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Sunday, October 9, 2022
Ian blasts Florida—Here’s how RVers have been affected
September 28 will long be remembered by Floridians, and those who call Florida their winter home. Hurricane Ian blasted ashore, the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever make landfall on the U.S. mainland. Ian made other unwelcome records. The deadliest hurricane in Florida since the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, it has cut short the lives of nearly 140 people—and sadly, the toll will likely grow. Some reports suggest property damage could top $63 billion. But what effect did Ian have on the RV community? Learn what our readers reported here.
Campground Crowding: Forced to live among “the monthlies”
RV sales have skyrocketed and more people than ever are taking up RVing. The result is campground crowding like never before! In this weekly blog, RVtravel.com readers discuss their experiences. This week some readers relate the special moments they experience while RVing, enjoying the “diversity and friendliness of fellow campers,” and raving about a great place to be even with “monthlies.” But one disgruntled RVer can’t wait to get away from the park where they were forced to live among the “monthlies.” Once again, lots of differing, and interesting, opinions this week.
Much of public will spend $350 to “glamp” in a tent, yurt, covered wagon
The gold rush to get into the glamping business was on naked display at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Colorado the past few days, where organizers of the Glamping Show USA 2022 were giddy over the turnout. With 141 exhibitors—readily matching the numbers found at more traditional camping trade shows, such as those hosted by ARVC or KOA—and attendance up more than 40% over last year, the scent of greenbacks was unmistakable. Read more from Andy Zipser.
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Today’s RV review…
Lance Enduro overlanding prototype
Tony reports: “Today’s RV review is of an RV that is coming out next year—the Lance Enduro. While you may already have in mind what a Lance product looks like and feels like, forget that completely. The Enduro is a total departure from what the company has previously been doing. … But one of the best features of this camper is the one that reads ‘Lance’—as the company absolutely has earned an enviable reputation as a builder of very high-quality RVs.”
That was the RV week that was
October 2–8, 2022
One man was assaulted and run over by his own truck camper in Manitoba on October 1. Canadian Mounties say two men were traveling with a truck camper near Marquette where they stopped for the night. One man bunked in the truck camper, the other slept in the truck. About 4:30 a.m., the man in the truck got a rude awakening when three men opened the door and ordered him out. The suspects beat the man, threatened him with a gun, then ran over him with the truck as they shanghaied the rig. The second victim was still in the camper. Police found the truck 40 miles away. Both victims were OK. The suspects are still at large.
Beginning October 12, visitors to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota’s Black Hills may witness climbers rappelling and ascending across the sculpture. This is due to an annual re-calibration of specialized equipment that monitors changes in the rock to anticipate damages due to environmental shifts in temperature and erosion of the presidents’ faces. This information has been collected since 1996.
. . . RELATED: Did you miss yesterday’s story: The secret hidden tunnel behind Mt. Rushmore’s presidents.
A federal grand jury indicted Troy Bittner, former Carolina Pines RV Resort manager in Conway, SC, on five counts of wire fraud in conjunction with his alleged misuse of the resort’s reservation system. According to the information in the federal indictment, Bittner is accused of processing reservation cancellations of persons actually camping in the resort and directing upwards of $800,000 refunds to his own personal credit card accounts. If convicted, Bittner, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, could receive up to 20 years in federal prison.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its partners have completed improvements to the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area near Lone Pine, California. Signs have been installed to clearly mark 50 designated campsites and day-use-only areas. Enhancements to this special place will help improve public access and create a more enjoyable recreation experience, while maintaining incredible views and preserving the remarkable landscape, one of the best-kept beauty spots in America. Read more.
The city of San Jose, CA, will count RV dwellers living on streets and in green belt areas after increased citizen complaints. Santa Clara County has counted more than 6,700 homeless residents in San Jose, but no reliable count has been made of those in RVs. The city of San Jose and other Bay Area communities are exploring the establishment of “Safe Parking” areas where RV dwellers could park and receive city and homeless services.
Wonder about the wisdom of license plate reading technology? One RV owner appears to be able to thank it for helping get his rig back. Police in Livingston, Texas, got a “ping” from an automated license plate reader, indicating a stolen travel trailer was being pulled through town. Responding officers said the driver of the truck pulling the North Dakota-plated trailer appeared to attempt to evade police, to no avail. At the traffic stop, authorities confirmed the trailer had been stolen on September 9. Police booked the suspect on felony theft charges.
Speaking of license plate reading technology… a new similar technology is being used to identify the Brown Bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska. The BearID Project conservation group has created face-recognizing software to recognize all brown bears across the park. The facial ID will help researchers and conservationists track the movements of the bear populations, and track each bear’s health.
A body found last Saturday in Arches National Park in Utah has been identified as 33-year-old Ekaterina Yaroslavna Ksenjek from Arlington, VA. Ksenjek’s body was found in the Devil’s Garden area of the park at around 6:45 p.m. on October 1st. Her cause of death is not yet known.
As the temperatures begin to drop, it’s time to start thinking about making a pot of chili. Are you prepared to put your recipe to the test? Join park team members and campers at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, to compete for the title of “Best Campground Chili.” Participants must be camping at Missouri’s Robertsville State Park to participate in the event. To register or for more information, call the park office at 636-257-3788. The park is located eight miles east of I-44 on Route O, near Robertsville.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has asked the National Park Service to guarantee park access for some members of the military and veterans, even on days when the parks are at maximum capacity. In a letter to park service officials, the 22 Republican and Democratic House members said the move would be “a small change but would have a positive impact” on the veteran and military community. Last year, Congress approved legislation providing free access to National Park sites across the country for veterans.
