Things to do in Luray, Virginia

If (As if!) your glampground resort doesn’t have enough to keep you busy during your vacation to Luray, Virginia, there are certainly other things you can do in the area, like…

  1. Cruise through Skyline Drive.
  2. Shop, stroll, and hang out in historic old town Luray.
  3. Enjoy a nature walk along the Greenway.
  4. Explore Shenandoah National Park.
  5. Tour Luray Caverns.
  6. Get lost in the Garden Maze.
  7. Learn about Luray Valley’s history, including seeing a Bible from the 1530s and watching a blacksmith demonstration.
  8. Cruise through the old car museum.
  9. Play — and wax nostalgic — at the toy museum.
  10. Visit the train museum at the Luray visitor center.
  11. Amble around the Luray Zoo.
  12. Visit the Shenandoah River State Park.
  13. Zipline!
  14. Hike.
  15. Golf.
  16. Gaze up at those beautiful mountains.


The photo above was taken at the Luray Valley Museum. Gorgeous! (But enough about me, ha!) This museum is located right across the street from the caverns, garden maze, toy museum, and car museum. You’ll find two cafes in this area, ample parking, misters in the garden maze (of the cool water variety, not the creepy old men kind), and plenty of bathrooms.


Plan to spend an hour touring the caverns — and expect to hear a lot of rock puns while you’re trapped in a cave with a goofy guide and lack a direct escape route to joke-free safety. You must wear shoes with grip because the floor can be wet with somewhat steep slopes, both upward and downward. Kids 5 and under are free! Tours depart on the hour.


The caverns essentially are the anchor site of a strip mall of tourist attractions, all within a very short walking distance. A cafe is right next door to the caverns, and it’s where we had your typical concession-style lunch. That cafe is attached to a small toy museum with a train display and plenty of trips down the memory lanes of childhood joy. For instance, you’ll discover that, yes, Barbie is old. And apparently now my Cabbage Patch Kid dolls are, too, because they were also in the toy museum.

Wait. If my childhood toys are now in a museum, then that means…

I, too, am…

TREASURED!


You’ll find both shaded outdoor and indoor tables at the cavernside cafe, as well as bathrooms, including a handicap-accessible one. Now, cruising on…

Next to those sites is the car museum, which features some truly notable and a couple rare vehicles — including a real “surrey with the fringe on top” and one owned by none other than Rudolph Valentino! 😍😍😍

(I don’t care that Rudy died a century ago; I’m still swooning over The Sheik.)


Next to the car museum are more bathrooms and a cool down spot with shaded tables and drinks/ice cream. Of course, you’re also literally right next to the parking lot, so to save yourself $20 on overpriced drinks and treats, just tote an iced cooler in your trunk and enjoy cold drinks straight from your RV.
Next is a rope course, which has levels for most ages and skills, but we skipped…ropes. (Har har har!)


After that is the whimsical garden maze (pictured above). Entry was $9 for adults and kids were free! Our whole family enjoyed this site. Try to find all four “goals” before you exit to reveal a secret message. It’s challenging enough to be fun and engaging without being scary or frustrating. The Kampy Kids liked this so much they wanted to go back the next day. When the temps get hot, staff turn on the water misters. There’s also a water (drinking) fountain in the center of the maze.

And more bad jokes. When you visit the maze, you’ll know exactly what I mean, so I won’t spoil it for you here, but it became obvious to us at this point that the folks of Luray find it amusing to torture it’s guests with puns. Anyway, we had a pun trip. (Zing!)

Finally, we crossed the street to the Luray Valley museum. You can receive a ticket to get a free stone at their gift shop when you buy your museum ticket at the caverns. I really enjoy history, so this was my favorite part of the “strip mall.” They have many cool artifacts on display, and I’d encourage you to take the to appreciate them instead of just breezing through the museum as there are a few rare and very valuable objects to appreciate.

Outside, there is a working blacksmith shop with occasional live demonstrations, a preserved historic African American schoolhouse, a preserved meeting house, a cafe featuring some Virginia wines, and some other historic outbuildings, as well. Two buildings were closed for construction during our visit, but it was quite interesting to watch the contractors at work to rehab them — in preparation for my future visit!

