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A List of Southern Arizona Fall and Winter Activities

Arizona events for RVersArizona is humming with activity during the Fall and Winter months. Plenty of snowbirds arrive to warm their bones in the sun and get caught up with their camping and RVing friends at their favorite AZ parks. If you’re planning your trip and are interested in things that are happening in the area, we have a list of some events you might like to explore.

Tucson; All Souls Procession – This elaborate procession celebrates the Mexican Dia de los Muertos on November 6th. It honors the loved ones who have passed on with lots of vibrant costumes, floats, and food. You can find out more about it at All Souls Procession

Willcox; Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival – If you love nature and are interested at all in birding you will love this event. It is centered around honoring the more than 500 species of birds that visit the Wilcox area. They offer seminars, a Nature Expo, plenty of souvenirs, and a Kids Corner. Bring the family and get to know more about this wonderful world we live in from January 11-15th. You can learn more about it at Wings Over Wilcox.

Sierra Vista; Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering – This is a memorable place to be on February 3-5th and you should grab some friends to bring along. It’s the 25th anniversary this year and they have lots of special activities planned. You’ll get to see all types of performing arts and plenty of your favorite artists. You can learn more at Cowboy Poets.

These are just a few of the things you can see and do when you winter-over in southeast Arizona. You can find more events by visiting Plenty of Southern Arizona Activities This Fall and Winter. We look forward to seeing you in our beautiful state and hope you enjoy your camping stay.

 

 

October 7, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Try Some Edible Container Gardening at Your Campsite

RV container gardenMany folks decide to grow edible plants in container gardens while camping and RVing. While it’s the same basic principle, it’s done in a different manner.

A lot of folks prefer container gardening for growing plants that are edible, so that’s what we’ll focus on here. It’s possible for you to grow a number of kinds of fruit, and many varieties of vegetables and herbs in containers.

Strawberries are just one fruit that grows especially well in several kinds of containers. Strawberries are usually fairly hardy, and may also be grown in special grow bags which can be hung on a wall outside. Many smaller dwarf citrus trees grow in pots and,if kept well-pruned, provide wonderful indoor ornamentation as well. Dwarf varieties of raspberries and blueberries grow nicely in containers.

Parsley is possibly the most popular herb for container growing. Chives and basil are also incredibly useful as well. Cilantro is an option if you’re someone who likes the flavor of it. Many of these herbs are fragrant, too, and can make the scents around your campsite very pleasant.

Really, just about any herb can be grown in containers. The key is planning for a big enough vessel. Some herbs can very quickly be grown in small containers such as Basil, parsley, and chives. However, some plants grow a bit bigger such as Sage. It can grow into quite a large bush. It requires a rather large pot if it is to do well for you. Oregano needs a big container, and also grows quite well.

Tomatoes are one of the most famous “vegetable” for home gardeners in general, although technically it is a fruit. Home grown tomatoes exceed their store-bought varieties by a mile.  The tomatoes in many grocery stores are picked green and artificially ripened. They haven’t had a chance to ripen on their own and develop the sweet, rich flavor we love. Cherry, grape, and Roma tomatoes are perfect for containers and can provide fresh eatings over a long period of time.

Other plants which are typically grown in containers are lettuce, cucumbers, squash, even beans, peas, carrots, radishes, scallions, all varieties of peppers, and sometimes even corn and potatoes. It really depends on how much room you have and how often you pack up and travel on in your RV.

The majority of your plants can quickly grow from seeds and can be sown directly into the pot. Be sure to plan for thinning, however, and be careful with them in their fragile state. You can transplant into larger pots when necessary and limit the number of plants you feel you have room for.

There is something about being able to grow some of your own food, even when you are camping, that is another advantage of being outdoors with nature. You don’t have to leave your garden behind when you are camping. You can bring much of it with you and even share with your camping friends.

You can find out more about the perfect edible plants for container gardening in AZ at Arizona.edu

 

 

 

September 30, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
An Emergency Kit For Your RV

RV Emergency SuppliesYour RV can take you to some amazing places and some of those places can be quiet secluded. That’s why it is smart to carry some RV emergency supplies with you. You’ll be prepared for any situation and less likely to end up stranded waiting for help.

