The RV Podcast

 Episode 145: The Power of a Dream

This week in our interview of the week, we meet Alicia Crabbe, a retired woman and solo traveler who is living her dream as a guide and naturalist, leading people on hikes and wilderness experiences for an organization known as Road Scholar, which is a not for profit group dedicated to providing educational travel. It offers 6,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries.

And while Alicia, who everyone calls “Lish,” has a dream job of working much of the year at Yellowstone National Park, her story is one about the power of a dream.

In her case, it was a dream that involved traveling the country by RV and experiencing nature in all its marvelous beauty. She began living it at retirement, after leaving a long professional career.

Lish’s story is one of inspiration and joy, all focused on the RV lifestyle.

Plus Jennifer and I answer your RV questions, we have the RV news of the week, RV Tips and a great offf the beaten path report. 

MONOLOGUE

Mike and Jennifer share their current location, near Glacier National Park and how much they love this area of the country.

We’re here on one of our Roadtreking gatherings, periodic get-togethers in awesome locations for photography and exploration. About 50 Roadtrekers in some 30 different RV’s and towables are with us, staying at the Chewing Blackbones Campground and RV Resort on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, right outside the park gates. 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

The saga of making the interior of our RVs dark continues. Regular listeners know that we’ve been tossing around various ideas for covering up or reducing the light levels of the various LEDs, indicators and operational lights that shine from control panels while we are trying to sleep at night.

We’ve talked about several solutions but a listener named Jan, who started the whole discussion a few weeks ago, has settled on a solution that works for her – and may very well also work for you.

Liz explains how she uses small felt patches and sick-on Velcro to cover up the lights.

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And for the rest of you out there in the audience, be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Listener Dan knows Jennifer is an exercise nut and that finding a place for us (her especially) to work out is a very important part of our travel plans in any given day. So he asks for her advice in finding a solution to finding workout spots in different locations around the country.

Listener Tessa wants to know where to ride on a prairies schooner like the pioneers took out west Mike refers her to his post at http://roadtreking.com/rv-sidetrip-ride-covered-wagon-along-oregon-trail/ and a guy named Morris Carter in Casper, WY.

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

Mike and Jennifer talk dogs talk about why most National Parks don’t allow dogs in most areas and trails, except for sidewalks and drive in camgrounds, where they must be on a six foot leash.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Our guest this week is Alicia Crabbe, a retired woman and solo traveler who is living her dream as a guide and naturalist, leading people on hikes and wilderness experiences for an organization known as Road Scholar, which is a not for profit group dedicated to providing educational travel. It offers 6,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. But while Alicia, who everyone calls “Lish,” has a dream job of working much of the year at Yellowstone National Park, her story is one about the power of a dream.

In her case, it was a dream that involved traveling the country by RV and experiencing nature in all its marvelous beauty. She began living it at retirement, after leaving a long professional career. Lish’s story is one of inspiration and joy, all focused on the RV lifestyle.

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

  • Three teens hiking near Alaskan campground mauled by bear. Read more
  • Scientists tracking "swarm" of earthquakes that hit Yellowstone last week, including one that hit 4.5 magnitude. Read more
  • Kayak guide dies at Yellowstone National Park trying to save visitor. Read more
  • Washington state troopers will be issuing tickets to any drivers who are staying in the left lane while driving in sting operation this week. Read more
  • Drone finds two lost hikers and their yellow lab on Colorado trail. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

Summer is all about being outdoors. And what do we bring with us outside to capture those experiences? Our smartphones of course!

So what have you done to ensure your prized possession will stay protected?

A case is one thing...but what about a phone that gets stolen...or goes swimming unexpectedly while you’re boating? With Total Mobile Protection from Verizon, you are covered.

What I love about this service is should the unexpected happen to your device, you can file a claim up to midnight eastern and receive a replacement phone the next day - including Saturdays!

And if it’s a spider-webbed screen that ails your device - no worries. We have more than 270 locations in cities across the country that will fix a cracked screen in just a few hours for just a $49 deductible. No more needing to send in your device or set up an entirely new phone just because of one accidental drop.

For those with many people on their family plan, you can now cover up to 10 lines on an account for one low monthly cost with total mobile protection multi device.

If you haven’t enrolled in total mobile protection, now is the time! Until July 14th, take advantage of open enrollment, which is open to anyone - even if you’ve had your phone for a while without.

You can learn more about total mobile protection at VZW.com/TMP

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

Mike and Steve have been talking about cool traveling tech gadgets and gizmos week after week on the RV Podcast. We thought it would be fun to arrange a time and place to show and demonstrate these gadgets. So we will! On Thursday, July 27, we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at American RV. You're invited to come for an in person demo. Grand Rapids is not far Lake Michigan and there are lots of camping opportunities in the area. Come meet us 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

Mike and Jennifer share about the Underground City in Havre, MT -  http://havrechamber.com/whattodo/item/havre-beneath-the-streets-2

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT145.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:22pm EDT

Episode 144: Dark Sky Places for your RV Bucket List

 

If you’ve ever looked up at the night sky while on a camping or RV trip and marveled at the beauty of the universe, you know how hard it is to find places where light pollution hasn’t limited night sky visibility. This week, we learn about special places you can visit across North America that are designated as Dark Sky Preserves and Places. These are spots that belong on your bucket list.

Also this week, listener questions, RV tips, news of the week and a great off the beaten path destination. 

 

Show Notes for Episode #144 June 14, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Some RVers are not able to keep their motorhomes at their home. So they need to have their vehicle left in a storage yard. That makes for a lot of work, having to take the things you can’t or don’t want to leave unattended.

You have to take it home when you put the RV away, and then bring it back when it’s time for another RV adventure.

A listener named Lynne has that dilemma… and she’s come up with a nifty way to minimize the extra work.

Here’s Lynne…

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you! 

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

www.RadPowerBikes.com

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

Listener Jeffrey heard our report last week about RV technology and wondered if one of the innovations we featured would make it easy for thieves to steal an RV. The short and long answer is… no. You can hear the discussion at

 

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK 

Lots of RVers like to take their pets with them while travelling, but that creates a lot of opportunity for our animals to get lost, one way or another.

That’s a big deal. It can be like losing a member of our family.

But there are steps we can take to prevent lost pets and find them if they do get separated from us.

That’s according to someone we interviewed not long ago for the RV Podcast back in Episode 117: Texas-based Pet Detective Cindy Gordon. Gordon is one of several dozen trained through an organization called the Missing Animal Response Group. She says there are two things every pet owner needs to do to make sure that if their pet runs off, they can be found.

  • One…Microchip your pets, and immediately register the microchip with your personal information. A great tip is to keep all of the microchip information for each pet as a contact on your own phone. Keep the chip number, and the phone number for the chip company. Immediately report as lost if they escape, and call them and be sure the chip info is up to date.
  • And two…Get them an identification collar embroidered with your phone number: We bought one for Bo from a woman who has an Etsy store. We’ll put a link to her in the shownotes for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-144.

   Good advice for us all…from a real pet detective.

 

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

There’s nothing like camping and RVing to get you to appreciate nature and few sights are more breathtaking than a dark night sky filled with stars. Across the world, communities and local governments are designating dark sky places and preserves. An organization known as the International Dark Sky Association is dedicated to protecting those dark night skies for a variety of important reasons, not the least is your health.

Our guests this week are:

Dr. John Barentine  International Dark Sky Association Program Director. John received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He is the author of The Lost Constellations and Uncharted Constellations

Chrystal White is leader of the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative, which has been instrumental in assisting 13 Dark Sky Places obtain certifications from. The Her group also trains star guides to lead stargazing trips, and hosts education and outreach events in schools, parks and planetariums. You can read more about the Cooperative's accomplishments here: https://cpdarkskies.org/our-work/mission-statement/

You can learn more about Dark Skies and find a Dark Sky Place or Preserve near you at: http://darksky.org

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week…

Officials close Montana's Lake Como campground because of bear activity. Read more 

Man gets stuck inside RV when trying to steal it. Read more

RV Capital of the World has record low unemployment Read more

 

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

Dads have long had to endure Father's Day gifts like ties, “World’s Greatest Dad” mugs and even wristwatches. I'm sure dad said he liked it, but did he REALLY need another tie?

The good news is technology has revolutionized what dads wear around their neck, use at home and wear on their wrists

So grab a pen and paper...or who am I kidding...your tablet or smartphone and let's talk about what dad really wants this year.

First up: wearable personal speakers

The LG TONE Platinum Bluetooth wearable speaker sports a contoured, around-the-neck design that's lightweight and easy to wear. But what'll really knock his socks off is the truly exceptional audio these headphones reproduce using the full audio bandwidth over Bluetooth. It's perfect for watching videos, gaming and even virtual reality.

Next: smartwatches and fitness wearables

Dad's had his analog watch since the 80s, right? Help him keep up with the times with the new Wear24 smartwatch. With it he'll never miss a moment...including sports scores, calls and texts and other notifications. And no need for him to always have his phone along. This watch packs a 4G LTE chip...meaning he'll have connectivity anywhere there's a Verizon signal. And if he likes to run, pair the watch to a Bluetooth headset and now he can steam on the go wire free and phone free!

Finally: we have smart home accessories 

Dad works hard, so when he's resting he really shouldn't have to lift a finger - not even to turn off the lights or adjust the temperature. And with devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation or Hue Motion Sensor, paired with any of the Phillips Hue light bulbs, he can do just that. Both are very easy to install and connect to your home's wifi system allowing them to be controlled via an app or via voice using a smart assistant like Google Home.

And with all these ideas, you're going to be set for the holiday season as well!

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

In 1959, a young pharmacist in India gave up his family, his business, and his professional life for the sake of a religious vision.  Over the next decade he studied scriptures and began writing commentaries.  His work became the foundation for the international Society for Krishna Consciousness, known here in the US as the Hare Krishna movement.  Swami Prabhupada traveled and taught all over the world, but when he was here in this country, he often spent his time in the hills of West Virginia.  That’s where his followers founded a town called New Vrindiban, near Moundsville.

