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Check Out Northwest Arkansas’ RV Campgrounds

Camping in the Beautiful Ozark Mountains Written by Bob and Pam Stephens Northwest Arkansas http://www.nwark.org/northwest_arkansas_se...thwest_arkansas is a beautiful area to see! It has an abundance of greenery, water, and rolling hills. The Ozarks are the main influence of the area. In Northwest Arkansas you will find the communities of Eureka Springs, Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, Bella Vista, Beaver Town, Springdale, Van Buren, and Berryville. Two large lakes are in No

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Going To The Dogs

If only I had thought of this sooner! The untimely return of polio symptoms has left me unable to walk around parks, casually visiting neighbors or doing the daily "power walks" with the ladies. I do have an electric cart though, so I am mobile, but this is quite different from the slow stroll that allows you to meet and greet your new neighbors. Quite accidently, I came upon a way to satisfy that wish: Canine Candids! Camp Venice, where we have spent the winter this year, is rife with dogs

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The Arkansas River Valley

Gateway to Wonderful RV Destinations Written by Bob and Pam Stephens The Arkansas River Valley is really is a wonderful RV destination! Close to the center of the state, the Arkansas River runs mostly east to West in this area along with a southerly flow. This area is warmer in the summer than it is in the Northern end of the state. If you enjoy boating, fishing and hunting, this is a great area to visit. The Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best campgrounds in the state right along

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Nothing Like a Little Pressure!

Today's mail brought an item that added pressure to this neophyte blogger's effort. It was a brochure from South Dakota, delivered by our trusty rural mail carrier. I know some of you are skeptical that a brochure from South Dakota has the ability to push a pressure point, but as you will see, South Dakota is no small travel task. We had planned on being in the Dakotas for two to three weeks and then moving on to Washington and spending a couple of weeks there, but that has gone down the drain.

Roodriver

Roodriver

 

Life's little challenges

First, let me say I appreciate the comments to this blog people make. I may not respond to all of them but I do read all of them. One such comment said, if our relationship can survive parking directions it can survive anything. That brought a smile to my face. I can appreciate that. But it also started me thinking. In all honesty, since we got some walkie-talkies a few years ago, parking hasn't been that much of a challenge for us. (It does make you wonder what the backup camera folks are thin

RelationshipDoc

RelationshipDoc

 

Going Full-Time

This is new for me, so if I goof, please let me know. We are Ken, Nancy and Katie Too and have decided to "go for it" and hit the road full-time. We have a 40-foot diesel Dutch Star fondly known as "Miss Froggy." We tow a Saturn "tad pole" and have just recently become the proud owners of a three-wheel golf cart which we named "little bit." So far we have traveled around South Carolina, Georgia and made short visits to Florida. Starting the 28th of this month, we will be traveling full-time, v

stevens4957

stevens4957

 

Why We Travel the RV Way

Some people just don't get the RV lifestyle, and wonder why we enjoy our motorhome so much. When we tell them about the fantastic people we meet on the road and the fun we have at rallies, their eyes kind of glaze over, and if we are lucky, they make some sort of intelligible sounds. Well, the other day we received one of those, "If I had to spend two days couped up with ... much less five months, I'd go crazy and probably kill her" comments. Then the big question, "What do ya'll (we're Souther

Roodriver

Roodriver

 

Planning for the Summer

I'm Ward, my bride is Pat, and we love to get in our Fleetwood Bounder and hit the road. One thing you will notice about us is we stay off the interstate system as much as possible. Pat is a big fan of a number of travel books like "America From the Road" and "Off the Beaten Path" so we have been known to take 200-mile detours because she has found something that sounds interesting. Once, we drove from Southern New Mexico to Northern New Mexico so that we could get some bread baked by Native Ame

Roodriver

Roodriver

 

Adventures in the Ozarks by RV!

RV Adventures in the Ozarks of Arkansas By Pam and Bob Stephens The Arkansas' Ozark Mountains are stunningly beautiful and offer views that are hard to beat anywhere else in the world, but nature is just where an Ozarks vacation begins. There are tons of things to do in this area, and one of the best ways to get a taste of it all is to pile into the RV and give RV camping in the Ozarks of Arkansas a try. There's a little something for everyone in the Ozarks, making it the perfect family ge

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Perfect Getaways - Arkansas RV Camp Sites

Written by Pam and Bob Stephens A vacation in Arkansas can mean different things to different people, but no matter what your ideal Arkansas vacation is, a good way to experience it all is by RV. RV parks are scattered all around the state to let you get a taste of the beautiful scenery and the local culture and heritage of the area. If you're looking for a place to berth your RV so you can settle in right now, check out these Arkansas RV camp sites: • If you are craving a completely peacef

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Want to Get Close to Nature in the RV?

written by Bob and Pam Stephens Want to Get Close to Nature? Here’s some great ones! You can't beat seeing the state of Arkansas from the comfort of your RV. From the Ozarks to the Delta, this state is rich in natural wonders. What better way to enjoy it all than at a great Arkansas RV campground? The state is chock full of places that you can use as home base for your RV as you bask in the surroundings, and many of the Arkansas RV campgrounds not only offer a safe and friendly place to stay

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Southern Arkansas RV Camping from A to D!

