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Are you prepared for the end of the world? That’s the latest talk anyway about the solar eclipse coming up.  Whether or not you believe that is true, chances are your eyes will be glued to the sky around 1:00pm on Monday, August 21st.  But where will you be watching from? There are plenty of viewing parties around Austin. Here’s a list of where to go.

The University of Texas in Austin will be hosting their viewing party at the Robert Lee Moore Hall.  The party will begin at 11:41am and run until 2:39pm, the precise times are in thanks to the scientific decisions of the professors.  There will be UT astronomy department members on site to discuss the eclipse.

The Austin Nature and Science Center will host a viewing party from 11am-2pm at the Planetarium.  They too will have educated professionals on hand to discuss and answer questions.  They will also be showing an eclipse video with real-time explanation of the making of an eclipse.

Balcones District Park will be a great outdoor area to view the eclipse take over the sky. Join fellow viewers  and bring your lawn chair and some snacks.

Wells Branch Community Library will host their viewing party from 11:30am until 2pm.  Free solar glasses will be provided to participants and they will have refreshments and discussion about the solar eclipse.

Wherever you decide to watch the solar eclipse from in Austin, remember to wear your protective eyewear or create a special eclipse viewer with simple products. Visit here to learn how: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/make-pinhole-projector.html 

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We’ll be open during the eclipse, wearing our protective eyewear! Stop on down and take a look at our new inventory while you are waiting for the eclipse to pass. Visit our website for hours and directions. www.rvoutletmall.com 

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Pets are like family members, some go everywhere with us! So your camping trips shouldn’t have to be any different right? Right! Here are a few pet friendly camping spots near Austin, TX that feel the same way and go out of their way to make our fur-babies feel welcome.

Leander/NW Austin KOA

KOA campgrounds are known for their credibility and this one is no different.  Located just northwest of Austin in Leander, TX this KOA borders the Texas Hill Country.  They offer spacious pull thru sites with full hookups for your RV.  Cable and Wi-Fi access is available for all guests as well as many other amenities for your camping pleasure.

Being so close to Texas Hill Country there is plenty of opportunity for fishing, birdwatching, kayaking, hiking, and biking as well as other outdoor recreational activities.  There is an on-site, saltwater pool, and a playground for your enjoyment. And for the fur-babies, there is a Kamp K9 which is a fenced off area with plenty of pet-friendly activities. 

This KOA is also close to Highland Lakes which offers the opportunity for golfing, shopping, restaurants and more.  Labor Day weekend would be a great time to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

Highway 71 RV Park

Located in Cedar Creek, TX just outside of Austin is this 24 acre RV Park.  It comes with access to a heated pool, laundry and shower facilities, an exercise gym, and free cable and Wi-Fi. There is a small fishing pond on site for those who like to cast out a reel.  Highway 71 RV Park is located just off the highway making convenient access to area attractions. 

This RV Park offers plenty of room for your pet to run so they can enjoy the weekend with you too!

Bastrop RV Park

Also located off Highway 71 is Bastrop RV Park.  You won’t believe how quiet it is! There are 115 full hookup RV sites with access to cable and Wi-Fi.  They have laundry and shower facilities and a ½ acre lake, perfect for fishing, canoeing or kayaking.  And of course, pets are welcome.

The best part about this RV Park though? They have a mini ranch right on the property.  Barb-B-Q Ranch has miniature donkeys and horses for you to pet and feed and visit during your stay.  These adorable animals will warm your heart with their “Gone with the Wind” inspired names. Come stay and meet Rhett Butler and Miss Suellen O’Hair.

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It’s the first extended weekend of summer! What are you going to do with your extra time off? Many of you will be packing up your RV’s and heading to a campground near or far.  Whichever direction you are headed, make it the best Memorial Day trip ever with these awesome tips!

Memorial Day Cooking

Forget the typical burgers and hot dogs on the grill this Memorial Day, spice things up a bit and try these delicious chicken skewers. 

