Online at RVLife.com, you will find current and back issues of RV Life, plus additional content, including blogs that explore travel destinations and discuss topics ranging from golf to RV remodeling. Here are examples of blog posts from “The Healthy Traveler,” which provides practical health tips, and “Adventures in RVing,” which offers travel recommendations from a seasoned RVer, Dave Helgeson. In the following post, Helgeson describes his experience reserving a campsite at Deception Pass State Park on Washington’s Whidbey Island.
Adventures in RVing: Deception Perception!
By Dave Helgeson
As stated on their website, Washington State Parks would have you believe:
“The name ‘Deception Pass’ derived from Captain Vancouver’s realization that what he had mistaken for a peninsula was actually an island. He named that island ‘Whidbey’ in honor of his assistant, Joseph Whidbey, who was at his side when Vancouver realized the mistake. The captain named the inlet at which he was anchored ‘Deception Pass’ to commemorate the error.”
However, after a very secretive undercover investigation, I have discovered the truth! The real deception in the name Deception Pass State Park is the allowable RV lengths in the campground.
When planning a recent campout with friends, we tried to book two side-by-side spaces only to have the online reservation system tell us our 27-foot travel trailer was too long for the space we had selected. The highlighted warning stated the space would only accept trailers up to 18 feet. The first clue that deception was afoot was the fact that the space is equipped with 50-amp electrical service. Now when was the last time you saw an 18-foot (or smaller) RV that required 50-amp service? Further sleuthing revealed the stated pad length was 42 feet. Finally a quick check on Google Earth showed a very spacious site as viewed from above. Changing the inputted length on their website to show our RV was only a small travel trailer (a lie), we soon had our reservation in hand. Upon arriving at the site several weeks later not only did our 27 foot travel trailer fit in the site, but our full-size, extended cab, long bed pickup too, with room to spare!
Washington State Parks, I love ya, but can you hire somebody that knows how to use a tape measure? Otherwise you’ll continue to make a liar out of me!
The Healthy Traveler: Customize Your First Aid Kit
When you have a motorhome, you can travel to places you might not otherwise visit. A trip to the beach is no problem when the kids have a motorhome to stretch out in. Going to the Grand Canyon can be on the bucket list when you can stop for the night and sleep in your own bed. If you are planning a great adventure in your RV, make sure you take the right kind of first aid kit. Here are the customized supplies you should include if you are heading to the beach, the desert or the mountains.
When visiting a salt-water ocean, you need to have certain items in the first aid kit. The first is plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin. The second is a good after-sun cream in case you still get burned. You should have vinegar on hand in the event of an unfortunate encounter with a jellyfish. Hydrocortisone cream should also be in the kit to help with any itching after a sting. An eyewash kit is a good idea in case anyone gets sand in his or her eyes.
The Grand Canyon is a hot tourist destination, as well as other desert areas. Your first aid kit should include tweezers to remove cactus spines. Snakebites are a very real possibility in this area, so you should know the procedure for dealing with one. There is not much you can do for snakebite, but you will need to call for help immediately. You should also position the victim so the bite is below the heart. You will probably be doing a lot of walking in the desert, so include some moleskin in case you get blisters. As with the beach, be sure to include plenty of sunscreen and after-sun treatments.
The woods are relaxing, but they can also be home to bears. When you arrive at your destination, visit one of the local stores to see what kind of camping supplies they have on hand. If you are going to camp in an area that is known for having bears, a can of bear repellant isn’t a bad idea. It looks a lot like mosquito repellent, but it comes in a much bigger can. Speaking of mosquitoes, you should also have some bug spray on hand to help keep them away. A tick kit should be included in your first aid supplies to help you deal with ticks.
There are a few other items you want in your first aid kit, regardless of your destination. Aspirin and Neosporin are excellent items to have on hand, as well as your collection of bandages. Bandanas should also be in the kit, because you never know when you might need a tourniquet or a makeshift sling. Before heading out on your next adventure, be sure to read up on how you should respond to snake bites, run-ins with a cactus, avoiding bears and other information that could prove handy in an emergency.
(You will find new blog entries each week at rvlife.com.)