Carpe Autumn! Four Fall Destinations & Drives

A scene within Oregon's Willamette Valley - photo by pete4ducks

Tom Kaiser, Managing Editor
August 20, 2012

It begins the first day that summer’s oppressive heat and humidity breaks — thoughts of fall, and all the places to visit during the most beautiful season of the year. Whether it’s the deserts of the Southwest or the rolling hills of the Northeast, the scenery of the entire United States is at... Read more »

Florida City Looks for Ways to Welcome RVers

August 23, 2011

Hundreds of Dunedin, Fla., residents recently fought to keep RV camping out of Honeymoon Island State Park — and won. But, according to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, with all the hubbub, the city wants to make sure it doesn’t come off as unfriendly to RV users.   To that end, officials... Read more »

The Rally 2011 Wrap-Up

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July 29, 2011

The Rally 2011, presented by DISH Network, was one of the best rallies to date. Nearly 3,000 RVs of all sizes were parked on the grounds of the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon, which was home to 6,500 rally-goers from July 14 to 17. First-time guests as well as the many veteran... Read more »

Oswald’s Bear Ranch, Michigan

July 18, 2011

I called up Dean Oswald last February from California. He and his wife Jewel had just returned from an 11-day train trip across the West. Since their primary interest is bears, they got off the train in Seattle for a couple days at the zoo. In Arizona, they left the train again in Flagstaff. Dean has... Read more »

Memoirs of a Longtime RVer

July 1, 2011

So Trailer Life began publishing in 1941. That is about the same time I started serious fantasies about pickup campers. I doodled pictures of such wondrous vehicles on my homework papers, much to the dismay of my teachers. It would be 1965 before I got to experience a real camper. I grew up as a shop... Read more »

Hoofing the Highlands

June 1, 2011

Virginia’s High Country is unlike anything else in the state. Its breathtaking vistas and thickly wooded ridges that suddenly open into lush rolling pastures make Grayson Highlands State Park and adjacent Mount Rogers National Recreation Area a treat for anyone with a fondness for the outdoors. Hiking,... Read more »

Lincoln’s Boyhood Home

June 1, 2011

As presidents go, more parks and memorials are named for Abraham Lincoln than any other. If you add the schools, museums, banks and cars, the name Lincoln is almost biblical in our country. In fact, they tell me here in Southwestern Indiana, where there are several of Lincoln parks — two city, a state... Read more »

Go For Alaska

May 2, 2011

By Barry Zander It’s up there. You know it is. But should you try to make the daunting journey to the famous “Land of the Midnight Sun”? For us, one of our goals as full-time RVers has been to visit all 48 contiguous states, plus the Canadian provinces and, at some point, renting a rig for a Hawaiian... Read more »

Brenham, Texas

April 1, 2011

Paul Kruse runs the “little creamery in Brenham.” His father did it before him, and his father before him. It’s an only-in-America story that began 100 years ago in the outback of Texas, 70 miles northwest of Houston. The farmers here, mostly German, Polish and Czech, raised cotton and corn. They... Read more »

Home on the Range in Florida

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March 1, 2011

My education about the West began with  Gene Autry movies, back when matinees cost a dime: Cowboys are a creation of the American West. After all, that’s where the cows are. So I was dumfounded — I even lost a bet — to discover in Florida that the American cowboy originated down here. They called... Read more »

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