Tropical Chicken Fajita Kabobs

Amazingly delicious grilled chicken kabobs! You'll be glad you tried this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Pounds Chicken Breasts Cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Pineapple
  • 2 Bell Peppers Chopped
  • 1.5 Onion Roughly chopped
  • 1 Small package Cherry Tomatoes Optional
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/4 Cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil For cooking
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder

Instructions

  1. Cut up the chicken in 1.5 pieces.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the spices, honey, soy, BBQ sauce, and mix together.
  3. Reserve about 1/2 cup for dipping later. Don't mix it in with the raw chicken.
  4. Add the chicken and mix thoroughly. Cover with plastic and set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, ideally overnight.
  5. If using wooden skewers, soak those in water for at least 30 minutes.
  6. When ready to cook, turn the grill on and grease the grill. The ideal temperature will be medium to high-heat.
  7. Cut up all of your veggies into big chunks. If using grape or cherry tomatoes keep those whole.
  8. Thread your chicken, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and pineapple onto your skewers. Discard what is left of the marinade.
  9. Serve with the marinade you reserved earlier.

You can change this recipe up by using whatever meat, veggies and fruit you want. Bonus, you can let the kids pick what they want on their skewer as well! It’s fun for them and you know they’ll eat everything on it that way!

For dessert, you can still keep things somewhat traditional but jazz it up a little. Try adding peanut butter or almond butter to your graham cracker before putting your chocolate on.  Instead of using Hershey’s chocolates try a Kit Kat bar, or Reese’s peanut butter cups J

Camping Tips

#1- Memorial Day is a busy weekend for campgrounds.  It’s the unofficial start to summer, schools are out for the summer (most anyway) and the weather is usually nice enough to enjoy the outdoors.  Be sure to reserve your campsite early if allowed! Reserve America has information on hundreds of campgrounds throughout the US and lets you book online so you are sure to get a campsite for the weekend.

#2- Be mindful of other campers. Everyone gets excited that it’s the first long weekend of summer and it can be tempting to unleash a little, but be sure to follow the campground rules and do not disturb your neighbors.  Keep pets away from other campers site’s if they are not wanted and the same goes for kids.  

#3- Safety first! Whether you are going to a campground with a pool or lake, always make sure to be prepared and keep an eye on your kids. Most campgrounds do not have lifeguards on duty so it’s important to never leave your child unattended, especially if they are too young to swim yet.

Always keep a weather radio with you in case of inclement weather. Campgrounds will usually alert everyone to severe weather but sometimes they cannot reach all of you. Know where the nearest shelter is and keep an umbrella or rain gear where it can be accessed easily.

Activities

Get out and enjoy the outdoors if the weather cooperates! There are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore around Austin.  Hiking and Biking trails are in abundance. If you like challenges consider hiking the River Place Nature Trail.  The trails are steep with lots of stair cases and a few water crossings but the views at the top are worth the huffing and puffing. If you need to stop to catch your breath, there are plenty of beautiful waterfalls and creeks along the way.  Enjoy this 5-6 mile loop trail with your four-legged friend too.

If you would prefer a more leisurely hike then visit Walnut Creek Trails.  These 15 miles are filled with unmarked paths, so chances of getting lost are pretty good, but that’s the best part.  There are lots of overlooks and a beautiful creek to stop and have lunch. 

Whatever you choose to do for your Memorial Day RV trip, be safe and have fun!

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Best Weekend RVing Tips for Spring

Spring is finally here and that means its officially camping season!!! Get out your RV, dust off those old maps, and start planning your next weekend road trip.  There are a few tips to keep in mind when preparing for your travels.

Preparation is key! Campgrounds can fill up fast on the weekends in the spring, especially because many schools are still in session during the week. To avoid losing out on your favorite camping spot, reserve ahead of time.  Reserve America has hundreds of campsites all over the United States that allows you to book your stay weeks, even months in advance.  Otherwise, you can call the campground directly for availability.

Pack lightly- you are only going away for a weekend so you don’t need to bring a lot of unnecessary items.  Pack a couple outfits and something warm, the nights are still cool in the spring.  Also pack for the weather conditions. If it’s supposed to rain the whole time, pack an extra outfit in case you get soaked one of the days.  If it’s supposed to be sunny and warm, pack a hat and sunscreen to shield from the UV rays.

