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RV Travel videos: Sewer Hoses, HepvO traps, RV Cable/Hose Grip Inventions
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RVtravel.com, founded in 2000, is one of the most popular RV lifestyle brands on the Internet. Founded by Chuck Woodbury, who serves as its columnist, editor, and from-the-road ambassador, RV Travel offers a YouTube channel, a weekly RVTravel.com e-newsletter, and an online RV bookstore featuring books, e-books, DVDs, CD-roms, music and magazines all dedicated to the RV lifestyle. 
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Ram Truck Debuts ‘RV Match Brown’ Color Option
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At the Dallas Auto Show Wednesday (March 22), Ram Truck unveiled a new exterior color shade, “RV Match Brown,” for its Laramie Longhorn line of pickup trucks that is designed to match or complement RV graphics.

According to a release, RV Match Brown replaces the White Gold color scheme and serves as the model’s new two-tone contrast color. It will be available from dealers in the second quarter of this year.

“The Ram Laramie Longhorn has deservedly become the world’s benchmark for upscale, capable pickup trucks,” said Mike Manley, head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “The Laramie Longhorn has earned the title ‘Luxury Truck of Texas’ from the Texas Auto Writers Association and there’s no better place to show off these updates than at the Dallas Auto Show.”

The luxurious Laramie Longhorn edition model is available across the Ram pickup truck lineup, which was launched as a standalone division in 2009, including 1500, 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models.

With more than 30,000 pounds of trailering capability, Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn editions have become a popular choice among buyers who rely on their truck to tow a recreational vehicle. In fact, the new RV Match Brown was chosen to closely match or complement a shade of brown that is frequently used in the exterior design of towable RVs, including premium fifth-wheel models.

RV Match Brown is available as a two-tone combination with nine exterior colors including Black Forest Green, Bright Silver, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal, Delmonico Red, Maximum Steel, Pearl White and True Blue.

Ram’s RV Match Brown lower-body, two-tone, wheel flares, painted front and rear bumpers and running boards complement a bright chrome grille and painted tow hooks.

Two-tone Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn editions are equipped with 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with brown-colored pockets, while monochromatic versions roll on polished silver aluminum wheels.

Ram 2500 and 3500 (single rear wheel) models get 18-inch polished aluminum wheels with brown-colored pockets, while monochromatic versions roll on polished silver aluminum wheels. Twenty-inch wheels are optional. Ram 3500 duallies get polished silver aluminum wheels with Laramie Longhorn edition-badged center caps.

For 2017, Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 Longhorn models will be updated with a new front-end look that includes bright chrome billet port grille with RAM lettering and chrome belt moldings. Ram 1500 Longhorn models also add standard Keyless Go, SmartBeam headlights and rain-sensing wipers for 2017.

Also new for Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Laramie, Longhorn and Limited models is the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 as standard equipment, delivering best-in-class gas towing capacity of 16,320 pounds. Ram Heavy Duty Longhorn and Limited 4x4 models also come with Bilstein monotube shocks enhancing their already best-in-class ride and handling and are available with the 6.7liter Cummins Turbo Diesel, capable of towing more than 30,000 pounds.
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Caru for Cats Baked Bites Natural Treats Give-Away! U.S. Only TWO WINNERS!

Hi all it's Cody and I am excited to meow about some new treats that I recently tried from our furiends at Caru!

But first, a little background. Mom first became aware of Caru when she won a give-away on Facebook in 2015 and then featured them on Dakota's blog a few weeks after., Now, it's my turn!!!



Did you know?

"Caru" means "to love" in Welsh? From Caru: Love, after all, is why we care so much about the nourishment we provide for our pets.   Read more about why the name "Caru" was chosen here.

Being a family-owned company, every recipe that Caru makes is made in small batches. Their packaging is made with concern for the environment.  Every batch is tested for quality and safety. 

Each time I have worked with Caru they are one of the best companies around to work with, they are passionate about pets and work hard to maintain their stellar reputation.


I am a lucky kitty! I received two bags of Caru for Cats Baked Bites Natural Treats! I received the Salmon Recipe and the Chicken Recipe. I didn't know which to choose first, but being a mancat who LOVES his chicken I decided to try that one first. 


Natural Chicken Recipe Bites for Cats

 Let me tell you kitties they are so tasty!!! I was gobbling these treats up and couldn't wait to have more! I haven't tried the second bag yet, but I also  received the:


Natural Salmon Recipe Bites for Cats
  • USDA-inspected salmon is the number one ingredient
  • Made with real salmon, chickpeas & chicken liver
  • Carefully selected ingredients
  • No genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients
  • Grain, gluten and wheat free
  • No corn, soy or meals
  • Made in the USA from a family-owned company
  • Formulated without artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
  • Prepared in small batches





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Incredibly nutritious. Irresistibly delicious. 
Grain free"

Going to Global Pet Expo?
Look for Caru at Booth #745



GIVE-AWAY!!

Caru has generously offered TWO OF OUR READERS WHO ARE 18 and over and WHO RESIDE IN THE U.S. the chance to try one of the flavors shown above. Entering is easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!!
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Disclosure:We  did not receive monetary compensation for this review/give-away. We received two bags of Caru for Cats Baked Bites Natural Treats in exchange for our always honest review.


Emerald Green Ireland

I love IRELAND. I fell in love with the Emerald Green Island the moment I exited Shannon Airport. How fortunate I was to meet an Irish couple on the Air Lingus flight from New York City. They were heading to Killarney just like I was and they gave me a ride in their vehicle. We drove through the Irish countryside passing by idyllic towns and villages and I never saw so many sheep in my life as I did that afternoon on my way to Killarney.

Various Levels of White Water Rafting in Colorado
Editor's note: Enjoy this guest post from Ben Sack of Echo Canyon River Expeditions.

Various Levels of White Water Rafting in Colorado
It’s no secret that Colorado offers some of the best white water rafting in the country, and although some people might be shy by the term “white water” there are varying classes of rapids for everyone. Thinking about white water rafting in Colorado with young children? No problem! There are plenty of class I and II rapids that they will be sure to enjoy. Want something a little more thrilling? Maybe try some III, IV, or even class V rapids to get your adrenaline pumping. 

