Celebrate the New Year with a family 'First Day Hike' at your favorite state park across America
First Day Hikes at state parks are part of a nationwide initiative led by American Hiking Society to get people outdoors. There are hundreds of hikes scheduled in all 50 states. Kids and adults will be participating, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty
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Overnight dry camping stops at SKP RoVer's Roost in Casa Grande, Az; SKP Dream Catcher in Deming, NM
To backtrack just a little, after a week in Yuma, we needed to cover some ground so we  opted for overnight stops in dry camping at the Escapees' RV parks near Casa Grande, Ariz. and again in Deming, NM. At the RoVer's Roost RV Park in Casa Grande we parked by anoth
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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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Seasons Greetings from these RV Snowbirds
Seasons Greetings and Feliz Navidad from our eighth holiday season adrift in America since ridding ourselves of stick-build dwellings and opting for our small home-on-wheels. In seasons past Santa has found our little truck and camper parked beside the Colorado R
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RVer Jimmy Smith writes about a 'blow out' and his guardian angel being close at hand
When one travels Interstate 10 across the   high desert region of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, there is a good, almost certain, chance you will encounter two things: long stretches of empty country and strong cross winds. Recently, a little more than seven hours
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Old Town Yuma's historic Lutes Casino popular with RV Snowbirds, locals
Lutes Casino Restaurant is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Yuma.  Jimmy and I were taken there by full-time RV friends Bob Parker and Donna Huffer. It was a warm afternoon and we were in need of a cold drink. This is a fun historic destination in Old To
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Day trip to Los Algodones, Mexico, near Yuma
One recent Saturday, we visited the Mexico boarder community of Los Algodones, near Yuma, Ariz. -- known for its scores of dentists and optical outlets, in additions to its pharmacies with modestly-priced medications. It was a day warm enough for Jimmy to wear shorts
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Sunshine, sunsets, good people, pool, hot tub, billiards draw us back to SKP Kofa RV Park in Yuma
Whenever we travel south through California, heading to (or from) Texas and further points east, we always stop at the Kofa Ko-op RV Retreat, in Yuma, Ariz. We've lost count of the number of times we've pulled into this Escapees RV Club Members Only RV park. The managem
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Desert Hot Springs Spa worth (very) brief stop for soak
Wait, wait, wait, before you say: "I can't afford that," let me tell you it is only $4 for day use on Tuesday. Admission to the Desert Hot Springs Spa the remainder of the week is $6 on Monday-Wednesday-Thursday; and $8 Friday-Saturday-Sunday. This is a perfect sto
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Joshua Tree National Park - Black Rock Canyon
Another night hovering at 4000-feet elevation -- this one dry camping at the Black Rock Canyon Campground at Joshua Tree National Park in the mountains north of Palm Springs, Calif. The Joshua Tree NP website states: "Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and th
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