Creole Nature Trail: Where Natural Wonderlands Abound

One place in Southwest Louisiana that never ceases to amaze is the Creole Nature Trail, a 180-miles-long scenic byway where natural wonderlands abound. Affectionately known as Louisiana’s Outback, the Creole Nature Trail is a journey into one of America’s Last Great Wildernesses. Part of America’s Byway’s system, the Creole Nature Trail is known for its distinct […]

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Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains

A world-renowned location for bird watching, Madera Canyon is a major resting place for migrating species, while the extensive trail system of the Santa Rita Mountains is easily accessed from the Canyon’s campground and picnic areas. In the northwest face of the Santa Rita Mountains, one of southeast Arizona’s forested Sky Islands, the cool refuge […]

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Life by the Bay: Goose Island State Park

Lapping water and Gulf breezes: We must be on the coast! Bounded by the waters of the St. Charles, Copano, and Aransas bays, 314-acre Goose Island State Park is a coastal delight. Visitors to the Island engage in a variety of activities, including camping, birding, fishing, boating, water sports, picnicking, hiking, photography, geocaching, and wildlife observation. […]

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2016 Free Entrance Days at National Wildlife Refuges

Burrowing owl at Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Head outdoors and enjoy America’s national wildlife refuges, which offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and see a rich diversity of wildlife in beautiful natural settings. If that wasn’t enticement enough, refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer an additional incentive—nine free admission days in 2016. The entrance fee-free days for National […]

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Christmas 2015 Message from Vogel Talks RVing

Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! It’s Christmas week, the most wonderful time of the year. Merry Christmas fellow RVers, campers, snowbirds and Winter Texans, wanna-bes, birders, photographers, hikers, and everyone who loves the great out-of-doors…and all readers! Thank you for your readership this past year! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe and […]

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Birds, Butterflies & Winter Texans Love Mission

A haven for birders and butterfly enthusiasts, Mission is located about 250 miles south of San Antonio in the Rio Grande Valley. Located on the southernmost tip of Texas, this semi-tropical paradise is not really a valley but a delta or floodplain containing many oxbow lakes or resacas formed from pinched-off meanders in earlier courses of the Rio Grande. This unique region encompasses no fewer […]

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Birds of a Feather: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Talk about a great migration! Every year starting in early November, some 10-15,000 sandhill cranes, 20-30,000 snow geese, and nearly 40,000 ducks migrate to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. This annual event also attracts birders, photographers, and nature lovers of all kinds who also migrate to the Bosque to […]

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