Heading “Out West”? Don’t miss these BLM gems!

Russ and Tiña De Maris The Weather Channel once published a photo-heavy feature called, “Most Amazing Hidden Gems in Every State.” Included in the lot were four “gems” under the watch-care of the Bureau of Land Management, all of them Out West. California: Black Sands Beach (Humbolt County) Here’s an amazing “off the beaten track” feature you’ll want to visit.…

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A visit to Annie Oakley’s grave

Old West sharpshooter Annie Oakley was born just north of Greenville, Ohio, and lived her final days there. She’s buried alongside her husband Frank Butler in Brock cemetery, a short drive north of town just off U.S. route 127. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury visited there and recorded this video, revealing his special “connection” with Annie. Besides her fame as a…

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It’s a great time to visit “the Grand Canyon of the Mojave”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Looking for a place that’s off the beaten track, offers amazing desert wildlife views, yet still has a year-round river? Before summer (and the heat) arrives, consider a trip to California’s Afton Canyon. East of Barstow, the Bureau of Land Management oversees an amazing chunk of public land that offers a little bit of…

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Boondock near the highest summit in the Lower 48

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It’s a mountain with an interesting history – and a debatable altitude. The first recorded ascent of this highest peak in the contiguous United States was made by a group – not of mountain climbers – but fishermen. Charles Begole, A.H. Johnson and John Lucas tossed away their fishing poles, made the climb and…

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Wildlife Refuges – often National Park next-door neighbors

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers spend plenty of time on America’s public lands. National Parks are a natural. National Forests get plenty of visits. Many have discovered the Out West treasures managed by the Bureau of Land Management. But one part of your public lands sometimes gets neglected – Wildlife Refuges, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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How about a desert sea serpent? But wait, there’s more…

By Greg Illes Sprawled across the back lots of Borrego Springs, California, are dinosaurs. And prehistoric camels. Miners, farm workers, battling bighorn sheep and, yes, a monstrous sea serpent – well, to be more precise, a desert serpent. The brown rust of the iron sculptures doesn’t glint in the sun, in fact it blends gently into the desert until you…

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Astronomy: Visiting the Very Large Array – Will you make “contact”?

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory This week I am highlighting another very interesting astronomically related destination, the Very Large Array (VLA). Run by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the facility is located on The Plains of San Agustin, Old Hwy 60, Magdalena, NM 87825 (GPS coordinates 34 04’43.497N, 107 37’05.819W). This iconic telescope was made famous in the…

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