakes. The gondola runs all year.

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The Full-Timing Nomad: Easy RV Bumper Sticker Ghosting Removal

Are you addicted to bumper stickers? The funny thing about bumper stickers is, they usually end up in other places besides your RV bumper! In the world of RVing and passenger cars, there are those who enjoy slapping on decals, and those who think they look sloppy. For people like me who love to proudly display road trip milestones and destinations, be warned that there is a price to pay for all of those adhesive-backed memories: it's a process called “ghosting.” 

We discovered the effects of “ghosting” when it was time to upgrade our rig to a larger unit. Since we wanted to get as much trade-in value as possible, we had to remove all of our bumper stickers and vinyl lettering that promoted our websites. But peeling off those memories wasn't nearly as painful as the end result. 

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The 19th Hole: Alberta’s Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort

Located about 80 miles south of Calgary, Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort features an 18-hole championship course that’s nestled at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Sundre, Alberta. 

With 40 spacious RV sites, Coyote Creek is one of Alberta's newest Stay and Play destinations. The rental park consists of 30 beautifully landscaped sites, as well as 10 spacious pull-thru sites. Situated along the No. 6 fairway of the Deer Nine, all of Coyote Creek’s RV sites are large enough to accommodate any size RV. Each site is supplied with15, 30, and 50 amp power, water and sewer hook ups, a fire pit, and picnic table. 

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RV Travel Tales: Saying Good-bye to Two Greats

On September 4, the world said “good-bye” to comedienne, Joan Rivers. A smaller circle in the world said ‘good-bye” to Teddy Riedel, who could have been as famous as Joan Rivers. Yet, he chose a slower-paced, less stressful life in the Arkansas Ozarks foothills. Teddy probably could not remember when he first started playing a piano. He credited his elementary school teacher Annie Witt as his piano teacher. She introduced him to boogie woogie and ragtime tunes, popular during the 1920s and 30s. By his teens, Teddy had developed his own style and was writing his own songs. 

In the 1950s, he began performing on local radio stations and in clubs around central Arkansas. In fact, I first met Teddy when we both participated on The Wayne Raney Show broadcast locally from the band shell in Spring Park in my hometown of Heber Springs. Teddy had the makings of a country music star. He literally made piano ivories dance with melodies—some original, others the standards that many singers of that day performed. 

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The Healthy Traveler: Plants That Freshen Your RV

There are several reasons why you might want to incorporate plants into your RV’s décor, including creating a homey environment, cleaning the air of pollutants or simply indulging in your love of greenery. However, special care must be taken when selecting plants for your RV; not just any plant will thrive in that particular environment.

 

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The Silver Gypsy: Ants and Bunnies!

Now we are back to "real" time and I have been home about a month.  I love being back but it always feels like I am being punished for going away.  The trees and plants were overgrown and the ants had been working overtime.  I finally realized it was wise to just let the ants do their thing.  They bring up the most wonderful dirt when they make their big cones.  I just rake it around.  It is much easier to work with than the hard desert dirt.  I  have a feeling one day that my house will just disappear into a giant ant den.

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Adventures in RVing: RV Dryer

Climbing permits for Mt. St. Helens go "on sale" each February and quickly sell out. Therefore, when one of my adventurous RV friends was able to secure permits for his family and mine for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, it was engraved on my calendar with permanent ink.

Those of you that live in the Pacific Northwest know we have been enjoying an awesome summer, above average temperatures and nearly endless sunshine perfect for exploring the Cascade Mountains. However, as the Labor Day weekend approached, my heart sunk as the weather service predicted a chance of rain. Hoping for the best I tuned into Northwest Cable News to watch the Portland, Oregon weather forecast as Rose City is the closest city to the mountain offering TV weather forecasts. The weatherman, who will stay anonymous, stated "Saturday would offer the chance of an occasional passing shower, would not be a rain out and not to let the forecast change your plans"

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