Fire Extinguisher
Batteries
Extra Fuses
Duct Tape
Oil, Transmission Fluid, Coolant, etc.
Bungee Cords/Tie Wire
A Good Pair of Gloves
Shovel
Tow Strap
Candles
Matches
Electric Voltage Meter
Extra Blankets or Sleeping Bags
Jumper Cables

These are a few items to keep with you as you travel Arizona’s beautiful terrain. You’ll likely find yourself in deserts and mountain territory so it pays to be prepared. We hope you have a memorable experience and we look forward to seeing you in one of our member RV parks and campgrounds.

September 23, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
Some Favorite Arizona Recipes For You To Love

southwest recipes camping in AZOne of the most unique things about camping and RVing in Arizona is its memorable flavor profile. If you’re coming from an eastern state you will certainly experience new flavors while you are here. In case you would like to make this fabulous southwestern food yourself, we’re providing some popular recipes for Arizona favorites for you to try.

Fry Bread Tacos
These will haunt you once you get a chance to experience them and you’ll find yourself yearning for more. They bring the old-style taco to a whole new level by replacing the traditional flour tortilla with the most heavenly fry-bread you’ve ever had. They are filling, though, so plan to take leftovers with you if you’re eating out. If you’re cooking them in the RV, we’d even have them for breakfast. Yum!!

You’ll need a few simple ingredients such as pinto beans, shredded cheese, picante sauce, taco seasoning mix, ground beef, flour, baking powder, salt, and some milk. You’ll fry up the bread and then top it with your taco fixin’s. Make extra – you really are going to be raiding the fridge tonight!

You can see the recipe at Allrecipes’ Fry Bread Tacos II

Sweet Onion Pie
This savory onion delight is encased in a buttery crust and crammed with sweet onions. I pairs especially well with pork. The crust is easy. You’ll be crumbling up some Ritz type crackers in butter and pressing it into a pie pan. The filling is a fragrant blend of onions sauted in butter and garlic. Add some beaten eggs, whole milk, chives and sprinkle with cheese and paprika. The whole neighborhood will be making excuses to stop by.

You can get the recipe at Allrecipes’ Sweet Onion Pie

Sopapillas
This is a favorite in the southwest for something sweet after a deliciouls meal. They can be served with honey or cinnamon & sugar, or both! You’ll need flour, baking powder, salt, shortening, water, and some oil for frying. Once you make the dough and drop it into the hot oil, you can watch it turn golden brown and begin to puff up into little pastries. So, so, so good!

You can get the recipe at Allrecipes’ Sopapillas

If you’d like to make some of our other culinary treasures, you’ll find plenty of ideas at Allrecipes’ Arizona Recipes

You’re going to love the food in Arizona while you explore in your RV. Here’s your chance to make these memorable southwest meals for yourself and your family along the way.

 

September 16, 2017 / by / in , , ,
Tasty Fall Pumpkin Recipes for Camping Treats

pumpkin treats for campingIt’s Fall in Arizona and even though some parts of the state are still quite warm that doesn’t mean we don’t love pumpkin flavored everything this month. There’s just something about pumpkin in the autumn months that makes people feel cozy.

And when it comes to camping treats for the family, there are some really delicious recipes you can make ahead and bring with you. This benefits you by saving you time cooking at the campsite and gives you plenty of snacks to have available for your hungry camping kids. Found some delicious recipes you might like to try.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cakes
These are fast to make and they are delicious. You can make individual servings which keeps things simple because you know it’s rare when everyone is hungry at the same time. To make this treat in a coffee mug. You’ll need some Bisquick mix, sugar, some coffee, melted butter, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and whipped cream and ground cinnamon for topping. You simply mixed this together and pour it into two microwavable motives and then microwave it for about two minutes. Then you can top up with the whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and have a little bit of heaven as you sit around the campfire.