Plan your meals ahead of time. This will help cut down on unnecessary eating out and spending extra money. You can make ahead and freeze many meals so all you have to do it heat on the stove or in a dutch oven over the fire.  To save money and time you can also plan meals that can cover multiple feedings. What you make for breakfast one day can be saved and reheated for breakfast the next day, and so on. Check out these easy make ahead meal ideas. You also want to plan quick meals and meals you can take with you if you plan on doing any activities away from your campsite. PB and J sandwiches are perfect to take along on a hike; granola bars are also a good snack for a little added energy if it’ll be a while before you get back to your campsite.

Research your activities ahead of time.  Planning out your daily activities can help cut down on wasted time trying to figure out what you want to do and where you want to go. Anything that requires or even recommends reservations go ahead book in advance.  If there are multiple activities you want to partake in, pick one for each day. This will keep you from getting overwhelmed and stressing about not having enough time to finish your activities before the sun sets.  Every once in a while, take a day to RELAX! The best part about RVing is being able to get away for a weekend and spend some quality time enjoying the peace and quiet of the outdoors. 

Don’t travel with a full water tank! If your campsite has hookups, fill up just enough to get you there and then fill up the rest of the way at your campsite.  This will cut down on the weight of your RV and save you on gas.

In case of an emergency or break down, bring spare tools and parts needed to fix minor issues you may encounter on the road. Jumper cables, tools to change your RV’s tire, chains to pull you out of mud are all good examples of essentials for the road.  Plus, most service stations are closed on the weekend so chances of getting anything fixed before you head home are slim.

Most importantly, watch the weather! Keep your weather radios handy and download any one of the weather apps to your smartphone so you get up to date information on the latest weather in your area.  You don’t want to get stuck out in the middle of nowhere in a severe thunder and lightning storm or possible flash flooding situation.  Weather conditions can turn serious fast so you want to prepare yourself for any conditions that may arise. Check out the top weather apps here. 

What are some of your tips for spring RVing?

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Best “Little Gem” Travel Destinations 2017

When you think of top travel destinations many people think of the more popular towns such as Daytona Beach, FL; Denver, CO; or Nashville, TN.  But there are smaller, lesser known towns out there that have so much to offer and are those little hidden gems that you won't regret traveling to.  We’ve got a short list of the best "little gem" towns to visit in 2017.

  1. Taos, New Mexico- This charming little town is a perfect example of Spanish influence and culture in the modern world.  The scenery is beautiful, being covered in hundreds of acres of wilderness lands.  Taos gets 300 days of sunshine so there is ample opportunity for outdoor activities and they are definitely no sparse.  From rock climbing, hiking and horseback riding the countryside, to kayaking and canoeing on the Rio Grande, there is an activity for everyone.  Nearby is the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument filled with even more opportunities for recreation and camping.  Taos is also known as the most pet-friendly town in the Southwest. Everywhere you go, from restaurants to outdoor events, shops and hotels, your four-legged friend is always welcome!
  2. Estes Park, Colorado- A winter recreation enthusiast’s dream; this little town in Colorado is like a mini Denver with the charm of an old wayside village.  Estes Park has an inviting and friendly atmosphere where craft beer and local spirits are a staple.  Locals gather at their favorite dining spots for some good food and drinks. Not far away is Rocky Mountain National Park where visitors can hike, climb, and camp when the weather is permitting.  River Rafting and fishing in the nearby rivers and streams are popular in the summer, and of course skiing and tubing are popular in the winter.  Another attraction is the wildlife that runs freely in the national park and sometimes through town.  All of these things providing an experience you have to check out.
  3. Steamboat Springs, Colorado- another quaint little town in Colorado, Steamboat Springs is the town to visit for outdoor recreation.  The best part about this town is the natural hot springs that you can sit and relax in after a long day of hiking and climbing.  The Springs at Strawberry Park are a popular draw, tucked among nature, where many locals come to soak and enjoy the springs even in the winter.  Other attractions of Steamboat Springs is Fish Creek Falls where you can hike and climb to view the picturesque waterfalls; and Yampa River Botanic Park that boasts beautiful gardens and ponds over 6 acres of land.  Colorado has always been known for its beautiful scenery and you can definitely see that in Steamboat Springs.
  4. South Lake Tahoe, California- Lake Tahoe is definitely a more well-known destination in California but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its charm. Tucked among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this little town offers much to do for year-round activities. South Lake Tahoe is known for its water sports like kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and boating in the summer as well as biking, hiking, and climbing.  Emerald Bay is only a short drive and is a prime spot for water sports, hiking, and just taking in the beautiful scenery of the lake and surrounding wilderness.  In the winter, skiing and snowboarding are the most popular activities with prime skiing as noted by repeat visitors. Lake Tahoe is also known for its entertainment and nightlife so there’s something to do anytime of the day.
  5. Seaside, Oregon- This hidden gem on Oregon’s coast is just 30 minutes from Portland and is known for its quaint beaches and outdoor recreational activities.  Visitors can go biking and hiking through the nearby hills and kayak and surf. One of the more intriguing activities in paragliding. Soaring over the Oregon coastline offers breathtaking sights from a birds-eye-view.  Seaside also has great shopping districts, mini golf, and a Seaside Aquarium where you can feed the seals.  Coastal towns always seem to have the little charm that you can’t find in most popular tourist destinations.
  6. Fredericksburg, Texas- For a little bit of German arts and culture, this town is a great place to visit with a little bit of everything.  From the great food and wine to the arts and museums, it’s a little bit of modern with that old time charm. Nearby is the Enchanted Rock State National Area where you can challenge yourself to climbing “the Dome”.  It’s a large pink granite hill dome in the heart of the park.  Many visitors come to rock climb and hike the trails.  There are two campsites within the park so you can camp under the stars and listen to the sounds of the Texas wildlife.

