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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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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Free very special family evening events at Carlsbad Caverns -- 'Bat Flight' programs, 'Night Sky Parties'
Each summer through early autumn, Carlsbad Caverns National Park hosts very special free family programs. Go on a New Moon starlit hiking adventure with a ranger into the Chihuahuan Desert on Sept. 30 and Oct. 30. Bring comfy hiking shoes, water and a light snack. Li
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Florida State Parks want (RVers’) photographs for 'Monthly Photo Contest'
"Florida's 174 state parks, trails and historic sites offer beautiful backdrops for recreational and nature-based photos, and we want to see them from your point-of-view,” states a recent Florida State Parks email. "The new state park monthly photo contest's campaign
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Sedona, popular RV Snowbird stop
There is a special uniqueness about Sedona. The natural beauty, the majestic mountains--whatever it is, there is definitely a magical essence here. It is said that ancient winds blow rose-colored sand grains into the surrounding mesas sculpting magnificent monuments
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RV camping at Lake Kissimmee in central Florida
Lake Kissimmee State Park in central Florida is a naturalist's wonderland.  And, a great destination for RV snowbirds traveling through the Sunshine state.  Located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger and Rosalie wildlife abounds. (Just click on any of the
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RV Snowbirds flock to open air markets in Yuma
As with most Snowbird destination cities, Yuma offers a number of local farmers' markets and flea markets. On one Sunday recently Jimmy and I stopped by two of Yuma's popular open air markets--The Sunrise Farmers' Market and the Arizona Market Place The free SUNRI
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National Arbor Day is Friday, April 25--go plant a tree with your children, grand kids
It goes without saying that the vast majority of RVers value our magnificent national forests and wooded state parks. As a group we cherish spending quality time with our families camping, hiking and fishing within and around the many public lands across America. We
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RVer Jimmy Smith rethinks his whole concept of leisure
  In Jimmy Smith's latest entry in his on-going reflections about nothing in particular and his "own internal landscape" in general, he continues to reconsider his old attitudes about the value of leisure activities. "In fact I’ve been steeping myself i
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Celebrate New Year's at Valley of Fire State Park
Speaking of the Valley of Fire State Park (as was mentioned in boondocking expert Bob Difley's RV holiday memory) check out the "Free First Day Hikes" on New Year’s Day 2015. Nevada's oldest and largest state park is 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Overton, N
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