Where’s the Autumn foliage in the Carolinas?

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Niki and I just received a shout-out from Kathy and Larry the owners of
Rose Creek Campground and Cabins in Franklin North Carolina. They have done a lot of work since becoming owners of this hidden treasure with a gem mine right next door and an abundance of waterfalls within 20 minutes drive. It has a small town USA feel and they are open all year. They tell us they are also doing monthly RV sites for the winter months  for snow birds that want to stay closer to home for the holidays . (They are nearest our purple route – http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/purpledot.htm) in the blue ridge mountains.) Contact them through their new website: http://www.rosecreekcamping.com/

Disclaimer: We have no connection with Rose Creek other than we like to mention new and interesting campgrounds when we hear about them. This is not a paid advertisement. -Jack & Niki

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Two New Work Camping Opportunities

9/20/17 Both received today. Act fast to contact either if interested.

1. Position for a couple interested in managing a 400 space RV Resort near the Mesa/Apache Junction Area.
We are looking for a couple who is interested in full-time, management position to work at our RV Resort in the Apache Junction area. This position requires an experienced and reliable team who are capable of handling the day-to-day property operations of an RV Resort. The selected team must be able to handle the administrative needs of the office along with the maintenance needs of the Park. Applicants must be willing to work flexible hours and live on-site at the Resort.

Core Qualifications:
·         Prior resort or property management experience required.
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
·         Enjoy working in a 55+ community
·         Be willing to assist a diverse community of residents with different needs.
Maintenance Responsibilities:
  • Perform duties related to plumbing, electrical, painting, pressure washing and any other maintenance needs related to the property.
  • Troubleshoot maintenance problems to identify issues and necessary repairs.
  • Complete grounds work, which may include trash clean up, sweeping, landscaping, etc.
  • Should be able operate various manual and power tools.
  • Regular maintenance, if applicable, to landscape and irrigation systems.
  • Properly operate, maintain and store all maintenance equipment.
  • Point of contact for after hours’ calls and emergencies.
  • Must be able to lift objects weighing 50lbs or above regularly. Applicant should also be able to meet the physical demands to work indoors and outdoors.
  • Positional also requires physical ability to stand and walk for long periods, climb stairs and ladders and to squat.
·         Knowledge of city regulations/city code is a plus.
·         Possession of a valid driver’s license is required.
 
Administrative Responsibilities:
  • Complete daily administrative duties.
  • Communicate via telephone and email about deposits, cancellations, renewals and resident concerns.
  • Produce weekly and monthly reports relating to income collection.
  • Delegate and communicate responsibilities efficiently to staff .
  • Assist prospective and current resident with questions, concerns and relations.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of all community policies and enforce policies throughout Park.
  • Greet new residents and assist with the check-in process.
·         Ability to coordinate and communicate with Activities Director and Park Association.
·         Courteous and efficient handling of resident requests and complaints.
·         Communicate with the Corporate Office regarding office needs.
  • Applicant should have basic knowledge of administrative and office decorum. Should have a respectful, friendly and approachable demeanor.
  • Applicant should also be computer and internet savvy. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Campground Master is desired

    Interested parties email weaversneedle@yahoo.com.
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    2. Looking for a couple to host at Questa Lodge and RV Park
    Questa, NM

    The park provides private accommodations in the Lodge building.  The front office is part of the living room which has a stove for heating in the winter.  The lodge has an full kitchen, dining area, master bedroom with private master bath.

    Duties will include answering phone, checking ARS system (currently being implemented), cleaning cabins between reservations, cleaning restroom and other general maintenance and repairs.  Hi season starts before memorial day and slows down mid-September/October.

    In addition to lodging, we include a monthly salary.

    Interested parties should contact John at 575 779 8985

Dunedin, Florida – because it is!

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In the new August Issue of our online Suncoast Visitor’s Guide we’ll take you on a photo tour of Dunedin Florida. This special little community is located on St. Joseph Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. The Main Street recalls an earlier time without fast food eateries and big box corporate stores. It sits begging to be strolled and window shopped while you enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream cone you’ll find hard to resist. We’ll end this visit down at the end of Main Street where it meets the Dunedin Marina for a peek at a golden Gulf Sunset. It’s just that kind of a fun and colorful place to visit for many reasons. – Niki and Jack

Are you a “Trekkie”?

star_tours-600x403The Starship Enterprise has landed in my hometown of Ticonderoga New York! Who knew? I am told it has taken the area by storm and receiving thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. Tour the exact reproductions of the sets from the series. On special dates some tours are led by former stars and original set designers. Ticket prices seem very reasonable and you might consider having a look if you plan to venture into the Adirondack Mountains and the Northeast section of NY State this Summer or Fall. (Yes Virginia, the State does actually extend farther North than Poughkeepsie!) More info on their website at https://www.startrektour.com/

Work Camper Opportunity at Lake Sherwood Recreation Area

Opportunity at Lake Sherwood Recreation Area in the Monongahela National Forest

Received: 6/2/17

Do you like the outdoors? Meeting new people? Does spending the

summer at the lake interest you? If so, there are currently opportunities

at the Lake Sherwood gatehouse for work campers.

