RV Lifestyles Ezine
June 10
, 2015
No. 322
 
Buying that First RV; running away from home to follow the sun; frugal RVing; working on the road.



 
IN THIS ISSUE:
A Note from Margo: National Trails Day
RV Lifestyle:  How to Pick the Right Hiking Shoe
RVing Nugget: Extreme Day Hikes
1. A Note From Margo: National Trails Day
 

In tribute to National Trails Day this month, here are some famous trails you can visit this summer.

Hoh River Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

  1. Round-Trip: 6.2 miles
  2. When to Go: Year-round
  3. Level: Easy


The Hoh Rain Forest on the west side of Olympic National Park preserves one of the finest temperate rain forests in the U.S., a place that gets up to 14 feet of rain a year.

Though it parallels and flirts with the Hoh River, this mostly level trail remains mainly beneath the canopy of massive trees.

Root Glacier Trail, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

  • Round-Trip: 4 miles
  • When to Go: Summer
  • Level: Easy


A visit to Wrangell-St. Elias can be challenging. There are only two roads that go into the park, the Nabesna Road and McCarthy Road. Each of these roads are un-paved gravel roads. However, a journey down them leads you deep into the wilderness.

The primary season for visiting Wrangell-St. Elias is early June through mid-September. Winter arrives early to interior Alaska and by September 15th, available services and facilities are few. There is usually snow on the ground by the end of September. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve has no entrance stations or gates, and never actually closes.

Grand Teton National Park, Cascade Canyon Trail to Lake Solitude, Wyoming

 

  • Round-Trip: 14.4 miles
  • When to Go: Summer and fall
  • Level: Moderate


Save two miles of hiking by taking the shuttle boat across Jenny Lake and begin your hike from the west shore.

The magnificence of Grand Teton National Park is in full display when you hike west from Jenny Lake up Cascade Canyon. A half mile into the hike is Hidden Falls; a half mile later is Inspiration Point and a wonderful view down to Jenny Lake and the mountains that frame Jackson Hole.

Highline Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

  • One-Way: 11.5 miles
  • When to Go: Summer
  • Level: Moderate


Glacier’s fabled Highline Trail from Logan Pass Visitor Center to the Loop embodies all the wild, treeless glory of the park’s high country—soaring peaks and ostentatious wildflowers, plus the possibility of spotting mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and bears.

Although the hike follows the course of the Continental Divide, it’s surprisingly easy—mainly because it remains a merciful 2,000 feet beneath the Divide’s serrated summits (and, thanks to the park shuttle, you don’t have to retrace your steps).

Get all the details and directions to all the trails from National Geographic HERE.

Download the National Parks iOS app HERE.

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Join the crowd with 20,000+ women traveling alone in their RV, living the adventure of a lifetime.  Everything you need to know to get started is included in "For Women Only - Traveling Solo In Your RV." It is a simple life and all under your control. So, what do you say, let's hit the road


 
Find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you. If you have questions, The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True; an eBook that contains the answers.

– Buying That Dream RV - Things to Consider
– Equipping an RV and Tips on Maintenance
– Managing Power, AC and DC
– Emergency Road Service
– Towing Your Auto
– Planning Trips - How To Get The Most For Your Money
– Boondocking (Primitive Parking)
– Earning an Income on the Road

– Staying In Touch with Family and Friends

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2. RV Lifestyle: How to Pick the Right Hiking Shoe
 
Types of Hiking Boots

Some boots—and even shoes—straddle the range between light hiking, hiking and backpacking. Your hiking ambitions determine what footwear works best. If you routinely carry light loads, you should consider lighter footwear.

Hiking shoes: Low-cut models with flexible midsoles are excellent for day hiking. Many ultralight backpackers may even choose trail-running shoes for long-distance journeys.

 
Hiking boots: These range from mid- or high-cut models intended for day hikes or weekend backpacking trips with light loads. They often flex easily and require little break-in time, but they lack the support and durability of stout backpacking boots.

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Backpacking boots: These are designed to carry heavier loads on multiday trips deep into the backcountry. Most have a high cut that wraps above the ankles for excellent support. Durable and supportive, with stiffer midsoles than lighter footwear, they are suitable for on- or off-trail travel.

 
Mountaineering boots: These weightier boots with stiff midsoles are designed to a) accommodate heavy loads and b) accept crampons for glacier travel. Mountaineering boots are tough, supportive and durable.
 

 

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Margo's eBook, "Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers" is available at all major eBookstores. It covers all the basic systems: air conditioning, awning, generator, hot water heater, hydraulic levelers, inverter/converter, roof, sewer, tires, and much more. Driving and weight
balance tips are included.

 

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  3. RVing Nugget: Extreme Day Hikes
 

  "The Extreme Day Hike" according to DayHiker.com is one that consumes most of the day in a challenging adventure in a spectacular natural setting.  Most of the "extreme" hikes described on this site will have an elevation gain of 4000 feet +, 14 miles round trip, and on a trail.

MSN.com has a wonderful article on the World’s Longest and Most Extreme Hiking Trails. Are you up for this?

From a slippery Sierra catwalk to a treacherous Hawaiian paradise, Backpacker.com names this country’s 10 most hazardous hikes. This site breaks down the dangers and provides local info for conquering each route.

Travel & Leisure takes you on a tour of the World’s Scariest Hikes. Hang on to your armchair, you are in for the ride of a lifetime.
 

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USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEBSITE?
 
You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:
 
Margo Armstrong is an RV lifestyle expert full-timing on the road for more than 18 years. She specializes in making the RV lifestyle seem friendly, interesting, adventurous, and safe, all at the same time. She is the author of 18 eBooks (9 about the RV lifestyle). She also maintains a weekly blog and two websites. Her writing workshops pop up wherever she stops along the road.  
 
Find out more about her adventures at her blog, MovingOnWithMargo.com, and her website, TheMaxwellGroup.net, that showcases her eBook collections.
 
Visit her website, RVLifestyleExperts.com, for answers to any questions you have about this great lifestyle.
 
 

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4. RV Fun, Resources and News

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Read about the adventures of the VanPelts as they tour South America in their fun machine.
 

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Geography Trivia

1> With an average rainfall of 9.5 inches per year, which state is the driest state in the U.S.?
a. Arizona
b. Utah
c. Nevada
d. Wyoming

2> Crowned in Atlantic City in 1994, from what state was Heather Whitestone, the first deaf "Miss America"?
a. Mississippi
b. Alabama
c. Georgia
d. Tennessee

3> Which state is also known as the "Old Line State" or the "Free State"?
a. New Hampshire
b. Pennsylvania
c. Maryland
d. New York

4> Chances are that you know that the capital of Montana is Helena, but do you know what Montana's largest city is?
a. Missoula
b. Great Falls
c. Billings
d. Helena

5> Before the American Civil War, how many Southern states declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America?
a. Seven
b. Nine
c. Eight
d. Six

Answers to the May 25 eZine Quiz:
1> Montana - Alaska is the largest state in total area.
2> Wyoming - Yellowstone National Park was established on March 1, 1872.
3> West Virginia - The tax went into effect on July 1 of 1921.
4> Pierre and Paul Mallet - Pierre and Paul were born in Montreal, Canada.
5> Cleveland, Ohio - The first traffic lights ever to be used were in London.


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Contact information 

RV Lifestyles Ezine is published twice a month. Part I comes out on or about the 10th of the month. Part II comes out around the 25th.

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Contact Margo

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Livingston, TX 77399-2022

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