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“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National No Housework Day! It’s also National Beer Day, and we think you deserve to sit on the couch and crack open a cold one!
On this day in history: 1933 – Prohibition in the United States is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI Amendment.
Tip of the Day
7 tips for keeping a happy marriage while RVing
Imagine that you and your partner just got married. You dated for three years, got married, and have now decided to buy an RV and travel the country. Wonderful, right? Absolutely! Until you’re three months in and 300 square feet suddenly seems small… very small.
Do most marriages survive RV living? Well, of course it depends on the couple, but once couples learn how to maneuver around the small space, and the country, together, married RV life is a wonderful life!
Here are seven things to do for a happy marriage in an RV.
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My RV’s black tank flush valve leaks, and the tank valves are labeled wrong!
When I use the black tank flush connecter on the outside of the trailer, I get water flooding the inside. Cannot verify where exactly, but I believe the water to be flooding from the bathroom cabinet, under the sink. Until this is corrected, I’ve been using a Camco 39080 tank rinser to attempt to flush the tank, but unsure of its effectiveness due to the bends in the combined gray/black hose connector. Bought this trailer a year ago and found out the hard way that the gray/black drain valves were labeled backwards. —Andrew, 2011 Heartland 30RKDD
Video of the day
Beginner hiking and backpacking: Don’t make these mistakes!
By Cheri Sicard
Hiking and even backpacking for longer treks are terrific activities for RVers. Not only do they get you out into nature, but they also help you stay fit, too. When it comes to beginning hiking or backpacking there are some dumb mistakes that people make that, in some cases, can get them into serious trouble. Backpacking and hiking expert Jeremiah Stringer is here to make sure that NEVER happens to you.
Add RVing on Nevada’s wacky Extraterrestrial Highway to your bucket list
By Cheri Sicard
The sun had no sooner set on Nevada’s remote Extraterrestrial (ET) Highway when the previously silent sky suddenly roared to life with aircraft. Or more precisely the sounds of aircraft. Lots of them. The dark and cloudy early night sky provided no clues as to who or what was creating the din. But the noise continued uninterrupted, with a few window-rattling booms occasionally punctuating the steady drone. Continue reading about this intriguing encounter.
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Do you have serious food allergies?
Easy way to clean your showerhead
Can’t get your RV showerhead off to clean it? Fill up a plastic storage bag with white vinegar, “bag” the shower head, and hold it in place with a rubber band or other tie. Leave it hanging overnight to dissolve mineral deposits.
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- Recipe: Girl Scout Tacos
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Wow! This is exactly what we’ve been looking for our whole lives! How did we ever survive so long without it? It’s extraordinary! (BTW—In the description it says it’s suitable for Easter.)
Website of the day
40 Shopping Tricks to Know Before You Go To Costco
We know RVers don’t always buy in bulk or shop at places like Costco, but there are some things it’s just hard to resist at the big box store. Check out these 40 tricks and you’ll shop like a pro.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
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• Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
• RV LIFE Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
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Recipe of the Day
Homemade Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
by Megan Flores from Chicago, IL
Take your homemade scalloped potatoes to a whole new level by adding ham. It adds savoriness to the potatoes and makes this hearty dish even better. These scalloped potatoes and ham can be eaten as a main dish, for brunch, or a heavier side dish. The homemade sauce is creamy, buttery, and melts into the cheese. So good! This recipe calls for ham steaks. If you have leftover holiday ham, that would work too.
Which of these prolific authors is actually composed of a group of ghostwriters? Ursula Bloom? Nora Roberts? R.L. Stine? Carolyn Keene? If you guessed Carolyn Keene, the name behind the Nancy Drew mysteries, you’re right! Nancy Drew is not the work of a single author. In fact, it’s simply the name given to a cast of ghostwriters. Go back and reread a few Nancy Drew mysteries and you’ll probably be able to see a difference in writing styles.
*How many geysers are in Yellowstone National Park? Take a guess then read yesterday’s trivia to see if you’re right.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Skye and Sula, our Rough Coat Collies, enjoy the new MiniMax. They wish momma would get off their bed though.” —Carol Lindquist
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I heard someone cried when they bought an electric car and saw their electric bill the following month. This is the way they will make the profits. I too do not like my electric bills either. If there is no reason to have things plugged in I unplug it.
Leave here with a laugh. Lots of people in Pa are crying about their electric bill. Now especially commercial businesses are talking about raising their prices to compensate.
Hope they aren’t afraid of the dark in California.
Loved seeing the photo of Skye and Sula, I so seldom see Collies anymore. Years ago I stopped at a farmhouse for directions and noticed a Collie moving a kitten from the driveway. I asked the woman about it and she said the mama cat was blind and her Collie always watched out for the kittens. 🙂
You’re right. When I was a kid you saw many Collies, especially on farms. I wonder if they were popular because of Lassie?
Decades ago, the family cat was not allowed in the living room- except when she broke the rule, and came in to sit in front of the TV to watch Lassie!!
Grew up with a collie and she definately herded us kids to stay in the yard. Some others around had collies. The brushing was forever but she was beautiful. Do wonder why they faded out.
What a sweet story, Pat. Thank you! Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com
Today is Good Friday. PTL
AMEN I agree.
And in three days he will rise.
Amen, He took our sins so we could have salvation.
Paraphrase for Sunday….”He will be Risen Indeed”.
I sure was glad to hear it was such an imporant day for BEER!! I guess Sunday.will be an important day for chocolate rabbits!! Forget Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave on the third day to save us all from our sins! Go ahead and delete this comment if it’s not imporant!!
It is important. Good Friday is being lost to history like the Blue Laws were in the ’60’s. But, we who are believers know the true meaning of this day dand Easter. PTL!