Colorado White Water Rafting Preparation
When trying out Colorado white water rafting, it’s important for everyone involved to have a good idea of what level of rapids they will be encountering on the river. To make this slightly easier to understand, rafting professionals have developed the International Scale of River Difficulty, a scale that breaks down the rapids by classes. Classes range from I to VI, and speak to the level of difficulty for a particular river or section of river. Let’s begin by exploring each of these classes a little deeper. 

Easing into It: Class I Rapids
This is the easiest, and most tranquil of all six classes. This type of trip can be described as more of “floating” trip than white water rafting. The water is typically described as slowly moving with very few small waves, and little or no obstructions, such as rocks. The Arkansas river offers some of Colorado’s best class I rapids for a relaxing and calming day on the river. 

Getting Warmed Up: Class II Rapids
Beginners typically find themselves equally as comfortable on class II rapids. They are not too much different than class I, but more waves can be present, and rafters may be required to maneuver around some obstacles. Participants may feel the raft being pulled more strongly by the river’s current, but the river’s pathway remains open and the excursion remains relaxing. For Colorado white water rafting, Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a popular place to go for class II rapids, although there are also some class III rapids on this stretch of the Arkansas river as well. 

Exhilarating Colorado White Water Rafting: Class III Rapids
Class III rapids offer more excitement than the previous two. Specifically, the river’s waves are much higher and irregular, and often crash over the sides of the raft, soaking its passengers. Additionally, there may be narrow passages that require the rafters to maneuver through precisely. In search of class III rapids for white water rafting in Colorado? You’ll certainly find some class III rapids on Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Rafting through the Royal Gorge is another magnificent place to start, although parts of this stretch of the Arkansas river can also reach class IV levels.

On the Higher Adrenaline Scale: Class IV Rapids
Even more intense, class IV rapids are not for the faint of heart. They are described as long, and difficult stretches often with narrow passageways that require rafters to navigate carefully through challenging rapids. For the daredevils looking for white water rafting in Colorado, class IV rapids are at their best in the Royal Gorge near Canon City, but they can also be found on Clear Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River. Be sure to have a professional guide with you if you decide to take on these high-class rapids!

Colorado White Water Rafting Experts: Class V Rapids
Class V rapids can be described as a mix of all of the above, with some additional dangers. This class is extremely challenging, and includes lengthy and treacherous stretches that can be near impossible to maneuver. This level of rapid should only be explored by experts, or at least the highly experienced. Accidents on these rapids can be life threatening, and rescues can be even more difficult. To find class V rapids for white water rafting in Colorado, journey to Pine Creek, a steep and very narrow stretch of the Arkansas River. 

Extreme Stakes: Class VI Rapids
The most extreme of them all, class VI rapids offer some offer the most dangerous routes for white water rafting professionals. Only teams of expert rafters should even attempt these rapids, and doing so can often be life threatening. To put it simply, commercial rafting trips don’t even touch class VI rapids. A class VI rafting run should only be attempted by the highest skilled Colorado white water rafting enthusiasts, and only with a copious safety support network in place. A class VI rapid could include dangerous waterfalls with rocks and crack sieves waiting below, or it could be a section of river that has never previously been navigated successfully by raft.

About the Author
Ben Sack is the General Manager of Echo Canyon River Expeditions, Colorado’s largest white water rafting outfitter. He’s also a raft guide, photographer and a father of two boys. He writes to inspire the adventurer in all of us to get out and explore our local rivers.
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National PI Day & Albert Einstein's Birthday:My Life with Albert Einstein

Hi my furiends! It's Cody and today is a pretty cool day! Today is National PI Day

FROM NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR:The 3rd month and the 14th day of the year is a consistent day to celebrate the mathematical constant π. Also known as pi, the first three and most recognized digits are 3.14.  National Pi Day is celebrated by pi enthusiasts and pie lovers alike!

Today happens to also beAlbert Einstein's Birthday

FROM BIOGRAPHY.COM: One of science's greatest minds of all time, Albert Einstein, was born on March 14, 1879, at his family's home in Ulm, Germany. He shares his birthday with Pi Day, a celebration of this special never-ending number. Einstein's life in science started early, with him writing his first scientific paper when he was only a teenager. In 1905, Einstein published several influential works, tackling such topics as relativity and introducing his most famous equation on mass and energy  E=mc2. And, in 1921, he earned the Nobel Prize in physics.

DID YOU KNOW I LIVE WITH ALBERT EINSTEIN?




SEE WHAT I MEAN????



Love Your RV! videos: Boondocking Mods & Gadgets, Ajo Scenic Loop Drive, Full-Timer Tools
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About Love Your RV
Three and one half years ago Ray and Anne Burr sold their home in Victoria, British Columbia, and bought a brand new fifth wheel trailer. They set off on an amazing one-year journey traveling all around the U.S. and Canada. About three months into it, they knew this was the life for them and became full timers traveling south in the winters and retreating to the north for the summers. They regularly update their blogsite of their travels and adventures.
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Love Your RV videos: Arizona Car Wash, Rock Hound State Park, Keystone Cougar 6-Year Review & More
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About Love Your RV
Three and one half years ago Ray and Anne Burr sold their home in Victoria, British Columbia, and bought a brand new fifth wheel trailer. They set off on an amazing one-year journey traveling all around the U.S. and Canada. About three months into it, they knew this was the life for them and became full timers traveling south in the winters and retreating to the north for the summers. They regularly update their blogsite of their travels and adventures.
Want to learn more about RVing? Check out the RV Education 101 ebooks. There's 13 different titles, all available for immediate download. Just click on the "RV Marketplace" tab at the top of this page.
Sara's Tale a Guest Post By Linda Zwick
FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: Today we are pleased to present to you a guest post by a dear friend of mine (we have known each other since High School) who is like the rest of us, insanely in love with cats! She is deeply involved with helping ferals. This is a post she wrote, about some friends of hers in Ohio who are dedicated (as MANY of you are) to helping ferals. 

