Georgia DNR Launches Interactive Recreation Map

From the majestic ridges and valleys of northwest Georgia to the marshes of Glynn County on the coast, the state of Georgia is fortunate to have a diversity of natural and cultural resources for residents and visitors to enjoy.

GaOutdoorMap_0The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is charged with the conservation and protection of these resources for current and future generations. Their web site (SEE link below) provides visitors with information on how DNR manages the state’s natural and cultural resources and how the public can enjoy the great outdoors and the state’s rich history.

The DNR unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities.

The Georgia Outdoor Map (SEE link below) includes state parks, wildlife management areas, public fishing areas, boat ramps, and historic sites. Users are able to search by category to find locations where they can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history.

“We are proud to offer this new resource to Georgia’s citizens and visitors,” said Governor Nathan Deal.

“We are blessed here in Georgia with a state that is rich in both natural and cultural resources. I want to encourage Georgians to use this interactive tool to find new places to explore.”

Ossabaw Island
Ossabaw Island

The “Georgia Outdoor Map” can be visited using any device with a web browser including desktops, phones, and tablets.

By checking criteria fields, users can find recreational opportunities, directions, handicap accessibility, telephone numbers, and website links for more details.

The tool also offers a “near me” function to help users determine which recreational opportunities are closest to them.

“With this web-based tool, users can easily see what types of outdoor recreation are available in all parts of the state,” said DNR Commissioner Mark Williams.

“The map includes all DNR properties open for public use, from the smallest historic site to the largest wildlife management area. It’s a quick way to find boat ramps, campgrounds, archery ranges and other places for enjoying the great outdoors.”


Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Georgia Centennial Farm, Terrell County
Georgia Centennial Farm, Terrell County

Address: 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE Suite 1252, Atlanta, GA 30334


Georgia Outdoor Map website:

Worth Pondering…

Georgia On My Mind

Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through

Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

Georgia, Georgia, a song of you

Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines

—words by Stuart Gorrell and music by Hoagy Carmichael

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RVC Outdoor Destinations Reflags Lake Raystown Resort

RVC Outdoor Destinations announces that it has re-flagged Lake Raystown Resort as an RVC Outdoor Destination.

RVC Outdoor Destinations Reflags Lake Raystown Resort
RVC Outdoor Destinations Reflags Lake Raystown Resort

The Entriken, Pennsylvania, property was developed by Jules Patt in 1984 and is one of the finest outdoor destinations in the country, RVC noted in a news release.

Lake Raystown Resort’s addition into the RVC collection of premium outdoor hospitality properties will coincide with its 30th anniversary.

The resort’s new website (SEE link below) has been completed to provide guests with a superior online experience as they research the resort’s features and lodging options, the company noted.

Brother and sister duo, Josh Patt and Samantha Patt Kozak, purchased their father’s interest in Lake Raystown Resort in 2013 and continue to operate the more than 400-acre property that includes a 52 room lodge, 79 cabins and villas, 221 RV sites, a 650- slip marina, the Wild River Water Park, and a 22,000-square-foot state-of-the-art conference center.

Various improvements and upgrades, including new signage, are underway and will be completed when the property opens for the 2014 season April 11.

RVC Outdoor Destinations Reflags Lake Raystown Resort
RVC Outdoor Destinations Reflags Lake Raystown Resort

Patt, co-owner of Lake Raystown Resort commented, “We have long believed there was a need for change in outdoor hospitality and found that RVC was leading the charge in redefining camping. Lake Raystown Resort fits RVC’s Outdoor Destination model, and we are pleased to be a part of the RVC family.

“Samantha and I and the resort’s staff are excited to kick off the 2014 season,” he added.

“We have so many reasons to be excited; it’s our first year as an RVC Outdoor Destination, it is Lake Raystown Resort’s 30th anniversary, and it is the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the Raystown dam.”

“This year is going to be full of activities and celebrations. We encourage everyone to visit our beautiful new website and stay tuned for upcoming events and the latest resort news,” said Kozak.

In addition to Lake Raystown Resort, RVC currently operates Outdoor Destinations and RV Resorts in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.


