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RE: Johnathan Dickinson to the keys Best route

I would go west to the Fl Turnpike. That's what we do after leaving Jonathan Dickinson SP. On the way down, we check Gas Buddy for best price, and fill up in Florida City before getting on the Keys.
NCWriter 11/22/14 11:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Any beef short rib fans?

Big fan here. A think there was a thread about short ribs here recently. They taste great, so hearty and satisfying for cold weather. Can be very fatty so I try to trim well before cooking, brown them before braising, and skim off some of the fat first before using the juices in a sauce or gravy.
NCWriter 11/21/14 05:07pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Planning for a future trip through the Southwest

Two great Utah State Parks we enjoyed and would return to are Goblin Valley State Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. The GC North Rim has a great old-time NPS feel to it. Don't miss the classic lodge on Bright Angel Point to sit on the sun porch and soak up the view. We had dinner there - the dining room also has views. Near the lodge, there's an easy half-mile paved trail (Bright Angel Point Trail) worth doing. Some great scenic driving, too - Point Imperial, Casa Encantada, Roosevelt Point, and Cape Royal (Angels Window - rock with a view opening - near there.)
NCWriter 11/19/14 06:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: WINTERIZING IN JACKSONVILLE.....CRAZY

The year before we got here the snow came. Water pipes broke, bridges closed a mess they tell me. When I attended West Riverside Elementary School in Jax back in the 1950s, it started snowing once. The teachers took all the kids out to stand on the sidewalk and look up at the sky, mouths hanging open to taste the snow, because most had never seen such a phenomenon. Best of luck on the decision. It's 24 on the balmy NC coast this a.m., so I'm glad we winterized on a whim a couple of weeks ago.
NCWriter 11/19/14 05:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need recommendations for Tampa to Fort Myers

Double post.
NCWriter 11/19/14 05:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need recommendations for Tampa to Fort Myers

You're serious, nice places on the water, over 55 foot rig, 50 amp, with pool, Dec-Mar, Florida... (Rig is 33, people over 55.) But I agree, it's a bit late to start looking. Fort DeSoto is a beautiful Pinellas County park built on a series of keys on the Gulf - no pool, but beautiful beach. May be booked solid by now but they have some hold-back sites - see website for details.
NCWriter 11/19/14 05:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Odie of the Outback, Capital Reef style.

It made my Saturday morning seeing the name Whazoo on the "Newest" post list. Always fascinating, beautiful, funny, inspirational to ride along with you and Mrs. Whaz. And now the Whazitini.
NCWriter 11/15/14 04:44am Truck Campers
RE: Can I vent while we sit around the campfire ?

Jack, didn't you and Nanci raise about four dozen kids? That poor dryer was probably screeching to be put out of its misery.
NCWriter 11/14/14 04:58am Around the Campfire
RE: Best Listing of RV Parks?

I now use the Allstays app to view a location that's roughly in the vicinity where we want to stay. Then I look up the campground name(s) I have found in RV Park Reviews. Allstays map indicates more than just commercial campgrounds depending on your filters. You can see a symbol for various public campgrounds also. Tap any symbol then for details.
NCWriter 11/13/14 08:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Privately Owned Parks that Just Do Not Want Your Business

Reading this, a memory popped up about a night our ferry back from Newfoundland to Cape Breton Island was late. Management stayed late to check in and lead everyone arriving to their sites after dark in golf carts, with friendly good cheer. Probably happens often and their business plan is to welcome customers. I'd definitely stay again and recommend Arm of Gold Campground and RV Park.
NCWriter 11/13/14 03:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Leash Training

I think I'll ask Raylene's trainer about that today when we go to a training class. We've worked on the pulling issue for months, and use a Freedom No-Pull Harness. But as one of my friends says, they seem like they build up an immunity to the pressure of the harness. I do see some improvement but there are times I need to have more control.
NCWriter 11/13/14 04:48am RV Pet Stop
RE: Ingalls Homestead and Mount Rushmore