Visitors are welcome at the complex, which includes an elaborate home, a worship center and conference space, motel style dormitories, pleasant walking paths, a lake with swans, a gift shop, and a restaurant.  Scattered throughout the grounds are large statues of animals and people, often with benches to allow the visitor time to sit and contemplate.  The residence is elaborately painted with gold and jade, and furnished with whimsical and fantastically carved furniture.  The faithful still gather here on a regular basis for retreats and study, and you may have the opportunity, when visiting, to sit in awn a session.  It’s free to wander the grounds and to visit all the buildings but the palace.  The palace, when not in use, can be toured for a fee.

You can easily spend two or three hours enjoying the palace complex.  Arrive early in the morning, and take golden hour photos.  When you’re ready to leave, head down the road toward Fairmont.  There are two good reasons to visit this little berg.  If your rig has an Onan generator, you’ll find one of the best Onan service centers in the country here.  Call ahead for an appointment.  Even if you have no generator troubles, it’s still worth making a stop here.  Giuseppi Arjiro left his pregnant wife behind in Italy and came here to work in the coal mines in 1920.  Within a few years, he’d made enough money to return for her, and the family settled down to work in his soda pop bottling factory.

In 1927 Giuseppi had a brainstorm and sold the bottling plant to open a bakery.  He knew, from his years working in the mine, that miners needed the right kind of meal for long days underground, and he had realized what it was.  Start with a good piece of meat, he thought, one that won’t go bad after hours in a lunchbox.  Wrap it in bread, both for necessary carbs and to keep the meat contained.  After some experimentation with dough recipes and baking methods,  the pepperoni roll was born.  It was instantly successful, and the bakery sold little else for several years.  At first, he sold them to local bars for 45¢ a dozen.  Now you can buy them anywhere, and they’re even a regular part of military MREs.  Visit the Country Club Bakery for the real deal, baked in these ovens for nearly 100 years.

We suggest one more stop here in the corner of the Mountaineer State.  After the extravagance of the Palace of Gold, and with your belly full of pepperoni rolls, ease on down US 50 to Horseshoe Run and find Our Lady Of The Pines.  We’re big fans of tiny churches, and this one is a winner.  Made of stone, with a steeple and stained glass windows, it even features a period set of stations of the cross.  Feel free to sit and contemplate the beauty of this secluded spot and the lovely grounds, which include a pond and picnic area.  Before you go, you can pick up a postcard in the two square foot gift shop just inside the door.

Next time you’re headed through Wheeling, turn south on US 250 and wander into the heart of the West Virginia mountains.  You’re guaranteed to see things you didn’t expect and things you’ve never seen before.  You might even see us, Patti & Tom Burkett, somewhere out there, off the beaten path.

Resources:
http://www.palaceofgold.com/
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/2438
https://www.facebook.com/countryclubbakery/?rf=148117175206601

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT144.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

Episode 143: How Technology is Changing the RV Lifestyle

Technology is changing the RV World and Lifestyle faster than any of us could imagine. Terms like electrical independence, Voltstart, Ecotrek and technologies like lithium ion batteries and solar power generation are revolutionizing the way we camp and experience the outdoors in our recreational vehicles.

This week, we talk about the future of RV technical innovation with an RV engineer, our friend Yan Seiner from the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, the makers of Roadtrek motorhomes. Yan tells us how far technology has advanced and where it’s headed. That’s in our interview segment.

But we have much more, including our regular RV tip segments, a traveling tech report, your questions and an off the beaten path destination… all coming up in this episode of the RV podcast.

Show Notes for Episode #143 June 7, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

  MONOLOGUE

Mike and Jennifer chat about their multi-trip west and how they intend to keep Mike’s “330 Rule,” which is to stop for the day after traveling no more than 330 miles or by 3:30 PM local time, whichever is first.

To help keep their own rule, they need to be held accountable and the best way to do that is to be committed to keeping a live video report schedule. So, starting Thursday, June 8, they will go live on the Roadtreking Facebook Page at 4PM local time…which will be 5 or 6PM Eastern Time as they head through the various time zones.

Also look for video report on Mike and Jennifer’s RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

You know those maps we all like to use that show all the states and provinces we visit? A lot of RVers use them but there’s one thing that many don’t like: They can sometimes leave an ugly residue on the paint because of the adhesive used to stick them on the RV.

Well, a listener named Sharon found a way to solve that and she sent us in this tip!

Sharon bought a magnetic sheet and affixes the stocker to it, instead of the RV body. The magnetic attaches without glue and can easily be removed.

Be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you!

 Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: 

Listener Jim noticed our new RV has the roof mounted air conditioner, rather than the undermount that we used to have. He also wonders about solar and fuel mileage. We explain that the unit we have was bought off the lot, and to have waited for an undermount would have meant a new build and these days, that takes months. Besides, our new unit is a 4 x 4 and we were not keen on hanging stuff under the chassis because we plan to do a lot of back road boondocking.

Kathy from Hamiliton, ON, Canada is picking up a new Leisure Travel Van Unity in the fall. She asks if she needs a Canadian plan and a US cellular plan if she is traveling in both countries. As with Sprint and Verizon in the US have plans for US people traveling to Canada, nearly all Canadian carriers have all-inclusive roaming plans for visiting the US. The benefits are obvious: you get to keep your phone numbers, allowing you to send and receive calls and texts as if you were at home For $5 per day, customers on Rogers Share Everything plans can access their call, texts and data buckets from back home. Bell has a similar $5 a day plan called Bell Roam Better.And for $7 a day Telus has a US Easy Roam plan. And for $15 per month, Wind Mobile customers can add unlimited talk and text, and 1GB of full-speed data in the US. Wind also offers many plans that include unlimited US talk, text and 1GB of monthly data. Customers spending longer than 10 days per month in the US will only be charged for 10 days, to a maximum of $50.

 Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations. 

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

This week, I have three tips that we’ve picked up from our friends at quickanddirtytips.com that can come in handy.

Ready?

Tip #1: If your cat or dog likes chewing on electrical cords, we know you need a solution, and fast! Here it is: Unplug the electronics, then rub the cords with a wedge of lemon. Once they’ve dried, you can plug them back in. Animals hate the taste of lemon and will steer clear.

Tip #2: The busiest days at the pet groomer’s are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Find a groomer who offers discounts on Tuesdays through Thursdays, or ask your groomer if she will offer you a discount for coming midweek.

#Tip 3: Keep your pet’s playthings clean and free from bacteria and germs by tossing them into the dishwasher alone (without dishes) once a month. But hold the detergent: Just turn the temp to hot and the heat plus the water pressure will completely sanitize plastic or rubber toys. And not only will a quick wash help ensure that Fido stays healthy, it’ll prolong the life of the toys and keep your floors, carpets, and furniture clean, too.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Technology is changing the RV World and Lifestyle faster than any of us could imagine. Terms like electrical independence, Voltstart, Ecotrek and technologies like lithium ion batteries and solar power generation are revolutionizing the way we camp and experience the outdoors in our recreational vehicles.

This week, we talk about the future of RV technical innovation with an RV engineer, our friend Yan Seiner from the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, the makers of Roadtrek motorhomes. Yan tells us how far technology has advanced and where it’s headed. That’s in our interview segment.

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

  • Bear Totals Vehicle in Search of Food – Read More
  • Bears in Canada's Banff National Park causing several challenges for officials who are trying to keep the humans safe.Read more
  • Alaska wildlife officials warn public to beware of moose after seeing rise in human/moose injuries this year.Read more 

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

I know you and your listeners are always on the go - and often that probably means the RV feels more like home than the one your mail goes to.

Today I’ve got a gadget that can make your home on the road feel even more comfy. It’s called the Verizon SmartHub.

You travel all over the country, so I don’t need to remind you that Verizon has more of rural America covered than any other carrier. And because of that the SmartHub is a great choice to make your RV truly a smart home.

Plug it in and it’ll take the Verizon 4G LTE signal in the area and convert it into a mobile wifi hotspot. But hold onto your wheels, because here’s where it gets exciting.

First it has an ethernet port on the back. This means you can plug in a printer, smart lighting router like Hue or anything else that takes a direct connection and bring it on the go. It also has a traditional phone jack. You can have a mobile landline on the go!

But the reason it’s called a SmartHub is it can connect to smart home accessories directly. And through the Verizon Home app you can control all of them in one place. That means adding things like smart lighting and security cameras and setting schedules or checking in on them is a breeze.

Again the device powering it all is the Verizon Smarthub. Learn more at VerizonWireless.com

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Atlanta’s Coca Cola Museum

The quintessential American drink is Coca-Cola. Nothing comes close. Culturally, the syrupy soft drink is globally recognized and cuts across all political, economic and social divisions and in a real sense, links everyone to a shared and usually pleasant experience. So it's only natural that there would be a Coke museum in the town where a pharmacist named John Pemberton, otherwise known as “Doc,” invented the concoction in 1886.

Pemberton fought in the Civil War, and at the end of the war he decided he wanted to invent something that would bring him commercial success. Usually, everything he made failed in pharmacies. Alas, he probably thought his soft drink failed, too, as he died two years after he mixed it up. He never saw what a winner he invented.

So much so that,  since opening in 2007, the World of Coke attraction has seen more than 5 million people shell out $16 to, in effect, experience a very long commercial for Coke.

Yeah, you do get all the Coke you want, starting with a free cold bottle to sip while a friendly hostess shows off old advertising signs and historic mementos, and ending in an upstairs tasting room where you can sample all the Coke you want as well as the dozens of ofter sugary, syrupy soft drinks the conglomerate makes around the world.

On the way to the tasting room, they make a big deal of winding you through a supposed vault that contains the Coca Cola “Secret Formula,” but you see nothing and the room seemed to be a pointless and unnecessary exhibit. Maybe I missed something, but like the 12 minute “movie” that we were all hustled into at the start of the tour that was nothing but a long feel-good advertisement, I found myself wondering about the worth of that $16 admission.

But then, as if the sugar high you undoubtedly have after all the free samples wasn't enough, your invited to take still another bottle with you as you exit the attraction through the gift store.