Search efforts continue for 63-year-old Jeffrey Stambaugh of Tucson, who was last seen around 10:30 a.m., Sept. 28, at the Yavapai Campground in the Granite Basin Recreation Area in the Prescott (AZ) National Forest. Stambaugh had given his cell phone to the camp host so it could charge, but left without it. Sheriffs later found Stambaugh’s vehicle at the Matate Trailhead.
A Richmond, KY, woman has been accused of hitting her husband with their RV. While Melinda Kuenzi’s husband was attaching their truck to their RV, she backed up too far, hitting him. Police say she was under the influence. She declined a field sobriety test and resisted arrest and is now facing DUI and assault charges. Her husband’s condition is unknown.
Work to open the Old Gardiner Road between Gardiner, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park to regular traffic is expected to be completed no later than November 1, the park has announced. The two-lane project, which was originally hoped to be completed by October 15, will be extended up to two weeks to ensure that more than 5,000 feet of guardrail is properly installed for traffic safety, a park release said.
Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim will transition to day-use operations on Sunday, October 16, 2022. At that time, the Grand Canyon Lodge and North Rim campground will close, and limited services will be available to visitors. The entrance gate on State Route 67, which provides vehicle access to the North Rim, will be closed at 5 p.m. on November 30, 2022, or after the first major snowstorm if prior to that date.
Drive on over to Oregon’s John Day Fossil Beds National Monument next Saturday for a day of activities and demonstrations that will get you down in the dirt to discover fossils! National Fossil Day is an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. All participants, regardless of age, who become Junior Paleontologists, will be rewarded with an official badge and a “Don’t Hurt the Dirt” button/magnet.
The 2022 Glamping Show USA has wrapped up in Colorado. Attendance at the two-day event was up 40 to 50 percent over last year. At the keynote address, Chief Operating Officer Whitney Scott from Terramor Outdoor Resort said glamping resorts had seen a large growth this past year in covered wagons, canvas tents, and onsite RVs. Read Andy Zipser’s take on this.
If you plan on camping in Texas this winter, make your plans now. The Texas Association of Campground Owners says Texas campground bookings are up 10 percent so far this year.
SpaceX launched 52 new Starlink satellites from its Cape Canaveral Space Force station on October 1st, bringing the total in orbit to 3,400 of the 32,000 planned.
After several weeks of pipeline breaks and water restrictions, water in storage tanks on both the North and South rims of Grand Canyon National Park have reached sustainable levels. In the event of a future disruption in water delivery, park managers will implement mandatory water restriction levels based on the volume of water in storage.
No fishing in Washington state’s Olympic National Park right now. Low water flows have forced park officials to issue an emergency closure of all recreational fishing beginning October 6th.
The National Park Service has pledged $3.4 million over five years to expand the USC Center for Civil Rights History and Research. The money will help pay for exhibits and education at a variety of sites.
Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are planning a prescribed fire for Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Sacramento River Bend Area north of Red Bluff. Burning will take place only if weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning. The prescribed broadcast burn will cover about 136 acres.
The national average price of regular gasoline stood at $3.89 a gallon on Friday, climbing for more than two weeks, according to data from AAA. That’s lower than the record of about $5.02 reached in June but still higher than usual for this time of year. Prices have made a particularly big leap in California. At about $6.39 a gallon, they are close to the state’s record in June of $6.44.
Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened Friday. It had closed on September 28 as Hurricane Ian approached Central Florida.
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Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.78 [Calif.: $6.21]
Change from week before: Up 7 cents; Change from year before: Up 59 cents.
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Change from week before: Down 5 cents; Change from year before: Up $1.36.
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Recipe of the Day
Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole
by Laura Yoder from Brunswick, GA
Serve with a side salad and this chicken tortilla casserole is a complete meal. This hearty Tex-Mex casserole is full of spice and flavor. It reminds us of a chicken enchilada casserole. Between the cheese and the crema, this casserole is almost creamy. The green enchilada sauce and green chiles add wonderful flavor to the dish.
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If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
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How could Che Quevera be called an “icon”. He was a 2-bit Communist revolutionary, nothing more. His death didn’t come soon enough.
Hi, John. Here’s a tiny bit about Che Guevara from Wikipedia: “… Guevara has evolved into a quintessential icon of various left-wing movements.” So, an “icon” doesn’t necessarily refer to what you believe in, just what some people believe in and, thus, consider him an icon. Have a good afternoon/evening. 😀 –Diane
LOVED the Sunday Funny. I lost, loosed, losed it as I read it.
Even the Arial Rounded font shows an oval-shaped letter “O” not a round one. Just saying.
I’m not finding the trivia point to be factional. Is the some site proving such claim? This what found on Google: “Don’t forget that if you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. That’s the easiest way to tell that you need more fluids. Laboratory tests can also diagnose dehydration.”
Thank you! That’s what I had learned.
A 16-ingredient recipe which results in a casserole, with a few of the ingredients fairly uncommon? Seriously? For RV travel?
can you cite research to support today’s trivia, please.
I agree, please cite some reputable/verifiable, references/research.
Did Johnny Robot write the article about hurricane Ian? Areas are still being flooded right now;there is no way to assess damage to campgrounds yet.
I found that there is a difference between national news and local news. I’m sure that some campgrounds and general areas can be assessed, but others still in jeopardy. Ian went a long way across Florida and now there are still rivers cresting further south. It is not Johnny Robot. Confusion may just be because of the local areas experiencing lingering events. Assessment will take place acre by acre. Been there – done that.