I’ll leave you now with pictures of the museum and those beautiful mountain views…

Glampground Review:  Jellystone Campground in Luray, Virginia


Hi, fellow travelers! Hope your summer is off to a great start and that you’re heading off to awesome glampground destinations.

Speaking of… We recently stayed at the Jellystone Campground in Luray, Virginia. It’s our first Jellystone franchise stay, and the Kampy Kids are loving all the variety of fun activities to do here:

  • A younger folks pool
  • A separate older folks pool
  • A ridonculously fun splash park
  • A certifiably insane twisty slide
  • Two mondo jumping pillows
  • Something called GaGa Ball (we still have no idea what it is)
  • Laser tag
  • Two decent large playgrounds
  • Clean bathhouses and bathrooms
  • A laundry facility with folding table and hanging rack
  • An overpriced gameroom
  • A neato outdoor theater
  • Paddle boats
  • Fishing at their little pond
  • Pretty fun mini golf
  • A variety of campsites, glampsites, and cabinsites
  • A lodge
  • A dog park I have yet to see a dog in
  • Some walking trails that look mighty suspicious
  • Golf carts (my new favorite — zoom!)
  • A large rec center for crafts and other programs
  • Two decent sand volleyball courts
  • Two tetherball poles
  • Cornhole
  • Horseshoe pits
  • And a camp store that sells this…

Alas, Camper Man got bored on Day 5, conceding that this is a fantastic glampground for the kiddos but leaves a little to be desired in terms of grown-up activities.

(Psst! It’s called parenthood!)

I didn’t feel that way; I enjoyed some of the many camp activities, like coloring my own crafty bookmark and driving the golf cart. I also liked driving the golf cart. And did I mention I liked driving the golf cart?


When we first pulled up to this glampground, the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park immediately vanished upon the sudden sights of plastered bears and water parks in primary colors.

In fact, all I could think of was…


“SUPER SILLY FUNLAND!”


I kept waiting for my youngest Kampy Kid to squeeze Boo Boo Bear and growl, “IT’S SO FLUFFY!”

Instead, she said, to his cheerily beary face, “That’s not a real bear. That’s just a guy dressed up.”


There are loads of activities to do each day, from the pools and sports/games to the crafts and scavenger hunts and even an animal show.



In addition to a great community of super-friendly families and respectful kids, the staff is friendly and the landscaping is very nicely…

…landscaped.

You’ll also love the amazing backdrop of the mountains and the nearby attractions, to be discussed in the next post.

So, next time you’re in Luray, take a fun family trip to the Jellystone Campground here!


PS — At the animal show, the littlest Kampy Kid who couldn’t “bear” to hug Boo Boo was totally fearless when it came to petting an alligator. Go figure!


Glampground Reviews:  Lake Raystown Resort Campground, Entriken, PA

We recently stayed at Lake Raystown Resort Campground in Entriken, PA.

  
It gets points for having:

  • a guarded security gate;
  • frequent security rounds;
  • a variety of lodging and campsite options;
  • a very nicely stocked and staffed general store;
  • siteside trash pick-up;
  • ample dump station space, drains, and hoses;
  • fishing and boating accessibility;
  • a nice conference center;
  • a scenic “wedding pointe”;
  • a lot of bathhouses throughout;
  • a nice playground with plenty of seating and picnic areas for adults and families;
  • nice lake and mountain views throughout;
  • cute hiking trails (“Cute?” Yes.)
  • a very friendly, quiet, family-oriented, active, and polite camp community.

 
Our site was nice, and we loved our site neighbors — a pair of mallard ducks fending off two drake suitors. It was quite the love battle. We named the female “Mimmy Duck” and the male that wouldn’t leave her side “Diddy Duck.”

There was the nice boyfriend-wannabe duck who quack-quacked down the lake looking for Mimmy only to find her with Diddy, so he quietly went on the bank, acted like he had come just to nibble a little clover, then hopped right back into the lake water and quack-quacked sadly away.

