Sunday, February 28, 2021

Mission 024 - Hiking Bartram Trail at Petersburg CoE Campground

Back to Camping… FINALLY!  In our latest YouTube video, you’ll see our first RV outing of the year, a late-winter’s weekend over to Petersburg Corps of Engineers Campground on Lake Thurmond.  We didn’t make time to hike Bartram Trail when we camped here last summer, so doing that was the “main event” of this trip. Watch as we arrive at our lovely lakeside campsite and then take a little-bit-longer-than-expected hike through the woods around the lake... 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

ONE-YEAR RV REVIEW | 2020 Rockwood Mini Lite 2507s - (Special Report)

Even with 2020 being the Worst Year EVER, the first twelve months of having the Aluminum Falcon 2.0 just flew by! Sure, we love him, but we have always admitted that no RV is perfect, so in this video, we'll tell you about a few of the things we've learned about our 2020 Rockwood Mini Lite 2507s. Of course, there are both good AND bad things, and we'll even confess to a few things that Rockwood is including in the new year's models that make us wonder if we should've waited a little longer to upgrade. Hmmm.... 🤔

Friday, January 1, 2021

A New Year, and Things are Better ALREADY!!!

Happy New Year, fellow Campers!  Jessie here to remind you (as if you didn't already know) that 2020 is OVER... Thank GOD!!!  Yes, yes, it's true that all of our collective woes won't magically vanish now that the calendar has flipped, but our hopes must have a starting point, and a New Year is as good a time as any to make the resolution to work on having a better year (gee, maybe that "resolution" thing could become an annual tradition... or something...).  

In our own little world, things are looking up!  Amongst our many blessings, the two things that stand out the most are 1) my recent surgery went very well, and I'm recovering even quicker than expected, and 2) Smokey has found a new full-time job!  While these two wonderful events will have lots of positive effects on our lives, the thing all of you care about the most is that we can making camping plans again! Woo-Hoo!!  Here's what we have on the agenda so far: 

We'll be headed for Hamilton Branch State Park for the weekend of Valentine's Day next month.  We hear nice things about the park from others here in our area that camp there, and it's nearby, so it'll be a good choice for "dipping our toes" back into camping after the winter layoff.   


In mid-March, we'll FINALLY venture back out into the world outside the Central Savannah River Area, over to Chester State Park.  Chester is one of South Carolina's original sixteen state parks, and is popular with fishermen and disc-golfers... which makes one wonder what we'll do there, since we're neither of those things... Oh, who are we kidding!?  It's camping, so it'll still be great! 


The last thing we have confirmed for the new year will be a long journey... for us, at least!  The first of April will find us dragging the Aluminum Falcon all the way to Desoto State Park over in Forth Payne, Alabama!  Smokey's new employer closes down for the Masters golf tournament every April, and I'm on Spring Break that same time each year, so off we'll go on a week-long adventure! 

That's all so far, but of course, we hope we'll be adding more destinations to our agenda as the year progresses!  Stay tuned!  Oh, how 'bout all of you?  Tell us what's on YOUR agenda for the new year!  Maybe you'll make us jealous!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

2020 - THE YEAR IN REVIEW | Our Favorite RV Adventures! - (Special Report)

2020 is OVER! Hallelujah! Despite the glut of bad luck and gobs of misfortune that plagued us (and everybody else) this year, we must admit we had some wonderful times out in the “Aluminum Falcon!” Join us over on YouTube as we make a run-down of our five favorite RV excursions of the year, and find out why we singled out these five above all the others. Maybe we’ll convince you to check out one or more of these places for yourself!
 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Black Friday 2020! Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC - (Outside the Camper)

Whoa!  We finally have a new video up on YouTube!  Black Friday 2020 was a chance for us to avoid the crowded outlet malls and take in a little “old Charleston” flavor.  Since South Carolina Parks was offering free admission the day after Thanksgiving, we jumped at the chance to visit Charles Towne Landing, the site of the first English settlement of the Carolinas.  Take a look as we check out all of the critters in the Animal Forest there, as well as learn about the fascinating archeologic discoveries made here over the last fifty years! 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Mission 022 - Dreher Island State Park in Prosperity, SC (on Lake Murray)

This is the one in which we are finally convinced that a weekend just ain't long enough for a camping trip... 😞  Dreher Island State Park is another little gem in the roster of South Carolina state parks, and was a welcome opportunity to break out of our kinda-sorta local camping "rut" we'd been in for most of the year.  Situated on three small islands in Lake Murray, just above Columbia, SC, the park is a great choice for both RV campers and tent campers.  Come along and see what little bit of fun we were able to find in just a short weekend! 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Three ALL-NEW "Qwik-and-Easy" RV Kitchen Recipes! (Special Report)

Crock Pots, Instant Pots, pressure cookers, slow cookers…  Oh, the culinary adventures we RVers can have with these fantastic little appliances!  If it weren’t for our Instant Pot, we’d be eating a lot more peanut butter sandwiches on our camping trips!  Check out our latest YouTube video, in which we show you (another) three of our favorite “qwik-and-easy” recipes for some pretty hearty dinners.  You can find the recipes we demonstrate down below, too!


Easy Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Sliders


Ingredients

3-4 large chicken breasts (about 1.5 lbs)

1 (12 oz) bottle of Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce

½ packet ranch seasoning mix (about 2 Tbsp)

2 Tbsp butter

Rolls for serving


Preparation

Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.  Place the chicken, buffalo sauce, and sprinkle in ranch seasoning mix.  Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for about 3 hours.  Once chicken is fully cooked, use a couple of forks to shred the meat on a cutting board, then return the chicken to the crockpot with the juices.  Add 2 Tbsp of butter to the crockpot and allow it to melt: stir to combine.  Serve on rolls and drizzle with a little ranch dressing or blue cheese crumbles.



Instant Pot Spaghetti


Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)

¼ cup onion diced

1 tsp. garlic minced

1 jar spaghetti sauce (24 oz.)

2 cups water

8 oz. spaghetti noodles

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp salt (optional), or add to taste

*I do not recommend doubling this recipe.  Make two separate batches if you want more.


Preparation

  1. Put Instant Pot on saute.

  2. Add olive oil, onions, and garlic and cook until onions are softened a bit.

  3. Add ground beef and cook until pink is gone.  Drain grease or leave in, your choice.

  4. Turn Instant Pot to manual, high pressure.

  5. Add jar of spaghetti sauce, water, break noodles into thirds and push noodles into liquid until they are covered, but do not stir (I add the 2 cups of water to the sauce jar and shake it to get any remaining sauce out, before I add the water to the Instant Pot).

  6. Secure lid, close steam valve and set to 10 minutes (if you want more al dente set for a bit less time.

  7. Quick release when it beeps, stir and serve.


Easy Crockpot Potato Soup


Ingredients

1 30-oz bag of frozen diced hash browns

1 32-oz box of chicken broth

1 can of cream of chicken soup (10 oz)

1 pkg cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)

3 oz bacon bits

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste


Preparation

Put the hash browns in the crockpot.  Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until potatoes are tender.  An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes.  Place the cubes in the crockpot.  Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.  Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it’s ready to serve.  Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.