Mini Pumpkin Pies
These pumpkin pies are perfect because they are a sweet treat and finger food all rolled into one. You’ll use canned pumpkin, some Bisquick, sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, eggs, and Cool Whip. Once you blend us all together you ported muffin cups and bake. You can make these ahead and pop them in the freezer and bring them with you when you come camping.

Gluten-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
So many people are eating gluten-free these days that we wanted to be sure and give you a recipe for them. These cookies are fast to put together and they bake into soft and chewy bits of yummyness. You use canned pumpkin, butter, vanilla, egg, gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix, raisins, cinnamon, and powdered sugar if you want to dust the tops. They bake up quickly and can be made at home to bring with you on your camping trip.

You can find the recipes and directions for all of these and more at 13 No Fail Pumpkin Desserts.

We we hope you thoroughly enjoy your full camping in Arizona and if you haven’t made your reservation yet be sure to do so soon. We look forward to seeing you.

September 9, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
How to be a Good Camping Neighbor

camping etiquetteBeing a good camping neighbor is simple, really, and most people are very thoughtful when they are sharing camping space with others. There are a few things you can focus on to be a camper that other campers want to be around.

Keep it Clean – Do a regular sweep of your campsite and check for scraps of paper, make sure there isn’t any food left out to draw the attention of animals, and pick up any loose trash that has escaped the bin. Leave your campsite as you found it just the way you’d appreciate other campers leaving it for you.

Arrive Early – Give yourself extra time to arrive and set up your campsite before nightfall. It’s much easier to set up in daylight and no one wants to make a late night run to the store for missing tent stakes or other things needed before you can tuck in for the night. You also won’t have to disrupt your neighbors with setting up at night.

Walk Around Your Neighbor’s Campsite – It may seem like a practical shortcut to walk across instead of around your neighbor’s campsite but most campers don’t appreciate it. It’s best to go around the campsite and not cut across.

Use Your Quiet Voices After 10:00 – It’s surprising how far sound can travel in the night air. Once the campground begins to settle down for the night it is neighborly to keep your voices low if you remain around the campfire.

Say Hello – Campers are friendly people and they enjoy getting to know other campers in the area. It’s fun to find out where people are from and learn a little about them. Go ahead and introduce yourself when you’re making your way around the campground. Say hello in the laundromat or as you’re shopping in the campground store. You never know when you’ll meet someone you can become friends with and share some fun camping time with.

 

September 2, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Cabin Camping in Arizona

Arizona Cabin RentalsNot everyone who camps in Arizona needs to have a tent or an RV. There are some truly lovely cabins available at our member RV parks and campgrounds that can be rented and can make that camping trip an easy and relaxing one.

The benefits of cabin camping is that you can sleep in a real bed, under a real roof, and you don’t have to invest in a lot of camping gear to make it happen. Some come completely furnished right down to dishes and linens and others provide the furnishings and you bring your linens, toiletries and food.

Renting a cabin is a good idea when you want to try camping but are not sure if it is your cup of tea and are reluctant to invest until you’re sure you’ll like it. It’s also beneficial if you have RVing or camping friends you’d like to join for a few days but you don’t have the gear.

Cabins are easy in that you just pull in and unpack. Soon you’re out in the park having fun and enjoying the amenities that are offered. When your trip is over you don’t have to haul a trailer home or take down a tent. You just pack up your belongings and head on down the road.

We find it is a great testing ground for new campers. It’s a comfortable way to get used to the camping environment as you learn how to light a camfire, make S’mores, and start meeting people. Cabin camping can take the burden of how to manage camping gear off your mind and allow you to focus on the camping experience with your family. Some people then move on to purchase their own camping equipment while others continue to be cabin campers their whole lives.

There really is a camping style for everyone and if you haven’t tried renting a cabin yet you should give it a go. You may find you really enjoy it and want to continue for many years to come. You can find some beautiful cabin getaways at our member parks. Check them out. You’ll be glad you did.

August 26, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Taste to Believe

Hot chocolateOne of the best part of the winter months is that it means hot chocolate season has come back for a visit. It’s the time to snuggle up with a warm cup of creamy chocolate goodness whether you’re in Phoenix or Flagstaff, you’ll still enjoy the experience. You can jazz up the traditional recipe if you’re feeling adventurous and some of these just may become a new family favorite.