Lake Raystown Resort

RVC Outdoor Destinations Reflags Lake Raystown Resort
RVC Outdoor Destinations Reflags Lake Raystown Resort

Lake Raystown Resort is located in the lush setting of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania next to Raystown Lake, the largest lake that is entirely within the state. Centrally located, it’s an easy drive from all points in Pennsylvania. It’s also a short trip from the Baltimore and Washington D.C. metro areas.

Location: 4 miles from the intersection of Rt. 26 and Rt. 994 in James Creek, PA

Address: 3101 Chipmunk Crossing, Entriken, PA 16638

Phone: (814) 658-3500


RVC Outdoor Destinations

RVC Outdoor Destinations develops, owns, and operates a portfolio of high-quality outdoor hospitality properties located within some of the country’s most beautiful natural settings and offering upscale services and amenities.

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC is redefining the traditional camping experience with its original Outdoor Destination concept and upgraded RV resorts that provide guests with a comfortable, customizable, outdoor vacation through a variety of affordable lodging options, including RV sites, yurts, cabins, and cottages, all with enhanced guest amenities and recreational activities.

RVC operates 10 Outdoor Destinations and RV Resorts in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

Address: 429 N Main Street, Suite 100, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone: (901) 432-4748


 Worth Pondering…

The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
— John Muir

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New River Gorge National River Receives Flagship RV Park

The National Park Service (NPS) is constructing a new flagship campground with power and water hookups and drive-in sites for recreational vehicles at the southern end of the New River Gorge National River.

New River Gorge National River  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
New River Gorge National River © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The new Meadow Creek Campground is located on the banks of the New River about two miles downstream of the Sandstone Visitor Center.

The park’s flagship campground will provide expanded amenities to visitors including a variety of individual campsite types and one large group camping site, as well as a number of conveniences including communal water spigots, vault toilets, and a camp host, according to a NPS news release.

The campsites in the first phase of development—four walk-in tent-only sites, 17 drive-in car sites, and five drive-in RV sites—will offer electricity at all sites and individual water hook-ups at some sites. An amphitheater for park interpretive programs and a public boat launch will serve both campers and the general public.

A large group-camping site also is part of the initial development plan scheduled to open to the public in the early summer of 2014.

Meadow Creek will be the first non-primitive campground in the New River Gorge National River and the first to charge fees.

In order to cover the expenses of providing campers with electricity and water, the NPS proposes a per-night fee structure, as follows:

  • Walk-in, tent-only site with electricity: $18.00 per night
  • Drive-in, car site with electricity: $24.00 per night
  • Drive-in, RV site with electricity and water: $28.00 per night
New River Gorge National River  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
New River Gorge National River © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Primitive, no-fee campgrounds are operated by the National Park Service at Army Camp, off SR-41 near Prince; Stone Cliff Beach, off SR-25 near Thurmond; Grandview Sandbar, on Glade Creek Road near Prince; and War Ridge/Backus Mountain, off Backus Mountain Road near McCreery.

Funds have been allocated for planning—but not yet for developing—a second phase of the campground, which would bring the total number of walk-in tent sites to 10, drive-in car sites to 23, and drive-in RV sites to seven, according to Jamie Fields, NPS planner.


Feedback on Proposed Changes

The NPS has conducted market research to ensure that park fees are comparable with, but do not undercut, similar services and markets in the local area, and the information gathered served as a basis for the proposed new fees.

The NPS encourages feedback from the public to help gain a broad perspective and make well-informed decisions about how to proceed with proposed changes.

To submit comments on the proposed fees, visit no later than September 15.

Comments also may be submitted by mail to New River Gorge National River, Attn: Comment on Proposed Camping Fees, P.O. Box 246, Glen Jean, WV 25846-0246.

A preliminary rendition of the new Meadow Creek Campground showing campsites, amphitheater, and boat launch area. (Source:
A preliminary rendition of the new Meadow Creek Campground showing campsites, amphitheater, and boat launch area. (Source:

New River Gorge National River

A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.