I was particularly interested in discovering whether some of the many myths surrounding the product were true, like the old rumor that the original Coca Cola actually contained cocaine. The attraction never did answer it. So I checked Snopes, the anti-rumor site, and learned that the original recipe indeed did contain an extract of coca leaves and kola nuts. Just how much cocaine was originally in the formulation is hard to determine, said Snopes, but the drink undeniably contained some cocaine in its early days, albeit a mere trace.

And then there was the rumor that a tooth left in a glass of Coca-Cola will dissolve overnight. Again, according to Snopes: “Coca-Cola will not dissolve a tooth (or a nail, or a penny, or a piece of meat) overnight…Coca-Cola contains acids (such as citric acid and phosphoric acid) which will eventually dissolve items such as teeth (given enough time), but so do plenty of other substances we commonly ingest (such as orange juice). The concentration of acid in these products is so low that our digestive systems are easily capable of coping with it with no harm to us.”

I didn't see any displays or exhibits about all the urban myths that have come up about the product at the World of Coke. Again, maybe I missed it. But those numerous Old Wives Tales are much more fascinating than the nostalgic ads and signs on display I did see and you'd think that the company would have had a fun display debunking them.

The World of Coke is on a 20 acre downtown complex called Pemberton Place that also features the Georgia Aquarium (an excellent place to visit – see my story) and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There is a huge parking garage serving the three attractions but it can not handle RVs, so look for parking in private lots around the complex.

We visited it after touring the aquarium. It took about an hour or so to experience the World of Coke so you can visit both it and the Georgia Aquarium in a single day. Since both are next door to each other, you can easily walk to them. Arrive in the morning and you'll be able to be back on nearby I-75 before Atlanta's afternoon rush hour begins.

Photos and more at http://roadtreking.com/rv-sidetrip-world-coke-atlanta/

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT143.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

Episode 142: The New Trends Shaping the RV Park and Campground Industry

 

As the demand for recreational vehicles continues to grow, the RV Park and Campground industry is working hard to add new camping sites, new pricing and new amenities. This week’s guest is Paul Bambei, the President and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and he shares about how the campground industry plans to make your camping experience this year better than ever.

Besides Paul we have lots of audience questions, feedback, RV news and tips, along with a great Off-the-Beaten-Path report.

 

Show Notes for Episode #142 May 31, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

There are so many hobbies and activities that fit so well with the RV Lifestyle. Some of those activities can help us stay fit, too.

So we learn with a tip we received this week from listeners Jeff and Deb Spencer.

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They share a great resource from those who like to run – a website called vacationraces.com

The group has info on boondocking, camping and RVing in beautiful wilderness areas where trail runs and races can be found.

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you!

 

 

 

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

 

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

Listener Bill wonders whether he should rent or buy. He’s new to RVing, thinks he wants to do it but asks our recommendations. We are big believers in renting. If he can’t find one at a dealer to rent – they are in high demand and dealers have limited rental fleets – we suggest he try a website called RVShare

 

And we received a nice voice mail this week from, a listener named John who understands that Roadtreking isn’t about any specific brand…its all about the lifestyle w-no matter what size RV you have.

 

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

 

 

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

 

When we travel with our pets, there are things we need to bring with us, besides their food, bedding and some toys. Just like with humans, you should have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand.

Keep your pet's first-aid kit in your home and take it with you if you are traveling with your pet.

One way to start your kit is to buy a first-aid kit designed for people and add pet-specific items to it. Or you can also purchase a pet first-aid kit from a pet-supply store or catalog. But you can easily assemble your own kit by gathering the items suggested by the Veterinary Medical Society. They have an special first aid for pets handout .

But besides the first aid kit, make sure you also bring along the phone number of your veterinarian and health paperwork for your pet, including proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other immunization medical records and a current photo of your pet - in case he gets lost.

 

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Paul Bambei, Campground Association

As the demand for recreational vehicles continues to grow, the RV Park and Campground industry is experiencing a “brand new world” and working hard to add new camping sites, new pricing and new amenities.

This week’s guest is Paul Bambei, the President and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and he shares how the campground industry plans to make your camping experience this year better than ever.

Among the topics we discuss:

  • All-inclusive pricing at some parks and campgrounds
  • New and easier-to-access reservation systems
  • New amenities that are in demand at campgrounds
  • How parks are trying to increase Internet bandwidth
  • The changes millennial campers are bringing to the campground industry
  • More pet-friendly campgrounds
  • Park expansion to improve the “no vacancy” problems

 

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

 

Three stories this week…

 

Motorists Waste 29 Hours a Year Using GPS Gadgets – Read More

 

Giant mudslide near California's Big Sur expected to close scenic Highway 1 for a year – Read More

 

Group works to stop oil refinery from opening just outside North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Read more

 

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

 

I’m coming to you from Indianapolis this week, home of the 101st running of the Indy 500 and this year a huge milestone for Verizon. As speed records fall at the track, Verizon is racing ahead to bring the fastest possible wireless speeds to market. 

 

In fact, just west of IMS, Verizon has a pre-commercial 5G network up and running providing a consistent 1.6 Gbps connection to a real home. It’s one of 11 cities across the country where these tests are occurring.

 

This connection is powering a whole home of the future including multiple 4K screens running streaming video, a live 4K VR stream from the track and smart devices like Google Home, Ring Doorbell and Phillips Hue lighting. 

 

It’s called fixed line of sight 5G and it’ll be here before we know it! And while that happens, Verizon is also working on bringing 5G to our smartphones and devices as well. In fact, a recent test showed consistent 5+ Gbps mobile speeds with a vehicle driving 60mph around the track.

 

So what’s that mean for you and your listeners? Within the next year or two you’ll likely have faster than fiber internet speeds available wirelessly to your home. This will enable you to download movies in the blink of an eye, stream extremely high quality content and experience events - like Indy 500 - in 4K streamed live in VR. And before 2020, these speeds will be available to the latest smartphones as well!

 

Stay tuned...5G is coming soon!

 

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

 

We're in the middle of an extended visit to the ‪Great Smoky Mountains national park. We came to look at spring wildflowers and see the synchronous fireflies. Having been here any number of times, and given that it's the most visited of all our parks, we didn't expect it to generate any off the beaten path reports. I'm happy to report we were wrong. 

 

Did you know it was possible to enter the Smokies from the north and completely miss Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg?  Driving in through the tiny town of Wears Valley, we noticed a sign in front of a local church advertising a potluck dinner and talk by a park ranger the following night. 

 

Up and over the mountain we arrived at Elkmont campground. On the road in, we remarked a dead end spur with a sign--Elkmont cemetery. The next morning we took the spur and found ourselves alone in a light mist in a graveyard filled with stones--some simply large rocks--from the early 1900s. We were struck with a number of markers for children only days old. 

 

A little used path across from the gate struck off across a hillside where we'd seen a ‪tumbledown house, so we took it in hopes it would lead to the ruin. Sure enough it did, and we found not one but a half dozen old summer homes in various stages of collapse, all perched overlooking the little river below. The path was rich in wildflowers and discarded artifacts from a century ago. 

 

Conversation with the campground ranger about the dwellings led us to another nearby area, not on any visitor map, where the park service is restoring a street of summer homes from the same era. At the end of the row is a fully restored social club built in 1934, complete with rockers on the wide porch and a big dance hall. 

 

We spent the afternoon wandering along the street, thinking about what it must have been like to summer in the mountains a century ago, gathering in te evenings for card games at the club or a weekend dance. Then we hopped in the RoadTrek and drove back over the mountain to Wears Valley and the little Methodist church. 

 

After surveying the pantry, we were able to come up with a satisfactory plate of deviled eggs as our ticket to the dinner. And what a dinner it was!  The church members insisted the speaker and his family go first, followed by a couple of folks with canes and wheelchairs. Next, all eyes turned to us, in the back corner of the room. "You're next," they said. As the only 'guests' in the hall, we got special treatment. 

 

 Like most good small town potlucks, there was a feast of choices and a separate table for desserts. After the meal, everyone gathered in the sanctuary for the talk. The speaker was introduced as the recently retired chief wildlife ranger from the park, who grew up in the valley and worked in the park for more than forty years. "Well," he said, "when I looked in the rear view mirror of the jeep and saw a bear looking back at me, I knew it wasn't going to be an ordinary day."  He spent the next two hours telling stories about skunks, elk, river otters, beaver and, of course, bears. He also told a few stories about hunters and tourons. 

 

We've been to the Smokies any number of times, but nearly everything on this trip was a surprise. Almost all of it came from a willingness to take a little risk, dig a little deeper, and step a bit outside the comfort zone. The reward was spectacular--history, entertainment, and an afternoon completely alone with history and nature in this beautiful and crowded park. So turn left when everyone else is turning right and you may find us, out there somewhere, off the beaten path. 

 

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5927164

https://www.amazon.com/Bear-Back-Seat-Adventures-Mountains-ebook/dp/B00EW8TTQW

 

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT142.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Episode 141- Lise’s Story: Finding Empowerment and a New Life in an RV

 

They say that up to 20% of all RVers are solo travelers, many of them single women who find fun, friends and great adventure out on the road. So it is for our interview guest this weekend, a woman named Lise, who, after three decades of marriage and a dfifficult divorce, suddenly found herself alone and uncertain of what life had in store for her. So, as she shares in our interview of the week, she bought an RV and took off, pushed out of her comfort zone and finding a new sense of empowerment.

Also this week, listener questions, lots of RV tips, traveling tech advice and a great off-the-beaten-path report.

Show Notes for Episode #141 May 24, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Like a lot of people, I like sleeping in darkness. And with all the technology in today’s recreational vehicles, that can be challenging. That’s because of all the glowing LED indicator lights that are shining to tell us various things are on and operating normally.

We’ve talked before about how to cover them up easily at night and a listener named Wade has about the simplest suggestion we have had yet!

He suggests getting white electrical taps from a hardware store, using a hole punch to cut out a little circle, and then just sticking that little circle of white tape over the glowing LED.

Problem solved

Our listeners are the smartest people. Thanks Wade!

