Still alive after visit with meat-eating plants

  By Chuck Woodbury I survived my visit to the meat-eating plants along the Oregon coast just north of Florence. It turns out, these carnivores prefer insects to humans. The plants occupy an area about half the size of a basketball court alongside U.S. 101. A short trail — maybe 1/10th of a mile, leads into the plants, and then a... Read More

Visit the home of the Simpsons

  By Chuck Woodbury Springfield, Ore., next door neighbor to Eugene, is the home of the TV cartoon series “The Simpsons.” That’s according to cartoon series creator Matt Groening. “The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show ‘Father Knows Best’ took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the... Read More

Four places to see fall colors in California

  Every autumn, diminishing daylight hours and cooler temperatures send a message to California’s broadleaf trees: Unfurl those colors — it’s showtime! Fall’s show is fleeting, so timing matters. Autumn colors travel with the elevations, starting in the highest mountains and descending to the foothills. Wind along California’s roads and trails to the sampling of leaf-viewing sites below, arranged according to... Read More

There’s more to “RV retirement” than just a lawn chair

By Bob Difley This is the decade when baby boomers start retiring, taking to the highways in search of the “real America,” exploring our national parks, and boondocking in our national forests and in the southwestern deserts. Part of that dream — since you can easily recall how hard you’ve worked all your life — includes snoozing in a camp... Read More

Mexican border crossing basics

By Rene Agredano Visit any of the popular RVing discussion forums like Mexico Forums and you’ll find that Mexico is still a popular destination for adventurous RVers. If you’re thinking about traveling through Mexico with your RV here are some preliminary steps to ensure a smooth border crossing. Tourist Entry Requirements Are you planning to visit Mexico for cheap prescriptions or dental... Read More