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BACKING UP, PARK RANGERS AND BAJA

March 19, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminBy Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers “Hi Barry, is it you who writes the RV blog?” arrived today in my inbox.  That was how Keith, with whom I worked in the ‘70s, contacted me [Believe it or not, there are other Barry Zanders in the world, including one who may have skipped out without paying at a restaurant I frequented with potential clients]. “It is I … with my wife Monique, we are the Never-Bored RVers.” “Fantastic! Yes I’ve read your blogs, and they are very informative. We started RVing two years ago. We bought a Forest River Wildcat and have taken it out the past two summers and plan to do more this year. [My wife and I] usually go out West since my son lives in Lander, WY, and we both love the West.  I [now work part time] for my association and can basically do the work anywhere I can get a WiFi hookup so we should be traveling more. On our bucket list is to visit all the primary National Parks and have been to almost 40 of them. So maybe we’ll meet on the trail somewhere. “We’re headed out in... Read more



Get Together with RVillage

March 16, 2014 by Chris Guld · 1 Comment 

by Chris Guld, www.GeeksOnTour.com We are here at the Fairgrounds in Perry, GA (in the rain) getting ready for a week of seminars and fun at the FMCA Convention.  We will have an informal get together this evening at 5 in the Multi-Purpose building by the Geeks on Tour table and the computer help desk area.  How did we arrange this get together?  With a new website meant specifically for just this purpose.  It’s called RVillage.  It’s for RVers, but we pronounce it like Our Village, a social network just for RVers. Now, before you immediately say, “I don’t need another social network” check out the special features RVillage.com offers.  Each one who joins RVillage can easily ‘check in’ whenever you pull into a new RV park, and when you do, you get an icon on the map so friends can easily see where you are.  You can also join all sorts of special groups within RVillage.  Here is a map of just the RVillagers who have added themselves to the Geeks on Tour group.  And, notice that clicking on one icon shows you the details of who that is: Whenever you check into a park, you can immediately see if any other RVillagers are there and if any get-togethers are planned.  So, for example, here at the Georgia Nat’l Fairgrounds, there are currently 9 people checked in, and there are two get-togethers planned. RVillage.com is a brand new website.  It’s been in private development for 6 months or so.  It just opened to the public... Read more



ANGELS IN MEXICO

March 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Our drive down Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula took us along Hwy. 1, a very narrow and winding passage with no room to move off the blacktop.  Through desert and rocky hills, it passes scarce outposts of civilization where few people, if any, speak English. POW! We heard the blowout on a trailer tire.  I looked to the right and realized we were 10 feet from a Pemex gas station, the Mexican-owned system of fueling stops with mini-markets.  I pulled in just POW! enough to get us out of the road.  Ten minutes later the “Green Angels” arrived to change my tire. The Green Angels is a posse of government-sponsored multi-talented people, ready to help and protect tourists plying the remote spaces of Mexico.  Fantasy RV Tours, with whom we were traveling, had hired them to escort our RV caravan for the entire trip, and, I assure you, no members of our troupe were as thankful to Our heroes -- Tony & Isaiah have them along as Monique and I. I have often written and spoken about how RV caravans are not journeys where rigs all travel in a queue.  That’s obviously not always true, because on our 1,200-mile round-trip, our 14 rigs mostly stayed together, almost always in sight of the rig in front of us.  It’s not a command, but it seemed like the best way to travel these precarious roads. When one travel trailer in our band tried to leave room for a motorhome to exit first from a resort RV park, the truck... Read more



VIDEO: “Top 5 Places to RV Camp” in the USA

March 5, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

Subscribers to our YouTube Channel already know about this latest video. (Subscriptions are FREE and found at http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=walkaboutgroup) Our new show will address key questions about RV camping and travel that we’ve received from viewers over the years. Of course, one of the most popular questions is always, “What’s your favorite place to go RV camping?” We decided to answer the question in this video. In a landscape as diverse and beautiful as the United States, we couldn’t pick just one. You can watch the new video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzIET2FrnW4 More to come. Got any more topics you want us to gab about?  Read More →



In a camping rut? Try wildlife refuges

March 1, 2014 by Bob Difley · Leave a Comment 

By Bob Difley Are you in a rut? If you’ve been RVing for a couple of year or more you likely have found favorite spots that you return to year after year. But you probably also realize that these are not the only campgrounds that will ever like, so why not venture out into new places, take different routes, or camp in places you wonce wouldn’t have considered? I’ve been guilty of the same complacency at times, but when I changed my habits I found great spots, terrific places to camp, hike, ride my mountain bike, or look for birds and wildlife. It just takes a commitment to once in a while do something, go somewhere different. OK. Once you make that commitment, may I suggest you check out this country’s wildlife refuges. In addition to all the state wildlife areas around the country, the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service manages the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida’s Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 150 million acres, 551 national wildlife refuges, as well as other units of the Refuge System, plus 37 wetland management districts. That is a heck of a lot of land that belong to each and every one of us – what is designated as public lands – and open for many kinds of recreational pursuits beyond hunting. The guide book to the refuges that I have... Read more



ANSWERING QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM YOU

January 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Yesterday I was macerating.  What’s that, you may ask.  Check out my website at http://ontopoftheworld.bz/category/barrys-travel-blog-3/ for a full explanation with photos.  I first learned about it six years ago in Key West but didn’t try it until this week.  Monique are I are in the throes of preparing for 10 days in the high desert of Arizona, where we will witness an expanse of nothingness blossom, beginning with the huge white canvas tent already up and awaiting us and up to a million folks with interests common to yours.  That cavernous tent will contain endless RV-related booths [look for us behind booth No. 401 next to one of the western entrances].  Outside on the perimeter of the tent will be more service and product vendors including gem and mineral sellers, plus a long RV repair garage.  Beyond that is free parking flanked by hundreds of flea-market-type booths. Me leaving the show a couple of years ago -- OVERLOADED! Across Interstate-10 is the desert town of Quartzsite, which, in addition to rock and “collectibles” shops now has fast-food restaurants and cafes, groceries, gas stations and other essential services.  On down the road … or really roads … are private RV parks (we’ve heard differing stories about whether there are spaces available or not) and radiating outward even further are miles of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) scrub lands, where RVers park for free, boondocking... Read more