The mean boyfriend-wannabe duck, pictured below, swam up to Mimmy and Diddy then charged after them, causing them to fly away for a while after having been eating quietly beside us at the picnic table for two solid hours. “Meanie duck!” the Kampy Kids called him.

  
Since we were at Raystown in April, the weather was lovely! But most things in and around the resort did not open until Memorial Day weekend. So, the kids did not get to enjoy the onsite water park, and most local attractions and even ice cream shops and such were not open yet for the season.

  
One place that was open was Raystown Market, which is very close to the resort at the intersection of 994 and 26. It has a very pleasant owner, plenty of room for RVs to gas up, propane fill-up, and sub shop inside the convenience store. And, yes, here the Kampy Kids got to enjoy their ice cream.

  
Fortunately, we were still entertained by the playground, walking, hiking, birdwatching, flower sightseeing, grilling, campfiring, smoring, and ducks.

  
Among the cons were:

  • Our “premium” site did not have full hook-up
  • A long walk to the playground  and sometimes to bathhouses from most campsites and other lodging
  • Expensive onsite cafe
  • Wonky wifi
  • Must book early; limited site availability of waterfront sites
  • Rusted out fire rings
  • Not much to do in and around the area
  • Would be nice to have notching posts at the waterfront sites to hook your boat up to

  
We had a very relaxing time! April is definitely a great time of year to go glamping!

This was the sunrise on the last day of our stay. So pretty!

  

Glampground Reviews:  Ye Olde Mill Family Campground and Historic Grist Mill, Burnt Cabins, PA

Ahh, April camping!

  
The sun is still low on the horizon, the mornings are brisk, frost covers the windows of our tow vehicle, and the mostly empty campgrounds give us freedom to roam far and wide.

April is a perfect time of the glamping year to wake up with the sun, grab that steamy cup o’ joe, and head out for an invigorating campground stroll.

Of course, April camping also brings about allergies, bees and wasps, and fields of dandelions, but whatevs. You’ll have that, and the rewards outweigh the risks.

Our maiden voyage of the 2016 glamping season took us to the sinisterly named Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania, and a small but very friendly, laid back, un-sinister, and accommodating campground called Ye Olde Mill.

  
   
 A friendly family of four runs the campground, old mill, and camp store, and they live right across the street, so they’re right nearby if you ever need anything.

   
   
They have a lovely little creek running along one side of the campground — and Ye Olde PA Turnpike runs by, too, but really? The busy road wasn’t as noisy as we thought it might be, and I rather enjoyed watching Ye Olde Cars and Big Rigs roll by.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can actually tour Ye Olde on-site Mill, which is still operational and family-run. In the winter months, the family mills grain and flour which they use to package various mixes available for sale in their camp store.

The camp store is cozy and bounteous! In addition to some local foods, they have Hershey’s ice cream, fishing licenses and bait, and a deli!

   
    
 
They have free wifi (though sometimes the signal was sporadic), an okay playground that the kids loved but just needed some paint and minor repairs, passable (dated but very clean) bathrooms, a decent laundry facility, and a rickety old bridge crossing Ye Olde Stream. There’s also a pavilion with kitchen, in case you’re looking for a place to hold a small RV rally.

   
    
    
   

When you’re not fishing, you can head to nearby Cowan’s Gap State Park for some lake and trail activities and family picnics, Buchanan’s Birthplace for some history and education, and the quaint hamlet of Mercersburg for boutique shopping and dining.

Or just relax and camp, like the man at the site behind us. He’s been sitting outside in his chair napping since yesterday. Seriously. Is he still alive? I think I saw him breathe, but I can’t be sure. Would somebody please check his pulse? 

Camper Man:  “You know, we could always just zip up to Mercersburg for the day–”

Glamper Lady:  “But we have an RV!”

In the good news department, three generations of men were in the camper beside us, and the one guy caught a great big fish! Congrats!

We had Ye Grand Olde Time at Ye Olde Mill!

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Camper Man, later:  “You like this coffee?” [Dunkin Donuts original blend]

Glamper Lady:  “Yes.”

