30 May

Girl Camper #86 Foul Weather Camping

On this weeks show I am chatting about camping in less than ideal conditions.  There was a time in my life in which a 50 percent chance of lousy weather would have me canceling reservations but now I am of a new mind and embracing whatever Mother Nature throws my way. We just spent a very rainy weekend in Lancaster, Pa and had the time of our lives. The elements didn’t stop of us from enjoying the camp out. We just enjoyed other things than we normally do.

BFF Carol stopped by to borrow eggs! Making great meals is a fun thing to do in bad weather.

 

Some things to do on a raining weekend in the camper include:

Cooking a great meal and inviting a fellow camper over. We have company at home, why not at the campground. Spend some one on one time with a treasured friend or someone you hardly know.

 

Cooking a great meal in the camper is not something I usually do but enjoy doing in bad weather.

Clean and organize those trailer cabinets. It’s amazing how quickly they fill up with stuff you are hardly using. Take the opportunity to take inventory and get rid of things you are not using!

A rainy day in the camper is a great time to write an old fashioned letter to someone you love. Snail mail is a thing of the past and many members of the younger generation have no idea what the post meant to people in the “olden days”.  Treat an old neighbor in a nursing home or a grandchild who doesn’t even know what a letter is to an old fashioned “howdy” or post card from your travels.

I love using down time to catch up on my watercolor travel journals.

Take time to journal or scrap book about your travels. Having a concrete recollection of your trips brings back memories that might otherwise have been forgotten. It’s easy to fall behind on this good intention when you’re busy actually doing those things. Use a foul weather day to catch up on recording memories.

There are more foul weather camping tips on the podcast as well as what you have to do to be in the running for the http://toastite.biz pie irons that we are making great use of this season. I grew up on grilled cheese around the fire  in these handy camping treat makers and I am now discovering that the possibilities for breakfast, lunch and dinner are endless in these easy to tote and use little camping must haves. To win a set of three different irons, head over to the Girl Camper Podcast page on Facebook and tag a friend who isn’t a member. Leave a comment on the photo of the  Toas-Tite give away.  I will pick two winners next week for the whole set!

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We have been Jackson much fun using our new Toas-Tite pie irons.

To get an entry into the drawing for a set of Toas-Tite pie irons, tag a friend and leave a comment on the Girl Camper Podcast Facebook page.

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23 May

Girl Camper #85 Girl Camping Obstacles

On this weeks show my producer Stephanie Puglisi and I are talking about the obstacles that prevent that Girl Camper wannabes from making that leap into the Girl Camper world.  We took an online poll and the addressed the top reasons people give for delaying their fun. Some are ones we have talked about before and some are fresh topics.

  1. Fear of towing – some ideas on how to overcome one of the most commonly given reasons for not joining.
  2. No camper – no problem! Stephanie is sharing her recent experience as a tent camper. This ain’t your fathers old wet, canvas tent!
  3. No one to camp with – have we got friends for you. We are dishing on girl camping groups and where you can find a tribe near you.
  4. Family obligations – everyone needs respite from their duties in life and we discuss ways that you might be able to carve out some time to restoke the fires.

Towing is one of the top concerns women have about joining the Girl Campers.

Not having a camper is no reason to keep from joining the girl campers.

Finding your tribe is easier than you might think with dozens of groups around the country.

Taking time to have fun with friends makes girl campers happy campers!

16 May

Girl Camper: Episode #84 Camping in Colorado with Ginny McKinney

On this weeks episode returning guest Ginny McKinney is sharing her favorite Colorado Campgrounds.  From north to south Ginny suggests great camping spots and what to do when you get there. Her suggestions include Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes, Colorado;  Glenwood Canyon Resort and Pagosa Springs  Riverside Campground.

Glenwood Springs Colorado has been called the most fun town in America. The hot springs there are a big attraction.

Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado has lots of acres but no hook ups for campers and a maximum total stay of 14 days a year camping at the park.

Pagosa Springs Campground is a quieter park where campers go to finish a good book along the river banks.

Tune in to the podcast to hear the details on these beautiful campsites and what you can do in the nearby towns when camping there.

 

09 May

Girl Camper: Episode 83 – Weight Distribution Hitches

Friend of the show and industry expert Mark Polk is on the show  today to help us understand weight distribution hitches. Mark is the man before the camera in the informative videos produced by RV Education 101 which is owned and operated by Mark and his wife Dawn. They also have a You Tube Channel where Mark gives hands on demonstrations for everything RV. Mark is also a blogger and frequent guest speaker at RV shows and industry events.

