25 Apr

Mother’s Day Gifts for Girl Campers

On this week’s show guests Jeremy Puglisi and Rick Pettit, Mister Sisters of producer Stephanie Puglusi and host Janine Pettit,  share their list of gift ideas for Girl Campers. If you have no idea what to buy the camping woman in your life for Mother’s Day Jeremy and Rick share their ideas.

Jeremy and Rick took over the studio to give gift challenged Mister Sisters a fighting chance this Mothers Day!

Jeremy and Rick each made a list of five things to consider for your favorite Girl Camper. Some are big but most are simple and affordable.

The Camp Casual bowls made the cut. I have been using them so much that I decided to get a set for my house!

I have been getting this magazine for three years and love the stories as much as the beautiful photos.

I am back from my wonderful  weekend in Waxahachie, Texas where we camped like girls in Getzandaner Park. I had so much fun catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I am so glad that the town of Waxahachie wants to grow this event and make it an annual affair!

The Casita trailer of Nancy Edwards is very similar to the new Park Liner I will be taking to Yellowstone in July. I was excited to see all of her decorating and storage ideas.

No trailer? No problem! We glamped up this $49 tent in no time.

New Girl Camper Debbie Rosset decided the time was now and created a lovely camper in her minivan! That’s the spirit Debbie! You go girl!

I love Debbie’s coordinating furniture and all the love she put in her little weekend home!

18 Apr

Girl Camper #80

On this week’s show Mike Harlan, Airstream Manager at North Trail RV of South Florida answers podcast listeners questions. Mike is an industry insider who has worked in sales, service and manufacturing. I asked podcast listeners for their questions and Mike was game to answer and very candid. This is part two of our two part interview.

Mike was instrumental in helping me start Camper College when he was the GM at Haydocy Airstream in Columbus, Ohio.

11 Apr

Girl Camper: Episode #79 Mike Harlan RV Industry Insider Answers Listeners Questions

On this week’s show Mike Harlan, Airstream Manager at  North Trail RV of South Florida answers podcast listeners questions. Mike is an industry insider who has worked in sales, service and manufacturing. I asked podcast listeners for their questions and Mike was game to answer and very candid. He had so much to say that this is part one of the two part interview.

Mike was instrumental in helping me start Camper College when he was the GM at Haydocy Airstream in Columbus, Ohio.

Girl Campers sent in their questions ahead of time on the Girl Camper Podcast Facebook page. Most of the questions had to do with dealerships and service. Mike gave insiders insight into the how’s and why’s of dealership decision making.

Airstream of North Trail is one of the Top Five Airstream dealers in the country.

In the Campfire Chat I am talking about my fool proof fire starting method! Tinder, kindling and fuel wood make for a perfect fire but it’s the stacking method that’s key! Teepee versus log cabin? Tune in to hear which is superior!

Cutting my own kindling is a favorite camping task. I got lucky last week when my site had a built in chopping block.

04 Apr

Girl Camper: Episode 78 Long Haul Driving Tips

On this week’s show I am talking about long distance driving.  When you hit the road this summer whether it’s a big trip of thousands of miles or across your state there are ways to make the drive more of a journey and less of a chore. Getting there can be half the fun if you follow a few simple principles for driving  while towing.

Travel and towing can be a pleasure if you follow a few simple rules.

Be rested when you leave. Sometimes we pack up and get the feeling that we have to get going because  we’re “burning daylight”. It’s always a good idea to be rested and non stressed when you head out. The process of getting ready can take longer than we think and be stressful in itself. Try to adapt a “journey” not “destination” attitude about travel.

Take a break every two hours. Even if you don’t feel tired it’s a good idea to get out and stretch your legs every two hours or so. I park as far from the rest area bathroom as possible and jog over to the building. It’s good to get your blood flowing and take in some fresh air. If the driving conditions are stressful it’s even more important to stop for the mental clarity as well as the physical boost. Take a cat nap in your trailer if necessary. Staying alert means staying safe.

Eat light. Nothing brings on drowsiness like a pile of carbs from a rest stop fast food restaurant. You are barely burning calories behind the wheel and the food you take in should help you stay alert not make you tired. I keep a cool pack on the passenger seat with fresh fruit, nuts, string cheese and humus. I only drink water after my morning cup of coffee. My favorite thing is knowing that a great dinner awaits me at the campground. I like to have a marinating chicken breast or steak waiting to go on the grill when I have arrived and am set up and look forward to that on my drive.

I keep this soft pack cooler on the passenger seat for a quick healthy pick me up while driving.

Slow and steady wins the race. It’s always better when you can approach the drive to your ultimate destination as part of the vacation too.  If you are in a “just get there” mindset you will miss the beauty along the way. Study a map and see if you can plan a stop along the way. Be willing to get off the highway and drive a stretch on a county two lane. Be willing to stop in a town and find the local mom and pop diner, quirky gas station slash museum, or weird roadside attraction that you will be talking about ten years from now. Most of the cool things on vacations are unplanned. Be willing to be open to back road travel.

A friend of mine tipped me off to the town of Granville TN which is southeast of Nashville. I took the opportunity to get off the highway and visit. I was so glad that I did!

The General Store in Granville had fallen into extreme disrepair and had been closed for a long time when a descendant of the original builder who was doing family research visited the town and saw it. He purchased it, renovated it and donated it back to the town where it is used as a Saturday night dance hall and dinner spot now.

Mark Polk’s blog on trailer sway is worth the read. He always provides so much insight into the causes of RV issues. Please take the time to educate yourself on ways to minimize trailer sway and handle it when it does happen.

There are lots more tips and travel help in this weeks podcast as well as all the news on the News Roundup and Campfire Chat! Hope you enjoy this weeks episode!! Happy trails!!

 

 

28 Mar

Girl Camper: Episode 77 – Camping in the Shenandoah with Cindy Davidson

On this weeks show my guest is Cindy Davidson.  Cindy is an outdoor woman who camps, hikes, kayaks and fishes. One of her favorite places to do all of those things is the Shenandoah National Forest in Western Virginia. Cindy has camped their campgrounds, hiked their trails and fished their waters and she is here today with her best advice on how to make the most of a trip to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and its remarkable Skyline Drive.

Cindy regularly hikes the trails in the Shenandoah National Park with members of her hiking group.

There are many hiking trails and three campground at the park. You can also camp along the Appalachian Trail and in the wilderness with a park issued pass.

Cindy has camped all the campgrounds in the park in her Tag trailer.

There are many waterfalls in the park and specific hikes for waterfall enthusiasts.

Cindy has a bucket list of trips she’s waiting to take! She does things!