Southern Arkansas RV Camping- From A- Alligators to D- Diamonds! by Bob and Pam Stephens From Alligators to Diamonds…I know which one I’d prefer! Southern Arkansas is more of an agricultural farming area, with fields of cotton, soy and rice. There are Cypress trees growing out of the water and many dead tree stumps sticking out of the water, reminiscent of Louisiana's swamps. The lakes are not for waterskiing in some cases or swimming. Some of the lakes have dangerous residents: alligat

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Wondering What to Do with the Grandkids?

Send Your Kids or Grandkids to Arkansas Summer Camp! By Bob and Pam Stephens Do you have your grandkids for a part of the Summer? When you are traveling through, stop awhile and let your kids go to camp. They will have a great time, traveling with you and attending a great camp! Why not think about this: Summer camp is a right of passage for many kids. It gives them a chance to have tons of fun away from their parents, but it also gives them a chance to learn new skills, make new friends,

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Home Away From Home?

by Bob and Pam Stephens Looking to Find Your Arkansas Home Away From Home? When you plan an RV trip to Arkansas, the problem won't be finding a decent place to pull up your RV - the problem will be deciding which RV Park you want to call home during your stay. Arkansas RV parks are dotted all over the state, and many of them offer world-class amenities and activities for everyone in the family. The easiest way to narrow down all of your options is probably to figure out what kind of vacation

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Getting accustomed...

It is not like I have not been around the motorhome crowd for a long time. I have worked at Family Motor Coaching magazine since 1989. But it's one thing to write about it, or meet people who know about it, or learn the difference between a converter and an inverter. When the motorhome is sitting your backyard, it's personal. And since I'm the only person in my household, save for one cat, it's really in my face. There's nobody between me and Minnie's generator issues, or her water tank, or t

Peggy

Peggy

 

What makes our relationships good?

If you have been reading this blog, you know that I am doing some research into what makes marriages strong for those of us who RV. I still have a lot more work to do, but I thought I would share some preliminary results with you. So far, I have found 3 themes. These are in no particular order. The first theme is, "Vacation time." Going out in the RV is like going on vacation. People who affirm this theme say that it's the shared excitement of doing something together that keeps their marriage

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RelationshipDoc

 

A Place for Everything & Not Much Is In Its Place

Full-Timing was an easy choice. It was the only choice if we wanted to enjoy winter sun in the South and summer's cool breezes in the North. We had burned our bridges behind us. There are no regrets, only vibrant memories of spending our days on the water, then touring on land to new horizons. Not only did we have to consider our ages, but also there were unknowns. Then, at 88, how long would Cor be able to renew his driver's license? How long would my eyes hold out? Or, should I say "eye"

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The Signs Along the Way!

By Pamela Stephens Have you ever noticed that road signs are a lot like life? We’ve gone down the road in our motorhome and sometimes I get bored, just sitting! Big surprise! Sometimes I am reading, sometimes I am crocheting, but sometimes I am lost in a daydream. At other times, I am “observing†the signs of life! • “Wrong Way†or “Do not enter†are important signs when driving a 38-foot motorhome! You really could end up where you don’t belong! A one-way road is definitely

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I've Been Thinking...

Written by Pamela Stephens I was just thinking…I’ve posted a lot of our RV photos taken throughout Canada here on the FMCA website, (see Album “Oh Canadaâ€) and it really made me feel like I had just taken the trip all over again! And it put me in a very nostalgic mood remembering some of the things that we spoke about in the days before it took place! During the planning of our trip, all of us got together to consider what we wanted to do “as a group†to make it a terrific experi

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Up And Running At Last

We survived YEAR ONE and learned a lot in the process, including some "Don'ts" and plenty of "Dos." This blog is directed toward people who have said to us, "I wish we had the courage to do that." To do what? To realize that time plods on and if you have any unfulfilled desires, you'd better act on them. For better or worse, we did just that. Our timing was classic. We bought a used 36-foot National RV Dolphin LX. Within weeks, National went belly-up. We planned to drive to Denver to check o

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Where Is Your Mate's Head??

by Pamela Stephens Sounds like the question that was popular many years ago, “It’s 10 o’clock. Do you know where your child is?†Perhaps this is a sore subject, but do you know what your spouse has planned for their (and thus your) retirement? Okay, he wants to fish and whittle toys for grandsons. Great!! Eventually that will wear off! You can only fish or go bowling so many times before coming to the conclusion that this isn’t what you thought it would be! Have you had the discu

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Depression can kill you

Here is some news you can use. I just read a study from Sweden that showed that people who are depressed are significantly more likely to have a stroke. Seems that being depressed can literally kill you. Fortunately, we know that having an emotionally significant relationship and being physically active are powerful protectors against depression and against heart disease - and if this study is correct, against stroke, too. As those of you who read this blog know, I am investigating what it is th

RelationshipDoc

RelationshipDoc

 

Nesting

Well, we finally received that long awaited call. The local Cat dealer got the starter for our generator, and our SeeYa was ready for duty again. We could hardly wait to get back on the road. It was interesting. The very first trip we did not go far from home, and we hardly ventured out of the motor home the entire weekend, except to take our daily 4-5 mile walk, plus a bike ride or two. Other than that, we both were busy nesting. Making our baby "ours" again. Nesting is something that usually

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