I love the chance to catch up with Mark and Dawn in person. This couple has dedicated their time and energy to increasing safety and therefore enjoyment to all RVers!

I called upon Mark to help me determine if I needed a weight distribution hitch and to help me understand the criteria used to make that determination. Once we  determined that I could indeed benefit from one I needed to know if they came in different sizes, if I needed it professionally installed, how to choose the right one and if Mark preferred or recommended a specific brand. Mark answers all of these questions and more on today’s show. Safety is always the first thing to pack when you Go RVing. If you don’t feel comfortable towing your rig, chances are you won’t continue and you will miss out on many adventures. There is a safe way to enjoy RVing and Mark Polk is here to put your mind at ease.

 

Mark helps explain what happens when too much tongue weight is on your hitch and how a weight distribution hitch distributes the weight evenly to the front and back of the rig making all the systems function better.

The Equalizer brand hitch is the one Mark and Dawn use themselves and it is one I will be looking at when I choose my new hitch. This brand offers a weight distribution and anti-sway component in one device.

In other big news Go RVing has published the long awaited but worth waiting for, video on Girl Campers. It was so much fun filming  last summer and I hope that it lets Girl Camper wannabes know two things – Number one – the RV industry has you in their cross hairs. Manufacturers and dealers are no longer looking only at families with small children and retired to couples to make and sell RVs to. It’s never been a better time to find support for this endeavor.

We had so much fun on the set and the team from Explore Media were very gracious.

The whole team got in the spirit and donned Girl Camper tshirts!

When Go RVing approached me to make this video with them I felt such satisfaction in knowing that the Girl Campers are now an industry demographic, we have buying power and the smart folks are listening and building and stocking trailers that are designed for the way we travel. Number two – If you have been watching the Girl Campers and stalking them on social media, it’s time to jump in and join us. You don’t need a trailer to be a Girl Camper. You need a willing spirit. You are going to want a trailer to make your own but those camping in their kids tents that got left in the garage when they moved out and in their mom vans or renting campground cabins are having just as much fun as those that have mastered hitching, towing and setting up their own trailers. There is no wrong way to Camp Like A Girl and this is the year I want to entice everyone on the sidelines to get in the game. I hope this video inspires you. There are two more coming out in June! Click the link below to see the first of three!

This stunning shot was taken by Go RVings still photographer. We did about eight takes on this clinking of glasses scene. They really were cocktails so we didn’t mind!!

 

https://away.gorving.com/girls-just-wanna-have-fun/

 

 

 

02 May

Girl Camper: Episode #82 Rhonda Coleman Chasing Totality

I am happy to welcome my friend and colleague Rhonda Coleman to the show today. Rhonda is the editor of Outside Interests Magazine, a travel writer, an Airstream owner and unbeknownst to most people she is chronically “chasing totality”.  If you, like me, have never heard of “chasing totality”, it is the term used to describe those who travel to far ends of the earth to see total solar eclipses. Rhonda has witnessed  six total eclipses so far and is here today to tell us about this phenomenon and where the best path to view the August 21st total eclipse will be. You can read all about it at Rhonda’s blog http://www.chasingtotality.com

We had a great time in the Shenandoah Valley last weekend. We camped at the Luray KOA which is an immaculately maintained quiet adult campground situated on a very large lawn which gives such a feeling of openness. We splurged on the premium site which came with a heavy duty table set and two big red Adirondack chairs around the fire pit. The campground is only a few miles from the Thornton Gap entrance to Shenandoah National Park.

With the National Parks App I was able to choose the hike that I wanted. The app allows you to see all the hikes in the section of the park you are in and gives you details like the distance, elevation of the hike and difficulty level. I love this aspect of the app that allows you to decide how much effort you want to put into a hike. You can factor in the heat, time of day, level of energy you’re willing to expand and choose a hike that suits you that day. Our goal was to hike to Mary’s Rock but with all the information we had we knew we really didn’t allow enough time to do that. We ended up hiking one mile in and out of that trail and will have to save the summit of Mary’s Rock for another day.

We also were able to tour the Caverns of Luray and that was worth the time and money. I have been in a lot of caverns on my trips and this one was particularly beautiful. It was a one mile figure eight fairly easy walk through the cavern. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly and made the information interesting. I forgot to bring a jacket and was afraid that the 57 degree cave would be uncomfortably cold for the one hour tour but the 87% humidity of the cave makes it feel more like 68 degrees and the steep up and down ramps were enough to keep me pleasantly comfortable.