Washington State Parks getting ready for summer, family RV camping, canoeing, fishing
Back in 2011, because of steep reductions in general tax support for parks and other recreation lands and facilities operated by the state, the Washington State Legislature and Governor created the Discover Pass Revenues from this pass helps the Washington State Park
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RV birder families--it's time for Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count
About 35 years ago, one of the first news stories I covered for a television station in Omaha, Neb., was the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  I was a fresh young(er) reporter and I vividly remember interviewing a young lad who was very earnest about the work his f
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Roadtrippers' great planning tool for your ultimate RV road trip to America's iconic national parks
I've loved America's National Parks since I was 12 years old and my family visited the magnificent Grand Canyon on our cross-country trip (towing a 35-foot travel trailer). As a youngster, standing near the rail on the South Rim, my jaw dropped as I took in that vast
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National Park's final free entrance day in 2016 on Veterans Day, Nov. 11
Veterans Day  Friday, Nov. 11, is 2016's last National Park Service's *free entrance day. This is a meaningful opportunity to take your children and grandchildren to one of the National Park Service's battlefields, military parks, or historic sites that commemora
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RVs for Autumn, part 5: Locating campgrounds near hunting, fishing destinations
Recreation.gov: one-stop site for trip planning, information sharing and reservations on 12 federal agencies. The Army Corps of Engineers, Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Nationa
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RVs for Autumn, part 4: Sport utility RVs haul motorized toys for active family camping trips
For those who want to haul motorcycles, dirt bikes, or ATVs to their hunting or fishing camp, there is the Sport Utility RV (SURV). “Available in both motorhomes or towable units, the rear end of a SURV drops down, forming a ramp for access into a ‘garage’ area
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RVing with Kids, part 4: Online resources to find campgrounds on public, private lands
Now is the time to pull out your atlas and start dreaming about your family’s next RV adventure to a favorite autumn festival, local county lake or more remote mountain area. Wherever you want to spend time outdoors there are plenty of resources that will assist yo
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RVing with Kids, part 3: Planning tips from RV mom Carley Alexander = involve kids early
RV mom of three young boys Carley Alexander of WhereRVGoing offers a few tips for fun, successful RV camping trips with children. 1. Planning is key.  “You don’t have to arrange for every detail of your trip, but having your options mapped out is a good way to a
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RVing with Kids, part 2: Connecting family with nature, each other
According to a recent survey by RVIA, a recreation vehicle industry organization, the top reasons for increased RV use include enjoying outdoor activities, keeping children active, and seeing America. A similar study in the United Kingdom by the Camping and Caravanni
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RVing with Kids, part 1: Quality time with family
Each year more than 22 million RV owners vacation in America’s great outdoors in order to spend "quality time" with their families. “Using an RV gives families the flexibility to vacation how they want and when they want, at a budget-friendly price,” according
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