I remember reading this article last year. Not sure if it will answer all your questions but may help: MotorHome Magazine travel feature, Little RV on the Prairie
NCWriter 11/11/14 11:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Soup Time

"Dirty Little Secret" sounds great with the cold weather here, and easy yet healthy with all the vegs. Recently when Beef Bottom Round roast was on sale here, I got one, about three pounds. It's a lot of meat for two of us. 1. Recipe one was Sandra Lee's Pot Roast recipe (I didn't do the roasted root vegetables, though they sound good.) 2. Recipe two the next night was the very easy and good Southwest Beef and Black Bean Chili she suggests for using leftover pot roast. Sandra Lee pot roast recipe with link for the Chili 3. Recipe three will be Beef and Cannellini Bean Minestrone to use up the rest of the beef still in the freezer. I'm trying a recipe by Giada de Laurentiis on her website that calls for a cup of leftover pot roast, which should just about do it.
NCWriter 11/09/14 12:25pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How is your van Insulated?

I had a sleeping bag up against the rear doors and windows as could feel the cold coming through, and a spare blanket against the wall by the single pane window I was pretty comfy all night wearing longjohns. Dog helped. Mike The Sprinter's rear doors are where I notice cold temps, too. Cold metal! I put a triangle-shaped pillow/bolster between door and pillow those really cold nights. The good news with vans is how fast they warm up on a cold morning. We also plug in a little space heater with thermostat if we have hookups.
NCWriter 11/09/14 05:17am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Calvin's full of Cra .... I mean POOP!

Thanks for the recommendations, but this post was a tongue and cheek sorta thing. In other words, I feeling great that he's improving so well. However, he's still on the mend, and is slowly getting back to his self. He was at 28 bags just a few weeks ago since acquiring that terrible fungal infection. He eats Royal Canin Potato and Venison, which helps him with his stomach issues. Pops Great to hear he's still doing well!
NCWriter 11/09/14 05:08am RV Pet Stop
RE: B+ desiels

Take a look also at the Coach House Platinum small class Cs made in Florida. They have both gas and diesel options.
NCWriter 11/08/14 04:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Camping @ Reaves Arena in Perry, Ga

We stayed there a couple of years ago for a dog show and there were lots of RVs. I think the Family Motor coach Association has rallies there. Surrounded by fences, and entry gates, and they have security. Felt perfectly safe, and they seem to have plenty of experience with it. There are also large bath houses with showers which were clean. Definitely much more convenient than staying outside. I would stay there again.
NCWriter 11/05/14 05:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: First Trip/Last Trip

My sympathies to you. Trying to imagine how you feel, and know it must be so difficult. I'm glad you have family who will keep you close, as you all together keep Beverley's memory close in your hearts.
NCWriter 11/05/14 05:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Photo-editing Software

There may not be any of you who are considering submitting images for publication to various outlets, but just in case... here's a word of advice. If you do plan to alter them, keep untouched copies on file. Many editors specify that they want raw, uncorrected images in the highest resolution setting your camera has. You can always provide them with both versions. I've worked on both sides of the street. As a magazine editor, I had my own graphics/layout people who used very sophisticated programs, and we saw a lot of over-processed artsy images that were hard to work with. What we really needed was good, high res, raw material with eye-catching content and we could take it from there.
NCWriter 11/04/14 04:46am Around the Campfire
RE: Central Florida to Melbourne RV sites

Last year we tried Long Point Park, Melbourne Beach and are returning for a few nights again this year. It is a Brevard County park and very reasonable for the area at about $30 with water & electric. It's set in the Indian River so plenty of water views around. Not fancy but nice friendly atmosphere. Not sure if they have sites left for this winter coming up, but that will be a question mark everywhere. Reservations have been done by telephone in the past, but looks like they have added online res. Unlike some public parks, they don't seem to have a two week limit. Long Point Park Campground 700 Long Point Road Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 Phone: 321-952-4532 Fax: 321-952-6306
NCWriter 11/01/14 10:07am Snowbirds
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