It doesn’t take much prodding to get Bill Connor, F231330, to talk about Angel Bus, the nonprofit organization that provides non-emergency ground transportation to children in need of medical care. In fact, judging by his enthusiasm, you might think that when he founded Angel Bus a little more than two years ago, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream.
Is it possible for an avid hiker and a non-hiker to travel successfully in an RV? I have learned the answer to that question, but it has not been easy.
My husband, Ival, is lean and mean. He is physically fit and loves to hike and take part in other types of physical activity.
This is the 11th in a series of articles written by motorhome manufacturers that address the subject of quality control. Recently, FMCA commercial members involved in the production of type A, type B, and type C motorhomes were invited to describe the quality-control strategies they have in place at their manufacturing facilities.
On many motorhomes, the TV antenna is mounted on the roof near the front of the vehicle. This can cause the leading “wing” of the antenna to be bent upward from its lowered position when the coach is being driven in certain wind conditions.
On a recent trip, after experiencing some rather brisk side and frontal winds, we discovered the leading wing of our TV antenna bent straight up.
Travelers can experience the thrill of a big game expedition right in the heart of northern Nevada. Pull off Interstate 80 and stop in the small town of Elko, which is home to the Northeastern Nevada Museum and the threshold to Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
The Northeastern Nevada Museum is situated in Elko’s City Park, which offers ample free parking.
Niagara Falls has a longstanding reputation for attracting honeymooners and daredevils. It still does today, but the majority of people who visit this amazing natural attraction are there simply to enjoy the view.
Long before you actually see the falls of the Niagara River — the Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls and American Falls — as you drive north from Buffalo, New York, along Interstate 190, you can tell that something is up.
Walking in the woods, hiking, and backpacking may initially sound like the same activities, but the three actually have little in common. But each can be enjoyed by motorhomers, depending on one’s level of interest in exploring the great outdoors.
When someone says they’re going to take a walk to get close to nature, they might spend an hour trekking through a local park or nature center, or in the surrounding natural area if they happen to live in a rural setting.
The American Indians called the place Stjukshon — “springs at the foot of the black hill.” The word sounded like “Tucson,” and thus became the name of the Arizona city that grew there.
Tucson resides in a high desert valley at an elevation of 2,584 feet above sea level. Yet it once was the floor of an ancient inland sea.
Although most of this monthâ€™s column contains information for new and soon-to-be full-timers, veteran full-timers might take a look at it as well to avoid any potholes in the road ahead.
The transition into full-timing is not the same for everyone, because weâ€™re all different. Much depends on whether you are fully retired with enough income for all your needs, partially retired and in need of part-time work, or have no retirement income and must work to support your lifestyle.
The time we spend reading and organizing our past collection of tips for travelers takes our minds through and around our many years of travel. We began with a Volkswagen camper, moved up to a mini-motorhome, and then spent an entire year converting a highway bus into a motor coach.
With a well-stocked spice shelf and some bottled flavorings, you can put a homemade touch on easy dishes such as these.
Grenadian Honeymoon Soup
This is my adaptation of a soup that goes together quickly, using canned foods. The original version is from the spice island of Grenada in the Caribbean.
1 large onion, finely diced
1 pat butter
16-ounce can chicken broth
16-ounce can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
Small can crabmeat, drained and picked over
Dash of hot sauce
1/2-teaspoon nutmeg or to taste
1/2-cup evaporated milk
SautÃ© the onion in the butter in a roomy soup pot.
The FMCA Education Committee came into full committee status this past summer when Jeff Jefcoat, F118344, was elected national president of the association. Prior to that, the Education Subcommittee had been functioning for 2Â½ years.
Now that the group has full committee status, we have had the good fortune of having two more members assigned to join us.
The Southeast Area (SEA) held its 21st annual area rally from February 6 through 9, 2002, at the Hernando County Airport in Brooksville, Florida. By the time the last motorhome rolled onto the grounds, 2,095 family member coaches were parked, with members ready to enjoy the planned festivities.
The Hawaiian theme of the rally was a huge success.
We are from Ontario, Canada, and drove out to Oregon last summer to be volunteer hosts for the Adaptive Riding Institute’s program at Silver Falls State Park. We are horse nuts and enjoy working with people.
We parked our motorhome in the horse park free of charge.
In September 1998, Family Motor Coach Association started an effort to develop a document that would solidify the goals and objectives of the association as well as strategies that would contribute to their accomplishment. Over the following three years, a committee made up of family members of the association met periodically and developed FMCA’s Strategic Plan.
Where would FMCA be today without volunteers? Fortunately we do not have to answer that question, because FMCA has long been blessed with many wonderful volunteers who share their time and talents in various ways throughout the association. I want to thank each volunteer and hope you will join me.
The sixth edition of William Hutchings’ book Radio on the Road: the Traveler’s Companion ($16.95, Arrowhead Publishing) is now available to help motorhomers and other road travelers find their favorite radio programming no matter where they are.
The new edition includes listings — separated by state and province — for more than 15,000 AM and FM radio stations in the United States and Canada. Each listing gives the station’s primary broadcast format (news, talk, sports, etc.), frequency, and call letters.