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
The 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/
Opportunity at Lake Sherwood Recreation Area in the Monongahela National Forest
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.
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
Post campsites with reservation signs
Assist with the delivery of campground programs (Smokey Bear,
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
White Sulphur Springs, WV
10 Must-Bring Camping Essentials
By Jessica Sanders
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 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.
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.
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.
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+.
The Ventura County Parks Dept is seeking a Concessionaire/Park Host at Hobson Park, 5210 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Ventura. All the info available at http://vss.ventura.org.
Yes, they do have an RV space.
Rec’d 5/11/17 by J. Armstrong
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….
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”
Get the Nature Children’s story at more examples on our website page at
Okay folks you have been asking for a great workamping position that pays wages – here you go! Don’t wait long because this sounds pretty good. – Jack & Niki
Hello Niki and Jack –
My husband and I have a guest ranch in western Colorado. We have 8 cabins, 10 RV sites, one bath house, a stocked lake, evening campfires, a barnyard full of animals and a kids play ground.
We have hired Workampers for several years and it has been a great experience every year. But, we recently got word that there is a health crisis with the gal that we hired for this summer (serious health crisis) and therefore they will not be able to work for us this summer. So, we are scrambling a bit to get another couple hired for this summer. You are probably aware of workamper.com and the service that they offer. It has been so helpful in the past but I have contacted every couple that I think could be a fit and I’m not having any luck. Any chance you know anyone in your circles who are looking for work for this summer???
Our needs are in repairs, maintenance, grounds keeping, cabin cleaning, office management, and everything in between.
The best Sand Sculpture Artists from around the World are invited to the Suncoast to spend a week doing their thing in the white sugar sand of Clearwater Beach creating masterpieces for the World to see. I – being part of said World – spent a wonderful morning, this past Friday, perusing their artwork. It’s difficult to believe it’s just sand, water and talent! The following photos are a few of my favorites and you can see more on our Pinterest page at This is Tampa Bay USA!
It’s the Annual Pier 60 SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL
This year’s theme – “FantaSea – a magical journey above and below the sea”
presented by St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida.
More on our Pinterest page at This is Tampa Bay USA!