Black Hills: Step Back in Time to the Wild West

An isolated mountain range located in the western edge of South Dakota, the Black Hills is full of scenery, rich history, and tons of family fun. Nestled among the prairies of the upper-Midwest, you’ll find majestic granite spires, pine covered peaks, and unique rock outcroppings. While discovering off-the-beaten-path treasures, the inherent thread of Wild West […]

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Hummingbird Capital of the United States: Ramsey Canyon Preserve

The combination of deserts and sky islands combine to make Southeastern Arizona one of the most spectacular regions in North America for bird watching. During our numerous visits to this region we have visited many excellent birding spots including San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia Lake State Park, Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, […]

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My Top 10 List of Birds

Green jay © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Everyone has lists and seldom do any two lists agree. But lists can be interesting fodder for discussion, argument, and sometimes agreement. Some readers will wonder why I omitted some extra-popular beauties like the cedar waxwing, wood duck, blue jay, northern cardinal, meadowlark, bluebird, and painted bunting. Sorry, but sometimes a bunch of bling—I’m looking […]

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Top 2 Places To Visit in 2017

You’ve seen lists of the top travel destinations for 2017. Some lists include such exotic spots as Croatia, Zimbabwe, Uruguay, Finland, Dominica, Rwanda, Costa Rica, and Azores. But, like us, you travel by RV—and not air or sea. There’s an incredible variety of places around the U.S. and Canada to enjoy in your RV. It’s […]

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Creole Nature Trail: Bayous, Beaches & Birds

Water—seemingly everywhere—is a big part of the Creole Nature Trail experience. Part of America’s Byway’s system, this All-American Road is known for its distinct waters, pristine blue skies, and plenty of wildlife and bird watching. We used A+ Motel & RV Park on Highway 27 in Sulphur, Louisiana, as our home base while driving the Creole […]

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Dauphin Island: Jewel of the Gulf Coast

Ravaged by centuries of hurricanes and war, Dauphin Island has emerged as one of the most beautiful and peaceful settings on the Gulf Coast. Located at the mouth of Mobile Bay, the barrier island on the Alabama coast offers beautiful beaches, pristine environments, coastal amenities, and a rich history. It is truly a jewel of the Gulf Coast. Long before Spanish and […]

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Southeast Arizona Birding Hotspot: Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area

The combination of deserts and sky islands combine to make Southeastern Arizona one of the most spectacular regions in North America for bird watching. During our numerous visits to this region we have visited many excellent birding spots including San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Ramsey Canyon, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Patagonia Lake State Park, and Whitewater Draw. A 1,500-acre wildlife habitat, […]

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