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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Feature Accommodation: Linden B&B in Natchez

Linden B&B in Natchez
There are not many places where history can surround you such as here. The beauty of Linden is evident all around and is given testimony by it's front entrance being the model for the entrance to Tara in "Gone With the Wind." For ourselves, Linden felt like home and we left refreshed. Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer in this historic Natchez B&B which dates to 1800.
Read our new feature on the Linden B&B in Natchez.

Read up on the historic sites around Natchez
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Posted by Tommy Ford at 10:10 AM
Categories: Accommodations

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The wonders of Palo Duro Canyon up close

Palo Duro Canyon, 2nd largest in the U.S.
After a 10+ hour drive from Austin, we finally made it to the Canyon. Before we got started good we had deer running along side our RV before we ventured out onto the main road near our house. The drive took us through many rustic towns, with views of lots of cattle, sheep, goats, mesas, windmills (old and new) along the way. We were impressed with the large number of windmills providing electricity here in North Texas thanks to T. Boone Pickens who has led the way (see his website at www.pickensplan.com) with energy solutions to reduce our dependance on foreign oil.

Palo Duro Canyon is 2nd only to the Grand Canyon in size and beauty. One of the early white settlers who owned most of the area was Col. Charles Goodnight, famous for his ranching empire among other pursuits. Just across the street from our RV park, West Rim RV Park, is a ranch that still remains in the Goodnight family. Upon our arrival, we saw 3 mule deer (one with horns in our RV park).

Our RV site is just 500 yards from the edge of Palo Duro Canyon! I captured a video late today viewable here that shows the canyon from our RV park just after 7 p.m. --

We will be exploring the great hikes in the canyon. The winds the second day we were there caused the cancellation of the balloon liftoff this year for the Pirates of the Canyon Balloon Liftoff from the canyon floor. Look for details and video from our trip coming soon.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 11:00 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 8:06 PM
Categories: Attractions, Destinations, RVing

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Feature RV Resort: Texan RV Ranch near Dallas/Ft. Worth

The new swimming pool at the Texan RV Ranch
On our recent trip to the Dallas area, we stayed away from the hustle and bustle at an RV park in the town of Mansfield, with a population of 50,000. We found the RV park to be quiet, with nice amenities, and within 30 minutes of either Dallas or Fort Worth. Read about Texan RV Ranch, our Feature RV Resort. During our stay we enjoyed the Texas State Fair in Dallas.

Coming up soon: We head to Palo Duro Canyon to experience the natural wonders and enjoy photographing the many balloons over the Canyon during the Amarillo Invitational Balloon Rally. I'm overdue for a balloon rally. I've always had a fascination with balloons, and went up in one as part of a chase crew back in 1996 with the Mississippi Sky Parade.The last one I attended was back in 1999 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta where we met the late James Brown shopping for clothes while visiting the historic downtown area. We'll have a chance to go on some great hikes with lots of photo opps.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 9:11 PM
Categories: Accommodations, RVing

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Texas State Fair - A Mega Event

Big Tex overlooking the Texas state fair The big ferris wheel at the Texas state fair
As this is our first time to the Texas State Fair, I didn't know just what to expect. Held yearly in October near downtown Dallas, we soon found our way among UT/OU fans who were also looking for parking places or leaving as the football game was held earlier in the day at the Cotton Bowl by the fair. After following the signs for many blocks, we turned in and paid $10 to park. As we arrived after 6 p.m., I expected the gate entry to be reduced but it was $14 a person (tip: bring a Dr. Pepper can and get half off).
Kevin Fowler onstage at the Texas state fair - click to see a review of him at Billy Bob's TexasOne of the prize winning roosters at the Texas state fair
People were everywhere, along with the new cars on display, hot tubs, amusement rides, wine tastings, artwork, exhibits, livestock, and all types of food you could imagine. If it could be fried it was sold. Fried s'mores, fried banana split, fried grilled cheese sandwich, fried jelly belly beans, and of course fried okra. What we missed seeing that are staples with the Mississippi fair are free biscuits, catfish on a stick, kettle corn, roasted corn, cinammon rolls, elephant ears, and huge hamburgers. Also, the classic cars had already left for the day. With the Mississippi fair, they are indoors and can be seen as long as the fair is going.

We only got to see a quarter of the fair as we got tuckered out after walking for several hours. Huge is an understatement. Still, we enjoyed hearing Kevin Fowler once again, sampling the food, and walking through the exhibits.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 8:52 PM
Edited on: Monday, October 13, 2008 5:17 PM
Categories: Attractions, Entertainment

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Upcoming Mississippi Features: Natchez, Long Beach

Natchez, grand belle of the bluff
We return soon to the grand old city on the bluff, Natchez to feature the b&b gem Linden. Not many stately mansions in the area have such a rich history. The doorway was the inspiration for Tara in the movie Gone with the Wind. Our veteran writer Tommy Ford will cover the unique aspects of this antebellum home that dates to 1800.

Along the Mississippi coast in Long Beach, we will be featuring the first b&b along the coast, the Red Creek Inn, a quaint b&b housed in a three story cottage dating to 1899.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 6:43 PM
Categories: Accommodations, Destinations

Upcoming Texas Features: Dallas, Palo Duro Canyon

We will be traveling soon to Dallas to cover the giant Texas State Fair and featuring the Texas RV Ranch, located in Mansfield near Dallas/Ft. Worth.

From there, our RV travels will take us to the picturesque Palo Duro Canyon, 2nd only to the Grand Canyon in size and beauty. One of the early white settlers who owned most of the area was Col. Charles Goodnight, famous for his ranching empire among other pursuits. We will a be featuring West Rim RV Park, situated conveniently just outside of the State Park.

Apologies for not updating the blog recently as the software used (Thingamablog) has experienced numerous glitches. Due to it's limitations, we will be updating to a more robust solution in the coming months.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 5:02 PM
Edited on: Thursday, October 09, 2008 6:56 PM
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