Address: P. O. Box 246, Glen Jean, WV 25846-0246

Phone: (304) 465-0508 (Headquarters); (304) 574-2115 (Canyon Rim Visitor Center); (304) 466-0417 (Sandstone Visitor Center)


Worth Pondering…

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze

Country roads, take me home
To the place, I be-long
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads.
—John Denver

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National Forests are Prime Recreation Destinations

US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released findings of a visitor survey that shows US Forest Service lands are great recreation destinations that provide health benefits to tourists and $11 billion in tourist spending to businesses and communities that serve the more than 160 million forest visitors.

The Tonto National Forest, Arizona, embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The Tonto National Forest, Arizona, embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“When Americans spend time enjoying the great outdoors in our National Forests, everyone benefits,” Secretary Vilsack said in a news release.

“Visitors reap the health and stress-reduction benefits that outdoor recreation activities provide, and tourism helps to strengthen the economic well-being of rural communities across the nation.”

The U.S. Forest Service National Visitor Use Monitoring Survey provides a glimpse into how people share the national forests and grasslands, as well as the value of that use beyond the agency’s 193 million acres. The survey helps Forest Service land managers more clearly understand why people visit, what they do during their visits, and their overall satisfaction with their recreation experience on a forest.

Forest Service lands provide the opportunity to de-stress: about 37 percent of visitors say they spent time simply relaxing. When visitors were asked about their primary recreation activities, the three most common responses were hiking/walking (19 percent), downhill skiing (14 percent), and viewing natural features (13 percent).

Economically, national forests provide an important contribution to the vitality of nearby rural communities and the nation at large. Recreation visitor spending amounted to nearly $11 billion in 2012, and visitors who lived more than 50 miles from a national forest accounted for nearly half that amount. As visitor spending ripples through the U.S. economy, the monetary value of all the goods and services adds a little more than $13 billion to the gross domestic product and sustains about 190,000 full- and part-time jobs.

Acorn Woodpecker in western oak woodlands in the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista.. Their social lives are endlessly fascinating: they store thousands of acorns each year by jamming them into specially made holes in trees.  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Acorn Woodpecker in western oak woodlands in the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista.. Their social lives are endlessly fascinating: they store thousands of acorns each year by jamming them into specially made holes in trees. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Highlights of the 2012 report also include:

Most people—86 percent—described the forest as their primary recreation destination for their trip away from home.

About half of all forest visits lasted 4.5 hours or less; about two-thirds lasted six hours or less.

As in past years, more than 70 million say they enjoyed day-use developed sites while about 17 million used overnight facilities. The great majority of the visits occur in undeveloped areas of the National Forest System.

More than 8 million visits were made to wilderness areas, which mean people chose to leave behind motorized vehicles as required and hike or camp in more primitive settings.

In addition to the actual visits on agency lands, Americans travel on scenic byways or similar routes near or through forests to view the scenery about 300 million times a year.

The survey results also highlight the contribution of forest-based recreation in connecting the American people to their natural and cultural heritage, an important element of the Forest Service strategy on recreation and of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative. Such connections to the land are critical to the cultivation of a conservation ethic and sense of resource stewardship among Americans.

With more than 240 million Americans living within 100 miles of a national forest or grassland, it is important for even more people to connect with national forests and grasslands and the benefits they provide. In addition, with only 16 percent of visitors age 16 or younger, Americans of all ages are encouraged to explore the great outdoors.

“Today, more than ever, our public lands should serve as the nation’s preferred playgrounds for high-quality outdoor fun,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.

“The work of providing recreation opportunities for all Americans is among the most important tasks we face.”

The health benefits visitors receive are found when exploring the more than 150,000 miles of trails, which includes hiking, biking, equestrian, and motorized trails, and more than 10,000 developed recreation sites. Visitors also have a wide choice of recreational activities with 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, 9,100 miles of National Scenic Byways, 22 National Recreation Areas, 11 National Scenic Areas, seven National Monuments, one national preserve, and one national heritage area.

Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway (North Carolina and Tennessee). © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway (North Carolina and Tennessee). © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Most places on national forests do not have fees associated with recreation use. When fees were required, the vast majority of those visitors reported being satisfied, 81 percent were satisfied with the day-use developed site fee and 87 percent were satisfied with the overnight site fee.


US Forest Service

Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.