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Peggy is a new RV owner and wants to know about the wisdom of purchasing High End Motorsports Sunshades for all the windows. She asks if just the windshield shade is sufficient or should she get sunshades for all windows. Mike recommends their windshield and front side shades but then suggest she buy a roll of Reflectix and make her own for the other windows. The material keeps out the heat in the summer and keeps the heat in during the cold camping months. Here’s a video we did on how to use Reflectix in your RV. By the way, to use Reflectix in the summer it should be placed on the outside of the windows so as not to bounce back the sunshine to the glass interior. Just add double stick Velcro to fasten around the outside windows when you have stopped. The windshield sunshade from High End Motorsports can be stuck up on the inside.

Michelle writes:

We have been vacationing for 3 years of retirement all over the country. But we are finding the call of the Gulf Coast pretty difficult to resist. We have loved "camping" in the off-season. Usually heading south we do find ourselves overnighting somewhere mid-States: Kentucky, Tennessee area--Daniel Boone National Park a number of times. And our miseries seem to start there. You never see them--but about 2 days later the most unmerciful, unrelenting itching starts around the ankles and calves of your legs. I have to guess that they also get on the dogs, as they will also be itching and when you pet them my fingers will find little welts. It has taken me until now do diagnosis that this must be chigger bites. We come from Wisconsin--so we do have them somewhat in the summer in sandy areas. But these seem to always catch us by surprise---we'll camp that first night in areas that I would normally think are too cold at that time of the year---bammmm. We are miserable for over three weeks. I would expect to get these bites down in the sandy areas of the Gulf Coast but there it does not seem to be as terrible--some but not like those mid-States. So, are regular repellants effective against chiggers that we will have to remember to spray at the beginning of our travels? Especially on legs and maybe the poor dogs on that first night of a walk? Suggestions please…

DEET is one of the most effective bug repellents for use against chiggers and other mites. Apply the repellent to your exposed skin, especially on the hands, arms, and legs. Off Deep Woods spray, Sawyer Premium Clothing Insect Spray and Sawyer Maxi-DEET all promise to work well against chiggers. Available at sporting goods stores, outfitters and even many pharmacies.

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

We’ve talked before about the importance of choosing healthy food for your pet. Unfortunately, a lot of bad food is being sold on the market. Pet food recalls are much too frequent. Like us, I’m sure you are concerned about finding safe and healthy food for your dog.

Last week while we were exercising Bo at the Fort Walton Beach, FL off-leash dog park, we got to talking with one of the women there. She worked as a vet tech and she told us about a public service website that is designed to help pet owners make more informed decisions about buying dog food.

It’s called DogFoodAdvisor.com and it’s motto is “Saving Good Dogs from Bad Dog Food.” The website has researched, reviewed and rated more than 4,500 dog food products. The website knows who actually makes each dog food, the company’s recall history and safety practices.

They teach how to read labels and correctly interpret the nutritional content. They also report where the ingredients come from, which additives are safe and which ones are toxic. And they promptly list all pet food recalls. You can even sign up to get an email about them as they happen.

It is so important for you to know what’s actually in your dog’s food — before you buy it. And this website, which is privately owned and maintained and is not affiliated in any way with the pet food industry, is the best way Mike and I have found to be sure that what we feed our Bo is the best food available.

Check it out. I think you’ll agree.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

We’ve talked before about solo travelers, often single women, traveling across North America in their RVs. This week’s guest in our interview of the week is a recent solo traveler. Her name is a Lise and after her multi-decades long marriage ended bitterly, she found herself alone and wondering how to make a new life. A year ago, she bought a new Roadtrek Class B RV and found a new sense of empowerment that, we believe, will be a great inspiration to many as she ventured out past her comfort zone. Let’s meet her.

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week…

  • Record Travelers expected this Holiday Weekend Read More
  • Pickup towing trailer has roof ripped off by winds on I-90 Read More
  • Millions of senior Americans are living too frugally, according to a new study. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless 

Summer is almost here and for the school age, that means a few months of care-free fun. Today I’ve got some app suggestions that’ll keep them entertained (and stretch their brains a bit).


First up...one I know parents will like - Chore Check. This free web-based tool and app allows parents to log in and create a list of things that need to be done and to assign them to their kids. Then once done, they’re checked off. For a little added fun, you can also make some of the chores “stealable” and the first child to complete them gets the bonus money associated with the chore. 

Next...what happens when you make education a game? You get the app, Think! Think! Designed by Japanese mathematicians, these brain games are designed to be challenging and fun. With more than 30 games in all, your children will never get bored. And they won’t spend all day on it either as the app will remind them once the daily time limit is met.

When rain puts a damper on the day’s fun, have the kids check out the website Story booth. On the site, children are encouraged to share their story in their own voice and submit. The best ones will be chosen to be animated and then appear on the website.

And finally something I used to love to do as a kid - Mad Libs - only now there’s an electronic version. It’s like Choose Your Own Adventure meets comedy hour. With Mad Libs, you have a seemingly endless number of stories to choose from but the best part is you fill in the blanks by answering questions ahead of time. You’ll blindly add in nouns, verbs, adjectives and even photos. Then the app goes to work filling the blanks of its story with the pieces of speech you chose. Not only will this have your kids rolling on the floor with laughter, but they’ll also learn the basic parts of speech along the way.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT

Curse of the UP… black flies … see my video report here - https://youtu.be/eYGM4Cj7bQ8

June and July along the Lake Superior shoreline is where they are the worst.

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT141.mp3
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Episode 140: How to Be Prepared for RV Emergencies

As millions of RVers are planning their summer adventures and making lists of what to bring to add to their fun, stocking first aid kits and doing some emergency preparation planning also needs to be on all our To-Do lists.

This week, we talk to a top expert from the American Red Cross in emergency wilderness and camping first aid. This is a must-listen intervew so be sure and take the time to learn what you need to do to be ready for the unexpected.

Also this week, lots of audience questions and comments, along with RV news, RV tips and a fascinating Off-the-Beaten-Path Report from the Burketts.

Show Notes for Episode #140 May 17, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

One of the things we like the most about doing this podcast is hearing from you and receiving your tips. Sometimes, it’s about how to do things better while on the road, or maybe a helpful Do-It-Yourself Project. Or it could be a nifty product you came across that you want to share with the audience.

So it was today with a listener named Ed.

Ed’s product is a Bem Multi Function Lantern EXO-900, a 300 lumen lantern with three different power levels. It has a blue tooth speaker and can even be used to recharge cell phones. He found his for $30 at his local Sams Club. On Amazon, it is $48.

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

  • Dan asks about parking a Class B RV in regular parking lots, noting how Mike uses his as a second vehicle to run errands around town. Dan seeks more elaboration on the ease of parking.

 

  • Jeff asks about using an electric can opener or a toaster in a Class B RV and wants to know if they are worth the space.

 

  • Steve is a soon to be fulltime RVer and solo traveler and he wonders whether he needs a Class A or a Class B to work in from the road.

 

  • Sue winders whether she should get a dedicated Mi-Fi data card for on the road connectivity or use her iPhone as a hot spot. 

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

We had a nice voicemail from a listener named Ken, who heard our recent Traveling with Pets T about how Mike and I make a point to find off-leash dig parks for Bo while we’re traveling. Ken knew we were in Florida this week and offered this tip about a dog park he likes.

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Thanks Ken. Next time we travel through the Punta Gorda area of Florida, we’ll be sure to check out the Hounds of Henry Park.

But while I’m on the topic of dog parks, let’s talk about problems that can happen at any park, namely, over-aggressive dogs. That happened to us last night at a park we visited. There are times when as a pet owner, you need to either cut your visit short or not go in at all.

Last night, there was a German Shepherd and a Great Dane in the park, along with many other dogs. The shepherd was extremely possessive of its owner and became very aggressive whenever anther dog came near. The Great Dane just got too excited as he chased and played with other dogs. He was too big – about 120 pounds – to roughhouse with any of the other dogs. For what he intended as a gently romp was way overpowering for other dogs.

So, our advice when entering a dog park is to spend a minute or two assessing the other dogs. And when you are inside, don’t spend all your time visiting with other owners. Never let your dog out of your sight and be ready to intervene at any time.

We want to stress that we very seldom encounter problems in a dog park. But that doesn’t mean we can relax our vigilance.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Our guest n this episode is Dr. Jeffrey L. Pellegrino, PhD, MPH. Dr. Pellegrino is a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and professor and program director of Health Sciences at Aultman College in Canton, OH. One of his specialties is remote and wilderness first aid.

Here’s notes from his interview:

RV Travel Safety

Everyone wants to have a safe and enjoyable trip when they venture out in their RV. It’s important for travelers to take some steps ahead of time in order to help make this happen.  Knowing when and how to provide first aid can be at your fingertips through the American Red Cross First Aid app (free).

GET YOUR VEHICLE READY

  • Have a mechanic check your tires, battery, brakes and fluid levels. Fill the vehicle’s gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
  • Pack an emergency preparedness kit with water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, a battery operated or hand crank weather radio, blankets and non-flammable flares.
  • Personalize your kit with extra medications (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, prescriptions), medical supplies, and items for your pet.
  • Include a first aid kit in case an injury or accident occurs with:
    • Non-latex, preferably Nitrile disposable gloves (to prevent body fluid contact)
    • Assorted sizes of self-adhesive bandages- transparent, sterile dressing that is waterproof (known as transparent film dressing), sterile gauze and adhesive tape (to cover and protect open wounds)
    • Wound gel or antibiotic ointment (to help promote healing/ prevent infection)
    • A breathing barrier (to prevent disease transmission while giving rescue breaths)
    • Other items to include:
  • Low-dose (81mg) chewable Aspirin (for chest pain)
  • Tweezers (to remove splinters or ticks)
  • Instant cold compress (to control swelling)
  • Scissors (to cut tape, cloth or bandages)
  • Emergency blanket (to prevent heat loss and to treat for shock) 

PLAN AHEAD

  • Map out your route and share your travel plans with a family member or friend.
  • Pay attention to the weather forecast before you leave and throughout your trip.
  • Download the American Red Cross Disaster Apps for free in your app store.
  • The apps provide weather alerts, suggest safety actions, and other helpful tips to prepare. 