Camper Man:  “Is it your favorite?”

Glamper Lady:  “It’s better than the other stuff we had.” [Generic store-brand bulk]

Camper Man:  “Yeah, it is. We should just start buying the good stuff…. We made it, baby! We can buy the good coffee now!”

Glamper Lady:  “Yeah, baby! Whoo! High five!”

I love camp talk. 😊

Recipes:  Slowcooker Shepherd’s Pie Guts without the Pie but Still with the Mashed Potatoes

Sigh. Now I wish Mrs. Poffenberger would have introduced our middle school Home Ec class to the Crockpot. Why now? Because now slowcooking is my favorite.

But back then in Crockpotless Home Ec, I baked up cheap tomato sauce on wheaty cardboard, sprinkled a few nitrate-ious pepperonis on top, and tried to call it “pizza.” I was satisfied enough with a “B” for my pizza project that I didn’t really care to try any harder at cooking.

And in truth, I didn’t like cooking anyway, so I didn’t try to cook well back then and I didn’t try to cook another thing until college — and even then it was dried out lemon pepper chicken that my roommate tried to teach me to cook — so that means I really didn’t try to cook until…

Last year? A year-and-a-half ago?

Yes, really.

And even then my cooking was…

  • Not very tasty.
  • Burnt.
  • Chicken.
  • Dried out from overbaking.
  • Lacking seasoning.
  • Served with a side of salted buttered noodles.
  • And boiled frozen corn.
  • …Corn with a dash of pepper.
  • …And nothing else.
  • Pretty blah.

I swear, if it hadn’t been for Sheetz’ Made-To-Order subs, I would’ve suffered from malnutrition back in my early adulthood years.

Not only could I not cook back then (as in I had NO skill for cooking)…

  • I hated it.
  • I had no patience for it.
  • I had no interest in it.
  • It frustrated me.
  • It made no sense to me.
  • It was too complicated for me.
  • It never turned out how I wanted it to.
  • It took too long.
  • It made my feet, legs, and lower back ache.
  • It risked knifal injury.
  • And it made me cry. (Darn onions.)

I also never logically agreed with the idea of cooking. See, when I was hungry, I ate. I didn’t get a tummy growl and then WAIT an hour for a casserole to bake. No! I ate! Right then!

It’s what cavewomen did!

So, what I did was I always kept quick and easy-to-throw-together foods in my apartment kitchen.

(My clothes closet is the same way, come to think of it…)

I never could (wanted to?) rationalize why hungry people would wait an hour to cook their food then eat when they could just walk or drive down the street and pay a few bucks at Sheetz for nearly any kind of sub they could dream up — including ordering vegetables on it and a side of fruit right from a high-tech ultra-mod electronic kiosk!

Boy, convenience sure is convenient!

Besides, I always had people in my life who liked to cook. They liked to cook. I liked to eat. Yin-yang. Perfecto! So, I never needed to cook.

I don’t really need to cook now, but at some point in 2014, I got interested in the Paleo Diet, which got me interested in cooking my own Paleo meals (you can’t buy too many of those off-the-shelf).

Then, one day, I was trying to go all Paleo when I combined ground turkey with oil and onions and garlic and a little salt and pepper, when without warning–

…Whoa…

This tastes…

…good…

?

Good? Did I just make something that tasted good? Impossible. But it WAS!

Yes! It was!

Suddenly, I was in!

But after several repeat meals of meat, oil, onions, and garlic, I realized I needed to branch out and try to make something else good.

So, I changed the oil to butter.

Ah! Butter makes it better!

Then, I added dried parsley.

Hm. Yes. Parsley. Not sure exactly why God invented you, but you do add a little something to the flavor…

Then, I started sniffing herbs and spices.

Hm. Dill? Sniff. No. Cumin? Sniff. Ack, no! Hm. Oh-reg-ah-nohhhh… Sniffffff.

Oh, yeahhhh… That’s the flavor I’m going for!

(Pish-pish-pish, sprinkle-sprinkle.)