OUR PERSONAL MESSAGE TO YOU

December 30, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers This is our 57th posting to RV.net this year – a voluntary, unpaid effort for which our reward has been getting to know you through your comments and crossing paths along the highways and byways of North America.  In the past year, we stopped in 30 states and 4 provinces, each of which has made us richer by allowing us to get to know more people and being able to share our experiences with you. Memories of our Travels in British Columbia It’s tiring to realize that we stopped in 93 different places for at least one night in 2013.  And it’s amazing that since not knowing anything about RVs just eight years ago, we have now rested our rig 476 times in every type of camping spot imaginable.  Ah, the adventures we have had, meaning there are still lots of stories to tell! Getting to know the people of North America: that’s what I always consider the best part of RV traveling.  We appreciate the variety of scenery on our journeys and take great interest in the history of places, both of which continue to earn us the “Never-Bored” label, but it’s mingling with people that really sticks with us. In line with that, I want to add a message of condolence.  We, the readers of RV.net and other blog sites, have lost a friend with James "Butterbean" Carpenter the passing of James “Butterbean” Carpenter, who was a frequent contributor to the comments section.  I have more to say about Butterbean... Read more



Apps for Travelers: Field Trip and Historical Markers

December 27, 2013 by Chris Guld · Leave a Comment 

We spent some time in the Portland area this summer and one day we took a delightful walk on the Washington side of the Columbia river.  The city of Vancouver maintains a wonderful paved path for a couple of miles along the river’s edge and we were out for some exercise.  Along the way, we were intrigued by a statue of beautiful woman.  We assumed this statue represented Sacagawea, but, as we admired it, the smartphone in my pocket rang a special alert letting me know that the Field Trip App had some information for me.  Aha!  It was an informational card on this statue. We were wrong, this wasn’t Sacagawea at all.  The card that popped up on my screen informed us that this was the Ilchee Moon Girl, daughter of Chinook Chief Concomley and, later, wife of  Chief Casinos leader in Vancouver area.  According to the card, the Ilchee Moon Girl had the power of a Shaman and she paddled her own canoe, the sign of a chief.  Cool! Read Historical Markers while you Drive Both Jim and I love history and we would love to stop every time we see a road sign that says, “Historical Marker Ahead,” but we find that is near impossible when you’re traveling in a motorhome towing a car.  I have the Historical Marker Database app on our smartphones, but I’ve learned that all of that information is now incorporated in the Field Trip app.  Now, whenever I see the sign “Historical Marker Ahead,” I will also hear that special ring on my phone.  I pick up my phone and look at... Read more



WHEN ISN’T A PULL-BEHIND AN RV?

December 26, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers At the end of my previous RV.net posting, I printed a comment from reader Mary Hansen and my response.  Mary wrote: “The description ‘Vicki’ gives doesn’t really clarify (how to make a reservation at Recreation.gov) for me. It’s a very convoluted description. In addition, it didn’t address our situation: we drive a small motorhome (on wheels with cooking and other living accommodations) AND we tow a small car. Is our car a trailer? Which sort of lot would we fit on? Thanks for trying to clarify the situation for us all (love especially your photo mash-up!) but you didn’t include a toad in your pics either!” I sent a follow-up question to Recreation.gov, which resulted in this email [I bold-faced elements in her response]: Dear Barry Zander, Thank you for using Recreation.gov for your camping needs.  It is my pleasure to assist you today. We are sorry for any confusion the website terminology has caused.  

For the purpose of making a federal camping reservation at www.Recreation.gov, an “RV” refers to an all-inclusive wheeled camping unit that may be driven on its own (often known as a “motor home.”)  A “trailer” is referencing a wheeled camping unit that is being pulled or towed by another vehicle.  (Many campgrounds include fifth wheels in the “Trailer” category, because a fifth wheel is not drivable on its own.) 

If... Read more



BUSY PLACES: NATURAL SPACES

December 22, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Monique and I are looking forward to saying “Hello” to fellow RVers at the giant show in Quartzsite, Arizona, January 18-26. I’m going to ask your indulgence for a while.  To keep my often too-long RV.net blogs a bit shorter, I want to give you the gist of my articles and suggest that you log onto my website for the rest of the story.  Today’s edition is a perfect example.  I wrote an article a year ago about the destinations chosen by RV.net readers.  Since it vanished somewhere between Point A and Point B, I’ve republished it on my website:  http://ontopoftheworld.bz/.  And I should add, I’m not trying to sell anything (unless you’re interested in one or more of my photos of North America). BUSY PLACES: Enough pregame chatter, time to get to the good stuff.  Recently I came across two “favorite lists” that I found interesting.  The first lists the “Travelers’ Choice 2013” of favorite cities to visit published by TripAdvisor.  I’m not sure how the “travelers” made their selections, but the number of attractions in the selected areas probably influences it.  For instance, New York, the #1 choice, has dozens of museums, historic sites, entertainment, etc. The sights and sounds of Chinatown in San Francisco make visiting a memorable experience. So now, the Top 10 American cities, from the Big Apple to the Big Easy:  After New York comes San Francisco, then Chicago, Las Vegas... Read more



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