BOONDOCKING

  • Water is help item, from preventing first aid emergencies to using it to help others
    • Heat related illness
    • Burns
    • Cleaning wounds
    • Gastro Intestinal health
    • Fill up your tanks and keep a spare, also a backup plan to decontaminate water is recommended
  • When help is delayed, the Red Cross has a first aid course that is recommended, Wilderness and Remote First Aid
    • The Check Call Care Emergency Action Principles
    • Resources that can be improvised
    • Packing first aid kit with things that can’t be improvised.
      • Low-dose (81mg) chewable Aspirin (for chest pain)
      • Tweezers (to remove splinters or ticks)
      • Instant cold compress (to control swelling)
      • Scissors (to cut tape, cloth or bandages)

DURING YOUR TRIP

  • Obey traffic rules and avoid distractions like cell phones while driving.
  • Drive in shifts so drivers are well rested.
  • Heed all severe weather alerts and warnings.
  • Pellegrino also recommends that people get trained in First Aid and CPR and learn how to use an AED. Training can give you the confidence and skills to act in an emergency until help arrives.
  • The Red Cross has a variety of online and in-person courses available at redcross.org.
  • A little preparation and planning can help make your journey one you’ll remember for years to come.

Help and suggestions for handling emergencies, first aid kits and emergency supplies as well as training resources can be found at redcross.org . The Red Cross has one of the very best first aid apps available in their app store or at redcross.org/apps

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

  • Camper demographics are changing fast – Read More
  • Now you can search for Campspites and “Trails near Me” … Read More
  • Washington couple's RV was stolen at a repair shop; found one and a half months later with nine people living in it. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP: Time to Get Snapping!

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

Happy National Photography Month to you and your listeners! And guess what? With today’s mobile technology, there’s no better time to be an amateur or even pro photographer. Not only are our mobile devices taking better photos, but the tools we have to enhance and share them continue to improve as well. 

For instance…if you have the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ phone (https://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/samsung/) you just HAVE to try out the selective focus feature. You choose it by swiping right when the camera is open. Simply take your photo and now your subjects will magically pop out from the background. It’s like having a professional hiding in your pocket! 

Take your photos to the ultimate level by packing an Allure Selfie case (https://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/case-mate-allure-x-case-mate-selfie-case-for-iphone-7-plus-rose-gold/). The case, designed for the S8 series and iPhone 7 has a ring stabilizer on the back to help you take your photos, and it also has a ring of LEDs around it allowing you to look great no matter the ambient light.

Speaking of stabilizing your phone, all the kids have a PopSocket (https://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/popsockets-arabesque/?lid=sayt&sayt=Pop*)go   these days - and they’re on to something! These circular and colorful additions to your phone have a super strong adhesive on the back. Normally they lay flat against your phone, but are always ready to spring into action. Pop it out from the back and use it between your first two fingers to keep your phone steady. Or use it as a prop later to show off those great photos!

And finally to make sure you keep every moment...download the free Google Photos app (https://photos.google.com/). Free for Android and iOS, this photo storage system will automatically back up unlimited photos for free. And if you have Verizon Unlimited, make sure you choose the back up anywhere option, that way should your phone ever get stolen or broken while on vacation, at least you’ll always have the photos.

Happy snapping!

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT

 

By Tom and Partti Burkett

Once in a while, exploring out-of-the-way places puts us on the path of a much greater adventure.  We’ve seen Cincinnati’s painted pigs, Lexington’s painted horses, and Fort Wayne’s painted frogs.  Recently, we took a stab at finding some of the 47 unique Mr. Potato Head statues adopted by communities in Rhode Island.  One of these is Betty The Learned Elephant, who sits behind the town hall in Chepachet.  Asking a local resident why choose an elephant, we were treated to an amazing story.  We’ll tell it to you somewhat backwards, the way we first learned it.

“Head out to the Putnam Pike Bridge,” we were told, “and look for the plaque.”  Erected in 1976, the monument recognizes Little Bett, an elephant who was shot down on the bridge by local residents in 1826.  It seems the Puritan town fathers didn’t look kindly on the fact that local residents were spending their money on frivolous and exotic entertainment. 150 years the town decided to come clean, admit the deed, and declare Elephant Day in honor of the 12-year-old pachyderm who had amazed audiences from Massachusetts to North Carolina with her intelligence and personality. 

Little Bett was part of a traveling menagerie owned by Hecaliah Bailey, of Somers, New York.  By chance, Bailey had seen the very first elephant ever to come to North America s it was being offloaded from a ship, the America, in New York harbor in 1796.  He was entranced.  Imagine his surprise when, several years later, he again saw the elephant, this time offered for sale at a livestock auction he was attending.  He bought the behemoth, named Betty, and took her home.  Bailey imagined rightly that his neighbors would pay a few cents to have a look, and he was right.  It wasn’t too long before he gave up farming and earned his living traveling with a menagerie of animals and sideshow attractions.

Several of his neighbors became partners and competitors in these endeavors.  When one of them married the star of a traveling acrobatic show and joined the two entertainments, the American circus was born.  Somers, New York is known as the birthplace of the circus, and when you visit, you can climb to the third floor of the Elephant Hotel and see exhibits of early traveling show history.  Sadly, Bailey’s first elephant, bought at the cattle auction, was also shot dead by religious fanatics, and the museum and hotel stands as a memorial to her.

Hecaliah served as a mentor and role model for young PT Barnum, and the Bailey family continues in the circus business to this day.  You can discover more of the story at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  So, the chance encounter with a Mr. Potato Head elephant led us first to New York, then to Bridgeport, and then back to Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum on the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania.  With an eye open for new stories, we now collect elephant lore as we travel, and have found some great tales.  If you like, we’ll tell you one the next time we see you somewhere, out there, off the beaten path. 

Links to places mentioned by the Burketts:

Elephant Hotel

Betty the Learned Elephant

Memorial to Little Bett

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT140.mp3
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Episode 139: Paying Jobs for RVers

 

Would you like to leave your current job and fulltime in an RV? Or perhaps you’re retired and would like to travel more in your recreational vehicle but need to have some income to offset the costs of living on the road.

In this episode, we talk about making money while you’re out there RVing.

Yes, it is possible – and practical – to make enough money to live in an RV full-time, travel, and enjoy life! You may be surprised to know there are more jobs for RVers and work campers than there are RVers and campers willing to work. You can also earn a living running a business from your RV.

Our guest today has been helping RVers find paying jobs for many years.

Her name is Colleen and, with husband, Bob, she publishes a Workers on Wheels website that keeps track of temporary, seasonal, and mobile jobs that pay. Also, RV based business, online careers, work camper campground jobs, and volunteer workamper positions. You can do them all while traveling, camping, or living in a recreational vehicle – while being Workers On Wheels!

Plus your questions, comments and tips.

Show Notes for Episode #139 May 10, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast: 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

In an RV, storage space is at a premium. And one of the things that takes u a lot of that space is clothing.

We recently met w woman named Lise, who travels solo in her Class B RV.

And Lise showed us how she’s able to maximize her clothes storage with a great accessory.

Here’s Lise.

She uses a cloth she storage bag she bought at Ikea.

Meanwhile, be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

First this listener note about a recent tip we had on our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel about removing bugs that get squished on our windshields.  You can find that tip on our RV Tios and How-To Playlist or by clicking here

Listener Julie is looking for an owner’s manual for her Roadtrek RV. We refer her to the Roadtrek.com corporate site, Here’s a link to the page that lets you download a manual for every model they have made.

Jon wants to know how long he has to wait for an RV that is propelled by electricity. Mike says a very long time as he knows of nothing like that in the works for RVers.

And listener Jeff has a suggestion to the person in episode 138 of the RV Podcast who wanted to use a crock pot to slow cook as they drive down the road in their RV. It’s a non-electric Thermal Cooker. It comes with an inner pot that will go over the stove top to boil the food. Once the food is boiled, set into the outer, stainless steel vacuum insulated container to allow the food to cook thoroughly without fire or electricity while the outside body stays cool to touch.

We found a whole page of them on Amazon starting at a little over $60,

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

With warm weather we become more aware of  the need to protect our pets from fleas, ticks and parasites.

But these days, many vets are urging year-round protection programs.

Fleas are the most common external parasite that can plague pets, and they can lead to irritated skin, hair loss, hot spots, and infection. Fleas can also introduce other parasites into your cat or fog. All it takes is for your pet to swallow one flea, and it can to end up with tapeworms, the most common internal parasite affecting dogs and cats.

Year-round prevention is key, say animal health experts.  They suggest regular flea and intestinal parasite control, as well as heartworm prevention.

You also need to protect your pet against ticks. Ticks are major health worries for pets and people, linked to Lyme disease among and many other serious ailments. Many vets now recommend that your pet be put on tick prevention program year round,

Because some parasite medications made for dogs can be fatal to cats, talk to your vet about keeping your precious pets worm-free, flea-free -- and safe.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Would you like to leave your current job and fulltime in an RV? Or perhaps you’re retired and would like to travel more in your recreational vehicle but need to have some income to offset the costs of living on the road.

In this episode, we talk about making money while you’re out there RVing.

Yes, it is possible – and practical – to make enough money to live in an RV full-time, travel, and enjoy life! You may be surprised to know there are more jobs for RVers and work campers than there are RVers and campers willing to work. You can also earn a living running a business from your RV.

Our guest today has been helping RVers find paying jobs for many years.

Her name is Colleen and, with husband, Bob, she publishes a Workers on Wheels website that keeps track of temporary, seasonal, and mobile jobs that pay. Also, RV based business, online careers, work camper campground jobs, and volunteer workamper positions. You can do them all while traveling, camping, or living in a recreational vehicle (RV) – while being Workers On Wheels!

Colleen and Bob’s website is http://www.work-for-rvers-and-campers.com/

The guide to flea markets is at: http://www.work-for-rvers-and-campers.com/clarks-flea-market-guide.html

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

At Sunshine State RV’s you’ll find the largest selection of some of the rarest Class B RVs in the United States of America. If you are looking for a Class B RV, you need to make a trip to Sunny Florida. Our RVs range from 1990 to our current year and everything in between. 

