29 Nov

Girl Camper #60 A Field Trip to Cabela’s

On this week’s show my husband Rick joins me as we share the details of our Christmas at Cabela’s field trip. We had developed quite a wish list of camping items and we set out in search of new chairs for campfire sitting, a fire tending kit, the perfect hiking socks and a few other things. We shopped, we compared, we edited and came away with a few things we didn’t even have on the list.

We opted out of the Black Friday madness but took a field trip to Cabela's in Newark, Delaware on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The staff there was exceptional and I give props to store manager Cornell Randolph.

We opted out of the Black Friday madness but took a field trip to Cabela’s in Newark, Delaware on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The staff there was exceptional and I give props to store manager Cornell Randolph.

We were sold on the idea of a zero gravity chair until we saw the Cabela's club chair.

We were sold on the idea of a zero gravity chair until we saw the Cabela’s club chair.

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The Cabela’s club chair is very deep and extra wide. Even a 6’2″ man can sink into it. We didn’t decide on the spot but once home we agreed these are the chairs we will purchase.

I was in need of a backpack that could do double duty as a laptop carrier on a plane and after a thorough product assist from sales associate Chris I chose this one by Marmot Mountain. It has a flat rolled top in addition to a side zipper that makes it easy to put a laptop in it. I also really like the side handle in case you don't want to carry it on your back.

I was in need of a backpack that could do double duty as a laptop carrier on a plane and after a thorough product assist from sales associate Chris I chose this one by Marmot Mountain. It has a flat rolled top in addition to a side zipper that makes it easy to put a laptop in it. I also really like the side handle in case you don’t want to carry it on your back.

This adjustable height table for use with your Dutch oven pots has been on the wish list for a while. Reducing all the bending when stirring and moving coals seems like a smart move. We thought $74 was very reasonable for the heavy duty construction and adjustable legs.

This adjustable height table for use with your Dutch oven pots has been on the wish list for a while. Reducing all the bending when stirring and moving coals seems like a smart move. We thought $74 was very reasonable for the heavy duty construction and adjustable legs.

This is a little girl camper treat. The wooden wick candle for $19.95 has a pretty scent and the wooden wick creates a crackling sound when lit. My husband picked it up for me because I love anything that is red plaid.

This is a little girl camper treat. The wooden wick candle for $19.95 has a pretty scent and the wooden wick creates a crackling sound when lit. My husband picked it up for me because I love anything that is red plaid.

Thanks Cornell Randolph for the great experience and knowledgeable staff at your Delaware store. We had a great day!

Thanks Cornell Randolph for the great experience and knowledgeable staff at your Delaware store. We had a great day!

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22 Nov

Girl Camper #59 Girl Camper Linda Henderson

On this week’s show I visit Arkansas and Petit Jean State Park with Arkansa native photojournalist Linda Henderson.  Linda was kind enough to give me a tour of  some of her favorite photography spots and she provided tips on taking better pictures with your IPhone as well as some tips on how to photograph the Milky away,  a specialty of hers.  You can follow Lunda Henderson on Instagram at @lindahenderson . I also chat about an article by Christina Nellemann for DoIt Yourself RV on State Towing Guidelines.

Linda particularly loves sunrises and sunsets at Petit Jean State Park.

Linda particularly loves sunrises and sunsets at Petit Jean State Park.

A recent photo by Linda of the Super Moon of November 2016

A recent photo by Linda of the Super Moon of November 2016

One of Linda's favorite subjects is old churches. This is one of my favorite photos of Linda's.

One of Linda’s favorite subjects is old churches. This is one of my favorite photos of Linda’s.

The view from the Lodge at Petit Jean State Park into the holler below is breathtaking.

The view from the Lodge at Petit Jean State Park into the holler below is breathtaking. I took this one in my iPhone with some coaching from the expert!

 

 

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15 Nov

Girl Camper: #58 Walter Cannon Answers Girl Camper Questions

On this weeks show my guest is Walter Canon, President of the RV Safety and Education Foundation. Walter’s career spans forty years in the RV industry and he has helped countless people enjoy the RV lifestyle in a safer manner. On this episode he is answering some of the most frequently asked questions from the Girl Campers.

Walter is a frequent speaker at RV shows and safety seminars.

Walter is a frequent speaker at RV shows and safety seminars.

I am also sharing all that I learned at Camper College this week at Princess Craft RV in Round Rock, Texas. We were made so welcome by PJ Buerger and her knowledgeable staff.

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Princess Craft RV in Round Rock, Texas has a very large selection of trailers for Girl Campers and all RVers.

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PJ Buerger was recently awarded the prestigious “Blue Ribbon” by the RV Dealers Association which named Princess Craft one of the Top Five dealerships in the country!

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It’s always great fun meeting podcast listeners and connecting with people we know through social media. The Camper College was another great night of learning and new friendships.

 

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08 Nov

Girl Camper #57 Photojournalist Mary Grace McKernan

On this weeks show my guest is a Mary Grace McKernan, photojournalist and girl camper extraordinaire. Mary has worked internationally photographing everything from rock stars to Orca whales. She lives in Seattle, Washington and works at REI’s media office.  She has worked for CBS Network News and her photographs have appeared in REI social media outlets,  Fortune Magazine and TakePart.com.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Grace at BlogHer in LA last summer and have been following her work ever since.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Grace at BlogHer in LA last summer and have been following her work ever since.

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01 Nov

Girl Camper #56: Happy First Birthday Girl Camper Podcast

On this week’s show we are celebrating the first birthday of the Girl Camper Podcast. Stephanie Puglisi the shows producer turns the tables and interviews me.  We also each share our favorite five episodes of the past year. The sisters on the fly are joining the celebration and giving away a one year membership and a nice goody bag. Details in the show.

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It was a busy year for Stephanie and I and we hit the ground running at last year’s RVIA dealer show in Louisville.

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A highlight of the year was picking up The St George at the Riverside Retro Factory in Indiana.

 

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Meeting podcast listeners is a favorite job perk!!

 

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Go Little Guy Worldwide came on board as a show sponsor andnis wooing Girl Campers with their old and new lineup of great trailers!

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Progressive Insurance has assigned Flo to give us great help and advice when choosing which insurance is right for us! Go, Flo! Go!

 

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Stephanie Puglisi, the best producer in the biz, has really made “work” fun!

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Reflecting back on the year I can honestly say that the women who have let me in their lives to share their stories have made my journey so rich and fruitful. I’m looking forward to the coming year and all it brings!! Happy trails!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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