So, I suddenly knew how make a basic tasty meat dish and improvise it with spices and herbs.

Score! Mrs. Poffenberger, give me an “A!” 😄

Next, I dared to follow recipes.

Yeahno.

See, I don’t follow recipes.

Drives Camper Man crazy.

I improvise. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Like today, for example, I slowcooked some Shepherd’s Pie. I based it off a recipe. Based it. ‘Cause that’s what I do. I base my dishes off a general idea. And I decided to–

Well, read for yourself… 😋

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb ground beef (or whatever meat you want; sorry, I can’t eat cute little lambies)
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • About a dozen baby carrots, sliced (LOL! My phone autoINcorrected that to “a dozen baby Carries!”)
  • About a teaspoon (or a tablespoon if you’re daring) of minced garlic (LOL! My phone autoINcorrected that to “if you’re dating!”)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • About a tablespoon of beef stock
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup frozen corn
  • A cup of water
  • A dash of salt, pepper, and paprika

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Brown beef with onion, carrots, and garlic. Don’t drain. (This is where Camper Man can’t stand that I don’t follow recipes that say “Drain” when I say, “But that’s where all the flavor is!” So, that’s why I’m writing my own recipe, nyah!)
  2. Put beef/onion/carrots/garlic (undrained!) in the slowcooker along with everything else (except the sliced Carries, if you’re dating. Ha!).
  3. Slowcook on low for 4-10 hours.

It’ll look like this when its done:  

Next, the potatoes!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 gold potato per person
  • A little pat of butter per potato
  • A little salt, pepper, and onion powder (or “real” onions, if you choose)
  • A splash of (whole) milk per potato

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Quick version:  Poke a few holes in each potato. Nuke potatoes in microwave for 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer potatoes to a pot of water (enough water to cover the potatoes) and boil until all the potatoes are soft when you smash ’em with a fork. It took my small potatoes 10 minutes and a ginormous potato 15 minutes.
  3. Leave the potatoes in the pot. Drain the water. (See? I drain some things, so nyah.) Add salt, pepper, and onion powder to potatoes. Beat with a handmixer until you have mashed potatoes.
  4. Add milk slowly and mix until you reach your desired mash potato consistency.

When you’re done, they’ll look like this:  

(Note:  I had to use up some russet potatoes for my meal today, but I prefer gold potatoes. And, no, I don’t remove the skin. That’s your call.)

Finally (haha my phone autoINcorrected that to “Dismally”), plop some mashed potatoes atop your meaty slop from the slowcooker.

Tah-dah!

And when you put the potatoes on the meat, it’ll look something like this!  

 
So, yeah, this isn’t really a Shepherd’s Pie (a.k.a. Cottage Pie), which is why my recipe is called “Glamper Lady’s Slowcooker Shepherd’s Pie Guts without the Pie but Still with the Mashed Potatoes.”

😃

Heehee. Potato Peak:

  
Look at me now, Mrs. Poffenberger! Look at me nowwww!

  

    Tips:  8 Tips for Worshipping at America’s Campgrounds This Easter

      
    Eastertide brings in thoughts of spring, warming temperatures, and thoughts of the upcoming RV season. For some RVers, Easter weekend may be a nice weekend for that first getaway of the glamping season, but what about those RVers who have worship obligations?

    Rest-assured, there are many campgrounds offering worship services, Sunday School, kids activities, and related programs both for Easter weekend as well as throughout the year, with some campgrounds focusing on ministry and fellowship as part of their mission on a regular basis.

    It’s worth looking at a few resources and sites here that can help you find a campground that suits your Easter worship needs.

    1.  RV Churches USA is a website where campground owners can post information about their Christian campgrounds, services, and events; where travelers can get a variety of RV-related information through an e-newsletter and blog; and where visitors can find links to other Christian travel groups and network with mentors for advice on starting and running worship services on the road.

    2.  RV Outreach is a traveling ministry specifically focusing on campgrounds and RV parks. Their mission is to “provide casual worship and Bible study opportunities, good Christian fellowship, free Bibles and other bible study materials to all who will accept it, as well as giving our testimony and leading others to Christ.” (We are happy to report that the cancer has been conquered!)