We also carry the most popular brands like Roadtrek, Pleasure Way, Winnebago, Leisure Travel, and more. You will not find a wider selection anywhere else. 

Every RV they sell has been through a very thorough 172-point inspection in which the ensure that all the mechanical and manual systems are in top condition. Every RV is road tested to make sure it runs and drives the way that it should. They go over the interior components just as entirely as the outside, and every component is turned on and tested to make sure it works. All of their used RVs are thoroughly cleaned and detailed inside and out, and they even check the roof for cracks and replace any silicone caulking. 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week…

Heavy damage to a water pipeline will limit services to the Grand Canyon's North Rim when it

Community in Virginia seeks to make up budget shortfall by levying tax on residents who own an RV. Read more

Humans causing noise pollution in national parks, study finds. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

Regardless of whether people have a wearable device today, chances are good in the next year or two there’ll be a smart device on their wrists. And there’s no better time than now to start looking because the choices are endless.

And that means often the question isn’t whether to get one...but which one to go with. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • If you’re looking to keep track of your activity and sleep, get notifications of calls and texts and have continuous heart rate monitoring, look no further than the Fitbit Charge 2. And with all it does you’ll be surprised the battery lasts up to five days on a charge!
  • Let’s say you’re a bit more concerned with how a watch looks on your wrist - but then again you still want the functionality that comes with a smart device? No worries - Fossil Q Grant and Q Tailor Hybrid smartwatches have you covered. At first glance, there’s no way anyone would know it’s anything but a traditional watch. But once you wear it, the vibration and LED notifications let you know this device is so much more. Fitness tracking, notifications and a six month battery life make the Fossil Q hybrids definitely worth a look.
  • Finally if you’re ready for the smartwatch with a colorful screen and apps, you guessed it there are options here as well. From the Apple Watch, to Samsung’s Gear S3 and the newest - Wear 24, all of them have amazing screens and will make your wrist oh so smart. And my picks - the Samsung Gear S3 and Wear 24 also come with 4G LTE technology as well, meaning even when you’re away from your phone or if your phone battery dies you can still make and receive calls and texts, do google searches and even order an Uber.

Again it just all comes down to what makes the most sense for you.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Stromy Kromer Hats, Ironwood, MI

Ball caps, cowboy hats, straw hats, watch caps and lately, Stormy Kromer hats.

We picked up our first Stormy Kromer hats while doing some winter camping a couple years ago in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Seemed like every Yooper we saw was wearing one. So Jennifer and I both got one, me a rakish black, Jennifer’s a demure grey with pink trim.

As we returned from that trip but kept wearing our hats, we met lots of other people who either had one, knew someone who had one or wanted one.

Lots of people call them an Elmer Fudd hat. Don’t do that.

This is a Stormy Kromer hat, steeped in UP tradition. Here’s the official story, from the Stormy Kromer website:

George “Stormy” Kromer was a real guy – a semi-pro baseball player and railroad engineer. Not the kind of guy you’d expect to start a clothing company, in other words, but one who happened to create a cap that became known for long-comfort and the ability to stay snug, even in the fiercest winds.

The hats have really become cult items.

Hollywood and rock stars wear them, they’re showing up in trendy magazines and a new marketing campaign is about to make them even better know.

The Stormy Kromer factory in Ironwood welcomes tours. Just stop in next time you are through the area. A wall of photos tells the history and story of this cool hat. You can watch the Yooper ladies in the sewing room assembling the hats. And afterwards, shop a retail area of the factory to get your own.

Here’s my video of the factory and the hats: https://youtu.be/ZGebSrX51-0

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT139.mp3
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 The RV industry is booming, no doubt about it. But it’s also changing and facing new challenges and opportunities. In this week’s interview, we sit down with Jim Hammill, the CEO of the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, the corporate owners of Roadtrek Motorhomes. Jim is a straight talking, shoot from the hip guy who tells it like it is and coming up in the interview segment of the podcast, you’ll learn how the trends shaping the RV industry will impact your RV Lifestyle.

Plus lots of reader questions, some great tips, traveling with technology and a fun off the beaten path report…all in Episode 138 of The RV Podcast, being released May 3, 2017.

 

Mike and Jennifer share their whereabouts:

  • A recent visit to Arizona and an RV show devoted to nothing but small motorhomes
  • Jennifer’s mishap that left her with a broken hand
  • Their current trip to the Gulf Coast and where they stay overnight while on long drive days

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

One of the fin things about visiting RV shows like the Super B small RV show that Mike and I attended this past weekend in Glendale, AZ is visiting with other RVers and sharing tips and suggestions.

 

So it was with one of our listeners named Jim, who came out to meet us and offered a tip about using mobile RV repair services when local RV service centers can’t squeeze you in for an appointment.

 

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

 

I love hearing from you!

 

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

  • Sharon has a question about using a crock pot with a small inverter of the type that can charge a laptop. She was specifically wondering if the Energizer Cup Inverter being offered by Verizon would work. A crock potis a slow-cooking vessel which uses a heating element. It has two settings, Low (223 watts) and High (312 watts). The Energizer inverter is only capable of a continuous power output of 180n watts, not nearly enough for a power hungry crock pot. Here’s a guide to choosing the best one for you.

 

  • Ron and Jan share their excitement about being new RVers

 

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

 

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Mike and I are big fans of off-leash dog parks. It keeps Bo happy, healthy and out of trouble. Not all dogs are good candidates for off leash parks. Before you take your pet to one, make sure it has been socialized well and gets along with other dogs, If so, visits to your local dog park can greatly enrich her life:

 

Here are three reasons why Pet MD says off leash parks are a wise choice for pet owners

  • Physical and mental exercise for dogs- Your dog can zoom around off-leash to her heart’s content, investigate new smells, wrestle with her dog buddies and fetch toys until she happily collapses. Many dogs are so mentally and physically exhausted by a trip to the dog park that they snooze for hours afterwards.
  • Opportunities to maintain social skillsDogs are like us, highly social animals, and many enjoy spending time with their own species. At the dog park, your dog gets practice reading a variety of other dogs’ body language and using her own communication skills, and she gets used to meeting unfamiliar dogs on a frequent basis. These valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs.
  • Fun for pet parentsDogs aren’t the only ones who enjoy dog parks. People do, too. They can exercise their dogs without much effort, socialize with other dog lovers, bond and play with their dogs, practice their off-leash training skills, and enjoy the entertaining antics of frolicking dogs.

Do you have a pet about traveling with pets. Send it to me by using the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com.  Thanks!

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

This week our special guest is Jim Hammill, the CEO of the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, the corporate owners of Roadtrek Motorhomes. I got him to sit own for an interview at the recent Super B small RV show out in Arizona and we talk about how the RV industry is booming and changing. With that growth and change come new challenges and opportunities Jim is a straight talking, shoot from the hip guy who tells it like it is and coming up in the interview segment of the podcast, you’ll learn how the trends shaping the RV industry will impact your RV Lifestyle.

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week…

The RV Consumer Demographic Profile released last week shows 8.9 million American households own a RV, a new record, up from 7.9 million in 2005.

It also showed who is buying RVs. For example:

  • The median income of RVers is $62,000.
  • About 39 percent of RVers have children under 18 at home.
  • Ownership among those 55 or old rose to 9.3 percent.​​​​​​​

The Profile, conducted by an economist at the University of Michigan, was sponsored by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. To see the RVIA release click here.

College student dies of hypothermia while out camping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with friends. Read more

President Donald Trump issues executive order to review national monuments of 100,000 acres and larger designated by past three presidents Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

Hi Mike,

Hope you are enjoying your new Samsung Galaxy S8 device as much as I am. And for your listeners out there who just got one or are thinking about it...I wanted to share a few cool things to help you get the most out of it.

First, the front camera is now 8mp meaning your selfies are looking oh so much better. But did you know that you don’t have to push the button to take a photo? Just hold up your palm somewhere in the viewfinder and the phone will set a two second timer and take your pic. This helps for those of us who move a bit when we try to take a selfie.

Also as part of the camera feature is a setting called “selective focus”. This will really make your selfies or traditional photos look like a portrait. To enable this mode, swipe right on the screen after you open your camera. Choose selective focus. Now when you take a pic it’ll separate your subjects from the background and give a professional look.

Looking to take a screenshot? If you want the whole thing press your power and volume down buttons together. But let’s say you only want part of the screen and would prefer it cropped as a circle? That’s totally do-able. swipe left on the edge panel which is on the righthand side of the screen near the power button. Swipe left on the menu until you see “smart select”. Now choose rectangle or oval and select the area of the screen you’d like to copy. Easy as that!

Lastly I know a lot of your listeners take videos as they travel around the country. But sometimes we don’t want to use all of the video we took. Fortunately editing videos even with captions is now a breeze. Open up your Galaxy Apps and search for video editor. This downloads a free Samsung video editor for the S8. Now you can edit down the videos you have, add in transitions, captions, title screens and even music. Your home movies are definitely going to a new level!

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -

By Tom and Patti Burkett

As Europeans moved westward across the North American continent they found a variety of artifacts left behind by earlier cultures.  Even more have been discovered in recent times.  Think petroglyphs, cliff dwellings, cave art, and totem poles.  Throughout the Midwest and stretching south to northern Alabama and Mississippi can be found a variety of earthen mounds.  Many of the most striking of these are in Ohio.  Southeastern Ohio boasts Fort Ancient and the Great Serpent Mound, and a bit farther north you can visit the Great Circle and Octagon earthworks.

The small city of Newark is home to the latter two structures, which are on the short list to be designated World Heritage Sites.  Early explorers thought these might be burial mounds and dug into them hoping for treasure and ancient bones.  We know now that they’re mostly ceremonial, built for gatherings and celebrations.  A thousand years ago the Adena and Hopewell people marked specific lunar events at this site.  Modern astronomers and astro-tourists gather here for the periodic alignments.  The next one will occur in 2024.  archaeologists and historians are unsure why these events were important to the cultures that built the mounds, but it’s clear they were.

