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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A sunny afternoon with friends Sherian & Lee Shriver visiting the USS Lexington on Corpus Christi Bay
A warm afternoon on the Gulf Coast of Texas is the perfect opportunity to visit the USS Lexington that rests regally in Corpus Christi Bay next to the North Beach. This fabled aircraft carrier played a significant role in our nation’s defense for nearly 50 yea
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Fulton Mansion for RV snowbirds, family outings
The last time we were 'Winter Texans' on the Gulf Coast, the Fulton Mansion was under extensive preservation work due to "serious long-term foundation and structural issues, basement water infiltration, deterioration of original wood windows, and major roof leaks." The
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Biking, birding Port Aransas Nature Preserve
Whenever RV snowbirds hover along the Coastal Bend of Texas, they often take advantage of sunny days to jump on bicycles and see the sites. One relatively safe place to take out the bicycles is Port Aransas on Mustang Island. It is just a short free ferry ride across th
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These snowbirds return to the Sandollar RV Park in Rockport-Fulton on the Coastal Bend of Texas
For the fourth time (out of eight snowbird seasons), we nestled for several weeks in a grove of Southern live oak trees at the Sandollar (Resort) RV Park in Fulton-Rockport, a charming fishing-artist community on the Coastal Bend of Texas. Jimmy and I keep return
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Jimmy Smith is visited by memories of boyhood friend
RVer Jimmy Smith reflects on memories dating back 50 years to when he and his childhood friend Johnny Antonace went on their first childhood adventure. "Johnny and I grew up on dirt roads in western Pennsylvania and a well-trodden path through a field and woods lin
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Brazos Bend (Texas) State Park, great family camping, bicycling, birding, gator watching
Brazos Bend State Park is an outstanding family 'destination' park within easy reach of downtown Houston, Texas. We stayed here for 12 days recently and commuted (about an hour) into the city to visit relatives. On the days we did not go into Houston, we explore
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'The Wright Guides' to public campgrounds
My absolute favorite 'go to' resource book when we are traveling is The (Don) Wright to "Free and Low-Cost Campgrounds: Includes Campgrounds $12 and Under in the United States". It has a permanent place between Jimmy and me in the front seat of the truck. My dog-eare
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South Llano (Texas) State Park for the umpteenth time
We have camped at the South Llano River State Park on the western edge of the Texas Hill Country more times than I can readily remember--it's either 5, 6 or 7 times. Another time we were planning on stopping but the campground was closed because of a public deer hun
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RVWheelLife, Jimmy Smith mentioned in Tampa Bay Times about gardening on the road
Penny Carnathan, garden columnist for the Tampa Bay Times contacted us a couple of weeks back regarding an article she was working on about "edibles gardening on the go - in RVs." She wrote in an e-mail that she had tracked us down through a photo shared on Pinteres
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