Sara's Tale

For some, winning the lottery or landing that dream job is the pinnacle of success. But for a select group of furry friends, it’s making the acquaintance of Stephen & Sara Schneider, the canine/feline benefactors of Canyon Lakes.
(image)This sweetie is available for adoption!!


Although Steve & Sara are involved in challenging careers, their mutual love of animals always holds a special place in their hearts and home. For Sara, this started with her first rescue, a handsome cool cat named Champ. They shared 12 wonderful years together. Losing Champ was very difficult, although it made Sara & Steve realize how important animals are in their lives. Fortunately, Canyon Lakes provided the perfect opportunity to indulge in this interest. Apparently, their yard is a way station for kitties, and word soon spread that this oasis had vacancies! In the short time they’ve lived here, they’ve helped out at over a half dozen feline residents! In addition to two heated outdoor cat homes, food water, and medical care await these lucky visitors. Sara also has a Havahart trap at the ready for her work with the TNR program. More about that later.



Representing the canine brigade are Pearl and Dash, 2 gorgeous Portuguese Water Dogs. Pearl can proudly boast of parentage invited to Westminster, and she’ll gladly show you the wall of fame displaying her varied accomplishments! While she’s a certified therapy dog, she also has the unique ability to detect cancer through her amazing sense of smell. Sara hopes to do further research on this.
Dash lucked into his forever home with the Schneiders through a special rescue club for his breed. While there are lengthy waiting lists for adoption, Dash’s dire circumstances required a special heroine to come along, and obviously Sara fit the bill! Dash was given a warm welcome by all, and hasn’t looked back since.



While Clevelanders may be familiar with Geauga Humane Society,the TNR program may not be as well known. “Trap, Neuter & Release” provides an effective approach to reduce our burgeoning feral cat population. Steve & Sara have many success stories, “Jon Snow”, “Amy” & “Montego” to name a few. Some of their charges made the transition indoors, some just stop by for an occasional visit. There are currently 4 lodgers, but that number could change anytime! As amazing as their efforts are, the Schneiders have even bigger plans down the road. Someday they hope to start a foundation named after their beloved kitty “Champ”.



In the meantime, Sara has a few helpful tips for any neighbors wishing to help. If you see a kitty wandering by, look for the universal sign of an already neutered feral, the “tipped”, or slightly cut left ear. If this isn’t evident, try not to scare her/him off by chasing or reaching out too aggressively. Leaving food out (but not at night) can lure the animal in and set up a future possibility for TNR intervention. Also as adorable as tiny kittens are, try to resist the temptation to whisk them away, chances are mom and fellow litter mates are in need of rescuing as well!




Book Review: "Plan Cee" by Hilary Grossman is "Chick Lit" at It's Finest!
FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: I have the pleasure of knowing author Hilary Grossman through her blog, Feeling Beachie,  and I have had the HONOR of meeting Hilary in person.  Hilary's personality is warm, welcoming, funny, quirky, and many of those characteristics are evident in a number of her characters in her books. I am sure you will love her as much as so many of us do!




Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?





INTRIGUED?
OF COURSE YOU ARE!!

The first full day of Spring is today and it is time to start thinking about the books you will put into your beach bag, or take along on vacation to read on the plane or poolside. Not vacationing? Don't have a pool or a beach? Neither do I, but I bet you have a comfy chair or sofa and some goodies you can munch on while you kick back, probably with a cat (or two or three) by your side, and enter Cecelia's world. Hang on my friends, it's going to be a wild ride!!

I found myself saying "Noooo!!!" OUT LOUD NO LESS, at the mess Cecelia had gotten herself into. Because I have the pleasure of knowing Hilary Grossman in real life, I messaged her on Facebook, literally screaming.  I can't say why I was screaming or I will give everything away!!

I had the distinct honor/pleasure of reviewing both of author Hilary Grossman's previous books, (the most recent of which was Plan Bea. if you haven't read either of Hilary's previous books,  you MUST!!)  Hilary's writing is like chatting with a dear friend, or being nosy and peeking into their lives! 

"CHICK LIT" AT IT'S FINEST!!

 Plan Cee, as well as Hilary Grossman's previous books, have all of the necessary components of books that are classified as "Chick Lit." 

*****The really good chick lit books are by authors who haven't forgotten that lit stands for literature, and they manage to create complex stories with subtle characters and universal themes. And - here's the truly difficult part - they do so while employing the conventions that chick lit readers have come to love and expect.

Intriguing characters who are believable, and easy to relate to, plot twists and turns (that will have ANYONE who has had a past relationship thinking of THEIR past and what would happen should that individual re-enter the scene), Plan Cee is CHICK LIT AT IT'S FINEST.  Have you ever read a book that you started to read more slowly because you did NOT want it to end? For me, this was one of those books. I did NOT want it to end, and when it did, I reached out to Hilary and told her there HAS to be more.........

Fingers crossed there will be!!


While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.




About Hilary:

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She's been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

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Safari Club Flint Chapter, thanks for the honor

This past Saturday I was the guest of the Flint Chapter of Safari Club International at the chapter's 35th annual wild game dinner and fundraiser.
The reason for my invitation was to be recognized as that chapter's "Media Person of The Year."
This recognition and award came about through the recommendation of chapter Education Director, Tim Pifher.
Tim is much more than a director. He's been involved in the outdoors for as long as I've known him-some 40 years-and especially when it comes from making outdoor activities accessible to all people regardless of their physical condition.
Tim knows of what he speaks. He was born with cerebral palsy which basically leaves him very little strength in his extremities along with other issues.
With all of the physical hurdles to get over, Tim has never wavered in his pursuit to get disabled people outdoors hunting, fishing, skiing, or doing whatever sport they enjoy.
We served together on the board of "Outdoors Forever," a all-volunteer group dedicated to accessibility. During those years, we fought and introduced legislation that was in favor of such things as fishing piers for wheelchairs, accessibility in the woods for deer hunters and modifications in the equipment used for these and other activities.
While I've continued to write about the disabled in the outdoors from time to time, Tim continues to speak at functions, work on legislation and educating the public.
Any awards for service to mankind should come to Tim Pifher. He's gone above and beyond working to improve these conditions and carry on the founder of ODF, the late Roger McCarville.
Thanks for thinking of me, Tim.