Even if you’re not here for a lunar viewing, there’s plenty to see.  The eagle mound, in the center of the great circle, is interesting, as it the small museum on the grounds.  In nearby Granville you can see the alligator mound, protected by a traffic circle in the middle of the upscale Bryn Du subdivision.  While you’re in the area, take the time to see the site of the first lock on the Ohio & Erie Canal and tour the Hebron State Fish Hatchery.  If you’re especially lucky, your visit will coincide with one of the periodic tours of the unique floating cranberry bog on nearby Buckeye Lake.

Ohio has several other mounds to visit.  The Great Serpent, between Columbus and Cincinnati, is the largest effigy mound in the US, and features an interesting museum and an elevated viewing platform that’s perfect for photos.  Also along I-71, the Fort Ancient earthworks are interpreted by rangers who convey their vast knowledge with enthusiasm and flair.  For true mound junkies, a variety of smaller earthworks cluster in this part of the state, and most are publicly accessible.

Summer can be pretty brutal in the Buckeye state, but spring and fall are frequently delightful.  Spring arrives with abundant wildflowers and flowering trees, and fall offers autumn colors to rival New England.  Roads are less crowded and the pace more relaxed.  Canoeing and rafting are great in the spring, festivals and fairs in the fall.  There are numerous boondocking opportunities in the Wayne National Forest and along the Ohio River.  Come for the mounds and you’ll find much more to pique your interest.  We’ll be looking for you out there, maybe just over the top of the next mound, off the beaten path.

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

Since 1917, the Steinbring family has been bringing you the best products and service within the transportation industry. The sales staff at Steinbring Motorcoach brings you decades of experience in the recreational vehicle industry and is celebrating 100 years in business and a 3rd generation family business. Along with being named a Blue Ribbon dealer by RV Business Magazine, Steinbring’s has been named a Top 50 Dealer numerous times including in 2015. Steinbring Motorcoach offers new and used Newmar Class A motorhomes as well as Roadtrek Class Bs. Also for sale are pre-owned coaches from popular brands such as Roadtrek, Winnebago, Itasca, Tiffin, Fleetwood, Holiday Rambler and Monaco along with a wide selection of consignments.  Whether you are looking for a Class A, Class B, Class C, a diesel pusher, gas or a toy hauler, you’re sure to find your next RV at Steinbring’s. Along with award winning sales, Steinbring Motorcoach offers award winning service. Our service team has won the Mahlon Miller Service Excellence Award 4 times along with the Newmar Customer Service Award numerous times since 2004 and most recently in 2015. Dealer

RV CALENDAR

Puyallup RV Show
May 4-7

Washington State Fair Events Center

Puyallup, WA

For a complete list of RV shows for the rest of the year, click here. 

 

Direct download: RT138.mp3
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Episode 137: What to do when encountering a newborn animal alone in the wild

 

With the return spring and warm weather, many RVers are making their first trips to the great outdoors this time of year. And seeing wildlife in or adventures is always exciting, especially when we encounter newborn animal babies out in the wild.

But what is the best way to behave when we come across these little critters?

Too many people make too many mistakes when encountering wildlife babies and this week, in our interview section, we talk to an expert who sets us straight on how we can best protect those animal babies… and ourselves.

Also this week, lots of RV news, Tips, a bucket list report and, as always, your comments and questions.

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THESE DAYS:

 

Our YouTube Channel has been redesigned and reorganized, now offering hundreds of RV videos on just about every topic. It’s called Mike and Jennifer’s RV Lifestyle Channel and we put up new videos all the time. We invite you to subscribe!

 

Join us this weekend at the huge:

Super B RV Show

University of Phoenix Stadium Class B RV Show

Dates: Thursday, April 27th to Sunday, April 30th.
Time: 9am to 7pm

Location:University of Phoenix Stadium (Inside)
1 Cardinals Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85305

FREE PARKING & ADMISSION

Here is your opportunity to compare Class B & C RVs side by side from these manufacturers: Roadtrek, Hymer, Leisure Travel Vans, Winnebago, Thor Motor Coach, Tiffin and Jayco! Plus, get a sneak peak of concept vehicles on display to see what may be coming in the future. Almost 100 different floorplans to consider in vehicles that are 26 feet in length and shorter.

Attend a FREE seminar from Roadtrek. Learn about their EcoTrek system, VoltStart system and solar!

Meet factory personnel including:

  • Jim Hammill, President & CEO of Erwin Hymer Group North America
  • Trent Tiffin of Tiffin Motorhomes
  • Royer Allman of Mercedes Benz
  • Mike and Jennifer Wendland, Roadtreking.com

We’ll be doing Facebook Live videos on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3PM Eastern time on our Roadtreking Facebook Page at

The show is an indoor RV show, so you can leave the heat outside and shop comfortably indoors

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

The RV community is a very sharing group of people and one of the most enjoyable things for me as Mike and I travel about reporting on the RV lifestyle is hearing from members of our RV community who have great tips to pass along.

So it is today with one from Tom, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who has a suggestion about choosing a mattress to put on our bed.

Specifically, Tom mentions the Therm-a-Rest type of mattress…. And he has five reasons why it may make sense for your RV.

Like Tom said, you can find Therm-a-Rest air mattresses at most outdoor stores. There’s also a bunch of them on Amazon. We’ll put a link on the shownotes for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-137

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you!

 

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

Wade has a great DIY solution for dimming the bright lights of various displays in the RV so as to be able to sleep in darkness.

 

Scott wants to know about the ProAir undermount ACand its availability

 

A reader asks for a resource on finding places to bookdock. We suggest a website -http://www.uscampgrounds.info

 

 

SPONSOR – VAN CITY RV

 

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

 

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Our dogs can get so enthusiastic. In fact, that’s what we call Bo, our Norwegian Elkhound: “Mr. Enthusiasm.”

But when that enthusiasm results in excess barking, that is definitely not a good thing. Especially when we’re in an RV campground. So how’s the best way to curb your pet’s enthusiasm and get them to quiet down?

Here’s some suggestions from pet trainers and experts:

Number one - Don't yell at your dog to be quiet—it just sounds like you're barking along with him.

Number two – Use one word, firmly spoken as the command to stop barking. “Quiet” is probably the best.

Number three - If he doesn’t obey the quiet command and continues to bark at passersby when he's outside, bring him into the RV or house. Never leave your dog outside unsupervised.

Number four – Break his focus. Put yourself between the dog and whatever he seems to be barking at. Toss him a ball, move in the opposite direction, talk to him, get him to look at you and preoccupy him.

And number five, keep your dog tired. Make sure your dog is getting sufficient physical and mental exercise every day. A tired dog is a good dog and one who is less likely to bark from boredom or frustration.

Want more tips to stop barking? Here’s a link to the Humane Society’s suggestions.

 

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

With the return spring and warm weather, many RVers are making their first trips to the great outdoors this time of year. And seeing wildlife in or adventures is always exciting, especially when we encounter newborn animal babies out in the wild. But how is the best way to behave when we come across these little critters?

Too many people make too many mistakes when encountering wildlife babies and this week, in our interview section, we talk to an expert who sets us straight on how we can best protect those animal babies… and ourselves.

Our guest this week is Sandy Woltman, senior animal care director at Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in Illinois, and former board president of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.

 

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories for you this week

  • Wolf population declines at remote island national park, reeking havoc as moose population explodes, scientists say. Read more
  • Oregon's first RV park designed to be a legal place for campers to gather and smoke pot is to open May 5. Read more
  • Wisconsin state parks and campgrounds work to find ways to be self-sustaining after governor's order. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

 

Spring is just flying by and before you know it Mother's Day will be here. That's why now's the time to start thinking about those gift ideas! And here are some thoughts to get you started.

 

First, you've got a busy mom, right? Then make sure she's got a smartphone that can keep up. The new Samsung Galaxy S8 is a perfect fit. Its Infinity Screen will let her see more at once and even let her multitask in split screen mode, its 8mp front facing camera means she'll always look good in her selfies, and when she needs a little extra help it's got two artificial intelligence engines - Bixby and Google Assistant - to help get the job done.

 

Next, moms rarely have any spare time in the day so the more we can help her get what she needs to done sooner, the easier her life will be. And that's where the Wear24 smartwatch comes into play. This beautifully designed device is something she'll feel good wearing, and once she gets notifications of calls/texts/and can respond with her voice on the go she'll wonder how she ever lived without. Not to mention with its 4G LTE chip inside, she can leave her smartphone at home and still stay connected.

 

Finally, now that we've got her feeling good about herself, she's probably ready to take a selfie. But is the lighting ok where she's at? If she has the Allure Selfie Case, she'll never have to worry. This case not only protects her Samsung or iPhone from the hazards of life, it really shines, literally, when you flip on its LEDs. That's right, the case has LEDs built into the frame around your smartphone and when you turn them on, you can get the perfectly lit selfie. Not to mention the rotating ring on the back helps you steady your hand.

 

Want to see Mike’s take on the Galaxy 8+, which is now is personal phone. Here’s a video review from the Mike and Jennifer’s RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike has a whole playlist of his RV technology and gadget reviews.

 

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Quilt City USA

Reader Rebecca EWilson sends in this week’s Off-the-Beaten-Path RV travel suggestion – Quilt City USA, also known as Paducah, KY.

Quilting, you say? Hold on. Quilting is an amazing art — an art, a craft, a hobby, a pastime, an outlet for creativity, even a form of therapy. But it is also a $3.5 billion a year industry, with 21.3 million quilters, nationwide. Fourteen percent of U.S. households are home to at least one active quilter.

And this week, April 23-30 is Quilt Week in Paducah and a major destination for thousands, including many RVs.

There are exhibitions, demonstrations, seminars and much more but if you can’t make the Quilt Week festivities, you’ll want to keep Paducah on your bucket list because it is home to the Quilt Museum. This is no small little out of the way place, The Quilt Museum is a destination for quilters and art enthusiasts worldwide. Annually the Museum receives visitors from all 50 US states and over 45 foreign countries from every continent. The Museum's in-facility and traveling exhibits are viewed by over 110,000 people per year. In addition, over 6,000 youth and adults participate in Museum youth and adult educational opportunities on an annual basis.