As you are planning your vacations this year, remember to keep in mind to check out the smaller towns along the way.  These little gems are a definite welcomed change from the chaotic, popular tourist destinations in the big cities. This list derived from top destinations on trip advisor; do you have a favorite hidden gem town that you like to visit?

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There 417 National Parks in the United States; 59 that include the word “National Park” in the title.  Each one is special in its own way. So how do you know which ones are the best to visit?  Many people just pick the most popular and most visited parks, but some people like to explore a few of the ones that are less visited and avoid the crowds.  We’ve got a list of the top national parks to visit in 2017, in no particular order, that includes a variety of both well-known and not as well-known parks in the United States.

  1. Yosemite National Park: One of the more well-known National Parks and one of the most visited, Yosemite National Park is located in California.  Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite every year and the number keeps growing.  The park covers 761,268 acres of property across the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Best known for its granite cliffs, biological diversity, and spectacular waterfalls, Yosemite is a beautiful place for outdoor activities.  Over 95% of the park grounds are designated wilderness so many come to the park to go hiking, biking, rock climbing and camping.  Backcountry camping is allowed with a permit and only a select number of passes are handed out per day.  There are other designated campgrounds within the park but they fill up fast.

  2. Glacier National Park: Situated between the U.S. and Canadian border Glacier National Park covers nearly 1 million acres of land and contains two mountain ranges.  There are 130 lakes and over 1,000 different species of plants and animals.  Glacier National Park was designated as the 1st national peace park in North America.  It is most known for its massive glaciers and rock formations that have been created from glacial flows. Lake McDonald Valley is the most visited spot in the park and offers spectacular views of the mountain ranges and lakes.  There are hiking trails throughout the park, historical chalets, and a beautiful lodge in Lake McDonald Valley.  

  3. Acadia National Park:  Formerly known as the Mukunfuweap National Monument, Acadia National Park was the first national park east of the Mississippi.  Measuring in at 229 square miles, the park is most known for its massive sandstone cliffs boasting beautiful color bands of pinks, reds, and creams.  The top feature of Acadia National Park is Zion Canyon; its 15 miles long and ½ mile deep.  Beautiful views of the carved out canyon can be seen from the numerous hiking trails that wind around and throughout.  There are numerous activities that one can partake in at Acadia including climbing, hiking, and the most popular canyoneering.  Canyoneering is the activity of combining route finding, rappelling, swimming and hiking.  Permits are needed for canyoneering and can be obtained through the park office.

  4. Grand Teton National Park: Located in northwest Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park gets nearly 4 million visitors each year.  It is best known for its beautiful scenery.  The towering Teton Mountain Range set against the green valleys and glistening lakes make for picturesque views no photograph can do justice.  There are over 200 hiking trails that wind throughout the park but the boating and float trips on the Snake River are the more popular activities on the water.  Like most national parks, camping is prohibited in designated areas unless you have a permit for backcountry camping.