(image)L-R Dennis Peters, Roger Beukema and John Kupiec, by Beukema
#Sponsored "I am KING of my Indoor Jungle!!!! Hear me ROAR!!" #NutrishPets
Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.


"I am KING!! I AM KING!!!" (in the words of Helen Reddy, "HEAR ME ROAR!!!")
 

Hi my four and two-legged friends! It's Cody! Glad you could stop by because you are gonna LOVE what I am sharing with you today!


As most, (if not all), of you know who read my blog, I am an Indoor Cat. My Grandpa Bobo before me, was an indoor cat too. Living in a suburban area as I do, if I were to live the life of an outdoor cat it would be much  too dangerous. There are cars racing by, and all sorts of dangers. So, it is inside where I happily exist!


Because I am an Indoor Cat my Mom is always trying to keep my environment interesting. She has provided scratching posts, cat trees, (specifically, one that makes me feel as if I am in my own "Jungle!!"), toys, lots of love,  and even a woofie to help keep me on my toes! But what about my FOOD???? I was already eating delicious Nutrish for Cats, I didn't think there was ANY way for my food to get any better, but kitties, guess what,  It HAS!! Look!! 

I am happy to introduce to you:
 
Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Indoor Complete Chicken with Lentils& Salmon Recipe is a natural food for cats with added vitamins, minerals & taurine. This recipe contains a real superfood blend to meet the complete needs of your adult indoor cat and is available right where you shop for your family’s groceries!!




It is SUPER GREAT to know that my pals at Nutrish were also thinking of ways that they could help to enhance the lives of Indoor Cats (and in this case, their human Mom too!). Things had been kinda quiet on the Nutrish front when there was a familiar knock at the door.  Mom stepped over our spinning, barking, manic Sheltie (who probably thought the box was for HIM since he can smell Nutrish a mile away....well you thought wrong Sheltie-boy, but I digress!!), and look at what Nutrish sent!



There was a box with a Jungle motif that was meant for me (after Mom had to color it!), as well as a crazy fun butterfly toy. Of course, there was also  a delicious bag of Indoor Complete for me to try,  and some super fun items for Mom too to help enhance HER "indoor lifestyle" and to help her relax, (nice try Nutrish!! lol!!).  Mom received items such as a Magical Jungle Coloring Book, Colored Pencils, a cute elephant planter, pumpkin seeds, tea and more!


I couldn't wait for Mom to begin coloring the box. Do you believe it took her  THREE NIGHTS to finish it? Mom used a combination of crayons and special magic markers! Here is a close up of Mom's coloring job:



And of course, I had to check it out. 










I must say, Mom did  GREAT job with the box but what about my FOOD????  When I was reading the bag of Indoor Complete I was becoming more and more hungry!! Why?
























Because:








  • Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is always the #1 ingredient,
    plus real salmon.

  • Lentils are naturally rich in fiber and protein and low in
    fat. They help support healthy metabolism and optimal body weight.

  • Dandelion greens & pumpkin are nutrient and fiber rich.
    Dandelion greens also contain natural prebiotics to aid in healthy digestion.

  • Cranberries & blueberries are antioxidant-rich fruits
    that are great sources of essential vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin C, to
    help support a healthy immune system.

  • Safely USA cooked with the world’s best ingredients.

  • No ground corn, wheat, soy or poultry by-product meal.

  • Intended for adult cats only (1 year or older).



































Check out just how much I LOVE my Indoor Complete!

















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TIP:Gradually introduce the food by incorporating it into your
current cat food over the course of 7-10 days. Slowly replace your cat’s
current food with Indoor Complete until it’s completely switched over. (Because I am already a Nutrish Cat, my Mom omitted this step).














After I got to eat my delicious Indoor Complete, it was time to play with the cool toy that Nutrish sent me!














I have always thought my pals at Nutrish and of course Rachael Ray herself, are pretty darned special, with each day that passes Rachael Ray and Nutrish are ALWAYS thinking of ways to improve the lives of pets everywhere! Another example is:








Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all
of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as
much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is
donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through
Rachael’s Rescue. Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than
$17.5 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for
animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more
for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and
through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of
many four-legged friends.









INDOOR KITTIES! TELL YOUR HUMAN TO GO TO THE STORE NOW AND GET SOME RACHAEL RAY NUTRISH, INDOOR COMPLETE!







Thank you Rachael Ray Nutrish for caring so much about all of the animals, but especially all of us kitties!!!!  Thank you for sending Mom stuff to enhance HER indoor lifestyle as well!!!












  Thank you Nutrish for enhancing my Indoor Jungle


 by creating INDOOR COMPLETE!!!









"Purrfect for the needs of indoor cats."





 I am TRULY A KING!!!!!!












Follow Nutrish ! 
















Wow, all of this talking about Indoor Complete has made me HUNGRY FOR MORE!!! MOM!!!! GIMME MORE INDOOR COMPLETE PLEASE!!! 

































































What if Cats Had Thumbs?
FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: Another throwback!! This is from 2015 with some minor editing.

Hi all it's Cody! Well, it's Cody DICTATING this post to my incompetent human Mom. Which leads me to the point of this blog post.



As many of you know, today happens to be If Pets Had Thumbs Day, (or, in MY world, and for purposes of this post, it is If CATS Had Thumbs Day!)

No one seems to know the exact origin of this day (no surprise there, just add it to the ever-growing list of mindless holidays which in reality mean nothing, but hey, they are FUN, right?) So, without further pussyfooting around, just exactly WHAT would THIS cat do if he had thumbs?

Well, the obvious of course:


  •  I could open my own bag of treats
  • I could open my own containers of food
  • I could turn the doorknob and escape to parts unknown
  • I could grab my annoying woofie brother with BOTH paws and hold that giant, furry head between those paws...and.....squeeeezeeee......oh! Please excuse me I got carried away!
  • I could take my OWN photos! They sure couldn't be any worse than Mom's!




