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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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NASA dismisses solar eclipse myths

Next Monday, August 21st, the first total solar eclipse will be visible to America since 1918. RVers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts have prepared for months, even years, for the three-minute stretch of darkness. Campgrounds are completely booked (some even added more spaces to hold more visitors), and traffic jams are predicted to last hours. Throughout this week we have asked…

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Seven brutally honest truths about full-time travel

  By Melissa Dohmen Editor’s note: Carson Vaughan and Melissa Dohmen are two full-timers formerly from Nebraska. After renovating their 18′ travel trailer, “Elsie,” they hit the road with their dog, Costello,  for adventures to come. Here is a set of reflections penned by Melissa. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do…

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