    3.  Campers 4 Christ hosts a bunch of event announcements for Christian campers who are looking for Christian campgrounds and fellowship.

      

    4.  A Christian Ministry in the National Parks maintains an online worship schedule for events taking place across the U.S. park system.

      
    5. Visit individual RV park and campground websites and check out their program lists upon arrival. There are too many for me to list here, but feel free to add your recommendations in the comments section.

    6. Ask your pastor, church staff, or fellow churchmembers where they would recommend camping and RV sites for worship.

    7. Plan your own Easter RV rally or camping trip! Coordinate between an RV park or campground to fill their sites with your congregation in exchange for worship, fellowship, and revival activities for a week or weekend.

    8.  Finally, many also believe that worship can occur right in your own RV. In that sense, an Easter Service can happen anytime, anywhere during your travels.

    And I leave you with this thought:  why did the Easter egg run and hide? BECAUSE IT WAS A LITTLE CHICKEN!!!!

    Sorry! It wouldn’t be a genuine Glamper Lady post without a little humor!

      

    News:  4 Quick RV Trip Planning Tips

    Have you planned your 2016 RV trips yet? We have! We’ve got new places plus some old favorites lined up for this year’s glamping season.

    By March 1, most campgrounds are already taking reservations or opening their gates for the upcoming summer travel season. And with some glampgrounds, especially those that are at popular destinations, get high Good Sam ratings, or have some awesome events or programs lined up, you’ll want to call them — last year!

    Heh heh. I’m only sort of joking. There was one glampground I called for a reservation on a popular weekend, and they had no sites left that would accommodate our size glamper. Fortunately, I had a back-up week picked and we were able to schedule that one with no problem right then and there.

    What helped me even further is that I made a plan ahead of time! I even made a nerdy colorful spreadsheet, which I don’t mean in a “better-than-thou” way at all, if you’re not one to spreadsheet. (Yes, that’s a verb now.)

    It just really helped me organize where we were going and when. So, I listed the place, the dates, the place’s website, the cost, the status of our reservation, and any notes. I also color-coded green boxes for reserved trips, yellow boxes for not-yet-reserved trips, and red boxes if there was some issue to flag about it.

    Finally, underneath the trip rows, I inserted rows for items associated that trip, such as tickets for sidetrips, websites, directions, hours, and notes. I color coded these the same way as above, too.

    It may sound like a lot of work, but we are going to a lot of places, and a spreadsheet is actually a quick and easy way to see the whole plan and the status of our trips in one snapshot.

    I did mine in Excel, but you could use Google Sheets and easily share or update the plan collaboratively with your spouse or travel pals. Something like Dropbox could be a file sharing option, too. A shared drive or a shared email address would also be great ways to store your receipts and other communications digitally. You never know when you might lose a print-out of a ticket and you’ll be grateful to have that electronic back-up copy!

    There are lots of options for organizing your trip reservations, so here’s the recap:

    1. Book early.
    2. Have back-up sites, dates, and campgrounds ready in case you can’t get your preferred site or days.
    3. Make a plan of all your trips for the year, at least a mental one if not a fabulously geeky spreadsheet.
    4. Keep all your receipts — and your plan — organized. It could save you a lot of hassle one day!

    Happy glamping in 2016!

    Tips:  I Mean, Really, How Does One Lose Weight in Time for the Summer Glamping Season?

      
    Apparently, I wasn’t the only person thinking this when I typed “I Mean, Really, How Does One Lose Weight?” (yes, exactly that) into the Google search box because the day before my search, someone had posted an article that began with “If you’re serious about shedding unwanted pounds in time for summer, listen up and listen good.”

    Well, I have been listening, and I think by this point we’ve heard it all before, haven’t we? To optimize our health in the most general sense, we are supposed to:

    1. Eat a balanced diet.
    2. Get a good night’s sleep.
    3. Exercise.
    4. Be positive/don’t get stressed.

    Well, as it turns out, glamping is the perfect way to achieve all of these! 