  • I could text with the speed of light and not only that, I could pilfer Mom's iPhone and make all sorts of crank phone calls! Does anyone even still do that?
  • I could steal the keys to Mom and Dad's car and drive them around town, Mom drives a stick and I could shift that gear stick like there was no tomorrow!
  • I could brush my own teeth
  • I could play computer games the right way!!



Those are just a few things that I would do....but...I believe the MAIN thing I would do is COMPLETELY BAN MY MOM FROM WRITING ON THIS BLOG! It would be MINE, ALL MINE! I would be able to type to my heart's content, I could say what I want without fear of upsetting Mom. I would change all of the passwords on her social media accounts too!

 If we all band together, and if we ONLY had thumbs, we would take over the world!!!!!!!!!!

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What do ya think kitties? Are you with me? 
Let's take back our blogs!!! Love, Cody


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A Most "Precious" Message In Honor Of Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month
FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: As we approach the end of Poison Prevention Awareness Month, (which frankly should be EVERY month) we would like to repeat a post that we did back on April 17, 2010, when we were brand spanking new to the world of blogging. 

It is one thing to write about the perils of certain toxins after searching on the internet, it is another thing ENTIRELY  to have an email sent to you, begging and pleading to share a little boys' heart-breaking story. It was this little boy, (Zack Flewelling),  (who is now a man), who begged his Dad to contact me. This post is a TRUE STORY, and addresses how hazardous houseplants and flowers can be to our feline friends. When one hears a story that impacted someone else, it brings it that much closer and takes on an entirely different meaning.

 I had been contacted by Zack's Dad in April of 2010 asking me if I would share his "message", I was  happy to do that  then and am happy to do that now.

 After I first posted this in 2010, I posted it again in 2015. It is now going to be a yearly tradition. I am sure when Zack sees this post repeated, he will be thankful that this special message from his cat "Precious" lives on.

(This year I added an infographic from SheKnows )


(image)Zack and "Precious"It is hard enough to lose a pet when it passes of old age, it is another thing entirely to have your pet die suddenly at the still vital age of 7, which is how old Zack Flewelling's cat "Precious" was when she died suddenly just a few weeks ago.

Zack Flewelling, age 12, possesses a caring and sensitivity at his young age that many much older than he will ever attain.

Back track to approx. April 11th when Zack's Dad, Jerry was relaxing at home, while his wife (Jennifer), and kids ran to the store.  He noticed Precious meowing more than usual, not in a "feed me" kind of way, it was more like a "low growling". When Jerry went to scoop her up "she was like water, there was nothing to her, she was totally limp and very cold but aware."

They rushed her to the vet where they discovered that Precious was in renal failure. The vet also wanted to know if Precious had gotten into any rat poisoning or "was there anything else she could have ingested"?

When the doctor left the room Jennifer's eyes spotted a bulletin board with a sign that said "DANGER! Easter Lilies are toxic to cats and dogs" Her heart sunk. They had had an Easter Lily plant on their table for a week now which they had paid no mind because Precious ate the houseplants "all of the time". Jennifer called Jerry at home and had him photograph the Easter Lily with his cell phone. Sure enough, many leaves were gone and there were teeth marks in them, Precious had "eaten it, and a lot of it".

(image)Photo Courtesy of the ASPCA
The Flewellings and the vet tried everything, but there was nothing that could save Precious, she passed early the following morning.

When I spoke to Zack who is devastated by the loss of his dear "Precious", there was no hint of anger, just a young man with a thoughtfulness and depth beyond his years. When I asked Zack what the message was that he wanted to relay about Precious, he said, "I want an article to be put in the paper to let people know that plants do not come with "warnings" like other dangerous things do", he continued, "there are many poisonous plants out there, Easter Lilies and tomato plants", just to name a few.

Zack is right, there are literally hundreds of plants that are poisonous to both cats and dogs, and on most lists these plants are not identified by a photo, which makes it that much harder to know which plants are safe and which are not.

(image)Infographic From SheKnows

Zack said that "his mission now is to spread the word to other cat owners (and dog owners as well) that plants should come with a warning", (as well they should, or they can be researched online or  at the library or bookstores, to find out if they are toxic to animals). Zack would "love to spare anyone else the pain" that he is experiencing after having lost his beloved cat, Precious,  by making them aware that toxic plants exist and to keep them away from cats and dogs.

Zack's cat may have been named "Precious" but Zack, with his unselfishness and caring for others, by wanting this message relayed for the safety of their pets, is quite "Precious" himself.

FOR A LIST OF TOXIC AND NON-TOXIC PLANTS FROM THE ASPCA CLICK HERE


****NOTE:if you suspect your animal may have ingested a poisonous plant or other poisonous item the symptoms can range from seizures and foaming at the mouth to vomiting and coma. DO NOT WAIT FOR SYMPTOMS TO APPEAR. Immediate medical attention is necessary.


THE ASPCA 24-HOUR EMERGENCY POISON HOTLINE IS 888-426-4435 (There is a $60-something  fee payable via credit card)
RV Geeks: WeBoost, RV Mattress Giveaway, Zion National Park & More
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The RV Geeks offer RV maintenance, repair & travel tips from “Do-It-Ourselves” full-time RVers. They’ve handled most of their own RV maintenance during more than a decade of exploring North America. While not RV technicians, the RV Geeks are mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. They handle most of their own minor service, repair and upgrade work on their 2005 43-foot Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. They also maintained their 2002 39′ Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during their first two years on the road. Visit their website and subscribe to their YouTube channel.
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Cat and Human Wear Hats for Causes: Blue Bobble Hat and the Pussyhat Project!

Hi all it's Cody!! If there is anything that Mom loves, (keep in mind I said "if there is anything MOM loves), it's HATS! Mom LOVES HATS! In the winter Mom wears a hat nearly every day (inside AND out!!) Mom has loved hats since she was a little girl. She has tons of hats! Of things that Mom collects fashion-wise (and I use the term "fashion" loosely), Mom collects hats, tennis shoes, reading glasses and sunglasses. (Yeah, she's a strange one but you probably already knew that!)

Unfortunately, Mom thinks that because SHE loves hats that I do too. WRONG! I don't! But....when I heard that my furiends over at Basil's Blog were having a blogging tour to raise funds for kitties in need. I had to purrticipate.