  5. Denali National Park: Alaska is a beautifully, mostly untouched country and its national park is no different.  Home to America’s highest mountain, Mt. McKinley at 20,320 feet, Denali National Park sits on over 6 million acres of Alaskan wilderness.  It is the only subarctic ecosystem in North America.  You’ll get the chance to see grizzly bears, arctic wolves, moose and much more in its natural habitat.  The most popular activity in Denali is hiking.  There are group hikes led by park rangers up to Mt. McKinley. The conditions can prove for a strenuous hike so it’s best to not try the hike by yourself the first time, although many people do and end up turning back.  Other hikes are available that are less dangerous and taxing and still get you up quite far on Mt. McKinley.  There are also regular hiking trails throughout the park that lead you through some of the best parts of the Denali wilderness.

  6. Arches National Park: Located in Southeast Utah, Arches National Park is one of the most photographed national parks in the park system.  The red rock landscapes set against the colorful blood orange sunsets are definitely a sight to see.  The most popular and most photographed spot in Arches is a formation called “Balanced Rock”; a huge sandstone boulder that sits perched on a narrow rock pedestal.  Another popular formation is the “Delicate Arch”. It is actually the world’s most famous and most photographed arch.  You can get up close and personal by hiking to all of the arches in the park, but some hikes can be harder go get to than others.  Nonetheless, you will not be disappointed with what you find at Arches National Park.

  7. Grand Canyon National Park: One of the biggest and most visited national parks in the United States; the Grand Canyon spans over 1.2 million acres of the Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona landscape.  The Colorado River runs right through the park and over time has carved out the steep walled canyons that now form the massive cliffs and deep gorges.  Many visitors that come to the park visit the South Rim and you can do so all year round.  Hiking, river trips, guided tours, tours by helicopter, jeep and van tours, and even mule trips are just a few of the activities you can partake in at the Canyon.  Many trips book up to a year in advance so visit the parks website for more information on how to get on those lists.

  8. Yellowstone National Park: The 1st national park in the whole world, Yellowstone was established in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant.  It takes up 3.468 square miles and includes pristine lakes, deep canyons, flowing rivers and towering mountain ranges; all the best aspects of natural formations you could ask for.  Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high altitude lakes in North America and is situated over Yellowstone Caldera, one of the largest super volcanoes that is still considered active. The lava flows and lava rock cover most of the park’s landscape and people love to visit to walk over the natural wonder. Perhaps the most visited attraction in the park is “Old Faithful”, the parks most active geyser.  People line up just to get a glimpse of the geysers powerful explosions.

  9. Rocky Mountain National Park: In north central Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park receives nearly 4.1 million visitors every year.  It is the 3rd most visited national park in North America.  Sitting on 415 square miles of land Rocky Mountain National Park has beautiful scenic drives; plenty of climbing, camping, and horseback riding opportunities; and hundreds of species of wildlife that roam the lands around you.  And of course, in the winter, skiing and snowboarding are an everyday activity.  However, the scenic dries on Old Fall Road are a favorite for many visitors.  Old Fall Road is an old dirt and gravel road that winds up the mountain to 11,000 ft above sea level, with no guard rail to protect you from going off the edge of the road. Travel in the winter is not recommended, for good reasons. Any other time of the year though, the old road offers remarkable views of the mountain ranges and valleys.

 

To find out more about these top National Parks and the 408 more in North America, visit www.nps.gov.

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It can be hard, at times, to keep an organized RV. There are a lot of things you may need on your travels and a lot of things you will pick up. But have no fear! We will give you our top tips for organization this year. 

1. Utilize Vertical Space/Work Up 

When you are constantly on the move and don't have a lot of space to work out, working up is a very good solution. Putting a few hangers on the inside of your kitchen shelves for pans and pots, a magnetic strip on the back of your kitchen counter for knives, and a few door hangers or shoe hangers in your bedroom closet are excellent places to start! But you don't have to stop there. There are plenty of creative ways to work up and save as much floor space or shelf space as possible.

