Dave Helgeson, the author of the “Adventures in RVing” blog at RVLife.com, travels throughout the West with his wife, Cheri, when he isn’t busy promoting RV and manufactured home shows in Washington state.
His blog reflects his wide travels and the pursuit of fun in out-of-the-way places. Dave also likes to save money while enjoying the RV lifestyle, so you will often find money-saving tips on his blog.
For example, one recent post focused on an attractive U.S. Forest Service campground in California just minutes from Interstate 5 that offers campsites with hookups for $25 a night, or just half that if you hold a federal recreation pass. Another post showed where you could float on a raft or inner tube down the Yakima River, and stay in a campground for $10 a night.
Dave salts his posts with oddities and humor, as, for example, his post on his stay at an Eastern Washington RV park that warns guests to be careful about which gates they use. Dave noted that the park’s list of rules includes: “Use only access gates provided for park guests. DO NOT enter the bull pasture. They do not play well with others.”
A more ominous caution is given to RVers who stay at a primitive campsite in a wetlands area of Louisiana. As Dave reports, the state gives campers this warning: “Baby alligators are cute, but their moms are not cute or nice. Leave baby alligators alone! If you disturb one, they WILL call for their momma to come rescue them. And she will heed her maternal instinct and eat whatever might be disturbing her baby.”
In addition to musing about RVing and reporting on his travels, Dave uses his blog to offer practical tips, such as a recent post about the motto truckers, and an increasing number of RVers, follow when backing up their rig. They use the GOAL method, an acronym standing for Get Out and Look. The idea is that it’s far better to get out of your vehicle and look at the campsite carefully as you back in rather than rely entirely on a backup camera or a spotter.
You can find all these posts under “Adventures in RVing” in the “Blogs” section at rvlife.com.
Here is one of Dave’s recent posts:
Adventures in RVing: Red Bluff Recreation Area – By Dave Helgeson
Heading from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California this summer? Looking for somewhere to camp along the way, close to the freeway, that won’t cost an arm and a leg?
Then you may want to check out the attractive Red Bluff Recreation Area and the very unusual Sycamore Grove Campground. What makes this campground unusual is that it is a United States Forest Service campground operated by the Mendocino National Forest, but located in an urban setting just minutes from I-5.
Even more atypical than the standard forest service campsite is that the campground features water and electric paved sites! Stranger yet is some of the sites are long pull-throughs, with some featuring 50-amp electrical service.
Want another bonus? The surrounding recreation area features miles of paved hiking and biking trails, access to the Sacramento River and an interpretive center.
I saved the best for last. The rate is only $25 per night for a spacious, grassy, shady, water and electric site! But wait, it gets even better! Since it is a federally operated campground, Golden Age/Access Passports and Interagency Senior/Access Recreation Pass holders receive 50 percent off the posted camping fees! Discovering the extraordinary when expecting the ordinary, just another adventure in RVing!