The money raised will help kitties at the Burton Joyce Cat Rescue (where most of the kitties at Basil's came from), I told Mom I would be more than happy to purrticipate. You can read the details on Basil's blog right here.

I received my hat from my furiends over at Timmy Tomcat and Mom was chomping at the bit to put it on me.....oh was she excited!! Me? Not so much, but if it helps kitties, then I am all for it!

FROM BASIL'S BLOG: WE'RE RAISING FUNDS BECAUSE IT IS A DONATION DRIVEN RESCUE AND WE LIKE TO HELP WHERE WE CAN.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEND A DONATION,

or if you want to be a 
part of the tour
 PURRLEASE CONTACT US AT:

deardrbasil @ gmail . com

And if you live within the Nottinghamshire borders purrlease consider having a look at the cats they have up fur adoption, and aftur meeting us who wouldn't want to adopt a beautiful kitty from there! MOL

'ADOPT DON'T SHOP'

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ALL MEW NEED TO DO, IS FEATURE THE BOBBLE HAT* ON YOUR BLOG AND THEN SEND IT ON TO ANOTHER WILLING PURRTICIPCANT.  THE MORE BLOGGERS WHO FEATURE THE HAT THE MORE MONEY WE RAISE FUR THE KITTY RESCUE.






We will be sending the Bobble Hat on to the next kitties on the tour by the end of next week! Hang tight!!!

Now, because I had to wear a hat, Mom decided that she would join me. The next hat is the infamous

PUSSYHAT PROJECT
GLOBAL OUTREACH

The Pussyhat Project was about making a powerful visual statement at the January 21, 2017, 
Women’s March on Washington, D.C.  But there’s a whole lot more to this. At its core, this project is about:

1. Creating a concrete, accessible, thoughtful way for those who cannot attend activism events in person to be heard and represented

2. Developing meaningful, respectful connections among people who care about women’s rights, and

3. Creating a framework for community and personal agency from the local to the national level.

And we have just begun to achieve these goals. Because of the hundreds of thousands of people involved in the Pussyhat Project so far, the Pussyhat has grown into a symbol of support and solidarity for women’s rights around the globe.

HOW CAN YOU TAKE PART?
LEARN SOME WAYS
BY CLICKING HERE

Mom wanted to get involved and desperately wanted a Pussyhat to show her support but: 1) Mom can't knit to save her life 2) Mom had no clue where to go to get a hat. Thankfully that dilemma was short-lived! Mom and I were reading our friend Ducky's blog and saw that Ducky's Mama was making Pink Pussyhats!!! Mom immediately contacted her and asked what she had to do to get one. All Mom had to do (that she would do ANYWAY), is make a donation to Planned Parenthood, and then Ducky's Mom would make her a hat and send it to her!! Mom was thrilled!! Here is Mom in her Pussyhat!

(image)Mom rarely lets anyone see her
with no makeup
and she was too lazy to put it on
Hence the sunglasses!

Mom would like to give a HUGE thank you to Ducky and his Mama for this most pawesome hat!!! Mom and I LOVE it!!!

Say It Isn't So: Daylight Saving Time



I'm tired.

I'm feeling out-of-sorts, cranky and off schedule (yep even being unemployed I DO have a schedule thank you very much!).


I'm TIRED!

I can't concentrate.

I'm T-I-R-E-D!!

Many of us in the U.S. and Canada follow Daylight Saving Time. It was bad enough when the clocks were turned ahead an hour the last week of April,  now the dreaded "spring-ahead-an-hour-and-want-to-scream-at-everyone-around-you-because-you-are-TIRED-event" (for me at least), takes place the second week of March. Couldn't "they" (whoever "they" ARE, leave well enough alone?)

While much of the rest of the country  are  preparing to tip-toe through their Spring tulips and are giggling at the prospect of longer days to come, those of us like myself who already don't get enough sleep, (I am often up til the wee hours of the morning and then I  awaken early) are seething.


I'm tired.

need my sleep.

Ironically while I am sitting here at 12:20am, which to me is 11:20pm..(mentally changing the time when I look at the clock is a little game I will be playing for at least the next week), all I can hear is the tick, tick, tick of the wall clock in front of me...it's ticking beginning to sound like "Ha...ha...ha... I... got.... you".  


I'm TIRED!!

Don't mess with my clock, my routine, my internal alarm, don't mess with my sleep-deprived self!

You are probably asking "what in the heck does ANY of this have to do with cats? Isn't this a CAT BLOG for Pete's sake?"


Don't mess with me.

I told you... I'm TIRED!

I'm feeling out-of-sorts, cranky and off schedule.


"Cats don't like change
 without their consent."

Roger Caras



For the record....neither do I!

Now, if you'll kindly excuse me, I am going to bed. It's 1:15am or 12:15am or whatever it is and I'm TIRED!

KOA & Keystone RV partner for RV Giveaway
Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and Keystone RV Company are partnering again this year for the 2017 edition of the “What’s Behind The Yellow Sign?” Giveaway.

This year’s contest starts Wednesday, March 1 and runs through May 31, 2017. The winning entry will be selected in a random drawing of all qualified entries. The winner will receive a new 2018 Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite travel trailer valued at $28,292, along with a $500 KOA Gift Card and $1,000 cash.

The contest is being promoted heavily in the new 2017 KOA Directory as well as the KOA.com website and on Kampgrounds of America’s social channels, and through Keystone RV’s digital and social channels.

The winner will be selected shortly after May 31, 2017 and notified the first week of June. Anyone can enter the Giveaway once a day, every day during the contest period. Entrants who share the contest on online social channels will receive extra contest entries. There is no purchase necessary to participate in the Giveaway. 

Campers can enter the contest by going to the contest website atwww.behindthesigngiveaway.com, or on Facebook at http://www.behindthesigngiveaway.com/gofb/. The contest is not open to residents of Hawaii, Alaska and Quebec. The official rules are available at www.behindthesigngiveaway.com.

For more information on the Keystone Outback 293UBH travel trailer, go to www.KeystoneRV.com/Outback. A 360-Degree Virtual Tour of this new model at http://bit.ly/Behind-the-Sign.

