National parks: Did you make your reservation?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Some say America’s national parks are more than beloved – they’re being “loved to death.” The popularity of some parks makes for more than just irritable bears – irritable visitors have become the order of the day as parking spaces are scarce, and the so-called solitude of many parks gives way to shoulder-to-shoulder crowds... Read More

Heading to the desert? Read these tips

By Bob Difley If you are planning to head south to the deserts this winter for the first time, here are a few tips to help make your winter escape comfortable, safe and stress-free. • Add a few desert guidebooks to your library, such as Southwest Camping Destinations by Mike and Terri Church, an excellent guide to the RV resorts, campgrounds and... Read More

RVing to the stars – McDonald Observatory, West Texas

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory RVing to the stars – Visiting an astronomical destination: McDonald Observatory I am starting another recurring theme with this article, so buckle up, buttercup. We are about to hit the road. All around this great country there are many wonderful destinations that include interesting astronomical-related features. Telescopes, Dark Sky sites, planetariums, museums and historical... Read More

Apples, arts and autumn leaves – the beauty of Appalachia

  Fall is an extraordinary time to explore Appalachia’s Tennessee River Valley. When the hardwoods of the mountains produce the classic hues of autumn, and the skies take on a cerulean blue, the people of Appalachia know it is time to celebrate the harvest and the traditions of their agrarian heritage. Harvest traditions include picking apples and making cider. Apple trees... Read More

How well do you know Yosemite National Park?

Courtesy U.S. Department of Interior Waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, deep valleys and ancient giant sequoias – that’s Yosemite. On October 1, 1890, Yosemite became a national park, and more than 125 years later, it’s still wowing visitors. Here are a few facts you might not know. 1. Yosemite is the nation’s third national park, but it sparked the idea of... Read More

More venues for great outdoor photography

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When you’re home from your RV adventures, there’s nothing like looking back and pondering your travels with pleasure. And a great thing to increase your “ponder factor” is having good photos from your adventures. For many RVers, one thing leads to another – the RV adventure leads to the “photo” bug. Racking out your... Read More

Let National Geographic lead you to 125 wacky attractions

RVers Jimmy Smith and Julianne G. Crane at Carhenge, Alliance, NE By Julianne G. Crane It is not always just the national parks that are remembered at the end of a long family RV trip. Often it is the weird, whimsical or wacky. Geared toward younger travelers, National Geographic Books has recently published the fun, take-along paperback that is perfect for a... Read More

Snowbird haunts: “Burro” Schmidt’s tunnel

By Bob Difley Editor’s note: As summer draws to a close, the RV snowbirds are beginning to think about their winter getaways. Need a little help with stops along the way to broaden your horizons? Here’s the first of our occasional posts of places to see, things to do in the warmer-during-winter areas of the country.  William Henry Schmidt, born in... Read More