Rafter J Bar Ranch

Rafter J Bar Ranch

While exploring Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills, the Rafter J Bar Ranch served as a great base camp.  The campground is good sized with over 150 sites and several cabins.  Everything is broken up into several loops over what I would estimate is about 70 acres.  So needless to say the campground has a much more open feel and you don’t feel all that cramped.  In fact, the sites that we had while staying there were equivalent to many of the federal…

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Heading to Outdoor Retailers Summer Market 2017

Heading to Outdoor Retailers Summer Market 2017

This Thursday and Friday I once again will have the pleasure of attending and covering the Outdoor Retailers Show for the RVFTA Podcast Network.  This show has been in my city for 22 years, but only recently have I had the ability to attend and each time I am consistently amazed.  Nowhere else can you find this many outdoor industry related products.  It is almost a bit overwhelming but a challenge that I have looked forward to for the last…

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Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path

In our recent trip to South Dakota, we stopped overnight at the Red Desert Rose campground in Rawlins, Wyoming.  The campground was about half way along our route and we all figured it would be a good place to hang our hats for the night.  The Red Desert Rose is not much to look at but had a nice, but dated, playground and a large dog run.  The roads were all dirt/gravel and there was not a tree in sight….

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Its Their Camping Adventure

Its Their Camping Adventure

A few months back our neighbors had decided it was time to move and started looking at houses.  One day it occurred to them that RVing might be an option instead of buying a house.  We had a few conversations about that potential with them.  We also talked about the types of rigs and gear that might work for their family.  Ultimately they picked and RV and started to get ready for their new adventure.  After countless hours of work and preparation,…

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Making Memories

Making Memories

There are a lot of different types of camping out there.  You can visit your favorite private campground and partake in various amenities or head out to a national forest and enjoy nature.  Regardless of the location, the time camping with your family is an investment in memories.  Over Memorial Day we headed to Payson Lakes which is located in one of the National Forests about an hour from our home.  The sites in the campground have good separation and there…

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