Editor’s note: Candace Derickx has been RVing now for 11 years with her outdoorsman husband and their three children. Candace’s life now revolves around when and where she can escape to next with her family. 

Our family has visited Walt Disney World in Orlando fifteen times, so it is possible to say we may have a slight addiction to the place. When you’ve been somewhere like Disney as often as we have, people consider you an expert, and, since being referred to as an expert is good for my ego, I happily share tips with friends and family planning their first visit. And time and time again – no matter who’s going or how long they’re staying – my number one recommendation is always a visit to Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Fort Wilderness sits on 750 acres of in the heart of Walt Disney World and offers what no other Disney resort can— serenity. Yes, it is possible to find some calm and quiet while visiting a Disney park. It’s the reason I recommend it time and time again. While resort hotels are all quite lovely, they are still hotels. That means children running up and down halls, blaring television sets, and long line-ups for morning coffee at the continental breakfast in the lobby. After a full day maneuvering through crowded parks, I want peace, not more chaos.

Fort Wilderness gives it to me.

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Halloween 2014

While some dismiss Halloween just as an excuse to eat copious amounts of candy, RVers know that Halloween is one of the best times of the year! Besides all the bewitching fun and spooky activities Halloween season brings, for many of us, it’s the last time the weather permits us to spend a comfortable amount of time outdoors with the family. That’s why we’re celebrating the best reasons why every Halloween should be celebrated at an RV campground! Be sure to share your favorite Halloween campground memory in the comments below.

Reason # 4:  Special events and haunted celebrations at every turn! 
At this year’s Witching Weekend at Jellystone Park in Robert, LA, our photographer friend Jeffrey Eatley and his family participated in hayrides, a costume parade, a DJ-led dance, and of course, trick or treating!

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The Sisters on the Fly will be thrilling the attendees at the Country Living Fair again this year with their beautiful trailers and tales of the road. The Fair takes place at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia the weekend of October 24-26.  The sisters will also be the featured speakers at the Main Stage Saturday afternoon.

If you can’t make it to the fair, take a sneak peak at some of the re-vamped vintage campers the Sisters have created.

This clever trailer belongs to Sister on the Fly #3825, Debbie Smoot. It’s a 1964 Gypsy. Now that’s a ‘canned ham’!

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Here’s the front of Debbie’s trailer. It has a front kitchen and a dining table that folds down into a very large bed! So cheerful! I want to stay for lunch!

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It’s that time of year again. The changing leaves, the smoky smell of bonfires, and pumpkin-flavored everything are all part of that wonderful season, autumn. And just because the weather has turned cool and the kids are back in school, don’t think the time for outdoor fun is over. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy some of our favorite outdoor activities.


Autumn hikes can often be more rewarding than hiking in the summer.  The weather is cool enough to make the vigorous exercise pleasant rather than exhausting, and the fall colors can turn any view from simply beautiful to absolutely staggering.  You can’t go wrong with any hike in New England in autumn, the foliage in the northeast is some of the best in the country.  But a standout is Mount Garfield in New Hampshire.  This 10-mile round trip hike promises not only sweeping views from the top, but beautiful foliage all along the trail.  In the northwest, check out Ramona Falls in Oregon.  Enjoy the majesty of the falls as well as the burst of color on the canyon wall.

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On this date in 1950, the first “Peanuts” comic appeared. And around this date a year ago, I made my first road trip to Santa Rosa, California. The two facts are very much intertwined. Santa Rosa, the seat of Sonoma County, about an hour north of San Francisco, is where you can find the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

There are a handful of examples of historical pop culture that make me feel like all is okay on our troubled planet. They offer such a snippet of innocence or optimism that all the worries of the world melt away. I feel this warm glow when I come across old episodes of “The Honeymooners,” for instance. Or an afternoon baseball game narrated by ageless Dodgers baseball announcer Vin Scully. Or when I hear Bob Marley sing, “Every little thing’s gonna be alright.”

Most of all, I get this from “Peanuts.” They’re not always all that funny, those four-panel comic strips. But as Schulz himself once said, “A cartoonist is someone who draws the same thing day after day without repeating himself.” In other words, it’s not easy. Always, though, “Peanuts” comic strips evoke an indescribable feeling of purity, of incorruptible childhood. When you come across a drawing of Snoopy and Charlie Brown holding hands, their necks craned toward the heavens and their smiles wide, as they dance like nobody’s watching, well, how can you not grin?

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