Family RV camping at Indiana's Summit Lake park
For the past two weeks on the road, we have not had to worry about such mundane challenges as "making a reservation" at a public or commercial campground. There was always plenty of room--and actually, about half the time we were the only, or nearly only, campers in the
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More public campgrounds along the way - Nebraska National Forest, COE Harlen County Lake
We couldn't resist stopping at the world's largest hand-planted forest set within the Nebraska Sandhills.  This primarily Ponderosa pine forest and combined grasslands are unique to the National Forest System. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, we camped at the Be
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Public campgrounds along the way - Badlands National Park, Nebraska's Chadron State Park
Located on the east side of the Badlands National Park in South Dakota, the Cedar Pass Campground has 96 sites with a sweeping spectacular view of the rugged badlands formations. It is only a short walk of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Camping fees are $15 per n
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Carhenge, 30 years later is still a great RV Short Stop
I can now say I've seen both Stonehenge in England and Carhenge in Nebraska. Come to think of it I was at both places within hours of the Fall Equinox, five years apart. Life is amazing. On a windy Sept. 21 of this year, Jimmy and I pulled our truck and camper int
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Two-lane highways = incredible high plains scenery and fragile wifi connection
We have dozens of stories to tell, but alas, since Rapid City, we have been traveling along two-lane highways through the Badlands of South Dakota and the Sandhills of Nebraska where we were frequently the only vehicle on the road for miles. Precious few people and no V
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Winterizing your travel trailer
If you've taken your last trip into the woods for the season, it is definitely time to start thinking about winterizing your recreation vehicle. If you plan to do it yourself this season, there are a number of informative videos available for free on You Tube. The on
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RVer Jimmy Smith writes again--about beagles, rabbit hunting as a spiritual practice
Tucked into a site at the Three Flags RV Park in Black Hawk, west of Rapid City, SD, Jimmy Smith takes advantage of full hookups and writes a post about memories of beagles and rabbit hunting during his youth in western Pennsylvania. Read his full musings by clickin
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Mountains and grasslands define RV trek so far
Lumbering along in our version of the Conestoga wagon, we have zigzagged through the Bitterroot Valley, over the Rockies and are now in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We camped last night at the Corps of Engineers Cottonwood Springs Lake campground (technically cl
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RVer Jimmy Smith reflects on conversations, love of dogs, and listening to the prairie grasses
On a quiet stroll through Keyhole State Park in northeast Wyoming, RVer Jimmy Smith reflects on recent conversations in campgrounds along the road. "I've just been out walking over and through the countryside on the east side of the big mountains, the Rockies.  Here
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Unusual guests for dinner in Bighorn Mountains
Saturday night we camped in a grove of Aspen at 8,000 feet in the Boulder Park Campground on the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming and were joined for dinner by five local residents. It was just after we had sat down for our evening meal when our neighbor, Chad
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