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Shawshanked at the Ohio State Reformatory

If touring creepy, historic prisons and getting a “behind the scenes” look at a famous movie filming location is your cup of tea, you are in for a treat.

We had the pleasure of visiting The Ohio State Reformatory, located in Mansfield, Ohio, a prison that was built in 1886 and closed in 1990.  This magnificent structure was built for young first-time offenders to have a spiritual rebirth and later became famous for violence and inhumane conditions.  It housed over 155,000 men over the years, and is now a museum and historical site. Continue Reading

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Canoeing (Backwards) Down The Mohican River

We used our Harvest Hosts membership and Roadtrippers.com to help us plan an interesting and adventurous Memorial Day weekend.  One of our stops was at Mohican Adventures, an extravaganza of fun outdoor stuff, including an Arial Park, go-karts, and a large canoe livery.  We decided to try a seven mile canoe trip because it sounded like an awesome family adventure. I envisioned us paddling down the river, in total control of our boat, smiling and enjoying the scenery.  Although traveling seven miles would be challenging, I believed it would be manageable.  I’ve never been in a canoe before (except during 6th grade camp, which was a long, long time ago), but I thought, “How hard can it be?”  Well….  Continue Reading

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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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Meet The Roadsters

Hi, I’m Chris. For the past few years, my family and I have absolutely loved spending time together in Bessie the RV. Like most first-time RVers, we’ve had lots of great experiences (and a few not-so-great moments) along the way.

This spring will mark our third year of  RVing.  Although we wouldn’t qualify for a “RV Blackbelt” just yet, we are definately “Newbie Ninjas.”  We’ve learned a lot in the past couple of years and have some helpful insights to share, particularly for those who are just getting started in their RV journey.

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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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Exploring The Finger Lakes Region- Niagara Falls & Watkins Glen State Parks in NY (a recap)

We spent six days having a blast at Niagara Falls, NY and Watkins Glen, NY and surrounding areas, including Watkins Glen State Park, Robert E. Treman State Park, and Taughannock Falls State Park.  We hope you enjoy our Finger Lakes Region Series:

Finger Lakes Journey Part 1:  Falling for Niagara Falls

Finger Lakes Journey Part 2:  The GORGE-ous Gorge & Watkins Glen State Park, NY

Finger Lakes Journey Part 3:  Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen, CLR Winery & Harvest Hosts

Finger Lakes Journey Part 4: Taughannock Falls & Robert E. Treman State Parks

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Taughannock-ing on Heaven’s Door

This is the fourth article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region. 

After visiting Niagara Falls, NY, we enjoyed all that Watkins Glen has to offer, including a stay at Watkins Glen State Park, an incredible visit to The Gorge, and a lovely afternoon at Seneca Lake’s waterfront.  The fourth day of our Finger Lakes Journey found us departing from Chateau LaFayette Reneau Winery, our gorgeous Harvest Host destination, and headed over rolling country roads toward Cayuga Lake, the longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in New York. Continue Reading

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