By now, those of you that have followed my travels via RV Life magazine and blog know of my love for exploring underground. It doesn’t matter if it is man-made (mines, tunnels, etc) or God made (caves, lava tubes, etc), I will crawl into it. It is a whole different world below the surface of […]
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This had to be the perfect spring-break day; not only was the sky blue, but the weather was up into the sixties, almost good enough for T-shirts on the beach!!
My early morning clamming had gone well. Quiet waters and negative tides gave me time to pound the surf-soaked sand and spot a few razor clams trying to dig for safety. A few of them were on the small side, but I got some big ones in my 15-clam limit. My dogs had joined me during the clamming, “helping” me dig up the tasty bivalves. The splashing had darned near knocked me over a few times, but they were going to dig at any cost, so together we brought the clams to hand.
As age has crept up on us, so have the little troubles that come with it—sore joints, weaker muscles. One area where we’ve found the need for a bit of help is getting off and on the toilet. RV toilets can be on the short side, and installing a riser to give yourself a bit of a lift is not too expensive and relatively easy to do. We’ll walk you through your own “game of thrones.”
Thetford, which makes a number of toilets popular in the RV field, also produces an RV toilet riser. The device gives RV toilets a lift of two and a half inches. Happily, it works not only on Thetford models, but also on toilets produced by other manufacturers, including Sealand.
Whether you are looking for an interesting travel destination or practical tips on RVing, you can find useful information in the blogs at rvlife.com. One of our blogs, the Class B Buzz, is directed at people who own or hope to acquire a Class B RV, often referred to as a van camper. While the column is entitled The Class B Buzz, it often has information applicable to RVing generally, as in the following recent post:
Like many restored villages in the American West, Bluff Fort in southeastern Utah gives visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the pioneers. What is remarkable about Bluff Fort, however, is not its reconstructed log buildings and remnants of wagons and implements of the 1880s, but the exceptional heroism and fortitude that brought the rustic settlement into being.
Bluff Fort is set amid vibrant red-rock bluffs, but the real color is in the story of its creation as told in a film that is shown to visitors. It is there that you learn of the epic effort by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—the Mormons—to settle in this remote corner of the Utah territory 16 years before it was granted statehood.
What’s not to love about a Sunday brunch? From favorite breakfast foods and savory egg dishes to tasty twists on salads and other lunchtime traditions to decadent pastries, cakes and other sweets, brunch is a fun way to enjoy a great meal. And whether relaxing with family, getting together with friends, or entertaining stay-over guests, it’s leisurely and flexible, with lots of room to accommodate any schedule or taste. Not quite breakfast and not quite lunch, brunch provides the best of both worlds!
Spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, year-round recreation and rich history define Harriman State Park in the Idaho town of Island Park, 28 miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana. Many tourists are unaware of what lies tucked away just off Highway 20 as they wheel past on their way to Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park, but this is a hidden gem that should not be missed.
In The Beginning—The Railroad Ranch
It was the turn of the century, and Island Park had already been discovered by early homesteaders, who established ranches, raised cattle, operated fish farms, ran stage stops and offered guide and outfitting services. The area became popular as a retreat for wealthy families, who built summer homes. Weather conditions were extreme, and that led many enterprises to fail. One such failure was a cheese factory operated by Swiss homesteaders. Unable to sustain their business, they sold their land and holdings to several investors associated with the Oregon Short Line, a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1902, these early investors formed the Island Park Land and Cattle Company to raise and sell livestock, but they also began to develop their ranch as a sporting retreat. And fittingly, due to the shareholders’ occupations, their retreat became known as the Railroad Ranch.
A century and a half ago, pioneers heading west along the wagon trail from Missouri to California would say they were “going to see the elephant.”
No, they didn’t really expect to encounter an elephant, but it was a metaphor for all the strange sights they expected to see on a difficult four-month trip. Their experiences are captured in exhibits at the California Trail Interpretive Center, which opened last year near Elko, Nevada.
The Tarot, described by its Chinese manufacturer, Powerocks, as the world’s thinnest portable power bank, is designed to provide an emergency charge for your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device whenever you are away from a power source or electric outlet. The Tarot can fit in a wallet, pocket or small purse. The device is […]
RVFraimz from Fodeo is a way to hang a photo on a cabinet or wall in an RV without using a picture frame, a hanger and a nail. The product consists of a clear film over the photo and a frame with a peel and stick adhesive that attaches the photo to the surface. The […]
At a height of only eight inches, the new Mach 8 rooftop air conditioners and heat pumps from Coleman-Mach have the lowest profile in the RV industry, according to their manufacturer. At 90 pounds, the Mach 8 is also the lightest ultra-low profile unit on the market. The compact size reduces drag, improving fuel efficiency. […]