Category Archives: Two Gals and a Boston Brood

Two Gals and a Dog Enjoy a Dura-Mat from Carefree of Colorado

On our recent camping trip to Walker Island Family Campground, we used our Carefree of Colorado Dura-Mat for the first time. We had ordered the 8ft by 20ft blue one so that we could put Rue on it with her doggie playpen as well as have plenty of room to walk out of our small…
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Planning Our Next Cross-Country RV Trip

Leaves are beginning to show twinges of color on this late August day in Douglas, MA. That means soon we'll be on the road again! We leave here mid October for our bi-annual cross-country RV trip, back to our home in Prescott Valley, AZ. This trip will be very different because we now have THREE…
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Great Local Campgrounds – You Don’t Have to Travel Far

There are times when you just don’t want to drive half day or more to find a great local campground for a short camping trip. Michelle and Laurie from Two Gals And A Dog wanted to get away for just a few days and didn’t want to waste a half day getting there so with…
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The ABQ BioPark as Enjoyed by the Two Gals

Located along the Rio Grande River near downtown Albuquerque, the ABQ BioPark consists of: The ABQ BioPark Zoo, Botanic Garden, Aquarium and Tingley Beach. cabq.gov. For this trip, Two Gals (without the dog) visited both the Biotanic Garden, which had a TON of surprises!, and the Aquarium. When traveling through Albuquerque, this is a must see!…
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Two Gals and a Dog at the Lance Factory

Two Gals and a Dog were invited to visit the Lance Factory in Lancaster, CA recently and bring our Lance, who we fondly call 'Lacey' Lance for a few upgrades! Of course, we were delighted! And it gave the Rollin' On TV crew the opportunity to create segments for Lance, one of the show's sponsors.…
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The Big Texan Steak Ranch – Amarillo, TX

One of our elderly friends, in his early 90's, said to us... "When you go through Texas, just over that border somewhere, is a famous steak place, you have to stop there!" Well, Leroy, we did! It's called the World Famous Big Texan Steak Ranch! And it is so special that you and my folks…
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Meteor Crater – West of Holbrook AZ

It was day 1 of our Spring Cross-Country Trip from Arizona to Massachusetts. We decided to stay at the Petrified Forest KOA in Holbrook, AZ. There are several things we want to see here and the Meteor Crater was one of them. It's located at Exit 233 off Route 40 and is about 53 miles west of Holbrook.

The wind here was crazy and the guide inside said they've been known to get 120 mph gusts! Yikes. Hold onto your little ones! Because of the wind the tours around the rim were not offered that day. The cost of admittance is probably standard for such destinations but it must be a challenge for parents with several children. I think back to my own parents who had 6 children. We were an active family, always doing something or traveling somewhere and I really appreciate that now. However, the kids we saw inside were very happy interacting with the exhibits and handling the wind outside as they white-knuckled that railings which checking out the observations spots.

It was a very friendly attentive staff throughout the Visitor Center. The gift store was a very thorough store ranging from affordable items to delight children to collector items for adults.

They had a Subway sandwich shop and, on the day of our visit,  you got a coupon for a free cookie with your Subway purchase. There was also a discount coupon for their Mobile gas station on the way out.

Here is our first video attempt. My awesome mentor keeps guiding us to better and better video production.

Be aware, especially during the hot weather, that dogs are not allowed inside the Meteor Crater visitor center or on the guided only tours around the rim of the meteor.

"While pets are not permitted inside the Meteor Crater facility or when hiking outside or on one of our guided rim tours, we do have a dog run located right off the parking lot. Also, if you have a kennel for your dog, we will make every effort to accommodate your dog inside to the right of the Admissions area. Please just feel free to ask and we will do our very best to accommodate your dog." - Meteor Crater team

 

RV Destination – Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee, AZ

While camped at the Desert Oasis RV Campground, we found several interesting things to do. One of them was taking the Queen Mine Tour.

Laurie and I were once quite involved with our local Chamber of Commerce and, more specifically, their tourism activities. So we understand the importance of having something to proudly, and prosperously, put forward to draw tourists too. The Queen Mine is actually Bisbee's Vsitor Center which is the perfect combination for a tourist destination and the viability of that Chamber of Commerce! You'll learn a lot about the whole area as they have a great supply of literature and video to view.

It was also a rainy day AND something the boys had never experienced. At 11 and 12 years old, they were curious and so were we! Although Arizona has many towns that grew from mining towns, that is not the case in Massachusetts where the boys live.

Bisbee Queen Mine Tour - RV TV Show"Outfitted in hard hat, miner’s headlamp and a yellow slicker, thousands of Bisbee visitors ride into the Queen Mine Tour each year—heading underground and back in time. Tour guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and drama. Adding a personal touch, the miner-turned-tour guides help visitors experience what it was like to work underground." 

Laurie Church at Queen Mine Tour - RV TV ShowOur tour guide was very familiar with the mine, having worked in it himself. He shared many stories.

One in particular I found interesting was how they used mules and kept them in the dark causing them to lose the ability to be in the light. That story is in the video above.

We highly recommend taking this tour, especially with curious young people! It's nice when they learn history at the actual spot rather than on 'Google'.

Read more about our Bisbee and Tombstone trip here.

The Desert Oasis RV Campground – Bisbee, AZ

While we were exploring the towns of Bisbee and Tombstone in Southern Arizona, we chose to stay at the Desert Oasis RV Campground just outside of Bisbee. The Good Sam rating ensured it was a good place but we discovered it was quite a magical place too!

When I asked Paul from Desert Oasis RV Campground, ‘What is the magic of Bisbee?’ he answered, ‘No one judges anyone!’ I thought that was a very nice answer!

And speaking of Paul, we asked him how he came to own the Desert Oasis RV Campground and what he's done since he owned it.

The Desert Oasis RV Campground is a Good Sam member campground. It does not have a swimming pool, but it DOES have over 3 miles of nature trails surrounding the park. We, and especially Rue, enjoyed the nice wide walking trails.

Big rig friendly too! "A campground on an Arizona desert oasis for those active adults who love the outdoors. The camping area has a panoramic view of the Mule, Swiss Helm, Perillo, Chiricahua and Dagroon mountains and is located just outside the quaint, historic city of Bisbee, voted as having the best year around climate in Arizona. In winter, the dry desert air makes it feel a few degrees warmer than the thermometer indicates.

Located on a 120 acre ranch we are pet friendly and have over 3 miles of hiking trails. Our accommodations also include camping cabins and RV rentals. For your enjoyment we have a large well equipped recreation center with exercise equipment, tv lounge, pool table, and a well equipped kitchen for get-togethers. We provide a pleasant environment, you have the fun." Learn more here.

Paul, we'll be back!

Another BIG RV Newbie Mistake

It's hard to write stories of our mistakes especially when we are told over and over again by the experts surrounding us. People we admire and respect. People like Mark Polk of RV Education 101, and Jeff Johnston who has written for Trailer Life for over 30 years and is our Associate Producer at Rollin'…
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