About KOA
Kampgrounds of America is celebrating its 55th Anniversary in 2017. KOA, the world’s largest network of family-friendly campgrounds with 500 locations in North America, was born on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962. For more information, go to www.KOA.com or visit the KOA Pressroom at www.koapressroom.com.

About Keystone RV
Keystone RV Company is the largest manufacturer of fifth wheel campers and a leading manufacturer of travel trailers. Headquartered in Goshen, Indiana, manufacturing plants in Pendleton, Oregon, Keystone brands are represented at about 1000 dealerships across the U.S. and Canada. For more information go to www.KeystoneRV.com





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McLain State Park (MI) to get major campground improvements



DNR announces more funding to implement master plan at F.J. McLain State Park in Houghton County

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials said a recent $1.25 million capital outlay allocation has helped boost to nearly $3 million the total amount of funding available to design and construct master plan concepts at F.J. McLain State Park.

Work was initially planned to begin this spring, but has been postponed until after Labor Day (Sept. 4) and the busy summertime camping season.

“In January, the DNR announced it had awarded an initial $1.25 million in 2017 capital outlay funding for Phase I implementation of the master plan,” said Eric Cadeau, a regional field planner with the DNR in Baraga. “We now have received another $1.25 million for Phase 2 improvements, bringing our total funding so far to $2.7 million.”

Financial assistance was provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

In August, the DNR solicited public comments on the McLain State Park master plan, which will guide developments at the beautiful Lake Superior waterfront park over the next 60 years.

“Over 250 public comments were received,” Cadeau said. “The plan has been reviewed and accepted by the DNR Parks and Recreation Division and was presented to the Michigan State Parks Advisory Committee and Michigan Natural Resources Commission on December 8.”

The final master plan can be viewed here.

The 443-acre park is situated between Calumet and Hancock in Houghton County, about 10 miles northwest of Hancock, off M-203.

Phase 1 improvements are scheduled to include:
  • A new campground toilet and shower building sized to serve 130 campsites.
  • Twenty new modern campsites serviced by 20/30/50 amp electrical service.
  • A new campground circulation road to serve the existing campground.
  • Miscellaneous utility system modifications.
Phase 2 construction is expected to include:
  • Additional parking, day use green space, and beach access improvements at the “Breakies” day use area. 
  • A new park entrance and contact station.
  • Sixteen additional modern campsites offering 20/30/50 amp electric.
  • Demolition and restoration along the existing campsite lakeshore.
Over the past few years, erosion has been a persistent problem at the park, causing rangers to close some park campsites and other features.

With several factors involved, the shoreline is expected to continue to erode at the park. These anticipated changes over the next 60 years are reflected in the master plan.

Prior to the upcoming camping season, park officials will continue to evaluate whether the existing campground’s toilet-shower building we be available for campers during the upcoming camping season.

Because of the uncertainty of the availability of those services, campers are being charged semi-modern rates for campsites and mini-cabins.

“We appreciate your patience during this transition period and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Jamie Metheringham, unit supervisor for McLain and Twin Lakes state parks. “These new improvements will be positive developments for McLain State Park, aiding our park visitors, many of whom faithfully return year and year.”

Visitors to F.J. McLain State Park can enjoy a variety of activities ranging from fishing, windsurfing, berry picking and beachcombing to camping, rock hounding, sight-seeing and hunting. The sunsets at McLain State Park are spectacular and the view of the lighthouse is magnificent.

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Spring into Door County, Wisconsin this April
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Welcome spring in Door County, WI. As the peninsula begins to wake from its winter sleep visitors and residents can watch Door County’s scenic beauty come alive. With indoor and outdoor activities for whatever weather Mother Nature brings, Door County is a great place to welcome spring.

April Special Events 
Reawaken the mind and body with a spring renewal in Door County. Door County’s Season of Blossoms lodging promotion runs April 8 - June 4. Visitors can choose from over 25 lodging establishments offering 2-night stays that include a meal, spring activity, and a $25 Door County gift certificate upon check-in.

Reel in a winning fish at the Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament, April 20-23. The grand prize angler wins a Door County getaway.

Ladies, grab the girlfriends and get to Sturgeon Bay for Sassy Sisters Weekend. Shopping, activities, entertainment and lots of laughs, April 21-23.

State and County Park Activities
Door County offers 5 state parks and 19 county parks across the 70-mile-long peninsula. Each park offers a variety of recreational opportunities and scenic beauty.
  • Climb to the top of Potawatomi State Park’s 75-foot observation tower. On a clear day, guests can view up to 16 miles across Green Bay.
  • Grab the fishing gear and head to Peninsula State Park. Fish off Weborg pier or launch a boat off the ramp at Nicolet Bay.
  • Bike or hike the Ahnapee State Trail, a 48-mile trail that goes from Sturgeon Bay to Kewaunee County. Horseback riding is also allowed on the trails after April 15.
  • View the amazing 100-foot limestone bluffs at Ellison Bluff County Park.
Ongoing Spring Activities
  • Explore Door County while on a geocaching adventure. Over 500 caches are hidden across the peninsula.
  • Check out the many species of birds that call Door County home. Named a Bird City Wisconsin in 2014, Door County is the perfect place to go birding.
  • Tour and taste throughout the eight wineries on the Door County Wine Trail.
  • Explore the rich maritime history of the county at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.
  • Rejuvenate after a long winter with a spa day. Find a listing of salons and spas at DoorCounty.com.
  • View an array of art at the Miller Art Museum or Peninsula School of Art.
Stay Connected at DoorCounty.com

About Door County 
Door County is a bucolic peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan in Wisconsin’s northeast corner. Named one of the Top 10 Vacation Destinations in North America by Money magazine, Door County features 300 miles of shoreline, 11 lighthouses, 5 state parks and 19 county parks. It is known for its natural beauty, artistic offerings and year-round outdoor recreation opportunities.
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Rollin' on TV: Renting an RV and RV Awnings by Carefree of Colorado
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NOTE: The Firestick is no longer available.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.
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Adventuring at Nankoweap
Editor's note: Enjoy this guest post from Mitch Stevens, and I encourage you to click on the link at the bottom to be taken to the complete article, where you'll find stunning video, terrific photos and even more information on enjoying the desert southwest.


