The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has concluded that it cannot make the park system self-supporting and will need the help of general fund tax dollars. The commission plans to ask for $18 million from the general fund in its 2013-15 budget request. When it cut off general fund support for parks, the state […]
Archives for August 2012
The RV/MH Hall of Fame, which was once near insolvency, has dramatically improved its financial status and “has never been in better shape than it is today,” the organization’s president, Darryl Searer, reported at the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony in Elkhart, Indiana, in August.
Searer said the drive to raise $100,000 to earn a matching grant from the family of the late Robert (Boots) Ingram and his wife, Betty, exceeded its goal by $65,000. Putting the drive over the top were donations of $10,000 from Roadtrek Motorhomes, $5,000 each from Jayco executives Derald and Wilber Bontrager, $25,000 from Thor Industries in the name of its late co-founder, Wade F. B. Thompson, and another $25,000 from the Thompson Family Foundation.
The California Trail Interpretive Center, which opened near Elko, Nevada, in June, offers the opportunity to experience what cross-country travel was like from 1841 to 1869. The Bureau of Land Management operates the center, with staff members dressed in historical clothing and with exhibits that include an outdoor Shoshone camp and a wagon encampment. The […]
Monaco RV, which was acquired in 2009 by Navistar, a builder of commercial trucks, school buses and military vehicles, has become Navistar RV. The company announced that it will keep Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision as brands, but its subsidiary will now be known as Navistar RV instead of Monaco RV. “Updating the name of […]
For eight months, my husband had see-sawed between life and death. His kidneys failed. He had endured weeks in and out of hospitals and the adjustment to peritoneal dialysis. During his most depressing days, I dangled the thought that we would travel again to Idaho—a trip we had made for the previous three summers while […]
Mosquitoes are annoying when you are trying to relax around a campfire, and they also carry several dangerous diseases. Even though diseases like Dengue fever and malaria aren’t much of a concern in the United States, diseases like West Nile are a serious concern. Fortunately, these flying, buzzing blood suckers don’t have to ruin your […]
Over the last 40 years, Born Free Motorcoach has built one of the most loyal customer bases in the RV industry by building one of the best coaches in America and selling their products directly from their factory in Humboldt, Iowa. After visiting Lazydays RV in Tampa, Florida, Born Free’s founding family knew they had […]
For most of my writing life, I have written non-fiction books, articles, columns, blogs, etc. Either you to stick to the truth or if you are going off on a “flight of fancy,” you make sure your readers know that is where you are going, as in my story a few years ago about meeting […]
Route 66 (aka The Mother Road) helped shape the history of America. Commissioned in 1926, it was the first highway to link Chicago to Los Angeles crossing eight states along it’s path. Route 66 became America’s highway and the ultimate road trip. Sadly it is no longer necessary for cross-country travel and has been replaced […]
Nearly five million people visit the Grand Canyon each year, and most of them stick to the sites and trails near Grand Canyon Village. But about 30 miles east is a literal highlight you won’t want to miss— the Desert View Watchtower. Although it was built with an internal steel framework in 1932, the […]
Dan Rooney, a decorated Air Force pilot and PGA professional, always had a kind heart. In June 2006, his chance to pay it forward and help others arrived. He was on an airplane in Grand Rapids, Mich. When the flight landed, the pilot announced that there was an American hero on board, and as […]