'Synchronous fireflies' displays are magical
This is an updated post from 2017 ... because I've been following these fascinating synchronous firefly events for years, hoping some day I'll be able to take one of my major Bucket List RV trips and "Follow the Fireflies." Jimmy and I were born in prime lightning bu
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Get outdoors and enjoy National Parks Week
According to an email from the folks at our National Parks, "Everyone can find a unique way to celebrate our incredible national parks this April during National Park Week." April 21 through April 29, "the parks will be aglow with special programs and events acro
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More about Arizona's Kartchner Caverns State Park
Kartchner Caverns were discovered in 1974. This "live" cave "is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Water percolates from the surface and calcite formations continue to grow, including stalactites dripping down like icicles and giant stalagmite
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Fascinating family stop when RVing through Southwest near where I-10 meets I-25 in New Mexico
We have been RV Snowbirds for more than eight years. Our primary east-west route through west Texas and New Mexico can get tiresome along I-10. One way we break it up is by stopping off somewhere along the way for a day or two or three.  A very special destination,
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Active millennial RVers Shea and Erin Laughlin, #3:  Hymer Aktiv uses a regular van chassis
One reason Minnesota millennials Shea and Erin Laughlin chose the 2017 19.7-foot Hymer Aktiv 1.0 for their home on the road is because of its small footprint. The Aktiv is built on the RAM ProMaster 2500 chassis providing for a stable ride. The front-wheel-drive van
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Beginning with MLK Day, the first of 4 free days at 2,000+ National Parks, public lands sites in 2018
The National Park Services has cut it popular *free entrance days by 60-percent this year.  In 2018 there will be only four, down from 10 in 2017. This year the first admission free day is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15.   America's "national p
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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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'It starts with one step' ... Kids in Parks
A great way to get our children (and grandchildren) interested in being in nature is Kids in Parks,  an expanding network family-friendly outdoor adventures with programs in eleven states.  Called "Track Trails," each features a self-guided brochure and signs that
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Looking for a quick, easy gift for your favorite outdoorsy friend, a tax deduction ... and support our National Parks
As John Muir, America's most famous  naturalist and 'Father of our National Parks,' said: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” "America’s national parks embody
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Gilbert Ray Campground continues as a popular (no reservations) county destination with snowbirds.
RV friends Marc and Joyce Stalnaker recently visited the Gilbert Ray Campground, a county facility near Tucson, and wrote in to let us know it is still a pretty good place to put down stakes for a few nights. "I like this campground because the sites are carefull
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