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The Forest Service is seeking couples or singles to assist in the operation

of the Lake Sherwood gatehouse.

The responsibilities include:

 Open/close campground gate on assigned days

 Staff the gatehouse to greet visitors, issue visitor permits and passes,

collect fees, provide brochures and maps, compile visitor use

information

 Post campsites with reservation signs

 Assist with the delivery of campground programs (Smokey Bear,

arts/crafts,)

A free full hookup campsite (electric, water, and sewer) is provided as

well as a daily stipend allowance in return for your services.

For more information please call the White Sulphur Ranger Station at

304-536- 2144 extension 111 to speak with Yvonne Norman or email her

at ynorman@fs.fed.us

White Sulphur Springs, WV

10 Must-Bring Camping Essentials

10 Must-Bring Camping Essentials
By Jessica Sanders
ReserveAmerica.com
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When you’re knee deep in camping gear, it’s easy to forget some of the most important items like flashlights or band aids. Before your next trip, create a must-bring bag with all ten of these camping essentials so you’re never without that one thing you forgot to bring.

First Aid Kit

Burns, scratches, cuts or bumps—one of these is bound to happen on an active camping trip, making a first-aid kit one of the most important camping essentials you could bring. Don’t arrive at your campsite without it, and be sure to take it on your excursions, as well.

Pack of Matches

Unless you’re a veteran boy scout, chances are you need some sort of flame to start a fire. Without a fire, you have limited food options and nights become a whole lot colder. Don’t risk it, and buy matches in bulk. You can leave them in your camping essentials bag for years at a time.

Rope

Rope has so many uses at a campsite, especially if you can tie a variety of knots. Make a clothes line for wet garments, hang your coolers from a branch at night, create a shelter, or tow people out of a tight situation on a hike or swim. Bottom line: don’t go camping without one.

Tarps

Whether you’re using it to protect the bottom of your tent or as an extra shelter at your campsite, tarps are essential. They’re easy to fold, and only take up a small amount of space in your camping bags.

A Jar of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter has a long shelf life, and can be used in more ways than you can count. As a versatile source of fat and protein, this should be with you on every camping trip. In a bind, you can schmear it on bread, remove gum from your hair, or just enjoy it in spoonfuls.

Portable Spice Rack

You wouldn’t dig into an under-seasoned dinner at home, so why would you suffer at the campsite. A plastic, portable spice rack is perfect to throw into your camping essentials bag; most of these are small, easy to pack and hard to break.

Lantern, Flashlight or Headlamp

Whether you’re stumbling to the bathroom after dark or sneaking a midnight snack, you should always have a lantern and/or flashlight in your camping essentials box. Be sure your light source is easy to reach in the car, in the event that you arrive at your site after dark.

Maps and Compass

You have GPS on your phone, and you may even have a GPS system sitting in your car console. Unfortunately, you may not get a signal in remote camping spots, or as you disappear into the forest to go hiking. Have your navigation essentials, such as a map and compass, with you at all times in case your GPS is less than reliable.

Alternate Weather Wear

You’ve checked the weather forecast for weeks—no rain, only sun. Unfortunately, the weather can change at the drop of a dime, leaving you stuck in the rain or huddling around your campfire. With an extra set of clothes, you won’t have to worry about sudden weather changes; you can swap out wet clothes for dry ones or layer during a cold front.

Pocket Knife

Most commonly known as a Swiss Army Knife, this tool is a camping essential that takes up almost no space in your bags. With a knife, corkscrew, saw, small scissors and more, you’ll have a variety of camping essentials in an easy to pack, compact size.

RAReserve a campsite.

Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she’s exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She’s a s’mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors. Follow her on Google+.

How’s your imagination?

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What’s the Story?
Indeed, that is actually what it’s all about. Time to get off the couch, leave the smart phone, video games and ear buds behind and explore the big story that Nature is telling all around us. Do you remember when you were young and a day you just stopped to look up at the clouds to see what shapes they were taking? How many kids do that anymore?

Now what if trees could talk, flowers could bicker and the birds and animals you see could tell you a story? What a place it would be!

In my World they do – you just have to observe closely and listen with your imagination. I’ll try my best to catch them in the act and then it’s up to you to tell their story. It’s quite easy when you try. For instance….

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Who is “he”? Is it something good or is it something bad? There is no wrong story it’s just that story from your heart and it’s right on.

Photographs that tell a story!
Each has a title to prompt your thinking and we challenge everyone to tell the story behind the picture. It is the real World yet also a place of Fairy Tales where trees do talk, flowers do argue and the birds and animals are quick to comment on all manner of topics.

There are more examples on our website at “Nature’s Children”

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“NATURE’S CHILDREN”

Nature’s Fairy Tales in Photos
by Jack Armstrong