CELEBRATE ‘NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PANTS FOR A WALK DAY’ AT THESE BREATHTAKING NATIONAL PARKS

 

There are plenty of awesome holidays to celebrate in July (like the 4th of July or National Ice Cream Day), but our favorite name for a celebration has got to be National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. The holiday, celebrated each year on July 27th, is all about getting out into the great outdoors and enjoying a good walk. It makes for the perfect reason to pack up the RV and head out to explore the hiking trails at these absolutely beautiful National Parks!

 

Arches National Park

 

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A VISIT TO THE GRAND COULEE AREA OF WASHINGTON STATE

For the past several summers, we always make sure to reserve some time to RV camp at Sun Lakes Resort. From the moment we drive in, this place screams fun to our boys. There really is so much to do here and I love how family friendly it is. This resort is situated on a small lake perfect for jet skis and watersports. There is a small beach and swim area to let the kids loose. They offer moorage for your own watercraft and the resort rents paddle and row boats. We haven’t tried our luck at fishing off the dock yet, but I often see folks giving it a go. Sun Lakes Resorts also boasts a pool, 18-hole mini golf, and Water Wars. What’s Water Wars? Two opposing sides launch waters balloons at each other! And every year, we have to tell the kids we can’t spend all day (and money) there. You can also enjoy the views from Vic Meyer’s 9-hole golf course. For your convenience, located on the property is a small grocery store and a snack bar offering burgers, shakes, hot dogs, coffee, and more. Have friends that want to join you? Sun Lakes Resort accommodations include the RV Park, cabins, tent camping and more.

 

 

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HISTORICAL INNOVATIONS TO NATURAL WONDERS ALONG THE MICHIGAN’S GREAT LAKES

 

As we continued our journey along the Great Lakes, we found a lovely place to set up camp along the shore of Lake Erie at Sterling State Park.

 

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THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,


And sorry I could not travel both


And be one traveler, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could


To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim


Because it was grassy and wanted wear,

Though as for that the passing there


Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay


In leaves no step had trodden black. 


Oh, I kept the first for another day!


Yet knowing how way leads on to way


I doubted I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh


Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

 

The road less traveled has within it the possibility of the ordinary becoming extraordinary. At least extraordinary to those who normally do the expected and stay within the margins that someone set up for them, possibly without their even knowing it.  When we embark on a path which is not the presumed, we can count on being surprised and surprising others. The surprise however, is not what is on the road, but what we discover about ourselves when we take that road.

Very often when I am speaking at an event and talking with women who have heard about the Girl Camper movement, they let out a sigh and express a wish that they could do that too. I want to shout, “you can”! It’s not as if it is some kind of exclusive club with strict membership policies. Anyone can join and although so many express the desire, I am always amazed by the number of women who don’t join.

The least likely person to ever find herself as a Girl Camper would be my best friend and favorite travel buddy, Carol Thompson. I chose Carol to profile because I believe she personifies the “ordinary” woman who longs to explore another side of life, possibly in her own little house on wheels. Carol is the very personification of the extraordinarily “ordinary” woman. She is “everywoman.”  She is extraordinary to us who know and love her, but ordinary in that she is what most women are; chief cook and bottle washer of their very own private domain.

 

Carol and I in our real life roles as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, and best friends for over 30 years.

 

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PEAK TO VALLEY

 

Stopping at a roadside pullout to stretch our legs and grab a quick bite to eat from our trailer kitchen, we are greeted with a view that stretches for miles and miles. These are the views that greet you in Idaho and instantly, I feel at home.

There is something about Idaho that comforts me. The lure of the beauty found here from the glorious mountains to the cool rushing rivers and green valleys down below welcome us back time after time.

 

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