2. Labeling 

Ever find yourself rummaging through everything trying to find the basil? Labeling shelves, drawers, etc can be a great help in finding things quickly and making sure you never have to search for something you thought you had for hours on end. You could also use different colored boxes, different colored labels, and different colored hangers to get even more specific. The more specific, the better! 

3. Keep Flat Surfaces and Open Spaces Clear 

Living in a smaller space can be difficult at times but perfectly do-able! Keeping flat surfaces clear is a very good way to maximize the space you have. Having to trudge through floors covered in dirty clothes and move aside 3 different devices in order to set your plate down can cause some serious cramped feelings. Get rid of that clutter!

4. Utilize Space In, Under, and Behind Things 

Have a little space for a container of soap, sponges, and other cleaning products behind your sink? Do you have any extra space under your table seats or behind your door? Utilize it! Putting things in a container or box and putting it in extra space you won't use otherwise is a great way to save lots of space and make it easier to find things later on. Not to mention it will help things from rolling around and making a mess!

5. On The Move

In order to keep your RV clean and clutter free, you want to make sure everything is secure. Putting things on hangers is a good thing to do for pots, pans, and clothes/shoes. Make sure you have no slip shelving liner on the shelf surface so nothing inside moves around and falls out while you are driving. Look into thin containers to put into tall but skinny shelving (for oats, beans, flour, rice, etc). 

6. Less is More

Make sure to be very picky on what you let into your space. If you constantly put things into your RV without taking anything out, it could cause some major clutter! Ask yourself before you bring it in if you really need it.

Keeping an RV clean and organized is very important. It can keep your spirits up and also make your RV quite spacious while still holding everything you may possibly need. Hopefully these tips will help you stay organized in 2017!

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Hit the Beach this winter: RVing on Padre Island

There’s something to be said about the beauty of Padre Island. It’s the longest barrier island in Texas and the second longest island in the United States. With white sandy beaches and lots of warm sunshine, thousands of tourists flock to the island every year. Padre Island is divided into two separate areas by the Port Mansfield Channel; North Padre Island and South Padre Island, and has two wildlife refuges made to protect the best parts of nature that inhabit it; South Padre Island National Seashore and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.  At over 113 miles long, there is much to see and do on Padre Island, including camping and RVing.

RVing on the Island is only permitted in the designated campground areas because of the protective barriers of the wildlife refuges throughout. Both Malaquite Campground and Bird Island Basin Campground on the Padre Island National Seashore have RV hookups and dump stations but the Malaquite campground is more for those looking to spend their time becoming one with nature.  There are 48 semi-primitive sites with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico.  Each site on the gulf provides shade structures so campers can have a slight reprieve from the hot sun during the summer months.  There are also grills at each campsite for your cooking convenience.  You can reserve a site at the Malaquite Campground for $8 per night.

Bird Island Basin Campground is located on the Laguna Madre side of South Padre Island National Seashore. This campsite offers visitors more recreational opportunities.  Watersport companies offer windsurfing, kayaking, boating, fishing and birding.  There is also a boat ramp for visitors to launch their own vessels into the bay and enjoy the beautiful waters of the gulf.  Camping is available by tent or RV for $5 per day.  Dogs and horses are allowed at Bird Island so bring your four legged companions along and enjoy all the island has to offer.

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This time of year is a favorite for many.  The clean, crisp fall air, the changing colors of the leaves, bon fires under the stars, pumpkin flavored everything, and of course the fall festivals.  Austin is home to many fall festivals and activities that are fun for everyone. Here are a few that you can check out this season.

  1. Fall Fun Harvest at Sweet Berry Farms- Sept 26th through Nov 8th (closed Wednesdays)

Sweet Berry Farms is a family owned farm in Marble Falls, TX with fun activities for the whole family.  In the spring you can pick your own berries and in the fall you pick your own pumpkins.  Weekends in October you can paint your own pumpkins, stuff your own scarecrow, feed the goats and horses, and go for tractor rides around the farm. One of the things people love to come for is the Corn Maze.  You are given a map with a list of cities located throughout the maze and you have to find all of them in order to exit. The maze is so huge that it takes some people up to 45 minutes to complete! But, once you do find your way out you can enjoy hot apple cider and warm snacks. The cost to get in is free but you pay for the different activities; most range anywhere from $2.50 to $7.00.