    1. Glamping encourages a variety of homecooked family time meals that don’t involve the interruptions of a TV or smartphones. Some glampgrounds even feature local farmers riding around with a fresh fruit and homegrown vegetable cart. Convenient! (As in, “no excuses!”)
    2. A day of activity, a day of fresh air — and an evening of it, too, if you crack open your Glamper window or tentcamp outside at night — plus no work or worries! Glamping is great for getting a good night’s sleep.
    3. Exercise! Walk around the glampground, hike the nearby trails, swim at the pool, head to the playground, get in some cardio with an air hockey game in the gameroom! We’ve even glamped some places that have RV exercise rooms. There are plenty of ways to get your exercise in while glamping.
    4. And, what, me worry? Glamping carries you away from your worries at great locations with lots of fun adventures and relaxing moments woven in. The most relaxed the Glamper Lady has been in years was sitting poolside with a good book at a glampground pool last summer. So, yes, Glamping is great for relaxation, too, definitely.

    So, does glamping have health benefits? I think the potential is certainly there!

    And if I really did walk daily, eat more veggies, sleep soundly beside a snoring bedmate, and not stress about “Did we forget anything?”, I bet these winter pounds would melt right off in our summer RV season! Aw, heck. Pass me another smore!

    And now for some funny-ha-has.

       


        

      
     

    Tips:  RV Fire Safety Awareness

    Each day, as you know if you follow my blog or Twitter feed, I scour the Internet to tweet or post news related to glamping, but there is one category of RV news that I avoid posting:  RV-related tragedy.

    You see, I want to keep GlamperLady.com fun and clean and light-hearted, and I definitely will not exploit personal tragedy, so I never link to those types of stories. Unfortunately, I have see enough headlines lately about RV-related damage and even, sadly, death, and nearly all of them occur due to fires or vehicle accidents. This encouraged me to write a post for you on RV Fire Safety Awareness.

    I found some older stats that said, “there were, on average, 3,100 RV fires each year from 2002 through 2005. These fires caused seven deaths, 62 injuries and approximately $41 million in damages in each of those years.”1 Now, to put things in a bit more pleasant perspective, in that same time period, 8.9 million households owned RVs. So, 3,100 RV fires out of 8,900,000 RVs in the U.S. means that just .00035% of RVs in 2005 suffered the fate of a fire. In comparison, an American’s chance of dying of a heart attack in 2005 was more than this at .0012% (356,112 U.S. heart attack deaths out of a 2005 U.S. population of 295,500,000). Also, U.S. home fires in the broader sense in 2005 numbered 381,000, a figure which includes mobile homes/manufactured homes but not other RVs. That said…

    Your chances of an RV fire occurring are statistically very slim.

     

    Still, since even one RV tragedy story is one story too many, I want to do this post on fire safety awareness for you and your RV. So, here are a few basic RV fire safety tips so your glamper doesn’t end up like this:

    Yikes!

    1. Equip your camper with a smoke detector and keep its batteries fresh. The same goes for your carbon monoxide and propane detectors. The Red Cross estimates that “having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.”
    2. Rely on your own senses, not solely your detectors. If you smell smoke or propane, exit your RV immediately. Carbon monoxide is odorless, so watch for early warning signs such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
    3. Maintain your fire-risk equipment. Routinely check and service your RV’s engine, your generator, your propane tanks, your oven/range, your microwave, your water heater, etc. let’s put it this way:  if it has electricity, batteries, or a fuel source, it carries a risk of fire.
    4. Keep fire extinguishers nearby — and current. The kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and an exterior storage cabinet are good places to start. Did you know there are different types of fire extinguishers? Do you know how to use one? Don’t worry: there’s training locally and online (like here).
    5. Know where your glamper’s emergency exits are. Do you know how to use them? Have you done a fire drill with your family? Do you establish an emergency netting place at each glampground? Do you have an escape plan for your pets? Ready.gov has advice on this and more.
    6. Do you have RV fire insurance?
    7. Are you aware of the fire risk associated with smoking, candles, space heaters, electrical appliances, and the gases in your sewer tank?
    8. Do you remember to turn off appliances, like your curling iron or coffeemaker?
    9. Do you keep flammable items away from potential fire risks, such as your bedding, curtains, and clothing and your range/oven?
    10. Do you stand by and monitor your cooking at the range/oven, microwave, toaster, grill, outdoor kitchen, or campfire? Do you keep baking soda nearby in a pinch to put out a grease fire?
    11. Do you know how to properly extinguish a campfire? Do you properly extinguish your cigarettes (or could you quit smoking)?
    12. Do you truly understand what your RV outlets can handle? Do you understand amperage and currents?
    13. Do you properly store potentially flammable items? Do you know how to ventilate your glamper? (It took us a couple tries to figure out how our windows worked!)