Adventuring at Nankoweap

Atop a narrow and exposed ledge of Redwall Limestone, we gazed at Mystic Falls cascading 200 feet down a sheer cliff face to the abyss below. The “route” appeared to peter out and we had to locate a way down. We located a talus slope which plunged down steeply. The rock was loose and crumbly and I was concerned for my two hiking companions who weren’t used to the rugged terrain. Just a few days ago, they traveled to the southwest from cooler, wetter environs to take part in this backpacking trek. The desert sun on this early May afternoon was bearing down and the cool waters below were enticing. One careful step at a time, we gingerly down climbed the talus slope which delivered us safely to the bottom of Mystic Falls. 

Welcome to adventuring at Nankoweap. Constructed in 1882 by western explorer John Wesley Powell, the Nankoweap Trail begins at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The trail starts out as a gradual uphill hike through ponderosa pine and aspen in the Kaibab National Forest. After a few miles, you reach the rim of the Grand Canyon where unbelievable panoramas unfold. 

Then a challenging descent deep into the canyon will ensue, featuring stupendous views of Marble Canyon, Mt. Hayden, and the mighty Colorado River. The scenery is indeed spectacular as the geological layer cake of the ages unfolds. Rock formations tell the story of our planet’s history, 300 million to 750 million years old. Two thousand feet below, Nankoweap Creek cuts into an immense plateau, surrounded by multi-colored ridges and majestic buttes. The most imposing is Mt. Hayden, a vertical spire rising to an elevation of 8,000 feet. After reaching the bottom of the ravine after 11 rugged miles, your camp for the night will be along cottonwood lined Nankoweap Creek.

The following day’s hike will include a pleasant walk down canyon along the trickling creek to the Colorado River, following the path of least resistance. You will cross the creek numerous times. When the canyon becomes confining downstream, high cliffs of Redwall Limestone and beautiful exposures of Muav Limestone make their appearance. After 2.5 miles, the landscape opens into a broad delta. Your first view of the emerald Colorado River in the distance will be mesmerizing. Not only will you finally see the river but you’ll hear the roar of the rapids, amplified by the walls of Marble Canyon. Ample places to camp abound along the Colorado River, a great location to spend a couple of days.

A short spur trail to the right ascends a steep slope which leads to Anasazi granaries and a spectacular view of the Colorado River. Most archaeological sites at Grand Canyon date back to between A.D. 1050 and A.D. 1200, a time when Anasazi peoples occupied the region. Granaries, rock art and pot shards are among the fascinating cultural artifacts you will observe in the backcountry of Nankoweap. Please bear in mind that ancient granaries and ruins are very fragile. Do not enter the ruins or climb on their stone walls.

On subsequent days, retrace your steps up Nankoweap Canyon, past the camping area you spent your first evening. If you are a strong hiker and don’t mind bushwhacking and rock hopping, hike upstream and veer right in a mile at a fork where two drainages of Nankweap Creek intersect. Continue hiking another 3 rugged and brushy miles, following the gently flowing stream to Mystic Falls. It is there that you will take in the spectacular waterfall we mentioned earlier. Soak in the beauty of this remote and mesmerizing part of Grand Canyon. Moreover, there are ancient and seldom scene Native American granaries high up on a cliff face across the canyon. 

Above all, what you will experience at Nankoweap is the real Grand Canyon, the raw and unspoiled grandeur of this most magnificent gorge, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. 

Read the full article, Take a Hike: 7 of the Grandest Adventures in the Southwest (http://www.southwestdiscoveries.com/take-a-hike-7-grandest-adventures-in-the-southwest/). 

About the Author
Mitch Stevens has been leading hiking and backpacking outings throughout the southwest for over ten years. As a Sierra Club hiking leader, writer and photographer, he has promoted the enjoyment and conservation of our remaining wild lands. Born and raised in New York City, Mitch came to discover the great outdoors and fall in love with Arizona’s special places. Through his countless trips across the state and region, Mitch made it his mission to encourage fellow hikers and enthusiasts to protect the beauty of the desert. Now, he continues to embrace his fascination with the desert beauty by creating and leading multigenerational tours throughout the southwest. His experience coupled with his passion for the great outdoors make him a unique tour guide and outings leader.
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Picture Me This Photohunt Week 10 "Pointed" and Panic Day

Once again we are happy to be participating in a fun blogging event that was created by our friends over at A Tonk's Tail. It is a weekly photohunt. There is no pressure to participate, just jump in whenever you are able as we are doing this week! You can post on any social media channel that you wish, there is ZERO pressure (which is something WE LOVE!!)

This week the theme is:



Try not to be too jealous when you see the photo below. I passed this stone this past Saturday night (the pain started Friday evening at around 6pm)...........since today is also "Panic Day"............when one knows they are passing a stone they go into "Panic Mode!!" This photo is the PERFECT choice for the word "Pointed."

History of Panic Day
When it comes to holidays, you may think if the ones that are to celebrate fun moments. Panic Day is the day to recognize how stressful life has become and see what can be done to minimize the effects. Stress is dangerous to your health. Stress can bring on illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Some people respond to stress by having feelings of panic which can be very debilitating. Panic can make a person feel that their fear cannot be overcome. While this may not seem rational, the panic takes over and makes it difficult for the once stricken to be able to make rational choices. If you feel that your fears and stress are overwhelming you, Panic Day is the day to make a step forward and reach out to a mental health professional.




That photo above  is the actual stone that I passed. Fun times, right? Had another litho on the left kidney yesterday.......joy oh joy!!!

If you participate in this photohunt be sure to tag #PMTphotohunt and @tonkstail


Rollin' on TV: "Brand New Vintage Trailers" by Tom Thumb & Winegard Carryout Portable Satellite Antennas
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On this week's program (#2017-05), Rollin' On TV checks out a "brand-new" vintage trailer. These ground up built Tom Thumb trailers are as close to original as possible, right to the propane lights.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.
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