  1. Boo @ the Zoo- Every Friday and Saturday in October from 6:30-9pm at the Austin Zoo.  Tickets $15.00

Boo at the Zoo is the Austin Zoo’s annual fundraiser to raise money and awareness for rescued animals.  Events are held after close for ticket holders.  Kids and parents get the chance to walk around and view the animals by the glow of their flashlights and without the daily crowds. There is a puppet show and haunted train rides throughout the park and everyone is encouraged to wear costumes. Go and enjoy a nighttime picnic with their nocturnal friends.

  1. Grimm’s Ghostly Tales @ Pioneer Farms- Fridays and Saturdays in October. 7-10pm; Tickets $12.

The haunted Halloween Trails at Pioneer Farms is a favorite for many families in Texas every fall.  There are three haunted trails to explore every night. For the young kids, a not too scary “G” rated trail. A “PG” rated trail with spooky surprises, and a “PG-13” rated trail that’s full of scary adventures.  After you’ve explored the trails, stick around for spooky ghost stories, fun with pumpkins, food, drinks and souvenirs. There will also be palm readers and fortune tellers on site to give guests a glimpse into their past or present.  

  1. Texas Renaissance Festival- Weekends starting Oct 10th through Nov 29th. Tickets $26 adults/ $13 kids.  Located 50 miles north of Houston in the New Market Village is a 55 acre village that is dedicated to paying homage to the King and Queen of Europe and their lifestyle.  Actors put on performances in full costume. There are vendors selling arts and crafts from renaissance times, and food and drinks galore. The campground in the “fields of New Market” has a communal bonfire for the whole campground that is fun for the whole family. The Renaissance Festival is a different kind of fall festival but worth the trip.

Fall is the best time of year to get out and enjoy the festivals in your area. So whether you are pumpkin picking, apple picking, haunted housing or Renaissance-ing, enjoy these fall festivals in your area.

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If you are heading out to some fall festivals in this month, be sure to stop by RV Outlet Mall in Austin, TX for all your RV needs. From service and repair, to parts and accessories we’ve got it all! Stop by and see us! 

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Are you ready for 24 days of live music, live animals, games, crafts and much, much more!? Head on over to the State fair of Texas.  Every year, thousands of visitors flock from around the state to visit the state fair in Dallas.  This year the fair runs from September 30th through October 23rd.  It’s the longest running fair in the state with plenty of things to do and see so you better start planning your visit now.

Over the course of the 24 days, there are 75 live concerts featuring 24 grandstand acts from big names such as country star Kacey Musgraves, Colton Dixon, and Nelly.  Other regional acts take up the small stages during the week and feature some of the best local talent around. For a complete list of acts you can visit www.bigtex.com.

 Other attractions at the fairgrounds include a Lone Star stampede, light shows, acrobatics, pig races, and an auto show. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be present for photo ops; and hundreds of vendors will be on site selling their homemade crafts and unique gift items.  Plus, there are plenty of activities for the kids as well including a petting zoo, face painting, and tons of carnival-like rides for a fun-filled day. If the kiddos can stay up, there is a Starlite parade every night at 7:15 with lighted floats in the theme of the fair.

What most people come to the fair for though is the food.  From your deep fried Oreos and cheese curds, to hot and juicy turkey legs, and Frito pie, there’s nothing like filling up on food that you only find during fair time. Some of the best chef’s from around the state will be showcasing their talents and delicious fare.  For the non-professionals, there are opportunities to get your delicacies recognized through the various cook-offs and tastings.  If you don’t mind the extra pounds you might tack on from sampling all the wonderful food, it’s one of the best parts about the fair.

Most fairs only last a week or two, but the state fair of Texas truly follows the state’s motto of “everything’s bigger in Texas” by running for nearly a month! What better way to kick off the start of fall than with a little food, tunes, and fun! Plan your fair itinerary today!

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There is still plenty to do and see outdoors and on the road this year that you might want to keep your RV in tip top shape. Visit RV Outlet Mall in Georgetown to have our certified technician’s address any maintenance issues you may have to keep your RV running just a little bit longer. Visit www.rvoutletmall.com for more details. 

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