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Harvest Hosts & Fox Hollow Farms

Picture this. You drive through winding, hilly country roads and finally turn onto the long driveway of a farm. After parking, you open the door to your RV and pause to take in your surroundings. You see green rolling hills and bright, golden sun kissing the crops and vegetation that surrounds you. You hear the wind as it rustles through trees and the light clucking of chickens, funny little snorts from pigs and the far away baaaaah-ing of a herd of sheep. You smell earth and clean air, with tinges of farm aromas. There is no one else around. It feels peaceful … and alive. Continue Reading

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Campfire Cooking: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

I’m not exactly Daniel Boone when it comes to cooking over a fire. I much prefer to cook my family’s meals inside of our small but comfortable RV kitchen or outside on an electric skillet. After more than my share of unevenly cooked food, burns and borderline asphyxiation, I am determined to master campfire cooking this camping season.

Really… how hard can it be to cook over a campfire? Well…  Continue Reading

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Traveling To The Henry Ford Museum

We entered The Henry Ford Museum with only four hours to spend before closing.  For me, that was the perfect amount of time, but we could have easily spent a couple of days seeing all that the museum had to offer.

The biggest surprise was that the museum is not limited to Henry Ford’s incredible accomplishments.  Rather, the museum is an ode to american innovation and history. Continue Reading

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History Meets Wine: Fantastic Overnight RV Parking In Gettysburg, PA

After spending time at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center (more about our visit to Gettysburg in our next article), we headed to Adams County Winery to relax, enjoy some wine, and to park our RV for the night.  Adams County Winery is a Harvest Hosts destination, a part of a nationwide network of wineries and farms that allow RVers to stay on their property overnight at no cost (when you pay the $40-$44 annual membership fee).

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Travel Reflections From An Armchair Wanderluster

I am delighted introduce you to Glynis Valenti, who has graciously agreed to share this wonderful article as my very first Guest Post (it’s purely coincidence that I’m also mentioned in the article).  Glynis has a way with words.  Her writing, in combination with her photographs, work together to weave beautiful, introspective stories that invoke emotion, yearning and connection.  This powerful combination is beautifully illustrated in the article below about Wanderlust, something that resonates with me, and I suspect will be meaningful to many of my fellow RVers.  This article originally appeared in Times Leader on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

 

Maybe it’s the winter. Maybe it’s that I feel so isolated where I live. Maybe it’s in my blood, but I seem to have a case of wanderlust. Continue Reading

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The Hairy Barry Chronicles (a recap)

In the spring of 2014, we adopted Hairy Barry, a sweet, lovable Flat-Coated Retriever with some serious anxiety issues, most of which appeared when camping in our RV.  Barry’s “not-so-good” behaviors include running away from our home/campsites, severe Separation Anxiety, obnoxiously barking at other dogs, and an over-active prey drive.

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4 Strategies That DIDN’T Help Our Anxious Dog (Part 3)

This is the third article in the “Hairy Barry Chronicles,” a series about RV Camping with a newly adopted, absolutely adorable, extremely lovable, anxious dog.  

In the year that Hairy Barry has lived with us, we’ve tried many, many things to help calm his anxiety, which occurs mostly when we are RV Camping. Many of the strategies have been successful, and I’m happy to report that Barry’s behaviors are improving. There are several things that we tried along the way that didn’t help The Hairy Dude’s anxiety at all.  And in some cases, these strategies increased his anxiety. Read on to discover the four strategies that we tried, but didn’t work. Continue Reading

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9 Tips For RV Camping With An Anxious Dog: What’s Working So Far (Part 2)

This is the second article in the “Hairy Barry Chronicles,” a series about RV Camping with a newly adopted, absolutely adorable, extremely lovable, anxious dog.  

Introducing Hairy “Houdini” Barry to a new household was stressful for our new furry friend. Add a handful of a quirky dog personality and blend with a family who likes to divide time between a house and a frequently moving RV. The result is the perfect recipe for dog anxiety, which was manifested in some “not-so-good” behaviors, including frequently running away from our house/campsites, severe Separation Anxiety, an over-active prey drive, and obnoxious barking at other dogs.

As we approach our second camping season with Barry, I am hopeful that RVing will be more relaxed and enjoyable this time around.  We’ve been educating ourselves and taking steps that we hope will help Hairy Barry to settle in and settle down. We wanted to share the things that we’ve learned along the way in hopes that it can help our fellow RVers with dog anxiety issues. Continue Reading

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RV Camping With An Adorable, Anxious Dog (Part 1)

This is the first article in the “Hairy Barry Chronicles,” a series about RV Camping with a newly adopted, absolutely adorable, extremely lovable, anxious dog.  

Hairy “Houdini” Barry is the sweetest, most cuddliest dog I have ever met about 85% of the time.  It’s the 15% that we struggle with and it occurs almost exclusively when we camp. Here are Barry’s trifecta of not-so-good behaviors that make camping/RVing with him a bit, errr… challenging.

  1. He is a “Runner.”
  2. He has Separation Anxiety.
  3. He constantly barks at other dogs and wants to chase and pounce on all small furry things.

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