Address: 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-0003

Phone: (800) 832-1355


Worth Pondering…

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.

—John Muir

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SylvanSport Introduces PRO-GO Getter

Brevard, North Carolina-based SylvanSport, makers of the lightweight GO popup camping trailer, the GO, introduces the new PRO-GO Getter ambassador referral program.

GO-landing_campersThis program helps GO fans with industry connections become GO owners and brand ambassadors with the potential to earn referral fees.

It also helps put more GOs on the map, for aspiring GO owners to explore and experience firsthand.

“When people call about the GO, the first thing they want to know is where they can see one in person,” said Tom Dempsey, founder of SylvanSport, in a news release.

“With the PRO-GO Getter program, interested customers can connect with GO owner insiders to see the full versatility of the GO camping trailer in action for themselves.”

The GO pop-up camper is designed from the frame out to be a versatile “mobile adventure trailer.” It tows behind any vehicle, including hybrids, and hauls bikes, kayaks and motorcycles before transforming into a comfortable camping trailer with a living space that can sleep four.

The GO pop-up camper is designed from the frame out to be a one-of-a-kind mobile adventure trailer that’s even more versatile than a Swiss army knife, said Dempsey.

GO-landing_racersOn the company’s website, SylvanSport illustrates how the lightweight GO, called the “Coolest. Camper. Ever,” by National Geographic Adventure, tows behind any vehicle, including hybrids, and hauls bikes, kayaks—even motorcycles—before transforming into a comfortable camping trailer with a living space that can sleep four with ease.

“The GO pop-up camper is something you have to see in person to fully appreciate the design and craftsmanship,” said Kyle Mundt, marketing director for SylvanSport.

“People are always amazed with how lightweight and strong the GO is, and how easy it is to load, haul, and convert into a camping trailer.”

For qualified PRO-GO Getters, the benefits of being a brand ambassador for the GO camping trailer include:

  • Savings of up to $2,500 off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for purchase GO pop-up camping trailer
  • Referral fees of $300 for every completed sale of the GO pop-up camper
  • A complete GO camping and adventure package, including an awning, spare tire, four mattresses, and two bed/seat/tables
  • SylvanSport merchandise like camping chairs and a team PRO-GO t-shirt
  • A custom web page on to help direct customers to ambassadors
  • Sales support literature and pull-up event banners for events
  • Access to partner company PRO-deals on all kinds of outdoor adventure gear

“SylvanSport is born of roots in the outdoor industry, so we’ve always had a great Industry PRO Deal on the GO Camper. Our new PRO-GO Getter deal takes that many steps further, giving our industry friends all the tools needed to be great ambassadors for the GO, and earn some real money in the process,” said Dempsey.

“With the PRO-GO Getter program, we’re taking the GOs out of the showroom and out into the real world, where they belong,” Mundt added.

Eric Albert is a SylvanSport PRO-GO Getter, and an Adventure Travel Consultant out of Alberta who says he’s excited about the potential for the PRO-GO Getter program.

“It gives prospective customers an unbiased, experienced opinion about the GO, helping them make a more informed decision on their investment.”

As an avid kayaker, kayak instructor, and director for the Alberta Freestyle Kayaking Association, Albert is hard pressed to pick his favorite GO feature.

“It’s a tossup of either being able to carry about 10 kayaks to festivals, or waking up, stretching, and not having to crawl out of a ground tent in the early morning,” he said.

“I love the innovative design, the versatility, the low profile, and the ability to carry all my toys to the hills!”

GO-landing_panoRecently, Albert took the GO on a dream kayaking trip through the rugged landscape of Northern Idaho where he used it as a hauling machine for his group’s rafts, gear, and kayaks.

“It doubled as our accommodations for our prep and post expeditionary purposes,” he said. “They call it the Swiss Army Knife of pop-up campers for a good reason.”



Brevard, North Carolina-based SylvanSport was founded in 2004 to develop great gear to support an evolving sense of adventure. Adventure can be on a mountain, river, or in your backyard.

Their team brings decades of experience designing and making outdoor products from the most respected companies. They offer products that blend utility, quality, and value while respecting the purity of the places our adventures take us.