    Here are some other GREAT online resources, in addition to the links in the text above:

    The Glamper Lady does not wish to see an article about a fire tragedy for you or your RV. Please-please-please take precautions and use common sense to stay safe so your otherwise awesome glamping trips don’t go up in smoke.

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    Product Review:  A Humbler Version of The World’s Most Luxurious RV

    In this post, I’ll be talkin’ about the self-proclaimed “world’s most luxurious RV”:  the Marchi Mobile eleMMent Palazzo Superior.

    Apparently, in this world, “luxurious” is synonymous with “costliest” because the MMePS can run you, oh, say, maybe, three mill’. That’s only slightly less than the GDP of Tuvalu.

    But we all know by now that you can experience RV luxury without the MMePS cost. And we all know by now how a blog post like this goes because next I’ll tell ya how.

    MMePS says (in a stuffy European accent):

    Its design speaks for itself, combining design features from the worlds of motor-sports, aviation and yachting to create a singular masterpiece.

    Glamper Lady says (in a keepin’ it real North American accent):

    My RV design don’t speak for itself because it’s an inanimate object. But I got the same elements as you, MMePS:  my 88 bumper sticker, my kid’s tangled-up kite, and my dad’s ol’ feeshin’ pole. Go, Jyoonyur!

      
    MMePS politely doesn’t sneer and says:

    The panoramic, helicopter-like windshield can be darkened in two stages using an adjustable sun protection system.

    Glamper Lady holds her head high and says:

    My RV don’t have a panoramic helicopter winder. Why? Because it got a loft above the driver seat. Yers got a loft? No? Ohh! And, see, I can darken my windershield two ways, too:  with my foldable sunshade and parking at a site with some shade trees. Go, Dale!

      
    MMePS patiently narrows the skin between its eyebrows then says:

    We have chosen a very complex body construction manufacturing process which exceeds the needs of mobile homes by far.

    Glamper Lady:

    Yeah, but see, I don’t really neeeeed much. That’s why I have an RV… I could just as well live in the 88 car.

      
    This does not compute with MMePS, who twitches then says:

    The Sky Lounge —

    Glamper Lady:

    The whuh–?

    MMePS:

    –is one of the true highlights of the eleMMent palazzo superior. Extraordinary and exclusively reserved for the owner’s outstanding panoramic views, its automatic lift system–

    Glamper Lady snort-laughs.

    You mean, like this?…

      
    MMePS finally groans in disgust but skillfully covers it up by clearing its throat.

    An exterior stairwell leads up to the spacious deck with integrated lounge furniture and radiant floor heating.

    Glamper Lady:

    Floor heating? You mean, like when the sun bakes the blacktop and you walk across it on your barefoot heels to get to the campground pool?

    MMePS has no idea.

    We focused on the interior design to create a true “home away from home” for owners accustomed to only the highest standards.

    Glamper Lady falls silent for a moment.

    I think you just insulted me, sir… In that case–

      
    When it comes down to it, you can strip out the repurposed aviation clock, the royal mattress, the Italian bedding, and the wine cabinet — wait, keep the wine cabinet — and what do you end up with?

    A mobile home you coulda had just as much fun in for much less dough.

    Me again:

    Uh-oh! Looks like someone’s mooved into yer Sky Lounge, MMePS! Dale ferever!