Located in a 27,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Paducah, , the Museum's three galleries feature exhibits of the finest quilt and fiber art in the world. The Museum features three exhibit galleries. The Museum's vibrant and breathtaking exhibits are rotated 8-10 times per year. The primary gallery features quilts from the Museum's collection which includes over 500 works of art. The two other galleries feature unique and diverse traveling exhibits.

The Museum has also gained a reputation for its educational programs. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts educational programs on a diverse number of topics for quilters of all skill sets. Quilters come from all over the world to attend the Museum's educational programs taught by master quilters.

 

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

RV CALENDAR

Come join Mike and Jennifer this weekend at the:

Super B RV Show

University of Phoenix Stadium Class B RV Show

Dates: Thursday, April 27th to Sunday, April 30th.
Time: 9am to 7pm

Location:University of Phoenix Stadium (Inside)
1 Cardinals Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85305

FREE PARKING & ADMISSION

  

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year, click here.

 

Direct download: RT137.mp3
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Episode 136: How the RV Lifestyle Enhances Your Favorite Interests and Activities

Show Notes for Episode #136 April 19,2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

In this episode we meet a couple who have been RVing for 40 years! They started in a popup and now have a Class B RV and they share how RVing has allowed them to enhance and enjoy other interests and hobbies, like discovering antiques, old cars, trains, planes and all things mechanical.

Also this week, lots of reader comments and questions, traveling technology tips and a special off the beaten path report about an amazing natural phenomenon you need to see.

Show Notes for Episode #136 April 19,2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

What Mike and Jennifer are up to this week:

  • Mike is awaiting the arrival of the brand new Samsung Galaxy 8 Plus smartphone, coming this week. He’s also been working on the RV Podcast and Blog You Tube channel – You can sign up at: https://www.youtube.com/user/roadtrekingmike
  • Jennifer is working on a video on how to keep the cushions in the RV from sliding off while driving, turning corners, etc.
  • Next week, we’re heading to Arizona, Phoenix area for The Super B RV Show

April 26-30 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Jennifer and Mike will be there! Come meet them, ask questions. Roadtrek will also be conducting seminars. And there will be representatives on hand form all of the major Class B motorhome manufacturers.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

I get so many of my tips from friends we meet on the road, in campgrounds at our Roadtreking gatherings. So it was not long ago when we met our friend Kiki around a campfire. She was wearing a Onesie. You know what a Onesie is… its those one piece jumpsuit-like coveralls that we buy toddlers and infants to keep them all warm and cozy. Well, Kiki was indeed that, in an adult Onesie… perfect for hanging around a campfire.

Here’s Kiki.

PLAY REPORT

Kiki got hers from a local store in northern Michigan. But you can also find a wide variety of them in all different sizes on Amazon. We’ll put a link to them on the shownotes page for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-136

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you! 

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping!

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Jan is a new RVer and wonders why the monitors inside her RV are so bright and how they can be dimmed so the panel lights are not as jarring at night.

Arvid has an alternative to the Lynx Leveling blocks many of us use for our RVs. The curved device he suggests is the Anderson Hitches 3604 x 2 2 Pack Camper Leveler and chock set. I warn you, it’s expensive. $82 on Amazon. A cheaper alternative for just $17 is the Camco Yellow Tri-Leveler. The Tri-Leveler features a gradient of three levels for simple, customizable leveling up to 3-7/8-inch.

Craig wants to know of a good exterior wax for his RV. We suggest Turtle Wax paste, available in most stores. Here’s a handy article we found that recommends other waxes, all of which is fine - http://www.doityourselfrv.com/what-is-the-best-product-to-use-for-waxing-your-rv/#

Laura was interested in Campskunk’s planned RV trip to Europe, which we talked about in Episode 135 of the RV Podcast. She shared how years ago she and her husband took advantage of a unique way to buy a new RV in Europe from Volkswagon and then ship it back here as a used vehicle. She wonders if, now that Roadtrek is owned by the German-based Hymer group, whether it will be possible to do such a program under Hymer.

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

One question a lot of dog owners have is how much water do they need?

You may be surprised to now that your dog should drink about as much as a human is supposed to drink, namely about ½ t 1 ounce of water for every pound of body weight each day. So a healthy 65-pound Labrador Retriever should be drinking between about 33 and 65 ounces, or about ¼ to ½ gallon of water daily.

To determine if your dog may need more water, lift some skin at the back of her neck and let it go. If your dog is well hydrated, the skin will fall quickly back into place. The skin of a dehydrated dog will fall more slowly and form sort of a tent. Another method is to check your dog’s gums. Moist, slick gums indicate a good level of hydration; dry or sticky gums mean your pet’s body needs more water.

One important note here: The amount of water your dog drinks can be an indicator of an underlying illness. Dogs with pancreatitis or parvovirus, tend suddenly not drink much water, but a brewing bladder infection, or other types of infection can cause excessive thirst and water consumption. So if your pet is drinking less or more water than normal, you should have her checked by your veterinarian to rule out an underlying condition.

What about cats?

A normal cat's daily water requirement ranges from 5 to 10 fluid ounces per day. Cats eating canned food will receive much of their needs from its food, since canned food is about 70 to 80 percent water. In contrast, dry food is only 7 to 10 percent water.

So… whether a dog or a cat…lets keep our pets well hydrated, especially as the weather is starting to warm up and they can easily overheat.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Our guests today are John and Nancy Richardson, an RVing couple we have met several times in our travels around the country attending various gatherings.

The Richardson’s have been RVing for four decades now. They’ve been everywhere. And they have a lot of things to share, from doing your old maintenance – which John does – to their unique traveling style and how it enriches their various hobbies and special interests.

Let’s meet them now in our interview of the week.

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week…

National Park advocates say $12 billion needed for park maintenance ranging from neglected roads to sewage issues to broken water lines and more. Read more

Virginia woman converts RV to a hair salon on wheels. Read more

Yellowstone National Park euthanized often-photographed white wolf after hikers find her with unknown injuries. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

In today’s power-hungry world, the thought of running out of juice for any of our gadgets is enough to send shivers down your spine.

And it’s not just maximizing battery life we worry about…it’s also remembering to bring along the right chargers and wondering if there will be enough outlets to cover them all.

That’s why to save some sanity when I travel, I bring along a power inverter like the Energizer Cup Inverter. What I like about this inverter is it plugs into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter then sits snugly in a cup holder so it’s not moving about. Then on the top you have 4 USB ports and 1 standard AC outlet – yes that means you can plug in a laptop in addition to 4 smartphones!

Also, while we’re talking about power, if you have a Mophie Charge Force case for your phone, you’re going to want to pick up the Charge Force Vent Mount. This mount plugs into your vehicle’s power port and hangs on your vents. Your phone magnetically attaches to it and begins charging wirelessly! Use it in portrait or landscape mode for easy Google Maps viewing and never worry about draining your phone’s battery because it’s charging the whole time it’s mounted.

So what does saving all this power get you – more battery for more selfies! Take your selfie game to the next level with a PopSocket. These ultra-portable accessories stick to the back of your phone giving you more stability when holding your smartphone or tablet. Pop it out and set your phone on a table to use it as a kickstand when watching a video or wrap your headphones around it for easy storage. With their reusable adhesive and wide selection, switch them out anytime you’re looking for a different pop of color.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT  

By Tom and Patti Burkett

One of nature’s most unusual spectacles is on offer during the month of June, and it’s a good idea to plan ahead if you want to see it.  Many folks think the Great Smoky Mountains are the only place to see synchronous fireflies, but they can be found in several other places as well. There are more than a dozen species of fireflies, and three are known to show this unusual behavior. 

Fireflies start life as eggs, and live for two years in the soil and under the bark of trees before emerging in their winged form.  Once they begin to fly, they never eat again, and groups of twenty to several hundred will all flash together, creating a genuine spectacle for those willing to stand around the woods or fields in the dark on a June night. 

Our favorite place to see them is the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania.  The local town of Kellettville, in Forest County, hosts an annual festival featuring guided walks and expert talks, but for the few weeks the bugs are active you can just walk out and look at them.  Nor do you have to walk far.   Stake out a site at the Kellettville Campground in the National Forest, and walk onto the bridge over Tionesta Creek.  Watch the fireflies put on a show.  Of course, you can walk down along the creek and get into the middle of it all if you like.  There are dispersed campsites available too.

Another place you can watch synchronous fireflies is in Congaree National Park.  This little known park is near Columbia, in the interior of South Carolina.  It’s full of huge, beautiful old growth trees, and we’ll give you a complete description one of these days.  Meanwhile, know that flashing season is about a month sooner than in Pennsylvania, and sometimes starts as early as the middle of May.  Congaree has a lot of wetland areas and is notorious for mosquitoes, so be prepared in case they’re about.  They do tend to abate as it gets darker, and this park has some of the darkest skies in the state.

The operation in the Smokies is a bit more organized, with a lottery for passes to the Sugarlands parking area on firefly nights.  The dates are being announced on April 27, and the lottery for spots begins on April 28.  Early June is the window for the Smokies outbreak, and can vary by as much as two weeks.  Check the park website for updates.  And if you love fireflies, think about making a stop to see their cousins, the glowworms.  They can be seen seasonally at Hazard Cave in Tennessee, and at Dismals Canyon in northwest Alabama.

Some things simply can’t be captured with a camera, and this is one of them.  Early summer air redolent with new growth and rich with moisture, the buzz of nighttime insects and frogs, a sky full of stars, and the excitement of the hushed crowd around you all contribute to an incomparable experience.  Go see for yourself.  We’re Patti & Tom Burkett, and we’ll look for you, out there, somewhere in the dark, off the beaten path.

Resources on where to see the flies:

http://pafireflyfestival.blogspot.com/

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article78506127.html

https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/fireflies.htm

http://dismalscanyon.com/dismalites/index.html

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/activities/pickett-swimming

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

RV CALENDAR

Two shows on the calendar this week…

22nd Annual Super Saver Show
April 21-23

Century Link-Lee Sports Complex

Ft. Myers, FL

The Super B RV Show

April 26-30

University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, AZ

Jennifer and Mike will be there! Come meet them, ask questions. Roadtrek will also be conducting seminars.

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year, click here.

 

Direct download: RT136.mp3
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