Address: 235 Commerce Street, Brevard, NC 28712

Phone: (828) 883-4292


Worth Pondering…

The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.

—Victor Papanek


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Grub Hub Camp Kitchen Promotes Sustainable Camping

For many people base camping is a tradition that makes it possible to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, photography, fishing, hunting, surfing, and other outdoor activities, often many miles from home.

Grub Hub Camp Kitchen
Grub Hub Camp Kitchen

“Unfortunately ‘car camping’ or ‘base camping’ is often associated with high impacts to the environment,” claims GrubHubUSA company president Joe Baughman in a company news release.

“Just like at home, most activities within camp center around the kitchen. Without an easy and efficient method of organizing, cooking, and preparing food outdoors, excessive waste and negative impacts to the environment are much more likely. When campers negatively impact an area, the result is more regulation, higher costs, and less freedom.”

“The patented new Grub Hub camp kitchen,” says Baughman, “addresses this challenge by making camping much more organized and making camp kitchen tasks much easier.”

“The Grub Hub camp kitchen supports and promotes a very sustainable camping methodology by providing highly portable and organized cooking and working space, as well as support for lighting and water and other features such as air dry bags for cleaning solid dishes,” stated Baughman.

“The product’s features and functionalities assist campers in working much more efficiently outdoors and help reduce convenience packaging and other wasteful methods. Easy outdoor preparation of real meals to fuel real activities is our goal.”

The product is compact and lightweight with an aluminum frame, molded tables, and expedition grade materials that reflect durability needed for serious outdoor use.

As the product’s designer, Baughman adds, “The quality built Grub Hub not only promotes sustainability but is a sustainable product itself. It is made from modular serviceable components that provide a virtually unlimited service life for the unit as a whole. The unit won’t easily break or wear out but when it does we can easily service all of the components.”

For hunters, fishermen, mountain bikers, climbers, hikers, and others, the Grub Hub may be the perfect solution for organizing camp while helping to reduce impacts on their favorite camping areas.



Grub Hub Camp Kitchen
Grub Hub Camp Kitchen

GrubHubUSA is located in the greater St. George, Utah area where the southwest mountains and canyons provide inspiration for developing functional and reliable gear.

Mailing Address: PO Box 461136, Leeds, UT 84746

Location: 1145 South Red Cliffs Road, Leeds, UT 84746

Phone: (435) 705-1773


Worth Pondering…

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.
—Alan Ashley-Pitt

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Charge Four Batteries at Once

When enjoying the great outdoors, enthusiasts can’t let something as annoying as dead batteries ruin their fun.

powermania-logoPowermania’s Turbo M430 onboard battery charger can charge up to four 12-volt batteries at a time, enabling users to spend more time outside doing what they love, according a company news release.

The waterproof Turbo M430 is prewired with four DC output cables. Its compact design makes it a good fit for mid-to-full sized boats or vehicles.

The M430 is the ideal charger for any 12-, 24-, 36- or 48-volt DC battery system with capacity ratings ranging up to 360 Ah. It weighs only 14.6 pounds.

Featuring three-stage smart charge and adaptive loading, the Turbo M430 fully charges all connected batteries in full automation and also completes charging cycles in the shortest time possible.

The adaptive loading feature dynamically adjusts the charger’s output level on each output bank. More charging power is allocated to the battery that is lowest in charge and less charging power is given to the battery that is closest to being fully charged.

Powermania Turbo M430
Powermania Turbo M430

Powermania’s M430 is equipped with extensive safety and advanced features, including a connection check warning to alert users that the battery is not being charged. A battery check warning alerts users to check/replace a defective battery.

The Turbo M430 also features ignition protection, over-current protection, overheat protection, over-voltage protection, reverse-polarity protection, and short circuit protection.

The Turbo M series is offered in nine models from M106 (single-bank, 6-amp) to M430 (quad-bank, 30-amp).

Added Power Factor Correction (PFC), the Turbo M delivers unparalleled performance in the waterproof category. Highlighted by its ability to charge dead batteries, to pump out full output even at 90V AC input, and to warn user in advance when there is a connection fault or battery fault, the Turbo M series is engineered for and widely used for mission critical applications.

