'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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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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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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RV gliding on the edge of Tehachapi at 4200-feet
This is at least the fourth time we've stopped at the Mountain Valley RV Park in Tehachapi, Calif. It sits off CA Hwy 58 at about 4200-feet and is perfect for an overnight stop on the edge of the Mojave Desert. This privately-owned facility is on the same propert
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Corps of Engineers campgrounds in California
After Oregon State Park at Harris Beach Campground on Monday, we traveled about 320 miles south -- that doesn't seem like a great distance unless one is traveling on winding Hwy 101 along the Pacific Coast, then through the amazing Redwoods on a wet day with  slow tra
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Meandered the Napa Valley skirting Bay Area traffic
After a long, long 8-hour drive yesterday down a wet, slow and winding Hwy 101 through Redwood Country, this day we decided to meander through Napa Valley along CA 128/29 in iconic Wine Country. And, as a bonus, we completely avoided any Bay Area traffic. An ease
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These Snowbirds heading south ... traveling light, sorta
After a long stretch nestled in the Timber Valley SKP Park in Sutherlin, Ore., these snowbirds will be heading south soon. For the next couple of months, we will be storing our 30-foot Cougar 5th wheel 'mother pod' under wraps in an Expedition RV Cover purchased from
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RVs for Autumn, part 3: SUV set embrace tiny, rugged pull-behind teardrop trailer for off-grid camping
There is growing interest in smaller, rugged pull-behind teardrop trailers by urban anglers who want to get away to a secluded lake, cast a fishing line and catch a memory. “You don't have to own a huge truck to pull a TerraDrop. It is perfectly happy behind a smal
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