Car, truck, van wrap-around camping tents
Often when an outdoors person doesn't want to sleep on the ground--but does not, for one reason or another, want to acquire a recreation vehicle--will opt for a compact and lightweight vehicle camping tent to have access to interior space for sleeping. Here are three
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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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Beginning with MLK Day, 10 free days at 2,000+ National Parks, public lands sites in 2017
Kicking off its second century, the National Park Services opens its doors free on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16.  All together there will be 10 *free entrance days to more than 2,000 National Parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other fede
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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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Last chance to take advantange of final 'fee free day' this year at National Parks
The National Park Service winds down this year's "fee free days*" on Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2016. According to the National Park Service, many of the more than 400 national parks never charge an entrance fee. The fee-free days apply at the 124 national parks that usua
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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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Autumn camping destination #1: Bear Paw Mountains, a picturesque place in northeast Montana
Pack your recreation vehicle, throw in an extra layer of clothing and explore a few lesser-know public campgrounds this autumn to discover amazing scenery, spectacular fall color, and an abundance of outdoor activities. The first of four colorful campground desti
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Public lands provide families with low-cost fun and opportunities for lessons in 'stewardship'
Jimmy and I are huge fans of America's Public Lands and are avid supporters of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24, 2016. Whenever we have the opportunity to visit any public lands facility -- whether canoeing a community reservoir, camping on BLM land, or hiking a
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