Powermania’s Turbo M430 Onboard Charger costs $379.


Powermania, Inc.

Address: 3333 Bowers Avenue Suite 130, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Phone: (888) 581-8168 (toll free)


Worth Pondering…

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there’s no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done.

—Rudolph Flesch

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Enjoy an Adventure at Sea on a Sailing Boat Holiday

Please note that the following post is written by guest author, Peter Smith.

Charter a sailing boat and hop from port to port around the Greek Islands or Outer Hebrides. Enjoy the Fastnet race along England’s southern coast, or just take the family for a water sports holiday. Sailing boats will give you the adventure holiday of your life.

The west coast of Scotland offers a spectacular wilderness that is best visited from a boat. You can see puffins, cormorants, whales, dolphins and visit deep sea lochs. The boat can anchor in a secluded beauty spot overnight or just for dinner.

Charter a boat with a skipper or a full crew for a larger group. Anyone planning to sail a charter boat should have accreditation from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) or equivalent and be able to demonstrate sailing experience. But even with this qualification, a skipper can come along with the charter boat to help you to improve your navigation and boat handling skills. That will count when you emerge from the shelter of the islands and into the open sea. Imagine yourself barrelling along with the tide or anchoring on a rocky shore. Experienced sailors can extend their holidays and sail to the Orkneys, Shetlands and Faroes.


Are you good enough to take part in the annual Fastnet race from Cowes to Ireland via Land’s End and back? If you’re an experienced sailor, you can enroll as crew for a larger boat. You could even hire a race boat yourself and take part.

If not, but you’d still like to watch the action, then you will still have to get stuck in at sea. Sailing is not a spectator sport like football where you can sit in comfort and watch the match. You have to follow events, but you can still do so in comfort.

Arrange sailboat charters for yourself, friends, family and business associates to watch the event close up. The charter boat will come with full crew and refreshments for a large party.


Have the adventure of your life sailing around the Greek islands. One route can take you from Athens to the volcanic island of Santorini. Or sail from Samos to Ikaria in the Eastern Aegean Sea and see where Icarus fell from the sky with his waxen wings.

Moorings 4600 Catamaran (Source:

On some routes you may even sail to the western coast of Turkey and visit Izmir or Bodrum. From the western side of Greece you can sail to Albania, Croatia and across the Adriatic to Venice. You can hire sailing boats up to 50 feet complete with crew for a large party. Or charter a small vessel with a skipper to navigate the Mediterranean waters while you swim or snorkel looking at submerged ancient ruins.

A sailing boat charter holiday offers an opportunity for adventure and relaxation as you wish, anywhere in the world.

Peter Smith writes regularly on sailing race events and sailboat charters for a range of websites and blogs. He organizes sailing holidays in the Greek islands.

Peter Smith also covers Canada and Alaska holidays and family adventure holidays in USA destinations for a variety of blogs and websites.

Worth Pondering…

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
—Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Super Mop to the Rescue

Mopping an RV floor doesn’t have to be a dreaded task.

Palm City, Florida-based Shurhold Industries’ Super Floor Mop makes the process a lot easier.

This unique floor mop won’t drip, leave streaks, or turn moldy. This is ideal for worry-free cleaning and storage, according to a company news release.

Made from super absorbent PVA, Shurhold’s Super Floor Mop enables users to wring the mop out, resulting in less mess.

This high-quality mop is great for use on vinyl, tile, smooth concrete, and wood.  It even cleans windows without streaking.

Surhold’s Super Floor Mop is available from the manufacturer for $19.98; a replacement head is available for $8.98.

Shurhold Super Floor Mop

One Handle Does It All

Shurhold is dedicated to educating owners on RV value preservation.

Inventor of the “One Handle Does It All system,” Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish, and detail.

This system quickly and easily allows you to snap over 40 different accessories to the same fixed length or telescoping handles.

Shurhold understands that space is limited in your RV and storage is a premium. That is why these RV detailing products are designed to save you time, money, and space.

One handle in your rig can quickly snap to several different RV cleaning brushes, floor mops, or RV Scrubbers for removing black streaks.

In addition to RV cleaning products for the outside of your rig, you can use many of these same products to maintain the inside of the RV as well.