Image Source: Azestybite.com

Peppermint Hot Chocolate – We’re passed the holiday season but our mouths don’t know it and will welcome the taste of peppermint and chocolate. You’ll be using cream, sugar, milk, vanilla, cocoa, chocolate chips, and peppermint chips. Oh, so good!

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream – Oh, my, can you even imagine? You’ll need whole milk, chocolate chips, sugar, red food coloring, heavy whipping cream, and whipped cream cheese at room temp. It will all come together pretty quickly and you’ll be enjoying a little bit of heaven in no time.

You can find more recipes at 16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try. Go ahead and check them out. You can thank us later.

August 19, 2017 / by / in , , , , , ,
Hearty Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Overnight breakfast casseroleIf you’re camping in an RV or fifth wheel and you bring a crockpot with you, you’ll definitely want this overnight breakfast casserole recipe.  It makes a delicious traditional breakfast bake while you sleep, and who doesn’t like waking up to eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese and hash browns?  All you have to do is brew your coffee and you’re ready for breakfast!

Photo Source: Food Network

Hearty Slowcooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:

1 2 lb. package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1 lb. ground sausage, browned and drained
1 lb. bacon, cooked and chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
12 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

Grease a large 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

Layer one third the hash browns in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Top with one third of the sausage, bacon, cheese, onions, green pepper, and red pepper. Repeat layers with the remaining ingredients.

Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, pepper.

Pour egg mixture over the top of the potato cheese layers.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.

Serves up to 8 people.

Notes:  If your family is partial to more cheese, increase the amount of cheese between layers, and add a generous amount to the top as well.

If you prefer to cook this casserole overnight, do it on the low setting to prevent burnt edges and bottoms.  Not all slow cookers are created equal and some get hotter than others.

August 12, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Coolers to Meet the Demands of Your Camping Trip

Coolers for campingHardcore camping enthusiasts have a lot to consider when it comes to a cooler that meets their needs. Is it durable? Is there enough storage space for a week or more food and drink? What’s the insulation like? How much does it weigh, if it has to be hauled by hand from place to place?  There’s also the price factor—is a high end cooler needed, or will a mid-range or even cheap cooler do?  We’ll take a look at three models here.

Photo Source: Outdoor Gear Lab

The ORCA 58

Weighing in at 31 lbs. empty, packed with food, ice, and beverages this cooler will be HEAVY.  Don’t let the weight trouble you though, because with great weight comes great insulation.  If you’re setting up a base camp and doing day hikes, you’ll be glad you invested in this $400 beauty.  It retains temperatures of below 40 degrees for a full 6 days, and ice for 7, allowing you to go further away from ice suppliers for longer.  The construction is quality, durable plastic with thick, strong latches and pin style hinges that are made for wear and tear.

The Engel Deep Blue

This cooler advertises a 65 quart capacity but holds just 53 quarts.  Even so, with a weight of 26 lbs. empty, it still provides pretty good insulation retaining a temperature below 40 degrees for 5 full days and ice for 6.  This cooler is perfect for long weekends, or shorter trips away from ice suppliers. Solidly designed handles, hinges and latches make it very durable, and the lid and seal are excellent with no leakage.  This cooler retails around $330 and would make for a reasonably priced gear investment providing quality usage.

Not quite ready to invest in a hardcore cooler but still want a cooler that comes close to performing like one without the heavy price tag?  Keep reading.

The Coleman Xtreme 5 Day

Weighing in at just 13 lbs. and priced between $61-$70 at different online retailers, this is by far the best value for casual campers.  It retains temperatures below 40 degrees for 3 full days and ice for 5. Its slimmer design makes it very car camping friendly, fitting easily into trunks and hatchbacks. This model comes in three sizes—70, 90 and 120 quart, with the price range topping out at $100.

 

For further information on these coolers and more, get comprehensive reviews at Outdoor Gear Labs Cooler Reviews 

August 5, 2017 / by / in , , , , , ,