To begin, just select the best handle for your application, then add all the different attachments for every job around your RV.

If you prefer, select from a Shurhold pre-assorted RV Cleaning Kits.


Shurhold Industries

Shurhold is an Automotive and Marine Detail Products Company.

Shurhold began as a small, one-man operation based out a garage in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It was started on July 1, 1973 by William E. Peach, who self-admittedly had no knowledge about the design or manufacturing of Boat Detailing Products.

One Handle Does It All system

Since its beginning in the garage plant, Shurhold Industries has designed and manufactured the most innovative specialty care and accessory products available for the marine, RV, and auto industries.

As the original creator of the “One Handle Does It All” design, Shurhold continues to maintain the highest standard of quality and service. Innovative designs, combined with top quality materials, and meticulous workmanship make each and every Shurhold product a premium item.

Address: 3119 S.W. 42nd Avenue, Palm City, Florida 34990-5558

Phone: (772) 287-1313 or (800) 962-6241 (toll free)


Worth Pondering…

A Time to be Creative

I choose to live by Choice, not by chance; to make Changes, not excuses.
To be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not compete.
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity.
I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others.

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Vintage Boat Show Includes Vintage Travel Trailers

Outdoors enthusiasts have an opportuni­ty to take an up- close look at some classic boats to­day (August 26) at the Vintage Holland (Michigan) Boat Show.

Everything from wood­en to fiberglass boats will be on display for people to enjoy. More than 25 boats will be in front of the Hol­land Museum on 10th Street, between River and Central avenues. The event runs from 10 a. m.-4 p. m.

In its seventh year, the boat show displays a va­riety of boats. This year, there is something new added to the show: vintage travel trailers, reports

Three travel trailers will be on display. Visitors will have the opportunity to look inside the trailers to see how they are decorated on the interior.

“You’d think you’d stepped into a 1960s TV show when you enter the trailers. These people go all out,” said Geoffrey Reynolds, co- chairman of the event.

The idea to expand the boat show to include vin­tage travel trailers came from Holland Histori­cal Trust board member Mary Bamborough.

Bam­borough and her husband, Tom, belong to several vin­tage travel trailer clubs.

“These trailers are Mich­igan outdoor enjoyment,” Bamborough said.

Bamborough bought her 1965 Airstream Globetrot­ter seven years ago, when her father spotted one up north. After some reno­vations, the trailer was ready for use. The Bambo­roughs have since joined other vintage travel trailer enthusiasts at rallies and use the travel trailer for camping, reports.

This 1965 Airstream Globetrotter, belonging to Tom and Mary Bamborough, will be part of the Vintage Holland Boat Show. (Source:

People are surprised at the spaciousness of the trailers, Bamborough said. Many trailers are decked out with a bed, shower, toilet, dinette, and other accommodations.

Peoples personalities come out in the way the interiors of the trailers are decorated.

“Even though the trail­ers have the same floor plan, people decorate them differently,” Bamborough said.

People will have oppor­tunities to look inside the trailers. Bamborough will be available to answer questions about her trailer.

Besides the new addi­tions, all types of boats will be on display for those who enjoy looking at and learning about vin­tage boats. Most of the boats are from the 1960s and from previous de­cades. The oldest boat is a 26- foot 1902 Jesiek from Eldean Shipyard.

Holland has had an il­lustrious boat-making past. There were 52 boat companies in Holland over the years. Everything from schooners built in the 1880s to powerboats were created in Holland.

Now, only two boat companies remain Tiara Yachts and Grand Craft.

Reynolds believes it’s the long history of Holland’s rich boating industry that draws people to the boat show.

“You have boats that many people might have owned or there are boats that people saw out on the water. Holland made boats and used them,” Reynolds said.

The admission to the boat show allows people free admission that day into the museum and ice cream.

Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street, Holland, Michigan

“You’d think you’d stepped into a 1960s TV show when you enter the trailers. These people go all out.”

Geoffrey Reynolds, co­chairman of the Vintage Holland Boat Show


Vintage Holland Boat Show

Date: August 26, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Phone: (616) 796-3329


Worth Pondering…

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

—Mark Twain

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